England have announced their test squad for the first test vs Australia next week. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/4676287.stm The big (and controversial) news is that Graham Thorpe, veteran of 100 tests has been left out in favour of Kevin Pietersen who has yet to make his test debut. I'm undecided on the move. While Thorpe has been great for England, averaging about 45 over those 100 games, he's becoming injury prone and there has to be doubts over whether his mind will be fully focussed on the job after announcing that he'll be retiring from international cricket after this series. Pietersen has done great things in the one-dayers, but a question mark remains over whether he has the patience and temperement to bat for long periods in a test match as will be needed from the middle order. He'll either be a spectacular success or a spectacular failure. It would be nice (for England anyway) if we could get himself and Flintoff together in a position where they can really take it to the Aussie attack!