i almost agree entirely shotz except:
amla: ive only seen him bat a few times but i dont rate him that highly. he has had a couple of good series. will be interesting to see how he gets on.
gibbs: top player when in the mood. he is great at smashing bad bowling and a great player to watch BUT i dont think he is that good when the heat is on. vaughan will set good plans which will work if the bowlers can execute them. i think sidebottom will do him most games through sheer accuracy and persistance i.e. giving him nothing to hit.
de villiers: i agree, good bat, GREAT fielder but is only young.
prince lacks class and he struggles against spin. i realise he is there for his doggedness as well as other non cricketing qualities but i do not see him taking england apart.
I'd prefer to see bopara play ahead of shah. bopara's got it upstairs and will get better. he has also scored billions this year. shah on the other hand has never impressed me that much, plays too loosely to be considered a proper test match batsman.
lets hope freddie is fit. lets not forget simon jones either. he has been bowling 90mph+ and taking wickets (admittedly against the tail most of the time). i do believe it will only be a matter of time before he injures himself again. that action is so good to watch but not great for his body.
on another positive england note: stuart broad has finally replaced ashley giles as a genuine number 8 "batsman".
shotz: the spinner you're thinking of was paul adams the chinaman bowler. im not sure if he is even playing anymore.
the left armers name will come back to me eventually, even if i have to go on www.howstat.com
to work it out.