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    australia had a lot of problems this world cup.

    now out of the fifteen players that went over they didn't pick the best eleven. as i was saying all series, ncn spudded it up while hastings, who mind you is the second best bowler in the squad barring watson, sat on the bench for all the games barring one. james faulkner and steve smith should have been dropped before their pakistan heroics. mind you their pakistan heroics were pretty downhill skiing, especially smith.

    maybe smith shouldn't have been dropped but definitely should have been dropped as captain. abhorrent captaincy.

    now on to the squad itself. they shouldn't have discarded lynn after a few failures against india: if smith or warner weren't great that series they'd get so many more chances it isn't funny. it seems like what the selectors do is lock nine spots up and say "everyone else has to fight for the two that are left". especially considering the fluid and faced paced nature of t20 form has to be the priority in selection, not name. now i don't care if that means picking doug bollinger or travis head over coulter nile or steve smith, if they are in form they deserve the spot.

    our squad for the tournament should have been

    finch (c)
    warner
    khawaja
    watto
    paine+/maxwell
    maxwell/mmarsh
    mmarsh/nevill+
    hastings
    holland
    zampa
    bollinger

    lynn/head

    with lynn or head replacing watto going forward

    for me this format of the game is much more interesting than the one dayers because even on a road a t20 doesn't have enough time in it to get boring as a odi does.

    they have to realise that in such a fluid game every position should be picked on form and not name.
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    Australia's top players not being available for the Big Bash presents a problem because your emerging talent doesn't get to play against the best players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Australia's top players not being available for the Big Bash presents a problem because your emerging talent doesn't get to play against the best players.
    The standard of the BBL is very good

    In any event, the problem is not our emerging players e.g. Smith & Warner were amongst the biggest busts of the tourney
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    Smith will need to learn quick how vital spinners are in this format. Been covered but Zampa who has been one of best bowlers in the competition only bowling two is absolutely shocking


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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Australia's top players not being available for the Big Bash presents a problem because your emerging talent doesn't get to play against the best players.
    Need to study the format of the mighty Natwest Blast for inspiration.

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    The bizarre thing is that we attract the most overseas interest when it comes to the IPL. There are 24 Aussies this year - I don't get it, considering we mostly struggle against spin and we struggle under pressure in T20I's. Slightly funny that our best bat in this tournament Khawaja, isn't one of the 24 too.

    Overall though, I feel as though the Australian T20 team is a bit like the NSW State of Origin team. On paper the teams looks quality and there are many options available who could in theory do a decent job. But there are a few players who get picked no matter how they perform while many (not all) of the young players are under pressure immediately to perform or they'll get dropped. Spikey to agree that Mitch Pearce is James Faulkner in this scenario.
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    Because the seasons line up perfectly is really the main reason.

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    Also its the love/hate thing that casual Indian fans have going on with Australian cricket.
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    Same old story, picking the T20 squad as an audition for the Test squad. Until they stop doing that, will keep getting bossed in these tournaments.

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    who thought it was a good idea to pick ncn though

    who thinks that a guy who hasn't played for like a year is a better option than any seamer who had a good big bash, even if they were smacked around a bit on the roady roads vs india

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