Like Matt's bowling an awful lot and any potential weakness in the top order is offset to some extent by having a long batting lineup with Pollock & Shakib at 8&9.
Somers has a great batting line up (maybe too much so with Laxman at 7) but the bowling looks light and no real back up from the batsman except Mick's occasional offies.
Athers has nice depth to his batting with a quality 4-man attack, but maybe lacks an absolute superstar in his middle order with Ryder-Ganguly-Houghton solid but not spectacular. This is offset by Chanders & Prior at 6&7 with Lee adding length to the order at #8.
The Warriors have a lot of quality bowling options, but maybe lack a top notch first change seamer to support de Villiers & Streak; Kallis no mug tho, obv.
Think Charter 77 take the honours tho. Brian McMillian is a great 4th seamer to have & him & Cairns at 7&8 is lovely depth. Jayasuriya a more than handy 2nd spin option.
- As featured in The Independent.
"This is not the time for namby-pamby promising youngsters who might just do something; not the time for building for the future. Pragmatism rules and they don't come more pragmatic than Rogers."
- Victor Marks makes the case for stiff-legged and stiff-armed 35 year old left-handers in Ashes squads