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    Quote Originally Posted by tooextracool
    Anyways my comment was based on you calling Anderson one of the worst batsmen you have ever seen and ranking him with Kaneria, which is really ludicrous.
    Kaneria just got a 23 off 23 balls in the recent Test against the Windies, and if I remeber correctly he's gotten some pretty good scores lately, so he probably has been working on that aspect of his game. He was pretty terrible at the beggining of his Test career though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713
    Kaneria just got a 23 off 23 balls in the recent Test against the Windies, and if I remeber correctly he's gotten some pretty good scores lately, so he probably has been working on that aspect of his game. He was pretty terrible at the beggining of his Test career though.
    i think tail end batting is more about how many ducks you have and how many balls you bat then it is about averages. I mean anybody can come in, try to slog and once in a while get a few to connect and score a quick 20 odd. But if you look at both Harmison and Kaneria, they both have 15 and 16 ducks respectively, which suggests that they are most hit or miss.its also a fair number of ducks considering how many games they've played, Walsh had 43 ducks for his entire career, and he played more than 3 times as many games. Anderson meanwhile doesnt have a single duck to his name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    I thought they were likely to name a 13, with all three of Clark, Johnson and Tait in, to cover themselves in case Tait take 10 wickets in the S.A vs Eng match.
    Spot on.

    The squad for the first 3 mobile Ashes Test is:

    Ricky Ponting (c) TAS
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    Mitchell Johnson QLD
    Justin Langer WA
    Brett Lee NSW
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    Glenn McGrath NSW
    Shaun Tait SA
    Shane Warne VIC
    Shane Watson QLD

    Edit: For information, the 13th man will return to home port no later than the morning of the first 3 mobile Test match and the 12th man will be released to play domestic cricket in the games commencing Friday 24 November.
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    God damn it, this test needs to start already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    God damn it, this test needs to start already.
    Indeed. This is getting painful.

    At least we know Watson is a certainty to start now.
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    If you insist on naming a squad of 13, at least make it worthwhile and cover all the options (i.e pick both Warne and MacGill and then wait to see what the pitch is going to offer).

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    Yeah, I figured the 13 man squad was likely.

    Watson was always a certainty I think, and I'm still backing Johnson to play. Tait certainly won't.
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    No Hodge in the squad is surprising if you ask me; as is the inclusion of Tait, who I'd have both Gillespie and Bracken ahead of. Selectors work in strange ways as we know.

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    Nah, Tait should be there and it isn't a bizarre thought that he could play on Thursday.

    I'm with HowardJ. If they were going to pick 13, they should have included MacGill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    Nah, Tait should be there and it isn't a bizarre thought that he could play on Thursday.

    I'm with HowardJ. If they were going to pick 13, they should have included MacGill.
    Well I'd prefer to have Tait in my side than Clark in my side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh
    Well I'd prefer to have Tait in my side than Clark in my side.
    I don't like Clark, but it would be unfair on him (with his record) if he were not to be selected. However, them the breaks. I'd have Tait ahead of Johnson though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    I don't like Clark, but it would be unfair on him (with his record) if he were not to be selected. However, them the breaks. I'd have Tait ahead of Johnson though.
    I'd rate Tait and Johnson pretty evenly, would pick Johnson for the left-arm variety. Always good to have that different angle to keep the batsmen on their toes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh
    No Hodge in the squad is surprising if you ask me; as is the inclusion of Tait, who I'd have both Gillespie and Bracken ahead of. Selectors work in strange ways as we know.
    Hodge's international career is possibly over, with Hussey coming in so strong and Jaques now being the frontrunner knocking on the door.

    I'd be surprised to see Tait play, I think it'll be out of Johnson and Clark. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing Clark play, in case the Poms really are competitive. Besides the fact that I think he's earned his place, I think he's more likely to keep it tight AND take wickets, and he's obviously in pretty good form. I doubt the conditions will be as friendly as what Johnson enjoyed at the CT, either, though I do think he's improved significantly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    Yeah, I figured the 13 man squad was likely.
    Why not go with 14?

    Starting XI with Watson and MacGill, and have Johnson, Clarke, and Clark as the reserves. Three drinks carriers does seem to be a bit much though.

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