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    ***Official*** 1st Test at The Gabba

    Discussion around the 1st Test at The Gabba

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    God, I can't wait. I'm not really a fan of either country, but even I can't wait.

    I can't imagine how the Aussies/English are feeling.

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    Lets see if the selectors are brave (read: smart) enough to play MacGill in Brisbane.
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    Team should look like this:

    Langer
    Hayden
    Ponting*
    Martyn
    Hussey
    Watson
    Gilchrist+
    Warne
    Lee
    MacGill
    McGrath

    12th Man: Clarke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden
    Seamers paradise.
    Warnes favourite pitch.

    With Watson improving with the ball, selectors shouldn't have a problem playing two spinners. I can see this as the only pitch where Hoggard will be effective.

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    Hence pick Bracken?

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    Bracken`s First-Class Statistics at the `Gabba for the last five years. Including Test Matches.

    201 overs, 26 wickets @ 20.42, RR @ 2.64, S/R @ 46.38.


    Not heaps bad. Do I dare to find out his SCG average, which I believe to be as good?


    EDIT: Hell no. But he`s taken 7/4 before, and outbowled Lee, McGrath and Clark in the second-innings of his last match there.
    EDITEDIT: In Australia`s last Test at the SCG against South Africa, it was overcast for all five days. Australia picked MacGill, and he was very unpenetrative, taking only cheap second innings wickets as South Africa looked to declare. Bracken for Brisbane and Sydney.
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    Bracken won't play test cricket again.

    In front of him:

    McGrath
    Lee
    Johnson
    Clark
    Gillespie
    Kasper

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    Johnson, Gillespie and Kasper shouldn't be in front of him.
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    Johnson has an extremely good record at the `Gabba in comparison to his rubbish record almost everywhere else. Clark does not normally bowl well at the `Gabba, often not taking more than five wickets for the match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes
    Johnson, Gillespie and Kasper shouldn't be in front of him.
    Whether you agree or not, they are in the slectors eyes.

    I personally think all three should. Johnson's our best seaming prospect comfortably.

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    Haha I can't believe people are even suggesting Bracken for another test berth, If he plays again I'll support South Africa.
    Last edited by benchmark00; 16-10-2006 at 10:56 AM.

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    What's he proven though? At least Bracken has yards on him. It's plain obvious that Gillespie is past it, and unless can get back the 10kph he suddenly lost, he's history. If Kasper keeps taking bucketloads of FC wickets then maybe, but at the moment he's injured.

    Johnson took some wickets on a helpful pitch after it rained. Sure, they were good, but he's been blasted in nearly every other international game he played. Even took some stick against the Bangas, before getting some late wickets. All the while Bracken has a proven FC record in Australia (especially at the GABBA and the SCG) and has more than shown he is the goods in OD cricket. I fail to see why they can't do horses for courses and slot Bracken in at the grounds that will make hima dangerous prospect.

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