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    Watson's injury

    As reported on CW, Shane Watson has come down with a hammie strain just 6 days pre-Ashes.

    Assume for a moment he doesn't play. What are the options? It affects more than the number 6 spot imo.

    If Watson's out, I think the selectors are far less likely to be tempted by either Johnson or Tait and are more likely to stick with a line and length merchant like S Clark. Thoughts?

    As for the No. 6 spot, imo they'll go for M Clarke, but I'd like to see Jaques bat there, although it would mean yet another leftie to handle the expected around the wicket assault form Freddie. What do we all think?
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    If Watson isn't fit then I think they will go with Michael Clarke, he can also bowl a few extra overs if Ponting needs him to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey
    As reported on CW, Shane Watson has come down with a hammie strain just 6 days pre-Ashes.

    Assume for a moment he doesn't play. What are the options? It affects more than the number 6 spot imo.

    If Watson's out, I think the selectors are far less likely to be tempted by either Johnson or Tait and are more likely to stick with a line and length merchant like S Clark. Thoughts?

    As for the No. 6 spot, imo they'll go for M Clarke, but I'd like to see Jaques bat there, although it would mean yet another leftie to handle the expected around the wicket assault form Freddie. What do we all think?
    If Watson is gone they will probably want to stick with the safe option and go with Clark as the 3rd bowler.

    I'd also like to see Jaques in the team but I'm pretty sure that if Watson is gone than they'll go with Clarke.
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    Symonds a definite chance in my books for his last ever attempt at test glory.


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    Yeah, just heard Mike Hussey on Sydney radio and he said Watson's injury looked pretty bad when he saw him after last night's domestic one dayer.

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    If form counts for anything it really should be Jaques

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    Jaques has earnt that spot. My view is that, in the longer form of the game, batting positions are over-rated. Moreover, it would be a nice way to ease him into the side, with a view to sliding him up to Open when Langer or Hayden eventually fall by the wayside.

    I feel that the vacancy will go to Clarke though.

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    Symonds for me.

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    Symonds will probably play IMO, but **** **** **** ****.
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    I would assume they would go Clarke, but Jaques and Symonds are also botha pretty reasonable chance, Symonds got 5 wickets last FC game he played.

    As i said in the tour games thread i think Boof would be the best option, but they wont pick him.
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    I doubt they will go back to Darren Lehman and hopefully Andrew Symonds never wears a baggy green again, he is just not meant to be a test cricketer. It would be nice to see Jaques given a go, but Michael Clarke did score a couple of 50's against the English not that long ago and when he has played Pura Cup for NSW after being dropped last year he made some big scores if I remember correctly.

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    Anyone who seriously thinks Symonds should be back in the team should be shot. While I'd prefer Jaques or Hodge to come in, it'll probably be Clarke who gets a game if Watson is out.
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    Jaques or Hodge should be the contenders. Clarke still has to earn his spot back IMO. But Clarke is definitely the favourite for the spot.
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