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    Ashes XI Prediction Game

    Well, as the English Test Summer comes to an end, I would like to stage a little game with the Cricket Chat crowd.

    The game is pretty simple - just predict the two XIs that will take the field in Cardiff for the 1st Test of next summer's Ashes, along with the captains and wicket-keepers. Simple, innit? Then next summer we'll have a look at who did the best, and who did rubbish. Everybody understand?

    I will go first:

    ENGLAND

    Strauss
    Cook
    Bell
    Pietersen (c)
    Collingwood
    Prior (wk)
    Flintoff
    Harmison
    Anderson
    Jones
    Panesar

    AUSTRALIA

    Hayden
    Jaques
    Ponting (c)
    Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Haddin (wk)
    Casson
    Lee
    Noffke
    Clark

    Remember, you're predicting - not picking who you want to get in.
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    Eng batting looks weak...Broad in for Haramison,Jones or anderson

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    Not the sides that I'd want to be taking part, but the sides I think will take part


    ENGLAND

    1. Strauss
    2. Cook
    3. Pietersen (cpt)
    4. Bell
    5. Collingwood
    6. Flintoff
    7. Bopara
    8. Prior *
    9. Jones
    10. Harmison
    11. Panesar

    AUSTRALIA

    1. Hayden
    2. Jacques
    3. Ponting (cpt)
    4. Hussey
    5. Clarke
    6. Symonds
    7. Ronchi *
    8. Lee
    9. Casson
    10. Clark
    11. Johnson
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    ENGLAND

    Cook
    Strauss
    Bell
    Pietersen (c)
    Collingwood
    Flintoff
    Prior (wk)
    Broad
    Harmison
    Anderson
    Panesar


    AUSTRALIA

    Hayden
    Jaques
    Ponting (c)
    M Hussey
    Clarke
    D Hussey
    Haddin (wk)
    Lee
    Casson
    Johnson
    Clark


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    This thread really does highlight the dilemmas which will face the England selectors as far as the bowling attack is concerned. Will they really leave Sidebottom out? Can they afford to play 5 bowlers, 4 of whom are rank tailenders? This highlights why Giles was so valuable. Could Swann be in with a chance?

    Anyway here's my prediction

    Cook
    Vaughan
    Bell
    Penisen (c)
    Collingwood
    Prior (w)
    Flintoff
    Frontbottom
    Harmison
    Anderson
    Panesar

    Australia

    Hayden
    Jacques
    Poontang
    M Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Watson
    Haddin
    Harris
    Lee
    Clark
    Last edited by zaremba; 11-08-2008 at 03:14 PM.

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    Both teams could look to play all-pace attacks, but i guess it depends on who is actually fit at the time. There'll be more than a few dilemma's for the Australian selectors i'd say, especially in the batting order. It would be great if Flintoff and Watson can stay fit and go head to head through the whole series.

    AUSTRALIA
    1.Hayden
    2.M.Hussey
    3.Ponting (c)
    4.Clarke
    5.Symonds
    6.Watson
    7.Haddin (wk)
    8.Lee
    9.Johnson
    10.Clark
    11.Tait
    Jaques/Hodge/D.Hussey/Noffke/Casson

    ENGLAND
    1.Strauss
    2.Cook
    3.Bell
    4.Pietersen (c)
    5.Collingwood
    6.Flintoff
    7.Prior (wk)
    8.Broad
    9.Sidebottom
    10.Harmison
    11.Anderson
    Key/Bopara/Jones/Hoggard/Panesar
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    England

    1. Cook
    2. Key
    3. Bell
    4. Pietersen
    5. Collingwood
    6. Prior
    7. Flintoff
    8. Harmison
    9. Sidebottom
    10. Anderson
    11. Panesar

    Australia

    1. Hayden
    2. Jacques
    3. Ponting
    4. Hussey
    5. Clarke
    6. Symonds
    7. Haddin (wk)
    8. Lee
    9. Clark
    10. A spinner who is not Casson.
    11. Johnson

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Australia

    Hayden
    Jacques
    Poontang
    M Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Watson
    Haddin
    Harris
    Lee
    Clark
    Longest batting lineup in history, perhaps. A player with five test 50s batting at 10.

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    England

    Strauss
    Cook
    Bell
    KP (captain)
    Collingwood
    Foster
    Flintoff
    Sidebottom
    Jones
    Harmison
    Panesar

    Really think Prior will drop about a dozen in India, and they'll finally go for the logical choice. Monty will play at Cardiff. If it doesn't go well can see them dropping him for a batter.

    Australia

    Hayden
    Jacques
    Ponting
    M Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Watson
    Haddin
    Lee
    Clark
    Johnson
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    Predictions:

    Bollinger will be in for Johnson by the time the Ashes roll around next year.
    Haddin will hold his place as keeper.
    Jaques will be strongly challenged by Watson for the opening role, but will hold his place for the 1st test.

    England will play S Jones and Sidebottom in place of Anderson and Broad or Harmy.
    God knows who their keeper will be by then.

    England:

    Strauss
    Cook
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Flintoff
    Prior
    Sidebottom
    S Jones
    Harmison
    Panesar

    Australia:

    Jaques
    Hayden
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Haddin
    Lee
    Casson or Noffke
    Clark
    Bollinger
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    England:
    Cook
    Strauss
    Bell
    Pietersen (captain)
    Collingwood
    Flintoff
    Ambrose
    Broad
    Sidebottom
    Anderson
    Panesar

    Also considered: Shah, Prior, Harmison


    Australia:
    Hayden
    Jaques
    Ponting (captain)
    Mike Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Haddin
    Lee
    Johnson
    Clark
    Casson

    Also considered: Watson, Hodge, Ronchi, Noffke

    Bolded the players I considered absolute certainties barring injuries.

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    England

    Cook
    Denly
    Strauss
    *Pietersen
    Bopara
    Flintoff
    +Prior
    Bresnan
    Harmison
    Anderson
    Panesar

    turning to the depressingly bizarre

    Australia

    Hayden
    Jaques
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    +Haddin
    Lee
    Hilfenhaus
    Cullen
    Clark
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999 View Post
    AUSTRALIA

    Hayden
    Jaques
    Ponting (c)
    Hussey
    Clarke
    Symonds
    Haddin (wk)
    Casson
    Lee
    Noffke
    Clark
    There's no way in hell Noffke would bat at 10. He'd bat at 8. Casson's pretty good with the bat so maybe 9, but I doubt it.
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    England XI
    Cook
    Strauss
    Bell
    Pietersen (c)
    Bopara
    Foster (wk)
    Flintoff
    Sidebottom
    Harmison
    Jones
    Panesar

    Australia XI
    Hayden
    Jaques
    Ponting (c)
    Clarke
    Hussey
    Symonds
    Haddin (wk)
    Lee
    Johnson
    Clark
    Bollinger
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