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    Ashes Squad Prediction

    Let's test out your predicting skills.


    This is my squad prediction for 2009 Ashes Series.


    1st Test-England

    Strauss(c)
    Cook(d-vc)
    Bopara
    K.Pieterson(vc)
    Flintoff
    Prior
    Broad
    Bresnan
    Andersan
    Swann
    Onions
    Collingwood(12)




    Squad of 16 tests Australia


    P.Hughes
    S.Katich
    R.Ponting(c)
    M.Hussey
    M.Clarke(vc)
    M.North
    B.Haddin(d-vc)
    B.Lee
    M.Johnson
    P.Siddle
    S.Clark
    N.Hauritz(12)


    A.Symonds
    B.Hilfenhaus
    B.Hodge
    G.Manou


    Squad of 16 ODI-England


    Strauss(c)
    Anderson
    Bell
    Bopara
    Bresnan
    Broad
    Collingwood
    Mascarenhas
    Morgan
    Pieterson(vc)
    Prior
    Shah
    Sidebottom
    Swann
    Flintoff
    Cook(d-vc)



    Australia- Squad of 16 ODI



    M.Clarke(vc)
    B.Haddin(d-vc)
    R.Ponting(c)
    D.Hussey
    A.Symonds
    M.Hussey
    S.Watson
    J.Hopes
    M.Johnson
    N.Hauritz
    N.Bracken
    S.Tait(12)



    B.Hilfenhaus
    D.Cullen
    S.Marsh
    D.Warner
    Hayden Ross

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    Been saying this for a while.

    For the first test, barring injuries or a incredible turning pitch, Australia should (and probably will) run with this;

    1. Pillip Hughes
    2. Simon Katich
    3. Ricky Ponting (c)
    4. Michael Hussey
    5. Michael Clarke (vc)
    6. Marcus North
    7. Brad Haddin
    8. Brett Lee
    9. Mitchell Johnson
    10. Peter Siddle
    11. Stuart Clark

    Only debatable things are

    a) Brett Lee's inclusion - is he fit and ready, and playing well enough to earn a spot?
    b) Symonds v North - I'd go with North
    c) Hussey's spot in the batting order - TBH I don't care if he is 4 or 5, all I know is after this series if he fails again he should be dropped
    d) Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson's position in the batting order - Who should come first? Who cares.

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    D) One has scored a test ton and looks cool/calm/collected at the crease, the other hasn't, and tends to look like he's struggling despite scoring runs..... wait, why is this even a question?
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    Ponting's ability to ton up in the first innings of a series should not be understated. So much pressure, so important. What a great!

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    LOL @ the England team in the first post.
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    I can actually see England going in with:

    Strauss *
    Cook
    Bopara
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Prior +
    Broad
    Swann
    Anderson
    Onions/Sidebottom
    Panesar

    Just for Cardiff. I think Flintoff should hold back his return until the 2nd game. I don't think he'll play the T20 World Cup, given the fact that he's not going to be running for a week and a half, and Cardiff has really looked condusive to spin in the game I saw on Sky. Kaneria was getting some real ripping spin. I'd much rather we let Flintoff get back to 100% fitness before coming back in, and getting some overs and runs for Lancs before just being rushed in. There's no point playing an undercooked Flintoff, but given England's track record, I'm sure he'll be rushed straight back with no overs under his belt, and play in the T20 WC.

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    OK - how many people honestly have confidence in MSP to perform in Tests given his record for Northants since 2007?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    OK - how many people honestly have confidence in MSP to perform in Tests given his record for Northants since 2007?
    I'd not be so against him in a five-man attack. Definitely not in a four-man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dossa View Post
    Squad of 16 ODI-England


    Strauss(c)
    Anderson
    Bell
    Bopara
    Bresnan
    Broad
    Collingwood
    Mascarenhas
    Morgan
    Pieterson(vc)
    Prior
    Shah
    Sidebottom
    Swann
    Flintoff
    Cook(d-vc)




    This isnt a batting order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dossa View Post
    This isnt a batting order.
    We know that. The "first Test team" one was though. If England play six bowlers and Flintoff bats five, I'll eat Richard's computer.

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    Eat your bloody own!
    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    I'd not be so against him in a five-man attack. Definitely not in a four-man.
    I'd be against him full-stop if I thought he was going to offer no threat; I'd be for him full-stop if I thought he was.

    Four-man or five-man, it's irrelevant IMO.

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    Yeah, I guess I agree with that, basically the only reason for Panesar to get a gig is if Swann misses out for whatever reason. I can see what fos is saying though; it would be madness to play two spinners if we only had four bowlers, it wouldn't be as bad if we had five and the conditions suited.
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    What is a MSP? =/

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    Mudhudsen (sp?) Singh Panesar

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    Looks like Lancs are going to be unlucky and have to carry Flintoff playing as a batsmen for a few games...hopefully he'll make up for it when he bowls
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