Norfy has got the spinners job covered.
Norfy has got the spinners job covered.
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Anyways, once they have decided that Hauritz is the best spinner available to play in test cricket (which is something, I don't agree with), then atleast they should back their own initial decision, and play him in conditions where spinners might get assistance.
If they aren't even going to play their spinner in spin friendly conditions, then what's the point of bringing him all the way over to England, why not just an extra quick or batsman in his place.
They did the same thing in India, where on docile tracks they kept persisting with an all-pace attack until the last test, and I am pretty sure they are gonna do the same thing in this series too.
There's probably only one option, and that's to include bowler who can utilise swing or reverse swing really well, of course we don't have one of those, only Hilfenhaus is close.
Hauritz hasn't let anyone down at international level yet, give him the 1st test at least.
Seriously think we should consider Bracken's mediums/cutters if he bombs.
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They have tried every damn spinner in Australia over the last two years, but the game of musical chairs just doesn't seem to stop, McGain who was touted as the best spinner in Australia, went off the radar just after one shocking test, Krezja, Casson, White were also dealt with in the same way.
I mean, if they are looking for some spinner to come in and emulate Warne's performances over the years, then they can just dream on, because that ain't happening any time soon.
But if they are serious about developing a few serviceable spin options for future (which is pretty vital), then they need to show some faith in their spin bowlers, rather than thrust them into an insecure environment, where they find a sword hanging over their heads at all times.
Equally, if you have four seamers who are all better than any spinner, you're always better-off picking four seamers than three seamers and one spinner.
That Australia are even remotely countenancing picking Hauritz for Tests - or ever have - simply beggars belief. For a specialist (ie, one with no remarkable batting ability), he is one of the most nothing bowlers you could wish to see.
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Can't see Hauritz doing anything North can't, in all honesty. Including him means a better bowler (in all likelihood Clark after Lee's masterclass in reverse yesterday) misses out. Clark looks far more likely to be able to slow scoring down too, which seemed to be Hauritz's main brief today.
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"The committee discussed the issue of illegal bowling actions, and believed that there are a number of bowlers currently employing suspect actions in international cricket, and that the ICC's reporting and testing procedures are not adequately scrutinising these bowlers."
- Even the ICC's own official press release thinks things must change
Maybe we can call a get together a legal conference - I'll stand up and say "Donoghue v Stevenson", and we'll claim the lot as tax deductions.
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Personally, I'd run with the 4 quicks atm, but of course I'd like to see him take some wickets. The more blokes we have doing that the better.
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