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I don't think the loss of Watson is that big a blow. TBH he would have been 15th out of 16 in the pecking order I feel just above Manou.
The article states Hodge and Ferguson at the top of the list, I'm not completely sold on Ferguson particulary in England, reckon he'll struggle to convert his decent starts and would make a fair few 20s to 40s if he was called into the side.
Not sure how Morne Morkel is basically better than many in the Aussie team though. Would have Siddle miles in front on current performances, even though he's only played a few tests.
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The OP is plainly a ridiculous comment designed purely for baiting. McDonald might not be the best player going around (although I think he's underrated by many), but considering the Australians just beat their nearest competitors at home with him in the side the word "never" is a blatantly absurd statement.
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Watto's injury without doubt is a big blow, as a Watto fan it would be really disappointing to see him miss his second Ashes series in a row because of injury, I hope his recent problem is not serious and he is available for the whole series.
Though gotta admit, things aren't looking too good from Watto's perspective, he has hardly played much cricket in recent times, but still he is frequently having these injury problems, and this might make the Aussie think-tank, think twice before picking him in the final XI of a test match.
Tim MacDonald was on the verge of Test selection. Interesting to replace an all-rounder with a mediocre paceman.
Andrew McDonald on the other hand is a very reliable all-rounder. Statistically one of the finest bowlers in Shield Cricket over the previous 5 years. Plays a specific role for the side, and does it well.
He may not look overly threatening, but bowlers who can bowl wicket to wicket for 8-10 overs straight are always useful.
McDonald is very underrated. He isn't the best bowler you will ever see, but he just bowls tight, gets through his overs quickly, bowls stump to stump all day and picks up the odd wicket whilst being economical.
For this Ashes series, IMO McDonald should be picked before Lee, but Clark should be selected before both.
I've said it 1000 times, but this should be our bowling attack.
McDonald/Hauritz (depending on the conditions)
Is he actually going to be taken out of the squad? Is he going to be replaced, and not play in the Ashes?
At 6, if Watson isn't bowling, we should have North. He hasn't done anything wrong, and has played well. If Watson can bowl, and is deemed fit to last the game or tour (which I doubt more and more every day) we should have him. He is about on par with North as a batsmen, and it's only their bowling at splits them. North is a batsmen who can have a trundle, and Watson is a batting allrounder. If he is judged unfit to play or bowl, a replacement should be brought in.
In terms of replacements, IMO Hodge should be the front runner. If the selectors didn't have his cards marked for whatever reason, I'd say he would have played a few more tests since his last test match. I am not keen of Ferguson, there is probably someone else I am forgetting though.
EDIT: The guy who I am forgetting is David Hussey. He should be brought into the squad is Watson is omitted.
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Yeah, you're forgetting Hussey. No other non injured player in Australia has a batting record to match that, surprisingly Rogers is the closest with 50. I've said it time and time again but they keep picking him in the wrong format and then complain that he's not a good enough player blah blah blah. If only they gave him a chance like they gave his brother four years ago.
Can't see England bowling Australia out twice with Mcdonald at 8 and Johnson at 9. As long as the last two are Siddle and Clark I think they will have enough bowling as well. With Hauritz in the side I think they might struggle if they had Ronald as part of a 4 man attack as well.
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