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yeah sophia gardens was a lovely name for a cricket ground, swalec sounds depressingly industrial and makes me think of Norwich, or Sheffield.....in the 70s.
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Give me the "poor" wicket in that case.
I'm sure it will be prepared so that it offers assistance ot the spinner, you can't make the Cardiff wicket seamer friendly per se, so you may as well exaggerate it in faourof the spinner. Since a certain Shane Warne is no longer in the ranks, it will be a good move and I have no problem preparing a wicket in favour of the home team. I actually excpect it.
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Gavaskar, Boycott, Tendulkar, G.Pollock, V.Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist (wk), Warne (c), Waqar/Wasim, Lillee, Ambrose.
Even with Warne in the ranks, if England have a good spinner it actually lessens any advantage rather than adds to it - Warne turned it on anything, while a Swann or Giles would not.
And who took the (formerly Sophia Gardens) out of the thread title?
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Interesting to see what Hauritz does tomorrow (assuming we actually do take the last 2 wickets). If he has another horrible game (and there wasn't a lot of turn for Rashid today) would he really still be a shoo in?
If North and/or Lee outbowls him it seems almost perversely stubborn to pick him solely because he's nominally a specialist twirler. As I believe PEWS said in another thread North's FC bowling record is actually better than his and there's also Plans B & C in Katich & Clarke (back allowing).
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Would be pretty surprised if Australia didn't go with four seamers from this point. It was always a possibility before the tour matches, but Hauritz hasn't done anything of note and all the quicks have bowled pretty well. North should get a decent number of overs.
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depending on the pitch ofcourse but i still think england are better off with 2 spinners.Broad,flintoff and Anderson can do plenty imo and each of them is different so that's a plus.
Once the selectors don't do BS. I'm looking forward to Lee/Johnson/Siddle/Clark, it could be the start of one of the best 4-man pace attacks ever.
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