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    Now that Lee has bowled himself into the team who should take the new ball?

    It's out of Johnson, Siddle or Lee now (even if Clark plays I can't see him opening the bowling). It's a difficult task as all 3 have a reason to share the new ball but I can see positive and negatives for all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Now that Lee has bowled himself into the team who should take the new ball?

    It's out of Johnson, Siddle or Lee now (even if Clark plays I can't see him opening the bowling). It's a difficult task as all 3 have a reason to share the new ball but I can see positive and negatives for all.
    Lee and Johnson, imo.
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    Siddle Johnson for mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper868 View Post
    Siddle Johnson for mine.
    I'd go with this too I think. I didn't see Lee's opening spell last night, but I'd be worried that a Lee/Johnson combination would help England off to a good start if they didn't bowl well. Siddle looks more consistent.

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    We all know Lee will take the new cherry. The question, for me, is who the selectors reckon will bowl better with an older ball. Fully expect Lee/Siddle with Johnson first change.
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    I think that I would go Lee and Johnson, Lee bowling the first over.

    I would take either of them off after say 4 overs if they are not making the batsman play or the batsman look very comfortbale (so not just nicks through the slips).

    Very tough call though.

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    doesn't really matter how much the pitch turns cause no teams actually have a spinner that can turn the ball. saw rashid the other day, wasn't very impressed his spinning capabilities. still better than hauriballitz

    4 overs sounds a bit quick to me nufan? believe me lee will make the batsmen have to play.

    rumour has it panesar has magicianed himself back in the lineup out of nowhere despite having terrible county form. he has taken some major scalps out in the subcontinent though.
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    Golaxi, I'm imagining that we'll have Siddle and Clark in the team aswell and if a bowler's first spell is a bit wayward take him off! Think getting the early wickets of Strauss and Cook is vital.

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    I'd have Siddle and Lee. Johnson lacks the radar to make the batsmen play when he's warming up, and that would be a waste of a the red rock.
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    yea ur right. strauss and cook early wickets will be vital for oz. they are the type that look to get in and settle for a long time but are also subject to low scores. you could have some luck with strauss there possibly.

    a aussie opening bowlers wayward, wow your team really must have gone downhill. out of the whole of cricket mad australia you must have some good opening bowlers that know how to keep a line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golaxi View Post
    yea ur right. strauss and cook early wickets will be vital for oz. they are the type that look to get in and settle for a long time but are also subject to low scores. you could have some luck with strauss there possibly.

    a aussie opening bowlers wayward, wow your team really must have gone downhill. out of the whole of cricket mad australia you must have some good opening bowlers that know how to keep a line?
    Yep, we don't have any. Ask Graeme Smith.

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    Clark-Lee or Lee-Johnson for me. Not that I neccessarily expect either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Clark-Lee or Lee-Johnson for me. Not that I neccessarily expect either.
    I would give the new ball to Siddle and Johnson to start with, but if Johnson fails to swing the new ball, then my choice would be Clark-Siddle, both bowlers are pretty likely to make the batsmen play at most of the deliveries, hence making optimum use of the new ball

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    Of the four, Siddle strikes me as the man with least going for him as far as new-ball use is concerned.

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