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    My side.
    1 Simon Katich
    2 Phillip Hughes
    3 Ricky Ponting
    4 Michael Clarke - promoted
    5 Michael Hussey
    6 Brad Haddin
    7 Mitchell Johnson
    8 Brett Lee
    9 Nathan Hauritz
    10 Peter Siddle
    11 Ben Hilfenhaus

    Opening the bowling
    Hilfenhaus and Lee.
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    Over 0.2: Putland to Nevill, OUT, no run, full ball swings in late to crash into his pads. Nevill is almost falling over trying to get bat on it but can't. Huge shout for LBW and Umpire Martell eventually raises the finger! P.Nevill - lbw b:Putland 0 (1 ball, 1 minute).

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    Seems to me there are a few problems with our squad, which are laid bare when you're playing from behind as we now are.

    Lee and Watson are still injured. Clark is woefully short of work, while MacDonald is yet to slip on the creams the whole tour. Furthermore, we don't have a reserve opener.

    Whether by misfortune or poor planning, we're struggling for options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    He was easily worse in the Windies.
    I watched heaps of that series in the Windies and he did NOT bowl as badly there as he did on the first morning this series. I'm not sure I've ever seen an Australian bowl that badly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    My side.
    1 Simon Katich
    2 Phillip Hughes
    3 Ricky Ponting
    4 Michael Clarke - promoted
    5 Michael Hussey
    6 Brad Haddin
    7 Mitchell Johnson
    8 Brett Lee
    9 Nathan Hauritz
    10 Peter Siddle
    11 Ben Hilfenhaus

    Opening the bowling
    Hilfenhaus and Lee.
    Not the worst side ever, but I really worry about a Johnson struggling to cope being given extra responsibility. It's one thing having a license to hit when we've lost already, it's another thing batting at 7. Might be worth trying against the West Indies, but not now IMO.
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    In: Lee, Out: Siddle. Siddle's been huge but someone has to go and he won't win us a Test like Lee can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Seems to me there are a few problems with our squad, which are laid bare when you're playing from behind as we now are.

    Lee and Watson are still injured. Clark is woefully short of work, while MacDonald is yet to slip on the creams the whole tour. Furthermore, we don't have a reserve opener.

    Whether by misfortune or poor planning, we're struggling for options.
    Still boggles the mind that Clark was called up for the one-day series against Pakistan when he could have been playing FC cricket and working up some form in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Not the worst side ever, but I really worry about a Johnson struggling to cope being given extra responsibility. It's one thing having a license to hit when we've lost already, it's another thing batting at 7. Might be worth trying against the West Indies, but not now IMO.
    I know it's risky, especially with Hughes and Hussey not in the best of form, but we are struggling big time to get wickets and just having an extra bowling option could help us get 20 wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    My side.
    1 Simon Katich
    2 Phillip Hughes
    3 Ricky Ponting
    4 Michael Clarke - promoted
    5 Michael Hussey
    6 Brad Haddin
    7 Mitchell Johnson
    8 Brett Lee
    9 Nathan Hauritz
    10 Peter Siddle
    11 Ben Hilfenhaus

    Opening the bowling
    Hilfenhaus and Lee.
    Agree with that side. We need to be bold. The batting is our strength at the moment, despite what happened at Lords. Anyway, Watson and Lee must both play this tour game or be sent home. We need options, not passengers.

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    Strauss doesn't seem to rate Onions judging by the number of overs he got in this innings, so a straight swap with Harmison seems likely. Bit harsh, but might be the right call. If KP or Fred isn't fit, that messes us up a treat though. You really wouldn't want Broad to be one of only four bowlers, so perhaps they'll stick Fred & Kev in an oxygen tent for the next 10 days and send them out filled with more chemicals than ICI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoggy31 View Post
    England will get absolutely pumped, never been more sure of anything.

    Anyone know the likely pitch conditions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    Flattest and deadest track in the country. Something like two results in four years in the Championship.
    God. Better win the toss.

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    Just remembered North has opened the batting a fair bit, maybe he would be an option?

    For mine:

    Hughes
    Katich
    Ponting
    Clarke
    North
    Haddin
    Watson
    Johnson
    Hauritz
    Siddle
    Hilfenhaus.

    England to bring in Harmison for Onions/Broad. If Pietersen is out, Key to bat 3 at Bopara 4 (who doesn't look a Test cricketer to me yet, highlighted by his consistent over-throwing yesterday, it's a mental thing).

    Most interesting tour match for as long as I can remember, anyway.

    Watson and Lee must play or go home, agreed. Huge match for Hughes, Hussey, Johnson and Clark. If I was Punter I'd bowl Johnson from one end for the whole 3 days to get some miles under the belt and bowl him back in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    Strauss doesn't seem to rate Onions judging by the number of overs he got in this innings, so a straight swap with Harmison seems likely. Bit harsh, but might be the right call. If KP or Fred isn't fit, that messes us up a treat though. You really wouldn't want Broad to be one of only four bowlers, so perhaps they'll stick Fred & Kev in an oxygen tent for the next 10 days and send them out filled with more chemicals than ICI.
    Onions was injured wasn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Onions was injured wasn't he?
    I hadn't realised that - didn't get to see any of yesterday's play. What was the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Still boggles the mind that Clark was called up for the one-day series against Pakistan when he could have been playing FC cricket and working up some form in England.
    He was refused a clearance wasn't he?
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