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    *Official* Fourth Test at Headingley Carnegie

    Ooohhh yeah, getting in early - well, it starts in 5 days' time. And it's looking safer and safer by the hour to bet that the Third Test is going to be a draw. And it's exceptionally unlikely that any of those nasty Lancastrian types will want to start this. And...

    So, Fourth Test. Discuss. Let's hope first and foremost that we get better luck with the weather.
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    Better not rain on the first day. If it does, I will cry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Better not rain on the first day. If it does, I will cry.
    How has the weather been there recently...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Better not rain on the first day. If it does, I will cry.
    Not a fan of the renaming of the ground from Headingley to Headingley Carnegie, are you?


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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    How has the weather been there recently...?
    I'm about 10 miles away from the ground and it's been grey and cloudy raining on and off all day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Not a fan of the renaming of the ground from Headingley to Headingley Carnegie, are you?
    Not me.

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    Odd TSTL then, wonder who it was?

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    Surely as a mod Mr Fire can see who edited the thread title and when (assuming he's not fibbing about it being him).

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    Ricky Ponting to be dropped for Mike Whitney, Johnson to bat #3.
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    Irrespective of what happens in the next two days of the 3rd test, this is the side I would field for the 4th test:

    1.Phillip Hughes
    2.Simon Katich
    3.Ricky Ponting
    4,Shane Watson
    5.Michael Clarke
    6.Mike Hussey
    7.Brad Haddin
    8.Mitchell Johnson
    9.Nathan Hauritz
    10.Brett Lee/Stuart Clark
    11.Ben Hilfenhaus

    Its imperative that we win or atleast give ourselves the best possible chance of winning at Headingley, and that's why I think we need to a bit of a risk when it comes to picking the playing XI..

    Phil Hughes has had his fair share of problems on this tour, but still I see him as a bloke who could provide Aussie batting line-up with that bit of x-factor, which is so badly needed atm.

    Pushing Hussey down to no.6 would also be worth the try, things aren't going well for him atm, but he has the ability to stabilize the innings in case of a top-order collapse, and he also can bat decently with the tail, and Watto batting at 4 will have the freedom to play his shots and be aggressive.

    Would stick with Johnson for pretty similar reasons I gave for Hughes, Mitch is a match-winner, and judging by his spell yesterday evening, he seem to be slowly but surely getting into some sort of a rhythm, and persisting with him for the next test is a risk worth taking.

    Would also play either Lee or Clark instead of Siddle, need some experience in the bowling attack, which either one of them could provide.

    Still rate Siddle and North pretty highly, and its kind of harsh on them if they are dropped, but they really haven't done that well either to secure their places in the side, and with Ashes at stake, some ruthlessness has to be shown.

    Though having said all this, won't surprise me one bit if we play with an unchanged side at Headingley.

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    Rumour had it yesterday that Haddin might not make the 4th Test. I haven't seen the other keeper other than in this current Test but many think he's not a number 7 so Haddin's fitness might have a bearing on the selection of the rest of the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Better not rain on the first day. If it does, I will cry.
    Rain forecast for day 1, a bit better after that. But you need to take those sort of week-in-advance forecasts with a big pinch of salt.

    What's the drainage like at Leeds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Rain forecast for day 1, a bit better after that. But you need to take those sort of week-in-advance forecasts with a big pinch of salt.

    What's the drainage like at Leeds?
    Not brilliant as of now, unfortunatley. I have tickets for say one, but I that's the only day that I can go to as I'm going on holiday on the 8th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    There on day one, suckers

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