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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    Am a bit concerned about the time between these two tests from Australia's point of view. Would prefer these tests to be back-to-back given this result. Although I guess it does give players like Johnson the chance to improve even further.
    I'm not sure that long a break is necessarily a good thing for Mitch, as it has been said so many times, he is the kind of bowler who needs a lot of overs behind him, to hit his straps and bowl well.

    Though that break is good for the likes of Hilfy, Clarke, Norfy to freshen up and rejuvenate themselves, as they have been the guys who done most of work for us through this series, and they definitely would benifit from bit of a rest.

    The break would also ensure that Haddin too gets enough time to heal his broken/fractured finger, but everything said and done, I don't think Ponting and boys would ideally like this long a break, considering the kind of momentum they have on their side atm.

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    5th test at the Oval will be a bit like the last stage of the Tour de France for the general classification winner. A foregone conclusion and pretty much a leisurely stroll.

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    If Freddie's not fit to play, it leaves England a choice of an extra batsman or bowler again.

    All I can say Ronnie was inform in the practice match and won't be playing for Australia and given the time he's not spent playing this tour he'd be pale enough to play for England.

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    You guys reckon England will try a Mumbai 04 job on Australia at the Oval?Swann and Monty...
    Desperate time and all that.
    As for the Eng XI,don't even want to contemplate that potential selection nightmare.
    0h & in on 1st page of epic thread.


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    In my dreams I'd go with

    1.Strauss

    A few odd decisions but a top batsman and a decent if somewhat unimaginative skipper

    2.Trescothick

    Surely he can be persuaded to play one "no strings attached remember '05 Marcus" more time?

    3.Trott

    I think there is something about the South African psyche

    4.Ramprakash

    At the Oval and with the country behind him - he's got ITB's scriptwriter

    5.Collingwood

    Deserves to stay - as long as he can sit in the middle order in relative anonymity he's fine

    6. Prior

    Proved his critics wrong in both his disciplines

    7.Flintoff

    Must play if he's remotely close to being fit for pshchological effect alone

    8. Swann

    Best we've got

    9. Sidebottom

    In form and in as the Burnley Express has blown a gasket

    10.Harmison

    His last test - he knows the scriptwriter too

    11. Onions

    Been quite impressed with him - better option than Broad to take wickets

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    In my dreams I'd go with

    1.Strauss

    A few odd decisions but a top batsman and a decent if somewhat unimaginative skipper

    2.Trescothick

    Surely he can be persuaded to play one "no strings attached remember '05 Marcus" more time?

    3.Trott

    I think there is something about the South African psyche

    4.Ramprakash

    At the Oval and with the country behind him - he's got ITB's scriptwriter

    5.Collingwood

    Deserves to stay - as long as he can sit in the middle order in relative anonymity he's fine

    6. Prior

    Proved his critics wrong in both his disciplines

    7.Flintoff

    Must play if he's remotely close to being fit for pshchological effect alone

    8. Swann

    Best we've got

    9. Sidebottom

    In form and in as the Burnley Express has blown a gasket

    10.Harmison

    His last test - he knows the scriptwriter too

    11. Onions

    Been quite impressed with him - better option than Broad to take wickets

    When a dream XI is as bad as that you know your team has problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    When a dream XI is as bad as that you know your team has problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    When a dream XI is as bad as that you know your team has problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    When a dream XI is as bad as that you know your team has problems.
    Happy pills mate - you should try 'em some time

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    Should bat extras at 3 IMO
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    RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.

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    I'd go with the team Fred proposed tbh, problem is, if Trescothick came back and got a duck in both innings then it would be awful, and not entirely inprobable.

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    The main reason to bring Tresco back is that he is the master of the mint saliva, would be worth it for Burgey's reaction alone, would be something like this FTR:


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    Knowing the Australian selectors, they'll probably drop Clark to bring in Hauritz.
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    Hope so

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    Bell, Bopara, Harmison out. Trott, Key, Flintoff in.

    Providing he can play, it will be Freddie's last Test match. Century and a 5fer, please.

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