Johnson seemed to alternate between being pretty damn fast and then hovering around the 86/87mph mark, whereas Siddle seemed to be more consistent.
For me it seems stupid making Lee sit on the sidelines. Have great regard for that guy. If he has played his last test for Australia I beleive they are repeating the same mistake they made with Hayden. Forcing a guy out before he is done. Australia could afford doing this earlier, but at the moment I don't think so.
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Would love to see Lee back, but in order for him to play they would need to drop Johnson or play 4 pacers. I simply cannot see them do either, especially after the disaster at the Oval, Hauritz will play until they realize that he's not going to be very useful on Australian pitches.
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Who would you drop?
Here is the incumbent Team with their form over the last 12 months
1. Watson – 8 Tests, 416 runs @ 29.71 and 12 wkts @ 35.33
2. Katich – 17 Tests, 1411 runs @ 48.65 and 6 wkts @ 25.66
3. Ponting – 17 Tests, 1246 runs @ 41.53
4. Hussey – 17 Tests, 992 runs @ 34.20
5. Clarke – 17 Tests, 1440 runs @ 53.33
6. North – 7 Tests, 527 runs @ 47.90 and 6 wkts @ 50.33
7. Haddin – 16 Tests, 1028 runs @ 41.12 and 55 dismissals (54c/1st)
8. Johnson – 17 Tests, 632 runs @ 30.09 and 80 wkts @ 27.07
9. Siddle – 12 Tests, 49 wkts @ 28.93
10. Clark – 6 Tests, 13 wkts @ 38.75
11. Hilfenhaus – 8 Tests, 29 wkts @ 33.44
12. Hauritz – 4 Tests, 11 wkts @ 39.63
Personally I would bring Lee in for Clark and leave the rest alone for the first 2 Tests vs the West Indies. I would have brought back Hughes and put Watson at 4 until Hussey hit 121 in his last bat, so he deserves a few more Tests to see if he has actually turned it around.
Guys who have also played over the last 12 months
Lee – 8 Tests, 21 wkts @ 47.80
Hughes – 5 Tests, 472 runs @ 52.44
McDonald – 4 Tests, 107 runs @ 21.40 and 9 wkts @ 33.33
White – 4 Tests, 146 runs @ 29.20 and 5 wkts @ 68.40
Krejza – 2 Tests, 13 wkts @ 43.23
Bollinger – 1 Test, 2 wkts @ 65.50
McGain – 1 Test, 0 wkts
The fall-out will be relatively minimal
I arrived in London mid-way through the first days play at Lords which was an absolutely disgraceful perfomance from Oz.
That night, I spent in the company of very senior people from CA who made it absolutely clear that:
a. Oz's performance in SA was held in very high regard;
b. Youth was the key to our future;
c. Ponting is there for as long as he chooses to be (2011 minimum, 2013 if they lost the current series);
d. Clarke is hated at the highest level
Bottom line is that Clark has played his last test, Hussey maybe, Nielsen safe for the time being
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They do realise the SA series is over don't they? I can see why they might hold it in high regard as it highlights the potential some of our young players have. But there must be a limit to the leeway it gives them for future series surely.
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Had heard similar rusings about Clark too.
Doesn't surprise CA hate M. Clarke. If he wasnt such a good bat he would fall into the Chris Rogers/Brad Hodge category of "not fitting in with the team". Suppose he's not bland or boring enough to be held in high regard by CA.
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