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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Just viewed the Test rankings, we're one point behind the Aussies, and 7 behind Saffa in second. All jokes aside, what do we need to do to propel ourselves to second by the end of the Ashes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.Joe View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Someone linked to some website a wee while ago where you can fiddle about with upcoming series results and see how your predictions will affect the rankings.

    NFI who it was or what the website was though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.I.Joe View Post
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    Interesting, if Aussie vs India is 1-1 and Aussie vs England is 3-2 we go to # 2 (assuming Pak pull off another unusual win vs SA)

    Even better news is that 2-0 vs India and 4-1 vs England will put us back at # 1...assuming NZ steal a Test off India

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie tragic View Post
    Interesting, if Aussie vs India is 1-1 and Aussie vs England is 3-2 we go to # 2 (assuming Pak pull off another unusual win vs SA)
    Those were my exact predictions too

    What I get from the predictor is that the SA-Ind series seems to be the pivotal series as far as predicting a #1 ranking change goes. Even India losing to Australia 0-2 doesn't affect us as much as losing that one does, provided the remaining series' play as they should (IMO).

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    Anyone watching sky at the moment?

    Think I agree with Nasser's squad.

    Both him and Athers picking Tremlett.

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    Nas and Athers squads on Sky:

    Athers:

    Strauss
    Cook
    Trott
    KP
    Bell
    Collingwood
    Morgan
    Prior
    Davies
    Swann
    Rashid
    Anderson
    Broad
    Finn
    Bresnan
    Tremlett

    Nasser:

    Strauss
    Cook
    Trott
    KP
    Bell
    Collingwood
    Morgan
    Prior
    Davies
    Swann
    Panesar
    Anderson
    Broad
    Finn
    Shazhad
    Tremlett

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    For me, I'd go for the combo and have Rashid and Shazhad.

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    Watto very adamant in that interview that he wants to open. I wonder if he feels that he has to try to set his stall out because the selectors might move him, or whether it was just an attempt to be confident about opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    Watto very adamant in that interview that he wants to open. I wonder if he feels that he has to try to set his stall out because the selectors might move him, or whether it was just an attempt to be confident about opening.
    I'm sure he'd accept the # 3 spot of the legends of Ricky Ponting and Ian Chapell if offered...just need to convince Ricky that it's in the best interest of the Team so that Watto can bowl more....

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie tragic View Post
    I'm sure he'd accept the # 3 spot of the legends of Ricky Ponting and Ian Chapell if offered...just need to convince Ricky that it's in the best interest of the Team so that Watto can bowl more....
    Well yes, I'm sure he would but... he seems to worship Ponting. I'm not sure he'd want it unless Ponting was retired.

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    Think I agree with f_o_s. Monty's figures suggest he's bowled well, but Rashid is the more rounded cricketer. If Swanneh treads on a bar of soap on the morning of a test I'd be happier to see Rashid coming in. A 9-10-11 of Anderson-Finn-Panesar would be scary.

    Also gives us the option of 5 bowlers if the situation merits it too.

    Don't think Bres's bowling has quite enough about it in tests either, so Shahzad with his reverse swing the better option.
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    The idea of a young English leg spinner making his Test debut in an Ashes Test in Australia is a seriously worrying prospect - he might succeed I suppose, but I suspect its much more likely that after his first spell it'll be 0-50 in four overs and hiding in the outfield for the rest of the game - I'd take Monty as second spinner (well actually given a free hand I'd take Gary Keedy but there's no way that will happen with the selecors we have)

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    Yeah agree with Brumby about that lower order and about the importance of Rashid's batting. England may be regretting not having blooded Rashid in Test cricket before now. I imagine they reckoned he wouldn't be ready for this Ashes series come what may; and if so that might mean that they won't pick him now.

    I'd be reluctant to get carried away with Monty's performance this season. He did ok but in truth he was far from outstanding in a far from outstanding Sussex bowling side which feasted on some inept batting in Div 2 and which without exception managed to achieve some pretty remarkable bowling stats.

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