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Australia's 12 month Batting form leading into the Ashes
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Disecting the stats, funny how the top scoring batsmen follows the batting order....however the 50/100 conversion ratio is only 10 hundreds and 36 fifties for the top 7so not good enough..yet again, North exposed as the weak link....
...wow at Hauritz averaging 34 with the bat, time to move him up to # 8 (Johnson only averaging 12)...in fact Hilfy averages 23 so Johnson maybe should bat at # 10
For bowling, not too many surprises, except that Watson is significantly under utilised
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Read this story about Pietersen earlier this week. Is a bit worrying to hear him say something like this to be honest:
My career is 'on the way down' admits Pietersen - Cricket, Sport - The Independent
Needs to get the skunk hairdo again to get back to form imo.
This was a serious post:
From his Twitter: "I was merely talking about age and that's it!! I'm in SA at the moment to get back playing at my best.. And It felt great today.."
Originally Posted by CricinfoOriginally Posted by Cricinfo
A good swing bowler will come into play in the matches your rightly highlighted. But all those seaming conditions basically appeared once over a course a series. Eerything else was flat & that really is Anderson's challenge - to bowl well when it isn't swinging.
A good hit-the-deck/bang-it-in type bowler in top form really hasn't toured AUS much since 2000. The only one is remember was Ntini & Nel in 05/06 & Akhtar 04/05 they did pretty well.
I think on the Anderson debate, we all recognised how crucial he can be in the right conditions for his style of bowling, that is swinging conditions. I would suggest he is the best in the world when conditions are stacked in his favour, and we also appreciate the fact it is when the going is not so good that will define exactly how good a bowler he is.
Thought that was one thing Hilfenhaus did in India, proved the ball doesn't have to swing round corners for him to do a more than efficient job for his side. Changed his tactics and was still effective. Jimmy must show he is capable of doing a similar job for England this winter.
The time to properly judge Anderson away from home is after 4 or 5 seasons of consistently bowling in all conditions - something he's only had for 2 seasons of a 7 year Test career.
As I said before, the same things were being said about him before The Ashes last year. We'll see at the end of the year, maybe things have changed. going on recent form our batting line-up will certainly give him a helping hand at some stage. If it's swinging then he might not need it.
Trying to work out which bowler was the guilty party, tbh. Has to be (my guess) Tiny Tim or Swanneh for my quid, Can't really imagine Broad, Tremlett, Finn or Panesar having much of a right hook.
- As featured in The Independent.
"Predictably, the ending of his international career did not end the argument about Pietersen's merits, as an army of informed commentators and Piers Morgan weighed in to defend or attack him."
- The Guardian's Andrew Anthony
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