Struggling to see how you could leave McDonald out of the Gabba test squad at the very least.
While his batting results have been superb his bowling has once agan gone under rated and not even mentioned by many. Against a quality team, bowling alongside blokes who are in line for test selection, he once again goes for less than 2 an over.
And this is coming from a bloke who really doesn't like what he sees in McDonald. But considering the Gabba will seam, he surely must be in the squad.
Of course, I'd rather have him over North at the very least.
Of course, I think if you play well for Leicestershire then you must be an all-time great.
Of course, I am a dip****.
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McD will bat horribly if he selected to play Tests again. The guy has no Test match temperament or ambition.
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England have put in good preparations prior to the series, but you shouldn't forget that they are going to play all their practice games on three of the most placid pitches in the Oz right now. So playing at the Gabba after playing on those pitches would be a huge change.
Anyways, leading into the 1st test not liking how Chappell is handing over advice to Mussey through the media, the guy is already under a lot of pressure and this is the last thing he needs right now.
He has a point though. Hussey looks best when he's active and taking initiative. Not necessarily smashing it to all parts, but looking for a single on every ball and turning ones into twos. When he's grinding it out and just occupying the crease he looks terrible.
The next round of the Shield and the 'A' game will be crucial imo. Excited.
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95% sure we'll be resting quite a few for the "A" game. Skipper, Prior, Swann & two of Jimmeh, Finn or Chris jr out for the non-players thus far would be my my guess.
Prior could conceivably play as specialist bat if the heads reckon (say) Colly has enough form in the bank too.
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I doubt Strauss will be rested, partly because he thrives on form - leaving him out of the Bangladesh tour was a mistake - but mostly because there isn't a spare opener in the squad. Collingwood more likely to be left out of the Hobart game.
Davies can bat in the top order or Trott maybe.
Its true what you said regarding Hussey, but Chappell could easily give this advice to him in private but talking through the media is just not on.
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