I would be absolutely astonished if Ricky ever bowled first in a test match again.
That's the point GIMH was making...
Going to the Third day, stoked! Will get to see England go 1-0 down
I think he was mocking sifter for only changing half of the post tbf.
Mate, as an Aussie, you've completely nailed it in one. Our selectors have absolutely no imagination and we've slid down a slippery slope.
Grimly held onto Hussey & North. Watson & Clarke should be batting at #3 and #4. We should have kept playing Phil Hughes (still averages 51 in Tests and nearly 57 in FC). Ponting should have dropped down to #6 as part of sucession planning. Haddin shouldn't walk back into the side.
Bottom line, if we don't win back the Ashes, based firstly on age, secondly on ability:
Hussey gone. In decline over the past few years.
Ponting gone. Ditto.
Haddin gone. Keeping is a liability. Been dismissed 40 times in Tests, scored >50 seven times.
North going, going. Unreliable.
Katich going, going. Maybe 18 months left in him as long as his form is good.
Clarke on notice.
Then you ask, who is the long-term captain of Australia?
If it isn't Clarke, Cameron White from Victoria has the best leadership pedigree, leading the Vics since he was 20, in 2003/04, with pretty good success:
FC Winners: 03/04, 08/09, 09/10
FC Runners Up: 05/06, 07/08
1-day Domestic: got the Vics to the last 4 finals (we choked each time)
But we really need to bottom out and play the kids.
Just no lol.
Are all safe and so they should be (Paine is close though) - And batting where they are.
We'll end up like the West Indies with your line of thinking. Just playing inexperienced kids in the hope they click.
The only ones who deserve the kick are North and Hussey.
Our bowling attack being as it is with replacements such as Sids and Harris in the wing means that a stable middle order is really our one impediment to good success. Domination, no, but much more success, quite probably.