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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Well tbh the pitches at home do suit him. He gets roughly zero overspin unless he bowls his toppie (which he doesn't, inexplicably) which means he needs the bounce and pace in the pitch to really trouble the batsmen.
    Oh, I completely agree. Which means we shouldn't put the wool over our eyes about his First Class record, which is terrible on pitches which suit his brand of spin.

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    Let's not kid ourselves though - he did actually bowl quite well last summer.
    Yeah, he bowled okay - quite a contrast to every other summer he's had. So did Doherty when he got a game. Doherty's bowled well this summer too. Honestly, I don't think either are very good at all but I do find it slightly amusing that people are carrying on about Hauritz being dropped because his replacement has a crap First Class career record. It's not like that's a weakness when comparing someone to Hauritz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Was my point tbh. The next best batsman in the squad is Smith.
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    Well the point that they're trying to make - well, at least, the point I would try to make if I was using the FC record argument - is that there's not much evidence that Doherty is actually better than Hauritz. So if you had to pick between the two, why wouldn't you go for one who has a decent amount of test experience, has a decent test record despite his horrific FC one and already done well at test level against this very team?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
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    Meh, I honestly think that if we're picking a specialist #7 or #8 batsman, Smith's probably the best candidate anyway.

    I'd probably favour Smith at this stage, given the squad, as long as we didn't over-bowl him. Failing that I'd pick Doherty over Siddle - not because he's a better bowler (he's not even close) but because I don't think Siddle would offer much that more than bowling Watson as a genuine fourth seamer. Essentially, I think Watson/Doherty is a better set of bowlers than Siddle/North.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post


    Yeah, he bowled okay - quite a contrast to every other summer he's had. So did Doherty when he got a game. Doherty's bowled well this summer too. Honestly, I don't think either are very good at all but I do find it slightly amusing that people are carrying on about Hauritz being dropped because his replacement has a crap First Class career record. It's not like that's a weakness when comparing someone to Hauritz.
    The way I see it is that because we have these spinners (perhaps O'Keefe aside) who have mediocre FC records, it would be best to choose one who has the potential to be more dangerous (even if they are not very consistent). If the choice is between Hauritz and Doherty, Doherty wins that contest for me. From the little I've seen of him bowl he just looks like he could trouble the batsmen more. If the selectors are choosing a spinner to actually form part of the attack (not just for a bit of variety etc.), then I don't see much of a point in choosing someone like Hauritz who is pretty damn innocuous most of the time (especially when there are part-timers like North in the team). Purely on bowling, O'Keefe would have been my first choice, but Doherty is probably a better option than Hauritz imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    I doubt people hate Siddle - rather they don't think he's as good as Bollinger, whereas the Aussie selectors might think that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Well the point that they're trying to make - well, at least, the point I would try to make if I was using the FC record argument - is that there's not much evidence that Doherty is actually better than Hauritz. So if you had to pick between the two, why wouldn't you go for one who has a decent amount of test experience, has a decent test record despite his horrific FC one and already done well at test level against this very team?
    Yeah, I see the point. I remember making a post a few weeks back to the tune of "when you have an entire First Class system of spin bowlers averaging 50, picking one and watching him fluke his way to a Test average of 35 should be met with celebration rather than disappointment" but I still have a chuckle whenever I hear someone say they can't believe Hauritz has been dropped for someone with such a terrible First Class record.

    People seem to be acting as if Hauritz is conclusively the best spinner in the country and has been unfairly scapegoated for the loss in the India, but while the latter may be true, the former definitely isn't. All of them are a fairly similar level - I personally actually believe that Doherty's a little better than Hauritz, particularly given the recent change in his action - but there's not much in it either way. It's not like Hauritz spent five seasons in the Shield proving his worth by holding his place and averaging 30 odd - he's done just as little as all these other ****s.

    I think it came down to a confidence thing in the end. Doherty's is sky high at the moment while Hauritz's is shot, and I said before, Doherty's a naturally confident cricketer even when things like grim anyway. If you get on top of Hauritz he can really lose it.
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    Yeah, I don't mind seeing Hauritz out. I think Doherty will go ok, but probably would've preferred a glance to the future with O'Keefe given a shot. If they're going judge someone purely on the last year and one decent international game, then O'Keefe did well against the England line-up and has been going pretty well in the shield.

    Would prefer a bowler that will be more aggressive than Hauritz was. The idea that he was the 'incumbent', and thus should be given first go if a spinner is selected, is the exact mistake the selectors have been making over the past year or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post

    Would prefer a bowler that will be more aggressive than Hauritz was. .
    I think Doherty meets that criterion. He bowls a lot quicker than Hauritz, without sacrificing any turn and drift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeusEx View Post
    The way I see it is that because we have these spinners (perhaps O'Keefe aside) who have mediocre FC records, it would be best to choose one who has the potential to be more dangerous (even if they are not very consistent). If the choice is between Hauritz and Doherty, Doherty wins that contest for me. From the little I've seen of him bowl he just looks like he could trouble the batsmen more. If the selectors are choosing a spinner to actually form part of the attack (not just for a bit of variety etc.), then I don't see much of a point in choosing someone like Hauritz who is pretty damn innocuous most of the time (especially when there are part-timers like North in the team). Purely on bowling, O'Keefe would have been my first choice, but Doherty is probably a better option than Hauritz imo.
    AWTA.

    (oh, and before anyone says it's on the basis of one spell in a meaningless ODI, that's one more than I've seen from Hauritz.. )

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    Someone soooo needs to make a Wheel of Mediocrity for Australian spinners....

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    etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    I think it came down to a confidence thing in the end. Doherty's is sky high at the moment while Hauritz's is shot, and I said before, Doherty's a naturally confident cricketer even when things like grim anyway. If you get on top of Hauritz he can really lose it.
    Should think that the fact that the England side consists predominantly of right handers with the exception of the 2 openers may have also influenced that decision. Not to mention that the most influential batter in the side has a real weakness to left arm spin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Someone soooo needs to make a Wheel of Mediocrity for Australian spinners....

    Hauritz
    White
    Cullen
    Bailey
    Casson
    Krejza
    McGain
    Doherty
    etc
    There was Warne for most of the last two decades - you're defeating the purpose of the Wheel.

    When you go 70 years with no pace averaging less than 29, come back and talk to me. The wheel came about because people were hyping the Next Big Thing despite having 70 years of history and the same cycle...with not a single success in terms of an 'elite' fast bowler. Dev the only one and he was very good rather than great or elite bowler.
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    In other words...two years is not a drought. And a few spinners is not a wheel.

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