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    Is there the potential that Steve Smith could end up being a Test level Moises Henriques?

    Moey, at this stage, is a wonderful package, but not quite good enough with the bat or the ball in FC cricket. Steve Smith, at least for the next couple of years, could be classified as the same, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeusEx View Post
    Yeh but unfortunately at this stage it looks as though Khawaja might ironically end up replacing one of our top batsmen in Clarke, rather than Hussey or North who probably should of been replaced.

    A bonus though is that hopefully Khawaja will be be taken along as part of the squad even beyond the Gabba test as a backup for Clarke (because I'm sure Clarke's problem won't resolve completely for the duration of the Ashes). Therefore if Hussey or North fail, he will be right there for selection (as opposed to e.g. Ferguson).
    AWTA.

    If Clarke is fit for the 2nd test and Hussey or North have failed then surely Clarke would replace them.Then again the way the Aussie selectors work they'll drop Katich and open with Hussey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Is there the potential that Steve Smith could end up being a Test level Moises Henriques?

    Moey, at this stage, is a wonderful package, but not quite good enough with the bat or the ball in FC cricket. Steve Smith, at least for the next couple of years, could be classified as the same, IMO.
    Yep he really could be. I can't wait to see how NSW fit the all rounders and spinners in the XI and how much bowling they all get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got_Spin View Post
    Yeah I've obviously, with others, been calling for Khawaja to replace the hopeless two. However, as long as we can get him in the team, it's somewhat of a good thing. If he performs, and Hussey/North fail, he could potentially take the no.5 or 6 position when Clarke comes back.
    Oh right, sorry I misinterpreted what you said. Yeah if Khawaja does replace Clarke and peforms at a high level then he might well stop either North of Hussey coming back, although given the conservatism of the selectors I wouldn't be suprised if he was kicked out. It would make little sense to do that, but the selectors seem to have an obsession with sticking with the 'in' players. For that reason I was quite suprised Hauritz got the axe...


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    Got my last exam on Wednesday so I'll have all of Thursday and Friday to watch the first 2 days.

    Can't wait.

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    Watto on Inside Cricket just confirmed there's nothing wrong with him.

    Apart from his haircut
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Watto on Inside Cricket just confirmed there's nothing wrong with him.

    Apart from his haircut
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Watto on Inside Cricket just confirmed there's nothing wrong with him.

    Apart from his haircut
    Thank goodness for that.

    LBW to Broad, first ball of the second over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    Thank goodness for that.

    LBW to Broad, first ball of the second over.
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    Overturned on umpire's review due to a no ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I'm looking forward to nein's new technology. The score is going to be on the bottom of the screen and the batsmans scores up the entire time. Also bowling speeds from a bowlers last 5 overs.

    Looks good tbh I could get used to it.
    Link?

    If Clarke were injured, does anyone think that would increase the likelihood of Smith playing over Doherty as a spinner to bolster the batting line up? Good to see Usman in the squad at least.
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    Does show that the selectors have some sense and rate Khawaja > Ferguson

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
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    If Clarke were injured, does anyone think that would increase the likelihood of Smith playing over Doherty as a spinner to bolster the batting line up? Good to see Usman in the squad at least.
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    I reckon Clarke will play myself unless he can't bat at all tomorrow. It doesn't really inhibit his strokeplay a lot once he gets set and he has no problem scoring 2 from 40 balls to get set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I'm looking forward to nein's new technology. The score is going to be on the bottom of the screen and the batsmans scores up the entire time. Also bowling speeds from a bowlers last 5 overs.

    Looks good tbh I could get used to it.
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