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    How about for the rest of the series? Is it likely to be a factor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Wonder if Australia are leaning away from picking Bollinger due to the extra rough he and Johsnon would generate for Swann?
    I'm not saying they're scared of Swann, or that is the reason behind the decision, but is it ridiculous to suggest the thought might have flicked through their mind?

    Jimmy's taken 84 @ 28 since Siddle's debut ftr.

    Meh!

    Same ole, same ole when the sun is out - guy is style over substance

    Anyway, he was pummeled by Tamim last summer in favourable conditions and is the only batter remotely comparable to the Aussies

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Meh!

    Same ole, same ole when the sun is out - guy is style over substance

    Anyway, he was pummeled by Tamim last summer in favourable conditions and is the only batter remotely comparable to the Aussies
    Yeah, don't get me wrong, I'm not championing Jimmeh for the upcoming series.

    He only got tapped by Tamim when the sun come out funnily enough

    Could've been worse, could've gone for 70+ against West Indies/Pakistan like 2 of your bowlers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    How about for the rest of the series? Is it likely to be a factor?
    Rough is generally not much of a factor in Oz

    Adelaide , MCG and Sydney (but not of late) "may" have something in it for the spinner but it's not a great hunting ground


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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Rough is generally not much of a factor in Oz

    Adelaide , MCG and Sydney (but not of late) "may" have something in it for the spinner but it's not a great hunting ground
    Yeah, I understand it won't really be a decisive thing in the series. So won't have been the decisive in the selector's decision.
    I just can't see them wanting to help Swann at all.
    Thus why I brought it up as an idea, nothing more.

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    It's definitely the sort of crap the Australian selectors would come up with. Picking the best bowlers is never that simple for them - they'll invent all sorts of fancy reasons to pick their favourites when they're inferior, and that Swann/rough stuff sounds very much like a Hilditchism.
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    Sanga has done well but Murali has done better. In my opinion, Murali is simply the best off spinner in history of cricket and I can't make that kind of statement for Sanga.
    Sanga isn't the best off spinner in the history of cricket? News to me.

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    Tbh, if Oz bat like they have in the last 18 months, they'll lose

    If Katich, Watson or Ponting start converting starts, they'll win

    IMO, it's that simple as 3-250 is a very different platform to 3-120 with Hussey, North, etc to follow

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    TBF to Siddle, his average has blown out to "Anderson" proportions by virtue of a bad injury-hampered summer

    Guy has been rated as a future great by no less a judge than Mark Boucher and he still has huge potential
    Siddle has potential to be a very good bowler, but I don't honestly see him being any better than Ntini. The good but not great category is the most I think he'll achieve given the tools that he has to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Rough is not a huge factor at Brisbane - the pitch is like concrete and it has really only suited a couple of spinners in history anyway

    Think it comes down to match fitness and the fear of the unknown (3 left armers in a 4 man attack)
    Why is the fact that Doug Bollinger is left handed an issue?

    Australia didn't have a problem playing an all right handed attack of McGrath, Lee, Clark and Warne last time out. You pick your best bowlers regardless, I don't see how 3 of Johnson, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus and Doherty being lefties is remotely an issue.

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    Nor does social tbf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Yeah and he is a decent bowler but he is not going to intimidate anyone, physically or mentally.

    The Australian attack is decent but unless Johnson pulls something special out the bag I am confident England can make competitive totals on a regular basis, just not sure they will be able to make the really imposing ones, we very rarely do.
    Tell that to Graeme Smith and Jaques Kallis.

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    When did Hilfenahuas intimidate those two?
    "It was an easy decision to sign. I could have gone elsewhere, I had calls, but it never entered my mind it's not about the money."
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Hopefully Siddle gets picked then.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas View Post
    Please stop calling Siddle crap it is making me nervous. If he plays and does well it is entirely your fault.
    Bloody Furball.

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    Your team for the 3 dayer vs Victoria next week?

    I'd go:

    Strauss - needs to learn to score runs in the first innings
    Pietersen - opens based on who I'm putting in the rest of the lineup. Plus, he moaned about the nets at Adelaide, this gives him a chance for instant middle time without sitting around waiting on the rest of the top order getting bored and throwing their wicket away.
    Collingwood - could do with time in the middle
    Bell - ditto
    Morgan - chance for some game time
    Prior - see Collingwood
    Broad - could do with some wickets and batting practice
    Shazad - another opportunity to shine
    Tremlett - chance to put pressure on Finn
    Finn - straight shootout with Tremlett for Perth
    Panesar - keeps up his match sharpness should England want to play 2 spinners in Sydney

    Cook and Trott get the chance to put their feet up, Jimmy's back in the UK for the birth of his kid (and I'd have given him a rest anyway), Swann gets a rest as well.



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