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    Styris to Pietersen, SIX, wow, what a shot, that is awesome...it's a repeat of his six off Muralitharan at Edgbaston, as he switches his grip and reverse-hits Styris over deep cover (or should that be deep square-leg) for a memorable maximum.
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    Styris to Pietersen, SIX, that's the most extraordinary shot, he switches his grip to that of a left-hander and launches Stryis high over long-off for a might six. That is one of the more incredible shots you'll see

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    Quote Originally Posted by alternative View Post
    Why is everyone complaining about the Batsmen alone?

    Can't expect to win the game if the bowlers can't pick up 20 wickets.
    Yeah fair call. Problem is, that most of our bowlers have 1. been bowling on roads and 2. seem to be good without being spectacular. So whatever you do, won't solve the problem that well. So as long as Doherty's not picked any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alternative View Post
    Why is everyone complaining about the Batsmen alone?

    Can't expect to win the game if the bowlers can't pick up 20 wickets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outbreak View Post
    PEWS to be fair Cosgroves performing pretty decently, it's just that CA don't want to set a bad example by picking an overweight player. I want to see Copeland get a chance next year.
    That's why I said "various reasons". He's a good batsman, but he hasn't kicked on the way they'd like.
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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alternative View Post
    Why is everyone complaining about the Batsmen alone?

    Can't expect to win the game if the bowlers can't pick up 20 wickets.
    Adelaide FFS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Nah, don't agree at all. Selection really shouldn't be that hard - you should pick your best team for each match. This sort of age-progression thinking you're advocating is exactly why we've seen North in the team for so long - he's there to act as the experienced head in his 30s when Ponting, Hussey and Katich go. If they didn't try to get too funky with it and pick players based on how old they'll be when others retire I seriously think he'd have been gone long ago.

    As I said before, the problem Australia are experiencing (with the batting at least) is that a whole sub-generation of batsmen failed to kick on as expected. If you have a look at the 25-31 age rage for batting contenders, you've got Clarke and Watson (playing), and then a whole host of former prodigies who have fallen away for one reason or another. Marsh, Cosgrove, Bailey, Pomersbach, Ferguson, Voges, Cowan etc have not have the success at First Class level that their predecessors did, so Australia are trying to build a team of players outside their prime. Inexperience and terminal decline - a great mix. The serious contenders - Hughes, Dave Hussey, Khawaja, Smith - are all out of this range. No amount of "blooding" (a word I really hate as it always implies picking someone for the case of youth) mediocre young players would've changed that.
    So pick the young guys and give them an extended run. Imagine if Hughes had have had the last two years of test matches instead of being sidelined after two poor tests.

    We need to do something and it seems that the most successful players are picked when they're too young and given a free run for a while to find their feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    So pick the young guys and give them an extended run.
    ... if they're the best available batsmen.

    Anything less makes a mockery of the cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outbreak View Post
    PEWS to be fair Cosgroves performing pretty decently, it's just that CA don't want to set a bad example by picking an overweight player. I want to see Copeland get a chance next year.
    Had no issue calling Bollinger back for this test, tbh.
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    raining cats and dogs now FFS!!

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    Oh Clarke what have you done /facepalm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbacks View Post
    raining cats and dogs now FFS!!
    Is it? Already? That is ridiculously bad timing if it is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    Well, the actual settler will be how England bat on a wicket that's doing a bit (which they will surely have to at some stage) and how Australia bowl in the same situation.

    The last two England innings have been on roads against guys bowling quite poorly for the most part. They've made the most of it, and that reflects the current standings of the series.

    Australia will have to lift their bowling efforts though to take advantage of any situation where they might get a chance to roll England over cheaply. As the 1st innings in Brisbane showed, a little bit in the wicket and even just one to two bowlers hitting the right lines and things can get difficult.

    If they do manage to bowl England out cheaply, then they have to actually bat well.

    I think you have to look at the conditions up to this point when assessing batting performances. England are not as far ahead in the batting stakes as 2 big innings on flat tracks suggest. But are miles ahead in the bowling department at the moment.

    Suggesting they're impossible to get out based on the last two innings is a little like suggesting everyone was wrong to suggest Swann would struggle a bit in Oz based on him just taking 5 in the second innings in Adelaide on a wicket everyone basically agreed he should go well on the last 2 days.

    Australia have to lift dramatically to turn it around though.
    AWTA.

    The difference between the two sides in ability is not as vast as it seems right now. However, on actual performance, England have outdone Australia by a vast margin so far. But at some point I'd expect Australia to fight back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Cam White to get the captaincy.

    If only he could bat.
    wouldnt be a bad idea
    ganguly and vaughan both had periods where they stayed in the team- and were easily not in the best 6 batsman in their country .
    whites leadership is excellent- a real aggressive alpha male, unlike anyone in the current team- thats what they need- someone with some confidence in themselves and their tactics

    have him at 6

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    And he adds that spin option if conditions suit (not a great one but hey hardly a better option in the country) as well as a solid slip fieldsman.

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