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    Certainly looks a strong Australia batting line up (which tbh i've never doubted) but the bowling is still pish weak IMO. Hauritz is better but average, Smith isn't anymore threatening than North, Johnson = LOL.

    Recon the test will draw though. Both sets of batters fire. 950 runs in first two digs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Squad has been leaked to me and on Fox Sports.com.au

    North out, Smith in
    Bollinger out, Johnson in
    Dohers out, Hauritz in
    Katich out, Hughes in

    And maybe Siddle out, and Hilf in
    Is that legit, or just guess work? Because if that's the actual team, that's not ideal.
    Katich for Hughes is a given, and Doherty for Hauritz is probably the other obvious choice, while Johnson for Bollinger is maybe to do with fitness issues. But Smith for North? What is the point of having two spin bowlers in Perth, especially seeing as though one of them is the 'seasoned' specialist? I could understand more if Smith was coming in for Doherty, but that line up means he is taking up a batsmen's spot. He is decent with the bat, but Khawaja and Dussey, in particular, would have been far better options. Our batting is fragile as hell, and is the main reason we lost the last game, so anything to bolster it is a plus. Unfortunately that side, while stronger than the last one, still doesn't improve our batting much.

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    Why does everyone think that Smith's a spinner? He's a batting all-rounder ffs.
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    North Out, Smith In = Failure Out, Circus In

    Our team has now officially became a joke.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TumTum View Post
    North Out, Smith In = Failure Out, Circus In

    Our team has now officially became a joke.
    ffs, why do you think that Smith's a mere glorified slogger? Does a glorified slogger average 50 in Shield cricket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Why does everyone think that Smith's a spinner? He's a batting all-rounder ffs.
    Does he not bowl spin?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    Does he not bowl spin?!?!
    Haha fair call. What I actually meant was that some people thought that he was a bowler, when he isn't really. I know he bowls spin.....went over my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    ffs, why do you think that Smith's a mere glorified slogger? Does a glorified slogger average 50 in Shield cricket?
    Because of the way he bats. BTW he averages 43 now. Every dog has it's day and so has Smith.

    http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Pl...by_Season.html

    He just had 1 fluky season, compared to everyone else who have been performing their butts off, yeah lets give Smith the opportunity. ****ing Hell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    Are we sure Dougeh has lost his place simply due to form? As others have mentioned he seemed pretty out of sorts, not in great shape physically, and there were fitness concerns coming into Brisbane which may not have been worked out in Adelaide.
    I think its a bit of both, he completely ran out of puff in the England innings, but he also wasn't bowling as tightly as he has done before. I would guess they figure if you have two misfiring lefties then go with the faster one as two would be giving extra ammo for Swann who they now appear to be petrified of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TumTum View Post
    Because of the way he bats. BTW he averages 43 now. Every dog has it's day and so has Smith.

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    He just had 1 fluky season, compared to everyone else who have been performing their butts off, yeah lets give Smith the opportunity. ****ing Hell.
    Yeah, like most cricketers, Steve Smith has peaked at the age of 20...
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Yeah, like most cricketers, Steve Smith has peaked at the age of 20...
    What has his age got anything to do with the way he bats?

    He hasn't peaked, as I said it was just a fluky season. Sloggers don't have peaks ffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    I lol'ed
    Same here, tbh. Finding that self deprecating humour works marvellously at masking the inner pain and torment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Yeah, like most cricketers, Steve Smith has peaked at the age of 20...
    Nah nah you've got it wrong. TumTum is like a cricketing nostradamus, he knows. Once predicted something about a T20 tournament didn't you know?
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    As a hypothetical, what would people actually prefer: for us to win the Ashes with the same, familiar team and these players to be retained because of that for a long time afterwards, or for us to lose the Ashes resulting in whatever you would consider the optimal team being established afterwards due to the defeat.



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