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    Obviously considering Ferguson, or see how Smith/Hauritz can bowl today.

    Would have been stupid having to make the decision today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    The England batsmen treated Bollinger with a contempt that I don't remember Johnson getting treated with at Brisbane. Only difference really was that Bollinger got an absolute gift of a wicket.
    Again though, do you think Bollinger was fully fit? And do you think it would make a difference if he was? The wicket might have been gifted to him somewhat, but you still have to get the ball in the right areas for that to happen. If you're bowling 6 feet wide of off then there's not much chance the batsman will let one go and it'll hit off stump.

    Given he started ok in the last test, I'd back Bollinger to make a bigger improvement than Johnson given his fitness issues, but only if they could be addressed before Perth. Johnson has shown he can bowl absolute rubbish fully fit and even when in good form before the match starts.

    How about we pick neither of them
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    Another factor that needs to be considered is whether Ponting is going to bowl someone like Hauritz if picked. This is the most important match of Ponting's life (legacy, his future as player and captain are all up for grabs), and I just think his scant patience for Hauritz if the Indian tour and subsequent fallout between those guys is any indication is going to mean that a few bad opening overs from Hauritz, and I bet he will be sidelined.

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    Damn it Howard. Where's the team?
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    I'm pretty sure Smith is pretty much a lock in as the spinner now, but I certainly think the best way to go forward would have been to have Smith replacing North and Hauritz replacing Doherty.
    Ferguson too should have done enough with his century to claim North's place in the side, he is anyhow Hilditch's blue-eyed boy and probably would have replaced North in the 1st test itself had he managed some runs back then.....
    Also a lot of people are saying how unjustified is it to pick a bloke like Ferguson who averages 30 odd over blokes like Khawaja or Smith who average 50 odd, something those people are ignoring is that Ferguson since the age of 16-17 has been around the scene and till 23 he kept on playing just on the merit of being a good batsman.
    Its only in the last two years or so that he has started to string in some good runs and add to that the amount of natural talent he has, so don't think his stats are really the true reflection of his ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Got_Spin View Post
    Damn it Howard. Where's the team?
    They'd have to release it at the latest 3pm or 4pm so the media can cover it for the news tonight.

    Once it gets later than that, then tomorrow.

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    "Good afternoon, Cricket Australia. Andrea speaking"

    "Hello Andrea, can you tell me if the test team is being announced today?"

    "Sorry?"

    "The test team, is it being announced today?"

    "I don't know".

    "What do you mean you don't know? This is Cricket Australia isn't it?"

    "Yes"

    "And you guys are in charge of, among other things, the test team?"

    "Yes"

    "Well, when might we expect it?"

    "I don't know"

    "You don't know"

    "No"

    "Well, is there someone within the organisation responsible for the administraion of Australian cricket who might know when the nation's test team is to be announced?"

    "I'll put you through to someone who might"

    "That would be lovely. You're very helpful".

    Ring. Ring. Ring.

    "You've reached the voicemail of Joe Numpty, marketing officer for Cricket Australia. Leave a message and I will return your call"

    "Hi Joe, it's Cameron here. Is the test team being announceed today? Give me a call back mate and let me know whether I'm wasting my time sitting next to a radio all arvo expecting it please. You can get me on ...."

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Another factor that needs to be considered is whether Ponting is going to bowl someone like Hauritz if picked. This is the most important match of Ponting's life (legacy, his future as player and captain are all up for grabs), and I just think his scant patience for Hauritz if the Indian tour and subsequent fallout between those guys is any indication is going to mean that a few bad opening overs from Hauritz, and I bet he will be sidelined.
    I think Ponting is just trying too hard and as a result both the bowlers and the team is suffering.
    Ponting is just trying too hard to make things happen and he just seems more restless than ever on the field, he is constantly changing the field and as a captain he just hasn't shown any patience to work over a wicket.
    So if Ponting really wants some results from his bowlers then he better shown more trust in em, otherwise no matter who we pick the result ain't gonna be any good....

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    burgeah

    Anyway.

    Expect Warne to come in for Doherty, Khawaja in for North and Hughes in for Katman



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