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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    The ACA (Aus Cricketer's Association, which represents the players) I believe has an understanding with CA (Cricket Australia) that there will be at least three full day's break between Tests. The Sydney Test always used to start on the 2nd, but has started on the 3rd for the past couple of years and will continue to do so.
    Fair enough, better for the players anyway.

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    The drop in Test pitches at the MCG have actually improved quite a bit in recent years.

    Though they'll probably never have the same natural properties - genuine pace and bounce (other than trampoline bounce) or raging turn - that pure wicket blocks can produce.

    But they've become very serviceable in recent years however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    The ACA (Aus Cricketer's Association, which represents the players) I believe has an understanding with CA (Cricket Australia) that there will be at least three full day's break between Tests. The Sydney Test always used to start on the 2nd, but has started on the 3rd for the past couple of years and will continue to do so.
    Not sure it's just the ACA to be honest, think it's all internataional cricket (which is why we now get games starting on Wednesdays over here)
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    With Aus picking the same squad for Melbourne I think that Beer will be left out again. You couldn't pick him over Siddle. That said Smith is not good enough to be the solo spinner so I think it will be disasterous. The selectors should have swallowed their pride and picked Hauritz or even Holland if they're desperate for left arm orthodox. Selectors aren't known for doing that though.

    England cannot drop Collingwood as he provides the extra overs as 5th bowler. They could replace him with a bowler, say Bresnan, who can bat a bit. Their tail will be a bit long though. Prior is not going that well to say that he could bat at 6. Collingwood is also one of the best fielders in the world so as a package has to stay.


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    England don't need to change their team at all tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Not sure it's just the ACA to be honest, think it's all internataional cricket (which is why we now get games starting on Wednesdays over here)
    That's what I thought too, but then I saw that SA v Ind is starting on 2 January.

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    Damn BCCI.

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    Definitely agree with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian87 View Post
    I'm standing by the Smith selection. It was an aggressive one and Australia still need another win. If Khawaja were to come in for anyone I'd prefer it for Hughes.
    Asking him to open on his debut might not be the best idea.. anyway it depends on the nature of the MCG wicket and whether the captain has faith in Smith's bowling to deliver when needed.

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    It's not the line Swann is having problems with IMO - just outside off, which he's been mostly - it's the length. Slightly full and Hussey is to the pitch and driving/clipping, too short and he cuts or pulls - mostly pulls. So refreshing to see someone else do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian87 View Post
    I'm standing by the Smith selection. It was an aggressive one and Australia still need another win. If Khawaja were to come in for anyone I'd prefer it for Hughes.
    Too bad Smith didn't get a chance to bowl a few at the WACA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    England don't need to change their team at all tbh.
    Finn is looking tired so they may choose Bresnan to bat at 8 and give more to the batting, Bresnan and Shahzad being shorty and skiddier will be better suited to a usual Melbourne pitch anyway.

    Main change has to be Bell up to 5 and Colly down to 6.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    It'd be tough on Beer to be dropped from the squad, but there's no reason why the selectors couldn't have announced a 13 man squad.

    I would not want to lose an Ashes series because the selectors were too stubborn to pick the best spinner in the country.
    Didnt we lose last years ashes series because the selectors were too stubborn to select the best spinner in the country?

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    Yes as for the England side for the MCG, Bresnan in for Finn for me as the only change to the XI, and Bell and Colly to swap places in the batting order.
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