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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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.
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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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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