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    *Official* Fourth Test at the MCG

    England to win by an innings.
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    I will be there and I hope to witness the following:

    - Twatto golden duck
    - Clarke golden duck
    - KP ton
    - Hussey ton
    - Another epic Johnson spell

    Not much to ask.
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    You can have the first three but no deal on the last two.

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    Bell has to bat 5 at Melbourne, his form is being wasted at 6.


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    I'd take the same team into Melbourne....something about pick your best 4 bowlers rather than 3 + token spinner...Watto, Smith and Clarke can cover if the 4 quicks need a break...

    If Ponting is injured, Khawaja has to get the call....so team would be

    Watson
    Hughes
    Ponting (Khawaja)
    Clarke
    Hussey
    Smith
    Haddin
    Johnson
    Harris
    Siddle
    Hilfenhaus

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie tragic View Post
    I'd take the same team into Melbourne....something about pick your best 4 bowlers rather than 3 + token spinner...Watto, Smith and Clarke can cover if the 4 quicks need a break...

    If Ponting is injured, Khawaja has to get the call....so team would be

    Watson
    Hughes
    Ponting (Khawaja)
    Clarke
    Hussey
    Smith
    Haddin
    Johnson
    Harris
    Siddle
    Hilfenhaus
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    I wonder if England are going to stick or twist with the team, I think Flower will probably put this down to that usual once a series poor batting performance and a good bowling performance by Johnson and keep the same team. Colly is a really worry now , but I doubt he would get replaced by morgan. The other would be Finn who has been expensive, I wish Broad was still here and injury free because Temlett, Broad and Anderson would be a good seam attack, who don't give too many runs and take wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacknife View Post
    I wonder if England are going to stick or twist with the team, I think Flower will probably put this down to that usual once a series poor batting performance and a good bowling performance by Johnson and keep the same team. Colly is a really worry now , but I doubt he would get replaced by morgan. The other would be Finn who has been expensive, I wish Broad was still here and injury free because Temlett, Broad and Anderson would be a good seam attack, who don't give too many runs and take wickets.
    There's virtually no way England will change the team for Melbourne IMO. If they go 2-1 down we may see Panesar or Bresnan in for Collingwood at Sydney but I think even that's very unlikely now that Broad is out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    There's virtually no way England will change the team for Melbourne IMO. If they go 2-1 down we may see Panesar or Bresnan in for Collingwood at Sydney but I think even that's very unlikely now that Broad is out.
    No I don't think so either, knowing how Flower & Strauss work, they'll put this behind them and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    You can have the first three but no deal on the last two.
    Dunno, Hussey's ton will be with the ball after all the seamers break down aside from Johnson (whose epic spell is 0-150 from 20 overs)
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    Shahzad in for Finn, IMHO. With Tremmers in the team Finn's skillset is covered and Ajmal brings in pace, reverse and (potentially) runs down the order.
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    Never seen Shahzad bowl but he surely can't be worse than Finn who bowls so much tripe so often.

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    I think if Ponting is fit to play, Khawaja should be brought in for Smith as I don't recall the MCG assisting spinners that much.. it's more a pace-friendly wicket IIRC. Batting order will have to be reshuffled, but Australia should go in with their 6 best batsmen and 4 best bowlers IMO. Relying too heavily on Watson, Hussey and Haddin to score runs at the moment.

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    I think Shahzad is a tremendous prospect, even if he is French - agree with Brumbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    I think Shahzad is a tremendous prospect, even if he is French - agree with Brumbers
    Lol.. Is he really? In the Yorkshire being French sense, or was he born there?
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