What happens if you decide you only have six players good enough, Nath?
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Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since December 2009
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There is some weird obsession in Australia at the moment with Cameron White and David Hussey. No idea why people think old, mediocre batsmen are the future. At least pick someone with youth on their side.
Most batsman hit their peak at around 28. Considering White could still have 7+ years in him it is ridiculous to shun him because of age.
Last edited by Debris; 01-01-2011 at 03:04 PM.
I'd say White has improved massively in the past couple of seasons. Watched him first hand coming in at No 3 in ODIs against Eng in 2009 when Ponting was rested and was really surprised how composed he was at the crease. Made runs in virtually every match against a similar bowling attack - Anderson, Bresnan, Swann etc. Got a ton for Aus A against Eng also this tour.
Has been performing well at the international level in both ODIs & T20s for a while now. For Victoria he's led us to three Sheffield Shields, making runs in every final. Plus all the T20 titles. To me he seems exactly like the sort of mature character to take the team forward.
Dave Hussey averages 55 at first class level playing in both Aus & Eng over almost a decade. Averages aren't everything but geez that's more that G Sobers at 1st class! He's miles ahead of North & Smith as batsmen. If he was to replace even Clarke in the line up I reckon the team would be stronger, not weaker. To be fair his ODI performances probably counted against his test prospects but I reckon he's got a couple of years left at his peak so why select inferior players?? It's not like the current line up is performing.
Last edited by Camo999; 03-01-2011 at 06:23 AM.
Cam White also has one massive upside that no-one else who's been mooted has got, and that's plenty of good captaincy experience.
Right, I'm honestly not trying to start a childish flame war KP v Clarke argument but a few months ago some of the Aussie contingency were rewriting history (as one poster articulately stated) saying that Clarke was better owed to KP's poor form.
It goes to show the swings and roundabouts nature of cricket that this debate (dropping Clarke) is even taking place.
It also demonstrates the nature of bad form quite well when looking at different kinds of players. When KP was out of form he played ridiculous shots and looked silly but still occasionally dangerous. Clarke, for all his tighter technique, looks lacking in imagination and stuck in an awful rut. He looks like his bat has writers' block.
I would have rested him for a few months. He needs to be reset...for want of a better word.
World XI Since 1990 -
1. Gooch 2. Dravid 3. Ponting 4. Tendulkar 5. Lara 6. Kallis 7. Gilchrist 8. Akram 9. Warne 10. Ambrose 11. McGrath
Can't fathom why anyone would talk of dropping Michael Clarke tbh. Am perfectly happy to see him keep his place and continue performing in the manner which he has so far this series.
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