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    Reckon Siddle will play, if nothing more then just so there is some consistency in the bowling attack, while everyone else falls down around him. Will get 'rested' in 3rd or 4th due to sports science.

    Still think he is somewhat of green track bully. But I think he showed in recent away tours even when those no assistant he still bowls enough ball in good areas to take important wickets. Last Ashes tour wasn't that bad overall and if they produce green tracks he could be as effect as Harris and Pattinson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    I am not a huge fan of Siddle but he is in danger of becoming very underrated

    After all, he has taken 150 test wickets at 28 (compare that to Broad btw) despite bowling mainly in a crap attack

    Agreed that he is not as talented as Harris, Patto, Starc or Cummins but he is a constant anyway

    Anyway, if his inclusion is our biggest concern then things are looking good for Australia
    That's kind of how I feel about him. Not a bum by any stretch (much improved over the last three years) but not quite top shelf like Harris and Patto. Siddle in/out isn't anywhere near our most pressing concern. I do feel (on the admittedly slim evidence) that Bird would trouble the Poms a bit more and would be in my first test XI, but if Sidds plays no biggy. He'll do a job for us and his durability is a big plus for him (which no doubt means he'll be the one to break down whilst Harris powers through all five tests).

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    I am not a huge fan of Siddle but he is in danger of becoming very underrated

    After all, he has taken 150 test wickets at 28 (compare that to Broad btw) despite bowling mainly in a crap attack

    Agreed that he is not as talented as Harris, Patto, Starc or Cummins but he is a constant anyway

    Anyway, if his inclusion is our biggest concern then things are looking good for Australia
    Yeah good post. Not a superstar but sometimes people make it out like he's rubbish.

    He should have bowled better in India though. Not completely relevant (or at all) to whether he'll perform in England, but it would have taken the pressure off him if he'd not bowled so poorly in certain spells.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Reckon Siddle will play, if nothing more then just so there is some consistency in the bowling attack, while everyone else falls down around him. Will get 'rested' in 3rd or 4th due to sports science.

    Still think he is somewhat of green track bully. But I think he showed in recent away tours even when those no assistant he still bowls enough ball in good areas to take important wickets. Last Ashes tour wasn't that bad overall and if they produce green tracks he could be as effect as Harris and Pattinson.
    Really? Don't reckon he's done much of his best work on green tops, if anything he has traditionally been no good on them because he's bowled too short of a length.

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    Yeah you can't drop Siddle, he leads our attack, he is very experienced and he bowls consistently in all conditions.
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    what if the true leader of the attack, ryan harris, is playing. can we then drop siddle


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    Considering the confidence of the squad isn't exactly at an all-time high, I'd be playing Harris, Patto and Bird in the first test. It's risky, but I still think it's more likely none of them would break down and everything would turn out fine rather than vice versa. Seeing as though it gives us the best chance of winning the first test, regaining some crucial confidence for the rest of the series and potentially putting England on the back foot, it's a risk I'd be taking. I feel this is going to be a series where our team won't respond very well to being one down after the first test...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Really? Don't reckon he's done much of his best work on green tops, if anything he has traditionally been no good on them because he's bowled too short of a length.
    I think in the last three years especially on Australian pitches he has bowled a yard fuller and most of more juicy pitches in Australia.

    Though with only 7 Test matches in non pace dominant countries, my notion is that he a bit of a green track bully is related to his OD performance on flatter trackers, then Test cricket.

    But his 5-fer in India showed signs he capable of performing in all conditions.

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    I almost fell off my chair when I read someone on here sugesting that Cowan is a better opener than Rogers.Rogers is playing the first test people and rightfully so as an opener.Siddle and Patto are locked for the first test.The other quickies battling for the final spot.At this point Starc is the prefered option by selectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    Still fairly baffled about how Bird is the next McGrath/Hadlee/Alderman after watching him beat up little Sri Lankans for two Tests (also a task not beyond Mitchell Johnson) six months ago.

    Most of the time when Australia gets smashed, Siddle is comfortably the best bowler. Most notable examples are Melbourne 2008, Lord's 2009, Melbourne 2010 and Mohali 2012. IMO, what sets him apart from the rest of the team is that he's not adversely affected by how the team's going as a whole and the mental fallout that happens to everyone else - which has been exaggerated nowadays since the team either wins big or gets crushed. Don't think we've played a properly close Test match since Mohali 2010.

    Bird will play some Tests, and do well, but there's no way he's going to usurp a 41-Test veteran on potential alone (see Dohertygate in the last Ashes). If he does play, it'd be in place of Harris who was probably the inspiration for informed player management.
    It's about how Bird bowled, not just who he played and how many wickets he got. He keeps it up and nips it around. I reckon that'd be handy in England. Given some of our blokes can't work out whether to bowl too full or too short at any given time, I like how he looks.

    I was going to put Siddle in for Harris in the inital 3 I named, mainly because he's more likely to last the test. If he's got it going and remembers to pitch it up, I'd be happy to have him there regardless.
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    Rogers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philhughesisbes View Post
    I almost fell off my chair when I read someone on here sugesting that Cowan is a better opener than Rogers.Rogers is playing the first test people and rightfully so as an opener.Siddle and Patto are locked for the first test.The other quickies battling for the final spot.At this point Starc is the prefered option by selectors.
    The only way I could see Rogers opening is if Warner drops down to the middle order or if Cowan bats 3. I really can't see either happening tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    The only way I could see Rogers opening is if Warner drops down to the middle order or if Cowan bats 3. I really can't see either happening tbh.
    Me either. We'll stick with this opening pair for a bit longer I think. Rogers will play, but I don't think he'll open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adub View Post
    Me either. We'll stick with this opening pair for a bit longer I think. Rogers will play, but I don't think he'll open.

    Can"t believe most people on here are convince Co wan/ Warner (average of less than40) are unmoveable.Acase can be made for Warner seeing he usually goes on with his stats but if Cowan is the answer at the top we"re in serious trouble.Hayden and LAnger must be laughing themselves off.Rogers is a gun and his an opener.If they"re picking him and no one will select a 35 Year old to warm the benches. ,then he has to open.
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