Its hard but you have to try and guess what the selectors will do. I think they'll stick with Cowan so Warner opens with him. Clarke is at 5 and they'll stick with Hughes and Watson for his bowling. Questions are where to put them and who takes the last spot.
Judging from the unusual pattern of picking Usman for the squad but leaving him out of the team I think they'll pick Rogers as the last batsman. They might take the opportunity of using him as a human shield for Hughes then. I mean they've done it before. So Rogers at 3 and Hughes at 4. Maybe the idea is grooming Hughes for the 3 spot if Rogers does well. That leaves Watson at 6.
Haddin the keep.
Patpat, Sids and Lyon to bowl. I think the selectors want Lyon for the change up. Last bowling spot btwn Starc, Harris and Bird. Harris' fitness being the key. If he's a worry I think they'll pick Starc for his left arm variety and his usefulness with the bat. Therefore;
Cowan, Warner, Rogers, Hughes, Clarke, Watson, Haddin, Starc, Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon.
^that's pretty close to Australia's best team IMO.
Starc will likely miss out to Harris or Bird though. Which I think would be a mistake given Starc will probably relish the swing most of all of the bowlers.
A future attack of Pattinson, Bird, Starc is pretty imposing.
Wasn't Johnson ment to relish the swing in 2009, after using it so effectively against South Africa a few months before?
I really don't think Starc is one of Australia best three seamers for a test match at the moment. He has loads of potential, but he just isn't there yet IMO. He's a tad wayward and has never really swung it consistently from the stuff I've seen of him. He's also far too likely to have a meltdown where he delivers nothing but garbage for a long period, such as at the WACA against South Africa.
IMO, he's in the same camp as Finn, where he's his sides best bowler in one day cricket, but not quite there yet with the red ball. I think they'll both probably play the first test as well, but neither would be my first preference for either side.
Starc is our 5th best bowler. Should not play in the first test.
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I'm not saying Starc should definitely play, but the constant comparisons with Mitchell ****ing Johnson are really beginning to grind my gears.
B-b-but Cribb, they're both left armers who can bat a bit called Mitchell. Of course they're comparable in every way
I have to agree with those saying Starc isn't quite there, but he does throw some variety into the attack (genuine swing, left arm, tall). I think the attack always looks a little more imposing with him in it, but I certainly have time for those saying there are better bowlers than him. I'd like to see Bird and Harris come before him.
Also, people talk about how the Duke will help the Aussie swing bowlers, but they also seem to forget the fact that the Duke has a much more pronounced seam, which means the seam bowlers will be aided.
Anyway, this would probably be my Aussie seamers pecking order at the moment. Will probably be different after the warm up games, but for now.
The first two are locks for the first test in my eyes. I'd probably give Harris the nod if he's fully fit and has proven himself in the warm ups. If not; Bird. The first five will probably all play a part in the series at some point anyway.
also, if there was a test not to play Lyon, it would be on this tour (not ****ing India)
Does anyone know what the broadcast rights to this will be and what sort of coverage will we get in Oz??
Obviously it will be on Sky, any FTA coverage??
The past 2 Ashes in England SBS have had re--broadcast rights and have done a bloody great job with it. I "think" I heard a while back that Sky Sports have sold re broadcasting rights over here to Channel 9?? Anyone confirm this??
And if Channel 9 do have it, what would be the chances of those muppets showing every session?? I fear they wont show it in prime time (play will start at 8pm Aus Eastern time) even though they do have the extra digital channels now.
Anyone got any insight or ideas??
I find it pretty lols that Australia get the Ashes on FTA whereas the English don't.
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