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    i think i'd rather give copeland the gloves and just have some guy take over when copeland is bowling
    Indians can't bowl - Where has the rumour come from as I myself and many indian friends arwe competent fast bowlers ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theegyptian View Post
    Robson
    Rogers
    Cowan
    Jaques
    Katich
    Allenby
    M Johnson(WK) - not that one. (Worcester)
    Crook
    Copeland
    Maggofin
    Hogan

    Narrowly missed selection: Klinger, Bailey, Burns, North, Quiney(with shoulder in a sling), Walters, Thorp, Claydon.
    One of the stupid thing about Australia announcing their squad so early is that they would have to be sorely tempted to approach Robson today based on current form

    I understand that he enjoys Middlesex but I would find it very hard to believe that he would knock back the chance of representing his country

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    Quote Originally Posted by theegyptian View Post
    Robson
    Rogers
    Cowan
    Jaques
    Katich
    Allenby
    M Johnson(WK) - not that one. (Worcester)
    Crook
    Copeland
    Maggofin
    Hogan

    Narrowly missed selection: Klinger, Bailey, Burns, North, Quiney(with shoulder in a sling), Walters, Thorp, Claydon.
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    i think i'd rather give copeland the gloves and just have some guy take over when copeland is bowling
    Proud Queenslander Geraint Jones IMO.
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    Sanga has done well but Murali has done better. In my opinion, Murali is simply the best off spinner in history of cricket and I can't make that kind of statement for Sanga.
    Sanga isn't the best off spinner in the history of cricket? News to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Proud Queenslander Geraint Jones IMO.
    i think he's still restricted to Papua New Guinea


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    If I had to make a decision on the Aussie batting order based on style of play than just form.. I would go with the following:



    Rogers/Cowan (personal pref - Rogers)
    Watson
    Hughes
    Clarke (c)
    Cowan/Rogers/Khawaja (personal pref. - Cowan)
    Warner
    Haddin (vc)



    It strikes the right balance for me, between the stroke players and the grafters.. Watson at the top can play his natural game, given the solidity of Rogers/Cowan at the other end. Hughes is apparently being groomed as the next #3 and he showed enough fight towards the end in India to make it seem he will be worth the investment. Clarke should NOT bat at 5 just because he has good numbers there. Realistically speaking, you want your best batsman to bat as high as possible. IMO, the top order (top 3) is a specialist area in your team, so Clarke shouldn't be pushed to be someone he is not. But what he is, is a middle order batsman and the best in the side at that... He SHOULD bat at the highest available slot and guide the team's batting. The other guy out of Cowan/Rogers or maybe even Khawaja can bat at 5 and provide a bit of solidity in terms of batting time to cushion the aggressive Warner and Haddin at 6 and 7.
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    Khawaja over Cowan imo. Especially for aesthetics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    i think he's still restricted to Papua New Guinea
    Even when Australia was cheated out of the Ashes in 2005, many thought Jones should have been restricted to appearing for PNG.
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    Bit much to be calling the English batting weak. Too much focus on Bell, Compton and Bairstow and not enough focus on Cook, Trott, KP and Prior.

    Even Compton has hundreds to his name against a decent attack.

    Australia will still knock over the English cheaply a few times but that's to be expected because Pattinson and Siddle are very good bowlers, and the former has it in him to be a great bowler.

    If Australia are to win though then I think Starc and Lyon need to come to the party on a consistent basis so England are restricted to scores Australia can reach on current batting form. Or you could keep Harris fit for 5 tests, but that is probably in the realm of fantasy.

    Anyway I think a lot of the knocking of the English batting stems from the good batting line up collapses so they are now terrible/good bowling line up gets smashed so they are now terrible thing.

    Everyone in the world is terrible.
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    Well yeah Tendy is probably better than Bradman, but Bradman was 70 years ago, if he grew up in the modern era he'd still easily be the best. Though he wasn't, can understand the argument for Tendy even though I don't agree.
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    Root is also quality.

    Compton and Bairstow aren't great but they won't get out to poor bowling. The Aussies will need to work for their wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Bit much to be calling the English batting weak. Too much focus on Bell, Compton and Bairstow and not enough focus on Cook, Trott, KP and Prior.

    Even Compton has hundreds to his name against a decent attack.

    Australia will still knock over the English cheaply a few times but that's to be expected because Pattinson and Siddle are very good bowlers, and the former has it in him to be a great bowler.

    If Australia are to win though then I think Starc and Lyon need to come to the party on a consistent basis so England are restricted to scores Australia can reach on current batting form. Or you could keep Harris fit for 5 tests, but that is probably in the realm of fantasy.

    Anyway I think a lot of the knocking of the English batting stems from the good batting line up collapses so they are now terrible/good bowling line up gets smashed so they are now terrible thing.

    Everyone in the world is terrible.
    See when half your batting lineup is piss, it means your batting is a weakness. Because it becomes awfully prone to ridiculous collapses when the non-**** batsmen don't score runs.

    See: Australia 2009-12.

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    England's batting is nowhere near "****ing terrible" or "piss" though. It's good. Nothing more, nothing less.
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    I really have no interest in this series and do not care if we get thrashed every session of every day of every Test. Tour of India has pretty much killed my interest in following the Aussie team. Full of jokers and ****s.

    But I will be watching just because I like cricket (and have nothing better to do...). I will actually enjoy watching Trott and Cook's batting for a change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    Root is also quality.

    Compton and Bairstow aren't great but they won't get out to poor bowling. The Aussies will need to work for their wickets.
    Bull****. Root is unproven at best.

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    Cook, Prior and KP are all gun. But Trott and Bell have been pretty meh lately, and Root and Compton are still very unproven.

    Not exactly stellar, though comfortably better than us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Even when Australia was cheated out of the Ashes in 2005, many thought Jones should have been restricted to appearing for PNG.
    Still bitter for no reason I see.



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