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    **** Warner right off, Smitteh should get the 6 cause you no that **** will put in 110% and deserves to be rewarded for his performances in India and on the A tour and he sure as hell wont be the **** on the drink at 3am, Clarke obviously gets the 5. Watson could potentially come in for Hughes or Usman, and if he did i'd let him open and put Rogers in at 3 and Hughes/Usman at 4. Cowan deserves to be there for the time being and as has been said before they wouldn't have brought Rogers to get him to run the drinks so he will be there.

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    I thought there was something I didn't like about having four lefties straight up in your line up, Dermo. But I actually think I'm just worried at the line up, not the fact they're left handed. :-/
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    we may as well open with watson because then it'll be far easier to drop him after the 2nd test if need be
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    someone said somewhere on the internet that the lead-up to this ashes was the worst ever but i dunno know, our lead-up to the last ashes series was pretty bad too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    someone said somewhere on the internet that the lead-up to this ashes was the worst ever but i dunno know, our lead-up to the last ashes series was pretty bad too
    X Doherty and M Johnson are not even being discussed as potential fly in replacements in case of injury crisis, so it's a vastly improved lead up.

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    I'd be ok with dropping Watson but he is a lock now that Arthur has gone. Can't see him opening though. Rogers and Cowan will open so its the 4 or 6 debate with Watson again.

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    I'm so sick of Watson getting this golden run based on 2 and a half year old form, I like the idea of opening him and Cowan with Rogers at 3, I also rather like the idea of Warner and Watson vying for a spot rather than having them both in whilst shunting Hughes, Cowan or Rogers out.
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    I wonder if the Boof appointment will give Cosgrove more chance of making the team?

    I don't expect this XI to be selected necessarily, but I would pick:

    1 WATSON
    2 COWAN
    3 ROGERS
    4 CLARKE
    5 KHAWAJA
    6 SMITH
    7 HADDIN
    8 SIDDLE
    9 PATTINSON
    10 HARRIS
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    Reckon Boofs appointment makes Khawaja more likely. I'd go with the below personally (this considers that Warner doesn't get any warm ups). I'm not considering anyone outside the current squad either.

    1. Rogers
    2. Cowan
    3. Hughes
    4. Watson (if he bowls) or otherwise Khawaja (not a big fan though tbh)
    5. Clarke
    6. Smith
    7. Haddin

    I'm not really worried about the bowling as long as all the front line bowlers are ahead of Faulkner. Unless he absolutely rips it up in the warm ups he shouldn't get a game IMO. That said I do think Patto, Harris, Bird and Lyon would be the best overall attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adub View Post
    Rogers to ton up in the first test.
    I promise to like this if it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    I promise to like this if it happens.
    when it happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    I'm so sick of Watson getting this golden run based on 2 and a half year old form, I like the idea of opening him and Cowan with Rogers at 3, I also rather like the idea of Warner and Watson vying for a spot rather than having them both in whilst shunting Hughes, Cowan or Rogers out.
    Try 4 years old. He shunted it in the last Ashes.

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    He was the second highest Aus run-scorer and had the second-highest average at 48, behind only Hussey. He wasn't magnificent by any means, but he was one of the few who actually didn't disgrace themselves. The next highest average was Haddin at 45, and then after that Steve Smith at 31.80, so that puts Watson's performance in some perspective. Didn't realise how badly Clarke performed...jesus...an average of 21.44. Well, beats Ponting's average of 16.14 . Bloody shocking series.

    Edit: if you take away Ponting's top score, a 51 not out, which I remember was scored in the most pressure free situation and essentially his runs were not needed (batting for an inevitable draw), his average would have been 8.9! That's got to be one of the worse major series' ever by a great of the game.
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    Take away Clarke's 80 at Adelaide, which was just an average booster in the circumstances, and his series average fell to 14. Both Ponting and Clarke batted a posn too high that series. Though eventually with Ponting his decline was terminal whereas Clarke looks real good at 5.



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