Warner is easily Australia's best opening batsman for me, but it's a tricky one because he's not playing in the warm ups. I assume the ban is just from Australia games? Therefore, there's nothing technically stopping him playing a bit of club cricket in England or something like that? Wouldn't be the worst idea for me.
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It's just so ****ing annoying the bonehead had to have that stupid night out. Arrrrg. I don't think it matters that much he wouldn't have had proper practice, but it's just unnecessary complication that we didn't need. Especially seeing as though I would definitely include him in the small bunch of key players we have going into this series.
Is there any chance we'll see this by the third or fourth test?
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Lehmann has said Watson will open. That would likely mean one of Hughes, Cowan or Rogers will miss out.
Somerset v Australians, Taunton, 1st Day : Shane Watson to open in Ashes - Darren Lehmann | Cricket News | Australia in England - The Investec Ashes | ESPN Cricinfo
So, like I've been saying, Cowan's gone. Nothing short of a very big lot of runs in the warm-ups can save him from the Roginator now.
The fast bowling situation is a tricky one. I wouldn't want Faulkner anywhere near the side, including at number six. Patto is a lock. Harris should be picked, but will inevitably break down. Bird's form has been wonderful. Starc can run through a side. And Siddle is vego-dependable.
I don't think we can go wrong really. I'd probably go Patto-Harris-Bird, but can understand the justification for the others.
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Unless the plan is Watson, Cowan and Rogers at 3. What would be interesting is him saying that Warner will play with no lead up cricket.
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