TC dropping truth bombs all over the joint here
TC dropping truth bombs all over the joint here
You know what I dread? Siddle firing up in the tour match and getting crocked, another bowler doing a hammie in Trent Bridge and Faulkner being brought into the squad for the second Test for 'balance' and because he can 'do a job'.
Just got to hope Boof can cure them of the allrounder fascination.
Na sorry, Siddle himself said his form was **** in the tour matches. It's not just that he wasn't trying or something.
Also think the whole 'has loads of wickets and therefore is invaluable' argument is being way overstated. As someone else also said, better bowlers come along. Just because someone happens to have been given enough opportunities to get lots of wickets, doesn't mean they should be in the side permanently and immune to being replaced by better alternatives.
Fortunately the inevitable selection of Siddle isn't a shocker by any means, and I expect him to do at least a serviceable job. I just think it's a pity that we could have potentially gone in with a really threatening attack if we made some other selections. It's not every day you can do that, and I think it could be a mistake given we need to throw absolutely everything at England.
The real problem for me though, and much bigger than Siddle, is the very likely selection of Starc. If he happens to have an off day, then there will be a lot of pressure on Siddle and Pattinson to get it right. And that's not what you really want with one bowler who isn't in the best form and another who is extremely inexperienced, especially in English conditions. Another thing that concerns me is that if Starc does get it right, he could be fast-tracked into subsequent matches. I feel with his consistency issues that could just be a ticking time bomb, Mitchell Johnson style, where he could cost us a match.
Australia are exactly the sort of side where someone like Siddle is so valuable, as there are so many hot and cold merchants and people who might breakdown. He wasn't even that good against South Africa, but the South African batsman never got away from Australia when Siddle was playing, even when Pattinson broke down in Adelaide. It wasn't until Perth, when Siddle was absent that South Africa got out of control.
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Think the Siddle a lot of people are describing is basically the one against India in Australia. For me, his bowling was at a peak level there, and I don't think he has managed to bowl quite in the same way since then (has definitely lost some pace for one). In that series he was a constant threat, and it shows in his results: 3/63, 3/42, 3/55, 2/88, 3/42, 3/43, 5/49, 1/47. Taking a few wickets nearly every innings he bowled.
Last edited by Ruckus; 08-07-2013 at 05:57 AM.
Well, lets all just get the **** over it because he's a moral to play.
Yeah well that's a given. Really hope Starc isn't going to be selected mainly because they believe he is a threat against Cook. So tired of those kind of finicky selection reasons. Let's just pick who we think are the best bowlers please.
as much as I rate Bird, ideally he and Siddle wouldn't be in the same team.
the eventual Aus attack of Pattinson, Bird, and a consistent Starc, with maybe Cummins chucked in on the quick wickets is pretty fapworthy
I don't actually agree that he'll be the main threat against Cook, either. He's had issues with left armers in the past, but they've all been pretty over the top bowlers who angle it in, making him play regularly and not giving any room for the cut. Zaheer and Boult are probably the best examples. Starc is much more round arm, thus doesn't create quite the same angle, and also has a tendency to drift onto the legs or drop short and wide more.
It's far too simple to just see that Cook has struggled against a couple of left armers and assume that all left armers will trouble him equally. Strauss and Cook both got troubled by someone like Zaheer, but never had any issues with Johnson, who may be a different type of bowler to Starc, but is similarly round arm.
Just noticed on the ICC rankings that India are now second......when did that happen??
I'm sure their win over the Aussies didn't put them above us??
Happened this morning I believe. The annual update, where they knock off a year of results. Think England lost the 2009 Ashes, tour to South Africa, and clean sweeps of Bangladesh from their rankings equation.
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