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oh hey harris is alive
aus. to pick 8 seamers for the ashes
two other ****ers to cover cummins, harris and pattinson
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Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
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Bet you Johnson will be in the squad, assuming it's 16/17 players
I reckon it'll be 18 (which is what England has taken to India iirc). That allows them 3 reserve seamers, possibly 4 if they don't take a spinner, plus possibly a batting all-rounder (although most of them have died. it's down to Moz). So yeah MJ's a strong chance of making it. Unless he plays another test match before then
This horses for courses thing has to work both ways with him though, surely. They can't one minute say that it doesn't matter if he's bowled pies for Australia for ages now and made embarrassing comments to the media about the Barmy Army hurting his feelings because the next Test is at Perth and he's gun there, and then the next minute pick him for a tour of England where he's been absolutely rubbish based on form in Perth.
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I can see Pattinson, Cummins and Starc being crocked for the series because of a lack of bowling in the longer format leading up to the tour. McDermott will force his way into the XI and have success as the 3rd seamer - with Bird as back up.
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McDermott should probably focus on getting into the qld team first
Nah, he's out of the team for 'conditioning' not cricketing reasons ain't he?
Possibly. QLD don't seem to like him playing outside of QLD. Of his 12 shield games, 8 have been in QLD. Then two at the WACA, one at Hobart, and one at Durham. All 3 FC games this season in Brisbane. Clearly there's a trend
Anyway, also consider that this is a guy who took 7/24 plus 5 wickets in the shield final a couple of weeks later, and yet didn't get picked for the Aus A tour last off-season, despite the Cummins, Starc, Pattinson and Haze precedents. He ended up on the tour, but only after Pattinson and Cutting got injured and they wasn't much else left. And now he's missing every 2nd shield game. You can look at it two ways, he's either not considered good enough for the QLD team outside of QLD right now (and tbf, Gannon, Feldman and Cutting are putting up the results), or he's being managed in a very conservative way, which makes an Ashes tour appearance in 6 months time look pretty unlikely. NCN, Starc, Hastings, Bird & MJ seem to be the depth options past Siddle, Hilf, Harris, Pattinson & Cummins.
Feldman, btw, did look pretty silky smooth in the Sixers match a couple of days back. #ashesbolter #sixers4evr
Cowan has 1 century in 11 Tests I believe ? At the top of the order, 1 century every 20 innings or so ? His scoring rate is absolutely appalling as well. Another that just won't concern the English.
Hughes, if he bats at 3 is another.....seems to have improved but lets be honest, some of the bowling in domestic cricket is serious buffet stuff. He still has it all to prove.
Watson is, well, Watson.
As I have said, their batting is seriously questionable. The likelihood of Aus consistently putting 400+ up is unlikely, unless Clarke and Hussey have fantastic series. Look at how SA won in England, they needed big, big runs from their big players. Amla, Smith, Kallis all piled up the runs at the top of the order. I'm not convinced the Aus top order is capable of replicating that.
Their bowling looks decent enough but I'm not sure its better than England's. Anderson is in the top couple of seamers in the world IMO. Swann is in the top couple of spinners as well. Hell, Panesar is a better spinner than anything Australia have. Then there are Bresnan, Finn, Broad, Tremlett (if he gets back), Onions, Meaker etc etc. These guys are good. They bowled excellently in the UAE, in Sri Lanka and in India and the batsmen let them down in the first couple. They bowled India out for 300 or so at Kolkata, where they've put 600 up in the last couple of Tests. Only the South Africans have really been able to keep the English battery out in the last few years. Combined they have over 700 Test match wickets between them. I think to suggest a young group such as Australia is better than them is folly to be quite honest.
Please, play Panesar in English conditions against this middle order. Please.
Warner's series in WI is about as irrelevant as it gets.
Starting to really question whether you've watched any of the cricket you've talked about or are going off scoreboards.
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