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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I used to be a big fan of AB, especially due to his lack of ducks, but Burgey's opinion of him has probably sunk in a bit and I do consider him a bit of a downhill skier. Not that there is anything wrong with that, much more fun than skiing cross country (Hashim Amla) or skiing uphill (Michael Clarke).
    Agree on the whole. Although he did shows sings of improvement in that regard with his knocks against SL in Centurion and in Wellington. His performances with the bat while wicketkeeping have lowered his rep a bit though, hope SA get a specialist wicketkeeper in as soon as possible.

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    Glad people are coming around to the idea of AB being a **** ****.

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    How will the Aussie selection policy survive an Ashes trip? How many 'spare' fast bowlers are they intending to take? It's one thing to do it at home, but a 'normal' sized squad would be 16-17 with 1 spare bat, 1 spare keeper, 1 spare spinner and 2-3 spare fast bowlers. England have developed a policy of running parallel Lions tours (sometime in the same place, sometimes not) to provide extra options - do the Aussies do this? The traditional option of having a couple of players in county cricket doesn't seem available - counties aren't going to want to take on fast bowlers who have to be rested every couple of weeks.

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    I know there's a Australia A tour beforehand, and there's options in county cricket I guess.
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    England took 18 to India (note:they knew Ian Bell was missing one test when picking the squad and squad numbers) and we should look at doing something similar. That would allow

    first XI
    back-up spinner (not 100% to happen)
    back-up keeper (100%. like 90% to be haddin who Can Bat)
    back-up batsman
    back-up all-rounder or another back-up batsman
    3 back-up seamers
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    If we take Haddin then we don't need two backup bats IMO.
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    I assume they would want to take a batting all-rounder, but everyone bar Moz is dead so if Moz doesn't do much in the 2nd half they may as well take another batsman. They could get Maxwell to fill the spinner and batting all-rounder role though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    England took 18 to India (note:they knew Ian Bell was missing one test when picking the squad and squad numbers) and we should look at doing something similar.
    I think it was originally 16 then KP was reintegrated and Meaker called up as injury cover wasn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    I think it was originally 16 then KP was reintegrated and Meaker called up as injury cover wasn't it?
    Yup, pretty much. Finn broke himself in a warm up so Meaker was called up to cover him and he stayed when Broad injured himself.

    Would guess, from the way he trekked around like a spare part, Morgan wouldn't have been included had KP not been on the outers when the sqaud was initially named.

    Oz will take no more than 16, IMHO and rely on yer Katichs, Klingers and Rogerses for cover as they'll be here anyway.
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    Huss will not be playing in The Ashes. What the **** are we going to do?

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    Think we might see Haddin back.

    This really emphasises the turnover in the Aussie test side since 2009. Of the likely top seven, two have played a test in England. One of them is Phil Hughes.
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    Who will be the reserve bat?

    **** it'd be awesome if Katich made a comeback.

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    The second half of the Shield season is going to be interesting. Which batsman can step up? Two centuries will get you a seat on the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanJLegend View Post
    Huss will not be playing in The Ashes. What the **** are we going to do?
    Lose heavily hopefully.

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    Last time we took so inexperienced a top seven to England for an Ashes tour was 1989.....



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