Genuinely don't think O'Keefe would've taken many in the first innings.
Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since Dec '09
Rejecting 'selection deontology' since Mar '15
Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS
Lyon bowled well yes and hes such a likeable **** but still, he's been around for a fair while now and it took a pitch that was turning more than any other pitch he's likely to bowl on for him to finally produce a prolonged spell of threatening bowling and even then in the 2nd innings he was bowling pretty trash for most of it until the kohli wicket. I say take SoK to england as a second spinner but lyon plays as the frontline spinner unless hes complete **** for 2 tests in a row. tbh wouldn't be surprised if we see the poms try and produce a rank turner at some point after what they've just seen
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An early draft squad.
Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Usman, Rogers
Pattinson, Siddle, Starc, Harris, Johnson, Henriques, Lyon
We have alot of openers but that doesn't mean alot of options. Can't really move Hughes there if one of the openers fail as we want him at 3. And Watson's no monty to stay in the team anyway. Hence Rogers. I've come around to LHC's way of thinking. His 50 ave trumps worries over his 35 years. Plus he's made 3 fc tons this year in a difficult season for batting. I'd like to pick Cosgrove but; you know - skinfolds. Smith's good work in India gets him a no.6 spot.
Keepers are a given. Hopefully the incident in India will convince the selectors to pick 2 this time.
Harris just bowled 40 overs in 1st inns of the shield final so his comeback is going nicely. I don't expect he'll aim up for every match but if we use him like a grenade and lob him into a few tests he could unsettle England. Henriques for Hilf who has too many ordinary moments in tests for mine. However he's close to selection all the same. I've assumed Bird wont be fit.
Only one spinner - Lyon. If they aren't picking SOK, for whatever reason, then I wouldn't bother with a 2nd spinner.
a. Wade was horrendous in India; and
b. Paine is the selectors' love child and has proven that he is back to fitness
I also think that they will pick 2 spinners and that Johnson should not be picked to play England again irrespective of the injury toll
Picking Johnson ahead of Hilfenhaus for a tour of England; really?
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