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I doubt the selectors will make many changes to the team for the first test at least. So I think its a safe bet that England can count on seeing Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson and Clarke for sure. I dont think they have finished with the Wade at 6 madness either so thats 6 of the top 7 you can bet on.
I know they have made noises in the press about Watson not having a guaranteed place but since he Captained the last test, he will be in the 1st test. Maybe he doesnt have much rope left. Which would be good. Score some runs or **** off.
Better technique than Phil Hughes. EDIT: I see I'm not the only one to notice.
I think I'd go with Watson for the 1st test ahead of Cowan. On form he doesn't deserve it and I think he's been cruising and allowed Clarke's good form to cover his poor form. He even got a bit of attitude that led him to renounce bowling for a while too.
However with the thrashing in India critics have noticed his bad form and suspect his attitude on the basis of homeworkgate. So I think Watson is now motivated to prove something. He even wants to bowl again. Misses it apparently.
Because I'd like us to bat Wade at 7 we might need someone who can bowl some effective overs when the fast men need a rest. Watson is that man and if he can recapture some of his pre vc form he's better than Cowan imo. So my 1st test XI would be Watson, Warner, Hughes, Usman, Clarke, Smith, Wade, Starc, Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon. I'll keep the option of Harris for Starc.
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As someone else pointed out its sickening that no one with power or the media saw Wade sucking hard and commented on it. So his batting potential outweighs his keeping looking like a 15 year old with 5 mins warning that he's keeping.
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Khawaja does not have the technique for Test cricket in England. Everyone thinks his forward defense is pretty therefore he has a good technique, but he can't rotate the strike if you put it just outside off. He's exactly the same as Shane Watson in that respect, but at least Twatto can hit the odd straight drive for four. Khawaja just nicks off.
In a Shield game Copeland just kept the ball on that fourth stump line and Khawaja couldn't score, building pressure on himself and down the other end.
Not to mention sending Watson back to opening and bowling will mean he lasts 2 Tests, and in England a settled opening pairing is crucial IMO. Warner and Cowan have to be persisted with up there. The selectors have talked about having a stable opening partnership for the Ashes for so long now that it would be ridiculous to change it now, especially since Cowan performed last series.
Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson (ugh), Clarke, Smith, Wade (ugh x2), Siddle, Harris, Pattinson, Lyon as my first XI. Watson out for anyone bar Khawaja would make me happy, as well.
Also, Wade will struggle big time with the gloves in England. It is not an easy place to wicketkeep at all.
I'm being harsh on Cowan but I think we've seen about as good from him as we'll get. Watson can offer more runs and quicker if in form. He also gives us the bowling option needed. Yes I realise its a gamble and contrary to the trend but I think we'll need something unexpected and going with the formula wont do it. Plus the price of playing Cowan is unbalancing the side with Watto at 4
I can't credit that Watson will break down from opener as opposed to batting at 4.
Usman isn't ideal but allows Clarke to bat at 5.
Wade will be standing back in Eng most of the time. It'll be a doddle compared to keepin in India.
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