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    Hopefully about half of the Australian players, and the CEO and the board over at Cricket Australia.

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    Cowan has already played his last Test.
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    Christian to be called into the squad imho
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    Why would Arthur's sacking lead to the end of Cowan's career?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Graeme Swann an outside punt if his injury problems keep mounting up.
    Strange. He didn't play Tests until he was 30, can't really see him retiring from Tests so soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Cowan has already played his last Test.
    Yeah, look, nah.

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    Apparently Invers is keen on a right-left handed opening partnership. Cowan may well be overlooked.

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    Compton for England seems the most obvious. Of course it is dependent on him actually playing a test which is debateable at the moment. Bell and Pietersen are the outside punts for different reasons. Unlikely Bells gets canned this series but could well go after the series in Australia if he has a couple of mediocre series to go with his poor last couple of years. With it being the end of an ashes cycle England may decide to move on. Pietersen you never know might decide to just randomely chuck it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Strange. He didn't play Tests until he was 30, can't really see him retiring from Tests so soon.
    Did you read my post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    Yeah, look, nah.

    Rogers/Warner? Rogers/Watson? Rogers/Hughes? The alternatives don't bear thinking about.
    That doesn't mean they're not likely.

    To my mind, they didn't decide to pick Rogers to sit on the sidelines and learn the game, he's there to play for sure. It then comes down to who's more likely to partner with him. Do you partner him with one of the similarly awkward nick-and-nudge lefties who can't buy a run at the moment or do you pick the bloke who's stopped bowling and specifically mentioned he'd love to open again, who seemingly has been given the golden ticket to everything without earning it named Watson?

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    Cowan wouldn't be under so much pressure if the middle order actually consolidated on the solid starts he often makes, so instead everyone hounds him for not going on and making big scores. TBH If he made 30 every innings and saw off the new ball he would be just about doing his job.
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    No he wouldn't. He was picked to score big tons because, for Tassie, he was doing exactly that. He was, in fact, picked specifically to shore up a faltering middle-lower order so that he's not, no he's not doing his job or even a job. If the Test side was looking for a bloke to numpty his way to 30 off 100+, they'd pick someone younger with room to develop or have stuck with Watson. He shouldn't get a pass because he's not outright failing.

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    I think Lehman will put in a queenslander or two in, my hope is Joe Burns

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    No he wouldn't. He was picked to score big tons because, for Tassie, he was doing exactly that. He was, in fact, picked specifically to shore up a faltering middle-lower order so that he's not, no he's not doing his job or even a job. If the Test side was looking for a bloke to numpty his way to 30 off 100+, they'd pick someone younger with room to develop or have stuck with Watson. He shouldn't get a pass because he's not outright failing.
    That was what I thought his job should be, not what he was picked for, think about it, If we are say, 2/90 when Cowan gets out for 35, then the middle order have an excellent platform to launch from after lunch, I don't see why they need big runs from Cowan when they have Hughes and Warner in their who are all or nothing players. I figured the team needs someone who can consistently get off to a decent and solid start.

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