Step 1. Pick some middle order batsmen instead of 4 or 5 openers.
We currently have Watson, Rogers, Warner, Cowan and Hughes on tour (with four of them in the team together). They're all openers FFS. And we also have Khawaja, who basically has an opener's technique.
Australia are just as bad as everyone thinks but I agree that their situation is no reason to panic, it happens sometimes. A lot of England's important players were absolute balls at the same stage in their career as the Australians are now.
I think there is no way selectors can solve the problem! Clarke apart, not one single Australian batsman is really Test worthy. Haddin, Smith and even Watson are (arguably) probably ok, as they can perform in other roles as well, but that's it.No doubt our main problem is our batting. We are particularly prone to collapses, and obviously because of that we are not creating significant partnerships.
The main issue I see is at the selection table. We are selecting batsmen for a couple of tests, then dropping them after low scores. I think the selectors need to be definite here. They need to select players, particularly batsmen, with two attributes. Technique and temperament.
I think there selectors really need to decide who is our best top six (technique and temperament) for the next 2 and basically stick with them. I think we need to stop playing openers at six, and mediocre allrounders as openers, and openers at 3, and Clarke anywhere but 5 etc etc.
Here are my thoughts on Australia's batsmen...
Watson- time to be dropped for good. Has had enough chances. Cannot convert starts, and has a massive technical flaw.
Rogers- will be a series by series proposition at his age. I rate him as an opener, shows some grit. I've been pleasantly surprised by his fielding considering he's a ranga with glasses.
Khawaja- I feel Australia owe this guy an extended run in the test team. And I think he has the goods to make it.
Hughes- I like him as a guy, but he has massive flaws for an elite batsman. I think he either opens or doesn't play.
Clarke- good etc etc
Smith- has grown on me in these two tests. Seems to want "it" more than some others. Nice player of spin, and good in the field.
Warner- should figure prominently based on raw ability. Far more than just a slogger, has a nice compact technique. Needs to be in the right headspace.
Cowan- seems like a champ but lacks the killer instinct. I'd love to see him carve a test career as a reliable opener averaging 40 plus, but I'm not sure he can do it.
Haddin- makes runs sometimes but has brain diahorrea sometimes too.
I'd love to hear who else people rate. Doolan, Burns, Maddinson and Henriques have all made runs for Aust A.
In all honesty, if you were Australian selector right, who would you pick right now if all players are available? A top seven to lock in for the next 12-24 months.
If I were an Oz selector, I would seriously bring back MHussey, Katich & Ponting.
Cook, Trott & Pietersen haven't been firing on all cylinders yet. I can see the Aussie bowlers going for a few more!
Still amazed at the people writing off Pattinson based on one or two Tests.
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None of the current England batsmen have ever been so dodgy as the Oz batsmen (apart form Clarke). Not even Ian Bell, though some might disagree. Bell has more fifties than Pietersen or Cook, from fewer innings!
This current Aussie lot make the old England line up of Atherton, Butcher, Hussain, Thorpe, Ramprakash and Hick look good.
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