I'm not a fan of Hughes unless he opens. Even then I'm not a big fan. I can only see a spot for Hughes if Warner isn't playing. I'd much prefer Warner to Hughes.
If Maddinson continues to pile up runs early in the season, then he should be in the team as he is our best young batsman and hasn't been scarred by losses against England
First test I'd like to see a top order of:
Last edited by Hooksey; 27-08-2013 at 05:16 AM.
On the Bouncy wickets with the ball coming on to the bat.
8. Harris (if Healthy)
9. Pattinson (if Healthy
12. Starc (fist man in for either Harris or Pattinson)
Cummins is out for the season.
Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since Dec '09
and he's no copeland or sandhu anyway
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
We are very light on for young batsmen kicking the door down for what appears to be the vacant position in our batting order. The players listed below scored more than 300 runs in the Shield competition last season, and are listed in order of batting average:
Moises Henriques - 385 runs at 77.0 - 26 year old allrounder - Has played 6 Tests and his bowling in particular has fallen short of the mark.
Ricky Ponting - 911 runs at 75.91 - Well and truly retired. No more 'bring back Ricky' please!
Jordan Silk - 347 runs at 57.83 - 21 year old in his first season.
Phil Hughes - 673 runs at 56.08 - On tour and perhaps now out of Boof's plans?
Brad Haddin - 462 runs at 52.00 - Recalled to the team, but nearly 36 years old.
Chris Rogers - 742 runs at 49.46 - In the team and top of his form but he's nearly 36 years old.
Alex Doolan - 715 runs at 42.05 - 27 years old and approaching his 6th season. Has only 5 first class 100's and average of 37.85.
Callum Ferguson - 639 runs at 39.93 - Nearly 29 years old and approaching his 10th season. Has only 8 first class 100's and average of 36.05.
Usman Khawaja - 438 runs at 39.81 - Performed poorly on tour and out of Boof's plans by the look of things.
Mark Cosgrove - 784 runs at 39.20 - 29 years old and an overweight enigma. Could Boof create a Test player out of him?
Further down the averages are players such as:
Ben Cutting - 26 year old allrounder who doesn't average much with the bat.
Mike Hussey - retired.
Cameron White - forget it.
Michael Hogan - 32 years old.
Nic Mattinson - 21 year old coming into his 4th season - see further comments below.
Trent Copeland - 27 year old bowling allrounder with first class batting average of 22. Has played 3 Tests.
James Faulkner - 23 year old allrounder who make a fairly impressive test debut but may get squeezed out in the home series.
Joe Burns - 587 runs at 32.62 - Nearly 24 year old averages just under 40 in first class matches with 5 first class100's.
In summary, if a guy like Nic Mattinson were to start the season with a couple of 100's, particularly after his successful tour of South Africa where he scored 3 half centuries and a 41 in his 5 innings, he'd be knocking on the door for a Test debut. Glen Maxwell is also one of the few putting up his hand after the South African tour having scored 2 big 100's and a 93.
In short the welcome mat for a Test debut is out for any batsmen showing early season form.
Last edited by Hooksey; 28-08-2013 at 04:49 AM.
I think Michael Hogan being 32 is the least of his problems if you are talking about him as a batsman, worlds best no.11 batsman only I'm afraid
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