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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Yeah but Root and Rogers have been pretty crappy too
    How? He's done plenty this series, got a lot of starts, scored a century, etc.

    The only knock on him is his woes against Swann.
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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    And was distinctly average for 2 tests as well

    I'd pick Harris, Siddle and Broad because they have been far more consistent over the course of the series (I actually thought Broad was better even in the first innings of this test but Anderson got the figures)
    Broad hasn't been more consistent this series.

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    Cook
    Rogers
    Bell
    KP
    Clarke
    Haddin
    Broad
    Swann
    Harris
    Siddle
    Anderson

    Frankly I can't justify not having Siddle in the side when the batting from both sides, Bell excepted has been rubbish.

    Cook looks like an odd choice at the top but his three 50s have all been vital in winning 3 games for England. Root's got the better numbers but his innings haven't been as important.

    Watson gets nowhere near the side because he was rubbish for 4 Tests, getting a ton when the series is dead doesn't get you into a team of the series.

    Smith can count himself unlucky, I just think KP's innings have been slightly more important in deciding the series than his. Smith would bat 6 if I went 6-1-4.

    Starc would be an outside shot if he wasn't hopeless with the first new ball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    Cook
    Rogers
    Bell
    KP
    Clarke
    Haddin
    Broad
    Swann
    Harris
    Siddle
    Anderson

    Frankly I can't justify not having Siddle in the side when the batting from both sides, Bell excepted has been rubbish.

    Cook looks like an odd choice at the top but his three 50s have all been vital in winning 3 games for England. Root's got the better numbers but his innings haven't been as important.

    Watson gets nowhere near the side because he was rubbish for 4 Tests, getting a ton when the series is dead doesn't get you into a team of the series.

    Smith can count himself unlucky, I just think KP's innings have been slightly more important in deciding the series than his. Smith would bat 6 if I went 6-1-4.

    Starc would be an outside shot if he wasn't hopeless with the first new ball.
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    Irrelevant. I'm not picking a team to beat South Africa or anyone else, I'm picking the best XI from the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    One of the longest tails ever

    SA would beat that team 5 nil and take about 15 days to do it
    Well no **** **** because they're doing that to every other team lately.
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    I'd go with Furball's team. No way you can drop any of the 4 quicks after the series they had and no other bat is screaming to be picked.

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    If we are going to pick 5 bowlers why bother picking two openers?

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    Given that Cook, Trott, Bairstow, Prior, Hughes, Khawaja, Warner and Haddin all averaged about 25 between them I think it's fair to say Broad (25 with the bat and 27 with the ball) was the allrounder of the series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valer View Post
    If we are going to pick 5 bowlers why bother picking two openers?
    Australia played 5 bowlers all series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Given that Cook, Trott, Bairstow, Prior, Hughes, Khawaja, Warner and Haddin all averaged about 25 between them I think it's fair to say Broad (25 with the bat and 27 with the ball) was the allrounder of the series.
    I'm as big a Broad fan as anyone, but he took like half a wicket when the destination of the urn was in doubt.

    Ditto Watson and Smith scoring runs in the dead rubber, actually. Trott and Haddin both look to have had dodgy series, but really their respective 50s at TB were more valuable than late series stats padding.
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    In fairness Smith hit a 50 at Trent Bridge and backed his captain up at Old Trafford. His "live" performance was at least acceptable if not outstanding.

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    That was a high quality fifty as well. Australia were in all sorts and the ball was talking.
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    and then he threw it away like a regular jonathan trott
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    Most keen judges (ie, me) expected a bowlers' series, but the dearth of quality batting on both sides stood out like dogs balls.

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