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I'm not sure how you can claim that. Like, you're basing it on no FC form. MJ being a kick arse ODI bowler is not new. The anti-MJ rage that took over following the SA series in 2011 led to some people forgetting he is great in ODers, but he is, and now he's reminded those dummies, and now he's "bowling unlike he has really ever."
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They dropped him from the Test side and kept him in the ODI side because he's a good ODI bowler and not a particularly good Test bowler. Him performing in ODIs is precisely what the selectors should've expected when they made that decision so nothing has changed and there's no reason to rush him back in the Test side because of it.
It certainly is good to see him not worry about swinging the ball and just focus on his strengths - fast, hostile bowling with a bit of weird natural under-cutting slide away from the right handers - but as we've seen before there's no guarantee it'll cross over.
Plus... never forget. Even if he was the best bowler in the world, he shouldn't be playing against England with that sort of admission.
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Originally Posted by Jeffrey Tucker
and Mitch hasnt even been bowling that well in india, his first two spells in the last game were ****ing awful. he's had one good game where took 4 wickets but the rest of the series hes hardly been banging down the door for test selection
dougeh taking 6fa however...
Should be an interesting match in Brisbaluru.
I don't know where I stand on Mitch.
Looking at the alternatives:
* Pattinson, Bird, Cummins, Starc - all injured. All would also be ahead of Johnson afaic.
* Hastings - no. Trundler.
* Faulkner - not as a specialist bowler. It would say a lot if he got regular Test time.
* Coulter-Nile - his limited international form doesn't inspire confidence. He may prove me wrong, but at this stage I think I'd prefer MJ.
* McKay - ODI specialist. No thanks.
* Hazlewood - too raw? Though it didn't stop Cummins I guess.
* Sayers - if he averages around 20 he has to be good, but he's still very unproven IMO.
* Hilfenhaus - hard to say. If his action is still low I doubt he'd do much though I suppose he won't get hammered on an off-day unlike Mitch. If it's 2012 again then pick him.
That's the ones that have played Test cricket recently or were named in that "fast 8". Few are conclusively better than MJ, so I don't think it's a farce that he looks like being recalled unlike 75% of the Australians on the forum. Still wouldn't pick him mind you.
There are others I would consider (Bollinger, Copeland, Butterworth, etc.) but I don't think the selectors will.
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1 ton and the papers are going on about Doolan again. On the plus side his runs are SS runs unlike Bailey. I'm liking what Lynn did this match vs the Poms. Saw him at North Sydney and he strikes a clean ball. Would Lynn have the temperament to bat 6 and bat with the tail? Or is he more of a 4?
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If all the automatic selections ahead of MJ are crocked then as much as I hate it the selectors will pick him. I can't see them giving someone a debut.
Doolan is better than Lynn.
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At full strength he'd rightly be nowhere near the Test team, but when Starc, Bird and Pattinson are all out injured, Johnson's far from the worst bloke to have coming into the side.
I'd rather Feldman than Johnson tbh.
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