Serious point, who takes the new ball with Harris?
In the past Siddle has been seen as an older ball operator and Johnson is too wayward to trust with it. Be interesting to see who gets it.
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As I said before in the Bell thread, he's very much a player you want to bowl corridor to, but fractionally shorter than to most blokes. He's excellent on the drive, even to balls many would nick having a drive at, but his awareness of when to defend and when to leave is suspect, and unlike most batsmen he will follow the ball if it does a bit from a length. Wagner really zoned in on this by bowling back of a length and angling the ball across Bell from left arm over, and I think Bell adjusted his shot selection a bit for the Ashes to be more attacking against balls bowled in that area to avoid having to make a defend/leave decision.
Johnson at his best - and by this I do not mean near-mythical Johnson who rocks up with a match-winning spell once every 4 or 5 years amongst crap, but the Johnson who was actually a reasonably consistent and valuable member of a bowling unit for a while - really revelled in that sort of stuff. The amount of high calibre batsmen he'd get out where he just looked "lucky" as the batsman drove or defended at a wide ball because of the angle, the trajectory and the weird under-cut he put on the ball was amazing. That Johnson, one who's probably long gone now in search of the spearheaded match-winner or whatever he wants to be, was the perfect bowler to bowl to Ian Bell. No surprises that Johnson has actually dismissed Bell more times in Test cricket than any other bowler in the history of the game.
I'd love to think this was a main reason for selecting Johnson, but it's more than likely just a dice roll, which will more than likely come up snake eyes.
Last edited by Prince EWS; 12-11-2013 at 06:54 AM.
Nah, it's cause he bowled a few fast deliveries in ODI's.
Johnson's action means he's a massive liability to left handers if he's not getting swing. Siddle on the other hand, may cause Cook problems by pitching it up and hitting the corridor. Siddle should open for that reason.
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I figured we were looking at a narrow loss without MJ in the team. Now I'm just going to hope that he gets such a pasting at the Gabba that he's dropped. He needs to be bowling at his worst so he gets the boot as soon as one of the injured crowd is fit again.
Problem is if he has a shocker it going to put a lot of pressure on Harris. Lyon and Siddle can cope with bowling a lot but I don't want our best bowler getting crocked because MJ is spraying 4 balls. Wonder if Harris will rethink the scary Johnson quote after he sees the condition of the new ball?
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