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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Or worse still, what if it's randomly someone like Raphael?

    There aren't that many Shield games before the first Test so picking purely on form would be ridiculous. Even if it works for a Test, form is cyclical so if the bloke isn't good enough his average will drop back into the 20s soon enough he'll get dropped.

    The selection should be based primarily on technique, temperament and proven ability - ie. the best batsman should be selected. If the bloke is in terrible form then that's different obviously but there should be a minimum requirement for early season form and then actual batsmanship should be used to decide between the qualifiers.
    purely on form was not necessarily meant to mean look at the averages and go whoever is at the top, I didn't really say it, but I meant to pick a guy who has been earmarked as a probable international player (or has already played) with a decent record behind them who also has the best form running in. I reckon form is a really important thing tbh, the confidence means everything
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Who apart from Clarke is accepted as having one of, if not the best technique in Australia?
    Noone makes any runs, so noone, probably.

    Edit. I guess it would be someone who doesn't make runs because they always throw it away / play a **** shot rather than having a 'technical weakness exposed.' So someone like Marsh or Ferguson, but then again you would just say their technique is **** in that they consistently nick wide half volleys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Or worse still, what if it's randomly someone like Raphael?

    let's be clear: this would be great
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    Who apart from Clarke is accepted as having one of, if not the best technique in Australia?
    probably steve smith
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    I would have thought Rogers has possibly the best technique against fast bowling in Australia, especially against the swinging ball


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Who apart from Clarke is accepted as having one of, if not the best technique in Australia?
    David Warner.

    Chris Rogers has developed those idiosyncratic methods of playing the ball late and recognising line and length that come with years and years of discipline and toughness. So not completely textbook, but certainly serviceable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    I would have thought Rogers has possibly the best technique against fast bowling in Australia, especially against the swinging ball
    I think Rogers has the most effective defensive in the Australian side and is also as correct as any of the others. One of his great strengths is knowing his limitations and playing within them.

    Having a Rogers, Cook, Langer type opener in your test line up is certainly advantageous. Particularly if you can partner them with an aggressive right hander at the other end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    ffs, just realised I'll be at schoolies with a bunch of people who don't like cricket for the entirety of this test match, pretty sure we'll have wifi though, so I'm gonna be counting on you ****s
    I had the same problem last year, only without the wifi.

    If you've got some VB around and get a couple of beers into the guys, they'll sit down and watch for a bit at least. Can't complain about having it on in the background though, surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Or worse still, what if it's randomly someone like Raphael?

    There aren't that many Shield games before the first Test so picking purely on form would be ridiculous. Even if it works for a Test, form is cyclical so if the bloke isn't good enough his average will drop back into the 20s soon enough he'll get dropped.

    The selection should be based primarily on technique, temperament and proven ability - ie. the best batsman should be selected. If the bloke is in terrible form then that's different obviously but there should be a minimum requirement for early season form and then actual batsmanship should be used to decide between the qualifiers.
    Solid principals. But if they'd been applied to Steve Smith for instance, he wouldn't have been selected for his test debut 3 years ago, and wouldn't now be batting at number 5.

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    On that basis Smith shouldn't have been selected for his debut, indeed.

    But with that criteria he was an ideal selection for India, and once he impressed (which relatively speaking, he did) there he should have been selected for England (looking over the fact that he initially wasn't).
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    Why wouldn't he be batting at five now, is my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    I had the same problem last year, only without the wifi.

    If you've got some VB around and get a couple of beers into the guys, they'll sit down and watch for a bit at least. Can't complain about having it on in the background though, surely?
    They want to play a massive monopoly game one day, I'll see if we can do that with the cricket on in the background, honestly I shouldn't miss too much and I'll be having the best time anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    They want to play a massive monopoly game one day, I'll see if we can do that with the cricket on in the background, honestly I shouldn't miss too much and I'll be having the best time anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Why wouldn't he be batting at five now, is my point.
    Technique was one of the 3 criteria listed earlier wasn't it?

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