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    Adam Zampa, the Marsh brothers and Forkers Faulkner are all locks IMO.
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    This English top three are cornflakes. They're not the most exciting thing out but they're pretty effective. Then the middle order are the sugar. Would be too much on their own but added to the cornflakes they add some much needed interest

    When KP returns he will be the banana..

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    I'm not sure that they'll feel a 17 man squad is covering enough bases.

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    Boof''s message to Faulkner was "go back and make 100s and take wickets'. No assurances contained there.

    Having inherited Arthur's Ashes squad in the 11th hour Boof only had so many options. It will be interesting to see how he goes about things now he has the chance to put his own signature on the team.

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    A return to 6-4-1 would be a start but I won't hold my breath. If fit Watson can bowl so number 6 should be a batsman.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangles View Post
    A return to 6-4-1 would be a start but I won't hold my breath. If fit Watson can bowl so number 6 should be a batsman.
    Number 6 should always be a batsman IMO. Even Gilchrist was better at 7 with 6 batsmen coming in ahead of him.

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    Agreed but recent history shows the selectors want an all rounder in the team. When Watson isn't fit or they don't want to risk him is when we see Faulkner/Henriques/Maxwell etc.

    Faulkner playing at the Gabba probably is down to how Watson feels rather than Faulkner being a better option than a specialist batter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangles View Post
    Agreed but recent history shows the selectors want an all rounder in the team. When Watson isn't fit or they don't want to risk him is when we see Faulkner/Henriques/Maxwell etc.

    Faulkner playing at the Gabba probably is down to how Watson feels rather than Faulkner being a better option than a specialist batter.
    Australia have preferred to have a batting/bowling allrounder in the team for decades, but very rarely had anyone that truly warranted the position. Unfortunately that didn't stop the selectors choosing them

    I'd be extremely surprised if they only play 5 batsmen again at the Gabba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangles View Post
    A return to 6-4-1 would be a start but I won't hold my breath. If fit Watson can bowl so number 6 should be a batsman.
    I know they've bowled Wade in the past but 4 keepers seems like overkill.
    The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament.

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    The Aussie team for the first test (In my opinion) should be as follows :-

    Rogers
    Hughes
    Watson
    Clarke
    Smith
    Haddin
    Faulkner
    Siddle
    Pattinson
    Harris
    Lyon

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    Faulkner isn't test material. Haddin at 6 isn't smart. Gilly didn't bat that high yet with a weaker batting lineup you want the keeper at 6?

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    Whats wrong with him at 6, you not exactly get wall to wall talent of batsman its not like it was 10-15 years ago

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    Also Patto's not going to e fit for the Gabba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangles View Post
    A return to 6-4-1 would be a start but I won't hold my breath. If fit Watson can bowl so number 6 should be a batsman.
    It was 6-4-1 for the entire tour bar the final Test.

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    I would put Hughes at 3 and Watson at 6 ftr.

    I still think Watson's a **** ****, but I can see how he's useful in terms of team balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    I would put Hughes at 3 and Watson at 6 ftr.

    I still think Watson's a **** ****, but I can see how he's useful in terms of team balance.
    The previous 52 innings by Australian number 3 batsmen, prior to Watson's big 100 in the final test, had produced something like 8 x 50s and 1 x 100.

    You don't wait that long for a solution and then go changing things again.

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