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    Silk/Hughes
    Rogers
    Watson
    Clarke
    Smith
    Warner
    Haddin
    Starc
    Harris
    Siddle
    Lyon

    Wade
    Zampa
    Faulkner
    Bird
    Johnson

    I think this list has enough surprise/astonishment factor to be up there crazily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooksey View Post
    Thanks for the correction mate. Can't promise I won't spell it wrong again though.
    take a guess lad! It's Maddinson btw if you're still wondering
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    Mitchell Johnson has been the forgotten man of Australian cricket, and he seems destined to be joined by Ed Cowan.

    Cowan's first ball duck and 14 in the first test seem likely to be his last. They did give him the honour of leading the side against Sussex where he made an unbeaten 77, but it looks like Boof might stamp his file. If he hasn't already.

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    Cowan has shown everyone he simply isn't international standard, he doesn't capitalise anywhere near enough


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Cowan has shown everyone he simply isn't international standard, he doesn't capitalise anywhere near enough
    No argument from me. What I did like about him though is he values his wicket. But he's never really put up the numbers to ensure his continuity in the team long-term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooksey View Post
    Mitchell Johnson has been the forgotten man of Australian cricket
    Never was a big fan, but his form in the last year has been hot. Besides he can break fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiff View Post
    Never was a big fan, but his form in the last year has been hot. Besides he can break fingers.
    Johnson put a case for inclusion in the touring party with his late season form. At his best he is knocking on the door for inclusion. But his best is a rarity. The guy can be more than useful with bat as he's proved on a number of occasions, including the test 100 he made.

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    Starceh is a better, younger version of Johnson who can actually swing the ball, no reason to include Johnson in the team/squad with Starc around IMO

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    Are Patto and Bird back by Brisbane? If not then Harris, Siddle Starc will play not sure they would bring in as cover though. MJ a chance probably.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tangles View Post
    Are Patto and Bird back by Brisbane? If not then Harris, Siddle Starc will play not sure they would bring in as cover though. MJ a chance probably.
    Harris will have at best an interrupted preparation - heading in for a scan on the hamstring he injured in the final test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooksey View Post
    Harris will have at best an interrupted preparation - heading in for a scan on the hamstring he injured in the final test.
    meh, that guy could walk out of the hospital and still take a 5for

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Starceh is a better, younger version of Johnson who can actually swing the ball, no reason to include Johnson in the team/squad with Starc around IMO
    It's very obvious to see the similarities between Johnson and Starceh, the big difference is one bowls 140-145k the other bowls 145-150k and that could make a big difference on some Aussie wickets
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    Quote Originally Posted by schearzie View Post
    It's very obvious to see the similarities between Johnson and Starceh, the big difference is one bowls 140-145k the other bowls 145-150k and that could make a big difference on some Aussie wickets
    Starc and Bird will be better bowlers in Australia where they will be assisted by steeper bounce, than they were in England. Because he has disappointed and been banished a number of time previously, Johnson is probably in a position where he has to do clearly more than anyone else to even be considered.

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    The risk that MJ has an off day and bowls trash is too big with the team we have. We can't afford days where he bowls fast half trackers.

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    After seeing him bowl the first over tonight, all the reasons you mentioned came flooding back. Doesn't mean they won't select him though.

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