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Isn't this the perfect time to blood guys like Doolan, NCN and Faulkner? They've battered England and confidence is sky high (ideal conditions for a debutant). I mean, they're 4-0 up with a series v SA in just over a month. Guys like Harris and Watson will not want a rest, but I think it's in Australia's best interests to do so.
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Harris won't be around forever. He is 34 and manages his knee. He has been great against the top order and a major factor. If he's fit he plays. The batting is a bit different because the cracks have been papered over by Rad. George didnt deserve a cap and hasn't taken his opportunity. Dools and Forkers don't excite me but I can see the logic to dropping George. The problem is they will most likely move Rad to 6 and play Forkers at 7 to cover Watson.
That makes less sense because that's not a sustainable long term plan. So Dools makes more sense to me. He wouldn't have been my pick for 6. He's a 3 and they won't move Watson after his runs. He's not exactly banging on the door for selection either.
Wouldn't that be even more of a reason to to save Harris for SA though? The series is over and he's injury prone. Just doesn't make any sense for him to play imo.
I'd definitely play Rhino if his is fit he can then take it easy until they fly out for SA. But if his knee or other niggle has him at 95% then he should rest up. The next major injury will likely see him done. We need him in SA no question. I'm okish with NCN but would obvs prefer Dougeh! if a replacement is needed.
D00lers started the Shield with one truly class innings but fell away really quickly. Not done near enough to be considered a test player for mine. Certainly no improvement on Bailey. And neither is an improvement on Watson (which is low praise for Watto). If they must bring in Forkers to cover Watson's overs (and it's a pretty big if), then Forkers for Bailers is the simplest move from the squad picked. **** you could even just bat Forkers at 6. I'm sure he could manage to contribute the 15 Bailers has averaged in our first digs and score some cheap quick runs setting up a total in the second just as well.
Completely expecting the same 11 to play though and fair enough.
Thinking 5 bowlers is going to be a must in the mid-term post Harris.
Last edited by hendrix; 30-12-2013 at 04:37 PM.
Harris fit, Harris play. It's basically a commandment.
That's the blood of the last guy to tell him he was being rested on his face, for the record.
Last edited by Top_Cat; 30-12-2013 at 05:08 PM.
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