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    ***Official*** 'When Will This Bloody Tour End?' T20 Thread

    1st T20I: Australia v England at Hobart
    Jan 29, 2014 (19:35 local | 08:35 GMT | 19:35 EDT | 19:05 CDT | 16:35 WST)

    2nd T20I: Australia v England at Melbourne
    Jan 31, 2014 (19:35 local | 08:35 GMT | 19:35 EDT | 19:05 CDT | 16:35 WST)

    3rd T20I: Australia v England at Sydney
    Feb 2, 2014 (19:35 local | 08:35 GMT | 19:35 EDT | 19:05 CDT | 16:35 WST)



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    Does Luke Wright still play T20Is for you guys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    Does Luke Wright still play T20Is for you guys?
    Yep, and it shows how desperate this tour is, that I think he should play all the matches.
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    He's a gun T20 player tbf.

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    Be interesting to see what kind of squad England put together for the ODI's and T20's in West Indies. SOunds like they're gonna use the ODIs as a warmup for the T20s and the T20 world cup. Guess the Aussies will get their wish to see Hales play ODI cricket.

    Stokes especially could do with a break. Already in squads for all three formats and now a regular in test and odis. Wonder if they'll send him back from Aus early or not take him to WI for the ODI's or something. With the T20 world cup coming so soon after they'll want the T20 squad finalised (just read they name their final wc squad at the end of aus t20s). Root and Rankin are currently in all 3 formats and although they haven't played much cricket they've been with the squad all winter. Can't see Rankin making the T20 WC squad now. Nor Finn. So that is two would have been selected probably only 4 months ago and from an area of the squad where there is thin resources in the first place. Coupled that with the Swann retirement and the bowling is looking a worry for the T20 world cup. Jees they may be tempted to bring back Jimmy Anderson- Hopefully not.

    They're going to have to gamble on a couple of bowlers presumably for the WC. Almost certainly means Stokes will be a key player as a bowler during the tournament.

    Broad, Bopara, Bresnan, Briggs, Buttler, Dernbach, Hales, Lumb, Morgan, Stokes, Tredwell, Wright, Pietersen, (Gurney, Samit)

    I'm guessing Samit Patel, Root, Gurney, Jordan are playing for two places to add to the list above. Root may just be given a rest as wouldn't get in a full strength T20 team and would probably be better served getting a rest then starting the championship season. Samit should definitely go and maybe in place of Tredwell or Briggs. Then I'd take Gurney over Jordan. Gurney's left arm, mid 80's, skiddy, good history in T20. You don;t really want to take someone untested like Gurney or Jordan to an extent but they're going to have to given the form of Finn and Rankin.

    Team for 1st game of 2014 t20WC in Bangladesh v NZ - Hales, Lumb, Wright, KP, Morgan, Buttler, Samit, Stokes, Broad, Briggs, Dernbach

    Spinner the big question mark. Briggs has been in more squads than anyone without playing it seems. And when he does play it's for a random game and he gets smashed. Continually tours with the ODI and T20 squad but seems completely anonymous. England need to back him or get rid. He's been very good in domestic cricket and should do well in Bangla and WI but playing him random games doesn't help. Probably going to struggle in Australia in this series as well.

    Lyon should go to bangladesh in Australia's T20 squad imo. If you've got a decent spinner you should utilise him in favourable conditions. Maxwell or Doherty are defensive, inferior bowlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    10 down, 3 to go.
    At least we're not playing 7 ODIs this time out.

    England and Australia should really split their Ashes tours tbh. Would probably be more profitable to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    At least we're not playing 7 ODIs this time out.

    England and Australia should really split their Ashes tours tbh. Would probably be more profitable to boot.
    You've even banging this drum ever since you joined the forum but I 100% agree.

    When we had the ODI series in 2010 over here I quite enjoyed it. We've saturated it since then but a standalone ODI series always matters more than when it's after the tests.

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    2012 too. India seem to do it all the time with Australia now as well, and that works quite well.
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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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    It was annoying in 2012 because it was in place of an extra test V Saffa

    In 2010 it replaced a 3rd test v Bangas so was all the more welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    2012 too. India seem to do it all the time with Australia now as well, and that works quite well.
    I think that's because Australia don't have the time to do a full tour of India without it seriously impacting on their own home summer.

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    Not having the ODI series would also have created a bit of a window for the Big Bash, allowing Australia's best cricketers the chance to take part in their own domestic T20 competition.

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