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    Combined XI after two tests:

    Warner
    Stoneman
    Khawaja
    Smith
    Root (c)
    Marsh
    Bairstow (wk)
    Cummins
    Starc
    Anderson
    Lyon

    Anderson in ahead of Hazlewood. Stoneman in ahead of Bancroft. Khawaja in ahead of Vince. Marsh in over Ali. The rest unchanged.

    The batting is really hard outside Marsh, Smith, Warner and Root. Stoneman has been a touch more consistent than Bancroft. Khawaja and Vince have been equally disappointing so far, but Khawaja's first innings 50 actually went a long way to us winning the game.

    Anderson has been better than Hazlewood so far. Cummins has been the best bowler from either side and Starc has taken all the wickets. Lyon is the best spinner so far by miles. Honestly the only contentious picks really are Stoneman and Khawaja, who could easily be any from Bancroft, Malan, Ali or Vince who have all been roughly equally underwhelming so far this series.

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    Warner
    Bancroft
    Khawaja
    Smith*
    SMarsh
    Paine
    Cummins
    Starc
    Hazelwood
    Lyon
    Anderson.

    12th man Stoneman (he could replace Anderson if extra batsman required.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNT View Post
    Warner
    Bancroft
    Khawaja
    Smith*
    SMarsh
    Paine
    Cummins
    Starc
    Hazelwood
    Lyon
    Anderson.
    Hehe that's cheating

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    And Root really deserves to be in the side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    And Root really deserves to be in the side.
    ave 35 with bat, no not really. Gone missing when it counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNT View Post
    ave 35 with bat, no not really. Gone missing when it counts.
    You don't need 5 frontline bowlers.

    Also he gets in ahead of Khawaja even if you insist on 5 bowlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    You don't need 5 frontline bowlers.

    Also he gets in ahead of Khawaja even if you insist on 5 bowlers.
    Root is competing with Smith at 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNT View Post
    Root is competing with Smith at 4
    So it's ok to pick extra bowlers playing out of position but not ok to pick Root instead of Khawaja because Root has to be at 4?

    lol you kid

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNT View Post
    Root is competing with Smith at 4
    What if hypothetically Smith was averaging 100 and Root 80?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJediBrah View Post
    So it's ok to pick extra bowlers playing out of position but not ok to pick Root instead of Khawaja because Root has to be at 4?

    lol you kid
    Your first five batsmen do all the work, plus its my team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNT View Post
    Your first five batsmen do all the work, plus its my team.
    Can't argue with that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    What if hypothetically Smith was averaging 100 and Root 80?
    Then Smith would have improved by 6% and Root by 230%

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    After two,

    Warner
    Stoneman (just beats Bancroft to this position but I'm not confident about the openers staying around long as both play their shots!)
    Root (bugger has to play there whether he likes it or not)
    Smith
    S. Marsh
    Bairstow+
    Cummins (on our two test evidence the bloke is a bona fide all-rounder so I'm treating him as such.)
    Starc (just beats Overton)
    Lyon*
    Hazlewood
    Anderson

    12th Man: Overton

    I've had to resort to five bowlers based upon the premise of playing to one's strengths as the batting stinks. One alternative to this would be the removal of Starc and somebody like Malan, Bancroft or Paine being placed above Cummins. Either way...

    What with Root's putting Australia in and England not following-on - not to mention Smith's generous declaration - both captains have been utterly awful so I've thrown the armband to Lyon for no other reason that he doesn't seem to be able to do anything wrong right now!
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    Why have you gone with the second best keeper of the series?.

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