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    Australian selectors how good are they

    Not many went along with their selections so I guess now is the time to accept their brilliance.
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    Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

    These are their controversial picks:

    Bancroft (not that controversial, he had two very good shield games and was picked over Renshaw who was struggling for runs) - has made one half century and nicked off every other innings.
    S Marsh - had a good 50, a match winning 100 and nothing much else. Which is about what people expected from him. Don't expect many more runs from here on out.
    M Marsh - the selectors publicly said he was being picked entirely for his bowling. Nobody, not even his biggest fans expected him to hit 181. I really would like to see him back it up with a couple of half centuries but I doubt he'll do that well in this series. Could have another good innings in South Africa though.
    Paine - done as well as could be hoped. Dropped a clanger but has looked good behind the stumps since then. He's always had the potential but it's really good to see him finally live up to it. He's done better with the bat than Wade, Carey or Nevill likely would have done either.

    I'm really hoping that M Marsh has actually turned a corner and this innings wasn't a once off. I think he'll still be really inconsistent. His defence did look better in this test but it didn't look great.

    I don't expect Shaun Marsh will last too long in the side. He'll probably make some runs in a test in South Africa though.

    Paine can keep until his fingers break or one of Peirson, Inglis or Carey is ready.

    Bancroft will likely lose his place at the end of the summer unless he actually starts scoring. But then again, we've been winning so he's less likely to get dropped. Be interesting to see if Renshaw can pressure his place again. Sadly, even if Renshaw has a 500+ run tail end of the season I can't see him forcing his way into the side again. I really think that Boof doesn't like him much. He was almost dropped for India after hitting 180 in his previous test. Burns is a smokey to replace Bancroft if he remains runless. Alternatively, Khawaja and Smith can move up a spot and Maxwell can come in in the middle order.

    Other than Mitch Marsh, all of the other picks have done about as well as was expected really, with Bancroft the only one disappointing so far. I think people were disliking the Marsh picks so much because Maxwell should be slotted in and Shaun Marsh has had so many chances and tends to get long runs in the team even if he's not getting any runs. Going to Shaun Marsh felt like a step back, not forward. Mitch Marsh felt even worse because he had a test match average in the very low 20s and despite his "form" so far this summer was only averaging low 40s in the shield and had made all of his runs on roads.

    I'll give the selectors credit for their picks if Bancroft and Shaun Marsh are playing against India in 12 months and Mitchell Marsh brings his batting average up to 35 long term.

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    Better than Australian posters on CW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    S Marsh - had a good 50, a match winning 100 and nothing much else. Which is about what people expected from him. Don't expect many more runs from here on out..
    What, run that by me again, people expected SMarsh to hit a match winning hundred and a 50 and didnt want him selected. Dam thats a hard crowd to please.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

    These are their controversial picks:

    Bancroft (not that controversial, he had two very good shield games and was picked over Renshaw who was struggling for runs) - has made one half century and nicked off every other innings.
    S Marsh - had a good 50, a match winning 100 and nothing much else. Which is about what people expected from him. Don't expect many more runs from here on out.
    M Marsh - the selectors publicly said he was being picked entirely for his bowling. Nobody, not even his biggest fans expected him to hit 181. I really would like to see him back it up with a couple of half centuries but I doubt he'll do that well in this series. Could have another good innings in South Africa though.
    Paine - done as well as could be hoped. Dropped a clanger but has looked good behind the stumps since then. He's always had the potential but it's really good to see him finally live up to it. He's done better with the bat than Wade, Carey or Nevill likely would have done either.

    I'm really hoping that M Marsh has actually turned a corner and this innings wasn't a once off. I think he'll still be really inconsistent. His defence did look better in this test but it didn't look great.

    I don't expect Shaun Marsh will last too long in the side. He'll probably make some runs in a test in South Africa though.

    Paine can keep until his fingers break or one of Peirson, Inglis or Carey is ready.

    Bancroft will likely lose his place at the end of the summer unless he actually starts scoring. But then again, we've been winning so he's less likely to get dropped. Be interesting to see if Renshaw can pressure his place again. Sadly, even if Renshaw has a 500+ run tail end of the season I can't see him forcing his way into the side again. I really think that Boof doesn't like him much. He was almost dropped for India after hitting 180 in his previous test. Burns is a smokey to replace Bancroft if he remains runless. Alternatively, Khawaja and Smith can move up a spot and Maxwell can come in in the middle order.

    Other than Mitch Marsh, all of the other picks have done about as well as was expected really, with Bancroft the only one disappointing so far. I think people were disliking the Marsh picks so much because Maxwell should be slotted in and Shaun Marsh has had so many chances and tends to get long runs in the team even if he's not getting any runs. Going to Shaun Marsh felt like a step back, not forward. Mitch Marsh felt even worse because he had a test match average in the very low 20s and despite his "form" so far this summer was only averaging low 40s in the shield and had made all of his runs on roads.

    I'll give the selectors credit for their picks if Bancroft and Shaun Marsh are playing against India in 12 months and Mitchell Marsh brings his batting average up to 35 long term.
    lol. He has had four innings.
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    Are you lot going to apologise to the Marsh brothers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gob View Post
    lol. He has had four innings.
    Yeah S.Marsh has only been 2nd to Smith in this series.

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    The Paine selection has been inspired. Kept and batted really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    The Paine selection has been inspired. Kept and batted really well.
    He always looks so good with the bat doesn't he? I mean its bewildering to think that he has only one ton. Looks like a proper batsman who should be averaging in the mid 40's at least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    S Marsh - had a good 50, a match winning 100 and nothing much else. Which is about what people expected from him. .
    smh. He's been really good.

    4 innings, 224 runs, average of almost 80.

    In Adelaide played the knock (126*) that probably swayed the series our way completely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gob View Post
    He always looks so good with the bat doesn't he? I mean its bewildering to think that he has only one ton. Looks like a proper batsman who should be averaging in the mid 40's at least.
    So true. Such a sound batsman. Seems absurd that he only has one ton from almost 100 FC games.

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    They got lucky more than anything. They're the same guys who made some terrible selections last season, just so happened that their selections paid off.

    The one that I was most impressed with though, both at the time and now in hindsight, was Tim Paine. As soon as I heard about that I was like "damn that's bold, and I like it".

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    It'll be interesting to see how MMarsh continues from here. TPaine looked really good so there's the potential of a good lower order for the first time in years. Without one, we'll continue to struggle overseas.

    There hasn't been much talk of it but I reckon Khawja needs some runs soon. We can't keep a player who can only play on home decks at the expense of others who can
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    Quote Originally Posted by GotSpin View Post
    It'll be interesting to see how MMarsh continues from here. TPaine looked really good so there's the potential of a good lower order for the first time in years. Without one, we'll continue to struggle overseas.

    There hasn't been much talk of it but I reckon Khawja needs some runs soon. We can't keep a player who can only play on home decks at the expense of others who can
    Coupe of fifties in four innings alright no?

    Don't think Bankers is going to last though. Renshaw is the long term opener

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gob View Post
    Coupe of fifties in four innings alright no?

    Don't think Bankers is going to last though. Renshaw is the long term opener
    Khawaja needs to make up for the fact that he's rubbish everywhere else

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