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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Why the **** would you play 2 spinners?
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    Why not? We've done it there the past two years. It's the ground traditionally in Australia where you do that.
    If they prepare a real bunsen it will deflect the fact that their ball tampering wasn't the reason Australia won the first three Tests, and will also enable Smith to get a hatful of wickets and outdo TOTAB

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anil View Post
    Smith seems to be significantly better than Kohli in tests while in one dayers they’re comparable with Kohli maybe slightly in front...is that an accurate assessment?

    Kohli is miles clear as an ODI bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bijed View Post
    Smith's certainly not a bad ODI player, but Kohli's a different class altogether I'd say. Even more so in T20s
    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Kohli is miles clear as an ODI bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bijed View Post
    On paper, yeah, but he's been poor enough on this tour for me to lose faith in him for the near future. I'm hopeful that it's just a case of he needs a bit of a break for his various niggles to clear up and for him to get his head straight and even if I would drop him now, I'd have him back for the tour of NZ.

    That said, thinking about it some more, if the SCG is going to be offering turn so that you'd definitely want a spinner, I probably would opt for him over Crane after all. If it's not going to be helping him, rest him and I'm not fussed whether they replace him with Crane or a batsman.

    I suppose Cook and Broad managed to come in with good performances after a lot of people were starting to write them off (myself included for Cook), so no reason why Mo can't do the same. Although, the Guardian is suggesting that he'll be dropped: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/30/england-show-abilities-mcg-joe-root


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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    If they prepare a real bunsen it will deflect the fact that their ball tampering wasn't the reason Australia won the first three Tests, and will also enable Smith to get a hatful of wickets and outdo TOTAB
    This would be a dark day indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Kohli is miles clear as an ODI bat.
    In fact I'd say the difference between the two is about equal in each format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    In fact I'd say the difference between the two is about equal in each format.
    Was just about to say that. Smith and Kohli are about as far ahead of the rest in tests and ODI's respectively that I can remember. I am early 40's, can't think of a more dominant player in either format even Viv, that is how good both are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bijed View Post
    I know the 4th test has only just finished, but might as well start this one now.

    Hopefully a better pitch for this one (can't really be worse I guess).

    I guess there are some selection questions for this one:

    - Does Bird get another go? I say yes. The only reason he shouldn't is if it's of the utmost importance that Starc plays and I guess he'd have to go instead of Hazlewood or Cummins (assuming they're both ok fitness wise)

    - Should Moeen be dropped/rested? Again, I think so. We could even drop him for Foakes or someone if you're dead-set against Crane playing and just use Root/Malan to make up for (and probably no worse than) his bowling.
    Bird would only play if 2 of Starc/Cum/Haze are out, given that they'll probably go with 2 spinners

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    With the series over and playing dead rubbers they should make it that only players that have not played in the first 4 tests can be selected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Was just about to say that. Smith and Kohli are about as far ahead of the rest in tests and ODI's respectively that I can remember. I am early 40's, can't think of a more dominant player in either format even Viv, that is how good both are.
    Surely Viv in ODI on account of his strike rate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    He's taken 3 wickets in 4 games. You should be able to play on literal roads and have more wickets than that bowling with the wrong arm.
    Surely you would drop Woakes instead who has been rank awful for 4 tests and doesn't even have the batting string to his bow.

    I just want Lyon to get Ali out again and break the record.

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    the england selectors would be pretty big ****s if they didn't give Crane a debut on his home ground
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    remember when we used to argue who was better out of KW, Root and Smith
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    Was such a tease

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