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    ***Official*** 5th Test at the SCG

    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.

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    Pretty much my thoughts exactly.

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    Well except on Ali. He should play. He's the best spinner England have on this tour and he will give England the best chance if winning the test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Well except on Ali. He should play. He's the best spinner England have on this tour and he will give England the best chance if winning the test.
    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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    I think Crane should play - he might well get Kegga'd, but then again his luck may hold and he can't be less successful than Moeen - and even if he is knocked out of the attack it won't much matter as he won't be called on again, given that the Boltonian Warne is going to be a fixture in the England side for years to come

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    I donít think itís overly fair to play Ali on the least friendly decks for finger spinners in the country least friendly to them and not give him a shot in Sydney where it may suit him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    I don’t think it’s overly fair to play Ali on the least friendly decks for finger spinners in the country least friendly to them and not give him a shot in Sydney where it may suit him.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    I think Crane should play - he might well get Kegga'd, but then again his luck may hold and he can't be less successful than Moeen - and even if he is knocked out of the attack it won't much matter as he won't be called on again, given that the Boltonian Warne is going to be a fixture in the England side for years to come
    Moeen has been so bad that he deserves dropping (preferably from a great height) and Crane should play.

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    Will Agar come in, do they want two spinners? Creates an interesting selection quandary if Starc is fit.

    I don't want Agar to play particularly, but surely he's not going to displace Haze or Cummins, so if Starc's fit and he plays, Agar has to displace Mitch Marsh, doesn't he?
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    Why the **** would you play 2 spinners?
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    Smith seems to be significantly better than Kohli in tests while in one dayers theyíre comparable with Kohli maybe slightly in front...is that an accurate assessment?

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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?
    Smith's certainly not a bad ODI player, but Kohli's a different class altogether I'd say. Even more so in T20s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Why the **** would you play 2 spinners?
    Why not? We've done it there the past two years. It's the ground traditionally in Australia where you do that.

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