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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    I know some question his technique but he looks so much more at home at test level than Harris.

    If we're going to drop Burns it should be for both Bancroft and Warner. Because he absolutely should be there ahead of Harris, who seems to have massive flaws in his game.
    not really tbh

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    Still more or less on the fence about Burns v Harris, a lot will depend on their respective form between now and then. Would agree Burns has been given a bit of a run around by selectors at times, but that in of itself isn't really a very convincing argument.

    If the selectors were picking a squad just to make up for past decisions, then Callum Ferguson would absolutely be on the plane.
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    Put it this way - when was the last time that county cricket formed a major factor in Australian team selection?

    Never. It's a poor competition compared to the shield or tests. Burns could get a duck in every innings in England and he should still play.

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    Shh noone tell him that Harris also dominated Shield this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Burns could get a duck in every innings in England and he should still play.
    Your credibility has just hit zero

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    Still more or less on the fence about Burns v Harris, a lot will depend on their respective form between now and then
    100%
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    Not factoring in Warner's potentially disruptive influence?

    Or is that fake news?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    It's a poor competition compared to the shield
    You saying that our mid-thirties average batsmen who fail in tests are somehow significantly better than their mid-thirties average batsmen who fail in tests?

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    I still tend to believe the Shield is stronger than County Cricket, but by much less of a margin than 20-25 years ago

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    Yeah they're drawing closer in equality mainly due to the shabby treatment of the comp by CA. Still good county form and form over the last few rounds (how many rounds were the Dukes used in?) of the Shield should update have a fair bit of weight.

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    I assume Division 2 isn't being taken into account here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoodAreasShane View Post
    I still tend to believe the Shield is stronger than County Cricket, but by much less of a margin than 20-25 years ago
    Yeah Shield is clearly stronger than county cricket, it's the top 66 (theoretically) players in a country vs the top 170-odd (?) if you factor in overseas players. It's still not really relevant to the discussion though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJediBrah View Post
    Yeah Shield is clearly stronger than county cricket, it's the top 66 (theoretically) players in a country vs the top 170-odd (?) if you factor in overseas players. It's still not really relevant to the discussion though.
    Well to be fair it's from a bigger pool of players. England has over 2.5x the population of Australia.

    Nevertheless, Stephen's point fails since Harris dominated Shield and tonned up in the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trundler View Post
    Well to be fair it's from a bigger pool of players. England has over 2.5x the population of Australia.

    Nevertheless, Stephen's point fails since Harris dominated Shield and tonned up in the final.
    stephen's point fails for a lot of reasons

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Put it this way - when was the last time that county cricket formed a major factor in Australian team selection?

    Never. It's a poor competition compared to the shield or tests. Burns could get a duck in every innings in England and he should still play.
    Yeah this is just plain stupid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJediBrah View Post
    stephen's point fails for a lot of reasons
    But mostly because it's Stephen's

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