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    Aussie XI for 1st Ashes Test

    This is what I think...

    Hayden
    Langer
    Ponting
    M.Waugh
    S.Waugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lee
    Gillespie (if fit)
    McGrath


    HOWEVER.......

    After the Pakistan series, I'd be putting *big* question marks on Mark Waugh and Brett Lee. I'd say that if they don't perform in this test, then they should get the kick. Simple as that.

    If they don't perform, then the side for Adelaide should be:

    Hayden
    Langer
    Ponting
    Martyn
    S.Waugh
    Lehmann
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Bichel (or MacGill/Hauritz depending on the deck)
    Gillespie
    McGrath


    Other possibilities should include...

    Brad Williams - as a back-up pacer.

    Stuart MacGill - as previously mentioned, if for some reason the selectors want a spinner but decide against Hauritz.

    Michael Clarke - as the next batsman in line after Lehmann, followed closely by Maher.

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    I like the look of the second side. Bichel may play because the first test is at the GAbba. While I think Michael Clarke is up there, guys like Maher, Love and Hussey are above him in the pecking order.

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    nope your first team mate
    no reason to change a winning combination.
    Lee thou that would upset my girlfriend
    lets drop him

    since when has williams been ahead of kaspawitch(how the hell do you spell his name)
    You have just read a post from Jason Pike, he is what you wish you were

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    Yeah i agree with the Argonaut....
    I think Clarke still has a couple in front of him before he gets his chance....

    Bichel i like but i would love to see Brad Williams get a go, and i think if Stuart Clark starts the season off well over here he could also push for a spot...
    I can't really see many changes.....


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    Kasprowicz, by the way. :-D

    My 11 would be:

    Langer
    Hayden
    Ponting
    M Waugh
    S Waugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist
    Lee
    Warne
    Gillespie
    McGrath

    Until the series is won. If the series is won and Mark Waugh hasn't consolidated his spot, I'd bring in Lehmann to bat at 6 and put Martyn up to number 4.

    As for the bowlers, if one of them gets injured, Bichel is obviously next in line but next under him should be Williams or Ashley Noffke.
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    1 Hayden
    2 Langer
    3 Ponting
    4 Martyn
    5 S Waugh
    6 Lehmann
    7 Gilchrist
    8 Warne
    9 Lee
    10 Gillespie
    11 McGrath

    The only change is Mark Waugh gone. The Poms will be dangerous, we csnt afford to be carrying anyone. Lehmann deserves another chance, he is next in line, However it is time for Martyn to move up to number 4 even and lehmann would come in at 6.
    If the selectors do stick with Mark Waugh, Martyn has to move up to number 4 anyway. He is wasted at 6 and is often coming in against the second new ball.
    If there were any changes in the bowling Lee would go for Bichel.
    Is Gillespie 100% going to play in Brisbane does anyone know?

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    Brett Lee is one of the worst bowler right now.Can you imagine, the guy averaged near 47 with the ball against a very young and pathetic Pak team and got 5 wkts in three test matches!!!


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    its pretty hard to get wickets when there is a guy called shane warne at the other end taking a wicket everytime he looks at the batsman.

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    Why does everyone want to put Martyn at 4? I think he is better at 6, why change a bloke's position who has batted there extremely successfully in the last two years?

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    Kasprowicz :P
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    20...that's a rather big number :(:(:(

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    Originally posted by broncoman
    its pretty hard to get wickets when there is a guy called shane warne at the other end taking a wicket everytime he looks at the batsman.
    And its only hard for Lee, others like McGrath,Jason, bichel fared well even in the presence of Warne.

    Lee has been doing nothing since a long time, he should be dropped from the team along with M Waugh

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    I think Brett Lee has lost his "shock" value that he had when he first came on the scene. A season in the Pura Cup would do him a world of good, maybe Australia should consider playing one of their up and coming pace bowlers instead.



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