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  • Stuart MacGill

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  • Richard Chee Quee

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Thread: Who would you rather play in the 1st Test against the Windies?

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    Who would you rather play in the 1st Test against the Windies?

    Beau Casson or Stuart MacGill?

    Beau's got age on his side, handy with the bat and can defo field. If we have to play one of them, pick Casson for mine.
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    MacGill no question for me. There's Johnson and Lee who can also bat - and MacGill did once bowl really well in West Indies. Casson might possibly have bowled equally well in Australia in the copious number of chances he's had, but he also might not have.
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    Never seen Casson and have not seen MacGill bowl in a while so I have no legit opinion.

    However, age is a non-issue for me. The most important game is always the next one (cliche alert) and you pick the guy that will increase the probability of winning the game the most.
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    Yeah, I'd go MacGill. There's this constant obsession with bringing in young players for the future, when there's really nothing in the future (save the Ashes, perhaps) in Test cricket to aim for. You take each series as it comes. I haven't seen Casson bowl at all though.


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    Even The Ashes, the obsession some people (certainly in this country - haven't a clue whether it's the same in Australia) have with it is absurd. It's totally ridiculous that anyone will ever say "he's not going to be around for the next Ashes, needs to be dropped".

    Fortunately I haven't heard it for a little while, but there was an utterly obscene amount of it around in 2002/03.

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    First Test is at Sabina so it'll have to be a good spinner. Usually offers more to the pacers and works for the spinner if he's good enough.
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    Beau's control, from the little I've seen and from the lot I've heard, is even worse than MacGill's. Plus, as a general rule, I think guys that turn it away from the bat are more likely to do damage. That said, it would be foolish to discount Chee Quee out of hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Beau's control, from the little I've seen and from the lot I've heard, is even worse than MacGill's. Plus, as a general rule, I think guys that turn it away from the bat are more likely to do damage. That said, it would be foolish to discount Chee Quee out of hand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Beau's control, from the little I've seen and from the lot I've heard, is even worse than MacGill's. Plus, as a general rule, I think guys that turn it away from the bat are more likely to do damage. That said, it would be foolish to discount Chee Quee out of hand.
    Yep Casson has worse control then MacGill. One of main reasons why he has played little OD cricket for NSW, even though he has a decent record. He has improved his control in the last two months of FC cricket ten fold. But still worse then MacGill's. I don't really get the spin the bowl away from bat theory though. West Indies have a few left handers and Casson spins the bowl away from them, as well as having a really good wrong un for right handers.
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    Casson. But only because I want to see him bowl.

    Really tho, aside from the largely spurious idea of "selecting for the future" (which, to be fair, Casson probably owes his touring place to given McGain's figures were a lot better) & the extra runs he might score (probably not desperately required given the relative competance of even Clark with the bat) I can't see why he'd get the nod.
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    MacGill ..although i havent seen much of Casson...think he still needs to develop more?

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    Whatever happened to Richard Chee Quee? Heard that he was a quite a good batsman in Sydney grade level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden View Post
    Beau Casson or Stuart MacGill?

    Beau's got age on his side, handy with the bat and can defo field. If we have to play one of them, pick Casson for mine.
    Stuart MacGill, obviously. Picking Casson would be similar to the insipid situation where Giles was picked over Panesar during the opening rounds of the 2006/07 Ashes (except that Casson isn't physically or mentally unfit).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Whatever happened to Richard Chee Quee? Heard that he was a quite a good batsman in Sydney grade level.
    Still was until he retired a couple years back. Probably still a better batsmen then Greg Mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Casson. But only because I want to see him bowl.

    Really tho, aside from the largely spurious idea of "selecting for the future" (which, to be fair, Casson probably owes his touring place to given McGain's figures were a lot better) & the extra runs he might score (probably not desperately required given the relative competance of even Clark with the bat) I can't see why he'd get the nod.
    They were better, but, suprisingly, not that much better. McGain took 38 wickets at an average of 34.15. Casson took 29 at an average of 35.13.

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