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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    Bowling isn't our only problem, though. We were saved more than once or twice against RSA because the tail wagged hard. McDonald seems like a selection which tries to address our bowling problems, but does little to address the issues with our batting lineup.
    I may be ignorant on this issue, but Symonds was the only bloke in the top 7 you could drop IMO. The only reason Hussey or someone similar isn't picked as #6 is because or bowling was so poor, which is a little sad.

    But we won our only test with McDonald in the side, he took some handy wickets too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inbox24 View Post
    To make the best of a mixed selection we should pick:

    Hughes
    Katich
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    North
    Haddin
    Johnson
    McGain
    Siddle
    Hilfenhaus

    McDonald doesn't have enough with both bat and ball (from looking at him FC cricket) to secure a spot compared to North who's better with the bat and adds a handy spin option. Don't know why they ignored David Hussey who's better than North with the bat.

    If Johnson is out of form, or in usual spraying fashion, give Bollinger his spot, a proper swing bowler.
    Thanks for confirming you know little about cricket. 4 debutants, and you also seriously consider dropping the best/most experience bowler in an extremely inexperienced and unproven lineup. Nice work, should apply for Andrew Hilditch's job really, Australia would be so much better off.
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    Ponting's ability to ton up in the first innings of a series should not be understated. So much pressure, so important. What a great!

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    I don't mind the squad tbh. Just glad Dussey didn't get picked. Disappointed for Noffke, but with recent injury, don't think he was a realistic chance. Glad that Hauritz has been retained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Thanks for confirming you know little about cricket. 4 debutants, and you also seriously consider dropping the best/most experience bowler in an extremely inexperienced and unproven lineup. Nice work, should apply for Andrew Hilditch's job really, Australia would be so much better off.
    I guess we can't all be towering intellects like your good self. I mean, to rate Bollinger as the best and most experienced bowler in the squad hardly stamps your cricketing credentials. In my opinion, Bollinger is somewhat of a hack; a cult figure; and is not fit to tie Johnson's training, let alone match day, boots.

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    Posted by Inbox

    If Johnson is out of form, or in usual spraying fashion, give Bollinger his spot, a proper swing bowler.
    Posted by Clapo

    you also seriously consider dropping the best/most experience bowler in an extremely inexperienced and unproven lineup
    I haven't really got much else to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jondavluc View Post
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    I haven't really got much else to say.
    Meh, sorry i didn't caste back two pages and read every post lol

    He is a dick though.
    Last edited by howardj; 05-02-2009 at 04:28 AM.

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    Try reading Inbox's post, and then my post again Howard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Try reading Inbox's post, and then my post again Howard.
    Oh no, I'm humiliated.

    Go easy on me, please lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirBloody Idiot View Post
    Bowling isn't our only problem, though. We were saved more than once or twice against RSA because the tail wagged hard. McDonald seems like a selection which tries to address our bowling problems, but does little to address the issues with our batting lineup.
    The batting issue, IMO, has occurred because of the lack of faith in the bowling (ie the extra pressure that if we don't score the bowlers wont be able to bail us out and also it doesn't matter how much we score the bowlers won't be able to take 20 wickets) but more importantly fatigue from spending hours on end chasing leather. Get the bowling right and the batting will click again, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Has any Test squad seen anything like this in recent times:

    Ricky Ponting - 128 Tests
    Michael Clarke - 44 Tests
    Simon Katich - 35 Tests
    Michael Hussey - 34 Tests
    Mitchell Johnson - 18 Tests
    Brad Haddin - 12 Tests
    Nathan Hauritz - 4 Tests
    Peter Siddle - 4 Test
    Doug Bollinger - 1 Test
    Andrew McDonald - 1 Test
    Bryce McGain - 0 Tests
    Ben Hilfenhaus - 0 Tests
    Marcus North - 0 Tests
    Phillip Hughes - 0 Tests
    Pretty amazing really, 8 players who have just 10 test matches between them. Quite excited to see how well they can perform actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie View Post
    Good number yea, but not good enough to play as "specialist-all-rounder" in the Australian side under any circumstances. For NZ & WI maybe.
    Sorry, not good enough for us.

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    Even though he is a ranger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Thanks for confirming you know little about cricket. 4 debutants, and you also seriously consider dropping the best/most experience bowler in an extremely inexperienced and unproven lineup. Nice work, should apply for Andrew Hilditch's job really, Australia would be so much better off.
    Which most experienced bowler did I drop? So what if I pick four debutants? Who would you have gone with? Hmm lemme guess, McDonald, Bollinger? These two guys have a combined 2 tests worth of international experience, almost debutants.
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