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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    I don't think Bracken has done his test selection any favours in this ODI series. Yes, he's been economical, but the Saffas have seen him off for one wicket in four games at 93. It doesn't really show any penetration.
    Bracken bowls very different in FC Matches to ODIs though. The closest we got to FC Bracken was in the third ODI where he was incredible, with great pace and movement.

    Would go

    Hughes
    Katich
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    North
    Haddin
    Noffke
    Krejza
    Johnson
    Bracken

    or something similiar. Maybe Bollinger and Siddle in the bowling and someone else at 6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamdavid View Post
    I fear that Noffke may have missed the boat a little, given his age and lack of recent cricket, mind you I would still certainly pick him at number 8 for the first test, particularly now that Clark is ruled out, attack needs an experienced seamer who can offer a little more control and he fits the bill, plus theres his batting.

    Hopefully the selectors bite the bullet regarding the number 6 spot and revert to 6 batsman and 4 bowlers with either Symonds, D Hussey, North or *gulp* Brad Hodge at 6. I'm not optimistic though, I fear McDonald will tour and play.

    After today I'd be pretty suprised if Phil Hughes dosent tour, however I suspect they'll take Jaques aswell to give him a bit of extra time over there to show some form and he'll likely open in the tests.

    In South African conditions I really don't see the point in picking Hauritz for the sake of variety/economy. I'd have McGain if he looks half-decent and he'd still be unlikely to get game time in a test match.

    I would also have Hilfenhaus in the first XI ahead of Bollinger, I know its a bit inconsistent however my gut feeling is just that long term Hilfenhaus is going to figure more prominently in Australia's plans, has very solid fundamentals quite similarly to Siddle really. Sharp, good control, great stamina, swings the ball.

    My Test team for South Africa-
    1.Katich
    2.Jaques
    3.Ponting*
    4.M Hussey
    5.Clarke
    6.D Hussey
    7.Haddin+
    8.Noffke
    9.Johnson
    10.Siddle
    11.Hilfenhaus

    Hughes
    Bollinger
    McGain
    I think Noffers criticising the selectors openly is the worst thing he might have ever done, though it was fair enough for him to feel pissed for being ignored, but the wise thing for him would have been to wait for his chance.

    Anyways this is what the 15 man squad is going to be
    1.Simon Katich NSW
    2.Phillip Hughes NSW
    3.Ricky Ponting TAS
    4.Michael Clarke NSW
    5.Mike Hussey WA
    6.Andrew Symonds QLD
    7.Brad Haddin NSW
    8.Mitchell Johnson WA
    9.Doug Bollinger NSW
    10.Peter Siddle VIC
    11.Ben Hilfenhaus TAS
    12.Nathan Hauritz NSW
    13.Phil Hughes NSW
    14.Bryce McGain VIC
    15.Ryan Harris/ Ashley Noffke QLD

    Can't see them not taking Symonds to South Africa after letting him off the hook with a $4000 fine, so would be there, both Haurtiz and McGain would also be picked, the rest of the blokes virtually pick themselves.

    The last bowler' spot is pretty much up for grabs, they might pick McDonald instead, but i don't see much use in picking him, whereas picking an extra seamer in either Harris or Noffke would make a lot of sense, but as i said before, i doubt Noffke would be picked.

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    MEANWHILE...

    South Africa are also facing a selection crisis: who will Ashwell Prince replace?

    Some people say drop McKenzie, and let Amla open (others would prefer de Villiers to open). Some say drop Boucher, let de Villiers keep and bat him at 7, play Prince at 5 and Duminy at 6. Personally I agree with this. Of course, nobody has even mentioned dropping Duminy.

    Then there's the predicament with the bowlers. Many people are saying Botha should take the place of Harris (totally agree! He can bowl tightly if needed but he can turn the ball and flight it better than Harris. Plus his experience leading the team will help - make him v/c). Some say wait for the Pakistani prodigy/mishap Imran Tahir to become eligible in April. Morne Morkel and Steyn are in the team, but some want Ntini replaced by the young gun Tsotsobe. I'm not so sure about that. Maybe in time, but now will be too early.
    I reckon this will be the team (though it's not my first choice):

    Smith (c)
    Amla
    Kallis
    de Villiers
    Prince
    Duminy
    Boucher (wk)
    Morkel
    Harris
    Steyn
    Ntini
    12th - McKenzie

    I would take out Harris and Boucher for Botha and McKenzie. Any thoughts?
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    I don't think they'll drop MacKenzie, so Duminy will have to give way.

    Not only would replacing Botha with Harris be a better bowling option, but it strengthens that long tail with him coming in above Morkel. Even though AB won't keep wicket, I think SA's best side will be:

    Smith (c)
    Neil Mac
    Amla
    Kallis
    Prince
    Duminy
    AB (wk)
    Botha
    Morkel
    Steyn
    Ntini


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    I see a lot of people picking Dave Hussey in their squads and I always think why, why Hussey?

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    I can confirm it will be a 14 man squad which will be picked on Wednesday.

    Mine would be:

    Hughes
    Katich
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    North
    Jaques

    Haddin

    Hauritz
    McGain

    Johnson
    Bracken
    Siddle (if fit, otherwise Bollinger)
    Hilfenhaus

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I see a lot of people picking Dave Hussey in their squads and I always think why, why Hussey?
    Cus he will give you 2-3 brillant innings a season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Isn't reinstating Jaques, who was the incumbent til injury and avergaes in the mid-40s, a more conservative move than rearranging your existing batting order and taking on a new middle order batsman (because we both know that Hodge probably wouldn't get a call up unless half the team got injured.)?
    If Jaques wasn't out injured, then yes.

    But unlike his bowling attack with his equivalent Noffke, given the strenght & depth in the batting. I see no reason why Hussey can't be chosen to open & Hodge come into the middle order @ 4(although its disappointing to succumb to the reality that selectors are treating such a quality player like Hodge with such contempt, who some nations would love to have ATM). Even in Hodge probably only lasts a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie View Post
    If Jaques wasn't out injured, then yes.

    But unlike his bowling attack with his equivalent Noffke, given the strenght & depth in the batting. I see no reason why Hussey can't be chosen to open & Hodge come into the middle order @ 4(although its disappointing to succumb to the reality that selectors are treating such a quality player like Hodge with such contempt, who some nations would love to have ATM). Even in Hodge probably only lasts a year.
    Dodge is out injured at present.

    For the Pro20 WC, yes, he should be selected.

    For the Test team, however, no.

    We don't need another player in their 30s.

    34 at that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popepouri View Post
    I don't think they'll drop MacKenzie, so Duminy will have to give way.

    Not only would replacing Botha with Harris be a better bowling option, but it strengthens that long tail with him coming in above Morkel. Even though AB won't keep wicket, I think SA's best side will be:

    Smith (c)
    Neil Mac
    Amla
    Kallis
    Prince
    Duminy
    AB (wk)
    Botha
    Morkel
    Steyn
    Ntini
    Tough ones

    Mackenzie was one of SA's few failures in Oz but is obviously highly regarded and dropping him at this stage might signal the end of his career

    Prince has been a tremendous servant to SA cricket and Duminy only got a look in because he was injured

    Duminy is far from the finished article and I'm not convinced that he's as good as the Oz commentators would have you believe (they were basically filling in air time for much of the one-sided series with ridiculous hype over both he and Warner)

    Harris did relatively well in the test series whilst Botha was very good in the ODIs

    AB was serviceable with the gloves in the ODIs and the omission of Boucher arguably adds depth to the batting order

    However, tests are different to ODIs and I'd be amazed if they left out either Harris or Boucher

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    Harris had a fairly good test series in Australia, it would be pretty harsh if they dropped him (Not that I think they well).
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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    I don't think Bracken has done his test selection any favours in this ODI series. Yes, he's been economical, but the Saffas have seen him off for one wicket in four games at 93. It doesn't really show any penetration.
    No offence to you, but I really hate this. In ODIs Bracken bowls economically, aims to hit a yorker length, throws in cutters and slower balls and generally goes for very few runs. That DOES NOT MEAN that this is the only way he can bowl. Bracken is the single best FC bowler in Australia with 200 wickets @ 25~. That tells us a lot more about his ability to take wickets in tests than the fact that he doesn't take wickets when he's not trying to.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    No offence to you, but I really hate this. In ODIs Bracken bowls economically, aims to hit a yorker length, throws in cutters and slower balls and generally goes for very few runs. That DOES NOT MEAN that this is the only way he can bowl. Bracken is the single best FC bowler in Australia with 200 wickets @ 25~. That tells us a lot more about his ability to take wickets in tests than the fact that he doesn't take wickets when he's not trying to.
    This.

    That said his ship might have sailed as far as them picking him for Tests. Ah well, an ODI specialist is better than being a permanent domestic bowler at least.

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    It is absurd to drop Duminy! What're some of you thinking?

    It's also silly to drop Boucher - AB keeping in ODIs and tests is a whole different issue.

    Harris is needed as the sole spinner.

    I'd swap McKenzie for Prince, and leave the rest of the team unchanged.

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    These are seriously awesome selection "headaches" for South Africa to have. They've got some nice bench strength now.

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