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    4 seamers is the right idea at the Wanderers and I fancy if the conditions are conducive, Australia’s batting will pull them through comfortably. I definitely think South Africa’s best ploy was to take on Aus on flat wickets, anything in them and it won’t be pretty.

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    No way McDonald would play as part of the most extravagant 5 man seam attack of all time, would he?

    The make up of the 12 demands North plays. If they pick McDonald and have 5 seamers, seriously the selectors must resign. Not sledging McDonald in saying that, I just mean they really can't play him given the make up of the squad, can they?
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    They can play North and McDonald and not play Bollinger or Hilfenhaus though.
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    True, though I can't see them picking only 3 specialist bowlers though, and rely on 2 part timers, given we couldn't bowl them out twice with 4 specialists and a part-timer for most of the home series.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    True, though I can't see them picking only 3 specialist bowlers though, and rely on 2 part timers, given we couldn't bowl them out twice with 4 specialists and a part-timer for most of the home series.
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    Wouldn't call Mcdonald a part timer tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeW View Post
    Wouldn't call Mcdonald a part timer tbh
    He's no specialist either. Closer to part-timer than specialist paceman.

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    If the wicket's conducive to quickies, then I don't see how 3 quicks, McDonald and North is > 4 specialist quicks and North, tbh. Having said that, McDonald is no mug in conditions like that, just hte others should (emphasise should) be better than him at taking 20 wickets.

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    If it is a greentop and Australia bowls first they could set up the match for an upset win.

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    The only thinking behind these selections can be picking names out of a hat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    If the wicket's conducive to quickies, then I don't see how 3 quicks, McDonald and North is > 4 specialist quicks and North, tbh. Having said that, McDonald is no mug in conditions like that, just hte others should (emphasise should) be better than him at taking 20 wickets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    If the wicket's conducive to quickies, then I don't see how 3 quicks, McDonald and North is > 4 specialist quicks and North, tbh. Having said that, McDonald is no mug in conditions like that, just hte others should (emphasise should) be better than him at taking 20 wickets.
    No one here is endorsing it as far as I can see, but there's recent precedent for such defensive selections (remember Watto played as a specialist bowler against NZ as well) for people to see it as a possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briony View Post
    If it is a greentop and Australia bowls first they could set up the match for an upset win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden View Post
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    No one here is endorsing it as far as I can see, but there's recent precedent for such defensive selections (remember Watto played as a specialist bowler against NZ as well) for people to see it as a possibility.
    This.

    But it's just such a brain-fart that I have to type out the possibility for it to seem real.

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    If Clarke could bowl playing four quicks would make more sense. Assuming he can't (or not much) it seems a bit much to rely so heavily on North for the spin.



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