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I'm a bit undecided at the moment
Hodge / D Hussey
Moving Katich down the order is a bit too dodgy for me, don't want to mess with someone opening so well. A bit torn over Hodge, 34 is pretty old but I reckon he still has a lot of good cricket in him and is in the top 4 middle order batsmen in the country.
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Moving Katich down the order or Mussey to open shouldn't even be considered, they are doing well at the positions they are batting at currently and moving them around wouldn't be fair.
I won't have Symonds in the test side nor McDonald for that matter, and the options narrow down to either picking Hodge/Dussey/ North.
North would have the most viable option out of all the three, because he is a decent offie and he is a pretty good batsman too, but atm his FC form is looking a bit dodgy, so therefore it has to be either Hodge or Dussey.
In that case my choice would be Dussey, he is better suited to batting at no.6 than Hodge, can bat sensibly and can also bat aggressively and counter-attack when required.
Perhaps he was a bit unlucky but I don't think he had a good ODI series really. Basically the Saffas saw him off, if he'd taken one wicket each match (on average) with the new ball, things would probably have been significantly different.
India where doing quite fine with an ageing batting line-up until Ganguly retired & Dravid was beggining to lose form.
If the selectors could recall Martyn @ 35 (although he shouldn't have been dropped ITFP) they can & should do so with Hodge.
Although injured he doesn't need to prove himself. Even though the squad is being picked on monday, the 1st test begins on the Feb 26th. Victoria have 4 domestic OD games (if Hodge returns from injury) while AUS play NZ. If he shows good, he must get picked.
AB keeping in the ODIs didn't affect his batting. In fact he score more runs. Tests will be different but again, I don't think he would fail at his keeping or at his batting. They'll probably have to push him down the order to 7.
Last edited by popepouri; 31-01-2009 at 01:18 PM.
at Brad Hodge getting selected. Will not happen.
Sick of aussie talking about it, tbh.
And for all the stats men out here, hasn't made a FC run this year, I'm pretty sure.
So McDonald picked up 4 wickets today...
If he scores runs in the next game is it safe to say that he retains his position?
So far he seems the most likely option IF they want to persist with Hauritz.
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