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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    He wanted Klinger as his opener...
    Nah he doesn't.

    In any case, I wasn't talking about that. I was just naming who I think they should pick because it related to your moving Katich down the order point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dontcloseyoureyes View Post
    Nah he doesn't.

    In any case, I wasn't talking about that. I was just naming who I think they should pick because it related to your moving Katich down the order point.
    Fair enough, I would go with the same line up personally as well. Rogers. Hughes and Jaques are/were banging down the door. If they don't go with Hodge then those three should get first shot over the middle order options.
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    I'm a bit undecided at the moment

    Katich
    Hughes
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    I'm a bit undecided at the moment

    Katich
    Hughes
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    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.
    Yeah agree with this...

    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Manee View Post
    I think this is empty logic. You either take his ODI career at face value, in which case he should be in the Test team as he is one of the top ODI bowlers, or you don't, in which case, the form in this series has been irrelevant.
    I wasn't necessarily saying it was right. I just think that he's an outsider for selection anyway, but if he'd taken stacks of wickets in the ODIs it might have pushed his case more. It would have shown form, at least.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    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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    What does his age have to do with anything?. It doesn't stop him from being obviously one of the best batsmen in Australia currently.

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evermind View Post
    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.
    Prince had a terrible tour in India yet he bounced back in England. There is no point throwing McKenzie to the wolves yet when he had an exceptional year last year. It asks too many questions if you push Amla to open.

    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.
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    at Brad Hodge getting selected. Will not happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    at Brad Hodge getting selected. Will not happen.
    Speaking for myself, it's who I would select not who is going to be selected.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    And for all the stats men out here, hasn't made a FC run this year, I'm pretty sure.
    He knocked up a ton in the first Shield match I think, at the Adelaide Oval, but hasn't scored a run since I don't think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    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.
    Oh come on, it provides welcome variety to his whining about Noffke.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Oh come on, it provides welcome variety to his whining about Noffke.
    Or Hussey moving up the order.
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