Lee himself said otherwise, which looking back is cleary true. Lee went into the IND series not playing any cricket (test, ODIs or t20s) since WI 08 because of marriage issues - thus as Lee & the entire AUS attack came up againts IND on those flat pitches & failed to get the ball to reverse swing, the all struggled.
Lee clearly up until he got injured in the boxing day test wasn't bowling with his typical rhythm. Lee taking 5 vs NZ is more a referendum on how poor the NZs batting was ATT - rather than Lee showing any form.
This argument would be valid if it was still Lee of ENG 01 to ENG 05 we where speaking about. But Lee of WI 05 to WI 08 before he got injured clearly evolved from this phase.Originally Posted by Matt79
Will be interesting to see if Hodge gets a call up if Clarke isn't ready for the 1st test also.
There is no way Australia should drop Lee or Clark, unless they want to slide further down the rankings. Siddle and Johnson are nowhere near ready despite 1 OK series helpful South African conditions. These guys lack the experience and consistency (particularly the latter) to succeed by themselves at international level. They are also missing some skillsets which they need to develop a bit at domestic level first. The bowling attack for the summer should be:
With that you have a nice mix of accuracy, speed, swing and spin. This meshed with experience and consistency makes it still one of the better bowling attacks in the world. If one of these guys were to be injured, then bring in Johnson or Siddle (although personally I would look to others before turning to them), but not the other way around.
Massive blow if Clarke doesn't make it for the first Test. Pretty much our best batsmen out.
Rest In Peace Craigos
Bollinger is one of the best three quicks at this point IMO.
Fair point on the fitness though. Would be good to see him get through a few four-day games first.
Agree he and Siddle have improvement still to accomplish, but they were two of the better performed quicks in the world last year and Siddle is visibly improving with each series under his belt. You want to drop them because they're inexperienced? As in don't ever bring in anyone new? How will they ever stop being too inexperienced if they can't get more games under their belt? If you're answer is that they go back to FC, that's a joke - the las thing they need is to go back to an environment where without bowling at their best they can dominate - they'll learn more playing better opponents. And this summer is a good time to let our future develop. It's debateable whether Clark is over the hill now, but in another six months he definitely will be getting close. What's the point of giving he and Lee a testimonial season against relatively weaker opposition and then being in the same boat in March.
Would love to know who the better options than Johnson, on top of Lee and Clark, that you reckon are out there.
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