That said, I would be very surprised if the WI manage to avoid losing this series. But the longer this ODI series with India goes on, and every time an Aussie player pulls up injured, I get a little more hopeful.
In all fairness I have probably not seen enough of the batch of WI spinners going around to make a wholly accurate judgement, I have been fairly impressed by what I have seen of Nikita Miller, but it is a tall ask for any of those to either threaten the Aussie line-up or even to contain.
It's debateable whether he'll be good in Oz- his FC record suggest he's not exactly useless. I'd be a bit disappointed were he not even given the chance after carrying the attack for most of the Ashes.
Whoever they pick, the prospects are going to be bleak. I can't comment on who they should go for because I haven't seen enough of the candidates bowl. But I do think there's a clear bias towards fast bowling even when spinners are having all the success. Andy Roberts was a selector not long ago sure.
It annoys me how people talk about Hilfenhaus as though he's some kind of dibbly-dobbly swing bowler. He regularly clocks 145 Ks, he's just got Virender Sehwag out with a bouncer ffs.
Yes I think regardless of who is selected, they're going to have a very tough time out there. Bias- maybe, I just think they recognise that while these spinners have much success at home, they do not have the skills to succeed at this stage, at the highest level.
If they're going horses-for-courses that's fine, but one of the matches is at Adelaide, so you'd think they'd at least have an extra spinner in the squad for consideration when that game rolls around.
@ Uppercut - I do think Hilfy should be in the team, ahead of Lee. I just don't agree that he should be ahead of Siddle or, lord help us, Johnson at this stage.
For me, pending Lee showing some form with the red ball, and/or an injury occuring, I'd go with the attack we had for most of the Ashes: Johnson, Hauritz, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, and I guess Watson. Bollinger and Lee as the two stand bys.
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Everyone will point to the Oval test to say that Australia should always go in with a spinner, but they'd be forgetting that a four-pronged pace attack was key in their only victory of the series. I'd say horses for courses is the way to go, but I don't really have faith in their ability to read pitches.
I don't rightly know.
Plus playing them as part of 4-man attack is too risky, if one of Hauritz/Krejza is to play consistently it has to be part of a 5-man attack - with the assurance that Watson will be able to 15-20 overs an innings without breaking down. Which ATM clearly isn't the case.
Plus the effect of Haurtiz not playing at the Oval has been a bit overaplayed. AUS lost that game MAINLY because of that idiotic batting performance in their first innings.
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