He's a better opener than Hughes
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People who think Tamim is better than Hughes would also think Katich, Cosgrove, Rogers and Khawaja are better than Hughes, though. Hughes isn't everyone's cup of tea but if you don't agree with his selection there are other options at full strength other than Tamim. Tamim would need to score a lot of Shield runs to get into the Australian team and I really don't think he'd do it - certainly not at this stage anyway, particularly given how little experience he has on bouncy wickets.
Whether or not Tamim would walk into the Australian team is a much more complicated debate than whether or not you think he's better than Hughes because Hughes isn't the only option if you happen to think he's rubbish. If Tamim was suddenly available he certainly wouldn't "walk in" as suggested; he'd need to prove himself in the Sheffield Shield on Australian wickets in competition with the other batsmen. I'm not saying he wouldn't get there or that he isn't better than Hughes, necessarily, but it's a bit like the Chris Nash/NZ argument - he'd need to prove himself within the system first; he's certainly not good enough to walk in based purely on what he's done already.
Shakib really would walk straight in, though.
Last edited by Prince EWS; 29-12-2010 at 11:42 AM.
Shakib would no doubt but Australia have alot better options than Tamim, as has already been mentioned above.
Would Marcus North walk into the Bangladeshi team ?
FWIW I'd back North over Tamim in Australia at this point too, although obviously if you gave Tamim some time he'd probably adjust and eclipse him.
For me, Tamim would casually stroll into Australia's Test team at the moment. He was in superb form this year, much better than any opener Australia have to offer. Admittedly I've only really seen him against England but he was superb in that series. Clearly he's got all the talent in the world and, I'm not sure if we're including this, but if he had the nurturing of the Australian management and the quality of players around him, he could develop into a world class player. Tbh I think he could do anyway, I was that impressed by him.
Abdur Razzaq would probably get in the ODI side aswell as Shakib, who would obviously get into both teams, so there is some truth in what Siddons says. He probably knows better than us, considering he has no significant partiality on the matter, being Australian.
And at people suggesting Marcus North is better than Tamim. No way.
Last edited by MW1304; 29-12-2010 at 01:03 PM.
Massive respect for Tamim here, he scored brutal runs against England in early season over there, Hughes failed miserably in the UK, even in the mid season flatter pitches. The way Tamim hammered Anderson and co was a joy to behold.
Wonder how much contact Siddons and Nielsen have nowadays, pretty sure that as well as being teammates they were assistant coaches and at the academy as coaches at the same time.
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