Parmi | #1 draft pick | Jake King is **** | Big Bash League tipping champion of the universeCome and Paint Turtle
but we all took it as merely supporting cowan
(and i guess it should be noted cowan had a much worse start to the shield season last season)
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
I think our team pretty much picks itself. The only position up for grabs is the wicketkeeper. Do we play AB as a specialist batsman? If we do, who will lose out to Thami? I think Rudolph will not make it. I think Duminy has improved alot in the last year and I feel that he is starting to come of age. I am expecting big things from him during our summer season.
My expected team for the first test:
Also, just some interesting stuff to know. Steyn needs 13 wickets to reach 300 wickets. If he gets it in the 3rd test, he will reach it in 60 tests. Brilliant!
Also, Amla is 54 runs away from 5000 runs. expect him to reach that during this series.
Barn burner of a series
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I wouldn't be that surprised if South Africa just straight up brought Tsolekile in for Tahir for the first Test. They obviously fancied the option of having batting down to seven given the decision to give de Villiers the gloves for the whole series in England, and Tahir isn't going to get much out of the Gabba. Kallis could operate as the fourth bowler and Duminy could prove some spin as the fifth if need be.
I'd still pick Tahir personally and I think that's what they'll do, but the above is an option I don't think has been floated. I certainly think it's more likely than South Africa going in with four specialist quicks (as has been suggested a couple of times) as the quality really drops off after the first three and Kallis is in the side anyway.
Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since Dec '09
Rejecting 'selection deontology' since Mar '15
The long term position looks much more promising with Quinton De Kock. The lad has huge potential as a batsman and he kept wicket an junior level. However, he hasn't been keeping wicket for his Franchise, The Lions, Because Thami is the senior guy, so he has been playing as a batsman.
I hope they fast track Quinton and give him the gloves early in his career, much like they did to Mark Boucher.
The sooner we get de Kock into the NT set up, the better. This dude has crazy potential, and the is already at 19, a much, much better option than Thami.
Hopefully the first two tests go our way so we can give guys like Faf du plessis and Rory Kleinveldt a go.
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