Playing Starc vs South Africa and Aus 'A' selection
1. Does anybody think Aus selectors have not selected 2nd best pace attack in 'A' squad to not give SAFers any good practice vs pace bowling in a match situation. I mean this 'A' attack is really Aus's 3rd string pace attack at the moment. Its not completely same but I found similarity in this and Indian selectors not picking any spinner in their 'A' squad vs England next week to deprive them good spin practice !! If true, its pretty damn sure they will not be playing Lyon on Gabba pitch, instead going with 4 genuine pacers with Watson! Remember none of SAF players have played any FC cricket since August !!!
2. I also think Aus should play Starc. Smith never likes left handers especially with quality of Starc. Its very well documented how SA have always struggled when Smith doesn't give them a good start. One of the reasons why India have done reasonably well vs SA in last 4-5 years is because Zaheer has taken out Smith very early. It was Smith's back to back Man of the Series performances in 2008-09 season that was critical for SA winning in England and Australia for 1st time in their history. Even this year in Eng, Smith gave SA advantage every time comparing to how badly Eng openers were. I remember Arthur also suggesting this during 2011 SA-Aus series (when he was still coach of WA) to target Smith as when he does well, SA generally wins. If that is to be any hint, I see Starc playing in atleast 2 of 3 test matches.
3. Does anybody see a young batsman making debut during this whole Aussie summer?Any young batsman catching the eye in shield cricket this year? Warner,Cowan,Watson,Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Wade/Haddin, Pattinson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Starc/Lyon/Cummins looks pretty settled for the whole summer unless one of the batsman has real poor season ala Shaun Marsh last year.