my attack for hobart #****mj #****hilf #nsw
Reckon they might stick with Johnson, Starc, Lyon, and add Siddle.
I would probably pick
1. Ed Cowan
2. David Warner
3. Usman Khawaja
4. Shane Watson
5. Michael Clarke
6. Michael Hussey
7. Matthew Wade
8. Peter Siddle
9. Mitchell Starc
10. Nathan Lyon
11. Ben Hilfenhaus
But I'm not confident that the selectors will want to move Watson again and I'm scared that they'll want Johnson to remain in the team. Reckon personally Starc will work well in combination with Sid and Hilf.
SL are going to be challenging - Hobart probably not the best venue for them, but they should do well in Melbourne and Sydney.
The Australian team currently struggle to take 20 wickets and with Kumar and Mahela they've got a few experienced bats who as I said will be challenging. Quick bowling is SL's weakness, but our top order is brittle and seeing us play Peterson so poorly doesn't give me confidence against Herath. Having said we should still win the series.
Even our top order should be able to handle the SL pacers - I reckon Warner could be in for an aggressive, big ton against them at some point, and Cowan should be able to do his job against SL better than against RSA. I hold out no hope for Watson or the Ponting replacement, TBH.
Clarke and Muss and Wade should be fine.
Jackson Bird should replace Johnson, IMO, and obviously bring back Siddle for Hastings. Hold on to Starc, I reckon he can do something against SL, even if he is expensive again.
If Mahela hurts us once or twice in a 3 test series, I think its fair to say SL will be a challenge.
I wouldn't mind Bird debuting at Hobart, kick in the guts for Hilf but not a bad idea at all to see what he has to offer. You'd feel bad for Hazlewood though if Bird suddenly got ahead of him too.
Any idea on what the squad will be announced? Are news on what Test players are playing/resting from BBL?
I cringe at the comments aimed at Clarke if he doesn't move up, whether its the right thing to do or not
The only real concern for the bowling IMO is Hilfenhaus's inneffectiveness. Otherwise though we've still got plenty of options(hopefully none of them being Hastings) provided the right players are selected.
If SL fast bowling not going to pose challenges we will get walloped. I have faith in Eranga to deliver some telling blows, especially if Aussies under estimate him