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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Well they could go back to Watson opening?
    Watson's already in the team though. If you replace Cowan with Watson then you still need to replace Watson.

    I'm not just talking about a lack of quality opening replacements; it's batting replacements in general. In fact most of the blokes on the fringes of selection are openers anyway. Unless they want to pick Cosgrove - and they don't - then I don't think there's anyone around who actually would do a better job than Cowan at the moment, especially looking forward to the Ashes. I don't think even think he's going to be Australia's worst batsman in that series, assuming he does play.

    I don't think he's a long-term prospect either or even really a Test standard batsman in the short to medium term; he'll eventually be dropped with a 25-35 average and that's rubbish, but I just have no faith in the realistic alternatives at the moment. If I was picking the team I'd rather have Cosgrove or even Rogers playing but they aren't on the radar at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Briony View Post
    He doesn't look a long-term prospect. That debatable Morkel no ball in Brisbane was a big break for him though.
    Agree completely.

    Khawaja and Maxwell are the two bats that I think the selectors will want to see perform once the Big Bash concludes. They'll come into contention if there is an injury or continued poor form. Maxwell might not get many chances if he plays OD/T20 for Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Well they could go back to Watson opening?

    Alarming lack of quality in the Aussie batting ranks though that guys averaging under 40 aren't under any real pressure for their place.
    Yes, we're all worried they might end up turning into Ian Bell.
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    Cowan out
    Watson opening
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Agree completely.

    Khawaja and Maxwell are the two bats that I think the selectors will want to see perform once the Big Bash concludes. They'll come into contention if there is an injury or continued poor form. Maxwell might not get many chances if he plays OD/T20 for Australia.
    Mate, Maxwell can't spell "defend".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Mate, Maxwell can't spell "defend".
    I don't see that being a problem. There aren't many match situations that I can think of where spelling is a requirement. But yeah I get your point - said the selectors btw, not necessarily me.

    Khawaja is definitely my preferred/next in line choice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Yes, we're all worried they might end up turning into Ian Bell.
    What would you give for a guy averaging 45 though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I don't see that being a problem. There aren't many match situations that I can think of where spelling is a requirement. But yeah I get your point - said the selectors btw, not necessarily me.

    Khawaja is definitely my preferred/next in line choice though.
    Certainly. I suppose they see Hughes opening long term. I hope khawaja makes it, don't get me wrong. Frankly, I'd prefer the incumbents and both Hufhes and Uzman over Watson opening. I know he's a better record there than the others but even in his pomp he seems incapable of scoring hundreds in the top order.

    Think his best chance of pushing on to big scores is to come into bat at four down and belt it like Flintoff used to for England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    What would you give for a guy averaging 45 though?
    I wouldn't give you two bob for Bell. Not in a line up with an uncertain top three. Imagine him coming in at two or three for SFA all the time. You'd need the blokes in white costs to come and get him.

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    this guy not know about the review system?

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    FMD why didn't they refer that?

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    Why on earth didn't SL review that? 1-1 on non-appeals for wickets then.

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    cowan will ton up now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    this guy not know about the review system?
    I think Cowan managed to convince them he got bat on it by what he did after he got hit on the pads. Smart batting. WAG.

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    Must say, cricket from 10:30 am til about 11 at night with home tests, India series and the bbl is a good thing ATM.



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