Just thought I'd start a thread looking at a couple of the media stories around the world. Apologies if there is already a thread for this.
Firstly in The Age, Dean Jones suggests now is the time for Phil Hughes to come in and consolidate his position at number three in the Aussie line-up ahead of the Ashes series'. Jones is South Australia's batting coach so will have seen Hughes very close up in the Sheffield Shield this season so is in a decent position to judge. It will be interesting to see exactly Hughes has eradicated his issues with feeding the slip cordon on a consistent basis, but his domestic form certainly impresses, currently averaging 51.80 in 10 innings.
Jones also recommends a number six berth for Shane Watson. It will allow him sufficient recovery time to enable him to throw down a few more overs, and he also has the ability to start against the second new ball and a game expansive enough to bat with the tail. I tend to agree with that and the promotion of Clarke to four.
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In the Mail and Guardian, the Johannesburg based read, Neil Manthorp reports on South Africa's new batting sensation Faf du Plessis, explaining his impact in Australia similar to that of JP Duminy in the previous tour there. I was massively impressed with du Plessis, having seen him in a few games over here for Lancashire he looked like he could be a useful limited overs player for SA sometime down the line, but the immediate success was indeed a surprise, but maybe not so much to those who knew more about him.
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