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#408. Sixty three not out forever.
Something that has escaped discussion so far because of all the random bits and pieces players and Doherty in the squad is the fact that, for a four Test series in India, we've only picked one wicket keeper, and he's terrible up to the stumps.
I'd like to start with Wade in the first Test too, but I think it's way too risky to back him for the full four. If I was told I was only allowed to take one keeper I'd probably take Haddin.
The ultimate disaster is if Australia play Smith/Maxwell like they played White in 2008. Batting 8 or some ****.
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Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
Don't worry. Indian selectors are gonna outdo this easy.
Fully expecting Raina to return along with Harbhajan and maybe even Sreesanth and a half fit Zaheer.
FMD, what if Smith gets picked to bat at six and prospers against India? It's a nightmare to contemplate him batting at six in England.
Khawaja is surely ahead of him.
Last edited by Burgey; 30-01-2013 at 06:31 PM.
I don't understand the logic behind taking Smith and Maxwell, unless one or both of them are just there for developmental purposes and not in with a serious shot of playing.
Doherty over O'Keefe is even more bizarre than it was in 2010, O'Keefe isn't going to be a world-beater but he'd do a solid containment job, nag out a few wickets and add value with bat and in the field. Which is more than Doherty's capable of at Shield level let alone in tests.
Usman is a fair enough pick given that he's been next-in-line all summer, but I don't know how suitable he is given that it's India and the only likely vacancy is at 6. The idea of him coming in at 4-80 with spin from both ends won't fill anyone with confidence.
Last edited by Prince EWS; 30-01-2013 at 06:34 PM.
Looking at the squad, we've got Maxwell, Henriques, Smith all players that bits and pieces role and the big problem with that role is when they are batting, you wish we picked a specialist bat and when they are bowling you wish we picked a proper bowler so its a bit annoying given the fact that none of them deserve to bat in the top 6 and none of them are good enough to be a genuine wicket taking option as second spinner (I accept Henriques is fine as the fourth quick).
The other day in an article where Hughes was going to leave the ODI series against WI early to go to India, Arthur said a squad of 11 or so will go to India early. Which 11 will that be and who will stay on for the rest of the ODI's? It's a difficult decision.
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