This will increase your love for Gavaskar
Australia in India 2012-13 : Positive change in Dhoni's captaincy - Sunil Gavaskar | Cricket News | India v Australia | ESPN Cricinfo
Sunil Gavaskar has said the break after the England series has had a positive effect on MS Dhoni's captaincy and with this new approach Dhoni should lead the side till the 2019 World Cup.
He may well be there tbf. Maybe not it Tests though.
OK, so assuming that there are no tour matches between now and the 3rd test, no injuries, Watto stays, and no replacements, my Oz team is;
2. Watson - love to drop him as his $1.5 mill CA contract is the equivalent of taking money under false pretenses but I would have to listen to his fanboys talk about his average as opener so here you go
3. Khawaja - if they are going to pick him at least do it in a position in which he is suited
5. Hughes (wk) - sorely tempted to pick Smith but it's time to flog the Hughes horse till he drops or succeeds. Given his history, he'll ton up
6. Henriques - best technique in the team and breaks up the left handers
7. Maxwell - I've got nuthin'
8. Johnson - arguably our best bowler last summer and will run in all day. Only risk is that he will succeed and be picked for the Ashes
9. Starc - hugely talented and wont learn warming the bench
11. Lyon - best we've got and at least he will have the benefit of bowling into rough created by the left armers
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Hughes' Aust summer form was solid in the terms of runs scored but contained 2 cameo moments that had me concerned about his suitability for both India and England series. The 1st occasion was the last SL test when we were chasing a small total for victory. From memory he looked ok on a dusting pitch and seemed a good indicator for India. Then he got into awful trouble in the over Herath eventually dismissed him. You'd reason he'd get over after over of that in India and he couldn't even stick out one over when it really mattered against SL.
Something equally worrying was his dismissal against Kula when that man hooped them in the odi in Brisbane.Yes the rest of the side folded and it was white ball. But the rest of team doesn't have as much to prove against the new ball as Hughes and you know that Anderson will swing em hard at him in England. So despite his goodish comeback those were the 2 moments that were most important imo and he failed them both.
Even so I'd hate to drop him as he does look a little better in technique and as social said keep him going until he sinks or swims. However Henriques' form gives us a rare option and maybe he should go to 6. So my team is
I'm so p'd off with the form of our batsmen that they've forced Clarke to consider 4 when he's so suited to 5. Screw em. Screw em hard. However I will beligerently retain him at 5 as that is a spot that is currently working for us.
Johnson comes in. Yes he's a pie thrower and a sook. But his form has been good as has his attitude. He does ok in India.
And yep, no spinner. Look if you're not going to pick Lyon then why bother? My word India must have chuckled so hard into the palms of their hands when we picked Doherty. And did you note how they conveniently threw their wickets away after they scored a mountain of runs? Almost like they were trying to play Maxwell and Doherty into the next test too. Funny that. Stuff the conditions. Our spinners can't exploit them anyway. Our best bowlers are pace. There's enough of them to spread the workload for their dainty bodies and Clarke and Warner can play comedy relief with their spinners.
Last edited by the big bambino; 06-03-2013 at 07:10 PM.
I think people might be slightly overreacting a bit. These are very Indian pitches and these are players who have experienced nothing like it before. It's not a bunch of experienced guys playing stupid shots. This Indian side is hardly a great side, but Australia has always had trouble winning in India (though not nearly as bad as the other way around). I mean, much better Australian sides have lost much worse than this. I remember in 1998 a side consisting of Waugh, Warne, Ponting, Taylor and Slater lost by an innings and 200+ (if I remember correctly) runs. I am not saying it's acceptable, and the Indian side back then was better too, but I think considering the fact that I bet these guys probably never faced conditions where spinners can regularly open and bowl 90%+ of overs, I don't think it's completely unreasonable for them to fail.
You know damn well you wouldn't be saying the same this if the situation was reversed, and a n00b Indian team was failing in Australia and England 4-0 (as opposed to the experienced teams that lost there in 2011/12).
I am not saying you are wrong. You are actually correct. But my point is you are able to be rational because you do not support Australia, so you have no emotional investment.
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