if you don't want them i'm starting to feel better about it
i feel like maxwell was a sure thing to dismiss sachin, but moz? hmm
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*insert Ben Stokes boozehound gag*
At least there's no Big Show, MJ or Doherty
Quite like the team actually, but would like to see six specialist bats
Usman didn't really grasp his chance though, and am not convinced he'd make a bigger overall contribution than Moz
With Watson not bowling, it really shuts the door on a specialist batsman at six - with such a big emphasis on workload, we'll never again go in with just four bowlers
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Hard to feel too sorry for Usman actually
Averaged sub 40 in FC cricket this Summer, and hasn't jagged a half century in his two completed innings in India
Agree with MWaugh that he needs to be more hungry for big scores, needs to rotate the strike better, and generally show more vitality, more chutzpah if you will
but he looks like ricky ponting on the pull! /casualfan
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I'm actually very happy with the team they chose, having expected Doherty or Maxwell to get an unwarranted gig.
I always prefer to play 6 specialist batsmen but, in the circumstances, I believe Henriques was a shrewd choice. Playing 2 spinners would have been folly because that would have allowed the Indian batsmen to take no risks against either of them while comfortably scoring at 3.5 to 4rpo off both. This would alleviate any pressure built up by the pacemen.
Now the Aussie pacemen, if they bowl as tightly they did in the warm up games, can strangle the Indian batsmen. This means their eyes will light up when Lyon or Clarke come on and they may go too hard at them and gift a wicket. Lyon has shown so far that he is far more succesful against batsmen who attack him.
All this explain why Henriques will actually play a crucial role with the ball. We don't need to him get many wickets just to keep it really tight at one end ( In the two tour games he went at just 1.6rpo). If he can do that it will a) Allow the pacemen to attack in short 3-4 over bursts at top speed b) Create pressure which could see the batsmen hit out at Lyon and Clarke.
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