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    I do feel sorry for Usman but I like the XI they've picked. I don't expect Henriques to do much with the bat but it's offset by the fact that 8-10 is strong and Lyon isn't a complete mug.

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    Khawaja had 2 tour games to put up a score to make it difficult to ignore him but he didn't do it. Unless Cowan gets dropped at some point to elevate Watson he is competing with Hughes and Watson for the spots they currently occupy.

    He does look a classy bat in flight but he needs to fight his detractors with runs at this point.

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    Khawaja definitely has a technique suited to playing quality pace bowling in difficult conditions so he could play a major role in the Ashes and the tour of SA next year.

    But I think we really need an all-rounder in this series given the pitches will be flat and most of our pacemen have struggled with heavy workloads. The fast guys will be much more effective if they are able to operate in short, sharp bursts where they go for the throat rather than having to operate as stock bowlers.

    I imagine Siddle, Starc and Pattinson will be unlikely to bowl more than 15 or 16 overs in a day's play. Henriques will chip in with 10-12 overs, possibly more if he is on song, leaving Lyon and Clarke to bowl about 30 overs between them.

    That is ideal because the quicks should have no problem with that workload, given it's just 5 overs per session. And they are the ones most likely to get the big wickets, rather than Lyon and Clarke.

    Obviously the tracks in India are slow and flat, but if you pitch the ball up at 140kmh+ and get it to swing you don't need pace off the wicket to trouble the batsman.

    If Starc bowls like he did in the recent ODIs, he could have a breakthrough series. I think he will really trouble Sehwag in particular with his pacy late inswing.


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    No way is Clarke bowling more than the occasional over and nor should he. Especially with 5 bowlers. Plus his back's been arcing up.

    Hope Siddle's warmed up because there's always a donkey bowler in India and he's the most likely candidate.
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    im not really sure usman has what it takes to survive quality pace bowling tho. poor pace bowling, sure...
    Indians can't bowl - Where has the rumour come from as I myself and many indian friends arwe competent fast bowlers ?

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    Would prefer a specialist at 6 and feel sorry for Usman but as has been said didn't take his opportunities. I'm skeptical of the side's balance but can see that we have some depth with Wade, Henriques, Starc and Pattinson to make up for being one specialist bat short. That said Starc though a clean hitter, looked a novice against classy spin when exposed by Herath recently. In fact our side outside Clarke looks shaky in that regard so the alternatives to the side picked aren't glaringly obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
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    do we need daemon? i say no. but have you considered he may not go back and read his old post, would it be worth a vm crebb?
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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    do we need daemon? i say no. but have you considered he may not go back and read his old post, would it be worth a vm crebb?
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    Sanga has done well but Murali has done better. In my opinion, Murali is simply the best off spinner in history of cricket and I can't make that kind of statement for Sanga.
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    fair enough

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    Top_Cat...Clarke has said he is fit to bowl and intends to in this series. Given his previous success with the pill against India it makes sense that he would bowl a few overs. But I imagine won't be bowling more than say two spells of 3-4 overs in a day's play.

    Spikey...I'd argue that Khawaja's finest moments in State cricket have come at the Gabba and Bellerive, both of which are genuine green tops in the Shield games. He made a chanceless ton on a minefield at Bellerive earlier this season against a Test-standard attack featuring Hilfenhaus, Bird, Butterworth, Faulkner and Doherty. Lehmann said it was one of the best innings on a green top he'd ever seen. I feel like Uzzy has almost as much talent as any batsman in Aus apart from Clarke but just needs to really switch on and fully harness it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
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    What legitimate criticism is there of Johnson's place in the squad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    What legitimate criticism is there of Johnson's place in the squad?
    Jono is going to one of the Tests and if he calls him names from the crowd he'll have a sook and start bowling pies.

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    No Special Plans For Indian Batsmen Mitchell Johnson

    Apparently Johnson has no special plans for bowling to Sachin. Did he mention he has no special plans? Dunno if it's been mentioned yet that they have no special plans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Jono is going to one of the Tests and if he calls him names from the crowd he'll have a sook and start bowling pies.



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