Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since Dec '09
Brad McNamara @bbuzzmc
Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
Where it gets confusing from that point is that the wicket keepers in the "best glovemen in the country but poor OD batsmen" category - Paine, Nevill, Hartley - all have very correct techniques and find it hard to improvise at times. At eight they'd be really out of place. It'd be fine if they were just hacks with the bat, but they're not.
Which leaves me basically just picking Haddin and hoping things get simpler by the time he's done.
guys just pick a specialist keeper for the T20 and ODI team
Finch/Warner, Watson, Hughes +, Bailey*, Smith, Voges, Maxwell, Faulkner, Johnson, McKay, Doherty
Honestly, if Hughes works at it I can't see him being significantly inferior with the gloves to whoever is picked to replace Haddin (since it won't be one of the good-gloveman-but-poor-OD-batsman group; they'll probably go for Wade again), and it lets you keep Voges in the side for a bit longer. Arguably you could bring in Paine for Finch/Warner and keep the rest of the XI I've suggested there as-is, but apart from doing that I think Hughes with the gloves keeps the overall side stronger.
With your 'bat them at 8' suggestion, does NUFAN's boi Ludeman qualify as enough of a hack with the bat to find a way to improvise? What's Carters' glovework like?
Sam Whiteman is the kid that is going places btw.
Ran that off the India ODIs, tbh. Given the discussion is about batting and wicketkeeping I wasn't all that concerned by which placeholder bowlers I selected.
Starc walks into that side, yeah.
put a fork into faulkner
I think the best fit for the spot if I was going to really follow through on my thoughts on it would be Tim Paine. Pre-injury he was actually quite a good OD player - better with the gloves than Haddin is now and actually had success batting through the innings (ironically) as a top order playing, having an average in the mid 30s (which has dropped a bit now) and five tons (one of which was in an ODI). As I said before he's not really suited to the finisher's role as he's a correct player and not a big hitter, although he definitely did develop some ramps and glides as a T20 cricketer. What's really holding me back from putting my balls on the line and advocating one of CricketWeb's most mocked players for the job is that I haven't really seen him play much since that bad injury - he hasn't scored any runs since then and he may not be keeping as well either. If he's not a better keeper than Haddin then it makes it all entirely pointless. Don't want to derail the thread too much from the all-important discussion of NSW's Sheffield Shield campaign, but I think I'd be working towards an ODI side looking like this if Paine could give me what I wanted (ie. improvisation with the bat and tidy keeping) though:
Happy enough to take Haddin through to the World Cup as long as he keeps decently though. I really do think his time of being worth much with the bat in ODI cricket is over but he's still the most suited to being a finisher if he can ensure his glovework doesn't slip.
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