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    Australian Squad To Sri lanka

    Pick your squad. Im not sure if they will take 15 or 16, so I have have just picked 15 with a 16th man just in case

    I think teh selectors will actually play it smart and pick players to which the conditions suit. Most peopel agree this will happen with the bowling, but I think it will happen with teh batting as well.

    My Squad (What I Think WILL Happen, Not should)

    Langer
    Hayden
    Ponting
    Lehmann
    Bevan
    Katich
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lee
    Bichel
    Gillespie

    Martyn
    Clarke
    MacGill
    Williams

    Davison (if he is allowed)

    I dont think that middle order will be permanent, but with may players on virtually level playing terms in Australia, I think players will be selected depending on conditions. Many have suggested that two spinners will eb played, but with Katich, Bevan and Lehmann all in the team, I dont think it is really neccessary.

    I dont believe Mcgrath will be fit, and Im not sure what the rule is for Davison. I knwo the standard four year rule, but he only played one dayers for Canada... anyway hes been in tremendous form with bat and ball.
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    Re: Australian Squad To Sri lanka

    Originally posted by Prince EWS
    Davison (if he is allowed)
    He is eligibile, but I think we all know that its not happening.

    As for my squad, I'd take:

    Ponting (c)
    Hayden
    Langer
    Martyn
    Katich
    Lehmann
    Love
    Clarke
    Gilchrist
    Hogg
    Warne
    Bichel
    Gillespie
    Williams
    Tait
    McGrath.

    With only 14 vying for serious Test places - I'd take Clarke and Tait for the experiance, althouhg Tait would do well if picked to play.

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    Are the ODIs played before the Tests?

    It wouldnt be a bad idea to leave a spot open for a player who plays well in the ODIs. That could go to any player.
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    Craig I dont see your logic. They pick different squads so it wouldnt matter which was played first. I was referring to the stest squad obviusly (with langer in there). Well with your logic (despite the fact that I dont get it) my selection of Bevan is a good one.

    Bevan if picked, IMO will average 150+ in the test series. The only decent seemer they have is Vaas, who doesnt do the things that disturb Bevan (bouncers mainly....)


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    Its something the New Zealanders have done. And why not? If Clarke or Symonds or whoever wants that spot then they must play to get it.

    It got Scott Styris added in a few NZ tour squads.

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    Oh okay I see. So your comment had nothing to do with your question. Well Bevan is certainly a good candidate then, with teh spinners and all.

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    Bevan has every chance, but I see it unlikely though due to age. But you never know.

    Brad Hogg might be a chance as he offeres "something different".

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    I dont think they will be looking at Bevan for a permanent place in the team at all, but for Sri Lanka, I think he will go. I dont think teh selectors are as obsessed with youth as some of you have been lead to belive. I think they will pick the best players (or who they think are) for each situation, and Bevan is that man IMO for Sri Lanka. His only fault is fast, short pitched bowling, which he will see none of in Sri Lanka.

    I dont think Hogg adds something different with Katich in the team, and I think Davison has every chance. He is a finger spinner which helps immencly in Sl and his batting can be awesome at times.

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    Hmm

    ODI segment (comes first)

    The team I think they'll take-
    1.A.C.Gilchrist
    2.M.L.Hayden
    3.R.T.Ponting
    4.D.R.Martyn
    5.M.G.Bevan
    6.M.J.Clarke
    7.A.Symonds
    8.I.J.Harvey
    9.G.B.Hogg
    10.A.J.Bichel/N.W.Bracken/B.A.Williams/B.Lee
    11.one of the above 4
    12.J.N.Gillespie
    13.G.D.McGrath
    14.D.S.Lehmann

    The team I'd pick
    1.A.C.Gilchrist
    2.S.M.Katich
    3.R.T.Ponting
    4.D.R.Martyn
    5.M.G.Bevan
    6.M.J.Clarke
    7.A.Symonds
    8.I.J.Harvey
    9.G.B.Hogg
    10.B.Lee
    11.S.Tait/A.Bichel
    12.J.N.Gillespie
    13.G.D.McGrath
    14.D.S.Lehmann

    Test squad

    The team I think they'll pick
    1.J.L.Langer
    2.M.L.Hayden
    3.R.T.Ponting
    4.D.R.Martyn
    5.S.M.Katich
    6.D.S.Lehmann
    7.A.C.Gilchrist
    8.S.K.Warne
    9.B.Lee/A.Bichel
    10.J.Gillespie
    11.G.McGrath
    12.N.Bracken/B.Williams/S.Tait
    13.G.B.Hogg/S.C.G.MacGill
    14.M.J.Clarke
    15.M.L.Love

    The team I'd pick
    1.J.L.Langer
    2.M.L.Hayden
    3.R.T.Ponting
    4.D.R.Martyn
    5.S.M.Katich
    6.D.S.Lehmann
    7.A.C.Gilchrist
    8.S.K.Warne
    9.M.Inness
    10.J.Gillespie
    11.G.McGrath
    12.S.Tait
    13.G.B.Hogg
    14.M.J.Clarke
    15.M.L.Love

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    For mine - I think they may have a 14 man squad, possibly 15 man. Won't be 16.

    I also think its the most wide open selection has been for an Australian touring squad in years.

    Garunateed Players to tour:

    Matt Hayden
    Justin Langer
    Ricky Ponting
    Simon Katich
    Adam Gilchrist
    Jason Gillespie
    Shane Warne
    Glenn McGrath (if fit)
    Stuart MacGill (not neccasarilly a certainty in the team but they'll take two spinners and he's clearly the second best in Australia despite an ordinary summer)

    Positions vacant:
    - 2 starting XI batting positions
    - 1 further squad batting replacement (possibly 2)
    - 2 fast bowling positions in the squad (could possibly be upto 4, depending whether they take 14 or 15 on tour, and if McGrath is fit)

    The candidates:
    For the batting positions the candidates (in order of most likely to tour) would be Darren Lehmann, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke, Martin Love and Brad Hodge. Three of those (possibly four) will be on the tour.

    For the bowling positions, of which there are at least two available (could be upto four depending on whether or not they take 14 or 15 players, and whether McGrath is fit), the candidates (in order at this point in time) would be, and there quite a lot of them: Andy Bichel, Brett Lee, Brad Williams, Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait, Matt Nicholson, Paul Rofe, Ian Harvey, Ashley Noffke (coming back from injury), Michael Kasprowicz, Matthew Inness (coming back from sickness) and Damien Wright.

    The candidates lists are so even, that its just about impossible to pick, and i'd reckon it would all come down to form between now and Feb 20. Probably the best bets out of the candidates list is that Damien Wright won't travel, Darren Lehmann and Andy Bichel will travel.

    But those rankings could change very rapidly over this month.

    I reckon this will be the first test team and squad, but i will make my final official guess on Feb 19

    Matt Hayden
    Justin Langer
    Ricky Ponting
    Darren Lehmann
    Damien Martyn
    Simon Katich
    Adam Gilchrist
    Shane Warne
    Andrew Bichel
    Jason Gillespie
    Glenn McGrath

    Michael Clarke
    (Martin Love if 15 are taken)
    Stuart MacGill
    Brad Williams

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    I don't think Davison is eligible for Australia since he has played for Canada in the World Cup.....

    For my squad though:

    1. Hayden
    2. Langer
    3. Ponting
    4. Martyn (they would have to stick with him though he seems out of form)
    5. Lehmann (logically the only man to replace Waugh, if not injured)
    6. Katich
    7. Gilchrist
    8. Lee
    9. Warne
    10 Gillespie
    11. McGrath (if fit)
    12. Williams
    13. Bracken
    14. Clarke
    15. Bevan

    I think it is only 15 on this tour....

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    Originally posted by hourn


    I reckon this will be the first test team and squad, but i will make my final official guess on Feb 19

    Matt Hayden
    Justin Langer
    Ricky Ponting
    Darren Lehmann
    Damien Martyn
    Simon Katich
    Adam Gilchrist
    Shane Warne
    Andrew Bichel
    Jason Gillespie
    Glenn McGrath

    Michael Clarke
    (Martin Love if 15 are taken)
    Stuart MacGill
    Brad Williams
    i reckon what we see here is pretty much on the money

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    Originally posted by SquidAU
    I don't think Davison is eligible for Australia since he has played for Canada in the World Cup.....
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    I still think Bevam has a future at test level, as the Aussie selectors aren't obsessed with youth. He just needs to start bowling his chinamen again...
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    Originally posted by Prince EWS
    Bevan if picked, IMO will average 150+ in the test series. The only decent seemer they have is Vaas, who doesnt do the things that disturb Bevan (bouncers mainly....)
    Chaminda disturbs everyone if he bowls well.
    As for Bevan, without a question he is the best one-day player ever IMO, but not Test class - had enough chances, and wasted most of them.
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