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    Australia 1st test candidates

    Assuming Rogers Warner Watson Smith Haddin Johnson Harris and Lyon are certs that leaves a pace bowler and 2 middle order spot open. Of course this assumes Clarke really is busted for the summer as some recent reports are recanting on the earlier headline that he is out for the India series.

    I'm not sure if M Marsh can be rated a certainty as some have speculated we wont play both him and Twatto. All the same I'd rate M Marsh as favourite for incumbency. Then in weight of runs Ferguson S Marsh Joe Burns Cam White Hughes Doolan and finally Usman who is injured but has some track record and batted well in the Matador Cup. Realistically the field falls right away after Joe Burns though another round of shield might change things.

    Fast bowling spot might see Siddle as slight fave over Hazlewood. Do the selectors favour Siddle's form against weaker oppo in the FC format or Hazlewood's great form against class oppo in the "wrong" format? While there are many other good quickies I think its btwn those 2 with Starc a smokie.

    Anyone else you'd consider?

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    read today they announce the squad on monday so the next round of shield games is irrelevant
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    they'll probably announce like a 17 man squad or something though.
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    Ah yes. Thems the days. Good chance they could pick both Marsh's and Watson. Could end up with an 8 man team by day 2.


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    I don't know. I can't see him missing the squad, but watching his bowling I wouldn't be surprised if watto was made 12th man. They've said it's his bowling that earns him selection, and it has been dismal. I'd be picking Marsh.

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    Reckon Doolan will play.

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    Twattos batting is better at 3 than Dools so he just plays as a batter.

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    Sounds like Clarke is doubtful for Brisbane due to not even running right now. If he misses the Shield game but is fit having played no cricket then he probably should miss out. The talk of being out for the summer is now looming like crap from Howard. If he does miss Brisbane but then is good after that it seems a golden opportunity to try out Smith captaining for 1 test.

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    If Clarke plays in Brisbane then we should search his house for dark magic, because there's no way you go from "literally having trouble getting out of bed" to "Test match fit" in two weeks.
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    Nate hasn't done a lot recently to be in front of SOK other than being the incumbent so I'd be ok with that but I can't see it happening. Lyon dropped for 6 man pace attack or random spinner is more likely.

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    It wouldn't be the start of a home summer if Lyon isn't treated shabbily by the Test selectors.
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