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    *Official* Australia in Zimbabwe Thread

    Well the tour begins next month, it isnt an official thread until the squads get named or the Australians step on the plane.

    My Test squad:

    *RT Ponting, +AC Gilchrist, ML Hayden, JL Langer, DR Martyn, DS Lehmann, SM Katich, SK Warne, JN Gillespie, MS Kaprowicz, GD McGrath (assuming he is fully fit), BA Williams, SCG MacGill, ML Love/A Symonds.

    ODIS:

    *RT Ponting, +AC Gilchrist, ML Hayden, DR Martyn, DS Lehmann, A Symonds, MG Bevan, MJ Clarke, GB Hogg, JN Gillespie, MS Kasprowicz, GD McGrath (as above), SR Watson/IJ HArvey/BA Williams.

    Love would be the perfect replacement batsman should anything happen to Ponting or Martyn or even Lehmann.
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    i certainly hope love goes ahead of symonds.


    i would love to see Watson go as an all rounder but i dont think it will happen - even he can bowl as much as Symonds did
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    Well he is sure as hell a better bet then Ian Harvey IMO.

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    pretty one sided series coming up with no streak...


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    Originally posted by age_master
    pretty one sided series coming up with no streak...
    Doesn't bear thinking about.

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    I pretty much agree with your side, though I'd like to find a place for Sean Tait.......definitely a development player.
    And sorry to Queensland fans, I don't see any point in taking 30+ Martin Love - persevere with Symonds as a replacement player.

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    Why?

    Love is more suited to that replacement batsman role. And he hasnt done too badly considering he has been forced out of his position 98% of his Test career.

    If McGrath isnt fully fit (he should be) then Shaun Tait would be his replacement. Other then that Brad Williams is higher in the pecking order as cover for McGrath, Gillespie and Kaspa, so Tait would miss out.

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    Originally posted by age_master
    pretty one sided series coming up with no streak...
    It was one-sided if he played though!
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    Originally posted by luckyeddie
    Doesn't bear thinking about.

    Are we witnessing the first signs of Bangladesh climbing up the ladder?
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    Without lee for pace i would say you would have to pick tait over williams,BTW mcgrath said he may play in darwin as a prelude to the tour.
    Without streak it will be an annihilation.

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    I'll be interested to see how Sean Ervine plays. I mean he's been total class for Zimbabwe. He's probably one of the only developing players in the game. I think he may be playing county cricket sooner than some may think.
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    Originally posted by Cloete
    I mean he's been total class for Zimbabwe. He's probably one of the only developing players in the game.
    Not so, just look back to the U19 world cup... Happily they do have grass roots and they do have players of different backgrounds coming through...

    What is worrying is the current crop of careers that have been cut short, and administrative bungling that has already been discussed here before so doesnt need elaborating on....

    One thing you can be always assured with from a Zimbabwe cricket side, is a bit of fight...

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    Originally posted by brockley
    Without lee for pace i would say you would have to pick tait over williams,BTW mcgrath said he may play in darwin as a prelude to the tour.
    Without streak it will be an annihilation.
    It is a good 'low risk' tour to blood someone like Tait.......I am a Brad Williams fan, but at this point he seems to have more impact in one dayers than in tests.
    He seems unprepared to stretch himself.......most people here in WA know he can bowl in the mid 140's regularly - why he is unwilling to do so baffles many.

    As for Martin Love, if he can only bat at 3, that position is taken I'm afraid. If we are talking about a replacement player in case of injury, then it seems wise to look to the future, as in Symonds or Clarke........no mileage in yet another plus 30 top 6 player.

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    The selectors wont be blooding any players - they haven't done it in the past and i cant see them starting now...

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    Well guys have often been picked out of left field for the test side - Peter Taylor, Warney, Mathew Nicholson - Darren Lehmann, Gavin Robertson and Adam Dale all made debuts on the ill fated tour of India in 1998!!
    Not to mention Scott Muller.......why do you think the selectors sent Tait to Sri Lanka? To soak up the atmosphere, practise with the team, get a feel for international cricket, etc etc - and to whack Ricky Ponting on the helmet!!

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