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I can't see there being much change to the batting line-up for the first test matcd, it should be; Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Martyn, Lehmann, Katich & Gilchrist. I think for the first test the bowling line-up will be; McGrath, Gillespie, Warne & Kasprowicz/Lee.
This will give Australia three pace bowling options and Katich & Lehmann will provide back up to Warne.
However, if Australia get beaten and it is due to the bowling, I can see Hauritz or White making their debuts in the second test. Can only see Watson as a replacement for Katich, if they decide to go with a second spinner and Katich is failing with the bat.
MacGill, Symonds & Love can all feel a bit miffed at missing out IMO.
As much as this is paining me to say it, Love's hopes of wearing the Baggy Green again are fading by the longer he keeps getting omitted from the Test squads on tour.
The selection of three other specialist spinners really does interest me.
I'm baffled at Hauritz's selection. The kid had huge wraps and has done nothing.
As had Gavin Robertson when he was selected to tour there, and his performances were very good....Originally Posted by Zeke
Hauritz has been chosen on his economy, his aim will be to tie down the indians with the ball turning back into the right handers...
Come to think of it, it looks like Stuart MacGill has played his last Test for Australia.
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I never really thought he was a top bowler anyway... Yeah he took wickets but Sheesh talk about bad balls....
I think it is a very good team and one of the toughest in recent times. Almost all the batsmen in this team are good at playing spin, Ricky Ponting is different player now and a much better player of spin than he was in 2000/1. I personally think he is a better captain than Steve Waugh.
Bowling wise, Warnie is as good as ever and his recent successin SL boosted his confidence, Katich, Lehman and White provide good support to him. Fast bowling looks great with Lee, Kasper, Gillespie and Macgrath.
IMO, It will be very difficult (almost impossible) for India to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy because Harbhajan singh is not the same bowler he was in 2001, Kumble is old and will need a big score by our batsmen to do something and last but not the least, neutral umpiring is also important. Last series I felt that some Indian umpires were too quick in giving LBWs in Calcutta & Madras tests at crucial stages, that wont be the case with the neutral umpires this time. India would be lucky if they manage to Draw the series.
I predict the series to be 3-1 or 2-1 in favor of Australia.
Watson and Clarke in, but no Symonds?
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they obviously now consider Symonds a spec for the ODI's and are no longer considering him for the tests.
Watson and Clarke are both much younger than symonds.
Watson is a much better bowler and batsman in the longer version of the game
Clarke is a specialist batsman (even though he bowls quite well), i would not say in competition to Symonds for a spot - in the selectors minds - the Aust A game where he hammered an understrength Indian attack in hobart last year - the TVS cup.
having played and spent alot of time recently with shane warne will probably have helped his understanding of spin bowling alot as well.
i would say that the real surprise was Cam White picked ahead of symonds...
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Warne has 2 Tests to get 6 wickets (1st Test Bangalore - 6-10 October and 2nd Test Chennai 14-18 October) and take the world record before Murali (should he recover from his surgery in time) can come into action against Pakistan on 20th October. Hope Indian batsmen will be able to defy Warne and Tendulkar recovers from his injury as does Murali.
booooooooo... go warney.Originally Posted by JASON
and whites selection was justified. if you can find a pitch that makes him look good, youll find it in india
he should do alright IMO... even though i dont like the guy much, i know why they picked him.
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I agree with Sanz' comments re this squad.......
just on another note I'd even go so far as to use this squad as an example of what I have been saying about 'horses for courses' selections for BOTH batting & bowling..............
and 2ndly as an example of the smarts in the ACB to recognise that they may not be able to rely upon the same players to win in every circumstance & retain their position as #1.................
they are already making changes to what they do to compensate for the likes of Warne, McGrath & Co - & they are still playing !!!!!!!
I've never seen White so i can't comment on him but surely Macgill must be a bit disappointed. Normally the reason for his exclusion has been that they don't want two leggies but they picked White so its a bit hrash on Macgill.
I think Katich has to do something on this tour to keep his place cos the Aussie top seven doesn't look AS deadly as it has previously (before you start its still good). I thought Brad Hodge should have been considered, he scores runs for fun in county cricket and bowls part time spin as well. But its not my problem as long as India win
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