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View Poll Results: In which format(s), if any, should Michael Clarke be playing for Australia?

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    Certainly a lot of potential. He was overhyped too early and had far to much pressure on him at such a young age. I personally think he will become a very good player, but he is a long way off the test side at the moment.

    As for Watson, I don't think much of him, I would rather play Symonds...(sounds crazy eh?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P
    As for Watson, I don't think much of him, I would rather play Symonds...(sounds crazy eh?)
    Sounds eminently sensible to me (at least for a try) - he's not exactly had a fair crack of the whip in the big game
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    To me, Watson seems like he would be a better Test player than he would be an ODI player (ie I think he is better suited to the longer form of the game).

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    Sounds eminently sensible to me (at least for a try) - he's not exactly had a fair crack of the whip in the big game
    I think symonds would do quite well considering the form he has been having he does deserve a lot more opportunities.. but the australian board is probably looking to mould youth / future of australian cricket so they will continue to persist with watson..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco
    Like I said on another thread, Watson's only 23 - Flintoff wasn't much when he was the same age

    He wasn't bowling properly then.

    It's only in the last 2 years or so he's been bowling properly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclipse
    Dont underestmate Watson it looks now as though his bowling is not going to reach a very high standerd but his batting is world class..

    Batting is World Class despite the fact he's not played a Test and his ODI average owes more than a little to his 9 not outs from 17 (he doesn't even score quickly in ODIs!)

    Surely one can only be a World Class batsman when they play Internationally?

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    Bowling properly? How is that an excuse?

    Watson isn't bowling properly now.

    It's only in the next 2 years or so he'll be bowling properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    Surely one can only be a World Class batsman when they play Internationally?
    One could argue against that. (Hick?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P
    Bowling properly? How is that an excuse?

    All Rounders need to both bat and bowl.

    Owing to injuries, at 23 or so, Flintoff wasn't bowling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P
    One could argue against that. (Hick?)
    World Class?

    Don't think so.

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    Hmm I suppose it depends on how you define "world class"

    Some people here seem to think Tikolo and Odumbe are world class, I think Bashar is world class...so I don't see how Hick isn't. He has such a superb record, just unfulfilled at international level but I don't think that means he was a not-so-great player...

    Put it down to whatever you want, but Hick has to be rated highly IMO...

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    World Class performers can only be called world class by playing at the highest level.

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    Maybe yes. Maybe no.

    Who would you rate higher, Tikolo or Blewett?

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    In terms of World Class, neither.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    He wasn't bowling properly then.

    It's only in the last 2 years or so he's been bowling properly.
    Averages suggest he certainly wasn't, Watson's coming back from injury, is it fair to suggest he's not bowling properly too?

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