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    Should India play 3 spinners and Australia 2

    The pitch looks horride and will suit the spin kings. So should the indians put up 3 spinners (with zaheer missing out) and should the aussies pick white or hauritz instead of kaspa or dizzy.

    Also something interesting is the pitch is likely to fall apart in day 4 and 5 having said that indian pitches always look bad but usually hold up. So this test could also depend alot on the toss

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishneelz
    So this test could also depend alot on the toss
    that would be very disapointing if thats the case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoman
    that would be very disapointing if thats the case...
    why so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa
    why so?
    so u like to see test matches where the game is won by the flick of a coin on the morning of day 1?


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    ^It's very rarely like that though. I'd like to see a good contest, and if the toss of the coin plays a part in a teams success, good for them. Neither Australia or India are bad enough that they can't adapt if they lose the toss anyway.

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    Fan 1 : "The pitch looks horrid.......is likely to fall apart..."

    Fan 2 : Really, says who ?

    Fan 1 :Says Buchanastradamus and ..er..others

    Fan 1.1 : Australia should play 2 spinners and India 3 PERIOD

    Fan 2 : Does Australia have 2 spinners ??

    Fan 1.1 : Of Course. Besides the great man , there is Nathan Hauritz and Cameron White. India should include Karthik also.

    Fan 2 : Oh but , in that case, India already has five. Kumble, Harbhajan, Sehwag, Sachin and Yuvraj

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    If India play 3, how on Earth will they all fit in the side?
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    ^Kumble,Harbhajan,Karthik(!),Pathan, AA(or Zaheer).
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    And add Patel in and how weak is that batting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deja moo
    ^Kumble,Harbhajan,Karthik(!),Pathan, AA(or Zaheer).
    They could do that, though it will make the tail longer. If they included three spinners, I would take Agarkar as the second seamer besides Pathan for some batting at Number seven.

    They could also open with Parthiv and not risk Yuvraj in that position.

    Sehwag, Parthiv Patel, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Yuvraj , Agarkar, Kumble, Pathan, Harbhajan, Kartik

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    Sehwag, Chopra, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Patel, Pathan, Kumble, Harbhajan, Kartik, Nehra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deja moo
    ^Kumble,Harbhajan,Karthik(!),Pathan, AA(or Zaheer).

    My bad Didnt realize I was listing 5 bowlers.....it is hard then...

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    only one quick if india play 3 spinners, Ganguly would bowl the first few overs with Pathan one would assume.


    as for Australia playing 2, only if you count Lehmann or Clarke is that ever gonna happen. no way is Australia gonna play less than 3 quicks
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    They should have two seamers and two spinners. Kumble has a very good record against the Australians, with 61 wickets in 10 matches, and 32 wickets in 4 at home. He should be the strike bowler adn he is more effective with another spinner supporting him, keeping a leash on things. It is difficult for medium-pacers to keep a leash on this Australian team. Three seamers for the Indian team should not be an option, as seam is not their main strength, nor do they have an express pace bowler.

    Why Murali Karthik? Everyone knows he doesn't get along well with the captain (many spinners don't) and the Aussies hit him all around Sydney, Perth and Hobart and even the Zims took a liking to him. Ramesh Powar would be a better choice, since there are more lefthanders, and he is a better batsman and fielder. They could also have tried Sairaj Bahutule, since he is the best spinner after Kumble and Harbhajan. Young Amit Mishra could have played and benefitted a little from this experience. In fact, Sachin and Sehwag, especially the latter, should be considered as regular bowling options, since they can't do far worse than the specialists.
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    They could also open with Parthiv and not risk Yuvraj in that position.
    Why Parthiv? Why not Zaheer Khan? Is there really any point in opening with tailenders? You don't expect them to score too many runs, do you? Whether the people who make these decisions like it or not, you have to have runs in the top 6. At least Yuvraj has batted at 3 or even opened a few times, and can paly seam well, so it's not a bad idea, but opening with a keeper has been a perennial bad habit of this Test team, which is why there have not been many good starts of late.

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    Going in with less than 6 batsman could prove perilous for India. Either 3 spinners or 2 seamers, but not both.
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