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    My England & Australian teams for their opening games:

    ENGLAND:

    Strauss
    Flintoff
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Dalrymple
    Yardy
    Read
    Mahmood
    Harmison
    Anderson

    If Flintoff can bowl later on in the tournament, i would drop Mahmood & pick Joyce to either open or bat in the middle-order.

    AUSTRALIA

    Gilchrist
    Watson
    Ponting
    Martyn/Katich
    Symonds
    Clarke
    Hussey
    Hogg
    Lee
    Bracken
    McGrath

    Martyn/Katich - two of the men under pressure, i personally would still pick Martyo to bat at 4 & let Watson open. But i fear the selectors will let Katich open, but even so Watson has to play since his role as a bowler will give the bowling attack a very good balance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    I notice nobody has commented on the fact that Katich was told to play a specific role in the last Tournament, merely had a go at him.
    I notice shut up.

    He`s said himself he hasn`t played his role well enough and needs to score quickly. Something I leave in the toilet could`ve told me he was playing a role, it was made very clear.

    Watson and Symonds gunned it with the bat in the warm-up. Martyn went alright as well. Pidge, Lee and Symonds were brilliant with the ball, Bracken and Hogg were economical, but Johnson and Watson got smacked a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    AUSTRALIA

    Gilchrist
    Watson
    Ponting
    Martyn/Katich
    Symonds
    Clarke
    Hussey
    Hogg
    Lee
    Bracken
    McGrath
    I would leave Watson out for the first match, I think he will struggle with the ball on the flat decks in India. Katich does deserve the chance to hold his place, ahead of Watson opening anyway which really shouldn't be a long term option, and I think with Gilly rusty and Ponting's record in India, Martyn's experience and his ability against spin bowling will be valuable in the conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    My England & Australian teams for their opening games:

    ENGLAND:

    Strauss
    Flintoff
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Dalrymple
    Yardy
    Read
    Mahmood
    Harmison
    Anderson

    If Flintoff can bowl later on in the tournament, i would drop Mahmood & pick Joyce to either open or bat in the middle-order.

    AUSTRALIA

    Gilchrist
    Watson
    Ponting
    Martyn/Katich
    Symonds
    Clarke
    Hussey
    Hogg
    Lee
    Bracken
    McGrath

    Martyn/Katich - two of the men under pressure, i personally would still pick Martyo to bat at 4 & let Watson open. But i fear the selectors will let Katich open, but even so Watson has to play since his role as a bowler will give the bowling attack a very good balance.
    Probably the best XI England can field though the seam bowlers are a worry -Anderson rusty, Harmison and Mahmood have leaked runs in the past. I hope if the wickets help spin Fletcher gets KP bowling - that's a weakness of England we don't have a batsman who can bowl spin in an ODI if needed like Gayle or Jayasuria. Every England batsman who could bowl spin rarely did -Vaughan and Hick should have bowled more in ODIs. As for Australia I reckon Gilchrist's best opening partner is either Hussey or Hayden - can't fathom out why Katich is in there while Hayden is not -I know who i'd rather bowl at. PS - 6 runs off 40 balls - was Katich in a huff a-la Gavaskar in 1975(even Sunny might say that was too slow)!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy
    Three out of four I agree with - if SL end up in Pakistan group I think they'd take out SA - 5-0 whitewash in 2004 and more recently knocked them out of the VB series.
    That SA team late in the VB Series was severely injury stricken. Mind you SL are a massive darkhorse in this tourny, but I think you're underrating SA.

    Aus vs. SA final is a strong possibility IMO, since they performed very well against India in India when they were on a hot streak. 2-2 drawn series, and never looked like losing it.
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    The Saffies bowling is weaker then its showing at the moment I reckon. Its frailties will be shown in this tourney IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy
    Lewis did well in autumn series against Pakistan but if it doesn't swing could be easy meat
    There is no substitute for line and length in ODIs. Whether the ball is swinging or not if you bowling 6 out of 6 balls on the right spot you arent going to be easy to get away for runs especially with the new ball. Lewis may not be a bowler capable of destructive spells, but at least he provides some control and accuracy in a side filled with bowlers than can hardly bowl a straight ball.

    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy
    Stuart Broad should have been here - he's young but he's tall and gets bouce.
    Much like Mahmood and Harmison then? Broad is clearly not ready to play international cricket at the moment, he needs to brush up in domestic cricket first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    My England & Australian teams for their opening games:

    ENGLAND:

    Strauss
    Flintoff
    Bell
    Pietersen
    Collingwood
    Dalrymple
    Yardy
    Read
    Mahmood
    Harmison
    Anderson

    If Flintoff can bowl later on in the tournament, i would drop Mahmood & pick Joyce to either open or bat in the middle-order.
    Why on earth would anyone pick Mahmood? And its incredibly absurd to pick Mahmood over someone like Lewis. At least not when one bowler has an ER of 6.38 which makes the zimbabwian and bangladeshi bowlers looks brilliant.

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    I have this feeling that England will upset India tomorrow......hope I'm wrong but some thing tells me it will be so.


    This is the team I think India should roll out

    Sehwag
    Tendulkar
    Kaif
    Yuvraj
    Dravid
    Dhoni
    Mongia
    Powar
    Harbhajan
    Agarkar
    Munaf

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    Why didn`t India choose Sreesanth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden
    Why didn`t India choose Sreesanth?

    I'm not sure. He's more likely to trouble batsmen than Rudra Pratap Singh, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooextracool
    Why on earth would anyone pick Mahmood? And its incredibly absurd to pick Mahmood over someone like Lewis. At least not when one bowler has an ER of 6.38 which makes the zimbabwian and bangladeshi bowlers looks brilliant.

    From what I've heard in the reports, Fletcher feels Mahmood's speed and bounce would be more effective than Lewis in Indian conditions.

    I think Mahmood will start against India in Jaipur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden
    Why didn`t India choose Sreesanth?
    It would have been a huge experience for him and it is a pity he wasn't chosen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nnanden
    Why didn`t India choose Sreesanth?
    Our selectors are stuipd ****s, that's why. They dropped India's most promising pacer for what is virtually a preparation for the World Cup.

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    So it has nothing to do with his less than great record thus far then?
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