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Exactly, which they should be doing unless the pitch is a real turner. Having someone like James Pattinson sit out while Nathan Lyon plays is insane. If your best 4 bowlers are quicks, play 4 quicks. Especially if you've got a top 6 bat in Maxwell who can do a decent spin job (admittedly not as good as Lyon, but definitely serviceable).Maxwell playing in Aust only makes sense if you play all four quicks. I think you definitely need a seem bowling alrounder in Aust and given how poorly the front line spinners tend to perform in Aust, a part timer ala Maxwell would be next to pointless.
Picking him would be equal to going in with six bats and in that case there are better specialist bats. I do like Maxwell btw
Having Lyon in the team in this scenario just seems like a wasted spot. He offers nothing with the bat and not much more with the ball than Maxwell does. If you've got Starc, Cummins, Haze, Pattinson on a quick wicket then you don't need Lyon.
given that he's been injured most his career I'm gonna say . . . no?Cummins is just so natural at bowling isn't he. I mean you can toss the ball and trust him to be right on the mark (may it be vicious bouncer or perfect outswinger) even after six months without cricket