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    Ponting (c)
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    would be my latest guess at the XV

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    The expected 13 then, with Tait beating Clark and Haddin beating White for the other two spots.

    Have to say I generally agree with the squad. The only doubt for me is Tait getting the job ahead of Clark, as I imagine Clark might come good as an ODI bowler, while Tait is pretty inexperienced. Hopefully Tait bowls well in the C-H series and justifies the call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    The expected 13 then, with Tait beating Clark and Haddin beating White for the other two spots.

    Have to say I generally agree with the squad. The only doubt for me is Tait getting the job ahead of Clark, as I imagine Clark might come good as an ODI bowler, while Tait is pretty inexperienced. Hopefully Tait bowls well in the C-H series and justifies the call.
    Tait isn't in the C-H squad though, so that won't be happening.
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    probably the squad everyone expected to be named, Tait in front of Clark is a positive move...

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    i agree, i think Tait will be a really good ODI bowler. Haddin was always going to come in with Gilly to miss the warm-ups.
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    Fair dinkum - it's the World Cup, and yet Gilchrist is still wanting time off.

    How much is enough for that bloke?

    There have been guys (like Warne with his first child) who have missed births.

    Gilchrist should leave for the Carribean a few days after his baby is born in late February.

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    White=Robbed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Fair dinkum - it's the World Cup, and yet Gilchrist is still wanting time off.

    How much is enough for that bloke?

    There have been guys (like Warne with his first child) who have missed births.

    Gilchrist should leave for the Carribean a few days after his baby is born in late February.
    Why? It hardly matters in the grand scheme of things. He'll be there for all the major games, and it's a pretty important reason to miss a couple of irrelevant games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeW View Post
    White=Robbed.
    Nah, not really. He didn't really do enough to cement his place in the CB series, and Haddin had to be included because Gilchrist won't be available at the start.

    There's nobody in that 15 man squad who shouldn't be there. White's the 16th man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    Nah, not really. He didn't really do enough to cement his place in the CB series, and Haddin had to be included because Gilchrist won't be available at the start.

    There's nobody in that 15 man squad who shouldn't be there. White's the 16th man.
    He did more than others who made the cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    Why? It hardly matters in the grand scheme of things. He'll be there for all the major games, and it's a pretty important reason to miss a couple of irrelevant games.
    Because the team comes first. Arriving a few days before the South African game, when you're hardly in the best of form, is not in the team's best interests in the most tournament there is in cricket. It's not he's missing the birth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeW View Post
    He did more than others who made the cut.
    The others, with a few exceptions, were not playing for their place in the team. Everyone else in the team had already cemented their place in the WC squad, except for Hayden and Hodge, who made runs, and Tait and Hilfenhaus, who bowled well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Because the team comes first. Arriving a few days before the South African game, when you're hardly in the best of form, is not in the team's best interests in the most tournament there is in cricket. It's not he's missing the birth.
    Gilchrist has played enough cricket to be able to walk into the team and perform, and really it's more important that he be with his family at such a time than be with the team. He's played in World Cups before, after all.

    Besides, I think you can make a fair argument that it'd be a bigger burden on his performance to miss out on such times at home than it would to miss out on a couple of warmup games in the West Indies. It's not like he's inexperienced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad View Post
    The others, with a few exceptions, were not playing for their place in the team. Everyone else in the team had already cemented their place in the WC squad, except for Hayden and Hodge, who made runs, and Tait and Hilfenhaus, who bowled well.
    Tait bowled pies in the first game. Can't see why he made the team. Why isnt he playing in NZ? Would've thought they'd want a better look at him than just 2 games.

    Watson has been useless since return. And Hogg has struggled at Domestic level this season let alone international.

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