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Ashes squad

Discussion in 'Cricket Forum' started by The Gronk, May 21, 2009.

  1. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    Ricky Ponting (c)  - TAS, 34
    Michael Clarke (vc) - NSW, 28
    Stuart Clark - NSW, 33
    Brad Haddin - NSW, 31
    Nathan Hauritz - NSW, 27
    Ben Hilfenhaus - TAS, 26
    Phillip Hughes - NSW, 20
    Michael Hussey - WA, 33
    Mitchell Johnson - WA, 27
    Simon Katich - NSW, 33
    Brett Lee - NSW, 32
    Graham Manou - SA, 30
    Andrew McDonald - VIC, 27
    Marcus North - WA, 29
    Peter Siddle - VIC, 24
    Shane Watson* - QLD, 27
    * Subject to fitness

    Personally i would have taken McGain instead of McDonald.  That ranga is the 3rd all-rounder in the squad after Watson and North which seems a bit over the top to me.  I know McGain got hammered in the last series, but the poms cant play leg spin at all.  Warne took 40 wickets last series over there and we are kidding ourselves if Hauritz is good for more than 10 or so. 

    My 11 would be

    Hughes
    Katich
    Ponting
    Clarke
    Hussey
    Watson
    Haddin
    Johnson
    Clark
    Hauritz
    McGain

    What they will go with:

    Hughes
    Katich
    Ponting
    Clarke
    Hussey
    North
    Haddin
    Johnson
    Lee
    Clark
    Hauritz
     
  2. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    your dreaming if you reckon they will leave Siddle out.

    Siddle and Johnson are the only bowlers assured of a spot, I'd agree with leaving Lee out, he has lost it. between hilfenhaus and Clark for the 3rd seamers spot.
     
  3. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    I doubt lee will walk straight in, he will be given a chance in the warm ups for sure but having only bowled 4 overs in a game since injury he will need to prove himself.

    No doubt they will play a spinner but may have thoughts of North in order to give hilfy a run in case it swings since this is what we lacked when we lost in 05. I am not convinced Clark has got form either and should be in the same boat a Lee
     
  4. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Clark has got form, don't worry about that. Him and Johnson should be first bowlers picked. Then I'd go for Siddle and Hilfy. Let North/Clarke/Katich look after the spinning, Hauritz isn't going to spin us to a win. Alternatively Watson in for Siddle to strengthen batting, or if Hilfy doesn't get it curving than give Watson a crack in his place. The McGain/Hauritz twin spin attack is an interesting concept Fluffy. Two mediocre spinners = what ??

    Hughes
    Katich
    Punter
    Pup
    Huss
    North
    Haddin
    Mitch
    Sarfraz
    Siddle
    Hilfy

    Watson
     
  5. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

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    Hauritz is a small chance, Cardiff is supposed to be a turner, if only he could turn it.

    They should have picked another batsmen, Hussey could continue his form and North hasn't cemented himself yet. Watson is capable but not the 7th best bat in the country. I guess there will be county players to pick and choose if they need it.

    Would have taken Matthew Wade to get tour experience over Manou.
     
  6. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what it equals, you would be best asking the gronk since he posted it
     
  7. Volley

    Volley Well-Known Member

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    Can't believe Manou made it. I'm going to dust off my keeping gloves from my Mudgee Under 12's Western Districts days when we rolled all and make a claim for the next tour. Being able to handle the bat obviously isn't a requirement.
     
  8. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Sorry mate, my bad. But don't be shy, what do you think of it as an idea ?
     
  9. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    well McGain is an attacking spinner, Hauritz defensive.  If McGain cant breakthrough at least you still have a spinner in the side to hold an end up.  Moot point anyway as we are only taking one spinner.  Let's hope the quicks come through as they need to find 40 wickets that Warne took last time. 
     

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