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Aust team for the third test

Discussion in 'Cricket Forum' started by Guest, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Guest

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    Bollinger is in the side along with an allrounder from Vic by the name of McDonald. 

    The selectors will not drop Hussey, Symonds or Hayden because they all feature heaviliy in major sponsor KFC's advertising campaign for the season.

    M Hayden
    S Katich
    R Ponting (c)
    M Hussey
    M Clarke
    A Symonds
    B Haddin
    D Bollinger
    M Johnson
    A McDonald
    N Hauritz
    B Hilfenhaus
    P Siddle
     
  2. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I was hoping that Warne would come back for a trundle at the SCG. 
     
  4. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    McDonald?

    Please....another average first grader that they hope will be the next all rounder.
     
  5. The Gronk

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    Well according to the smh Symonds is withdrawing to have surgery, a case of jump before you are pushed if you ask me, but that means McDonald will definitely play- if you played both Hilfenhaus and Bollinger, Johnson would be batting at 7 which might be asking a bit much. 
     
  6. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Early prediciton, a 250-ball ton from Hayden to save his career, much like the one in the 2005 Ashes
     
  7. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

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    David Hussey must have ran over Merv Hughes' cat or something.
     
  8. Fluffy

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    I think it is more that D Hussey hasnt been in form, he has 298@37 this year and is 31.

    Mcdonald has 324@46 batting and 15@23 bowling this year and has a career average after 44 matches of 38 batting and 30 bowling. He is 27.

    Seems the selectors still think that our only problems are in the bowling attack.
     
  9. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Personally i think that the Australian selectors obsession with creating an all rounder (Symonds, Watson, White etc) has hurt the side lately and in recent years. Better off picking 6 decent batsman rather than 5 and 1 handy one that can bowl
     
  10. Matabele

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    They were trying to invent an all rounder in the last bad patch too.  In the 80s they tried blokes like O'Donnell, Dodemaide and were even flirting with Andrew Zessers and Peter sleep for goodness sake. 

    It turned around when they found a keeper that could bat a bit in Healy so there was a bit better balance in the side.  Haddin has shown he can bat .....
     
  11. Guest

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    And don't forget about Gary Cosier and Shaun Graff who were also tried as all rounders.
     
  12. The Gronk

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    An all-rounder should be either in the best 6 batsmen or best 5 bowlers in the country.  The other half of what they do should then be a bonus.  If there is no one fitting that then pick five all out bowlers, put Haddin at 6, and threaten to dismember any batsman getting caught out stupidly slogging. 
     
  13. Guest

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    Lets hope that Mcdonald can bowl because he can't bat.  He looked dreadful and out of his depth especially against short pitched bowling. 

    We are now a batsman short and will struggle to make 300.
     
  14. Fluffy

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    Well i hope we make 300 from here, 40 runs from the last 4 would be a poor effort
     
  15. Guest

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    If the South Africans had taken their catches off Clarke and Johston then we would have struggled to make 300.  With those two dropped catches they are going to pay.

    Catches win matches?  How true
     
  16. nodd

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    Spot on Kiwi.

    Symonds(as much as I love a QLD'er) is not a test standard bowler, Watson could be but his body (no matter how good it looks),is not up to it and white "can bat, can field, can't bowl".

    The obsession with creating an allrounder is getting annoying.
     
  17. The Gronk

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    They should bat Haddin at six and then pick 5 genuine bowlers - that way we might have a chance of getting a side out. 

    Krejza used to be a top order bat, so if you put him and Johnson at 7 and 8, one of them would be bound to get a few runs each time. 

    Of course, with only 6 batsmen, they all need to get runs.  So get rid of Hayden and suggest to Hussey he might want to start scoring again. 

    Here's my side for the South Africa tour:


    Jaques
    Katich
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    Haddin
    Johnson
    Krejza
    Clark
    McGain
    Bollinger
     
  18. Fro

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    Interesting side Gronk.

    thinking outside the square is one thing, but no wicketkeeper at all?? :)
     
  19. Fluffy

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    His bowling has been very tight so far and he has just picked up Amla. Bowling wise he seems to fill in like Kallis does, now if only his batting can be that good.
     
  20. The Gronk

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    That's what I get for writing pre-coffee.  Also, Lee won't be there. 

    With mistakes like that I could get a job as chairman of the selectors. 

    I've put up the real side now. 
     

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