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pete and tys

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Harris should have opened last test and Pucovski at 5.
Not convinced on Green. Zero wickets and 80 odd on a road and dropped twice before 50. I prefer Stoinis but he is out of favour.
 
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bigwow

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Australia won the toss, and will bat. Need to bat all day to give the bowlers a spell. Should be possible, as it looks like the Indian second XI for this match.
 

tigertim

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Geez Warner has been shown up as a bully boy of softer teams playing in Australia.
 
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Carter

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Harris.

Half volley on the ankles. Popped up straight to square leg.

Just horrible. This is everything that is wrong with Australian batting. Just not good enough.
 
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tigertim

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Harris out for 5. We may as well just open with Labuschagne and Smith and once their out declare. Such a soft batting line up apart from those 2.
 

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good in theory but then we would be left with this:
Harris
Burns
Wade


I still have questions over Head too but they love him and at 26 will get another go. He's not a bloke who will ever be suited to batting above 5, but neither was S.Waugh.

Wade should have opened this Test, with Maxwell in at 5, but we know Maxi is blackballed from the Test side for not being enough of a nerd.

Pucovski and Green lead the next generation, and the selectors deserve credit for blooding them against the best team in the world. Unfortunately when you look at the Shield, who's making runs? Khawaja, S.Marsh, Harris, Head. Good to see Renshaw looks to have recaptured a bit of form in the middle order.

Whatever people think of Warner, he's still clearly the leading opener in the country.

Warner
Pucovski
Labuschagne
Smith
Maxwell
Green

would be my top 6. But as Maxi will never get a chance, I nominate Ben McDermott as a smokey for No.5 if Wade fails again. Got a bit of class about him, has some fans in the selection room, and is starting to convert starts into bigger scores, with a ton for Australia A in the first-class game against the Indians, 90 v WA in the Shield. At 26, a good age for a rebuilding on the run team. Sam Whiteman must be a chance at the top of the order, with three 100s and three 50s in his last six first-class games.

The problem in large part is the fixture. With no Shield matches during the bulk of the Test summer, how is anyone supposed to press their claims or be in long-form form if and when needed? Those six games for Whiteman were played between Feb and November last year. Nothing but club cricket for him since.

Are the KFC dollars worth it?
 
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pete and tys

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This is a state level bowling attack on a flat track.
Minimum score of 450 .
Unfortunately world cricket, Australia included, is of an ordinary standard.
We have 2 test class batters only. Very sad.
Green has his chance. Will get none better.