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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


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So here are my answers:

1) Cook
2) Pietersen, no question
3) Let's be flexible here. I would start with four bowlers, get a foothold in the series and select 5 bowlers at the locations where a victory is more achievable. People moan that four bowlers is a negative move, but it 5 bowlers only works if you have a top-quality all rounder. Bresnan is good, but relatively inexperienced.
4) I would take both Prior and Kieswetter, either could probably play purely as a batsman.
5) I cannot believe the stories about Harmison or that anyone in their right minds would consider taking him. Saker has not "talked up his chances", he merely said he would not rule him out. That is code for "no comment", but the media will always create a story from it. Why do you think the Aussies are already saying how tough an opponent he is? Harmison is, barring a massive injury crisis, finished. His form for Durham is completely irrelevant, because he never tours well. So: Broad, Anderson, Bresnan, Finn, Onions, Shahzad.
6) Probably Tredwell unless Rashid's form is good enough to get him a couple of Tests before the summer is out - unlikely. The same with Monty only more so.

I do agree with your Brisbane XI, but the rest of my squad would be:

Trott, Kieswetter, Bresnan, Onions, Shahzad, Tredwell


I agree with your XI too, the only real deviation there would be is if the selectors stick with Trott at 3 and leave out Morgan. I wouldn't, but the selectors will.

There's no need for Keiswetter to go, he won't get in unless Prior is injured, so we can afford to leave him at home.

Bresnan, Shazad and Onions will be the backup seamers, but Bresnan will play if Finn fails to get wickets this summer. Tredwell in as second choice spinner, but he probably won't get a game without Swann being injured.

Morgan and Carberry to be the backup batsmen, Morgan because he deserves it and Carberry in case they decided to go with an opener at 3.

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I must confess to being a huge Harmison fan, but I am probably living on past glories here. He has all the tools to do well in Australia but didn't exactly cover himself in glory on the two tours he has made Down Under. So, as long as Finn is ready I have no problem with Harmy not going. On the second spinner debate though, I just don't think Tredwell is good enough to succeed in Australia. Rashid seems to have lost confidence and form, so I would definitely go with Monty providing he produces the goods for Sussex.

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I hope the selectors don't go for Trott at three. He is clearly not a test match number three and doesn't even bat there for Warwickshire. I think that Morgan will gatecrash the party and bat at six. We need a back-up keeper in case of injury to Prior and it makes sense that Kieswetter fulfils that role. I tend to agree with you on Carberry, which could mean that Trott misses out entirely - it is a big summer for him! As for the 2nd spinner, I'd definitely opt for Monty over Tredwell any day although I agree that we probably won't play two spinners unless we do so at Adelaide and/or Sydney.


The wickets in Australia aren't as bouncy as it used to be and interestingly last year they prepared tracks that had a bit of sideways movement on offer. It maybe due to the fact that Australia don't have either McGrath or Gillespie in the attack.

In recent times the most successful bowler from a visiting team in Australia has been Steyn and he isn't exactly tall. I think too much is made about bouncy tracks in Aus as it has slowed down a bit.

Harmison? the last time he did well away from home in a series was in 2004. If fit but that is a big if Onions can be a bit of surprise package in Australia as he would make the batsmen play. In Australia the kookaburra ball loses its shine very quickly and it is imperative that bowlers make the batsmen play with the new ball.


I would also like to add that Broad hasn't been very good in test cricket as he averages over 36 and frankly was disappointing in Bangladesh.

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Broad wasn't great in Bangladesh, but the selectors like him and the fact that he has been rested shows he is nailed on for Australia. Hopefully he can reproduce his spell at the Oval on a more regular basis!

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I agree with you on Onions, but will he be fit?

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