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Thursday, October 20, 2011


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Well, they have brought in a couple of teenagers - which is pleasing even if quite bizarre - as well as keeping the grey-haired brigade.

I suppose they think that 2015 is miles away and it will take care of itself.

I don't understand Punter not retiring at least from ODI's except that he can't think of what to do if he retires.

The Reverse Sweep

Maybe Punter is going to try and play international cricket until he is 50 to emulate the immortal Hobbs?

Ed Lamb

I'm in total disagreement I'm afraid. Pick your best XI unless there's not much in it. As Hussey and Ponting are two of the best players in the world they walk into the side. Haddin will probably make way for Tim Paine at some point - as there seems to be a credible alternative he may be first to go of the three.

They may be around in 2015, or they may not, but youngsters losing regularly with few senior role models to learn from will not enhance their World Cup chances....winning games will.

The Reverse Sweep

I hear what you are saying Ed and you are right that if Australia are picking their best XI, Ponting and Hussey would be in it. But surely if they are building towards hosting the next WC in four years, it is time to lose at least two of the three if not all of them. There is plenty of experience in the side in the shape of Clarke and Watson, and whereas there may be an initial dip the team should be in a stronger position in four years. I'm surprised that Ponting still has the desire to play ODI - I guess it's a credit to him that he does.

Australia's bizarre retention policy - The Reverse Sweep

Australia's bizarre retention policy - The Reverse Sweep

Australia's bizarre retention policy - The Reverse Sweep

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