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Old 23rd September 2018, 23:16   #1
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Pakistan v Australia

Just a reminder - the Aussie squad for the Emirates is:


Tim Paine(c), Ashton Agar, Brendan Doggett, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Michael Neser, Matt Renshaw, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc

The best test XI, I can put together from that patched up squad is the following:

Renshaw
Khawaja
Head
M. Marsh
S. Marsh
Finch
Paine
Lyon
Starc
Holland
Siddle

Normally, this is one of the more easy line ups to concoct, but from that squad, it was hard work.
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Old 23rd September 2018, 23:55   #2
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Good to see Siddle back a couple of years after his last Test appearance. Loved watching him snarling in for Essex this year and would rather like to see him in the Ashes squad next year.
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Old 24th September 2018, 00:27   #3
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Good to see Siddle back a couple of years after his last Test appearance. Loved watching him snarling in for Essex this year and would rather like to see him in the Ashes squad next year.
Essex must be upset. They will have signed him thinking his test days were over and now he could be in the Ashes squad next Summer.
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Old 25th September 2018, 00:07   #4
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Essex must be upset. They will have signed him thinking his test days were over and now he could be in the Ashes squad next Summer.
Two year contract and all. At least they'll have Cook back full time.
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I can't see Labuschagne's name without thinking of Gilchrist absolutely butchering it during the Big Bash. It looks a pretty awful squad to me.
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I can't see Labuschagne's name without thinking of Gilchrist absolutely butchering it during the Big Bash. It looks a pretty awful squad to me.
Batting’s terrible, bowling much worse than usual, so pretty shocking, yes, especially for the UAE, where the traditionally strong pace bowling matters less. Will need heroics from Starc and Lyon and some unexpectedly competent batting to give them a prayer, you’d think.
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Old 24th September 2018, 20:47   #7
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I can't see Labuschagne's name without thinking of Gilchrist absolutely butchering it during the Big Bash. It looks a pretty awful squad to me.
FC batting average of 28. And we thought our picks were sketchy!
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FC batting average of 28. And we thought our picks were sketchy!
Cricinfo says his average is 34 which still isn't much to write home about. I assume he actually had a half decent season, but they seem to be scraping the barrel.
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Cricinfo says his average is 34 which still isn't much to write home about. I assume he actually had a half decent season, but they seem to be scraping the barrel.
Apparently, he scored two fifties which got him noticed.
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Old 25th September 2018, 13:36   #10
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Cricinfo says his average is 34 which still isn't much to write home about. I assume he actually had a half decent season, but they seem to be scraping the barrel.
Ah I stand corrected, my quick google led me astray. The fact such a discrepancy exists says quite a lot on its own!
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This is the worst team of all time.

Go Pakistan.
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Old 24th September 2018, 23:50   #12
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Will the series be television here?
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Old 25th September 2018, 06:09   #13
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Will the series be television here?
I don't think so, Sky have SA vs Zim instead....
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Will the series be television here?
Looks like it's on one of the British-Asian channels called Prime TV.
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Looks like it's on one of the British-Asian channels called Prime TV.
Good catch, I didn't think they had the rights for UAE anymore, it should still be streamable on their website as well as on sky then.
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Old 26th September 2018, 12:28   #16
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That squad inspires confidence...

Not that it would matter much for this series as they practice that slow, looping funny type of bowling. Looking further on, move over Windies, could need to make a bit of room down there soon enough.
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Old 27th September 2018, 13:40   #17
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Langer is the dumbest bloke alive. The idiots have truly take over the asylum. What a way to regain the trust of the Australian public, first they ostracize Maxwell on the basis of inaccurate, incorrect and an ever shifting statistical basis that they don't even know how to calculate, and then implement a selection criteria based on family lineage over merit. Sound logic, reasoning and common sense no longer hold a place in Australian Cricket. We are all doomed. Go Pakistan.
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Old 28th September 2018, 16:31   #18
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It looks like they simply aren't going to pick Glen Maxwell again, for some reason. It's very strange that they asked him not to play overseas (county cricket?) earlier this year, specifically so that he could be fresh for the Aus A squad and tour to UAE...and then didn't bother picking him in either squad. Very poor form from CA, someone is having a lend of him there.

Burns is also a bit unlucky. Would be fair enough if they said he had a few problems against spin, except they have picked Khawaja. It's likely that everyone on this forum plays spin better than he does.

Looking at the team for the tour match, you could be forgiven for thinking it one of those weird touring teams where they didn't bother picking many batsmen. Except that this is our full strength batting line up, apparently lol.

Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland.
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Looking at the team for the tour match, you could be forgiven for thinking it one of those weird touring teams where they didn't bother picking many batsmen. Except that this is our full strength batting line up, apparently lol.

Tim Paine (c), Aaron Finch, Matthew Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland.
Finch, Nesser, Head, two Marsh bros. Dear god, that has to be the most aggressively mediocre team we've fielded since World Series Cricket.
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Finch, Nesser, Head, two Marsh bros. Dear god, that has to be the most aggressively mediocre team we've fielded since World Series Cricket.
And yet they're doing surprisingly well against Pakistan A. Bowled them out for 278 with Lyon taking 8, now 291-2 with both the Marsh brothers on the verge of tons. Mind you, everything does seem to be happening in slow motion - can they kick on after lunch and set up a big lead to win it?
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