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Old Today, 01:47   #1461
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My Starting XI for the first test against India with an eye to choosing the best batsman in shield on merit, and discarding the batting all-rounder since all of Starc, Cummins & Pattinson average the same or more at test level as Mmarsh anyway, time to drain the (sons of) swampy!

1. Renshaw
2. Finch
3. Pucovski (FC ave 52)
4. Lehmann (FC ave 40)
5. Maxwell (FC ave 40)
6. Pattinson (as the nominal 'all-rounder')
7. Paine (C)
8. Cummins (VC)
9. Starc
10. Lyon
11. Hazelwood

12th Man; Chris Tremain.

Of course, this will never happen in a zillion years.
You jest of course over Pattinson at #6.. His body will likely rule him out of ever playing top level red ball cricket again.

Maxwell needs a hot start to the Shield. I may gamble on Pucovski but later in the series and not at#3. I know he bats there for the Vics. If you want a new leftie I would opt for Weatherald not Lehmann.

Mitch Marsh will remain in the team for India.. but my next cab off the rank for the so called all rounder spot is Jack Wildermuth. Hazlewood already has the deputy badge.
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I hope Smith and Warner play the Ashes* because that should be a better contest. I'm disappointed they aren't available for the India series. I think cricket is the loser here.


*I reserve the right to reverse that when they start beating England
Three years ago, I expressed the hope that I'd see Smith make a century at Lord's. When he carried on past 200 the next day, I reminded myself to be careful what I wished for.
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You jest of course over Pattinson at #6.. His body will likely rule him out of ever playing top level red ball cricket again.

Maxwell needs a hot start to the Shield. I may gamble on Pucovski but later in the series and not at#3. I know he bats there for the Vics. If you want a new leftie I would opt for Weatherald not Lehmann.

Mitch Marsh will remain in the team for India.. but my next cab off the rank for the so called all rounder spot is Jack Wildermuth. Hazlewood already has the deputy badge.
Yes, I said the likelihood of the team I proposed getting selected is impossible.

Weatherald averages 34 at FC level, I know the bar is set low, but we shouldn't accept just picking anyone who averages in the low 30s based on 'gut instinct' or 'feels' like Langer has done. Average at least in the mid / high 30s+ then we'll start talking. FC statistic must start accounting for something. We wouldn't select a bowler to open the bowling with a FC average of 40 because of 'gut' feel, batsman should be no different. The rumour that Renshaw wasn't selected because Langer thinks he's 'too cheeky in the changeroom' is really a dangerous precedent, when you're selecting blokes on their character traits and relationship with the coach ahead of playing ability.

Stoinis's name keeps getting thown up for that all-rounders position. His stats as an all-rounder are pretty mediocre, and I think at age 29 he's not going to make a sudden leap when he enters the test arena. That said, at least watching him fail would be a change from MMarsh doing it all the time.
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