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Old 21st February 2017, 08:20   #101
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The fact Khawaja and Renshaw are battling each other for a batting spot seems ludicrous to me. That said, I didn't realise that SMarsh actually has a decent test record. Just assumed he averaged about 30 because I cant remember him ever actually doing well. But still, picking him over two of your more impressive recent performers is just weird, based on the strength of one warm up game and a perceived ability to play spin. As for Mitch, well. You might be able to leave out batsmen averaging 40, but we have plenty of good all-rounders. Beween us we'd have a great side. Surely two seamers will be enough, given the fact Mitch is crap, especially compared to the other two. Or, if they want an extra bowler, Starc and O'Keefe can both bat well and Hazlewood and Lyon are no mugs. Why not go for someone who can actually bowl?
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Old 21st February 2017, 12:50   #102
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History shows that Australia's strength in India has always been pace. Gillespie and McGrath (whom Hazelwood bares a resemblance to in bowling style) both took 33 wickets @21 in India. Mitchell Starc took 25 wickets @15 in similar conditions in Sri Lanka, with pace and late movement through the air all but making spin friendly pitch conditions irrelevant. You have to go as far back as Richie Benaud to find an Australian spin bowler who has had series defining success in India. Glad to give you a lesson in cricket history.
Glad to receive it. Since the days of Gillespie and McGrath (last test tour to India 2004--05), Australia have played three away test series against India:

2008--09, 4 tests, scoreline 2--0 to India,
Australian seamers took 37 wickets, Australian spinners 20.

2010--11, 2 tests, scoreline 2--0 to India,
Australian seamers took 23 wickets, Australian spinners 8.

2012--13, 4 tests, scoreline 4--0 to India,
Australian seamers took 22 wickets, Australian spinners 27.

Whether any Australian bowler will manage to have "series defining success in India" this time around remains to be seen. Personally I doubt it.
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Old 21st February 2017, 17:42   #103
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Glad to receive it. Since the days of Gillespie and McGrath (last test tour to India 2004--05), Australia have played three away test series against India:

2008--09, 4 tests, scoreline 2--0 to India,
Australian seamers took 37 wickets, Australian spinners 20.

2010--11, 2 tests, scoreline 2--0 to India,
Australian seamers took 23 wickets, Australian spinners 8.

2012--13, 4 tests, scoreline 4--0 to India,
Australian seamers took 22 wickets, Australian spinners 27.

Whether any Australian bowler will manage to have "series defining success in India" this time around remains to be seen. Personally I doubt it.
You could've also pointed out that taking 25 wickets @15 wasn't enough for Starc to stop the Aussies losing 3-0 in Sri Lanka this year. In fact the only game the Aussies have won in the sub continent in about a decade was after Nathan Lyon took a five-fer on debut.
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Old 21st February 2017, 19:31   #104
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What were the average runs per wicket for the types of bowlers?

Can't believe both Marshs will play. Mitchell isn't in the same town as being a test number 6 batsman.
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Old 21st February 2017, 19:47   #105
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I could actually some of the upper order Aussies score some runs but it could get a bit brutal from about 5 in the order down to be honest.
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Old 21st February 2017, 20:25   #106
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I could actually some of the upper order Aussies score some runs but it could get a bit brutal from about 5 in the order down to be honest.
They scored runs the last time round. But like England just gone, they couldn't restrict the hosts batting due to their attack being somewhat toothless in the conditions.
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Old 22nd February 2017, 08:10   #107
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You could've also pointed out that taking 25 wickets @15 wasn't enough for Starc to stop the Aussies losing 3-0 in Sri Lanka this year. In fact the only game the Aussies have won in the sub continent in about a decade was after Nathan Lyon took a five-fer on debut.

Not Mitchell Starc's fault that his batsman couldn't put up defendable totals, and the supporting spinners were abysmal. More often than not they would be stats that would guarantee a MOS and Aus's best chance in India is if he repeats that sort of performance. If you doubt otherwise, you're delusional.
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Old 22nd February 2017, 08:15   #108
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They scored runs the last time round. But like England just gone, they couldn't restrict the hosts batting due to their attack being somewhat toothless in the conditions.
Do you even watch cricket? Australia's highest total across 8 innings was 408 last time round. 5 times we failed to achieve above 250. Michael Clarke was the only batsman to score a century, and Peter Siddle top scored in both innings of the last test. Please stop peddling fake news.
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Old 22nd February 2017, 08:20   #109
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Can't believe both Marshs will play. Mitchell isn't in the same town as being a test number 6 batsman.
More alarming is that Matthew Wade isn't one of the 6 best keepers in the country, arguably not the best keeper in the squad, hasn't made a FC in two years, and has suddenly become undroppable in a series where he will be keeping against 50 overs of spin a day against the world's best batsman.

If a mercy killing has ever been more warranted i'm yet to hear about it.
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Old 22nd February 2017, 16:21   #110
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Watching the meltdown when Wade shells chances is going to be excellent.
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Is Glenn Maxwell going to bat at 3 this time?
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More alarming is that Matthew Wade isn't one of the 6 best keepers in the country, arguably not the best keeper in the squad, hasn't made a FC in two years, and has suddenly become undroppable in a series where he will be keeping against 50 overs of spin a day against the world's best batsman.

If a mercy killing has ever been more warranted i'm yet to hear about it.
I don't know much about the quality of Aussie keeping but from what I have seen of Wade, he makes Bairstow jnr. look like Alan Knott. Can I have an uncensored version from Rodney Marsh please? I would pay good money.
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More alarming is that Matthew Wade isn't one of the 6 best keepers in the country, arguably not the best keeper in the squad, hasn't made a FC in two years, and has suddenly become undroppable in a series where he will be keeping against 50 overs of spin a day against the world's best batsman.

If a mercy killing has ever been more warranted i'm yet to hear about it.
Does FC stand for "****ing catch" in this context?
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Does FC stand for "****ing catch" in this context?
He's actually a good wicketkeeper you know. Think he's gonna prove a lot of people wrong on this tour.
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He's actually a good wicketkeeper you know. Think he's gonna prove a lot of people wrong on this tour.
Now are you on drugs or his Dad?
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Despite some glaring selection errors, I can't really fault Australia's preparation and attitude going into this tour. Players seem to be gravely aware of the mountain they'll have to climb just to challenge this Indian team and have kept their mouths shut and feet on the ground. I'd would get a perverse thrill if Matthew Wade decides to sledge Kohli and the resulting carnage though.
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Now are you on drugs or his Dad?
Neither. Just someone who likes to back talent over dependability. It's why I've been bankrupt only seven times
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Matthew Wade, to keeping what Shiv Chanderpaul was to batting as an art form.
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Matthew Wade, to keeping what Shiv Chanderpaul was to batting as an art form.
Did Shiv kill your entire family or something? Even if you didn't enjoy his crabby crabness at least Chanderpaul was effective. Certainly doesn't warrant comparison to Wade who is seemingly selected on his ability to be 'chirpy' behind the stumps.

I'm going to keep a running score of runs for/against for Wade this series. Essentially his score with the bat minus the runs conceded with his 4th grade keeping errors. I imagine he'll come out with an average of 80 against.
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Pune pitch looking like a day 8 pitch.
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