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Old 16th December 2010, 21:11   #41
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Anderson didn't have too bad a start in test cricket. 2 5 wicket hauls in his first year.
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Old 17th December 2010, 21:39   #42
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Anderson didn't have too bad a start in test cricket. 2 5 wicket hauls in his first year.
He made his debut against Zimbabwe.
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Old 17th December 2010, 22:07   #43
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Old 18th December 2010, 11:20   #44
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He made his debut against Zimbabwe.
But he didn't take both of his five wicket hauls against Zimbabwe. Steven Finn played his first 4 tests against Bangladesh and then the next 4 against a very weak Pakistan team but I haven't noticed anyone downgrading his efforts in his first year of test cricket.
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Old 18th December 2010, 11:23   #45
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But he didn't take both of his five wicket hauls against Zimbabwe. Steven Finn played his first 4 tests against Bangladesh and then the next 4 against a very weak Pakistan team but I haven't noticed anyone downgrading his efforts in his first year of test cricket.
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As impressive as that is it seems pretty hollow. In the future I believe Finn will be all the better for his earlier exposure to test match cricket, however, I feel his returns have flattered him this year.
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Old 18th December 2010, 11:24   #46
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Old 18th December 2010, 11:35   #47
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You have to wonder what might have happened had Hussey not scored that 100 prior to the Ashes and been dropped...
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Old 18th December 2010, 11:36   #48
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Khawaja would've won the Ashes for Australia with back to back double tons.
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Old 18th December 2010, 11:48   #49
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Hussey and Haddin have been Australia's best batsmen this series. You've got to think Mike's brother would have done better than Clarke and Ponting, likewise Brad Hodge. Hughes is widely considered to be their best young batsman.

Harris and Hilfenhaus seem pretty decent seamers, Hauritz is clearly Australia's best spinner if you insist in playing one (although the last two times they've beaten England they've had a 4 man pace attack).

That's only a few players away from being a complete side. There are a couple of young players coming through who may be worth a look at: who was that young Victorian opening bat who scored a hundred in the tour match? There's also a young all-rounder at NSW, John Hastings who may fit in nicely to this team, and if you want a more experienced all-round option there's James Hopes.
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The Lardmaster, Mark Cosgrove just scored a ton as an opener, food for thought given how poor form Hughes is in.
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The Lardmaster, Mark Cosgrove just scored a ton as an opener, food for thought given how poor form Hughes is in.
I think they'll stick with Hughes for the rest of the series.
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That Australia has done well at the now rather unique WACA doesn't mask problems in their upper order and problems at more regular venues. Johnson has revelled with the use of 'Doctor' and the extra bounce that this venue generates as well as the fact he has performed so well their previously. Harris has bowled very well, it's nice to know someone with that surname can be a decent test match bowler and Hilfenhaus has bowled very well without much luck. Siddle was very lucky to get Prior last innings but he has aggression and pace. Hilfenhaus is the most likely consistent success going forward, that is because he is younger than Johnson and Harris and he is one who a captain can rely onto not bowl dross.
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Old 19th December 2010, 16:48   #53
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Hauritz - defiantly - has just made another 100.
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Hauritz - defiantly - has just made another 100.
Maddinson, the 18 year old opener who also made a ton in that innings, is meant to be pretty big news.

Presumably Melbourne will be a slower wicket and help the spinners more. Which will make it an interesting call for Australia as to whether they go with the four quicks + Watson again or bring in Beer. With Harris bowling well they could probably do without Siddle, although I suspect they won't. Probably won't have as big an impact as the same call did at the Oval in 09, either.
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Australia will field the same side at Melbourne then they will have to bring in a spinner for Sydney. As thats Hauritz's home ground, it could be him.
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Hauritz - defiantly - has just made another 100.
For Sydney? It would be odd to select Beer than replace him before he even gets a game!
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Old 20th December 2010, 05:18   #57
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Australia will field the same side at Melbourne then they will have to bring in a spinner for Sydney. As thats Hauritz's home ground, it could be him.
Yep Punter in the local press is fairly sure they will pick the same team there. It won't be as quick as over here but it will depend on how the English upper order recover from this game.
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For Sydney? It would be odd to select Beer than replace him before he even gets a game!
Who says he need to replace Beer? With 2 tons he would be a good replacement for Clark or Smith.
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Old 26th December 2010, 09:29   #59
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Who says he need to replace Beer? With 2 tons he would be a good replacement for Clark or Smith.
The selection of Smith looks a shocker and the non selection of Hauritz seems even more ridiculous. The Channel 9 team were comparing this matches selection with Oval 2009, especially Warne.
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Only because Warne had been trumpeting how the momentum was with Aus, and they were going to win. The selection or not of a spinner seems a sideshow after today.
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