Sigh. So the selectors went and reappointed Phil Hughes who has shown he has neither technique nor temperament to play Test cricket. Hughes and Warner cannot be in the same team. It doesn’t work. It would be an accident waiting to happen. But, as our old Head of School stated, Don’t come to me with a problem, come with a solution. Well here it is.
Cowan & Watson.
One is an accumulator the other an accelerator. Left and right handed. One with the focus on scoring, the other on staying around. A combination that can attack or defend.
3. We need to build for the future and this is the most vital of the batting positions. I suggest we anoint Usman Khawaja and give him time to develop. Assure him of three series and tell him to settle in, the same way that Steve Waugh was afforded time to develop. He has technique, quietly ticks over the score, can defend (hello Phil Hughes) and would be a foil for either opener once there was a dismissal.
4.Dave Warner. Accelerator. Interesting choice I know for no 4 but it means he can play his natural game and still have enough time to settle in. He is left handed, pushes the score and once the initial need to defend has gone, can punish.
5. Clarke. Accumulator. Prefers no 5 so why put him up the order. Top of his game
6 Hussey to tie top and bottom order together. Accumulator
7. Wade/Haddin. Crash bash or hang around
There are 7 pace bowlers vying for 3 positions. Rotate depending on form and fitness with the aim of getting Pattison, Cummins and Starc on the park together in future. But for now Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Mitch Johnson (ha) and maybe even Ryan Harris will all be in the mix. We need to settle or manage.
11. Lyon has done enough. Good batter, fielder and decent bloke
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