My 17-man Australian squad for Indian tour

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    Over the past few weeks I have looked over the Australian squad for the upcoming series against India at least a dozen times and have found myself disagreeing with the selector’s decisions.

    Now I realize the squad I’m about to name is controversial and most people would probably disagree with it, but I honestly believe these 17 men would give Australia the best chance at winning the upcoming series.

    My Squad: Dave Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke, Usman Khawaja, Shane Watson, Matt Wade, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Adam Voges, Nathan Hauritz, Moses Henriques, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird.

    Now to explain my inclusions.

    First off, I’ve included Nathan Hauritz over Xavier Doherty. I realise Hauritz is a right arm offie just like Lyon, but I rate Hauritz miles ahead of Doherty in the Test arena.

    I wouldn’t want to play a second rate spinner just because he bowls with a different arm.

    Bailey, Hadden and Voges have all been included into the squad because they are above average players of spin and have shown that they have the right temperament to succeed in India.

    I wouldn’t include any of these three in the starting XI straight away. They’re are mainly in the squad in case Cowan fails in the first few Tests and we have to move Watson back into the opening position.

    Now to explain why I’ve left out Glenn Maxwell, Mitch Johnson, Xavier Doherty and Steve Smith.

    Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith can both be put into the same category of not being good enough with the bat or the ball to really perform against India.

    I personally don’t rate Maxwell as a batsman and his offspin is more likely to get smashed around the ground than take wickets.

    Smith is handy with the bat, but isn’t quite there yet and the fact that he has pretty much shelved his legspin bowling goes against him.

    I’ve already gone into some detail why I would leave Xavier Doherty at home but to reiterate, ‘X’ is not a good bowler in the longer form.

    He’s fantastic in the short stuff, particularly ODIs but I just don’t believe he is cut out for the Test team when we could be playing Hauritz who has shown he is capable at Test level.

    In Mitchell Johnson’s case, he’s just unlucky.

    He would be in my Australian squad for every tour except this one due to the emphasis on spin and because Siddle and Pattinson seem like they will be the most likely Australian pace bowlers to take wickets.

    Johnson can be hit and miss at the best of times and we don’t need him to be a passenger during a Test in India.

    With the initial squad selected, I would go into the first Test on the 22nd of February in Chennai with a team like this: Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Watson, Khawaja, Wade, Siddle, Pattinson, Hauritz and Lyon.

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    • February 15th 2013 @ 3:07am
      Jake said | February 15th 2013 @ 3:07am | ! Report

      “Now I realize the squad I’m about to name is controversial and most people would probably disagree with it”.

      Hardly controversial selections.

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        February 15th 2013 @ 7:24am
        Brandon Marlow said | February 15th 2013 @ 7:24am | ! Report

        Considering I’ve seen next to nobody mention Haddin, Voges or Hauritz should be included in the squad I’d say it’s at least a bit controversial. Not to mention I left the flavor of the month, Glenn Maxwell, out of the side when everybody (Including the national selectors) seem to be high on him.

        • February 16th 2013 @ 2:19am
          AndyMack said | February 16th 2013 @ 2:19am | ! Report

          only a couple of selectors are keen on maxwell (and the mumbai ipl team….)

        • February 16th 2013 @ 2:21am
          AndyMack said | February 16th 2013 @ 2:21am | ! Report

          btw, would you have picked Voges if he hadnt just made 100 in the recent odi???

          and i like Voges, but just find it funny how people jump onto the last innings and pick their teams as such.

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      February 15th 2013 @ 6:21am
      The_Big_Big_Show said | February 15th 2013 @ 6:21am | ! Report

      It’s not very radical. Take a risk. Check my article out later today on selecting a cricket team. That’s fantasy.

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        February 15th 2013 @ 7:26am
        Brandon Marlow said | February 15th 2013 @ 7:26am | ! Report

        I’m not looking to make a fantasy cricket team, though. I was picking what I believed was the best 17 man squad out of the available players and I have only made 4 changes because the selectors have got things mostly right. Sure, if Pat Cummins was fit I’d put him in the squad, but I’m going for a bit of realism.

    • February 15th 2013 @ 8:34am
      Varun said | February 15th 2013 @ 8:34am | ! Report

      I like that khawaja is at 6, and also think hauritz is better then mr.x, also most folks will
      Agree that Maxwell shouldn’t be there

      • February 15th 2013 @ 12:18pm
        Dean Woodward said | February 15th 2013 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

        Yes agree 100%

    • February 15th 2013 @ 1:28pm
      sittingbison said | February 15th 2013 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

      Good effort Brandon.

      I would leave Haddin behind, he is done and dusted. Given Wade is a batting keeper, select the best gloveman in case Wades keeping is the problem so its possibly Hartley (sic).

      Adam Voges is a mature experienced solid batsman, almost identical to Bailey. I don’t have a problem with either, but would probably select one of the two and include a future prospect such as Burns.

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        February 15th 2013 @ 7:25pm
        Brandon Marlow said | February 15th 2013 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

        I’d only bring Haddin as a back-up batsman and to remind Wade that he needs to keep working on his keeping and that if he neglects it and slacks off there are others waiting in the wings ready to pounce on his position.

        • February 16th 2013 @ 2:20am
          AndyMack said | February 16th 2013 @ 2:20am | ! Report

          yes, because as a top line international sportsmen, he wouldnt know that he has to work hard to keep his spot…..

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            February 18th 2013 @ 4:54pm
            Brandon Marlow said | February 18th 2013 @ 4:54pm | ! Report

            People get complacent when they become a “walk up starter”. Look at the Hawthorn team in 2010. A whole bunch of players were getting complacent and they were dropped to show that they need to stay hungry. Not taking a second keeper on tour just shows that Wade will play all 4 tests, no questions asked.

    • February 17th 2013 @ 6:45pm
      Daz said | February 17th 2013 @ 6:45pm | ! Report

      Good team Brandon, but I would go with 3 pace men as they are our strength at the moment. so for 1st test considering you don’t have Johnson, top 7 + Siddle, Bird, Starc, Lyon and not Pattinson only because he is returning from injury but don’t know who I would leave out for him at the moment. Wade is a determined and improving cricketer and should be given time.

    • March 1st 2013 @ 2:01am
      Mitcell said | March 1st 2013 @ 2:01am | ! Report

      There should have to mitchell johnson in 2nd test

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