I think you need to look at how guys are getting out rather than how many they're averaging.
Guys like Hayden, Martyn and Langer were batting against might West Indies, Pakistan and Sth African attacks in their early tests. I don't think these guys have faced anything like that.
They also had the pressure of knowing that a lot of the time they were simply filling in for a Waugh or Taylor or Boon for a short period of time.
Having said that I think Warner's record is fine. He has a lot of talent and is starting to modify his game. A bit more work is required but I wouldn't be surprised to see him finish with an average over 45.
Smith on the other hand looks out of his depth. He is also talented and will probably improve but I just can't see how he is rated in the top 6 bats in the country.
Bailey is now averaging 30 in tests which is about right so I wouldn't be getting too excited about his performance.
Should have been out for 10. Irresponsible shot late in the day for someone who was supposed to bring composure and leadership to the team. Good knock in between.
I thought England were in front at stumps but that has swung back Australia's way.
Smith is out of his depth. He'll get the odd 50 or 70 and maybe crack a hundred eventually but there will be too much dross like his dismissal yesterday in between. Suggestions that he got a jaffa are laughable. His footwork looked like a cross eyed elephant trying to boot scoot and the face of his bat was at 45 degrees to the bowler.
Too many starts and not enough conversions...what if Cook, Pietersen, Bell get starts on this wicket?
I agree. I've heard a lot of support for smith that he got a jaffa but it was a terrible shot.
His feet barely move and the movement they did make tangled themselves up.
The face of his bat was at 45 degrees to the bowler.
I thought it was very poor. If Smith's a genuine test number 5 and in the best 6 bats in the country I'm a monkeys uncle.