Australia’s batting lineup for first Test

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    Oh the joy of cricket season! Nothing’s more Australian to me than seeing our cricketers battle the rest of the world in our own backyard, and this year we come up again the best.

    South Africa will be a massive challenge, but for us to compete we need to find out who our best seven are first. I haven’t included the four bowlers yet as I’m undecided on who should play.

    This is a team based on who I think will make up the best equipped team to win:

    1. David Warner
    Has been the find of the past 12 months. Started his Test career with two centuries last summer, scoring 123 against New Zealand in Hobart, and a sparkling 180 against a hapless India in Perth. What has impressed everyone is his endeavour in the field and his part time leg spinners.

    One area of his game he can work on is his ability to be the cornerstone of the innings. Sometimes he gets carried away trying to bludgeon an attack. Sometimes less is more, David.

    2. Phillip Hughes
    I have picked Hughes over Cowan because Hughes is seven years younger than Cowan, giving him more time to build a successful career. Furthermore, Hughes has shown he has the ability to score big hundreds, whereas even though Cowan has been consistent at getting starts, his highest score is 74 – not good enough for someone who replaced Hughes and has now played eight or nine Tests.

    Hughes has also proven himself against South Africa, and with his recent change to South Australia, he seems rejuvenated and ready to become the batsman we need him to be.

    3. Michael Clarke
    Our Test skipper is in first drop simply because I believe he needs to take more responsibility for the team. He has led well since taking over after the Ashes, leading a team in transition to wins over South Africa, India and West Indies. His 329 against India was mind boggling and showed just how far he has come as a person and a sportsman.

    His greatest achievement as captain so far has been implementing the Argus Review. It’s helped change cricket in Australia for the better and soon we will be on top again.

    4. Shane Watson
    Arguably the glue that holds this team together, Watson has shown he is a match-winner. Anyone who has watched the Champions League recently would have seen he’s unstoppable on his day.

    I’ve put him at number four to help him be relieved of the workload of batting first and opening second change (at times). He needs to fix his conversion rates, but if he is on fire, Australia will be hard to beat.

    5. Ricky Ponting
    A legend in his own right, but lately has been an average player. He drops down another position because of his age and slowing reflexes. His lack of competition has probably saved his axing, but I’m only being harsh on him because he’s Ricky Ponting.

    Hopefully he can keep performing over this summer, and take the attack to Philander, Steyn and Morkel. The key for him is surviving the first half an hour, then he frees up and becomes the great he used to be.

    6. Michael Hussey
    The best cover driver in the game is still one of the first picked and rightly so. A true battler who seems to survive certain axings as each year progresses. Like Ponting, he is on borrowed time, but on his day he can be the most dangerous link in our line-up.

    Susceptible to balls pitched just outside off stump, can push at the ball and needs to rectify his technique soon. His work with the lower order cannot be underestimated, and he provides the anchorman role for so many games (think 2011 Sydney Test v Pakistan).

    7. Matthew Wade
    Wade sneaks in front of Haddin because he has shown he is the future. He has all the attributes of a wicketkeeper and can bat very well. Does his job with minimum fuss and seems to have the temperament to handle top line cricket.

    These choices will not be everyone’s cup of tea. So any improvements, Roarers?

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    • Roar Guru

      October 22nd 2012 @ 9:38am
      TheGenuineTailender said | October 22nd 2012 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      I think you’ve given Clarke a little too much credit for ‘implementing the argus review’. I see Hughes as a better option in the future. Cowan would still be my pick in the meantime though. Hughes and Warner as an opening pair is a recipe for disaster. Sure, if they both have their day then we’ll dominate, but on the flip side, a seaming November Gabba, the best fast-bowling attack in the world, and this pair, is surely going to end in tears. Cowan has the desire to dig in, see off the tough conditions and scrap his way to runs, where as Warner and Hughes will both look to attack and dominate, something you can’t always do.

      I don’t see Clarke as a number 3. I think he’s better suited to getting Australia out of trouble when we’ve lost some early wickets or, on the converse side, capitalising on a good start and driving the opposition into the ground when a solid platform has already been laid.

      As much as I love Hussey, a few lean innings will surely be his, and Ponting’s undoing, which could be for the best. If they falter earlier rather than later, a greater opportunity for younger guys to gain experience heading into back-to-back ashes presents itself. Having two young batsmen coming in to a baptism of fire would be the worst possible outcome for Australia.

      The bowlers will pick themselves. Hilf and Siddle are no-brainers. The other three young guys–Pattinson, Starc and Cummins–will likely play one test each and the incumbent spinner, Lyon, should retain his spot easily.

    • October 22nd 2012 @ 10:13am
      Dan said | October 22nd 2012 @ 10:13am | ! Report

      I like this line up, except i’d stick with Cowan over Hughes for the moment, love Clarke at 3 and Ponting at 5 i think its a much better fit.
      On the bowler front i’d play Siddle Hilfy and Pattinson as they did a super job last sumer and deserve their spots. I would also play Nathan Lyon in the first test, the bounce at the Gabba will suit him.

    • October 22nd 2012 @ 10:50am
      jameswm said | October 22nd 2012 @ 10:50am | ! Report

      Several problems with this lineup.

      1. Clarke shouldn’t bat at 3, he’s better at 4 or 5

      2. You can’t have two flashy young openers together. It’s a recipe for disaster. I’m not a huge fan of Cowan, but you can’t parner Warner and Hughes yet.

      3. Watto has to bat at 5 or 6, so he gets a proper rest after his bowling (might not be that much of a rest with those two opening though). Why have Hussey and Ponting, playing as specialist bats, behind him?

      The only parts I agree with are Warner at 1 and Wade at 7, though Warner could develop into a 6 (struggles in green conditions) and Paine might be a better bet as keeper – he’s smart, tough, level head etc.

    • October 22nd 2012 @ 11:16am
      Pope Paul VII said | October 22nd 2012 @ 11:16am | ! Report

      Though I think the selector’s will go with the incumbent top 7, an alternate pair of Warner/Hughes doesn’t bother me. Old Haydos and Clanger used to go the tonk as a matter of course.

      The only way to remove the holy trinity from 4,5,6 would be at gunpoint.

      The Argus Report is a pile of crap by a business magnate. Australia in recent times have been defeated by superior fast bowling in the main, not by poor player management. And to reiterate, coach and captain on selection panel is a recipe for disaster because they are too close to the players to be objective.

      • October 22nd 2012 @ 1:01pm
        Disco said | October 22nd 2012 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

        Hear hear.

      • October 22nd 2012 @ 1:41pm
        jameswm said | October 22nd 2012 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

        Haydos and Langer went the tonk from the first ball in a strong team after they had established test careers.

        • October 22nd 2012 @ 2:14pm
          Pope Paul VII said | October 22nd 2012 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

          Fair enough. I’m not opposed in principle then.

    • October 22nd 2012 @ 12:04pm
      josh said | October 22nd 2012 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

      Watson should open, with Warner. Manage his bowling not his batting. Australia is in really trouble if Watson needs to bowl more the 15 overs in a test.

      Pick 4 bowlers, with Watson as the backup.

    • October 22nd 2012 @ 12:40pm
      Cave Dweller said | October 22nd 2012 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

      I have watched the Champions league and he was nowhere in pressure situations. In fact he got slaughtered. Good T20 player but it changes to batting for your team first rather than for yourself as 1 man can not win a game so easily for his team with a quick 80 or so. Neither will smashing 100 of 60 balls help you when you need to bat whole day. Just ask England and Kevin Pietersen.

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