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    One of the good things Darren Lehman has changed about the Australian cricket team is we are sticking with our choices and not rotating the team around. However, not everyone in the team is playing well.

    The bowling performances have been fantastic but the only performers in the top six are David Warner and Michael Clarke.

    We should stick with George Bailey for a little longer because he is new to the side and is just settling in.

    Steve Smith should also be persevered with because he is a promising young player who has shown signs of his talent. He can also field brilliantly and could be a valuable bowler in the future as well.

    If we stick with Smith he will develop into a great player.

    This leaves two players, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers.

    Rogers should play out the Ashes and the tour of South Africa and then retire and give a promising young player (at the moment probably Jordan Silk, with Nic Maddinson close behind) an easy platform into Test cricket against India.

    He has done a great job of filling a spot, leaving these young players time to develop.

    This leaves Watson, who should be replaced by Phil Hughes in South Africa.

    Hughes has played brilliantly over the season of Sheffield Shield, recently hitting another century, his third for the season.

    Hughes is in great form, is a great player of pace and South Africa feature the best pace arsenal in the world.

    I hope Watson proves me wrong and plays brilliantly for the rest of the series, but if he doesn’t Hughes should get yet another chance.

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    • December 13th 2013 @ 6:12am
      Frankie Hughes said | December 13th 2013 @ 6:12am | ! Report

      Phillip Hughes needs to sustain his current Sheffield Shield form for the rest of the season.

      Then maybe he’s a contender for a place on the plane to South Africa.

      In Phil’s favour, he’s got 2 hundreds and 2 fifties in South Africa in 5 previous Tests

    • December 13th 2013 @ 7:31am
      Mike said | December 13th 2013 @ 7:31am | ! Report

      Watson has all the talent but is mentally fragile. Hughes is knocking on the door as loud as he possibly can.

      I think Watson has been hampered by his all rounder status his whole career. It was only last summer he broke down bowling and said “I’m looking at not bowling any more.” Then the media pointed out that he didn’t warrant selection on batting form alone. He got worried and picked up the ball again.

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      December 13th 2013 @ 7:47am
      Morgan Popham said | December 13th 2013 @ 7:47am | ! Report

      An easy intro against India? 4-0 a few months ago ring any bells? Granted in Aussie is a different scenario but come on.

      I’d go with Hughes over Watson aswell. No doubt Watson will score a hundred in a dead rubber again to keep his place.

      • December 13th 2013 @ 8:12am
        Aggregated drupe said | December 13th 2013 @ 8:12am | ! Report

        An entry against India in Australia where they typically struggle on pitches we are used to facing horrible pace bowlers and pitches with little spin is a much easier entry than South Africa with the best bowling attack in the world on their own pitches.

    • December 13th 2013 @ 8:11am
      Freddy from Bondi said | December 13th 2013 @ 8:11am | ! Report

      I’d replace Rogers with Hughes after the Ashes. Love him or hate him Hughes has by far the best record of any of the aspiring Sheld batsmen….his numbers are too good to ignore. I genuinely believe that if we stick with him next time around he will be a 100+ test player.

      If Watson doesn’t contribute in South Africa then he is gone….replaced by Doolan.

      Smith in my mind is just not up to it as a test batsmen or bowler.

      2014->16 XI:

      Haddin / Carters
      Harris (if he is still capable) / Pattinson

      • December 13th 2013 @ 8:20am
        Aggregated drupe said | December 13th 2013 @ 8:20am | ! Report

        Smith still has a better first class average than Doolan or Maddinson. Also I’d wait for Cummins to prove himself in the Shield before chucking him into tests.
        My team:

        • December 13th 2013 @ 8:28am
          Aggregated drupe said | December 13th 2013 @ 8:28am | ! Report

          Clarke for Maddinson if he’s back is still okay

      • December 13th 2013 @ 9:44pm
        Gav said | December 13th 2013 @ 9:44pm | ! Report

        Freddy, Hughes for Rogers at the end of this summer is a big yes.
        Doolan for Watson, also a big yes
        As for the others, well I think Smiths efforts today may have changed things for the long term.
        Haddin also
        And the bowlers….may well be based on fitness!

      • December 18th 2013 @ 2:10pm
        Jake said | December 18th 2013 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

        Terrible team, Freddy!

    • December 13th 2013 @ 8:16am
      AlanKC said | December 13th 2013 @ 8:16am | ! Report

      I’d keep Watson in the side until Bailey either proves he’s got the ability to bat at 6 or proves he hasn’t.

      If Bailey can’t, then I’d put Watson at 6 and bring in a genuine top order batsman at #3 whether that’s Hughes or Doolan or someone else.

      • December 14th 2013 @ 7:38am
        bill monaghan said | December 14th 2013 @ 7:38am | ! Report

        You have got it exactly right. ..but do it is all right for experts to say stick with the team without changes but for how long do you continue making the same mistake before you rectify the problem..for the next test select Hughes at No.3 and replace Bailey with Watson at No.6

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      December 13th 2013 @ 8:32am
      Morgan Popham said | December 13th 2013 @ 8:32am | ! Report

      Hughes and Warner opening is a pretty hit or miss partnership its going to be rocks or diamonds, both are similar attacking loose players. Warner needs a more solid steady partner.

      • December 13th 2013 @ 8:48am
        Aggregated drupe said | December 13th 2013 @ 8:48am | ! Report

        Yeah that’s why I put Silk opener and Hughes third.

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