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No bigger fan of the Aussie cricket team in the world than me !!

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If Smith and Warner are back , Harris Burns Patterson and Head should be the other 4 batsmen

Unfortunately Khawaja misses out but thats the correct decision imo currently

Renshaw and Patterson playing for Ashes spots in Sheffield Shield

Would make only 1 change to that 11 Chris (which I feel will come as it is by the 3rd Test)

Warner
Harris
Burns
Smith
Head
Patterson
Paine
Cummins
Starc
Lyon
Hazlewood / Richardson

Think the 4 to 8 in Smith , Head , Patterson , Paine and Cummins look much much better than the teams of recent past to absorb the shocks of early wickets and rebuild the innings

Four frantic rounds to book your ticket to England

Is there a chance to change the squad now ? If Renshaw is going to bat middle order we might as well play a proper middle-order batter in Patterson

Patterson ton versus Sri Lanka upstages Test rivals

My ideal batting group though

Warner
Harris
Burns
Smith
Patterson
Head
Labuschagne

Pick them and give them 10 tests

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

Look at the batting pool

Warner , Khawaja, Harris , Head , SMarsh , Renshaw

Smith , Burns , Labuschagne , Handscomb , Maxwell

First 6 lefties , next 5 righties .. if you have to pick 8 batsmen( there is no all-rounder currently in Australia) – i would leave out Marsh and Renshaw 🙁 from the lefties and Handscomb from righties

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

James i think Head has also done reasonably ok given the circumstances. Marnus has looked ok in all his innings so far (except his first).One big score -100+ by any of these newcomers would have set this team on its way .. too bad that so many starts were wasted collectively

Aussie team battling internal enemies

Can be given benefit of doubt since he is only in his first season. Though his appointment as such typifies the selections and decisions of the Sutherland era. Scary when one and only one person is considered for the job overlooking others completely

Aussie team battling internal enemies

I predict that in a couple of years Khawaja would be the new Shaun Marsh – someone we will be wondering how he is keeping his spot inspite of non-performance !!! lol

Khawaja has failed Australia when they needed him most

Said this already here – https://www.theroar.com.au/2018/11/29/why-australia-needs-some-new-selectors/
Right from the end of the domination era to now , the selectors have been in bad form. Right from Hohns to Hilditch to Inverarity to Hohns again – if we can solve this 1 puzzle the team will start performing much better

Another Test selection embarrassment after Australia's Melbourne meltdown

#Flintoff05 still haunts these selectors !!

If Finch’s finger is not right , i would say go for Geoff Marsh to open with Harris. lol

Marsh in, Handscomb out of Boxing Day Test

Tremain should be the next cab in the bowling ranks surely. What speeds is he bowling this season any idea ?

It is also time for Jhye Richardson , Matthew Kelly , Gabe Bell and Biy Stanlake to feature regularly in and around the squad. Else again we will be left in a situation like there was nobody to replace McGrath , Gillespie , Lee and Warne

Where is Doggett btw ?

Mitchell Starc must be dropped for the second Test against India

Finch
Harris
Head
Khawaja
SMarsh
Handscomb
Cummins
Paine
Starc
Lyon
Haz

Batting order for me for Adelaide

India face unprecedented pressure in Australia

Anyways with the current selection of the current selectors :

Harris
Finch
Head
Khawaja
SMarsh
Handscomb
Cummins
Paine
Starc
Lyon
Hoff

will be my batting order for Adelaide

When does Chapell’s contract end ? Read somewhere Hohns is in till Feb 2020

Why Australia needs some new selectors

The overhaul will be complete with selectors and Graham Hick being given a farewell !!!

Why Australia needs some new selectors

Agree with you PJ .. pick and stick for reasonable amount of time

Why Australia needs some new selectors

The selection of Mitch Marsh shows that the ghost of Flintoff2005 still haunts the selectors.

Why Australia needs some new selectors

You have to only see the selections of Pat Cummins , Michael Clarke , Ricky Ponting to see that sometimes bold selections do work. If Puckovski was still playing and had added another 2 100s to his double ton , would the current selectors had picked him for the summer test series ? I doubt.

They are making a mess of Renshaw at the moment – had a superb second half last year and county season this year. But the selectors’ focus on his scores in the Shield matches this year has put undue pressure on him

Why Australia needs some new selectors

Agree with Clarke .. once you lose your basic characteristics you are dead

This team management seems more intent on a PR mission rather than winning.

Clarke: Australia needs to return to aggressive cricket

Good sporting pitches in Rounds 1-3 in the shield and green carpets in the crucial rounds 4 and 5 !! What a contrast

Good knocks by Patterson and Handscomb .. nothing else at all. Looking forward now to the remaining 3 innings of all 3 matches

Just thinking what happens if MMarsh or Head get less than 20 runs in the respective matches and Handscomb and Harris get big scores in second innings.. will MMarsh/Head be then dropped and both the Vics accomodated ?

Finch is struggling to be a three-format cricketer

The biggest puzzle is Lynn – we all know his talent. But at the moment seems like he can win you maybe 1 game out of 15. Is it worth the time to keep him in the side for that. He is not a great fielder , does not bowl and is not too keen on singles – are the other factors to consider

India expose Australia's pace obsession once more

He has a bag of variatons – too bad he does not have the brains to quickly judge what to bowl to which batsman

India expose Australia's pace obsession once more

Yes he bats 4 for the Redbacks anyways Tom .. and also has a reasonable record at the top of the order in ODI cricket

How Marcus Harris made himself a Test cricketer

The 5,6,7 train of Head , MMarsh , Paine scares me .. even though Head and Paine batted as if their life depended on it and earned a fantastic draw in UAE .. they cant be relied for a rescue from 4/65 like situations .

Maybe need to shuffle and not be rigid in the batting order – Harris , Finch , Head , Khawaja SMarsh , Handscomb , Paine looks much more solid to me

How Marcus Harris made himself a Test cricketer

Exactly my point as well .. we lose an attacking and quality option in that case. Then it would seem that we would need to change strategies and have someone like Agar just block up an end – not expecting wickets. Another way could be to play 4 quicks if there is no able replacement

What about Australia's Test bowling backups?

Personally think that Stanlake , Richardson , Gabe Bell , Maty Kelly and Brendan Doggett are the future and should be nurtured and groomed

What about Australia's Test bowling backups?