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What a ridiculous comment. “It’s a poor reflection of Australian batting that Steve Waugh who retired fairly early in the century is in the team” Really how is that so? Let’s take him out then. Australia’s top 7 is
Warner
Hayden
Ponting
Smith
Clarke
Hussey
Gilchrist
What a woeful batting line up lol
I seriously question whether you are Aussie with all your negativity

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

No worries with that Paul, and to be honest I think Gillespie was the better bowler. I only went for Johnson because he played his whole career this century where Gillespie didn’t. 300 wickets to 200 wickets. And as I mentioned it gives the attack a bit of variety. It’s a hairline decision but I’ve gone for Johnson by a hair.

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

Definitely keep Clarke in before Hussey as good as Hussey was. Don’t let your dislike of Clarke, Mooty get in the way of how good he was. He made some amazingly tough runs for Australia. And I’d like to know in what way was he selfish? Because he wanted to sing the song at 10 and not 12? I can’t remember Clarke ever putting himself before the team out on the field. Winning came first to him, then himself second

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

Gillespie probably only had 4 decent year this century Paul. 2000 to 2004. He was cooked by the 05 ashes. Johnson on the other hand played his whole career this century. Besides we already have Cummins in the team and in my opinion Cummins and Gillespie are virtually identical bowlers. Consistent 140 plus pace from ball one of the day to the last ball of the day. Both didn’t swing it much but relied on hitting the deck hard with unrelentingly accuracy with a bit of seam movement. Johnson gives you something real different with the fear factor.
It’s an unbelievable team. My guess is that team of the last 20 years would beat England’s best team of the last 120 years

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

For memory David Williams was the keeper for a few years and was a really good keeper. Just couldn’t bat. If you’ve got an attack of Ambrose, Walsh and Bishop I’d be going for the best catcher. I know Roger Harper wasn’t a great spinner but if he did play he might make up for Williams deficiencies with the bat. Got a feeling also that Jimmy Adams might have opened in a couple of tests. So maybe he could open and Hooper comes in and gives another off spinning option in case Harper cops some stick. Hooper was never a massive threat with the ball but bowled darts and was tough to get away.
Haynes
Adams
Richardson
Lara
Chanderpaul
Hooper
Harper
Williams
Bishop
Ambrose
Walsh
Junior Murray was the other guy who kept wickets but he could have been more early 2000’s

The best Sri Lanka Test XI of the 1980s

Don’t think you could have put it any better Paul. Unfortunately for Khawaja he loves to whine when things don’t go his way. It has happened all his career. Talented no doubt, under achiever, no doubt. Cricket Australia would have to be considering whether he’s worth the effort now.

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Fact- “BBC best ashes XI have included 5 Australians in the team” No they didn’t, they included 7

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Fact-“ BBC best ashes X1 have included 5 Australians in the team”
Actually they picked 7 Australians.
“Australians are more one eyed than the English with this” Clearly that’s your opinion, and I’d totally disagree with that.
Here is Rob Keys combined Ashes X1 a few days before the first test in Brisbane 2017. Of course Australia won the series 4-0 and most likely would have won the other one but for rain
Cook
Warner
Smith
Root (c)
Bairstow
Stokes
Butler WK
Moeen
Starc
Broad
Anderson
He gave Hazlewood an honourable mention but said he’s a poor mans Jimmy Anderson. Also had Moeen in for Lyon. Hilarious

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Good point and not sure.

Marnus in, Khawaja out as Cricket Australia announce player contracts

No doubt if they were picking the team on current form he doesn’t get picked ahead of Burns. But if he finds form prior to the Indian series with a couple of tons in the lead up shield games I know who I would be picking

Marnus in, Khawaja out as Cricket Australia announce player contracts

Just for the record, “vastly, vastly better overseas record than Hayden” Haydens overseas record, 86 innings 9 hundreds 13 50’’s at an average of 42.69, Sehwag 91 innings 10 hundreds 13 50’s at an average of 44.66. 1.97 run different average.
“There’s a lot more to a career than an average, particularly two averages separated by 1.5 runs”
I rest my case

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Khawaja and Warner are also very close mates which always helps as well

Marnus in, Khawaja out as Cricket Australia announce player contracts

Yep on the money JGK. The only thing that has me thinking, is in the documentary “the test” Langer states that he absolutely loves Khawaja as a player and he sounded very genuine

Marnus in, Khawaja out as Cricket Australia announce player contracts

I’m just calling it as it is. Your problem if that upsets you

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Great top 10 James. Only thing I would change is moving Lyon to no 3. I know he only plays the one format, but if we didn’t have him for that format, we’d be in massive strife. Hasn’t missed a test with injury since his debut

Marnus in, Khawaja out as Cricket Australia announce player contracts

You have fabricated stats, so don’t say you didn’t? “Sehwag has a better record than Hayden”
That’s what you said and that is incorrect. How often do you fabricate stats? Might keep my eye out?

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I’d agree with that regarding Khawaja still has an important role to play for Australia. The only spot available to him now though is as an opener. Personally, I don’t rate Burns so it could be a bat off in the first 3 or 4 shield games between Khawaja and Burns to see who gets the spot. What is in Khawaja’s favour is that the next 2 summers we host India and England so they will pick the best player to open. If we were playing Sri Lanka, West Indies or Pakistan over the next two years it would nearly be safe to say that he was finished

Marnus in, Khawaja out as Cricket Australia announce player contracts

Spot on Paul

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Na mate, I’ve often thought to ask you where you get your stats from. I think you make them up to suit your argument. Hayden averaged close to 51 and Sehwag a touch under 49.50. Hayden scored an outstanding 30 test centuries while Sehwag scored a very impressive 23 centuries from 1 more test played

Revealed: The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time, as voted by you

Was an outstanding innings. Was one of my favourite all time to watch Hussey

Revealed: The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time, as voted by you

I was intimidated watching in my lounge room

Revealed: The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time, as voted by you

Showing minimal ability to currently average 50 or above in test match cricket as you stated is hogwash. Only three currently do, and they are absolute jets.
I’d also like to know outside of Voges and perhaps Sehwag and Hussey, which others that you mentioned, aren’t all time greats with the bat? Perhaps the 2000,s was an era where a whole lot of great batsmen rocked up at once. A bit like when all the great fast bowlers all rocked up at once in the 80’s and early 90’s.

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Out of interest, how many players average over 50 currently with the bat with a minimum of 30 tests? Smith Kohli, and Williamson and maybe Root just slips in? Anyone else?
Interesting last comment

Revealed: The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time, as voted by you

No doubt Border and Waugh faced the better bowlers but it’s not as if Smith and Ponting have faced powder puff bowling their whole career. Philander, Morkel, Steyn, Donald, Boult, Anderson and Broad in England, and apart from 1 spell, Smith played Archer easily while he ran through the rest of our batting line up with ease.

Revealed: The Roar's greatest Ashes XI of all time, as voted by you

Up until the last series last year where Broad was excellent every test, he was pretty inconsistent throughout all the other series. You could lock him in to win a test for England with a 10 wicket haul but the other 4 tests he was pretty ordinary. I’d still probably go with Matt’s decision though and pick Broad over Anderson. Broads height and bounce was more effective in Australia

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