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Yep I think this series goes entirely against the grain for Australia this past 18 months.

I also stand by my point that other teams can capitalise on smaller grounds much better than this Australian side can. We will see!

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Think I agree with what Chris has said here @Waxy but I’m completely with you. In my eyes its a complete gamble too… but you will see from my squad I’m all in on red. But as Chris says, I also think theres a substantial chance Warner comes out with a huge chip on his shoulder and blitzes it. Will be interesting to see how it plays out anyway

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Agree with all you’ve said – perhaps except for the bit that my speculative line-up wouldn’t do better!

Also with Buttler, he has been pushed up to 4-5 in various match scenarios in the same way Aus have done with Maxwell at times – and should do more often. But I do take your point that this is rare

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

I certainly think there is some merit to this concern. That long out of the game must surely have an impact plus 2 surgeries plus the mental battle they’ll face…it does add up.. They are both so good at their best though that it is probably worth the risk imo

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Yeah I get that Chris – I’m not suggesting this side would win if the likely side don’t. I’m just saying the ability of the side to score big totals will be proven or otherwise come the WC. Again, the bowlers may dominate and Australia never need to chase over 300, funny things happen under big pressure. Just a theory that I have based on watching ODI cricket evolve since the last WC. I’d be happy to be proven wrong!

I do agree RE Finch. I think at this stage it’s a bad idea to pick him but they’ve backed themselves into a corner. On the other hand such a huge showing of faith from JL might be enough to keep confidence sufficiently high for him to bring out his best at the WC. The technical flaw remains glaring however

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Yep agree – and it will be hard to pick the right attack out of a pretty bloody strong stable. My worry is that Starc/hazelwood haven’t bowled in a while and haven’t dominated in the way they are capable of for longer. Our fast bowling stocks are great though with Behrendorf, NCN and Jhye all showing they can win games for Aus. Big fan of the resurgence of Zampa, he seems to have dealt with his selection stuff about quite well and is bowling better than before he was dropped. I’m also reassured by Lyon’s recent ODI bowling

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Yep I could well be. Pooran is a great talent he will come good I think. Russell currently injured but I believe I’ve read will be back for the WC.

We will see come the WC whether they can do it on the big stage. I think they’re a wild card though given the explosiveness of that lineup. Hope, Campbell, Bravo all capable of big things too!

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

I see what you’re saying about the different grounds argument but disagree – you’re not really saying that (as much as I like them as players) Khawaja, SMarsh, Handscomb et al can viably strike at the same rate as Hales, Roy, Bairstow and Buttler? I just don’t think that is realistic. So I think my point remains, on small English grounds, ENG, WI, IND, NZ and SA are all more likely to score 350+ more often than the side Australia are likely to pick. I could well be proven wrong and would be happy to, that is just my view on how it looks atm.

I also don’t buy the argument about their lower order providing confidence (although this is clearly subjective and only their batters would know), when their top/middle order has collapsed, their lower order has too and they’ve been shot out cheaply. Their lower order has saved them many a test in recent times but few if any ODIs. Their dominance has come purely as a result of their top/middle order firing. Much like India’s success with a much worse tail. It could certainly be in their heads but the performance of their respective tails in ODIs should give them 0 confidence imo

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Sure I think that is all reasonable and I do see it both ways. I am wary that our bowling line-up is not quite as good as the 2015 one. Remembering how heavily we relied on Starc there and he hasn’t really bowled that well since. That said, I think the attack we will choose has the ability to utterly dominate the WC, they just haven’t consistently all performed together quite yet.

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Fair points. I suspect though that on small English grounds that are incredibly flat we might actually be surprised in that regard. I do think we will see higher totals this WC than we have in the past. Also not sure WI entirely hinge on Gayle, in Hetmyer, Pooran and Lewis and Russell if all fit there is a pretty deep 6 hitting lineup.

I do disagree RE England’s depth lets them go truly huge. I’d have to double check but I don’t think their tail contributed much if anything to their 350+ truly large scores. Almost entirely top/middle order and that’s why I think we need players in our top/middle order capable of doing that

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Could well be. We will see come the WC

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

I can understand the reservation but I’ve watched pretty well every game he’s played in that’s been televised/streamed. I’m all in on him, phenomenal talent, cleaner ball striker than anyone else we have available. Can only see him going from strength to strength assuming he doesn’t get sucked into the T20 $$ vortex…

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Yep submitted just before falling asleep at 15 overs into the chase….

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Yeah unlucky timing. I think the point stands and this is an aberration, particularly if you look at our scores over the last two years. Did you see how dewy it was? Two easy missed stumpings, a nick that wasn’t given, dropped catches… it was a reasonably lucky chase but yes I’m kicking myself…

On the other hand absolutely chuffed to see Handscomb delivering, Uzzy going well and that was a sensational knock from Turner!

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad

Might just get in here early and eat half a humble pie after last nights performance. Fell asleep 15 overs into the chase. The core point remains I believe though

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad