Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Analysis Of Australia's Test Squad for Sri Lanka

Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (capt), Michael Hussey, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Trent Copeland, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Michael Beer

This Australian Squad might be the last one in Andrew Hilditch's tenure as Chief as Selectors. If sense prevails and he is relieved of his position in the wake of the upcoming Argus Review.

Also it's the first Squad that will be under the Captaincy of Michael Clarke

The key inclusions are Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes in the batting department with two of them vying for the vacant openers role and more than likely number three position. If as expected Ricky Ponting moves to a mentoring role at 5 in the line up. 

As for the bowling, Trent Copeland and James Pattinson have been given a chance to impress and push for a place in the pace line up. Though it would have made more sense to include the Tasmanian bowling all rounder in Luke Butterworth. For he'd not only assume a position of padding a weak batting line up, but crucially would have provided a bowler that is more than capable of getting wickets. As well as crucially being one that can bowl long spells of defensive line and length to support more attack minded bowlers.

The spin department you can't be overly critical for there are few quality spinners in Australia at present. The naming of Nathan Lyon after a few outings in A Team Odi games defies belief and would only serve to stifle his development by forcing him to bowl again very fine players of spin. In the Sri Lankan's in their home conditions. Also Michael Beer is a rather uninspiring selection too and only serves to underline the desperate need Australia has for a spinner of any quality. It would have made more sense to select Nathan Hauritz and insert him in the line up in the knowledge that he is average, but wont get destroyed like others would. Until a more quality spinner is discovered.

The only change I would have made aside for include Butterworth for either Copeland or Pattinson is only selecting one spinner. Then choosing Tim Paine in a specialist batsmen role (most likelt opening with Watson) with also an eye to be the Captain elect in the future

All in all it's not a bad squad. Thankfully for my blood pressure, the 'can't bat, cant bowl and cant field' Steve Smith has been overlooked and hopefully will never be seen again. 

7 comments:

  1. Not a great analysis!
    worst part, you don't like steve smith! I see him as a 'can be great' allrounder. I think Hauritz is injured and not too well and Ponting would and should be playing at 4!!

    Expexted alot got nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Smith might be ok in Odis/T20 but not Tests my friend

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  3. Beer and Lyon? No thanks...Hauritz is better than those two plus Smith combined.

    I am with Tim on Smith not getting selected. He offers absolutely nothing at all...he was decidedly average in the Ashes

    -Justin

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  4. "The naming of Nathan Lyon after a few outings in A Team Odi games defies belief and would only serve to stifle his development by forcing him to bowl again very fine players of spin. In the Sri Lankan's in their home conditions."

    I think you've pretty much misunderstood the irrational hatred that our selectors have for very inexperienced bowlers who aren't called Shane. On those terms, it makes complete sense to eff around with them. Also, Hauritz can barely bowl yet.

    I reckon Lyon will go ok if given a chance, neither of them will completely stink the place up, Bryce McGain style, I'm sure.

    Copeland is a good choice for the conditions. Luke Butterworth and him are up against each other being medium pace accuracy merchants. Pattinson has the 'come along for the ride to learn a few things' role till Pat Cummins is fit again, I assume. Punter will be at three for this tour unless Clarke has found some spine from somewhere.

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  5. Oh yes, and thank goodness Smith is gone for now.

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  6. Hauritz is still not fully recovered from injury and knew it was unlikely he would not go to Sri Lanka. He always said he was aiming for South Africa. Lyon deserves a chance, but you're right about the Beer decision being uninspired. The guy is awful, but Warne likes him so he's in.

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  7. @Sid I thought Hauritz was over his injury, but alas not so. As for Lyon, well if I was going for a speculative pick for a spinner I would have chosen young Cameron Boyce.

    @Anomynous, Id favour Butterworth over Copeland because he's not only a fine bowler, but also gives depth to the batting. As for Cummins he looks very good, but for me James Faulkner and Josh Hazelwood are the best two young quicks in the Country. Then Peter George isn't too dusty either.

    To you all Steve Smith is gone- YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- arguably the worst Aussie player since Bryce MacGain or Robbie Kerr

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