Well guess what we were last night? 14/2! fu** me. Warner a bit stiff but still!I'm a bit surprised to see Head gone - he has been mediocre but far from the worst. And they are sticking with Warner and Harris as openers. I'll be pretty mad if we're 10/2 again. Smith can't do it EVERY time forever.
Watching it my first thought was he missed it , but a couple of shots he played just before suggested he wasn't going to stay long . Harris also practised edgeing it to slips a couple of times before he got one right and was caught .Well guess what we were last night? 14/2! fu** me. Warner a bit stiff but still!
The 89 consecutive replays they had before going to Snicko had me convinced that I wanted it to be out so they'd stop rolling the same image back and forth.Watching it my first thought was he missed it , but a couple of shots he played just before suggested he wasn't going to stay long . Harris also practised edgeing it to slips a couple of times before he got one right and was caught .
He and Khawaja should have their papers permanently stamped in terms of being selected for overseas tours.Why would Warner play that?
What was his average 9?
The openers will be interesting. Probably stay with Warner because he clearly deserves the selectors loyalty. The third seamer is less up for grabs and more up for rotation between Starc, Pattinson and Jhye Richardson. Wade's second ton of the series would have him penciled in to remain in the team to start this summer. Marsh taking 7 wickets means he now has a good 12 months...He and Khawaja should have their papers permanently stamped in terms of being selected for overseas tours.
The less said about Harris, the better. Are we sure he isn’t a distant Marsh relative?
Home summer should be interesting. Smith, Labuschagne, Cummins, Hazlewood, Lyon and Paine (by virtue of being captain) pick themselves. 2 openers, 2 middle order spots and a 3rd seamer position are all up for grabs. It makes the opening Shield games relevant.
Getting through the top two has not been a problem for England (today's stand of 18 was Australia's best of the series) but the third-wicket stand has caused more difficulties.
Siddle and Patto to open the batting/roll the arm over for a few overs?Its a sad state of affairs when you wake up and discover that Matthew Wade is the single saving grave in our last innings.
I'm wondering if that combined effort by the openers is the worst ever for Australia. Bancroft averaged 11, Harris 9.7 and Warner 9.5. A combined 9.9 over 20 innings. Farkin wow. That kind of series is going to leave a lingering stain, I think. What's the bet we revert to Warner and Bancroft for the home summer, though?
Selectors have to put their hand up and wear some of the blame for this. Chopping and changing for ... what reason? Siddle wasn't the worst player but Starc should've had another Test. Could've been selected as a batsmen alone, given the form of others around him.
Edit: From the match report on Cricinfo:
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