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John Who

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Who opens for test five?

Warner, Bancroft, Harris and Khawaja have all been terrible.

Too late to bring in a new guy?

Mitch Marsh's name has started being floated on the cricket board which gives some idea of the desperate times.
We need to change it up to a right and left opening combo. Two lefties opening have been a complete shambles of an experiment and only seems to be fuelling the confidence of that Broad fella.
 

John Who

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If I could open a new cricket thread, it’d be “what is your favourite Smith moment in this Ashes series?”

My favourite was a scene last night - Smith got done for pace on an Archer delivery and fell flat on his back. Instead of quickly getting back on his feet, he kept laying on his back for 10 seconds practicing some imaginary shots..
 
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Who opens for test five?

Warner, Bancroft, Harris and Khawaja have all been terrible.

Too late to bring in a new guy?

Mitch Marsh's name has started being floated on the cricket board which gives some idea of the desperate times.
I've liked Khawaja for along time but he just isn't consistent enough. Not sure. Hopefully we win tonight and it won't matter.
 

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Who opens for test five?

Warner, Bancroft, Harris and Khawaja have all been terrible.

Too late to bring in a new guy?

Mitch Marsh's name has started being floated on the cricket board which gives some idea of the desperate times.
Probably Warner and Khawaja.

Push Wade up the order? Marsh at 6?

Jesus, would it kill them to have a right handed opener in the squad ...
 

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This is a concern.


It is first time in Australia's Test history that they have had 10 consecutive opening partnerships without reaching 20. Their last ten stands are: 0, 1, 10, 12, 13, 11, 13, 2, 16, 11
Bad figures no doubt.

I don’t think the Poms have been any better though. Suspect their opening numbers would be similar.

Reality is that, apart from a couple of world class players on each side, it’s been a bowlers series.

Quality of bowling is simply better than the batting and helped by some of the conditions
 
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I don't think they can pick Warner

Three ducks in a row to Broad. Contest is over before it's begun now.

Khawaja back by default.

Then they'll either recall Bancroft (again default) or pull a wildcard like Burns from outside the squad, or an even wilder card like opening Mitch Marsh.

The good news for the selectors is that you can't score less than zero so no option they choose can make us worse
 

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I don't think they can pick Warner

Three ducks in a row to Broad. Contest is over before it's begun now.

Khawaja back by default.

Then they'll either recall Bancroft (again default) or pull a wildcard like Burns from outside the squad, or an even wilder card like opening Mitch Marsh.

The good news for the selectors is that you can't score less than zero so no option they choose can make us worse
Agree, Warner just has to go.

We need a right-handed batsman & can't be Bancroft as he was just as hopeless as Warner.

It should be Burns to reunite him with Harris, like it should have been from Test 1.

Not against trying Nesser as wouldn't be worse, though wouldn't we be better then asking Paine to open?

Question then whether you swap Khawaja for Harris.
 

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Agree, Warner just has to go.

We need a right-handed batsman & can't be Bancroft as he was just as hopeless as Warner.

It should be Burns to reunite him with Harris, like it should have been from Test 1.

Not against trying Nesser as wouldn't be worse, though wouldn't we be better then asking Paine to open?

Question then whether you swap Khawaja for Harris.
It was the perfect situation for him yesterday but when I saw him left a few wide balls before he got out, I knew he would be done, it was a very good ball that got him out but his mind-set isn't the "old" Warner who would have smashed or attempt to smashed them.
 

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Draw incoming. England lucky with rain, meant 2 early declarations.

Hoping Im wrong...Patty to rip through tail with new ball.... but Im expecting to wake up to a draw.
 

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