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    I think khawaja had other things on his mind. I'm surprised he played. I do think that at least the side had to show some heart and some fight. Just need a couple of people to score some runs.
    Will we have the same openers comes Friday is my question.

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    One more Test. The batting probably won't change for Perth, but hardly any of them can afford two failures in the next one.

    Harris looked OK, and frankly, the way we have gone in recent times two scores in the 20's is almost acceptable. But follow it up with two ducks and he'll struggle. Finch is is worse shape, and is most likely to be on his last chance. I watched his second innings closely, and I thought he looked out of his depth. It was a very M Marsh style innings, nothing but rigid defence or flashing blade attack. He didn't look in control at any time.

    S Marsh and T Head probably did enough to get slightly more job security, but neither can afford two ducks, either. I'm betting Head will get lots of deliveries at his noggin after the way he played Sharma today.

    With bowlers getting runs not only in the test but also in the Shield, maybe we should pick an all bowler lineup and toss the coin for batting order. I played a game where we did that once (it didn't work).

    Unlike Stuart, I didn't see much of a silver lining in this game. On a sporting, but not threatening surface we made the Indian seamers look good, and our bowlers may not have the same success against Kohli and the openers in other games. I'm not sure we can score enough runs to win a test.
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    Finch is in the side because his elite honesty is elite.

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    Odd game, the Indians (bar Pujara) did not bat all that well either.

    Thought the bowling units performed equally well and also thought they got the good end of the stick with some of the decisions and if you subtract the filth byes that Starc bowled plus the four of five no ball that didn't get called against Ishant I think we actually won.

    The top six still looks pretty woeful and prone to the strangest of brain explosions. Would prefer no Finch, pick and stick with Renshaw.

    Harris showed exactly what he has his whole career, flashes of brilliance but then just the strangest decisions. Will probably score a double in Perth.

    Handscomb is pretty cooked IMO and would rather see (now Head scored some runs) Maxxy or Boo-urns come in.

    I'd also drop Starc cause he was truly awful.
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    Cool footage of James Pattinson and Marcus Stoinis going head to head on the Cricket Australia site.

    The Warriors said that Pattinson is back bowling as quick as he used to, and he is batting well. As I said a while ago, I would be tempted to play Pattinson instead of Hanscomb - donít lose much in terms of batting and gain a lot as the fourth quick bowler. Pattinson at no. 7, Cummins at 8 and Starc at 9 is pretty solid, particularly with Lyonís improved batting. Starc can be hot and cold, so having Patto as a fourth bowling option is pretty useful. Biggest problem with this is that Paine is simply not good enough to bat at no. 6.

    Stoinis also had a pretty good match, and did much better than Mitch Marsh with both bat and ball. Perhaps Warnie is right (I rarely say that) and he should replace Hanscomb.

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    IMHO to replace a no 5 or 6 batsmen with a bowling allrounder or a keeping allrounder they need to show they have a rock solid defence and can bat for long periods ( atm I think that rules out all our batsmen)
    Imran Kahn was the last success at improving his batting and going up the order ended up batting at 5 and scoring runs . I reckon Cummins has the potential. Maybe our high performance lads should be working on some of these guys, stoinis batting maxwell bowling Pattinson batting etc

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    Pattinson not even aiming for a recall this season.

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    Pattinson will be too busy taking wickets for the mighty Brisbane Heat, in the only form of the game that matters anymore.


 

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