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Angelo Matthews ruled out of both Tests.

Squad named yesterday , is on cricket.com.au (I can't copy and paste it)
 

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great post mate , well written and enjoyable to read.

I have been trying to think of a swing bowler we have had since Alderman , the only name I could come up with was Fleming.

For whatever reason I just don't think we know how to swing the ball consistently.

Boof's plan was to bowl 140+ kmh and bowl at the head , imagine if McGrath was playing under him.

I doubt the selectors will go away from Cummins , Pattinson & Starc but would love to see Behrendorff , Coulter-Nile , Sayers & Worrall picked.

Is Siddle a swing bowler ?

Interestingly there is a Australia A tour on at the same time so curious to see who is picked for that.
Hi Herb,

I love McGrath, he was my pace bowling hero growing up. Top of off was a very simple method and it worked brilliantly for him here in Australia, England and SA because the natural variation in the pitch coupled with his height made him a weapon. But he wasn't a big swinger of the ball and on flatter tracks he wasn’t as big a threat despite being deadly accurate. The best bowlers on flat tracks can swing the ball (either conventionally or reverse), throw in variations to unsettle the batsmen while still being relative accurate.

You would be correct, Fleming was our last great swing bowler. Hilfenhaus was also predominantly a swing bowler in his time. Could throw Bracken I think there too but he was more of a ODI threat. Harris was underrated, swung the ball a little both ways but also hit the deck hard at good pace.

Due to our pitches having generally been faster and bouncier, most of the bowlers we have produced have either been quick and/or able to bang the ball into the deck and extract whatever life was in it through extra bounce or seam. This means our natural length is a bit too short to let the ball swing much. Conversely, overseas bowlers have struggled to adjust to the extra bounce here but when they get it right, our batsmen struggle big time - Agarkar in Adelaide 03/04, Steyn in 08/09 and 12/13, Aamir and Asif in 09, 2010/11 Ashes, Rabada and Philander in 15/16 (all predominantly swinging the ball). I think the lack of quality swing bowlers here also explains why our batsmen are so suspectible to it. If they were playing it regularly then their ability to handle it might be a little better too.

This is why our pacemen have not been very effective in England and subcontinental conditions recently, where pitches lack the pace and bounce of Australia and SA, although seam is a bigger factor in England especially with the Dukes ball. We have lost the last 4 tours to England and our pacemen are continually outbowled by their subcontinental counterparts in India/Sri Lanka/UAE.

Not sure why it isn't developed more as a skill here in Australia. Yes you don't need to swing the ball as much here but it would make you a more well-rounded bowler overseas. Having a guy who can swing it both ways while being able to control it would give our attack at anytime a different edge.
 
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Forgot all about Hilfy & Harris.

Was there for the Agarkar game.

SA have similar conditions and there bowlers always seem to do well here.

Certainly need to change our tactics when we go away , horses for courses.

Love to see Behrendorff , Bird , Sayers , Worrall in the Ashes Squad but expect not any of them will be selected , stick to the same 3 , the same plan and why we lose again.

Meanwhile Anderson , Broad , Curran , Stokes , Woakes will be lining up to bowl to our batsmen.
 
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word is

Out: Finch , Marsh , Marsh
In: Pucovski , Stoinis

love the Pucovski selection if true
Stoinis another mediocre first class cricketer being rewarded
 

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Correct, SA is similar to Australia but the conditions there allow for more lateral movement. Steyn, Philander, Ngidi, Rabada and now Olivier all have the ability to move the ball in the air and off the pitch at good pace in both directions while being accurate. Pollock was more like McGrath but swung it a bit more. I'd say Morkel was the most 'Australian' type of bowler they had. That being said, our bowlers have also been successful in SA (until the last tour) because the pitches are still quick and have bounce. Bowling there must be like a dream for these guys, they are the most fast bowler friendly in the world.

It'll be hard to displace Starc and Hazlewood. Cummins is the most secure. Starc the least secure because he has been very average since taking his last 5fa in South Africa. Doubt they'll change it, though. I like the look of Sayers but our fixation on being able to bowl 140+ has hampered him so far.

Not sure if we already do this but perhaps we should be sending our bowlers to the MRF Pace Foundation in India to help hone their skills in more unfamiliar surroundings? Would also help if we played more tour games before the test matches to help acclimitise.
 
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any substance to the Pucovski whispers ?
Just catching up now at work, seems like he might be in the squad.

Interestingly there was an article come out this morning about him and how he explained his mental health and everything in a podcast.

Hopefully he is mentally fit enough to take the chance. I assume he's been asked by the selectors if he thinks he is up to playing test cricket if in fact he is named in the squad.
 
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Just catching up now at work, seems like he might be in the squad.

Interestingly there was an article come out this morning about him and how he explained his mental health and everything in a podcast.

Hopefully he is mentally fit enough to take the chance. I assume he's been asked by the selectors if he thinks he is up to playing test cricket if in fact he is named in the squad.
Cheers mate

Great selection of if he is right and ready to go.

Adelaide News reporting Finch , both Marsh's dropped for Pucovski and Stoinis.

Think the squad is being announced later this afternoon.
 

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According to Fox sports news, Renshaw, Pucovski and Burns are all in.
Full squad Paine, Hazlewood, Burns, Cummins, Harris, Head, Khawaja, Labuschagne, Lyon, Pucovski, Renshaw, Starc ,Siddle.
 
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My mate said there's also rumours of Handscomb dropped, have you seen this? I hope its not true.

If Puc and Stoin are in, and Handscomb holds I'll be happy. Surely Burns is in also.
 
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My mate said there's also rumours of Handscomb dropped, have you seen this? I hope its not true.

If Puc and Stoin are in, and Handscomb holds I'll be happy. Surely Burns is in also.
Squad Announced:

Handscomb out

Burns , Pucovski , Renshaw confirmed in
 
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Harris ✓
Khawaja ✓
Labuschagne ✓
Marsh , S - dropped
Head ✓
Handscomb - dropped
Paine ✓
Cummins ✓
Starc ✓
Lyon ✓
Hazlewood ✓

Finch - dropped
Marsh , M - dropped
Siddle ✓

Out: Finch , Handscomb , Marsh (x 2)

In: Burns , Pucovski , Renshaw
 
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8 first class games with 2 100's (one a double

Neil Harvey debuted after 1 FC 💯
Steve Waugh has scored 2
 
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