Selectors or the team? Australia’s chicken and egg

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March 3, 2013 by dixwah

Day One, 2nd Test: Hyderabad – India 0/5 trail Australia 9/237 (dec) by 232 runs

About the only surprising thing between the toss and stumps on day one was Michael Clarke’s declaration nine wickets down.

After all, our tenth wicket partnerships have been a standout of recent batting efforts.

Perhaps Pup’s feelings on Xavier Doherty’s batting are similar to everyone else’s thoughts on his bowling?

I’m still trying to work out who’s lack of performance is more startling: our brittle top order or the National Selection Panel?

I sort of see their line of thinking, but that doesn’t mean I agree with it. Starc was ineffective with the ball in Chennai, so we scrap him for Maxwell, who even if he’s similarly ineffective with the pill can potentially belt a quick-fire ton to save the day batting at number eight.

Now that we have a guy who’ll turn it from off to leg, we don’t want same-same, so let’s get rid of our best spinner, yeah the guy we’ve invested all that time in, and who’s performed well at this level, and bring in a guy who would traditionally offer variation spinning the ball from leg-to-off, apart from the fact he doesn’t spin it at all.

At the same time, let’s stick with a top four with a combined two centuries from their last 94 Test innings.

Good thinking.

So what didn’t go to script?

Kumar taking three wickets surprised me. Variable bounce? A little. But there’s no way it was 3-40 sort of stuff.

A good start would be nice. DRS would be better. Neither is likely.

Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade batted well. No one else scored over 25. 237 is well under par.

What’s the plan for today? India was able to produce reverse swing, making it unfortunate we left Starc mixing cordial. Henriques has a big role to play, particularly if our spinners are ineffective.

Michael Clarke’s intent was excellent in declaring to have a late crack at the Indians. More will be needed on day two when the going undoubtedly gets tough.

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