For the first time in twenty years Straya are on the arse end of festive dead rubber. Not since the Windies in 1989 have we entered the Sydney Test already out of a series. Tradition says we should win, but we are playing so badly - without confidence, seemingly disorganised, selectors all over the place, etc, et al, and the rest - that it's hard to see the Varks letting us in for a face-saving win, or even a draw.
Reading Adsy's comment below, I rather like the Hilf/Bolly option with Siddle out for a rest. The McDonald selection is stupid. Just because we lost a so-called all-rounder doesn't mean we have to pick another so-called all-rounder. Why not go with North? He is good enough to make the side as a batsman, and he is also the best performed spinner in the country. We need six batsmen, too. Chuck in four bowlers and tell Haddin to stop slogging at wide ones; just watch the Varks tempt him with juicy, full, wide sucker balls.
Anyway... given that I'm not massively upset we have lost the series, and am much more upset at the way we've lost (read Russ), it's tempting to hope we get flogged in Sydney so the selectors and Flatty get the flick, and that a new outfit ambushes South Africa in South Africa in March and the already cocky Poms in mid year.