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@TKYC

The WA time difference means this Test is on in the early evening.

Personally, I'm Looking forward to this test, and those moments they say "Sydney and Melbourne viewers will now leave us for News and A Current Affair".

Matt

Siddle seems to be always one Test away from omission. He is being asked to lead the attack when he is more the willing workhorse. Hilf has surely played his last Test for Australia. Watson would have made a difference in Adelaide if he was able to bowl - not so sure about Perth.

Tony

TK, fortunately Nine has finally seen the light with GEM. Fingers crossed they still use it for the Perth Test.

Matt, I am 100% in agreement AND agreeance with you. An Australian attack with Siddle as the main bowler is a piss poor attack.

m0nty

Hilfy needs another string to his bow. He is great when the ball is wobbling about, but when it isn't, he looks pants. He needs to work on reverse swing, or a slower ball, or something.

Siddle Vicious played the Big Merv role to perfection. Never a huge wicket taker, our Merv, but he did often manage to winkle out someone in a long partnership and bring other bowlers into the game, as Vicious did with Timmay in the second dig.

I suppose I don't begrudge the selectors being cautious, as it is a long summer. If there is going to be a rotation policy, this is the time to implement it. How did we end up bowling almost 100 overs more than them, anyway? Timmay chucked down 94 of them, ffs.

The Don has Risen

Tonee, GEM is the JEWEL in Nine's crown.

Hilfy had technical troubles two seasons ago. Craig fixed them up last season but now they are back again.

My comment at the 2nd Test article stands as does the brilliant nicknames.

m0nty, make a comment at Harry Clarke's blog as he has written about ricky Ponting.

m0nty

Harry didn't say anything interesting about Ponting, Don. He rarely says much of interest, to me at least.

The Don has Risen

nothing of interest is ever said at Catallaxy!!

The Don has Risen

P0nting has ben a great batsman however unlike Harry there are several others I would prefere to watch.

some have been named of course.

Tony Tea

I rarely put one batsmen about another vis-a-vis aesthetics. Among some of the greats are Lara, Richards, Ponting, Greg Chappell, Tendulkar, Greenidge, Gilchrist for his pyrotechnics and AB for his doggedness.

The Don has Risen

well of all of those I would only like to watch Chappell and Tendulkar.

Border's bat had more edges on it then normal for a good batsman and he was an ugly bats,am with a capital U

Tony Tea

I didn't say they were pretty.

M. Patard

Would the National Selection Panel Group Unit have rotated Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath out of the Perth Test?

That's an excellent point. Obvious really, in hindsight, now that you point it out.

M. Patard

Speaking of McGrath, whilst looking up "How to put a new grip on your bat" (and found this excellent clip on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpnG8p2I_JU), I came across a bowling tutorial from McGrath.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbJoSF3YGSU

It's simple advice, and one my boys took to immediately.

Note the simplicity of McGrath's approach, where he sings a tune in his head on approach, to remove any thoughts of his bowling action, and any negativity. I heard Coawn wrote some brilliant post on the OCD like nature of cricketers. This may well be more evidence of it.

Russ

I thought Siddle bowled pretty well in Adelaide. McGrath and Warne had their moments of frustration too, remember. But he also bowled 60+ overs, which is insane over 50 is supposed to significantly increase injury risk. One of McGrath's under-rated aspects was that he was nearly indestructible for a long, long time. That isn't the case for Siddle, and there is no point playing him if he is a 50-50 chance of breaking down on the second day.

Tony Tea

Mitchell got a wicket with a shit ball, then bowled another three shit balls to Snorkel.

Tony Tea

16 overs remaining. Fasten your seatbelts. This could be gruesome.

Tony Tea

Three wickets to an Australian off spinner on day one in Perth. How many times has that happened?

Tony Tea

Faf Du Plessis' Test average is a mere 266.

Tony Tea

How many times has that happened? Never.

Tony

Oops. Wrong post.

Tony Tea

Peter Lalor on rotations: No gain from rest and no play for Mitchell Starc

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