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I don't think the Aussie Test

I don't think the Aussie Test side is in dire straights as made out. Their limited overs sides were struggling a bit even with the banned duo.
The Test side after long Ashes lost in SA. The may struggle in UAE. Home against India hard to say. Depends what pitches given traditional aussie ones with pace and bounce or flat tracks!

What position would Finch bat open or middle order? There are better first class batsmen.

Some players just can't cut it at Test level. Michael Bevan best example for Australia. In the past these types of batsmen only cash in against weak attacks which more often than not was India and SL in terms of pace bowlers then come up against decide bowlers and exposed.

It's bit like why some like Tharanga for SL done well for SL in ODIs but as Test openers succumbed to same sort of dismissals.

Agree Bailey unlucky to be discarded from limited over sides. Disagree with Test side. He was all at sea batting in Tests. A cheap wicket for opposition. One decent innings where he hit Jimmy Anderson for 20 odd in an over I think at Perth and a 40 odd in last Test in Sydney but rest of the Ashes useless whilst most others scored heavily. Problem again is lack of footwork. And all those edges go to waiting slips that are scattered quickly in ODIs, Men around bat for spinners, along with also handling the short ball. That's the same problems Finch has. Both averaged in the 30s this last first-class season with 1 century each. You would be better investing in some younger players for the future than looking for short-term miraculous fix. Smith will come straight back into this side.

Anyway interesting to see what the selectors do. Apart from desperation following WSC getting Bob Simpson back they usually pick best XI and captain from there and not hand out test caps randomly to everyone. England normally have opposite mentality.

India have just dropped Rohit Sharma for same thing. Brilliant limited overs player. Can't succeed in Test cricket apart from against weaker attacks!


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