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Just to clarify, I personally

Just to clarify, I personally am not obsessed with ODI/T20; would prefer Tests' over them any day. I see merit in what you say and by and large agree with your point of view (that includes criteria for selection in Tests). Just saying no harm in trying players who are doing exceptionally well in the shorter formats. If it clicks, fine. If not nobody is stopping the selectors from dropping them. Players like Bevan, Rohit are apt examples.

The slight change in my approach is due to the fact that in the last few years, shorter formats have unearthed talented players who are also doing well at the Test level. Can think of two names at the moment - Hardik Pandya & Shadab Khan. Both are the fruits of IPL/PSL and though its still early days to make any comment, both have shown the potential to succeed at the highest level. Anyways, we can live with our difference of opinion.

Can't say it with certainity for SL, but for India its true. Have seen so many struggling players regain form when playing against India.

Unfortunately, Bhuvneshwar & Bumrah will be unavailable for the first 3 tests against ENG due to fitness issues. Shami could not make it to the squad because of failing the Yo-Yo test. So in the absence of their 3 frontline quicks, its very unlikely that India will succeed in ENG. Batsmen might find it a bit easy but at the end of the day its about taking 20 wickets.

Regarding the approach, spinners need to take to succeed in Aus, totally agree with you.

Both Handscomb & Renshaw have the temperament; Renshaw has good technique as well. Hopefully, Handscomb will overcome the issues with his technique. I have a feeling both will serve the Australian Test team for a long time.

On the same page, as far as Finch's batting slot in ODIs is concerned.

(Last edited by CricketBuffOne on July 21, 2018 - 06:09)

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