So Maybe a side like
Martyn / Rhodes
Gillespie / Donald
Bevan probably as well.
That leaves 2 bowling spots, an allrounder and 4 batting spots.
Pollock for a bowling spot, Klusener as the allrounder. Kallis in as a
batsman who can bowl in most matches.
Ponting's done well at #3 in the one dayers so he's probably in.
there are a fair few players who could get a run in the other spots.
I'd probably pick Hayden as the 2nd opener but it wouldn't be
unthinkable to pick Gibbs
The Australian middle order isn't exactly cemented at the minute,
Martyn might be a pick but you could make a strong case for a Jonty
and a few other names from RSA would be in the frame, and I'm not that
impressed by what our other bowlers have done in ODOs since the last
As another option you could open with Gibbs and Hayden and put Boucher
in down the order. I don't see it happening but...
Looks to me like Aus would have near certainties in 5 positions, RSA
in 3 and with the remaining spots open to a fair amount of discussion.
[combined Aus/RSA team]
This leaves me with a team of
Bevan (inserted as soon as possible after over 15)
Klusener would not get a bowl unless Kallis had problems. One problem, of
course is a second spinner. This can be changed by playing Lehmann instead
of Kallis on slow pitches. Lehmann would bat below Bevan (or above in some
cases) and the other bats would shuffle up.
> [combined Aus/RSA team]
> > Gilchrist
> Given the options, it would have to be Hayden. Neither of the RSA openers
> have done enough to displace the best test batsman in the world (yes, I do
> like saying that) and Gilchrist, the obvious odo keeper is an opening odo
> > Ponting
> > Kallis
> Nah, I'd switch them. Ponting is more versitile than Kallis and I trust him
> more after the fall of an early wicket.
> > Bevan
> Should come in as soon as possible after the 20th over.
> > Klusener
> I'd like to see Rhodes in before Klusener. Is he available?
> > Pollock
> > Warne
> > McGrath
> I'd have Dale at 10, of course.
> This leaves me with a team of
> Bevan (inserted as soon as possible after over 15)
> Klusener would not get a bowl unless Kallis had problems. One problem, of
> course is a second spinner. This can be changed by playing Lehmann instead
> of Kallis on slow pitches. Lehmann would bat below Bevan (or above in some
> cases) and the other bats would shuffle up.
Maybe Rohodes is a possible 4th.