> > OZ
> > Hayden
> > Gilchrist
> > Ponting
> > Clarke
> > Hodge
> > Hussey
> > Jaques
> > Hogg
> > Watson
> > Clark
> > McGrath
> > Johnson
> > Bracken
> > Lee
> > Tait
Let's see ... the first-choice XI in the last month has been Hayden,
Gilchrist, Ponting, Clarke, Symonds, Hussey, White, Lee, Clark,
Bracken, McGrath, so I would say that 10 of those guys will go.
Symonds will not recover in time. Watson will be inserted and the
loss of Symonds' spin option means that Hogg is also a certainty.
Only one fast bowler is needed on the bench, so that will be Johnson.
Haddin must be a strong possibility to provide Gilchrist with respite,
even though he has not been seen in green all summer, and the final
spot (a backup batsman) looks like it belongs to Hodge since the
selectors' repeated selection of him shows they are not interested in
Jaques or any other contenders (Cosgrove, for example) at this time.
The only question mark in my mind is Hayden, in spite of his hundred
in this tournament, because he still looks laboured at the crease and
if Watson plays he might be tried as an opener again. Deletion of
Hayden would bring Jaques into contention, but to delete Hayden after
playing him in 10 games in the CB Series would be against normal CA
So, I predict -
Bear in mind that the selection of teams for the Chappell-Hadlee
Series will probably closely match the World Cup squad selections for
both AUS and NZL, so stay tuned.