>>>> MINE: White flag time. It's impossible to get 17. There's just no batsmen
>>>> worth taking.
>>> You wrote this last month
>>> "Especially with Tendulkar in the side.
>>> Crikey! Since 01Jan12 his stats are;
>>> And the last 10 of those are at 18.8.
>>> I wonder if any near-ATG has ever been allowed such a slump by the
>>> selectors? "
>>> He isn't even a near-ATG. Why should he be allowed this slump by the
>> a) I'm assuming that he'll be bowling by then
> Are there any domestics where he can prove his bowling fitness before
> the Ashes squad is selected?
Not a single game. But nets, or even the IPL, would do to prove bowlabilty.
>> b) He's got one of the best techniques around
>> c) He's succeeded as an opener before
>> d) His cutting & hooking are assets against quicks.
>> e) He's not Dill Hughes
> Little Phil made more runs than Watson in spite of Watson's fabulous
>> f) Sympathy. He's copping absolute shedloads of unwarranted abuse from our
> Why unwarranted?
You think that it was warranted for CA's High Performance Manager to
publicly state that Watson is only a team player "sometimes"? Why is it all
Watson in the media? Warner should be getting a bath for his appalling
batting in the last two Tests. Hughes should be a national joke for his
comical efforts. The selectors should be made to explain why Kawajha
couldn't get a game amid the wreckage. And what exactly has Watson done to
corner the market on venom? Why he's said that he'd prefer to open the
batting. THE BASTARD! He's been dropped because he didn't fill out some
trivial homework demanded by a crazed coach and then said that he thought
being dropped was a bit harsh for that. And then he was made captain! ***
me. Who would have thought that the v-c would be promoted to the armband if
the captain pulled out. Other topics could be; Wade's embarrassing attempts
at keeping. Starc's dire bowling, Clarke's recurring inabilty to stop
attacking batting. Clarke's unexplained handling of Pattinson on D1 of T1.
There's no shortage of targets but only one one seems to be being shot at.
> He averaged lower than everybody except Mitchell J and
> Maxwell. The much mocked little Phil averaged more than Watto. The even
> more mocked Smith averaged 2.5 times as much as Watto.
So this will always be so then.