Thursday, November 1, 2007

Aussies Move on From Mcgrath, Warne, and Langer

Australia are set to play their 1st test match after the retirement of Glen Mcgrath, Shane Warne, and Justin Langer, against the touring Sri Lankans in about a week from now.

The Aussies announced a 13 man squad earlier today, ending months of speculation on who would partner Hayden at the top. Phil Jacques has tipped Chris Rogers, Brad Hodge, and Shane Watson to the position, and I think its well deserved. Jacques got a couple of 100s against Pakistan A over the summer and also a big 100 in one of the recent state games.

The question of who would be Australia's 1st choice spinner still remains though with McGill and Hogg both in the squad. Both are quality spinners and I think it will be really harsh on McGill if he doesn't play. He's waited all his life for Warne to retire and now when he has, Hogg ends up in good bowling form. By now McGill could have played over a 100 tests, and gotten over 500 wickets if he wasn't Australian.

The replacement of Glen McGrath is also not confirmed with either of Johnson or Tait to play the role with Lee and Clarke up front. I think the Aussie bowling looks a lot weaker without McGrath and Warne.

I'm tipping the Lankans to win their first ever test match on Aussie soil this time round. Any bets?

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  1. NAzhar said...

    bold prediction Q and I sure will be rooting for them, but until somebody really beats the Aussies, for me they will remain the team to beat. MacGill really should be in the side!

  2. Q said...

    Its only a 2 test series. I'm thinking 1-1 with the Lankas upsetting the Aussies in the first and then the Aussies coming back hard in the next game.

    Sri Lanka have never won a test match on Aussie soil and this time seems perfect to reverse that as the Lankans look a strong outfit while the Aussies bowling looks somewhat depleted.

    Though Sangakkara being ruled out is a blow, but even then. Lankans stand a chance.

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