New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 November 25, 2011

Warner, Pattinson, Copeland poised for inclusion

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David Warner, James Pattinson and Trent Copeland loom as the chief beneficiaries of the injury drama enveloping the Australian team and its new selection panel as preparations are made for the announcement of the summer's first Test squad.

John Inverarity, the national selector, will name his 12 for the Brisbane match against New Zealand on Saturday, and is likely to name Warner to open the batting in place of Shane Watson, the young Victorian quick Pattinson for Pat Cummins, and Trent Copeland as the bowler of long spells to cover for the absence of both Watson and Mitchell Johnson.

Ben Hilfenhaus, much improved this summer after a poor Ashes series in 2010-11, is also expected to find his way into the squad, with the captain Michael Clarke and his fellow selectors to determine the right balance for the Gabba once the team assembles in Brisbane.

Copeland and Pattinson both bowled handily in their respective matches on Friday, Pattinson claiming 4-96 for Australia A against the New Zealand tourists, while Copeland delivered 11 tidy overs for New South Wales against Western Australia on a rain curtailed day one of a Sheffield Shield match. He may be taken out of the match early in order to arrive in Brisbane with the rest of the squad on Sunday evening.

Warner cracked a fluent 65 against the visitors in Brisbane, and is the most obvious inclusion having been Australia's reserve batsman on each of its last two tours to Sri Lanka and South Africa. Having played only 11 first-class matches, Warner has been pushed towards a baggy green due to an outstanding talent that first emerged via Twenty20 cricket.

"[Warner] would be the obvious one. He's been the spare batter on the last couple of trips," the batsman Ricky Ponting said of Warner. "He went to Sri Lanka when I returned home for the birth of my daughter and was the standby batsman again last week. He's been in pretty rare form of late as well.

"His last few Shield games, he's scored a lot of runs. And whenever he's played in Twenty20 or one-dayers he's done a pretty good job. He's been able to turn his career around pretty quickly, looks like he's the sort of guy who's going to be able to step up to the next level. We're all excited to see him play."

Ponting said the 21-year-old Pattinson had benefited greatly from time spent with the Australian team on tour. He was omitted from the Test squad for South Africa due to Cummins' rapid rise, but has been considered a highly talented pace prospect for some time, first travelling with the national squad to India in 2010.

"He's one that has been around our group for a while," Ponting said. "Probably a little bit unlucky not to be in the Test squad on the last trip to SA but he made room for Patty and we know what Patty's done the last couple of weeks.

"James is a terrific young bloke and a very good bowler and his record for Victoria is getting better and better. The time that he's spent around older, wiser heads coaching-wise and playing-wise has probably held him in good stead."

Pattinson would likely be cast in the role of speedy aggressor, with the steadier Copeland, Siddle and perhaps Hilfenhaus to support him. All Australia's likely inclusions will be aided by the buoyant mood the team carried home from Johannesburg, following a dramatic victory to square the Test series.

"That's stuff that you can't re-create, stuff you can only have around your team by getting through that tough situation," Ponting said. "If you look back through Australian cricket's history through the last 10 or 12 years, one of the traits of that great team was it didn't matter how far down it was, it always had the belief that it could pick itself  up and then quite often turn very negative parts of games into very positive ones and then go on and win Test matches.

"That's what we've probably felt we did in that second Test in Johannesburg. Confidence comes from winning games and a different level of confidence comes from winning games that you're almost down and out in. That was a great result for us as a group and, certainly, for a lot of the younger guys who probably haven't been there and experienced it before even in Shield cricket they mightn't have done that. That's stuff that you can't replace and stuff that will always be good around a cricket team."

Probable Test squad: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Trent Copeland, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • VivGilchrist on November 26, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    I'd seriously consider Christian for the squad and possibly the starting XI. He is in red- hot form with the bat, and with Watto out, he would play the no6 all-rounder/ 5th bowler option beautifully. And don't worry.... While he might play for SA, he is originally from NSW so he won't feel out of place.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on November 26, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Just had a look at Mark Cameron's last first class match at the GABA. 11/52. Thats 4.72 runs per wicket. If he's fit pick him.....who's he playing for at the moment?

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    I should think the author's squad to be very near to the case. I just hope that Pattinson gets a run as the others can be less than incisive. Ferguson needs to improve his domestic record markedly before making the first xi. Though we've seen him cut it at ODI level the likes of Khawaja, Hughes and Warner, those averaging 50 or thereabouts are the ones being handed the opportunities and rightly so. The Aussie batting line up doesn't need another man making cute 40's and 50's in the fashion of Watson, Ponting and Clarke of the last few summers, they need big hundreds and plenty of them.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on November 26, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    @GillyAgain. Picking Hilfenhaus would be a great leap backwards. It would be akin to selecting Scott Muller to delay Brett Lee's debut. Hilfenhaus is not in the top two Tasmanian bowlers (Faulkner/Bird show more promise) let alone the top 10 in Australia. His head hangs low very quickly when things aren't going his way. who care's if he was the best performed bowler in an underperforming lot. One of the young guns is the right way. Having an experienced head is only good if he can contribute to team wins and morale.

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    I am confident that whomever CA selectors choose for Australia v New Ziland it will be our best available . Get behind them everyone as the new broom goes to work . NZ won't be easy , and we best not take them , or make them , feel that way . Collectively Australia will be gee'd up coming off a win over RSF .That was no mean feat . Go the Oi, Oi, Oi's .

  • smith49 on November 26, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    I would think that they should include Cutting and S Smith.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on November 26, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    That Ben Cutting cuts a fine figure. The only reason he won't be picked for Australia is an international conspiracy against Qld. Yes, the GABA is a fast track making his bowling look much better than it really is, and, the great Chappelli rated it as probably the fastest, bounciest wicket in the World. I also know that in every match where Starc and the cutmeister have bowled together (QLD v the dirty conspiring cockroaches; AIS v NZ A; the current match)Starky has either equalled or outperformed him. But Cutting looks better and, like Siddle and Johnson, can bowl the odd delivery at 150kmh. That's superfast. Most Qlders say Cutting MUST (shouting so it MUST be true and It MUST happen) be selected. He's the best man the for the job. Bowling to Kiwis is like bowling to a State squad, missing their intnl players,which Cutting has vast experience at. Please disregard his figures of 3 for 209 against NZ and NZ A. I know Starc has 6 for in the same and Pattinson has a 4 for. Vote 1 Cutting

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    How come Cowan is never mentioned?

  • azzaman333 on November 26, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    I wonder if Cowan's century will put him ahead of Warner in the pecking order...

  • tpjpower on November 26, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Why is Ben Cutting not in the frame?!?!?!!?!?! The bloke is the form fast bowler in Australia at the moment - taking his wickets at 14 in the Shield. One average day against NZ in the warm-up (where he was made to wait 20 overs before being given a bowl, and was still the most economical quick) and the journalists and selectors have licence to overlook him yet again. Ridiculous - if he were from NSW or Victoria he'd have played 10 Tests already.

  • VivGilchrist on November 26, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    I'd seriously consider Christian for the squad and possibly the starting XI. He is in red- hot form with the bat, and with Watto out, he would play the no6 all-rounder/ 5th bowler option beautifully. And don't worry.... While he might play for SA, he is originally from NSW so he won't feel out of place.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on November 26, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    Just had a look at Mark Cameron's last first class match at the GABA. 11/52. Thats 4.72 runs per wicket. If he's fit pick him.....who's he playing for at the moment?

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    I should think the author's squad to be very near to the case. I just hope that Pattinson gets a run as the others can be less than incisive. Ferguson needs to improve his domestic record markedly before making the first xi. Though we've seen him cut it at ODI level the likes of Khawaja, Hughes and Warner, those averaging 50 or thereabouts are the ones being handed the opportunities and rightly so. The Aussie batting line up doesn't need another man making cute 40's and 50's in the fashion of Watson, Ponting and Clarke of the last few summers, they need big hundreds and plenty of them.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on November 26, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    @GillyAgain. Picking Hilfenhaus would be a great leap backwards. It would be akin to selecting Scott Muller to delay Brett Lee's debut. Hilfenhaus is not in the top two Tasmanian bowlers (Faulkner/Bird show more promise) let alone the top 10 in Australia. His head hangs low very quickly when things aren't going his way. who care's if he was the best performed bowler in an underperforming lot. One of the young guns is the right way. Having an experienced head is only good if he can contribute to team wins and morale.

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:34 GMT

    I am confident that whomever CA selectors choose for Australia v New Ziland it will be our best available . Get behind them everyone as the new broom goes to work . NZ won't be easy , and we best not take them , or make them , feel that way . Collectively Australia will be gee'd up coming off a win over RSF .That was no mean feat . Go the Oi, Oi, Oi's .

  • smith49 on November 26, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    I would think that they should include Cutting and S Smith.

  • one-eyed-but-keepinitreal on November 26, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    That Ben Cutting cuts a fine figure. The only reason he won't be picked for Australia is an international conspiracy against Qld. Yes, the GABA is a fast track making his bowling look much better than it really is, and, the great Chappelli rated it as probably the fastest, bounciest wicket in the World. I also know that in every match where Starc and the cutmeister have bowled together (QLD v the dirty conspiring cockroaches; AIS v NZ A; the current match)Starky has either equalled or outperformed him. But Cutting looks better and, like Siddle and Johnson, can bowl the odd delivery at 150kmh. That's superfast. Most Qlders say Cutting MUST (shouting so it MUST be true and It MUST happen) be selected. He's the best man the for the job. Bowling to Kiwis is like bowling to a State squad, missing their intnl players,which Cutting has vast experience at. Please disregard his figures of 3 for 209 against NZ and NZ A. I know Starc has 6 for in the same and Pattinson has a 4 for. Vote 1 Cutting

  • on November 26, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    How come Cowan is never mentioned?

  • azzaman333 on November 26, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    I wonder if Cowan's century will put him ahead of Warner in the pecking order...

  • tpjpower on November 26, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Why is Ben Cutting not in the frame?!?!?!!?!?! The bloke is the form fast bowler in Australia at the moment - taking his wickets at 14 in the Shield. One average day against NZ in the warm-up (where he was made to wait 20 overs before being given a bowl, and was still the most economical quick) and the journalists and selectors have licence to overlook him yet again. Ridiculous - if he were from NSW or Victoria he'd have played 10 Tests already.

  • hyclass on November 26, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    I have little regard for Warners so-called run of form. He still has just 3 1st class 100s ever. All of his form has come on flat wickets against mediocre attacks & on small fast grounds. Hes never played a 1st class match at the Gabba or Adelaide Oval.His sole 1st class innings on the WACA was 0 & his records at the SCG & Bellerive are poor.He stands out at regional venues only.When called to play for Australia against better attacks on pitches that have bounce or movement in them,his record has been ordinary.His average for NSW is now 46,thanks to playing the notoriously weak SthAustralia on the tiny,fast & batsman friendly Bankstown Oval last match.Everyone cashed in on a ground that is too small for 1st class cricket. This tour match is again on a flat track against an ordinary attack & as usual,everyone is making runs.Until Warner demonstrates form against top class attacks on pitches with bounce & movement,his record will be full of holes & his selection of questionable value

  • on November 26, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    Hard choice for the selectors. If it were me I would put another specialist batsmen instead of Copeland. Maybe Ferguson.

  • Ben1989 on November 25, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    @Satish, I wonder how much you actually watch our domestic cricket & also if you understand to the new panels goals? firstly Harris hasn't scored a ton all year & yes he's a good young batter but needs more time in FC cricket, Klinger & Rogers have been going well, but we're aiming to blood new young players not bring in old blood whom will retire before next ashes.. & Fergy scoring at will & being far superior to Clarke? I have to laugh at that!! don't think he's scored a 50 in sheffield all season, his one day game is decent, but he is no where near ready for test cricket, I'm from SA so not bias, would love him in the team, but not going to fix any problems.. & for all you Katich lovers, have you been taking note of his form? obviously not, I was one to feel bad when he was dropped, but he's trying his hardest to prove the selectors right.. he's scored one ton all season & apart from that nearly every knock, he's been out before reaching 20.. give some younger guys a go...

  • Stevo_ on November 25, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Have to pick Cutting at the Gabba. But they will probabaly go with the media hype.

    I'll be at the Gabba hoping Warner gets 0s if he is picked , I don't think he has earnt his place in the squad let alone the team

  • on November 25, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    I'd also agree with the sentiments for inclusion of Cutting. He's been the form bowler of the shield season with 23 at 14, having played a match less than Herrick. At the same time he fits snugly in as a replacement for Johnson since he can also wield a willow.

    Not sure if there's all that much value in retaining Siddle for his experience. May as well recall Bollinger, who also has experience and also a better record.

    @satish619chandar- Ferguson has averaged 15 in his 5 matches so far in the shield. That's probably why he's not anywhere near the selection frame.

  • on November 25, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Hilfenhaus's summary over the past 3 years:

    2009: 9 tests for 30 wickets at 30.58 2010: 7 tests for 18 wickets at 41.38 2011 1 test for3 wickets at 40.33

    He has never taken a test 5 for. Against the top 3 teams: India, England and RSA, he averages in the 40s. Against Pakistan and Windies he averages in the teens.

    We shouldn't overlook his contribution in England though, where he was the top bowler with 22 at 27. That series, I think is what keeps selectors going back to him again and again. He won't find the same swing anywhere else in the world as he does in England though, so even were he guaranteed to re-find the same form in England again, it's questionable whether his inclusion elsewhere is worthwhile.

  • mthw on November 25, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    haha, Fergusson is a far superior batsman to Clarke @satish619chandar??? Fergusson has scored 125 First Class runs in 8 innings in 2011, @ 15.62... Hardly knocking on the door for test selection with those stats... Even though I do think he has the potential to be in the Aussie middle order, they are hardly stats that demand selection or make him a better batsman than Clarke.

  • on November 25, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Hilffy instead of Copland for me. 2 year ago before injury Hilffy was BOG for the Gabba test and he has been in great form in the first few Shield games. He can do tireless work and be a danger at the same time.

  • zico123 on November 25, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Ricky is so stuburn he will never hang his boots on his own, selectors have to take the hard call on his behalf, he is a burden on the team for last 2 years, Australia have been carrying out of form very old Ponting in the side for last 2 years, it is the reason they are down at ranking 4-5, it is time to blood in youth

  • kardon on November 25, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    If the batting order continues to fail I think it will be time for changes. Hussey, Marsh, Uzman, Clarke (only saved because he is captain but wouldnt be in my top XI on form), Watson, Warner, Wade/Neville, O'Keefe, Pattinson, Cummings (if he is to be a test bowler so early?), then either Cutting/Nile-Coultre/Starc/Hazelwood (although he is not 100% post injury). Very young team and not that experienced but no point in holding onto hope with the older guys. They either perform/refind form in shield or they retire. I am a big ponting fan and I dont want to see him out of the team but a 14 average is not good enough. He needs to be at 45 atleast to keep other players out of the team. This team wont be undefeated, they wont win 16 in a row and wont get to number 1 in the world. But it is a team you can build on moving forward and with the quality of young quick bowlers coming through it wont be long until Australia will be number 1 again.

  • kardon on November 25, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Wade does seem like the next keeper in line. But people are forgetting about Nevill. He has averaged about 50 the last 3 years. Both are great glovemen and can bat. As to the structure of the team heading into the NZ game, I am not too sure about Warner opening. He probably does deserve to be in the team but I dont think he is a test opener (dont even think he is a NSW shield opener). The selectors will probably go Warner direct swap for Watson. But I think his ideal position is middle/lower order (number 6) But i doubt Hussey will open. Too many changes. With an aging and out of form batting line up we do have some people knocking on the door..... wonder how long until poor performances bring an end to some of the batters in the team??? Almost half a dozen heads on the chopping block

  • MenFromMarts on November 25, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Not good that Haddin and Hughes still have escaped. Hughes and Warner concern me as there is no orthodox, stoic classic opener. And Brad Haddin well - you know the drill. Proposal. Tom Triffitt as keeper. He is better than Wade, Paine, Ronchi, Healy and most other keepers at a comparison of 21 years of age. If Cummins can be selected as the best bowler at 18 why can Triffit not be selected as best keeper at three years his senior at 21?? There is more to this plan. This then allows Tim Paine to be an opener. Protects his fingers and can concentrate on batting. Bit like AB de Villiers did. We then have Paine as the 1 opener with Warner, Hughes Rogers and co vying for the Opener 2. Watto moves to allrounder position. This is a long term plan obviously as Paine is injured. What do you think lads?

  • Mervo on November 25, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Warner is a barely controlled 20/20 slogger. The think that he would be our Test opener, shows how far we have sunk. go buy a South African as the Poms do so often. Pattison is a low talented trundler of whom we have so many and who will worry no one. Geez I can't believe how low our stocks have fallen.

  • straight_drive4 on November 25, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    @gillyagain - the reason hilfenhaus had such a bad series is the sane reason he will continue to fail - HE CAN'T PITCH THE BALL UP. I have been watching him in domestic cricket so far this year and even though his stats look better (more wickets and better economy) his underlying problems are still there in that he bowls too short.

  • Adoh on November 25, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Yes, Siddle gives you all he's got, has a huge heart and will charge in all day. You only need to charge in all day when you're not taking wickets. All he's got is not enough and personally I'd rather watch wickets fall - it gets pretty boring watching Siddle and his big heart run in all day. Hilfenhaus' so called improvement is demonstrated by his figures in the current AusA match - SR of 86 and economy of 4.77. If that's what people deem to be his improvement, or even normal performce, I'm wondering where rational thought has gone. I'm all for trying out young guns with no reliable stats to judge, but please, use abit of brain power - demonstrated poor performances should not be rewarded with another try at the top level...EVER.

  • tuff_dude on November 25, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Throw chances to klinger/ferguson/pattionson/wade now.............team against nz shld be as 1.warner 2.klinger 3.khwaja 4.ferguson 5.clarke 6.hussey 7.wade 8.cutting 9.pattinson 10.lyon 11.copeland

  • toad001 on November 25, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Copeland, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Lyon, Pattinson - that has to be the worst batting tail in Test cricket since the Poms fielded Andy Caddick, Alan Mulally, Phil Tufnell and Ed Giddins. Plenty of competition for who bats 11.

  • on November 25, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Warner Hughes Khawaja Ponting Clarke Hussey Clarke Siddle Copeland Pattinson Lyon

  • jonesy2 on November 25, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    im actually backing cutting in because of his batting and the test being at his home ground

  • Tigg on November 25, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    My XI: Hughes, Warner, Khawaja, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Wade/Haddin, Copeland, Hilf, Lyon, Pattinson.

    I'd drop Siddle because with only four main bowlers in the attack having a daisy player like him is a risk they can't afford. Plus Copeland, Hilf and Lyon are both adept at bowling long spells if needed.

  • on November 25, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    @GillyAgain - re: Hilfy yes & no. In Perth he was desperately unlucky as he swung the ball more than Harris & MJ - but couldn't buy a wicket. He was also very good in Brizzy, but the other tests he was unthreatening, (well so were the rest)! @jonesy2 - Plenty of others before him! Coulter-Nile should be uninjured by the time the Indians arrive in town!

  • straight_drive4 on November 25, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    I hope Warner hits some big runs - that way it will force the selectors to move Watson down the order when he comes back as Warner will stay opening. Could be a blessing in disguise these injuries...

  • bonner on November 25, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Could this be the surprise return of Simon Katich? I would grin broadly if so...

  • GillyAgain on November 25, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Hilfenhaus did not have a 'poor' Ashes series over the last Aussie summer. He was unlucky in most matches, and was made scapegoat for the poor team performances. His 'improvement' this summer is simply consistent with his form across the last couple of years. There is no doubt he should be in the top 4 fast bowlers in the country. He swings the ball consistently, and is far more useful than M. Johnson. Heres hoping he is not disregarded by the new selection panel.

  • jonesy2 on November 25, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    jackson bird. remember that name. this guy should be given a look even now

  • on November 25, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Would rather have Cutting in place of Siddle. Wait for the 2nd innings of the Aus A game. yes pattinson got some wickets and starc picked up a couple of late ones, but would rather cutting and he adds a little bit of lower order batting.

  • Matt. on November 25, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    i don't know why these injury concerns would keep haddin in the squad. there is hope for these selectors if they replace him with wade. don't get me started on hilfenhaus

  • jonesy2 on November 25, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    yep yep yep great opportunity for these blokes, full of quality. copeland and siddle are going to need to be the work horses. when was the last time two victorians bowled in tests? wouldnt mind seeing mitch marsh play though

  • satish619chandar on November 25, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Getting Warner to open should be an interesting move but is there any value for the runs scored by Klinger/Harris/Rogers any value? Also many middle orders especially Ferguson scoring at will.. Why can't Australia Open with Klinger and Hughes with Ferguson in middle order? Potential wise, Ferguson is far superior than Clarke as a batsman.. When he was a massive hit, he was projected as next big thing but now he is nowhere near selection frame!! Shame really... Lovely player that Ferguson is..

  • nzcricket174 on November 25, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Better get Guptill and McCullum out before Copeland comes on or all hell will break lose!

  • rawr94 on November 25, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    my god that is an inexperienced bowling line up...

  • on November 25, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    I am among the best followers of Australia's domestic cricket. I can promise you that Pattinson will be the man to watch, such a fabulous bowler he is. If Cummins is fit enough to continue in tests, Pattinson will be the man to support that bowling lineup in next decade, as there are no such fitness problems for JP. Australia should manage the work load on this boy as well.

  • bobagorof on November 25, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    No doubt all the players mentioned have been performing well, but why are we ignoring players who have already played a match or two and done reasonably well? Peter George already has Test match experience, dismissing Tendulkar and keeping things very tight in difficult conditions a few years ago. He's also been bowling very well this year without much support. He has the potential to have a 10 year career.

  • on November 25, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    If warner can manage some big runs then Hughes will be out when watto comes back, cmon warner knock up a big 200 or 2 hundreds on debut!!!

  • unregisteredalien on November 25, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Maybe Ponting's just being positive and encouraging, and maybe he's just answering questions posed by journos, but now that he's no longer captain and on the brink of retirement I think it's time he stepped back and let the new selectors do their job without making such public statements and applying indirect pressure on selections. On a similar note, I'd suggest that Clarke, now that he's a selector himself and supposedly impartial, refrain from giving such strident public backing to individual incumbent players. Clarke is one of the few remaining vestiges of the old regime and he'd do well not to continue its bad habits. The winds of changes are blowing strong right now and it might improve Clarke's oft-dubious standing with the Australian public if he went with the flow.

  • ravi_hari on November 25, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    It looks like Aussies will have to select 3 teams every year so that they can manage injuries without any problem. 2 replacements for every player would be easy to choose. Warner is definitely the right choice to replace Watson. However, I feel Ponting should come in at No. 3 and Khawaja at No.6 for the time being so that he can hold the tail together and help score more runs. I feel Aussies should include Bollinger as a replacement for Johnson as an all right hand attack might not be penetrative enough. Also it could be the right time to groom Wade and Haddin can be rested for this series and can be brought back if needed for the series against India. Lyon is the only bowler sure of his spot as he is fit and does not have any competition. Ponting can sign off after this series and allow Marsh and Watson to take centre stage. Clarke will have a job on hand and how he handles the young side will be watched keenly. Best chance for Kiwis to win a test in Australia. Ravi

  • on November 25, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    What about Mitchell Marsh, Doug Bollinger and Simon Katich??? Whey they are not considered?

  • on November 25, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Hilfenhaus? That would be the biggest mistake the new selectors could make. Even with so many injured, there are still plenty of better bowlers around.

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  • on November 25, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Hilfenhaus? That would be the biggest mistake the new selectors could make. Even with so many injured, there are still plenty of better bowlers around.

  • on November 25, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    What about Mitchell Marsh, Doug Bollinger and Simon Katich??? Whey they are not considered?

  • ravi_hari on November 25, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    It looks like Aussies will have to select 3 teams every year so that they can manage injuries without any problem. 2 replacements for every player would be easy to choose. Warner is definitely the right choice to replace Watson. However, I feel Ponting should come in at No. 3 and Khawaja at No.6 for the time being so that he can hold the tail together and help score more runs. I feel Aussies should include Bollinger as a replacement for Johnson as an all right hand attack might not be penetrative enough. Also it could be the right time to groom Wade and Haddin can be rested for this series and can be brought back if needed for the series against India. Lyon is the only bowler sure of his spot as he is fit and does not have any competition. Ponting can sign off after this series and allow Marsh and Watson to take centre stage. Clarke will have a job on hand and how he handles the young side will be watched keenly. Best chance for Kiwis to win a test in Australia. Ravi

  • unregisteredalien on November 25, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    Maybe Ponting's just being positive and encouraging, and maybe he's just answering questions posed by journos, but now that he's no longer captain and on the brink of retirement I think it's time he stepped back and let the new selectors do their job without making such public statements and applying indirect pressure on selections. On a similar note, I'd suggest that Clarke, now that he's a selector himself and supposedly impartial, refrain from giving such strident public backing to individual incumbent players. Clarke is one of the few remaining vestiges of the old regime and he'd do well not to continue its bad habits. The winds of changes are blowing strong right now and it might improve Clarke's oft-dubious standing with the Australian public if he went with the flow.

  • on November 25, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    If warner can manage some big runs then Hughes will be out when watto comes back, cmon warner knock up a big 200 or 2 hundreds on debut!!!

  • bobagorof on November 25, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    No doubt all the players mentioned have been performing well, but why are we ignoring players who have already played a match or two and done reasonably well? Peter George already has Test match experience, dismissing Tendulkar and keeping things very tight in difficult conditions a few years ago. He's also been bowling very well this year without much support. He has the potential to have a 10 year career.

  • on November 25, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    I am among the best followers of Australia's domestic cricket. I can promise you that Pattinson will be the man to watch, such a fabulous bowler he is. If Cummins is fit enough to continue in tests, Pattinson will be the man to support that bowling lineup in next decade, as there are no such fitness problems for JP. Australia should manage the work load on this boy as well.

  • rawr94 on November 25, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    my god that is an inexperienced bowling line up...

  • nzcricket174 on November 25, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Better get Guptill and McCullum out before Copeland comes on or all hell will break lose!

  • satish619chandar on November 25, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Getting Warner to open should be an interesting move but is there any value for the runs scored by Klinger/Harris/Rogers any value? Also many middle orders especially Ferguson scoring at will.. Why can't Australia Open with Klinger and Hughes with Ferguson in middle order? Potential wise, Ferguson is far superior than Clarke as a batsman.. When he was a massive hit, he was projected as next big thing but now he is nowhere near selection frame!! Shame really... Lovely player that Ferguson is..