Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Hobart December 5, 2011

'I'm on top of my game' - Christian

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Daniel Christian has been dreaming of a baggy green since he was a child, but he didn't think it would happen this summer. It still might not. But as the Australians make their way to Hobart for the second Test against New Zealand, which starts on Friday, the selectors will ponder the team's balance, and Christian's name is sure to spark some interesting discussions.

Without Shane Watson in the side, Australia were a bowler short at the Gabba. It didn't really matter, as they accounted for New Zealand within four days, but consideration will be given to the workload required in back-to-back Tests for a youthful attack featuring James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc.

There are only so many overs of gentle outswing that Michael Clarke can ask of Michael Hussey. It is in this role that Christian could play a part. For now, he is in the 12-man squad; if the selectors want an extra bowler, he will become Australia's 427th Test cricketer, and the second indigenous man to play Test cricket for Australia behind Jason Gillespie.

"Without Watto [Watson] there, they've obviously got me in there as an allrounder, so hopefully if I do get the opportunity I can provide that bit of balance, some extra overs in there to give the other blokes a [rest]," Christian said. "When you've got a couple of young guys who bowl high 140s [kph] in the team, it's not going to be my role to do that."

On the surface, it seems a strange time for the selectors to have called on Christian for his bowling: he has taken only ten Sheffield Shield wickets this summer - the same amount as Simon Katich - at an average of 49.70. But he believes the figures don't do justice to the way he has bowled this season, and certainly no argument can be built against his batting.

Until the current round of Shield games started, Christian, 28, was the leading run scorer in the competition, with 475 at an average of 59.37. He had scored two centuries and has clearly enjoyed the promotion to No.6 in the South Australia order, following the retirement of Graham Manou at the end of last season.

"I've had a good couple of months with the bat in Shield cricket," Christian said. "I've been bowling as well as I ever have, I think. The stats probably don't show it - I haven't taken that many wickets. But the ball has been coming out of the hand as well as it ever has. Personally, I feel like it's a good time to get picked because I feel like I'm on top of my game."

Not that he was expecting a Test call-up. After playing three Twenty20 internationals at the start of 2010, Christian had fallen behind other similar players in Australia's shorter-format squads, with Mitchell Marsh having made his debut and John Hastings establishing himself as a regular. And of course, when Watson is fit, there is no room in the Test side for another allrounder.

"I thought I might have been close for the Twenty20 and one-day side around last season," Christian said. "I was keen to start this season well and hopefully be involved in that stuff somewhere along the line as well, but Test selection, I wasn't thinking about it at all."

Christian is highly rated by his peers. Last season he won the Australian Cricketers' Association award as the MVP across all three formats. Michael Hussey said Christian would offer plenty to the Test side if he made the cut, above all as a lower-order striker.

"He's a good all-round option," Hussey said. "He can bowl long spells, he can keep it tight, he can bowl reverse swing. Very athletic fieldsman, he can field anywhere really, he's got a good arm and a good catcher, so he's very versatile in that respect.

"But I think the area he's most dangerous is with the bat, particularly against a tiring attack or something like that, he can really take the game away from them very quickly. He scores at a very fast rate, he's not someone who's just going to hang around, he's going to score at a very good rate and he can take the game away from the opposition very quickly. I've seen him in a few one dayers for SA, where he's come in to 50/50 situations and he's just blown the opposition away scoring 90 or 100 off 60 or 70 balls. That's where I think he can be most damaging."

Whether he wins a chance to damage New Zealand depends on how the selectors wish to balance Australia's side in Hobart. But if a baggy green comes on Friday, Christian is confident he'll be ready.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on December 7, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    @davidpk - my response didn't get posted (twice). I was joking about the W/Cup, funny that hit the mark! 2ndly - I will stand by comment about O'Donnell being a better ODI bowler than Beefy. Their stats are similar, with SO'Ds S/rate being better. I did say ODIs! (I think you need to check their stats matey!) As for Beefy v Oz, he peaked about 12 years before he retired, a bit like Elvis before he died really. There was rocking Elvis/Botham & then there was Fat Elvis (jumpsuit) & Beefy!

  • tomhedley on December 7, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @ jonesy2, lol. Fair enough, his bowling is actually better than his batting now as well. But if you think he's a better player than Flintoff then you're mad. This bloke Christian is a 20/20 player, got no chance of making it in any Test team, especially a struggling middle of the road one like Australia.

  • Claydo78 on December 7, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    theres no way christian is a better all rounder then flintoff was! if it where the case chrisrtian would avg 45 with the bat and 25 with the ball in first class cricket and he is miles of those sort of numbers! flintoff is the whole reason cricket australia started its endless search for an all rounder, the best all rounder currently for australia is hussey, last two wickets have been sangakara (sri lankas best bat) and vettori ( new Zealand's best bat) currently has stats of 51.36 with the bat and 29.60 with the ball, no need for dan christian!

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    @Brydon Coverdale... Yes, Hussey admitted that he couldn't bowl 15 overs in an innings... So expecting Watson to open in Tests & bowl 15-20 overs is obviously a flawed processs... Adding Christian to the team - is this a message that Watson is moving back to no.6?... Leaving Christian out of the 11?... he is missing out on SS duties which for him are now finished until February next year... So with Warner playing just 1 Test & needing more experience who will miss out?... Hughes - probably not... Khawaja or Hussey?... Maybe Usie will get the chop again... Tough call, but with Marsh returning Boxing Day, he is the most obvious... & with Cummins out until probably the Adelaide Test, bowlers will be at a premium...

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    @davidpk... Flintoff did have a few purple patches but can never be considered a great allrounder... Not with his 31/32 record... Kallis was playing before him & still is playing Test cricket - he is the standout for that era... As for the speed of his bowling - so what?... when he doesn't have a low 20's bowling record like Hadlee & Khan... When I think of great 'past' allrounders, Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev & Ian Botham come to mind... Watsons batting at 38 & bowling at 28 do make Flintoffs record look average... Just give credit where credit is due is my attitude... I liked watching Botham... gave alot to cricket everywhere...

  • RandyOZ on December 6, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    @davidpk - flintoff is the most overrated alrounder ever. Dan Christian is already better than him and he hasn't even played a game yet. You seem to forget freddy getting pumpelled to all parts in the 06/07 ashes. His captaincy was possibly the worst in test match history, well maybe not, the South African KP also captained England.

  • bumsonseats on December 6, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    joneys to be an all rounder you have to be able to bowl longer than 4 overs before injury kicks in. on 2 nd thoughts i agree with your reckoning he is your best. freddy only played 1/2 the games he should have and he was twice the all rounder watson will ever be. read your ex wicket keeper gilly autobiography and you would see who they would not or did not like facing before making such daft statements. or would they rather face dibby dobby watson or 90 mph freddy. dpk

  • bumsonseats on December 6, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    meety. botham was lucky that the aussies were about during his reign. as every time he either batted or bowled they would wilt. as to a player been better just because a lesser cricketer ( check their stats ) had won a wc is nonsense, and for you to say it not up to your usual thought out cricketing utterances.dpk

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Tony Munro, Symonds was born in England of West Indian heritage

  • jonesy2 on December 6, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    tomhedley -- considering australia have the best allrounder since kallis debuted, in watson, im not sure what on earth you are talking about

  • Meety on December 7, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    @davidpk - my response didn't get posted (twice). I was joking about the W/Cup, funny that hit the mark! 2ndly - I will stand by comment about O'Donnell being a better ODI bowler than Beefy. Their stats are similar, with SO'Ds S/rate being better. I did say ODIs! (I think you need to check their stats matey!) As for Beefy v Oz, he peaked about 12 years before he retired, a bit like Elvis before he died really. There was rocking Elvis/Botham & then there was Fat Elvis (jumpsuit) & Beefy!

  • tomhedley on December 7, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    @ jonesy2, lol. Fair enough, his bowling is actually better than his batting now as well. But if you think he's a better player than Flintoff then you're mad. This bloke Christian is a 20/20 player, got no chance of making it in any Test team, especially a struggling middle of the road one like Australia.

  • Claydo78 on December 7, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    theres no way christian is a better all rounder then flintoff was! if it where the case chrisrtian would avg 45 with the bat and 25 with the ball in first class cricket and he is miles of those sort of numbers! flintoff is the whole reason cricket australia started its endless search for an all rounder, the best all rounder currently for australia is hussey, last two wickets have been sangakara (sri lankas best bat) and vettori ( new Zealand's best bat) currently has stats of 51.36 with the bat and 29.60 with the ball, no need for dan christian!

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    @Brydon Coverdale... Yes, Hussey admitted that he couldn't bowl 15 overs in an innings... So expecting Watson to open in Tests & bowl 15-20 overs is obviously a flawed processs... Adding Christian to the team - is this a message that Watson is moving back to no.6?... Leaving Christian out of the 11?... he is missing out on SS duties which for him are now finished until February next year... So with Warner playing just 1 Test & needing more experience who will miss out?... Hughes - probably not... Khawaja or Hussey?... Maybe Usie will get the chop again... Tough call, but with Marsh returning Boxing Day, he is the most obvious... & with Cummins out until probably the Adelaide Test, bowlers will be at a premium...

  • zenboomerang on December 7, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    @davidpk... Flintoff did have a few purple patches but can never be considered a great allrounder... Not with his 31/32 record... Kallis was playing before him & still is playing Test cricket - he is the standout for that era... As for the speed of his bowling - so what?... when he doesn't have a low 20's bowling record like Hadlee & Khan... When I think of great 'past' allrounders, Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev & Ian Botham come to mind... Watsons batting at 38 & bowling at 28 do make Flintoffs record look average... Just give credit where credit is due is my attitude... I liked watching Botham... gave alot to cricket everywhere...

  • RandyOZ on December 6, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    @davidpk - flintoff is the most overrated alrounder ever. Dan Christian is already better than him and he hasn't even played a game yet. You seem to forget freddy getting pumpelled to all parts in the 06/07 ashes. His captaincy was possibly the worst in test match history, well maybe not, the South African KP also captained England.

  • bumsonseats on December 6, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    joneys to be an all rounder you have to be able to bowl longer than 4 overs before injury kicks in. on 2 nd thoughts i agree with your reckoning he is your best. freddy only played 1/2 the games he should have and he was twice the all rounder watson will ever be. read your ex wicket keeper gilly autobiography and you would see who they would not or did not like facing before making such daft statements. or would they rather face dibby dobby watson or 90 mph freddy. dpk

  • bumsonseats on December 6, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    meety. botham was lucky that the aussies were about during his reign. as every time he either batted or bowled they would wilt. as to a player been better just because a lesser cricketer ( check their stats ) had won a wc is nonsense, and for you to say it not up to your usual thought out cricketing utterances.dpk

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @Tony Munro, Symonds was born in England of West Indian heritage

  • jonesy2 on December 6, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    tomhedley -- considering australia have the best allrounder since kallis debuted, in watson, im not sure what on earth you are talking about

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    has everyone forgot about andy symons he also indigious ????

  • tomhedley on December 6, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    For some reason Australia have been searching for an all rounder since they got turned over in the '05 Ashes. The problem is top class all rounders only come around once in a blue moon and to force a bits and pieces cricketer into the role is a complete waste of time. I really can't see top teams losing too much sleep at the prospect of playing against this guy, if he plays 10 Tests it will be a miracle if he averages over 20 with the bat and under 50 with the ball.

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @RandyOz "Possibly the best all-rounder on Earth behind Watson?" I doubt even Dan Christians mother believes that!

  • zenboomerang on December 6, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    @Peterincanada... I have no idea why you brought up Inver's... One of the greatest tactically astute cricket minds going around... ... Re: Dan Christian - his recent form with the bat equals or is better than the recent performances of Hughes, Khawaja, Ponting, Hussey, Watson... Your point?... His bowling is equal to any of the NZ'ers top 3 fast bowlers & has a FC 9for... Last SS match 43/9/121/4 & 157 with the bat... Again your point?... We are going to play NZ on a slower deck that suits his bowling & he reverse swings with the old ball... ... "If" Christian is picked, I would drop Hughes & put Mr. Cricket in as opener... or would you drop Khawaja, Warner or Hussey?... ... If he doesn't play, then the selectors have made a tactically poor decision for Christian who has had to sit out a SS match... Much like Copeland had to endure, then told he couldn't be picked because he hadn't had any recent matches...

  • zenboomerang on December 6, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    @CricketisMyPassion... Agree... More questions than answers coming from CA... Watsons promotion to opening has completely unbalanced the team & made replacing players more difficult... With Watto at no.6 he can easily be replaced by another allrounder or batsman... But as an opener he can't be easily replaced... Also his batting has declined as his bowling efforts have increased (coinciding with being named VC)... He is worth more as an allrounder than an opener to the team...

  • anver777 on December 6, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    May confident Christian's childhood dream of wearing the baggy green cap come true in Hobart............wishing him a good start to his test career !!!!!

  • Wefinishthis on December 6, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    It's sad that everyone on this forum gets it, but the selectors do not. This guy is the next Steve Smith. What happened to the Argus review? I really feel for the deserving players like Rogers, Cowan, D. Hussey, O'Keefe, Copeland, Butterworth, Faulkner and Coulter-Nile. Those guys will never get the respect they deserve, despite dominating shield cricket.

  • jonesy2 on December 6, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    many people here have obviously never seen christian play. davidpk, stormy16. christian is one of the most damanging batsmen in the world, same mould as cameron white or yusuf pathan

  • on December 6, 2011, 2:42 GMT

    Dan is a good All rounder and he is in my team DC (IPL) so my support is with him :)

  • DrOMFS on December 6, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    @RandyOZ:" Possibly the best all-rounder on Earth". Your seriously joking right? When he has over 12 000 runs at 57 and 270 test wickets like Kallis, only than I think you can lay that claim. But Christian is my opinion is a very good solid cricketer and I hope he does well. I really hope they drop Hughes and let him improve his game in the domestic competition out of the spotlight. I do feel sorry for the guy. Has to put up with so much pressure and criticism. However once he does improve his game I believe he will make a good opening batsmen with a long career for Australia. However just not yet. With Christian in the side I guess their thinking is it will share the work load so hopefully less injuries for the injury-prone Aussie quicks!

  • MinusZero on December 5, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    Whats going on in the selection room? Are they just throwing a dart and picking who it lands on. Surely there are better players than Dan Christian for the test team

  • azzaman333 on December 5, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    Pick the best 6 batsmen, the best 4 bowlers and the best keeper. Extremely simple. I don't believe Christian is either in our best 6 batsmen, or our best 4 bowlers, so he shouldn't be picked. Still, good luck to him if he gets a game.

  • Meety on December 5, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    @ davidpk - Simon O'Donnell was better than any Pommy allrounder in ODIs bar Botham, even then O'Donnell's bowling was superior - he basically invented the slower ball, or at least the first to master it. Since he is a member of a W/Cup winning ODI side, that places him above ALL Pommy all-rounders! @VivGilchrist "...What's wrong with selecting guys based on form anyway?" - IMO, the "form" debate in selection processes is overrated. If a bloke (Christian) averages 50 over 5 games but barely 30 over 30+ games, I think its fair to think that "form" is temporary until such time has passed that it has been sustained. S Smith averaged about 60 in the Shield, & every man & his dog bagged him as can't bat, can't bowl, (he had taken more wickets during the Shield than Hauritz had until Test selection). So I'd say a massive warning must go with selecting "form" players - particularly if they don't have much history to back it up! Form is just part of a mix for selection IMO.

  • josh2david on December 5, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    Daniel is an overrated player; He proved that to Indians in IPL, I don't think he is a genuine all-rounder

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 23:09 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - very well put, I second your thoughts.

  • bobagorof on December 5, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    At what point were Australia a bowler short in the last Test? Sure, there was a good NZ partnership down the order, but it's not like any of Australia's bowlers were overbowled. Australia has an obsession with all-rounders, when in reality they're a nice bonus but certainly not necessary if your other players are doing their jobs. His selection would also mean one of the batsmen would get dropped, which means one of the young brigade as the captain certainly doesn't want to drop Ponting, and Hussey was in great form in SL. Turfing out a young player after a handful of matches is exactly what Australia don't need right now. There's already going to be a problem when Watson and Marsh return.

  • Peterincanada on December 5, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    John Inverarity, like most all-rounders, was not test calibre with bat or ball and those types should NEVER be selected. Players must be test calibre in at least one discipline either as a bowler who shortens the tail or a basman who can also bowl a few overs. If they are that rare creature who is test class in both disciplines so much the better.

  • VivGilchrist on December 5, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Selection should be about winning the next game, not keeping the chair warm for when the stars return from injury. If the addition of Christian replacing Hughes in the XI is going to to strengthen the team for the NEXT match, so be it. What's wrong with selecting guys based on form anyway?

  • VivGilchrist on December 5, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    Selection should be about winning the next game, not keeping the chair warm for when the stars return from injury. If the addition of Christian replacing Hughes in the XI is going to to strengthen the team for the NEXT match, so be it. What's wrong with selecting guys based on form anyway?

  • MenFromMarts on December 5, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    @randyOz umm I think one Mr Kallis may disagree with your assesment of greatest all rounder on earth. Not that I object to Christian being in the frame. Faulkner and Coulter-Nile are better longterm AR's if Mr Inverarity feels obliged to have one. McDonald, Hopes, Henriques and McKay aren't total wastes of space either. Nice to see Cam White bowling again and taking a 5 for. So there is bowling/batting replacement depth here. Let's face it though injuries are the only reason some of these guys are in the frame. But out of someones misfortune comes someones glory so let's all sit back and hope we unearth a goody. Still would like to see Tim Paine open with Warner against India. But not as WK.

  • stormy16 on December 5, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    I think Aus should stick to the 7/4 combination. If one of the 7 can bowl that's great but playing a guy for both skills neither of whcih alone would get him selected for hasnt really worked. Isnt this what England did with Mark Ellam and Craig White ETC - it never really worked. If Dan can play as a pure batsmana then sure but otherwise this is not a good plan.

  • bumsonseats on December 5, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    well to call yourself an all rounder you have to be competent in both formats this guys a joke when it comes to bowling thee last of his likes was simon odonnell. how he got the indians to pay $900,000 for him, but then they found out soon enogh when he played for them lol. dpk

  • CiMP on December 5, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    If Dan Christian is ihe must be played too. Replace who? Hughes or Hussey? Moreover, what happens when Watto returns, if by that time everyone else had done well esp. Warner, Hughes/Hussey, etc. Is DC a Substitute for Watto or is he Replacing Hughes/Hussey? If selectors make a clear cut statement that X is there as a Substitute for Y, and when Y returns X will go away no matter how well he had fared, it will remove a lot of uncertainty within the dressing room where some borderline performers are present. Similarly, X will also will not have a heartbreak knowing his role is that of a sub (as in the field where no matter ho many good catches you take or run outs you effect, you still go back once the regular player returns from the pavilion. If the X is a Replacement then Y will also understand that his return will be decided by how well X plays. In short, everyone knows what he is in for. More transparency and less uncertainty. I guess professionals deserve that courtesy.

  • BellCurve on December 5, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @RandyOz - I realise your comments are designed to stir up emotions. But to call Christian "better than Flintoff ever was" only serves to prove your own ignorance. Allow me to educate you. In 2005 Flintoff played 6 Tests against Australia - a team that is widely regarded as the strongest in the history of the game. Flintoff proceeded to score 452 runs at an average of 37.67 and take 31 wickets at an average of 24.58. Has there ever been a greater all-round performance? I think not.

  • vparisa on December 5, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Dan should have played much earlier!! Good luck!!

  • ian_ghose on December 5, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Isn't it that guy who bowls a slower-hit me ball when the opposition needs a 6 to win off the last ball, and the batter duely hits him for 6? I certainly hope they aren't taking him for his bowling.

  • Srini_Indian on December 5, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Hmmm, it seems another guy would announce retirement from cricket after India series like Shaun Tait did in 2008 series after the crushing loss in Perth.

  • bumsonseats on December 5, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    for once i agree wth you randy mind hes been retired 2.1/2 years but im not sure we can get him on to a ground for us to compare both. hes not picked up a cricket bat in that time, but dc i suppose will be fitter than him now. well maybe not. dpk

  • on December 5, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    I understand that Dan Christian is a solid one day player but I'm still not convienced that he deserves to plays test matches. He has batted well this season but his bowling is definitely not international standards. In my opinion if they were looking for an allrounder, then someone like James Faulkner or Luke Butterworth should be in the team. I understand that Butterworth is injured at the moment but surely he is the #1 allrounder in the state arena.

  • pepsi_challenge on December 5, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    It's mickey Arthur's 1st game with any influence over selection and he loves allrounders, he believes they give the team balance (which they do) DC is in form and has shown to be a consistent , resilient player, give him a go and move everyone up 1 spot with Hughes / Warner to miss out

  • Marktc on December 5, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    The Oz win proves what I have been saying, they are not a weak side like some would like to say. In transition yes, weak, nope. There are weak links, but enough strength to keep them winning.

  • dutchy on December 5, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    This article makes a number of bizarre statements. "Australia was a bowler short during the first test". No we weren't - four bowlers are the norm. We became the best team in the world with four bowlers. There are plenty of part timers to help out if it gets too hard for the poor little darlings (Hussey, Clarke, Warner). Also why can't you have two all rounders in a team? All rounders are often more effective if there are two - just having one tends to weaken batting or bowling (e.g. Flintoff at six weakened English batting). Ian Botham was a lot more effective when partnered with Peter Willey or Geoff Miller. All rounder John Inverarity obviously has a thing for other all rounders, just like Duncan Fletcher did. We should be careful though - all rounders wreck teams and throw them out of balance unless it is very clear what their jobs are.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 5, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    Australia's selectors will be stupid to put him in. The only option is to replace a batsman with him, the obvious candidate for he axe being Phil Hughes and moving Ussie Khawaja up to open. However despite Hughes' technical struggles to the ball going across him, he has scored a brilliant hundred against Sri Lanka and a fairly decent 80 odd against South Africa in the last couple of months. His time is not up yet.

  • jonesy2 on December 5, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    a big hitting attacking batsman leading the shield run scoring is a huge weapon, he deserves this opportunity, the only thing will be fitting him in to this increasingly hugely dominant outfit

  • hmmmmm... on December 5, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    I'm with you zenbommerang - I'd drop Hussey for his excellent technique and consistency and keep Hughes for the lack of his!

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Possibly the best all-rounder on Earth behind Watson, and already better than Flintoff ever was. His batting is destructive with a tidy bowling toolkit.

  • on December 5, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    This time last year I was imploring the selectors and anyone who would listen to have Dan Christian, Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade in the side in all 3 formats and to put Dave Warner in the test team. Thanks to Argus, we are now having some sensible selections. Christian's inclusion is well and truly overdue and Hobart is the perfect pitch for his medium pace bowling.

  • BDHUNTER on December 5, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Mitchal Marsh should included instead DC.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I saw Dan Christian few months back Live in Mumbai D.Y.Patil Stadium playing IPL, and he overshadowed a rampaging Warner and swashbuckling Sehwag for Delhi IPL team. He killed Yuvraj's Pune team to win the match on the final ball. He deserves a Baggy Green and it will make the game exciting come Friday !

  • ygkd on December 5, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Good on him. Christian deserves it. South Aussies haven't had a fair go in national colours for quite a while and now two adopted ones (in Lyon & Christian) may end up in the same test team as each other. Mind you, whatever happened to that other son of the Murray River basin, Andrew McDonald? He can bat and bowl a bit too. If Christian gets a run, make it a prolonged one. Don't (mis-)treat him, like McDonald was.

  • mehulmatrix on December 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Haha..so the rounds of musical chairs continue. Suddenly mid series they are looking for an all rounder. No wonder even Dan is surprised. So they looking for batting allrounder or bowling allrounder? I don't think they sure about it. Those emphasizing on current form, his bowling doesn't seem to be good enough for a test call for sure.I hoped that new committee would make more cricketing and mature decisions, which is not reflected till now i think. Btw wasn't Andrew Mcdonald selected sometime back for such a role? Has he been not good enough to get a call up again?Guess next test, warner/hughes would be out with a new combo to open.

  • Meety on December 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    IMO - he is a must for our ODI & T20 sides, bit premature with Test selection though!

  • Dashgar on December 5, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Dangerous precedent being set, picking guys who are on top of their game. With policies like that Australia might just become a test power again. If only Cutting was fit we could have the number 1 Sheffield Shield batsman and bowler in the Test team.

  • zenboomerang on December 5, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    He definitely deserves a spot as Watsons replacement... When Watson moves back to no.6 Christian is an obvious replacement... Who to replace - Hughes or Hussey... No other spots available & Hussey has spent years as an opener... So 'if' Christian is selected would you leave Mr.Cricket out of the team?...

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  • zenboomerang on December 5, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    He definitely deserves a spot as Watsons replacement... When Watson moves back to no.6 Christian is an obvious replacement... Who to replace - Hughes or Hussey... No other spots available & Hussey has spent years as an opener... So 'if' Christian is selected would you leave Mr.Cricket out of the team?...

  • Dashgar on December 5, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    Dangerous precedent being set, picking guys who are on top of their game. With policies like that Australia might just become a test power again. If only Cutting was fit we could have the number 1 Sheffield Shield batsman and bowler in the Test team.

  • Meety on December 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    IMO - he is a must for our ODI & T20 sides, bit premature with Test selection though!

  • mehulmatrix on December 5, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Haha..so the rounds of musical chairs continue. Suddenly mid series they are looking for an all rounder. No wonder even Dan is surprised. So they looking for batting allrounder or bowling allrounder? I don't think they sure about it. Those emphasizing on current form, his bowling doesn't seem to be good enough for a test call for sure.I hoped that new committee would make more cricketing and mature decisions, which is not reflected till now i think. Btw wasn't Andrew Mcdonald selected sometime back for such a role? Has he been not good enough to get a call up again?Guess next test, warner/hughes would be out with a new combo to open.

  • ygkd on December 5, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Good on him. Christian deserves it. South Aussies haven't had a fair go in national colours for quite a while and now two adopted ones (in Lyon & Christian) may end up in the same test team as each other. Mind you, whatever happened to that other son of the Murray River basin, Andrew McDonald? He can bat and bowl a bit too. If Christian gets a run, make it a prolonged one. Don't (mis-)treat him, like McDonald was.

  • on December 5, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I saw Dan Christian few months back Live in Mumbai D.Y.Patil Stadium playing IPL, and he overshadowed a rampaging Warner and swashbuckling Sehwag for Delhi IPL team. He killed Yuvraj's Pune team to win the match on the final ball. He deserves a Baggy Green and it will make the game exciting come Friday !

  • BDHUNTER on December 5, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    Mitchal Marsh should included instead DC.

  • on December 5, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    This time last year I was imploring the selectors and anyone who would listen to have Dan Christian, Mitchell Marsh and Matthew Wade in the side in all 3 formats and to put Dave Warner in the test team. Thanks to Argus, we are now having some sensible selections. Christian's inclusion is well and truly overdue and Hobart is the perfect pitch for his medium pace bowling.

  • RandyOZ on December 5, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Possibly the best all-rounder on Earth behind Watson, and already better than Flintoff ever was. His batting is destructive with a tidy bowling toolkit.

  • hmmmmm... on December 5, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    I'm with you zenbommerang - I'd drop Hussey for his excellent technique and consistency and keep Hughes for the lack of his!