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Switch Hit: Is Australia's natural game hopeless?

Jonathan Harris Bass is joined by Dan Brettig, George Dobell and Jarrod Kimber to discuss how unobtrusively fantastic Joe Root is, and the many reasons why Australia are really not so good.

July 22, 2013

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

@George Dobell - You say you like Shane Watson but have you had a look at the Ashes figures this far? Watson has 109 runs off 153 balls at a SR of 71.24. The other openers are far more cautious; Rogers (89-232-38.36), Cook (83-233-35.62), Root (221-447-49.44 in spite of that evening onslaught). Roughly speaking, you can trust the other three to be 30* at lunch on the first day while Watson will be back in the pavillion in under an hour with the same score to his name after seven powerfully-struck fours. I'd say this is proof of Shane Watson being a limited-overs cricketer and not a test player, wouldn't you?

Posted by rajhe1 on (July 23, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

Interesting discussion . But whats up with JHB's hair :) :)

Posted by 158notout on (July 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

The one I feel sorry for is Nathan Lyon. He has been a steady bowler for Australia since coming into the side. He has limitiations OK but he has now been dropped in consecutive series for risky, desperate bets - Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell in India and now Agar here. You need to stick with some players, especially spinners, opening batsmen, they need time to establish themselves. Bring Cowan back in as well. He was half of a decent opening partnership at least.

Posted by LeeHallam on (July 23, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

On the subject of players retiring at the same time: I wonder if that played a part in Compton's none selection. If he had been a success It would have meant that he would probably have had to be replaced at around the same time as Bell, Prior and Trott, and not long before Cook. England seem to be pushing in the next generation of batsmen in Root & Bairstow.

Posted by milepost on (July 23, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

Joe Root has been fortunate. Had he been caught on 8 his position opening would be under scrutiny. One innings does not make a batsman. We will get him cheaply again.

Posted by pat_one_back on (July 23, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Unless your natural game is to preserve your wicket at all costs and score at low risk, chancing only enough to niggle the bowlers and concern the fielding captain until you can score more freely at low risk, then you should shelve it for the above approach. Play the conditions, the match situation, play to your confidence level, play to win, play however the opposition don't want you to play and then, only then consider imposing your 'natural game' and only if it continues to tick all these boxes.Alternatively learn to bowl and bat below 7.

Posted by pat_one_back on (July 23, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Unless your natural game is to preserve your wicket at all costs and score at low risk, chancing only enough to niggle the bowlers and concern the fielding captain until you can score more freely at low risk, then you should shelve it for the above approach. Play the conditions, the match situation, play to your confidence level, play to win, play however the opposition don't want you to play and then, only then consider imposing your 'natural game' and only if it continues to tick all these boxes.Alternatively learn to bowl and bat below 7.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 8:41 GMT)

I'd also throw in by saying that the selections of Marcus North and Andrew Symonds in a hopeless search for a big hitting all-rounder have hurt Australian batting... That was the time when a talented young batsman al la Hughes, Khawaja Cosgrove or Ferguson should of come in

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

Lost interest when Kimber suggested they would lose to a county side.. I have never heard such a load of overdramatic rubbish in my life... The problem is the Aussie batsman listen to people like you and they themselves no longer believe they are good enough... I remember seeing phil hughes destroy one of the best attacks in the world and lets not forget he made 81* last test before Clarke put him to the sword and moved him from 6 to 4 where Hughes averages 2... Remember Rogers was averaging 70 in county cricket before coming into the tests... Khawaja has been a consistent domestic scorer that must be given an extended run

Posted by Rajdeepgupta on (July 23, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

As usual fantastic show. Common Jared, take up the bat from Watto and open. :)

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