Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Perth February 9, 2012

Clarke sees Test batsman in Forrest

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Australia's captain Michael Clarke believes his former state team-mate Peter Forrest can go on to become a top order Test batsman, though he has not yet revealed whether or not he will hand him a debut ODI cap in Friday's match against Sri Lanka in Perth.

Forrest is expected to be included in the XI for Australia's second match of the triangular series, but Clarke and the rest of the selection panel must decide which batsman should make way. Having watched Forrest at close quarters in New South Wales, then admired his run-scoring for Queensland this summer, Clarke was in little doubt about his capacity to make an impression in Tests. They were heartening words for Forrest ahead of the West Indies tour, and a little more than a year out from the 2013 Ashes.

"Foz is a wonderful talent and has been pretty successful for Queensland this year, he's got a very good technique, certainly a good top order batsman, and he can play a big part in Australian cricket going forward," Clarke said. "A very gifted player, a good fielder, very good batter. And not just in one-day cricket, I think he's got the potential to play Test cricket as well in the future.

"I think it's good that Foz is around the group, it gives him a great opportunity to see what it's like inside the Australian change room and how we go about our work, training and things like that. If he gets an opportunity to play then it's important that he makes the most of it and tries to grab it with both hands, but I'm not sure yet what XI we'll take onto the ground."

Forrest was not the only young player Clarke was quizzed about as his team prepared at the WACA ground. Alister McDermott, son of the bowling coach and former Test fast man Craig McDermott, has made a striking impression this summer as a much improved fast medium bowler. His 7 for 24 earlier in the day at the Gabba had almost granted the Bulls an outrageous Sheffield Shield victory over Western Australia, and Clarke said he had noted his progress.

"He's had a really good year for the Bulls and he bowled really well in the Twenty20 as well," Clarke said. "It looks like he's been working on his death bowling, his yorker is probably as good as there is in domestic cricket at the moment. Nice to see him putting consistently good performances on the board. He's a 20-year-old kid, he's got plenty of time, but I'm sure he's got goals to represent Australia in whatever form he can. If he keeps performing like that, it'll be hard to keep him out."

Given the injury-enforced absences of Brett Lee, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins among others, Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene has pointed to Australia's attack as a possible area to exploit. However Clarke countered that he was not overly worried about the visiting combination, so long as his men continued to improve themselves. He is also keeping half an eye on the team's subsequent assignments in the West Indies and England, mindful of how few international sides are presently performing as solidly on their travels as they do at home.

"That's Mahela's opinion, he's a very good player and played against a lot of opposition teams, so he feels that way, we just have to make sure we play some really good cricket, whether that be with the bat or the ball," Clarke said. "I'm not really concerned about the opposition right now, whether that be India or Sri Lanka. There's a lot of areas of our game that we've been working on as a one-day team, and that'll be our focus at training again.

"We will be tested as a team all around the world. It's been a really good start to the summer winning the Test series, but you are expected to perform in your own backyard, it's now going to be a test to see how we go when we play overseas."

Clarke's own pre-match routine was upset by the fact that Australia's hotel in Perth did not offer access to the digital television channel on which the India v Sri Lanka match was screened, though he did not lose too much sleep over the fact.

"I didn't see one ball. I was asking on Twitter how I can watch the game, but unfortunately we don't have Gem in our hotel," Clarke said of Channel Nine's digital offshoot. "So I was getting the scores off Twitter but didn't see one ball unfortunately. We looked at a lot of footage yesterday of the Sri Lankan team, so everyone in our change room knows the opposition, knows their strengths and weaknesses and what we need to do to beat them."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • zenboomerang on February 11, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Harry_Kool... Gee Harry, must have been hard for you to get up to Lismore to watch young Coops play Grade cricket as a junior at your local club while watching Forrest in FC matches... lol... Coops been in Adelaide for a fair while & played his 1st FC game at 21 at AO... Coops match winning performance against Vic in his last Ryobi game was brilliant - in a match that saw 19 wkts fall for 247 runs while Coops made 60 n.o. of 9/124 - 6 to Dutchy - so AO is turning... Forrest OD form is poor - that has nothing to do with his SS stats... Some players just aren't suited to all forms of the game...

  • zenboomerang on February 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @the_flying_squad :- "you know you are being selective with your stats there"... Not at all, if anything I put in too many stats... Just his Ryobi Cup form would have been enough to show that Forrest is jumping the queue for ODI selection... As far as Test selection - well his form is good this season, but so are many other players... This season there are 17 batsmen averaging over 50 including - Wade, Christian, Forrest, Neville, Bailey, D Hussey, Quiney, Voges, Davis, Cowan, Cooper...

  • on February 10, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Harry_Kool : 6 FC matches of good batting and he is deemed fit to play for Aus in ODIs???If current form is the criteria then we should change the team after every single game and drop player after 2 bad performances..Khawaja averages nearly the same over last 4 seasons..and how convenient for you to forget that Forrest's Ryobi Cup stats of below 30 average and below 70 SR...Ferguson and Cooper are definitely better player on current form..and if you start counting the no. of players who look good then we can have 5 teams representing Aus netym

  • Micgyver on February 10, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I tell you what there are some negative winers on here who i bet havent even seen Forrest bat,or at least seen him bat this year.

  • gpm86 on February 10, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    i dont see the issue with trying a few players out really. Forrest did well in the Big Bash along with his form in shield matches, which is the basis of them selecting this squad (given their hadnt been games for 7 weeks when this squad was sleected apart from T20 games...)

    Forrest, may be not as valid a selection as others that everyone has pointed out, but argus report does say selection based on current form. and Before anyone says anything about kwajaja - he was tried and tested, and never made a significant score in tests. The selectors have told him to go make runs in shield and ryobi cup, which is good for his long term development.

    People need to learn to see the bigger picture. I think the selectors have done an excellent job so far and good on them.

  • Mprezd on February 10, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    I find it interesting that everyone is raging out about the guy's stats. Sure, it is a part of the puzzle, but it is only part. It shouldn't be the be all and end all.

    Surely there has to be some measure of selecting talent that comes into the equation?

    A prime example is Doug Bracewell playing for New Zealand. 22 fc games with 67 wickets at 33.07. Yet he has a test record of 21 wickets at 16.47. He's ripped through Aussie once, and in the first test was dreadfully unlucky to not pick up at least 2 or 3 more wickets due to some pretty poor fielding/support.

    And I don't want to hear this rubbish about easy wickets v Zimbabwe. He has 10 wickets in 2 tests vs Aussie at 17.2. Compare that to 11 wickets in 2 games vs Zimbabwe at 15.8. Not a lot of difference there.

    John wright basically hasn't put a foot wrong with his selection calls so far.

  • dsig3 on February 10, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Our batting is absolutely barren at the moment. Good luck to Forrest as he is the best bet at the moment but the fact that he is in line to play international cricket is a disgrace. If our bowling wasnt working so well at the moment Australia would be in absolute CRISIS! I dont care how many runs Clarke and Punter made in the Tests. I like what Cowan brings to our side, but 10 years ago he would have been struggling to hold a place in a domestic squad. What has happened to batting in this country?

  • Harry_Kool on February 10, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @mari2619 4 games? You best look at the fc records again lad. Forrest also batted on the SCG for about 4 seasons which was never a batsman's paradise, again, I used to attend all the NSW games so really, stats are a useless comparison this point. Give me a batsman who has battled on difficult tracks for a number of seasons and prevails over flat track bullies who are way out of their depths at test level, case in point a lot of the Indian youngsters. As soon as Forrest went interstate and batted consistently on wickets better for batrsmen, guess what he has done? Same for Cowan as well. Perhaps if you played competitive circket you might have a better handle on what makes a batsman.

  • on February 10, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @Harry Kool...I watched him playing Sheffield Shield and Ryobi cup...His averaging 58 in Sheffield Shield which is great but this is the one day format? His current form in Ryobi cup this season is 29.33 at a strike rate of 67.95. LOL so you didnt do your homework? Or maybe you enjoy watching a test sort of player plodding slowly along for a scratchy 20-30. If he was selected for test team you have a point but personally cooper/khwaja/ferguson can feel more hard done as going by ryobi stats as listed here, http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=6787;type=tournament

  • brownpearl2131 on February 9, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    u r kidding clarke!!!! aren't you? you are brand ambassador of vodaphone who let you run the live matches on your mobile.... why didnt u tuned in there????

  • zenboomerang on February 11, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Harry_Kool... Gee Harry, must have been hard for you to get up to Lismore to watch young Coops play Grade cricket as a junior at your local club while watching Forrest in FC matches... lol... Coops been in Adelaide for a fair while & played his 1st FC game at 21 at AO... Coops match winning performance against Vic in his last Ryobi game was brilliant - in a match that saw 19 wkts fall for 247 runs while Coops made 60 n.o. of 9/124 - 6 to Dutchy - so AO is turning... Forrest OD form is poor - that has nothing to do with his SS stats... Some players just aren't suited to all forms of the game...

  • zenboomerang on February 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @the_flying_squad :- "you know you are being selective with your stats there"... Not at all, if anything I put in too many stats... Just his Ryobi Cup form would have been enough to show that Forrest is jumping the queue for ODI selection... As far as Test selection - well his form is good this season, but so are many other players... This season there are 17 batsmen averaging over 50 including - Wade, Christian, Forrest, Neville, Bailey, D Hussey, Quiney, Voges, Davis, Cowan, Cooper...

  • on February 10, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Harry_Kool : 6 FC matches of good batting and he is deemed fit to play for Aus in ODIs???If current form is the criteria then we should change the team after every single game and drop player after 2 bad performances..Khawaja averages nearly the same over last 4 seasons..and how convenient for you to forget that Forrest's Ryobi Cup stats of below 30 average and below 70 SR...Ferguson and Cooper are definitely better player on current form..and if you start counting the no. of players who look good then we can have 5 teams representing Aus netym

  • Micgyver on February 10, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I tell you what there are some negative winers on here who i bet havent even seen Forrest bat,or at least seen him bat this year.

  • gpm86 on February 10, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    i dont see the issue with trying a few players out really. Forrest did well in the Big Bash along with his form in shield matches, which is the basis of them selecting this squad (given their hadnt been games for 7 weeks when this squad was sleected apart from T20 games...)

    Forrest, may be not as valid a selection as others that everyone has pointed out, but argus report does say selection based on current form. and Before anyone says anything about kwajaja - he was tried and tested, and never made a significant score in tests. The selectors have told him to go make runs in shield and ryobi cup, which is good for his long term development.

    People need to learn to see the bigger picture. I think the selectors have done an excellent job so far and good on them.

  • Mprezd on February 10, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    I find it interesting that everyone is raging out about the guy's stats. Sure, it is a part of the puzzle, but it is only part. It shouldn't be the be all and end all.

    Surely there has to be some measure of selecting talent that comes into the equation?

    A prime example is Doug Bracewell playing for New Zealand. 22 fc games with 67 wickets at 33.07. Yet he has a test record of 21 wickets at 16.47. He's ripped through Aussie once, and in the first test was dreadfully unlucky to not pick up at least 2 or 3 more wickets due to some pretty poor fielding/support.

    And I don't want to hear this rubbish about easy wickets v Zimbabwe. He has 10 wickets in 2 tests vs Aussie at 17.2. Compare that to 11 wickets in 2 games vs Zimbabwe at 15.8. Not a lot of difference there.

    John wright basically hasn't put a foot wrong with his selection calls so far.

  • dsig3 on February 10, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Our batting is absolutely barren at the moment. Good luck to Forrest as he is the best bet at the moment but the fact that he is in line to play international cricket is a disgrace. If our bowling wasnt working so well at the moment Australia would be in absolute CRISIS! I dont care how many runs Clarke and Punter made in the Tests. I like what Cowan brings to our side, but 10 years ago he would have been struggling to hold a place in a domestic squad. What has happened to batting in this country?

  • Harry_Kool on February 10, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @mari2619 4 games? You best look at the fc records again lad. Forrest also batted on the SCG for about 4 seasons which was never a batsman's paradise, again, I used to attend all the NSW games so really, stats are a useless comparison this point. Give me a batsman who has battled on difficult tracks for a number of seasons and prevails over flat track bullies who are way out of their depths at test level, case in point a lot of the Indian youngsters. As soon as Forrest went interstate and batted consistently on wickets better for batrsmen, guess what he has done? Same for Cowan as well. Perhaps if you played competitive circket you might have a better handle on what makes a batsman.

  • on February 10, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @Harry Kool...I watched him playing Sheffield Shield and Ryobi cup...His averaging 58 in Sheffield Shield which is great but this is the one day format? His current form in Ryobi cup this season is 29.33 at a strike rate of 67.95. LOL so you didnt do your homework? Or maybe you enjoy watching a test sort of player plodding slowly along for a scratchy 20-30. If he was selected for test team you have a point but personally cooper/khwaja/ferguson can feel more hard done as going by ryobi stats as listed here, http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=6787;type=tournament

  • brownpearl2131 on February 9, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    u r kidding clarke!!!! aren't you? you are brand ambassador of vodaphone who let you run the live matches on your mobile.... why didnt u tuned in there????

  • Mary_786 on February 9, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Harry_Kool Forest averges 37 overall in shield cricket, you can't pick a player for test after 4 good games, it has to be done over a few seasons just like players like Khawaja and Cowan have done. Forest doesn't deserve test status yet, he has to earn it.

  • Harry_Kool on February 9, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @Busie1979. Do yourself a favour and go look up the first class records in Australia this season, better still, look them up BEFORE you post an inane starement.

  • Harry_Kool on February 9, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @joisbalu. No compications are there, as The Netherlands are an asociate country & as long as the player qualifies for one of the major countries, he can be immediately chosen. Same thing happened with Nannes, who played for for The Netherland & Australia within about 3 months, or the next time Australia played after the T20 wc. Within test playing countries, there is a residential rule required, so this talk about Jaques, for example, being an option for England was actaully a moot point as he would have had to wait 5 years to qualify.

  • Harry_Kool on February 9, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    @Abhisek Bharadwaj . Forrest is averaging 58.1 in FC this season. It is CURRENT form that counts. & @Saurav Giri. Have you ever seen him bat? I have seen him in a number of fc games and he has probably one of the best techniques around. As good as Khawaja, easily. Why make these kind of statements when you haven't seen him in a fc game? Tom Cooper is a former local junior of my club and I wish him the best, but technique wise, he still has some work to do.

  • Busie1979 on February 9, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    By the way, what happened to the Argus report? The team is supposed to be selected on the basis of performance. Cricket Australia is losing credibility over this selection and it shows in the majority of these comments. I wonder what the actual players think about this selection? Forrest has not performed apart from a couple of good first class innings this season, and has only had two substantial one day innings. Geez... what a sham the Argus report has been. Come on Cricket Australia! Put your money where your mouth is!

  • Busie1979 on February 9, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    I've just lost respect for Clarke again. He was starting to win me over before this comment. I suspect that as former team mates, Clarke and Forrest are mates. Forrest clearly has a lot of work to do before convincing people he is better than 50% of the first class batsman out there for the tests, and better than 85% of state one day batsman. If Forrest gets picked in any form, the team loses credibility. A couple of good first class knocks and Forrest seems to all of a sudden be at the top of the radar. He only has two one day 50s for goodness sakes. Whereas other guys who were performing at state level for a long time never got that kind of endorsement from an Australian captain - especially David Hussey, Brad Hodge, and Chris Rogers.

  • Gordo85 on February 9, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Clarkey calm down mate he hasn't even played for Australia yet and yet you are pumping him up for bigger things? I find this too funny how he will be a good Test player so then what is he doing in the ODI squad then? To be honest I can name two players who should play before Forrest in Tests and in ODI's and they are George Bailey and his team mate Mark Cosgrove at least they both deserve it and have the runs on the board. Both players stats are pretty good and both are in form. It really concerns me last year Cosgrove was the second highest run scorer in First Class cricket. It is looking alot like he could be the next Brad Hodge and that would be a real shame. Another good thing about him is he does have experience even though he has only played three ODI matches. Keep on forcing the issue Cosgrove mate !!

  • on February 9, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Does it speak about the depth of current Australia team that we are discussing about a player with below 40 average in FC and below 30 average in List A game???

  • on February 9, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Um if Khwaja isnt the answer... then Tom Cooper definately is...Forrest seriously has a very limited technique, poor selection call

  • Mary_786 on February 9, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Khawaja deserves to be back in the aussie team in all formats ahead of Forest. He has played 2 Ryobi Cup matches and 1 Sheffield Shield match so far this season and has scored a century in each one. I'm betting he'll force the selectors to take him to the West Indies.

  • chilled_avenger on February 9, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Why aren't the Aussie selectors giving more chances to Callum Ferguson? He has a decent international record so far with 663 runs in 30 ODIs at an average of 41.43 and strike-rate of 85.32! And at an age of 27,it's not like Ferguson wouldn't be around for the long-term plan. By the way,is Age-factor the only reason why Doug Bollinger and Adam Voges (who incidentally scored 80* in the last ODI he played ) are not getting chances despite impressive ODI performances in the past?

  • Okakaboka on February 9, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    So, let me see....Selectors pick Forrest...FC batting average of about 35. ????? Lets drop Dave Hussey...... Well, we are winning aren't we? If we lose a couple of games ........ ?????? Is Forrest from NSW??? Mmmmmm. I think IQs are dropping fast!

  • Kaze on February 9, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Hughes will be back, don't see anything impressive about Forrest.

  • unregisteredalien on February 9, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @AngryAngy, ta for the insights mate! I did notice the 'Speedblitz' on Fozzie and wondered. Haven't kept up with Cozzie's recent form but I always felt it seemed a bit arbitrary to keep him out based on 'fitness' when he seemed to be in world-beating form - they gave Lehmann a run under comparable circumstances. Anyway, let us not think too much about the dark days of selection pre-Inver.

  • AngryAngy on February 9, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Forrest reaps the rewards of not only making several centuries this season, but making runs in low scoring matches. Australia could use a batsman capable of doing this much more than they could use another ODI specialist, so it's obvious why they would shoehorn such a player into this ODI series.

    Though to be fair, Cooper is probably in the mix. His career with Neds is no issue as they are only an Associate, but that one big double-century skews his first class stats quite a bit and that's only one triple-figure score in spite of generally more favourable batting conditions. George Bailey is probably quite close to selection, given that the selectors have already shown their interest.

    @unregisteredalien 1. that's not a current photo; 2. if you think that's a gut, you better have another look at cosgrove 3. cossie's in terrible form so it's a moot point

  • on February 9, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    There is a lot of raw talent in Australia.

    Bowlers: Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Alister McDermott, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

    Some of those been around for a while: Ryan Harris, Clint Mackay.

    Those in the form of their lives: Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, Dave Warner,

    Those fallen out of favour: Phil Huges, Usman Kawahja, Trent Copeland, Shaun Marsh, Michael Beer, Peter George, Stephen Smith, Marcus North, Doug Bollinger.

    Clarke, Ponting and Hussey are the big three, soon Ponting and Hussey will go.

  • Simoc on February 9, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    We wouldn't need selectors if statistics were the major criteria. Oz needs a new middle order batsman to take over from Hussey at some stage. Hopefully Forrest can fit the bill. We'll never know unless he gets a go.

  • Hodra99 on February 9, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Strange selection this one. Forrest has a very very modest record in all forms of the game. @joisbalu...it is not complicated at all for Cooper to play for Australia...they only need to select him!

  • on February 9, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Doesn't have a great domestic record to boast with. Even his strike rate in abbreviated version is hovering around 60. Strange selection.

  • mehulmatrix on February 9, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Agree with zen. But none ask when the teams winning! I think australian selection from a good time has been random and doesnt instill confidence in whos actually doing well over a period of time or is in the team.

  • jonesy2 on February 9, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    haha clarke couldnt watch the game? i could watch it here in new xealand. had a good laugh at jarwardenes comments too, funny guy.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 9, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    I THINK KHWAJA HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN BY AUS SLECTORS , PEOPLE & CAPTAIN .IF HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN CHANCES AGAINST INDIA IN TEST HE WOULD HAVE MAKE ATLEAST 2 CENTURIES .

  • unregisteredalien on February 9, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Forrest showing a bit of gut there. Wasn't the vastly more prolific Cosgrove deemed too chubby for the baggy green? As for Alister McDermott, wouldn't that just complete the rise of the McDermott family and the fall of the Marshes!

  • JasonG_123 on February 9, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Had to rely on twitter? What about this glorious site!

  • joisbalu on February 9, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @zenboomerang: but Tom Cooper already played for netherland. so it is really complicated process to get him in ODI team

  • the_flying_squad on February 9, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    not quite true, and you know you are being selective with your stats there. Forrest has been in tremendous form in the shield this year. Some say that's irrelevant, I do not. He's a powerful batsman, a good stroke player and has a good technique. That definitely translates into one day cricket. I also think Cooper has a lot to offer, but at the moment it's Forrest's turn and I support him. Let's not forget these selectors do seek opinions regularly from respected shield players, contrary to the often ill-informed opinions that appear on this site.

  • zenboomerang on February 9, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Well Forrest has a FC average of 36 & this season in the Ryobi cup an average of 29 (SR 67)... Tom Cooper has a FC of 39 & Ryobi cup of 105 (SR 87) - both from 6 games... Nothing against Forrest but there are dozens of players averaging better than him in Ryobi cup... I thought the Argus report was all about performing & form rather than who you are mates with... On form Forrest shouldn't been in the ODI national squad...

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  • zenboomerang on February 9, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Well Forrest has a FC average of 36 & this season in the Ryobi cup an average of 29 (SR 67)... Tom Cooper has a FC of 39 & Ryobi cup of 105 (SR 87) - both from 6 games... Nothing against Forrest but there are dozens of players averaging better than him in Ryobi cup... I thought the Argus report was all about performing & form rather than who you are mates with... On form Forrest shouldn't been in the ODI national squad...

  • the_flying_squad on February 9, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    not quite true, and you know you are being selective with your stats there. Forrest has been in tremendous form in the shield this year. Some say that's irrelevant, I do not. He's a powerful batsman, a good stroke player and has a good technique. That definitely translates into one day cricket. I also think Cooper has a lot to offer, but at the moment it's Forrest's turn and I support him. Let's not forget these selectors do seek opinions regularly from respected shield players, contrary to the often ill-informed opinions that appear on this site.

  • joisbalu on February 9, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @zenboomerang: but Tom Cooper already played for netherland. so it is really complicated process to get him in ODI team

  • JasonG_123 on February 9, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Had to rely on twitter? What about this glorious site!

  • unregisteredalien on February 9, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Forrest showing a bit of gut there. Wasn't the vastly more prolific Cosgrove deemed too chubby for the baggy green? As for Alister McDermott, wouldn't that just complete the rise of the McDermott family and the fall of the Marshes!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 9, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    I THINK KHWAJA HAS BEEN FORGOTTEN BY AUS SLECTORS , PEOPLE & CAPTAIN .IF HE WOULD HAVE GIVEN CHANCES AGAINST INDIA IN TEST HE WOULD HAVE MAKE ATLEAST 2 CENTURIES .

  • jonesy2 on February 9, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    haha clarke couldnt watch the game? i could watch it here in new xealand. had a good laugh at jarwardenes comments too, funny guy.

  • mehulmatrix on February 9, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Agree with zen. But none ask when the teams winning! I think australian selection from a good time has been random and doesnt instill confidence in whos actually doing well over a period of time or is in the team.

  • on February 9, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Doesn't have a great domestic record to boast with. Even his strike rate in abbreviated version is hovering around 60. Strange selection.

  • Hodra99 on February 9, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Strange selection this one. Forrest has a very very modest record in all forms of the game. @joisbalu...it is not complicated at all for Cooper to play for Australia...they only need to select him!