South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day November 19, 2011

Cummins is going places

Pat Cummins has been Australia's best bowler in this Test
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In Barbados in 1992, the locals were so upset at the non-selection of their home-grown fast bowler Anderson Cummins for a Test against South Africa that many boycotted the match. "No Cummins, no goings," read one banner that summed up the mood.

Ahead of the two-Test series against New Zealand, Australian fans might share a similar sentiment, for over the first three days in Johannesburg, Pat Cummins has been Australia's best bowler. In all fairness, he hasn't had much competition.

Mitchell Johnson even went so far as to change his run-up on the third day in a desperate bid to regain his form and confidence. It didn't work, and he ended the day with series figures of 2 for 231 and a serious question-mark over his place in the side.

Peter Siddle kept running in hard all day and was difficult to score off, but rarely looked like taking a wicket. Nathan Lyon was impressive early and removed Graeme Smith, but bowled only 11 overs, which seemed too few on a day when someone needed to fill the quota of the injured Shane Watson.

That Australia took only three wickets during the day showed how much they missed the accuracy and swing of Watson, who is unlikely to be able to bowl in the first Test against New Zealand as well. And when he can bowl again, Watson, like the 18-year-old Cummins, who is still getting used to the requirements of five-day cricket, must be handled with care by Michael Clarke.

Cummins' longest spells were five overs, and later in the day he was puffing hard. But at times Clarke must have felt like giving Cummins just one more over, such was the chasm in the threat level between him and the other fast men. He finished the day with 2 for 46 from 17, but nearly had both the not-out batsmen, AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla, in the over straight after lunch.

Amla survived an lbw review by a whisker, appropriately enough, and de Villiers drove a chance back at Cummins, who got a fingertip to the ball but couldn't cling on. Earlier, he had surprised Jacques Rudolph with pace and bounce, and the batsman top-edged a catch when he tried to pull.

But the highlight was the way Cummins worked over Jacques Kallis, a man twice his age and with 59 times as many first-class games to his name. Few sights in cricket rouse the senses like that of a quick bowler roughing up a batsman, all the more so when the batsman is of the quality of Kallis, who on the first day brought up his 12,000th Test run.

In his first over to Kallis, Cummins sent down a bouncer that was ducked, unconvincingly. In his next over he nearly bloodied Kallis' chin with an accurate 145kph bumper that the batsman just managed to fend away from his throat. Kallis scored one run from 18 balls against Cummins and duly edged to slip.

"I thought he was very impressive for a young guy, to see him working over a legend of the game in Kallis," Watson said after play. "He was very impressive. The way he mixed up his bouncers with his pace and bounce and swing away from him, was very impressive. To be able to do that to Jacques Kallis shows a serious amount of talent.

"I thought he bowled nicely throughout the day and in the first innings as well. For an 18-year-old to show that much control, he just seems like he knows the right ball to bowl at the right time. For a young guy, it's very impressive."

He didn't quite make Kallis bleed, like Johnson did with a bouncer to the chin on the previous tour. But there seems no chance of Johnson doing any such damage either, in his current state. Most perplexing was the significant shortening of his run-up, which South Africa's batsmen noticed.

"The fact that he was bowling with his new run-up maybe gives away a little bit of his headspace in terms of where he's at," Jacques Rudolph said. "I thought our batters capitalised really well."

Watson conceded that Johnson's confidence "is not totally high". That's a bit like saying Australia's 47 at Newlands was a fraction disappointing. Johnson looks uncertain of what to bowl and whether he can bowl it. He leaked runs at 4.52 an over and cannot function as a Test bowler unless he regains his self-belief.

"Both Johnson and Siddle bowl deliveries good enough to dismiss any Test batsman," Ian Chappell wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. "The problem is they also bowl plenty that could be hit to the boundary by a proficient club batsman. Johnson's problem is one of confidence. Consequently, he's often running up to bowl half expecting something to go wrong and is fighting a battle with himself as much as the batsman down the other end."

Over the next week, he'll be fighting a battle with his fellow fast men for a place at the Gabba against New Zealand, a contest that is complicated by the hip injury that has sidelined Ryan Harris. One thing is certain: Cummins will be going to Brisbane.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on November 20, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    he raised few eye brows when he was selected at the age of 18...any international cricketer selected at that age is a serious talent..accepted that aussies are not that force..but still to début at that age and getting 6 (total 7) against proteas is a serious statement..i like his bowling..the way he worked against legend like Kallis..welcome PAT CuMMins..it was a treat to watch u bowl..hoping ur fifer will leve the series..

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    6 wickets in an innings & 7 for the match - that is a bloody good debut!

  • on November 20, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @NRI - no Bolly wasn't an Ashes disaster but he health management issues.

  • venkati1984 on November 20, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    The author seems to have gone overboard. We have seen quite a few fast bowlers performing exceedingly well in their first few matches but disappointing later either for injuries or consistency issues (Someone one like irfan pathan messing up his priorities) Still a Long way to go.. Especially a few series in subcontinent shall give us a fair idea.Wonder with all the support staff stuff, why the bowlers get injured every now and then?? Cummins has done a fantastic job especially when his senior colleagues are spraying the ball all over the wicket. I am sure Siddle and Johnson would like to bowl at Indians but may be they will only get this chance on their video games...

  • on November 20, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Cummins looks to be a Super Bowling Prospect for Australia. Lets hope he continues his impressive form on Debut....

  • CriticalMay on November 20, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Now this guy is a genuine test cricket material,test cricket needs patrick cummins, welcome aboard man, he got pace, looking forward to see him bowling at 150plus more often in 2 to 3 years.

  • 1st_april on November 20, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop umesh yadav and ashwin??....any tom,dick and harry can get wickets against WI at home and look good....batting friendly tracks??...WI don't have much of a batting to offer anyway...

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Patrick Cummins has been sent to this world of cricket with a role to rediscover the lost art of genuine quick bowling, Hopes that he will surely retire as a legend, Aussies are the best and @Full-Blooded-Wallop, The two bowlers you mentioned are nowhere near to Cummins. In austrailia tour, if these bowlers get selected, they will be allover the place and will be sent back to 1st class cricket coz they are not that good :P

  • 1st_april on November 20, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    @GlinnMgraw no mate....Bollinger's performances have mostly been against PAK/WI/NZ.....PAK were terrible in AUS....WI were poor too...and please even MJ managed to bowl well against NZ....

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    The Aussies are desperate to get a new fast boy and we can all understand why. After that era of McGrath and Gillespie, we are all disappointed at the way Australia have plummeted (47 all out is just unacceptable!). I want another great contest between India and Australia at the WACA on Jan 13, 2012. Let us see how Cummins performs at my favorite pitch in the world.

  • on November 20, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    he raised few eye brows when he was selected at the age of 18...any international cricketer selected at that age is a serious talent..accepted that aussies are not that force..but still to début at that age and getting 6 (total 7) against proteas is a serious statement..i like his bowling..the way he worked against legend like Kallis..welcome PAT CuMMins..it was a treat to watch u bowl..hoping ur fifer will leve the series..

  • on November 20, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    6 wickets in an innings & 7 for the match - that is a bloody good debut!

  • on November 20, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @NRI - no Bolly wasn't an Ashes disaster but he health management issues.

  • venkati1984 on November 20, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    The author seems to have gone overboard. We have seen quite a few fast bowlers performing exceedingly well in their first few matches but disappointing later either for injuries or consistency issues (Someone one like irfan pathan messing up his priorities) Still a Long way to go.. Especially a few series in subcontinent shall give us a fair idea.Wonder with all the support staff stuff, why the bowlers get injured every now and then?? Cummins has done a fantastic job especially when his senior colleagues are spraying the ball all over the wicket. I am sure Siddle and Johnson would like to bowl at Indians but may be they will only get this chance on their video games...

  • on November 20, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Cummins looks to be a Super Bowling Prospect for Australia. Lets hope he continues his impressive form on Debut....

  • CriticalMay on November 20, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Now this guy is a genuine test cricket material,test cricket needs patrick cummins, welcome aboard man, he got pace, looking forward to see him bowling at 150plus more often in 2 to 3 years.

  • 1st_april on November 20, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @Full-Blooded-Wallop umesh yadav and ashwin??....any tom,dick and harry can get wickets against WI at home and look good....batting friendly tracks??...WI don't have much of a batting to offer anyway...

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Patrick Cummins has been sent to this world of cricket with a role to rediscover the lost art of genuine quick bowling, Hopes that he will surely retire as a legend, Aussies are the best and @Full-Blooded-Wallop, The two bowlers you mentioned are nowhere near to Cummins. In austrailia tour, if these bowlers get selected, they will be allover the place and will be sent back to 1st class cricket coz they are not that good :P

  • 1st_april on November 20, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    @GlinnMgraw no mate....Bollinger's performances have mostly been against PAK/WI/NZ.....PAK were terrible in AUS....WI were poor too...and please even MJ managed to bowl well against NZ....

  • on November 20, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    The Aussies are desperate to get a new fast boy and we can all understand why. After that era of McGrath and Gillespie, we are all disappointed at the way Australia have plummeted (47 all out is just unacceptable!). I want another great contest between India and Australia at the WACA on Jan 13, 2012. Let us see how Cummins performs at my favorite pitch in the world.

  • on November 20, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Cummins is a really good prospect.All of 18 years and capable of extreme pace and venom.He just has to build some muscle

  • NRI- on November 20, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Bollinger WAS NOT an Ashes disaster. He didnt get to play at Brisbane & Perth, the only fast venues here and the ONLY venues where Siddle, Harris or Johnson did well. Everyone got thrashed in Adelaide. Only a perfromance in the same match against the same opposition and in same conditions is comparable. Have Siddle or MJ ever succeeded in test cricket outside these two venues in the past three years? No.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 20, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    @subbass: Why far better than new Indian pacer? Umesh yadav picked up 7 wickets on a batting friendly wicket.So why demeaning him? I would say cummins is nowhere near umesh yadav or varun aaron.

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on November 20, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    A decent prospect for Australia, a country deprived of good bowlers since last 5 years. But still no match to umesh yadav and ashwin who picked up 7 wickets and 9 wickets in their 2nd test and on debut respectively on batsman friendly tracks.But still it will be too early to say untill he bowls against the 5 best batsman in world(Sachin,dravid,sehwag,laxman and gambhir)

  • KingofRedLions on November 20, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    @ 1st_april - Your name is quite appropriate - only a joker would say that Bollinger is useless at test level. 50 wickets @ 26 is not useless.

  • Rahul_78 on November 20, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    If anybody still think that Johnson, Ponting and Haddin are going to play against NZ then they are staying in a la la land!

  • 1st_april on November 20, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    @NRI Bollinger is useless in test cricket....he was an Ashes disaster...plus...his CSK adventures in the CLT20 2010 prior to a close Test loss against India didn't settle too well with me either....so he deserves to sit out...

  • boooonnie on November 20, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    The successful arrivals of Copeland, Cummins and Marsh has given a loud message to both new selectors and senior players presently in the squad - "we do not need to tolerate inconsistent sub standard performances, the new generation are talented and up to the task." I think we can expect a changing of the guard over the next 6-12 months of Australian test match cricket, and it will be exciting.

  • yocasi on November 20, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    No hard feelings against Kallis, but it was thrilling to see Cummins make him do the limbo. That aside, Australia seem to be in total disarray. Seems like only England and Pakistan -yes, Pakistan - can give S. Africa a consistent hard run at this moment. Australia look like they are heading south to meet us (Windies)

  • azzaman333 on November 20, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Let's not get carried away, he's got a long way to go before being a top class long term prospect. After all, we know what happened with Johnson.

  • RandyOZ on November 20, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    I am sick to death of Johnson and Siddle in the team. They are both rubbish! They have had 2 good performances eahc in about 2 years. Get them out ASAP and blood some new youngsters. Peter George should be in the side. He can land it on a dime and will go all day.

  • subbass on November 20, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    Cummins is highly impressive but as has been said don't a) expect too much from the kid and b) don't over bowl him, short bursts only. But been honest he does seem to be a very good prospect, far better than the new Indian pacer for example.

  • dsig3 on November 20, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    Only time will tell but it was an impressive debut for the teenager. If you just looked at the stats you would wonder why. He troubled alot of batsmen and really looked like he knew what he was doing. Not many 18 year olds know what they are doing. The only danger is he is now a serious prospect to lead the attack at 18 years old! Johnson had a nervous breakdown on live TV and Siddle was average.

  • hyclass on November 20, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    I would be particularly concerned about Cummins injury prospects.He bowled the 2nd last over of the day and his pace was down to 130kph and below,which is unacceptable at this level.Johnson was bowling at 141-145 in the last over.Cummins has played hardly any 1st class cricket and could not at his age have developed the overall physical strength and stamina that Test matches require,despite a solid gym regime.He bowled a significant number of overs in the Shield final while taking his 4 for 148, but was out injured afterwards.That was 4 day cricket,this is 5.The reckless selection policies that have included Harris and Marsh recently are a threat to developing talents.Career records over time,exist to provide intelligent platforms for selection.Their data includes facts about performance in a variety of conditions,endurance,mental and physical strength and player character.The hallmark of this CA regime has been to ignore that information to the detriment of all Australian cricket.

  • Tootsie on November 19, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Hopefully Johnson and Siddle have played their last match in any form for Australia. They have been given more than enough chances and just haven't delivered.

  • hyclass on November 19, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    There is a great deal of hype & rhetoric being touted as fact.The conditions at Newlands,where Australlia was bowled out for 47,were well known in advance to be near unplayable when the weather was supportive,as it was on day 2 of the 1st Test.SA were bowled out for 96.It was their home Test.The Australians played on a 1st day pitch in the SA tour match that Watson described as 'dangerous'.With no decent warm up & having played on the sub continent since the Ashes,it would be an ill-willed person who did not side with the Australian team over Newlands.Cummins has shown the ability to dismiss batsmen who attack him,but not those who are judicious & play within themselves.Its why his 20/20 & List A record are far better than his 1st class.As this article shows,Johnson already hit Kallis in a previous Test.Almost hitting him is hardly a conversation piece.Rudolph as Amla did in the 1st innings,played a terrible shot to get out,highlighted by the commentators.It was no thanks to Cummins.

  • BlueyCollar on November 19, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    Aussie selectors should change tactic. Playing what they think are the best cricketers in australia, regardless of age, is not winning them test matches. So build for the future. A couple of experienced players to guide the young blokes then play youth. Probably Clarke, S Marsh, M. Hussey, Harris and Watson should, if fit, be the regulars then have a squad of 20 under 25's that you rotate through the side. This list should include Wade, Payne, as keepers. Faulkner, O'Keefe, S Smith as all rounders. a large contingent of quicks -Cutting, Cummings, J Pattinson, Starc, Copeland, Hazelwood, George, Coulter Nile. Spinners - Maxwell, Boyce. Batsmen - Cooper, Kawaja, Warner, Maddinson, M Marsh, Warner, M Harris. Time to draw a line through the 25 + players who are never going to be world class and invest some time in the next generation in an attempt to build another dynasty. If after sufficient opportunity the under 25's don't perform, cut them and pick another 18 yo.

  • Brendanvio on November 19, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    @Nerk You mean Keith Miller right? Unless Watto's got some serious talent as a writer.... :)

    Copeland should probably come back into selection considerations for the NZ tests. They just need to cut their losses with Johnno. He's gone mentally. And Sidds isn't really cutting it at test level. He's a good trier, but his bowling just doesn't have enough venom.

    The jury is still out on Cummins. He's only 18. Push him hard and they may break him. Happened to Josh Hazlewood and he hasn't even played test cricket. The good thing is that it's not like we're short on fast bowlers in Australia, we're short quality batsmen.

  • on November 19, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    Wasn't Lyon also hailed as the savior of Australia and the greatest offie since Murali after his first test?

  • teo. on November 19, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    yeah look, you dont judge a guy over half a test match, and a few first class games... you judge him over a few seasons, after a few opposition and conditions.... he looks like he deserves that chance atleast. I think Aus are hyping him up because their team are in dire need of a quality, quick seemer... and they are pegging their hopes on him now... let him breath.. he's still learning the game... when he's 24... then we analyse him.

  • Nerk on November 19, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Australia's pace stocks look quite good at the mo. Back in Australia Cutting is a QLDer with great potential, and on form should be in the test team. Copeland was impressive in Sri Lanka, and would be a great third seamer - consistant and reliable. Hazelwood, Patterson, Faulkner and Coulter-Nile are all young lads with a great future. Watson may benefit from a drop down the order, he is no Arthur Miller, which is no judgement on him, merely an observation that his body is quite fragile and needs careful management. Lyon should have bowled more overs, he is quite good, though there remains the question whether or not is he the best spinner in Australia?

  • on November 19, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Watson had a pretty decent run without injury but it's no surprise he's injured again. Harris has always been breaking down. Bollinger was a new one, he was fine until the CLT20 last year then it all went downhill.

  • NRI- on November 19, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Bollinger was unfairly removed from the team and not played at the fast bowler's paradises - the Gabba and the WACA. He was played in Adelaide and he quickly removed Strauss. Then he did no worse than Siddle, Johnson and the rest. Is this the way to treat the best left-armer in Australia? Harris, Siddle and Johnson had their great spells against England but EVERY ONE of those spells was either at the Gabba or the WACA. Not a fair comparison. Cummins, Copeland, Starc, Bollinger, Harris...that would be 5 from whom Australian would rotate to take 3.

  • Vindaliew on November 19, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Cummins really looks special, and that's not just by current Aussie paceman standards. Even a non-Aussie fan like me can only hope that his contribution to Test cricket will be long and fruitful. We have few enough pacemen of this quality in the world these days. Any paceman can work over a batting line-up on a minefield of a pitch or when the batsmen are on the back foot, but it takes strength of character to keep pounding in, positively, expectantly, to try 110% and make something happen against the run of play when your team are being hammered by the opposition batsmen. People like this invariably get rewarded eventually.

  • finncam on November 19, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    The real question is when is someone going to seriously address the fact that Australian bowlers are always breaking down with injuries? (except Johnson and he's the one bowler we could do with breaking down physically, before his confidence breaks down permanently). WHen is the management going to stop using the latest wunderkind as a quick fix and start some hard-headed man-managment of the current players? Watson should have been dropped to 6 long ago, to preserve his fragile body rather than pandering to his preferences, just because he likes to open. He's been a hospital case waiting to happen and now Australia face the real crisis of facing NZ without one of our few performing players? And overnight I hear that Bollinger is out with a hamstring - another one gone and the cricket season here is only just starting. By the time the new selectors take over, there won't be much left of it that Hilditch and co. haven't ruined.

  • sifter132 on November 19, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Well he sort of worked over Kallis. The 2 or 3 bouncers were excellent, but at least 12 of those 18 balls were wide outside off and Kallis left them with no trouble while I was muttering at my screen to 'make him play dammit'. And what do you know, make him play and there was a catch.

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 19, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Cummings is a good prospect... but this article is woefully one sided.

  • here2rock on November 19, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Good to see a young player well in his first outing. What a difference a clear mind and willing to run in hard makes! He kept things simple, good consistent line and length with natural movement away from the right handers and mixing up with some good bouncers.

  • hhillbumper on November 19, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Cummins looks like a serious prospect and I hope he moves on.We need fast bowlers and it is good to see a new one come on the block.Lets hope he doesn't spoil himself by going for the cheap thrills of 20-20.It was fascinating to watch him work and he has good ideas and the skills to execute them.

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  • hhillbumper on November 19, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Cummins looks like a serious prospect and I hope he moves on.We need fast bowlers and it is good to see a new one come on the block.Lets hope he doesn't spoil himself by going for the cheap thrills of 20-20.It was fascinating to watch him work and he has good ideas and the skills to execute them.

  • here2rock on November 19, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    Good to see a young player well in his first outing. What a difference a clear mind and willing to run in hard makes! He kept things simple, good consistent line and length with natural movement away from the right handers and mixing up with some good bouncers.

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 19, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Cummings is a good prospect... but this article is woefully one sided.

  • sifter132 on November 19, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Well he sort of worked over Kallis. The 2 or 3 bouncers were excellent, but at least 12 of those 18 balls were wide outside off and Kallis left them with no trouble while I was muttering at my screen to 'make him play dammit'. And what do you know, make him play and there was a catch.

  • finncam on November 19, 2011, 20:38 GMT

    The real question is when is someone going to seriously address the fact that Australian bowlers are always breaking down with injuries? (except Johnson and he's the one bowler we could do with breaking down physically, before his confidence breaks down permanently). WHen is the management going to stop using the latest wunderkind as a quick fix and start some hard-headed man-managment of the current players? Watson should have been dropped to 6 long ago, to preserve his fragile body rather than pandering to his preferences, just because he likes to open. He's been a hospital case waiting to happen and now Australia face the real crisis of facing NZ without one of our few performing players? And overnight I hear that Bollinger is out with a hamstring - another one gone and the cricket season here is only just starting. By the time the new selectors take over, there won't be much left of it that Hilditch and co. haven't ruined.

  • Vindaliew on November 19, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Cummins really looks special, and that's not just by current Aussie paceman standards. Even a non-Aussie fan like me can only hope that his contribution to Test cricket will be long and fruitful. We have few enough pacemen of this quality in the world these days. Any paceman can work over a batting line-up on a minefield of a pitch or when the batsmen are on the back foot, but it takes strength of character to keep pounding in, positively, expectantly, to try 110% and make something happen against the run of play when your team are being hammered by the opposition batsmen. People like this invariably get rewarded eventually.

  • NRI- on November 19, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    Bollinger was unfairly removed from the team and not played at the fast bowler's paradises - the Gabba and the WACA. He was played in Adelaide and he quickly removed Strauss. Then he did no worse than Siddle, Johnson and the rest. Is this the way to treat the best left-armer in Australia? Harris, Siddle and Johnson had their great spells against England but EVERY ONE of those spells was either at the Gabba or the WACA. Not a fair comparison. Cummins, Copeland, Starc, Bollinger, Harris...that would be 5 from whom Australian would rotate to take 3.

  • on November 19, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Watson had a pretty decent run without injury but it's no surprise he's injured again. Harris has always been breaking down. Bollinger was a new one, he was fine until the CLT20 last year then it all went downhill.

  • Nerk on November 19, 2011, 21:45 GMT

    Australia's pace stocks look quite good at the mo. Back in Australia Cutting is a QLDer with great potential, and on form should be in the test team. Copeland was impressive in Sri Lanka, and would be a great third seamer - consistant and reliable. Hazelwood, Patterson, Faulkner and Coulter-Nile are all young lads with a great future. Watson may benefit from a drop down the order, he is no Arthur Miller, which is no judgement on him, merely an observation that his body is quite fragile and needs careful management. Lyon should have bowled more overs, he is quite good, though there remains the question whether or not is he the best spinner in Australia?

  • teo. on November 19, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    yeah look, you dont judge a guy over half a test match, and a few first class games... you judge him over a few seasons, after a few opposition and conditions.... he looks like he deserves that chance atleast. I think Aus are hyping him up because their team are in dire need of a quality, quick seemer... and they are pegging their hopes on him now... let him breath.. he's still learning the game... when he's 24... then we analyse him.