Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Galle August 28, 2011

Slow and steady Copeland winning the pace race

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For a long time Trent Copeland's lack of pace was held against him. Australia's captain Michael Clarke now believes this very quality can aid the tourists in their pursuit of pressure and wickets against Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle from Wednesday.

Clarke and Greg Chappell, the selector on duty, have often spoken of "combinations" as they seek to establish the best XI with which to trouble the Sri Lankans. Copeland appeared an unlikely addition to the Test team when he departed from Sydney, considered behind at least Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle in the order of preference.

But a match haul of 6 for 61 from 28 overs against Sri Lanka Board XI at P Sara Oval, while Siddle went wicketless and Johnson was rested, has all but vaulted Copeland into the team for Galle, and Clarke said the seamer's tightness and lesser velocity would ideally complement the faster men.

"It is very important, because what it allows you to do is build pressure from one end and attack a little bit more from the other," Clarke said. "It's a huge string to his bow to be honest and I think for the team, and I say this with the ultimate respect, it's nearly like his lack of pace could be a really good thing for us.

"He just nibbles and just wobbles the ball enough [so] that it doesn't come onto the bat like Sidds, Ryano and Mitch, who are bowling 140kmh, [and] kiss the wicket and come on quite quick. There's just enough nibble there; in this game, the attack we had, he complemented it very well I thought."

In February, Chappell had suggested there were players in the Sheffield Shield, who felt Copeland "might struggle to back it up this year" for New South Wales, a reference to the fact that few bowlers of medium pace can keep asking questions of opponents without being brazenly attacked. However Copeland's lines have not wavered, proving that bounce and movement, as much as speed, are the keys to troubling good batsmen.

"He did his thing, nothing more, nothing less," Clarke said. "He managed to find the edge a few times, which is really nice, and as a captain it feels comforting to set fields to that type of bowling.

"He got a few of the players out, who are going to be playing in the first Test, so that obviously helps. And I like that he hasn't come in and tried to do too much. He's done what he's been doing for NSW for the last few years now. I think that takes courage, as a first-class player, when you come into the Australian team to not try and do anything different."

Difference was a more prominent theme as Clarke observed his slow bowlers Michael Beer and Nathan Lyon. Clarke spent considerable time shuffling his fields as he developed ways to attack and defend with two spinners he is not overly familiar with, and said he and the selectors had to decide which qualities they preferred.

"They're completely different bowlers," Clarke said. "Lyon probably bowls with a lot more loop and gets a lot more shape. Beer bowls a bit faster and gets it into the wicket, so they've both got strengths. I thought Beery bowled really well when it started to spin a bit, especially to the left hander.

"He could throw it into the rough and as we saw, a few balls went through the gate. I'm impressed with both of them. As a combination they're very good together because they're two completely different bowlers. If we have to pick one it's going to be a tough selection."

Though Beer and Lyon were patchy in their performances and though Copeland, Harris and Johnson would all appear to have enough quality and adaptability to ask questions on Sri Lankan pitches, Clarke refused to rule out playing two spinners in Galle.

"No way, I think it was good for both of them to play this game," Clarke said. "I thought they bowled really well as a combination. You've just got to see the conditions, I think that's probably the fairest way.

"I need to see what the pitch is like and we the selectors need to work out what's our best XI to try and win the game. That's what is important to me - my goal is not to come here and have three draws. We are here to win the series so we've got to pick the best eleven players to win the game."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 29, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Can't wait for this test, everyone should be holding their breath for Copeland to get a BaggyGreen, he is EXACTLY what this team needs. Having so sadly lacked any semblance of control since the departure of Mcgrath and then Clark. I'd like to see Khawaja at 6, he performed in the tour game, to me a young star in the making should get a go when they are coming into form like that, particlarly as there is no incumbent. Getting them into the team in form leaves you in no doubt about their ability, no second guessing, they are either good or enough or they are not. My team: Hughes, Watson, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja, Haddin, Johnson, Harris, Copeland, Lyon. Not at all convinced about Hughes but at least he's making runs, i think Marsh and even Warner have a far tighter technique. I'd really like to have had Hauritz at least available but i'm pretty sure he's injured? I'm not at all convinced like others are about O'Keefe, just looks like another dart thrower to me. Develop Smith.

  • tfjones1978 on August 29, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    I would go in with 4 batsmen, 1 alrounder, 1 wicky, 2 pace, 1 medium & 2 spin. My line up would be: Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Michael Beer, Trent Copeland.

    Whilst this would leave us short in the batting department, Srilanka is a spinning country and we dont have enough experience to go in with only one spinner. Also we need two open bowlers that bowl fast pace whilst also having Copeland and Watson as medium pacers.

    With 4 bowlers, bowling ranges are 20 - 25 overs each day. You loose one player and thats 30 overs each. With 6 bowlers (inc Watson) bowling ranges will be 12 to 18 allowing. This will allow bowlers to be fresh and not have to bowl long spells. Clarke shouldnt be bowling as he should focus on his batting and Captancy.

    With 6 batsman (inc wicky) the bowlers will need to stand up and be counted when batting. I believe that Johnston & Ryan can fill in for #7 batsmen.

  • RDLikesCricket on August 29, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Looks a promising pace bowler for the Aussies. His lack of pace should add variety to the bowling options at Clarke's disposal. If he can maintain his identity and stick to line and length, then he can go a long way... McGrath was not express pace, but was one of the best pacemen in recent times... Good luck Trent Copeland... do well young man..

  • cmonaussiecmon on August 29, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Bring Mitchell Marsh in!!!!!

  • on August 29, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    The selectors have a very hard job for this match, really all the batsman in the squad have earned a spot. I just dont know how u can pick between Khawaja and Marsh. Its gonna be a tough call, Marsh has a solid ODI record, has been in blistering form in state cricket and IPL for last 2 years, but Khawaja is more of a "test" style batsman and has a better technique, he also has one test cap under his belt already and he played well on debut. Is his century in the tour game enough for him to keep his spot? Also is Khawaja the best at number 6, because Marsh will likely score at a faster pace because its his natural game to play shots. Theoretically they could both play, but in reality i cant see australia leaving out Ponting or Hussey, especially now Clarke is a selector. My gut feeling is Shuan Marsh will play the 1st test and Khawaja won't. Also which spinner would u pick? they both havent looked great, but neither has done too badly either. I would go with Lyon

  • on August 29, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    I have been more than interested in Trent Copeland's career from the his first first class appearance when he bagged an 8 for..Lack of pace we know but look at his stats for lbw's, caught/wicketkeeper and bowled. In the last match all 6 were as stated. I would guarantee %75 have been the same with his almost 100 wickets. As old as cricket is there is no substitute for line and length.

  • Bathinda11 on August 29, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    No need for two spinners. their strength in this tour will be their batting. India crippled in england due to batting failure..so aussie need to concentrate on batting 1st. Marsh is good player..and don't worry about his temperament. Initially everyone said the same for Sehwag...Khawaja is good for middle order. unleash watson and marsh as openners and let them score quickly before spinners comes on. Let Marsh play a Hayden or Sehwag..in bowling get in 3 quality bowlers. Harris, Johnson and Copeland and one spinner like Beer lyon; clarke can bowl too. let them be the duo..4 specialist bowlers, 2 allrounders watson and clarke..that side looks comfortable

  • Jed23 on August 29, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @inefekt. One of the problems is that there is still a large emphasis on fitting into the team structure (basically selection is partially a popularity contest). It sucks but that's why Hodge never got much of a run and also to a lesser extent Macgill. I'm with you though, O'Keefe isn't a test spinner. That being said Beer sucks balls too. At least when Smith is there I can pretend i'm watching Warnie having an off day.

  • on August 29, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    The lack of selection of Hauritz & O'Keefe still baffles me, O'Keefe averages 36 with the bat and 24 with the ball, and Hauritz has proven himself to be reliable at test level. It seems to me (and many other people it would seem) that not picking your best spinners is just insane...

  • hyclass on August 29, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    The day that cricket decides that youre not out,because the bowling wasnt quick enough,didnt turn enough,didnt swing enough,had a poor action,was from the wrong state,was too short,the player wasnt young enough or fit enough,the batsmens runs dont count because his technique isnt good enough or he isnt left or right handed-thats the day that 99% of the rubbish and theories and sheer fantasy that bloggers put on this site will actually have been energy well spent. Until then,the only purpose of cricket,is most runs and wickets wins,promoting endurance and adaptability,building courage,teamwork and national ethos and creating a legacy of excellence and integrity,based on results,that can be passed with pride to our children,as it was passed to us.

  • on August 29, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    Can't wait for this test, everyone should be holding their breath for Copeland to get a BaggyGreen, he is EXACTLY what this team needs. Having so sadly lacked any semblance of control since the departure of Mcgrath and then Clark. I'd like to see Khawaja at 6, he performed in the tour game, to me a young star in the making should get a go when they are coming into form like that, particlarly as there is no incumbent. Getting them into the team in form leaves you in no doubt about their ability, no second guessing, they are either good or enough or they are not. My team: Hughes, Watson, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja, Haddin, Johnson, Harris, Copeland, Lyon. Not at all convinced about Hughes but at least he's making runs, i think Marsh and even Warner have a far tighter technique. I'd really like to have had Hauritz at least available but i'm pretty sure he's injured? I'm not at all convinced like others are about O'Keefe, just looks like another dart thrower to me. Develop Smith.

  • tfjones1978 on August 29, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    I would go in with 4 batsmen, 1 alrounder, 1 wicky, 2 pace, 1 medium & 2 spin. My line up would be: Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Michael Beer, Trent Copeland.

    Whilst this would leave us short in the batting department, Srilanka is a spinning country and we dont have enough experience to go in with only one spinner. Also we need two open bowlers that bowl fast pace whilst also having Copeland and Watson as medium pacers.

    With 4 bowlers, bowling ranges are 20 - 25 overs each day. You loose one player and thats 30 overs each. With 6 bowlers (inc Watson) bowling ranges will be 12 to 18 allowing. This will allow bowlers to be fresh and not have to bowl long spells. Clarke shouldnt be bowling as he should focus on his batting and Captancy.

    With 6 batsman (inc wicky) the bowlers will need to stand up and be counted when batting. I believe that Johnston & Ryan can fill in for #7 batsmen.

  • RDLikesCricket on August 29, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Looks a promising pace bowler for the Aussies. His lack of pace should add variety to the bowling options at Clarke's disposal. If he can maintain his identity and stick to line and length, then he can go a long way... McGrath was not express pace, but was one of the best pacemen in recent times... Good luck Trent Copeland... do well young man..

  • cmonaussiecmon on August 29, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Bring Mitchell Marsh in!!!!!

  • on August 29, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    The selectors have a very hard job for this match, really all the batsman in the squad have earned a spot. I just dont know how u can pick between Khawaja and Marsh. Its gonna be a tough call, Marsh has a solid ODI record, has been in blistering form in state cricket and IPL for last 2 years, but Khawaja is more of a "test" style batsman and has a better technique, he also has one test cap under his belt already and he played well on debut. Is his century in the tour game enough for him to keep his spot? Also is Khawaja the best at number 6, because Marsh will likely score at a faster pace because its his natural game to play shots. Theoretically they could both play, but in reality i cant see australia leaving out Ponting or Hussey, especially now Clarke is a selector. My gut feeling is Shuan Marsh will play the 1st test and Khawaja won't. Also which spinner would u pick? they both havent looked great, but neither has done too badly either. I would go with Lyon

  • on August 29, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    I have been more than interested in Trent Copeland's career from the his first first class appearance when he bagged an 8 for..Lack of pace we know but look at his stats for lbw's, caught/wicketkeeper and bowled. In the last match all 6 were as stated. I would guarantee %75 have been the same with his almost 100 wickets. As old as cricket is there is no substitute for line and length.

  • Bathinda11 on August 29, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    No need for two spinners. their strength in this tour will be their batting. India crippled in england due to batting failure..so aussie need to concentrate on batting 1st. Marsh is good player..and don't worry about his temperament. Initially everyone said the same for Sehwag...Khawaja is good for middle order. unleash watson and marsh as openners and let them score quickly before spinners comes on. Let Marsh play a Hayden or Sehwag..in bowling get in 3 quality bowlers. Harris, Johnson and Copeland and one spinner like Beer lyon; clarke can bowl too. let them be the duo..4 specialist bowlers, 2 allrounders watson and clarke..that side looks comfortable

  • Jed23 on August 29, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    @inefekt. One of the problems is that there is still a large emphasis on fitting into the team structure (basically selection is partially a popularity contest). It sucks but that's why Hodge never got much of a run and also to a lesser extent Macgill. I'm with you though, O'Keefe isn't a test spinner. That being said Beer sucks balls too. At least when Smith is there I can pretend i'm watching Warnie having an off day.

  • on August 29, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    The lack of selection of Hauritz & O'Keefe still baffles me, O'Keefe averages 36 with the bat and 24 with the ball, and Hauritz has proven himself to be reliable at test level. It seems to me (and many other people it would seem) that not picking your best spinners is just insane...

  • hyclass on August 29, 2011, 3:08 GMT

    The day that cricket decides that youre not out,because the bowling wasnt quick enough,didnt turn enough,didnt swing enough,had a poor action,was from the wrong state,was too short,the player wasnt young enough or fit enough,the batsmens runs dont count because his technique isnt good enough or he isnt left or right handed-thats the day that 99% of the rubbish and theories and sheer fantasy that bloggers put on this site will actually have been energy well spent. Until then,the only purpose of cricket,is most runs and wickets wins,promoting endurance and adaptability,building courage,teamwork and national ethos and creating a legacy of excellence and integrity,based on results,that can be passed with pride to our children,as it was passed to us.

  • inefekt on August 29, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    I really can't believe how a spin bowler like O'Keefe still can't get a game over much lesser spin bowlers like Beer and Lyon, both averaging over 45 with the ball at strike rates of 85++. Compare that to O'Keefe averaging 24 with a SR of 51. Are these selectors really THAT blind?

  • bobagorof on August 29, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Copeland shows that it doesn't matter what style of bowler you are, if put it in a spot the batsman doesn't like and bowl to your field, you'll get wickets.

  • D-Train on August 29, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Cameron - He's low 120's. Have seen him a few times in the Ryobi Cup and in the Sheffield Shield final.

    DO NOT play 2 spinners. You actually need spin bowlers who can take wickets. The spinning pitch won't do it for them. They need enough skill to be able to utilize it the best they can.

    My bowling line up would be Harris, Johnson, Copeland, Lyon.

    My overall line up would be

    Watson Hughes Ponting Khawaja Clarke Hussey Haddin Johnson Harris Copeland Lyon

    Marsh doesn't have the concentration or the temperament to succeed at test level. In 10 seasons has only scored 6 centuries with a highest score of 166

  • on August 29, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    My Aussie team for the first test.

    Marsh Watson Pointing Hussey Clarke Haddin Johnson Harris Siddle Lyons Beer

    A line up which gives Australia the best chance of taking wickets as it offers all options to Clarke. Also with the flat pitches and Sri Lanka's mediocre test bowling unit the Aussies can afford only to play 6 batsmen with Johnson batting at number 7.

  • RandyOZ on August 29, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    @RightArmEverything, good comments. Clearly the bowlers should be Harris, Jono and Copeland. If Siddle plays i'll be gobsmacked.

  • D.V.C. on August 29, 2011, 0:53 GMT

    Well, one thing is for sure. Playing 2 spinners and having Harris, Johnson and Watson as your pace attack would be a recipe for disaster. None of those 3 pace men can bowl a lot of overs. Watson is like half a pace bowler. Harris is a possibility of breaking down, and Johnson bowls best in short spells where he can use his pace. Together the three of them aren't much better than two quicks for endurance. So, if 2 spinners are the option then you'd have to pick Copeland as one of the quicks.

  • hyclass on August 29, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    Pick on results,not theories.Dont see results,dont pick.Its was the Argus theme,because it is the only method that supports success in every venture to which it is applied.Everything else is discrimination and un-Australian.

  • MinusZero on August 29, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Lack of pace isnt really a problem. Glenn McGrath barely got over 130 in his later years, but was still a good bowler. Accuracy can be more important than pace. It seems that now days, they want people to bowl fast and not worry so much about accuracy (Case in point: Mitchell Johnson)

  • RightArmEverything on August 29, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    @davidpk, so you didn't see the Perth test then?

    @Talubar (and plenty of others) maybe we should give Clarke a chance to captain a couple of test series before already judging him as a poor captain.

  • Talubar on August 28, 2011, 23:33 GMT

    What the Australian attack needs is bowlers who have a plan and can bowl to it. Watson was the only Australian bowler during the most recent Ashes who seemed to consistently have any idea what he was trying to do. The rest seemed to just run up and bowl hoping for the best. The results speak for themselves. Maybe Clarke should captain when batting and Watson when fielding,

  • on August 28, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Slow? How slow? 130km/h is not slow. Just ask McGrath, Pollock, etc. If he takes wickets that's what matters. Alot of people are deluded by pace taking wickets. More often than not pace = unreliability in accuracy and fitness. So Copeland I hope you get your chance because I don't think you will let Australia down.

  • Blazedragon on August 28, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    @AidanFX: What youth policy? Hidlilch went bye bye my friend. Think before talking Beer is only 27. Give the guy a break and at least wait till the series is before making all these criticisms.

  • Winsome on August 28, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    I wish people would stop calling Copeland a like-for-like with McGrath. It sounds so stupid to make those sorts of claims over someone who has never played international cricket. I'm sure Copeland wouldn't thank anyone for that. He sounds like his head is well and truly screwed on.

  • bumsonseats on August 28, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    i was in australia and heard RB saying that johnson had swung the bowl similar to wasim A. i never saw that delivery, but have never seen one since. the guy just bowls the bowl accross a right hander. most deliverys are so wide a batter gets fed up and edges, very lucky guy bats better than he bols

  • landl47 on August 28, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Copeland provides something Australia haven't otherwise got- a bowler who can tie up an end for long periods (Watson can do it for a time, but he can't bowl all day without affecting his batting). Even if he doesn't get a hatful of wickets, Copeland might help the bowlers at the other end pick up a few if the SL batsmen become over-aggressive. However, you have to remember Copeland hasn't played against Dilshan, Sanga and Jayawardene. Those guys are really tough to dismiss on their own turf. Still, an attack with Harris (if he can stay fit), Johnson, Copeland and Watson is pretty useful. The problem comes when spin bowling is needed. @popcorn- yes, Siddle is established, if you're planning on the opposition getting 500-600 per innings.

  • on August 28, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    I think the aussie side is on the rise while lankans are still struggling without murali. Murali was one man army and especially on home pitches with Vaas in a supporting roles....Aussies might sneak ahead

  • TeamRocker on August 28, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    I'm sick of selecting players on their 'potential'. Give all these 'potential' players a few games, and if they can't perform, then just drop them. Let the players who perform have more chances then the potentials!

  • AidanFX on August 28, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    I am hoping with the Argus review Hauritz is reconsidered - the guy is still fairly young - and he is expereinced; contra Beer who is fairly old; at least for his 1st Class inexperience. What is the logic of "youth policy" if they are old and lacking in experience. Both Lyon and Beer are wildcards who have come out of relative obscurity; it makes sense to go with the younger of the two for mine given this is the case. I would like to see Hauritz again; is one of the spinners in the country that regularly flights and even drifts his deliveries. Smith has shown a lot more potential than Smith from what I have watched.

  • Natx on August 28, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Copeland is a like-a-like Stuart Clark/Glenn McGrath. As for as Aussies talking pure pace - I will give couple of recent examples. Shaun Tait - everyone knows that his body cannot withstand test match pressure despite the 160kph speeds. Brett Lee who was the better of the fast men (>145kph) in test cricket over the last decade made his plans clear to everyone few weeks ago. The whole world knows what happened to Shoaib Akthar, Shane Bond who though are exciting couldn't cope up with test cricket for long. That leaves Dale Steyn as the lone quick out there and one has to see how long he goes on for the sake of every test cricket lover. If you want to be consistent, take wickets and win test matches for your country you will need folks like McGrath, Pollock, Zaheer who are 130-140k range but have more tricks than others. Everyone knows what Praveen kumar did recently at WI and Eng and on the last ODI tour of Australia. Go Copeland!

  • Carllll on August 28, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Its our spinners which we should worry about, seriously Beer? 14 First Class with no 4, let alone 5, wicket hauls at avg 45?! Lyon, only 5 matches? Bring back Hauritz and Doherty!

  • jonesy2 on August 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    hes not even that slow, he bowls about as fast as the greatest fast bowler of all time. he MUST play, he will make an awesome bowling attack with harris and MJ. and then like i said on the marsh-khawaja debate, having siddle on the sidelines speaks volumes of australia's bowling depth.

  • Okakaboka on August 28, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Well, on these pitches they need to play Copeland....But given the type of bowler he is...wouldn't McDonald have been a better option? McDonald is a very capable batsman. Don't get me wrong...Copeland is great and deserves to play in the first test. Pattinson is the right bowler to partner Copeland with Harris or Siddle. Spraygun can be used to paint someone's fence rather than inflict injury on the sight screen attendant....um...Johnston if you haven't figured it out. A replacement for old Terracotta gloves needs to be found too! We can't afford drop catches, missed stumpings and half a million byes any more!

  • on August 28, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Copeland must be the most underrated player by all the relevant people in Australian cricket. It seems the likes of Chappell and Clarke are all doing their best to play down his strengths, when clearly he's a like-for-like replacement for McGrath. obviously too early to say he has anything close to the same quality, but the style is identical. McGrath only bowled probably maximum 10kms faster than Copeland as well.

  • dsig3 on August 28, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    @popcorn, no-one is established in that list. Siddle and Johnson both average 30 and are unreliable. Harris has played 5 games. The mere fact that you would consider Siddle established shows just how far we have fallen. I dont like chopping and changing either but we should reward performance from now on. I dont mind letting Copeland carry the drinks for the first match at least but Siddle/Johnson need to perform to warrant their place for the next. No more free rides.

  • smudgeon on August 28, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Good luck to Copeland, I think he could be a really important part of Australia's test future. But what's all this negative talk about medium-pace? Everyone forgot McGrath? I don't recall him ever hitting much above 135km. I'm not saying Copeland is necessarily at McGrath's level, but he is a similar bowler who uses line, length, and subtle variation...rather than banging them in hard & hoping for a bit of swing (I'm looking at you, Peter Siddle) - that's what we have Johnson for. Someone who can bowl all day and niggle away at batsmen is just as valuable, and I hope Copeland gets an extended chance to prove if he's got the goods or not. He should work really well with Harris in SL. @Lees_Legends - I hear Nathan Lyons' nickname is Lyonsy. Clever, huh?

  • Dashgar on August 28, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Copeland deserves a shot. You can't not pick a guy who takes 6 wickets in a tour game when his 2 rivals take very little between them. We need to pick players on merit. This means Copeland and Khawaja

  • on August 28, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Didn't Glenn McGrath also bowl medium pace??

  • on August 28, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    starc wont play test cricket mate. to be honest he will be lucky to play for nsw when at full strength. hazlewood and cummins will, also lets remember mcgrath in his last few yrs bowled around the mid 120's. copeland is perfect in this side with johnson and would be perfect with cummins at some stage. australia r starting to get their selections right although o'keefe should be there and paine must be close to outer haddin.

  • x-squire-x on August 28, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Depending on the pitch and conditions, a little chopping and changing is required. I would play Copeland over Siddle, and Lyon if only one spinner is going to be used, if two spinners, then Harris misses out for me.

  • on August 28, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Last time Shane Warne took 28 wickets and helped Australia win 3-0, Murali played in 3 losing home tests despite taking as many wickets as warne. Now both are gone, the series could shape up to be a run fest with high scoring draws. But Australia still have a problem with their batting and so Sri Lanka could bat on forever scoring at less than 3 runs an over and bowl Australia out twice to win. It shapes up to be an intriguing series. Sri lanka batsmen have the ability to bat with patience in tests. Not sure about some of the aussies who want to score at 4 an over.

  • whocareswhatyouthink on August 28, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @popcorn....why chop and change? Because Siddle doesn't take enough wickets. I have been waiting for CA to give this guy a cap. This guy is basically Stuart Clarks replacement. Siddle was just keeping his seat warm.

  • popcorn on August 28, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Why chop and change? Siddle is established - so are Johnson and Harris. Trent Copeland can wait.

  • yocasi on August 28, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Most Windies fans would get a fit on reading that there's a place in test cricket for medium pacers like Copeland and Sammy.

  • on August 28, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Im really looking forward to this series and following two teams in transition. Australia more so than SL, but what will life after Murali be like for them? Ive been wanting Copeland in this side for a yr now and he will be very useful indeed. Still hoping that Johnson finds that inswinger again, but he does seem to have developed a fairly late outswinger which is also tought to handle. Until Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins arrive, this is the best attack Aus can pick.

  • on August 28, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Give Copeland his baggy green! He deserves it!

  • Lees_Legends on August 28, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Oh, so Michael Beer's nickname is Beery is it. Fantastic

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  • Lees_Legends on August 28, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Oh, so Michael Beer's nickname is Beery is it. Fantastic

  • on August 28, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Give Copeland his baggy green! He deserves it!

  • on August 28, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Im really looking forward to this series and following two teams in transition. Australia more so than SL, but what will life after Murali be like for them? Ive been wanting Copeland in this side for a yr now and he will be very useful indeed. Still hoping that Johnson finds that inswinger again, but he does seem to have developed a fairly late outswinger which is also tought to handle. Until Hazlewood, Starc and Cummins arrive, this is the best attack Aus can pick.

  • yocasi on August 28, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Most Windies fans would get a fit on reading that there's a place in test cricket for medium pacers like Copeland and Sammy.

  • popcorn on August 28, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Why chop and change? Siddle is established - so are Johnson and Harris. Trent Copeland can wait.

  • whocareswhatyouthink on August 28, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @popcorn....why chop and change? Because Siddle doesn't take enough wickets. I have been waiting for CA to give this guy a cap. This guy is basically Stuart Clarks replacement. Siddle was just keeping his seat warm.

  • on August 28, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Last time Shane Warne took 28 wickets and helped Australia win 3-0, Murali played in 3 losing home tests despite taking as many wickets as warne. Now both are gone, the series could shape up to be a run fest with high scoring draws. But Australia still have a problem with their batting and so Sri Lanka could bat on forever scoring at less than 3 runs an over and bowl Australia out twice to win. It shapes up to be an intriguing series. Sri lanka batsmen have the ability to bat with patience in tests. Not sure about some of the aussies who want to score at 4 an over.

  • x-squire-x on August 28, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Depending on the pitch and conditions, a little chopping and changing is required. I would play Copeland over Siddle, and Lyon if only one spinner is going to be used, if two spinners, then Harris misses out for me.

  • on August 28, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    starc wont play test cricket mate. to be honest he will be lucky to play for nsw when at full strength. hazlewood and cummins will, also lets remember mcgrath in his last few yrs bowled around the mid 120's. copeland is perfect in this side with johnson and would be perfect with cummins at some stage. australia r starting to get their selections right although o'keefe should be there and paine must be close to outer haddin.

  • on August 28, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Didn't Glenn McGrath also bowl medium pace??