After feeling pretty confident that there was no way back for Shane Watson the chat around social media has my heart stuttering!
With Chris Rogers under an injury cloud, there seems to be a domino effect that could seriously upset the apple-cart.
The situation goes something like this…
If Rogers is out and the Edgbaston pitch, being tagged early as a spinners wicket, does end up taking some turn, there could be a need to drop a pacemen and pick up a spinner, which then pushes a case for Watson to come in as the replacement opener.
Since Shaun Marsh doesn’t have bowling in his repertoire, the need for Watsons bowling option actual becomes a viable argument.
I CANNOT FREAKING BELIEVE IT!!
Who is looking out for this guy and what did give up in return?
Personally I think that it would have to be a Calcutta special to change our bowling line up. The way they dismantled the English on such flat deck has to give the selectors some serious confidence. Unless we had Stu Macgill sitting in the wings, I just can’t see them changing the line up and nor can I see the curator producing a pitch that proves enticing enough to force such a reshuffle.
Can you imagine the curry the curator would have to muster to produce a flat turner? After all the bashing of the last two wickets, it would be incredible to think that for all important mid-way tie breaker, another flat deck gets prepared.
The English would be begging for something traditional, something that can say ‘this is one of our wickets, let’s see how you go now!!’
It’s time for the curators to back their bowlers. They have their greatest ever wicket taker in Jimmy Anderson, and Stuart Broad has been a constant menace to Australia and specifically Michael Clarke. With these guys supported by the up and coming Mark Wood, who bowls with energy and a bit of pace. Then Moeen Ali, who leading into the first test didn’t get much confidence from the English public, but has since taken more than his share of the wickets and to me looks like a great option for their number 8. If ever Steve Finn can figure out what the hell is going on I think he is built to trouble Aussie batsmen. Together its pretty good unit that deserves some support.
I’m hoping the next pitch has bounce, and conditions are suited to the swinging ball. How else will the Aussies stick to the Poms in their own conditions and shut them up once and for all. Steve Smith will get a chance to stick to Broad and show him his quality without any questions left, and most importantly our bowlers will be able to go full power at the English bats and scared the shit out of them for the rest of the series.
If it’s a good test wicket I think Mitchell Starc will come hard after a good rest and be the leading wicket taker for Australia. If it’s a spinners wicket I think Nathan Lyon will relish the chance to sink his teeth into the mass of left handers, without needing to bring in Fahwad Ahmed, and add to what is accumulating to an excellent test record.
Either way, Australia will go 2-1 up. Which should be enough to secure the series. Given the track record for some weather interruptions’, and the fact that we have the urn, I think England will fade. Bet on it.