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    2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Australia looks like replacing Hazlewood with Pattinson and NZ looks like adding Boult for Ferguson and Blundell to open and replace Raval.

    Obviously this is a must win game for NZ and I suspect they will put in a far better performance than they did in Perth
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    This is going to be a cracking game I can't wait !!!!
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    I will be there on Boxing day
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Looking forward to being there on Thursday.

    Hope the pitch has something in it - the last few I’ve been to have not been good viewing...
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    There is some speculation that we might go into the test with 5 bowling options and dropping Travis Head

    The theory is that if the pitch is lifeless again then we don't want to overload the bowlers
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Doesn’t sound great to me... shouldn’t need 5 bowlers at an MCG Boxing Day test.... although the last few years probably indicate that’s the way we will go.
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Go_Dogs View Post
    Doesn’t sound great to me... shouldn’t need 5 bowlers at an MCG Boxing Day test.... although the last few years probably indicate that’s the way we will go.
    The other theory is that because all the fast bowlers named (Starc, Cummins, Pattinson, Neser and Siddle) are all handy batsman

    The selectors must have really wanted to have Mitch Marsh in the squad

    There would be an unhealthy expectation that Paine will perform with the bat and that Smith returns to form

    If the selectors go down the road of the extra bowler, and I don't think they will, the choice is down to Neser with his superior batting and Siddle on his home pitch

    One advantage of this type of selection is to ensure the bowlers are fresh for the Sydney test
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Ordinarily would hate the idea of Paine at 6, but if we go with Neser, Pattinson, Cummins, Starc and Lyon, it's just about the strongest tail you'd have seen in test cricket.

    Heading into the ground now and it's a pretty good bowling day. Think whoever loses the toss will have some good swinging conditions.

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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Quote Originally Posted by lemmon View Post
    Ordinarily would hate the idea of Paine at 6, but if we go with Neser, Pattinson, Cummins, Starc and Lyon, it's just about the strongest tail you'd have seen in test cricket.

    Heading into the ground now and it's a pretty good bowling day. Think whoever loses the toss will have some good swinging conditions.
    Given the depth it would almost balance being a batsman down
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    NZ won the toss an elected to bowl

    Australia has selected Pattinson to replace Hazlewood and resisted the option to play 5 bowlers
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Early wicket, and I just pulled my calf while running. Not the best start.
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Quote Originally Posted by lemmon View Post
    Ordinarily would hate the idea of Paine at 6, but if we go with Neser, Pattinson, Cummins, Starc and Lyon, it's just about the strongest tail you'd have seen in test cricket.

    Heading into the ground now and it's a pretty good bowling day. Think whoever loses the toss will have some good swinging conditions.
    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    Given the depth it would almost balance being a batsman down
    I don't like the idea at all. Our tail is too long whether or not they are talented tailenders with the bat. It's one thing to be able to bash the ball around when the bowlers are tired and the fielders are arguing with each other but test match batting is all about building an innings and absorbing time and I can't see any of the tailenders (except maybe Neser who I haven't seen bat) doing that.
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    Early wicket, and I just pulled my calf while running. Not the best start.
    Cracking delivery, it would have got a lot of other batsman as well

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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Quote Originally Posted by GVGjr View Post
    Cracking delivery, it would have got a lot of other batsman as well

    How have you pulled up?
    Still watching the Boxing Day test, zero family obligations, one of the really good days of the year.

    Jeez Labs looked upset to lose his wicket. Love an Aussie batsman that values his wicket so highly.
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    Re: 2nd Test - Australia v New Zealand - 26th Dec 2019 - MCG Boxing Day

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    Still watching the Boxing Day test, zero family obligations, one of the really good days of the year.

    Jeez Labs looked upset to lose his wicket. Love an Aussie batsman that values his wicket so highly.
    He's made a difference to the side and to think his opportunity came after that sickening blow to Smith
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