|Posted on 7 August, 2019 at 19:55|
In my post on Thursday morning I mentioned that I had doubts re: the bowling tactics the Australian’s might use; then again on Friday, I raised the issue when Cummins had opened around the wicket to Rory Burns; Burns is now 120 odd not out.
When I first saw this approach being employed; I thought why didn’t the Australia’s select the left arm pace of Starc?
Was the concern, batting depth? Because it couldn’t have been balance... not with only 4 bowlers.
As a discussion point, I would argue the stats suggest we could have played both Starc and Siddle; I would be making the claim that our tail has contributed; grandly to our overall innings tally for seasons now. Just think about this; how many times over recent years have we been let down by the top order? (And if we’re looking to the future; surely Carey must better prospect than Wade? )
From Paine down the attack of Cummings, Starc, Pattison, Siddle and Lyon have all proven they can bat and their batting has helped win Tests or save us time and again.
I would be confident (if I were in charge) to have Paine higher. He looks as sound as any of those rated above him or more accomplished albeit he was dismissed poorly 1st innings. This still hasn’t altered my thinking.
And something else to chew on; To me Carey looks confident and reeks of match winning brilliance.