1st Final: Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Mar 4, 2012

Is this the best we can do?

Well, here we go.  The Indian team is winging their way back home whilst Sri Lanka and Australia are about to do battle.

Looking at the team line up for Australia I am a little concerned.  Both Warner and Wade have struggled to make an impact as an opening pair and Lee, despite his vast experience, is still under an injury cloud.

I’m also not sure that our batting line-up is what it should be.  You have 2 very inexperienced openers that have – more often than not – fallen on their swords rather than troubling the scorers.  All our experience seems concentrated around the middle order.

I’ve always built teams around the new + experienced philosophy.  In other words my line-up would look as follows.

David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke *, Michael Hussey, Peter Forrest, David Hussey, Matthew Wade +, Clint McKay (40 wickets @ ~20.00 means this chap can bowl), Xavier Doherty (he’s at 9 only because I really would love to Hogg in this slot), James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus

I think is a far more robust and balanced line-up, especially if we can past this ageism still present in the selection panel and bring back Hogg.


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