2nd T20I England v Australia at Melbourne

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I'm not expecting a change from either side, both teams did pretty well and still some questions to be answered by both sides.

For Australia, fielding improvements, Tait and Lee's fitness and motivation being the big three.

For England, is complacency an issue, will they take their foot of the gas? Can Shahzad continue his impressive bowling performance and get a place in the ODIs? One thinks Wright needs to do something as well.
 

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I'd love to see Wright dropped and replaced with a specialist batsmen. We have enough bowling options without him in my opinion.
 

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I'd say Pattinson would come in, may as well give him experience on the field rather than in the changing rooms/making the drinks.
 

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Mitchell Johnson could probably use a rest. He's bowled a lot of overs in the MCG and SCG Tests.

And on Wright, was really surprised he didn't get an over or 2. Given Swann got tanked that first over it was gutsy stuff from Colly to keep bowling him. Although I guess once Watson got out, none of the other Aussies were doing anything. Where's Michael Clarke when you need him? :D
 

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Where's Michael Clarke when you need him?

Dussey from 1st T20I and Clarke, that is the way to get double booing and put the crowd to sleep!

Wright hardly bowled in England's successful T20 campaign. He seems to be in there as a batter and he ain't doing the best of jobs in that department.
 

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Wright bowls less than Colly and Bopara when their all in the side. Baffling selection, unless you're going to bowl him!
 

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i think if anything i'd rather see bopara in the team ahead of wright,as a batsman and a bowler he adds more to the side than luke wright,but then again Flower has'nt gotten many things wrong as coach...
 

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Hope to see Paine bat tonight, otherwise this series would be a bit of a waste for him.
 

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Yeah poor Paine. It looked like SO'K was going to come in ahead of him too the other night. Trouble with the squad is that they've picked 4 openers: Warner, Watson, Paine and Finch.

I would have rested Watson for a game just to get Paine up there and having a go. It's not like Watson needs the cricket.
 

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From what I'm hearing there is quite a bit of rain around so sounds like we won't even get on the park.

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Trouble with the squad is that they've picked 4 openers: Warner, Watson, Paine and Finch.

Yea that isn't ideal, only Warner is a guy who could hit the ball from ball one which is needed for batting at 6 or 7. Finch, Paine and Watson all need a bit of time to get in as do Dussey and White.
 

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This was posted on BF in the morning.

Bucketing down, insanely dark, rain predicted to last most of the day. And even if it does stop raining, it'll take them a long time to dry the outfield. I'd be stunned if they played tonight.

Sounds good now though and the women are playing.
 

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Yeah, I saw that thread as well. Everyone else is saying it's fine though.
 

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Australia win the toss and bat again. No changes which is disappointing. The usual case of giving a youngster some shed experience.
Others were saying we should bowl first so this will be interesting seeing how this call by White turns out.
 

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