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are injuries a loss or boost to oz?

By grazorblade - 9 Jul 2019 2:03 AM

Khawaja has performed ok for Australia in a middle order where ok feels outstanding, all 4 middle order batsmen are about 10 runs below their average this world cup
Stoinis has at times been a very good 5th bowling option but has had nothing to celebrate with the bat, failing to be dynamic at the back end of the innings or perform a lower order recovery.
Handscomb is a much more dynamic batsman than Khawaja being one of the best 2 hitters in the middle overs I've seen. He also averages a fair bit less so he could be a net negative if he doesn't continue his form from this year
Mitch marsh looks a substantial improvement over stoinis with a better average and strike rate in odis and list a as well as having a substantially better bowling record. I wish we had him all tournament we might have gone undefeated
The other option to replace khawaja is wade who has been bradman like against some weak bowling attacks. The English attack isn't that much better to be honest and if its on a road he could be an attractive option. But if he does well against England they may be tempted to play him against india at lords which I think would be a mistake. Having said that he has done well at domestic level for quite a while. So perhaps his purple patch of form will translate into an odi world cup win

What are your thoughts? Could these two injuries be a blessing in disguise or have the screwed us over at the last hurdle
By grazorblade - 10 Jul 2019 11:47 PM

yeah smith has been slightly weaker than khawaja

khawaja will be tough to replace

if we had mitch marsh we could get away with one all rounder (maybe) but I'd still play two