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I was looking at the Test Squad and got thinking what the team should look like against Bangladesh. Given that we will be playing on a typical peat bog, it's not that easy. I decided to go with a 7-2-2 make-up ( with the 7 batsmen including the keeper De Kock), and two seamers and two specialist spinners. Duminy would be a bonus. Thus: 

Elgar, De Kock, Faf, Amla, Van Zyl, Duminy, Bavuma, Harmer, Phangiso, Morkel, Steyn.   Batting order is somewhat flexible. Sitting out:  Vilas, Ramala, Hendricks, Philander

Not sure what the Quota implications are. 

Any thoughts? What have I missed?

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Why two specialist spinners?

​Are there two around up to Test standard. Better off playing another seamer if the extra spinner is not up to standard. The Banglas play average spin OK given that is their stock in trade.

Now that the ICC has finally dealt with the chuckers there is a paucity of decent spinners in world cricket.

Tahir can't seem to land them in Tests for some strange reason despite being very handy in the short forms. Strange for a leggie. 

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Exactly they are brought up playing spin so why play to their strength?

SA has the best record of all foreign nations playing in the sub continent in the past 20 years and it wasn't achieved by spin bowling. Their is this weird mindset that you must play more spinners there. Aus has also fallen into that trap.

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Exactly they are brought up playing spin so why play to their strength?

SA has the best record of all foreign nations playing in the sub continent in the past 20 years and it wasn't achieved by spin bowling. Their is this weird mindset that you must play more spinners there. Aus has also fallen into that trap.

​Australia are clueless in Test matches on the subcontinent.

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Exactly they are brought up playing spin so why play to their strength?

SA has the best record of all foreign nations playing in the sub continent in the past 20 years and it wasn't achieved by spin bowling. Their is this weird mindset that you must play more spinners there. Aus has also fallen into that trap.

​The Grub's record in South Asia is ordinary. He was belted at times. If he couldn't succeed there's little hope for lesser talents.

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Spinners in the SA team is basically only there to contain runs while our quicks rest. The odd wickets they get is a bonus.

Edited by DbDraad

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