Legends urge Aussies to name huge SCG bolter

    The Aussies will bowl again however, and will be two options down as Cameron Green joins Mitchell Starc on the sidelines.Follow all the action from day 3 at the MCG live here.Day two fact boxThe good news from the MCG is the covers are off and barring any more rain we’ll have a start which is only delayed 15 minutes. 10.30AM SKULL’S SCG BOLTERKerry O’Keefe has urged Australian selectors to name Western Australian all-rounder Aaron Hardie as a Test bolter for Sydney to replace Cameron Green. Green has been ruled out of the SCG Test and will not take part in the BBL, with O’Keefe floating his Perth Scorchers teammate Hardie as a like-for-like replacement for the third Test against South Africa. Hardie averages 44 from 19 first-class matches and has 41 wickets. The 23-year-old has been earmarked as a potential Australian player, featuring on the Australia A tour of Sri Lanka this year. “If I was George Bailey, my bowling attack for Sydney would be Cummins, Boland, Aaron Hardie, Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy,” O’Keefe said on Fox Cricket. “I’d bring in Aaron Hardie for Cameron Green and I’d bring in the second spinner on a Sydney Cricket Ground turner. “And the second best spinner is also an off-spinner, so I’d go with him.”Former Aussie Test skipper Ricky Ponting agreed with O’Keefe’s Hardie assessment, telling Channel 7: “The most recognisable like-for-like I can think of for Cam Green’s replacement for Sydney is someone like Aaron Hardie. “Another West Australian all-rounder. Very talented youngster. We have seen him probably make his mark on the shorter forms of the game so far more than anything else but he did get a hundred in the Shield final last year. “And (he) can bowl some handy overs. Bit of a smoky there.”10.22AM NORTJE’S HILARIOUS TAKE ON SPIDER CAM DRAMA We’ve got to pay this one…For those who missed it, Nortje was hit by the spider cam on day two. When will the Boxing Day Test finish?GREEN INJURY LEAVES AUSSIES TWO BOWLERS DOWN- Peter LalorCameron Green, the hero of Australia’s first innings bowling effort in the Boxing Day Test, has a broken finger, leaving the hosts almost 200 runs ahead but two bowlers down. Australian coach Andrew McDonald confirmed Green’s fractured finger on SEN this morning.McDonald confirmed that Mitchell Starc could yet bowl in the second innings in Melbourne despite an injury which is expected to sideline him for six weeks while Green will be unable to bowl, but will bat with the “small fracture” if necessary. Green, 23, took 5-27 in the best performance of his career on day one of the Test and picked up $3.15m at the IPL auction on Friday. McDonald flagged a possible Test debut for Western Australian tearaway left-armer Lance Morris in Sydney as a like-for-like replacement for Mitch Starc.Mc Donald also suggested that if a second spinner were selected in Sydney, it would be the player who best compliments the attack, not necessarily the second best spinner in Australia.This could pave the way for left-armer Ashton Agar to replace Cameron Green due to his ability with the bat.David Warner has been confirmed as the next better in if Australia loses a wicket early today after retiring hurt on 200 with cramp late on day 2.Warner’s friend and former nemesis Joe Root scored 218 in his 100th Test and the Australian may be tempted to attempt to knock off that record. He is one of only 10 batsman to score a century in his landmark match. Ricky Ponting is the only other Australian.The former captain scored centuries in both innings of his 100th.In bad news for cricket lovers there is rain falling at the MCG and the covers are on an hour before play, but the weather is expected to clear. The bureau is expecting a cool change which will be a relief after the second day when the mercury reached 37C, causing numerous players to cramp.ROCK BOTTOM: SA BATSMEN FINALLY BREAK TEAMMATESIs this South Africa’s “Hobart’’ moment?The point where you nose dive into the bottom of the barrel with so much force you realise that unless something changes you are going to crash straight through it.There are some ardent fans of South African cricket who are actually hoping that if the Proteas lose this Test they lose it really, really – really – badly so the push for change becomes overwhelming.South Africa were in danger of melting into oblivion at the MCG on day two of the Boxing Day Test but six years ago in chilly Hobart the polar opposite was happening.South Africa romped to a series victory when they crushed Australia by an innings and 80 runs effectively dumped Australia back at ground zero.Several angry Cricket Australia executives addressed the team after the match saying it was time for Australian cricket to regain its lost edge.Some say this was the start of the road to Sandpapergate but what is not in dispute was it was the turning point that made Australia look at itself from top to bottom and realise things could never get this desperate again.And they never have.South Africa’s cricket system is at that point now. It’s a mess.Bowling is their strong suit – and their long suit – yet it appears the strain on their bowling attack of constantly having to defend small totals has reached breaking point and part of the reason why their bowlers took just one wicket on a heartbreaking day two of the Test.The South African top order are so poor they have six consecutive sub-200 scores in Tests.Their first class system features eight teams playing seven games a year.It’s hardly overkill.Incredibly, South Africa won their last three series in Australia yet there was always a feeling they got there despite their system and not because of it.The talent drain from South Africa to other nations is a perpetual strain on their Test team.It takes no imagination to pick a competitive international 12 from South African born players either playing overseas or unavailable for Test selection who would give the current motley crew a decent Test.Try Keaton Jennings, Jason Roy, Marnus Labuschagne, Colin Munroe, Glenn Phillips, Faf du Plessis, Devon Conway, Quinton de Kock, Tom Curran, Kyle Abbott, Michael Neser and Neil Wagner.If even two or three of these players were playing for the current Proteas team they could have made a major difference.Updates to story

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