Agreed....don't know why it was exclusively a Thorpe v Pieterson debate.
Thorpe is a rock. He has true class, grit, reliability and bags of Test experience. The Aussies, without doubt, rate him. If anything, the debate should have been about whether to pick Bell or Pieterson, with Pieterson getting my vote. To be honest, there's one or two others who need to prove their worth - Trescothick and Vaughan, albeit Vaughan is an automatic pick as captain.