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Cowan left out of stacked NSW Shield side

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    Veteran batsman Ed Cowan, last season’s leading Sheffield Shield run-scorer, has been squeezed out of a star-studded NSW side for the opening round of the competition starting this week.

    Australian captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner are among five Ashes certainties named in the 12-man squad to face South Australia in a pink-ball clash at Adelaide Oval beginning on Friday.

    Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon will lead an imposing bowling attack as they prepare for next month’s first Test in Brisbane.

    But there was no room for 35-year-old Cowan, who piled up 959 runs at 73.77 in 2016-17.

    The Blues instead backed in-form left-handed batsman Daniel Hughes in what coach Trent Johnston described as the toughest decision of his tenure.

    “We had to weigh up past form with current form,” Johnston said on Monday.

    “Ed has been outstanding during the Sheffield Shield over the past two seasons and has an excellent record against the pink ball.

    “Daniel Hughes has been in terrific form during the JLT Cup so there were lengthy discussions.

    “Finally we decided to go with Dan in that last batting spot. It wasn’t easy.”

    Nic Maddinson, Moises Henriques, Kurtis Patterson and wicketkeeper Peter Nevill will be among the Blues looking to put their name forward for Ashes selection.

    Test paceman Josh Hazlewood will miss the Shield opener as he continues to recover from a side strain suffered during Australia’s tour of Bangladesh.

    Veteran spinner Steve O’Keefe is expected to miss the first three Shield rounds after breaking his finger during a grade cricket game.

    NSW 12-man squad: Steve Smith (capt), Sean Abbott, Trent Copeland, Pat Cummins, Moises Henriques, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Lyon, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Kurtis Patterson, Mitchell Starc, David Warner.

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    • October 23rd 2017 @ 5:15pm
      qwetzen said | October 23rd 2017 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

      Go the Spuddies!

    • Roar Rookie

      October 23rd 2017 @ 5:20pm
      Matthew Pearce said | October 23rd 2017 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

      “Cowan’s been our best Shield batsman for the past two years, but Hughes did really well in one-dayers so we’re going to pick Hughes for our Shield side”. Huh?

      I mean, I get it, Hughes is probably more likely to be selected for Australia than Cowan, so they’re pushing him up, but really? Neither of them are much of a chance, so you might as well go for the better batsman.

      • Roar Guru

        October 23rd 2017 @ 5:56pm
        Rellum said | October 23rd 2017 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

        There is always the threat of one P.Howard telling States who they should be picking. Not sure if that is the case here, has been suggested elsewhere though.

        • October 24th 2017 @ 1:09am
          Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 1:09am | ! Report

          It is guerrilla infiltration from NZ. When will CA recognize the damage Pat Howard has wrought. Get rid of him.

          • Roar Guru

            October 24th 2017 @ 11:00am
            spruce moose said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:00am | ! Report

            I mean, I do agree with you, but at the same time, he has a perfectly defensible record when it comes to his performance review. Unfortunate but true.

            • October 24th 2017 @ 1:31pm
              Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

              The management of 3 fast bowlers’ injuries/workload would indicate he has lost the handle on out major trump card. Big fail.

              Making players unavailable when they are fit has not worked. Pulling players out of state games when there is no international on is also a fail (Mitch Marsh especially). Cricketers need to play cricket. It helps their game.

              • Roar Guru

                October 24th 2017 @ 1:58pm
                spruce moose said | October 24th 2017 @ 1:58pm | ! Report

                Again, I don’t disagree.

                But, call me a cynic…I reckon his KPI’s probably are more focused ensuring the team wins matches. Example, James Pattinson getting injured is a concern for sure and probably on his watch, but he’s only accountable if there isn’t a fast bowler who can step in and ensure the team can still win.

                He can sneakily defend 3 bowlers getting injured because there are another 6 international class bowlers who can step up and bring victories.

                Coupled with the fact that this will be the worst English side to come to Australia for yonks, he’ll be able to hide behind a home series win.

          • October 24th 2017 @ 1:18pm
            Bakkies said | October 24th 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

            NZ? What has Pat Howard got to do with them?

            • October 24th 2017 @ 3:09pm
              Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

              The boy is a Kiwi. NZ Rugby is his CV.

              • October 24th 2017 @ 11:33pm
                Bakkies said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:33pm | ! Report

                He is a third generation Australian Wallaby, played and worked for Rugby teams in Australia and the UK.

      • Roar Guru

        October 23rd 2017 @ 6:49pm
        Rellum said | October 23rd 2017 @ 6:49pm | ! Report

        Foxsports are actually saying this

        “,although it’s understood key figures in the Australian set-up may have had some input in the Blues electing to back 28-year-old Daniel Hughes”.

        If true it continues the devaluing and outright destruction of the Shield as a true competition. If only Howard and the others saw the value in an unrestrained comp to build battle hardened players.

        • Roar Rookie

          October 23rd 2017 @ 8:47pm
          Matthew Pearce said | October 23rd 2017 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

          I didn’t realise that. Geez, you could write a whole article on everything wrong with that, if it’s true.

          • Roar Guru

            October 23rd 2017 @ 9:00pm
            Rellum said | October 23rd 2017 @ 9:00pm | ! Report

            It has been going on for a few years now. Pretty sure Doran got the same leg up last year, not to mention all the mid game subs and players being rested.

            • October 24th 2017 @ 11:32am
              BurgyGreen said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:32am | ! Report

              Doran was a disaster, and I see he’s been picked again in Tassie’s Shield squad at the expense of Ben Dunk, a guy who has actually had success at this level. The kid is clearly just not up to first class level yet.

              • October 24th 2017 @ 11:59am
                Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

                Dunk is badly out of form with the bat but he is doing OK with his offies.

                Doran has some class and will step up. Adam Griffiths has been very influential with JL at The Warriors and he’ll engender some steel in Tassie. He’ll actually teach these kids.

                Doran is still worth watching if he ever gets the gloves again. BBL has shown him to be very neat keeping up to the stumps. Young guys with the bat just need things to click. Cartwright was in the system for 5 years before he had his breakout last year. Likewise Handscomb (although his was more of a slow build). Head is ready to have a big career.

                Young Shaun Marsh will do very well in his 35 to 40 yo incarnation.

              • October 24th 2017 @ 3:59pm
                JoM said | October 24th 2017 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

                It’s what happens when they are pushed into state cricket way too early and before they have done anything in 1st grade to warrant it. Within his age group he was far and away the best batsman for the 6 years I watched him in rep cricket. There were 3 of them who were clearly a huge cut above the rest but he was the best of those 3. Then the push was on after he had a good Under 17 comp and they put him into the 19’s as well I think and also into 1st grade. In one and a half seasons he scored 50 twice from memory and ended up with a rookie contract for NSW. The following year they were demanding a full contract which Cricket NSW said no to so he moved to Tassie.

              • Roar Guru

                October 24th 2017 @ 4:47pm
                Rellum said | October 24th 2017 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

                Yes Doran is the prime example of the Chappell influence on the games pathways.

      • Roar Guru

        October 24th 2017 @ 8:17am
        Chris Kettlewell said | October 24th 2017 @ 8:17am | ! Report

        Hughes has played plenty of shield cricket too. It’s not just a case of picking for 4-day cricket based on 1-day form. But Hughes has shown he’s been in pretty good form of late, and there’s no guarantee that just because Cowan did well last year that he will this year also. He will still get plenty of games once the test players disappear. And if he doesn’t get selected for any of these first three shield matches that makes him a prime candidate to be part of the CA XI to face England in a couple of their warm-up games. Obviously, when you bring back 5 international players you are going to have some unlucky players missing out.

        • Roar Rookie

          October 24th 2017 @ 9:35am
          Matthew Pearce said | October 24th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

          Yeah, it’s fair enough if they bring him back once the Test players are out, but as above, the competition is made weaker for this sort of thing. Being the leading run-scorer from last season really should be rewarded, because let’s be honest, neither Cowan or Hughes are very far up the pecking order for national selection.

          Really it should have been between Hughes and Maddinson, Hughes has a higher FC average and Maddinson, well, I felt sorry for him last summer, but I don’t think he’s a test cricketer.

          • Roar Guru

            October 24th 2017 @ 2:54pm
            Chris Kettlewell said | October 24th 2017 @ 2:54pm | ! Report

            Hughes also just scored 203* for Mosman in grade cricket over the weekend which wouldn’t have done his chances any harm. I can’t find any record of Cowan playing grade cricket over the weekend. Nevill made 130*, Maddinson 94. These guys are in form and scoring runs. They are all reasonable selections.

            I don’t see how it makes the competition weaker. It was really a line ball call between someone who was in great form last year versus someone who’s in great form now. And they went with the guy who’s currently shown he’s in form and scoring lots of runs. That doesn’t weaken the competition. It’s not like they’ve gone with a youngster who’s not shown any real form over an old guy who’s been scoring runs, just because they want to give the youngster a go. That would certainly “weaken the competition”. But with Hughes current form, choosing him over Cowan isn’t a decision that in any way weakens the competition.

            • Roar Rookie

              October 24th 2017 @ 3:55pm
              Matthew Pearce said | October 24th 2017 @ 3:55pm | ! Report

              Hughes’ form has been good recently, but it doesn’t guarantee it’ll carry over to FC. Looking at his record, I wouldn’t make that call with any confidence. Cowan, on the other hand, clearly still has it. I wouldn’t deny they’re all in form, but the top performers should be the first one’s penciled in. It’d would’ve been like us dropping Hartley for Peirson last season, you can’t just go with the young bloke because they’re young. Shield cricket needs to be the best against the best, that’s what produces the best and toughest cricketers. It’s supposed to be the best FC comp going around, after all.

              There’s also the problem that it’s the new attitude that’s sinking in. You’ve got to be thinking “long-term”, you’ve got to give the younger players a leg up. I don’t agree with it. What if Hughes fails over those games, when Cowan probably would have continued where he left off? It’s a wasted opportunity for him especially, since he’s going to have next to no game time before the Big Bash kicks off. The fact that we can justify it by saying he’s not likely to get a call-up is another issue entirely, he and the dozen other blokes who’ve continued to show they’re international quality getting overlooked for “potential” players is a problem, and it’s going to catch up to us one day.

            • October 24th 2017 @ 10:04pm
              Chris Love said | October 24th 2017 @ 10:04pm | ! Report

              Come on Chris, everyone knows why Cowan was dropped. It was because of his comments over selections.

            • October 24th 2017 @ 10:49pm
              Nudge said | October 24th 2017 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

              Spot on Chris K. Well summed up

      • October 24th 2017 @ 2:15pm
        Rebellion said | October 24th 2017 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

        Good riddance to Ed Cowan I say
        Shocking test batsman who has always been a media tart and couldn’t wait to put a suit on a demand more money for players who already earn multiple times the salaries of AFL and NRL players
        Ed Cowan’s legacy is using 96 balls to eek out 7 runs against a modest attack in the baggy green

        • Roar Rookie

          October 24th 2017 @ 4:02pm
          Matthew Pearce said | October 24th 2017 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

          I love it when people shamelessly demonstrate that they have zero understanding of the pay dispute.

          “Shocking”, you say? I’d say low-30’s is decent for an opener, it’s better than what the wonder-child’s been producing since beating Pakistan’s also-modest attack. More importantly, he was the top run-scorer last season and has been NSW’s best for the past three years. Objective view though, right?

    • October 23rd 2017 @ 6:08pm
      Doctor Rotcod said | October 23rd 2017 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

      That’s a decent side! Playing at AO has to be a better gauge for two of the better Shield sides, than when WA plays NSW at Hurstville in a couple of weeks.

      • October 23rd 2017 @ 6:28pm
        qwetzen said | October 23rd 2017 @ 6:28pm | ! Report

        Indeedily. I was studying the Shield draw a couple of days ago and was amazed at the disappearance of the SCG as a Shield venue. Fair enough if CNSW were taking games out to the heartland, but their first two home games are at Hurstville and NSO. The first Shield game of the season at the SCG is in mid-Feb. Why is the SCG square so delicate? And then in the Shield, Qld players get the career-fulfilling experience of playing at the world famous North Dalton Park in Wollongong. Methinks CNSW CEO Andrew Jones should literally look after his grass roots rather than whinging about umpiring decisions.

        • Roar Guru

          October 23rd 2017 @ 6:45pm
          Rellum said | October 23rd 2017 @ 6:45pm | ! Report

          They say they are relaying the turf.

          • October 23rd 2017 @ 8:35pm
            Maggie said | October 23rd 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

            How many people make up a turf relay team I wonder?

            Oh, re-laying, ha! misread it.

            (Bit like the heart-stopping headlines when your key AFL player is said to have resigned.)

          • October 24th 2017 @ 1:11am
            Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 1:11am | ! Report

            I suspect they have dropped the baton.

          • October 24th 2017 @ 9:55am
            qwetzen said | October 24th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

            Speaking of the SCG…. How many know that CA rate it as the 5th best Test venue in OZ?

            They’re doing the traditional thing to try and fix it. Whinging to the government for a handout.

            Todays Daily Tele
            goo.gl/dqjSjK

    • October 24th 2017 @ 5:30am
      twodogs said | October 24th 2017 @ 5:30am | ! Report

      Speak against the machine and pay the price, regardless of truth.

    • Roar Guru

      October 24th 2017 @ 8:05am
      Ryan H said | October 24th 2017 @ 8:05am | ! Report

      It’s madness. I fully understand that NSW need to prioritise Patterson and even Maddinson/Hughes; but why do away with proven sublime FC form? Cowan might be 35 but there is just zero basis for dropping a player who topped the run-scoring in the ENTIRE comp last season, and has scored more runs than anyone else over the past three seasons.

      I get the feeling he isn’t very well liked somewhere down the line and/or upset the wrong people; because it’s a decision that reeks of politics behind closed doors.

      • Roar Guru

        October 24th 2017 @ 8:21am
        Chris Kettlewell said | October 24th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

        I don’t know. It’s a tough selection. You’ve got Maddinson and Patterson who are both players who’ve regularly been talked about as potential’s for higher honours, and Hughes who’s continually improving and has been in great form of late. Any of those three would have been extremely unlucky to miss out also. Someone had to get dropped who really didn’t deserve it, and Cowan was the unlucky one.

        • October 24th 2017 @ 8:45am
          Curious George said | October 24th 2017 @ 8:45am | ! Report

          Please dont tell me that Sandu made the shield XI

          that guy is the biggest pretender in the game

          Im a sydney thunder supporter (cue bogan “thunderstruck” anthem for the western suburbs hordes) and he has no right to be anywhere near that side

          NSW bowling stocks must be low

          If seen park trundlers with more vigour and courage

          There was talk he was on the cusp of mkaing the aussie ODI side (shudder)

          • October 24th 2017 @ 9:28am
            Ross said | October 24th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

            He wasn’t in good form last year but Sandhu looks a lot better this season

          • October 24th 2017 @ 11:35am
            jameswm said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

            No – NSW instead picked 3/4 of the test bowling lineup. the 4th is recovering from a side strain.

          • Roar Guru

            October 24th 2017 @ 12:00pm
            Chris Kettlewell said | October 24th 2017 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

            No he isn’t. The bowling lineup is Starc, Cummins, Lyon, Bollinger. Come the second match Bollinger will be replaced by Hazlewood and it will be the entire first choice test bowling lineup.

        • Roar Guru

          October 24th 2017 @ 10:03am
          Ryan H said | October 24th 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

          Granted, and I can understand the option of picking youth over a 35 y.o, but the reality is he is/has been in great touch, and got the runs to support it.

          Let’s look at Maddinson in comparison; while his confidence was at a low point last season with his test failures, he still only averaged 33.8 in five Shield matches. Cowan’s was more than double that. Picking Maddinson now makes sense because of the difference in age and given he is a reasonable chance to play more test cricket in the future, but does he necessarily deserve it?

          I suppose blistering One-Day form makes him a lock too; it’s interesting how much weight 50-over runs carry these days.

          • Roar Rookie

            October 24th 2017 @ 10:14am
            Matthew Pearce said | October 24th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

            I’m not sure what we’re meant to make of this other than if you’re on the “wrong” side of 30, unless you’re already there, you can kiss your international career goodbye. Hussey, Rogers, even Voges, can’t imagine any of those blokes getting the call up now. I’ve been saying it the whole time, this youth policy is going to bite us in the bum one of these days.

            • Roar Guru

              October 24th 2017 @ 10:35am
              Ryan H said | October 24th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

              And yet you still hear plenty around the media about what good touch Shaun Marsh is in, blah blah usual speel

              Not discounting for a minute that Marsh is looking superb, but he’s 34, yet does the same apply?

              • Roar Rookie

                October 24th 2017 @ 10:36am
                Matthew Pearce said | October 24th 2017 @ 10:36am | ! Report

                That doesn’t mean he’ll be picked though.

                Besides, he’s constantly been in the international scope for years.

              • October 24th 2017 @ 11:49am
                Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:49am | ! Report

                But Shauny boy is a class above everyone when he is in that form. Get him in and keep picking him until he retires in the next decade.

                If dan ced can have Klinger and all the world can have Ussie, cricket purists (me) can have Shaun.

        • Roar Guru

          October 24th 2017 @ 4:05pm
          Rellum said | October 24th 2017 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

          For those who think the Aus team is the be and end all, then dropping Cowan makes sense. That is the Greg Chappell way of doing things.

          If you are like me and see/think the Shield is a comp in it’s own right that should be left to the States to decided their own teams, who they best think can win it, then Cowan getting dropped based on the orders of the National setup(if that happened) is a disgrace. If you are trying to win then their best performed batsmen of the last season should be a walk up start. Hughes/Maddinson should have been the call. If Ed didn’t perform and NSW lost and Hughes/Maddinson were getting runs in Grade/Futures cricket then sure drop him.

          • Roar Rookie

            October 24th 2017 @ 4:19pm
            Matthew Pearce said | October 24th 2017 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

            Spot on.

            Have you seen Brett Geeve’s take on this? I get the feeling you’d enjoy it.

            • Roar Guru

              October 24th 2017 @ 4:48pm
              Rellum said | October 24th 2017 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

              Yes I saw it. I also wrote an article last season about all this. Nothing much has changed.

          • Roar Guru

            October 25th 2017 @ 8:21am
            Chris Kettlewell said | October 25th 2017 @ 8:21am | ! Report

            In some ways it’s a competition in it’s own right, in others it isn’t. For instance, the shield players are all full-time professionals, but this is despite the fact there is no money in Shield cricket. Where is the money coming from? From international cricket!

            The whole reason why there is any money in Shield cricket is because paying players to be full-time professionals allows development of better players, and if we want a better test team, then having a stronger Sheffield Shield competition is needed for that, which is why a significant portion of the money earned from international cricket is used to pay domestic cricketers.

            As such, the ONLY reason that Sheffield Shield cricketers get paid decent wages is because it’s a feeder competition to the test team. So while it is, in a way, a stand-alone competition and we want to just see the best competition and see our state win and things like that, and the idea of it just being a comp in it’s own right that should not have interference from above sounds nice, we don’t actually live in that world. If it was truly stand-alone it would be an amateur competition!

            • Roar Guru

              October 25th 2017 @ 9:14am
              Rellum said | October 25th 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report

              See what I wrote down below. I completely disagree with this and I think this line of thinking hurts the top end of the game as a whole.

              We should be talking about who is going to win these Shield games not just who will put their hand up for the Test team.

      • October 24th 2017 @ 9:39am
        Curious George said | October 24th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

        Cowan should never have been dropped from the AUS text XI period.

        He was hitting runs and making fine.

        I think Warner and his slugging kicked him out

        On the same page as Katich…………Clarke didnt like him and didnt like Cowan, hence why they were cut. Clarke causedd the rot that exists in the aussie side

        Smith also has his favourites in his back pocket too
        These include: Warner, Wade

        Smith the entitled lad mixing with the rough necks from the wrong side of the tracks (originally) gives him a completeness in life.

        • October 24th 2017 @ 9:53am
          Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

          Since when is there a rot in the Aussie side?

          When did Smith become “entitled”? Did someone steal your toys as a kid? You sound like the bloke in Little Britain, “I don’t like that one.”

        • October 24th 2017 @ 12:27pm
          George said | October 24th 2017 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

          Cowan was ‘fine’ but was keeping out much better players during his uninterrupted run of, what, 19 Tests.

          Katich was far better than Cowan – should have replaced Ponting as captain IMO.

        • October 24th 2017 @ 3:37pm
          not so super said | October 24th 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

          Cowan was no good

    • October 24th 2017 @ 8:20am
      Curious George said | October 24th 2017 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      I am salivating for the start of the Shield season.

      However, it is always a tricky one when the national boys come back, especially for NSW.

      I really like Ed Cowan and haveplayed against him in schoolboy cricket back in the day, however I think the selectors are right in selecting Hughes as he will be far more likely to be picked for the Aus ODI (not tests just yet) side

      I do find it a bit annoying that players like Warner walk back into the state side and dislodge the usual team, only for him to make a paltry score (happens every single year) but i understand warner needs to get into test mode not hit n giggle mode like in India.

      After reading this article it also says to me that the selectors ALREADY have penned their Ashes squad and that these 3 rounds of Shield are just a practice hit for those guys

      e.g. Cartwright hits 3 consective tonnes and misses out
      Maxwell gets scores of 4, 14, 18,duck, 5, 30 and gets selected

      I would be happy for S Marsh or Burns to be in the #6 spot

      • Roar Guru

        October 24th 2017 @ 9:48am
        Rellum said | October 24th 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        “3 rounds of Shield are just a practice hit for those guys”

        Shield games are always practice games now days. Trail matches for certain players. And you won’t see three full Shield rounds. You might see two and they will names the 1st Test squad before the third round and we will be back to the weakened teams. And guys like Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins will probably play a total of one game in lead up.

        • October 24th 2017 @ 10:02am
          qwetzen said | October 24th 2017 @ 10:02am | ! Report

          “And guys like Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins will probably play a total of one game in lead up.”

          Is that one *complete* game?

          • Roar Guru

            October 24th 2017 @ 4:07pm
            Rellum said | October 24th 2017 @ 4:07pm | ! Report

            I am sure they will get one full game, then pull out half way through the second one, so probably 3 innings each. I will bet the selectors name the Test team before the last round so no way any of the Test team plays in round 3. They will be in Brissy do the odd net session and working on their Gatorade performance levels.

            • October 24th 2017 @ 11:07pm
              Nudge said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:07pm | ! Report

              That’s exactly what they did before the last ashes in Australia. We saw how that one worked out.

              • Roar Guru

                October 25th 2017 @ 9:15am
                Rellum said | October 25th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

                We did that last year as well, and turned out swimmingly against South Africa didn’t it.

        • Roar Guru

          October 24th 2017 @ 12:06pm
          Chris Kettlewell said | October 24th 2017 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

          Hazlewood made the comment when said he was going to miss the first match, the the ideal was to play the first two matches and then have the break before the test. But because he’s missing the first match he’ll likely play the second and third, which is okay, because there’s still enough days after the third match to be properly rested before the first test.

          So I suspect Starc and Cummins to play the first two matches and Hazlewood the second and third. So NSW will only have the complete Aussie bowling lineup together in that second match.

          • October 24th 2017 @ 11:10pm
            Nudge said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:10pm | ! Report

            I’d doubt it Chris. I agree that Cummins and Starc will play the first 2 but I reckon Hazlewood will play the second shield game and that will be it. Reckon all 3 will head straight to Brisbane for some intense work up there

            • Roar Guru

              October 25th 2017 @ 8:24am
              Chris Kettlewell said | October 25th 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

              Potentially. The suggestion from him was that he would still play 2 matches. It may come down to how he feels after the first one. Sometimes, after an injury lay off, it takes a bit of cricket to shake the rust off. If he feels that he’s done that well in just the one game, then that may be enough, but if he still felt a bit rusty then playing the second may be better than heading up to Brisbane early.

      • October 24th 2017 @ 11:47am
        BurgyGreen said | October 24th 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

        Believing that Maxwell is some kind of golden child or is mates with Smith is ludicrous. The selectors are constantly looking for any excuse to drop him.

        • Roar Rookie

          October 24th 2017 @ 12:01pm
          Matthew Pearce said | October 24th 2017 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

          Is this the same Maxwell who got excessively punished for speaking his mind about Wade’s selfish self-promotion in the Vic batting lineup? Interesting concept of mateship.

      • October 24th 2017 @ 1:21pm
        Ben said | October 24th 2017 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

        Cartwright was a failure overseas.
        You seem to give everyone a chance but maxwell.

        • October 24th 2017 @ 1:34pm
          Don Freo said | October 24th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

          One Test innings? 2 ODIs as a replacement opener? You type cast quickly.

      • Roar Guru

        October 24th 2017 @ 2:59pm
        Chris Kettlewell said | October 24th 2017 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

        “After reading this article it also says to me that the selectors ALREADY have penned their Ashes squad and that these 3 rounds of Shield are just a practice hit for those guys”

        Obviously, the selectors aren’t starting from a clean slate and looking to select an entire team. The majority of the team is pretty well inked in unless injuries happen. Pretty much the only spots up for grabs for the first test are the wicket keeper and #6 batsman. But those two slots are certainly wide open. That’s pretty standard going into a test series, that most of the spots are pretty set and there are only a couple that are really up for grabs. If it’s any more than that, then it means you have a really poorly performing side to have so many positions on the chopping block.

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