Australia should play three spinners in Bangladesh

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    Australia have a host of problems to deal with as they head towards the second Test in Bangladesh at serious risk of a humiliating 2-0 series loss.

    Bangladesh yesterday completed arguably the greatest win in their 17-year Test history, dismissing Australia for 244 to claim a 20-run victory.

    That was only Bangladesh’s 10th win from 101 Tests, and only the third victory they have registered over one of the stronger international teams, with the other seven wins coming against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.

    Significantly, all three of those major wins have come in the past ten months – they hammered England in Dhaka last October, beat Sri Lanka in Colombo this March and then yesterday earned what might be their most significant victory.

    After being considered minnows for so many years, Bangladesh have blossomed into a highly-competitive and skilful Test team. They thoroughly deserved to win this Test and should now be favourites to win the series.

    Yet a week ago it Australia who were the favourites with the bookies after an impressive display in India, where they were in a position to win the four-Test series midway through the final match. But, as I flagged in June, Australia were always going to be vulnerable heading into this series without superstar quick Mitchell Starc, who is neck and neck with Steve Smith as their most important player in Asian conditions.

    In that article, the other player I predicted Australia would miss badly in Bangladesh was left arm spinner Steve O’Keefe, who was left out of the squad for this series seemingly due to off-field indiscretions.

    Now O’Keefe has landed in Bangladesh after being called in as the replacement for injured paceman Josh Hazlewood, who strained his side at Dhaka. I would send the veteran tweaker straight into the XI in place of Hazlewood for the second Test, giving Australia three frontline spinners.

    Stephen O'Keefe celebrates Australia

    (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

    Australia also have the choice of introducing reserve quick Jackson Bird, who has a fine Test record with 34 wickets at an average of 27 from eight matches. But Bird has never played a Test in Asia and is similar in style, yet not quite as good, as Hazlewood who had no impact in the first Test and has struggled for penetration in Asia, taking just 16 wickets from eight matches.

    At Dhaka, Bangladesh barely used their two pace bowlers, who combined to send down a minuscule 15 overs for the Test. Australian Pat Cummins was the only fast bowler who posed a threat the whole match and that seemed to be due to his intimidating pace as he pushed the speed gun up to 149kmh.

    Bowling in the gentle 130 – 135kmh range, it is hard to see how Bird would be any more effective than Hazlewood. The other option would be to replace Hazlewood with 23-year-old leg spinner Mitchell Swepson and leave out either O’Keefe or fellow left armer Ashton Agar.

    Bowling with an enticing loop and heavy side spin, Swepson is the most attacking spinner in the Australian squad. He certainly would add some nice variety to their attack.

    The major drawbacks with Swepson are his lack of experience, having played just 14 first-class games, and his tendency to be very expensive, as evidenced by his lofty career economy rate of 4.04 runs per over.

    This latter weakness was underlined in Australia’s sole trial match prior to this series. On a turning deck in Darwin on which both Lyon and Agar performed well, Swepson was absolutely mauled by his Australian opponents, finishing with match figures of 0-118 while conceding more than five runs per over.

    With the series on the line in the second Test, O’Keefe’s selection is a no brainer. The experienced New South Welshman snared 19 wickets at an average of 23 in the Tests in India and is similar in style to Bangladesh left armer Shakib Al Hasan, who ran amok at Dhaka with a 10-wicket match haul.

    While that would leave Australia with two left arm finger spinners, O’Keefe and Agar are not overly similar bowlers. O’Keefe is six inches shorter than Agar and also bowls with a lower, more round-arm action, meaning he has a significantly different trajectory. Where Agar often gets the ball to leap off the surface, O’Keefe is a skiddy operator.

    They also bowl at different speeds. Agar’s height helps him to dart the ball through without bowling too flat, and he was mostly in the 90 – 98kmh range at Dhaka.

    O’Keefe, meanwhile, tends to operate in the 80 – 88kmh bracket. Australia would be stronger for the presence of O’Keefe.

    They would also be boosted if they put Hilton Cartwright in place of Usman Khawaja, who made just two runs at Dhaka, and now averages 14 from his five Tests in Asia.

    Hilton Cartwright of Australia bowls

    (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

    A composed and well-rounded batsman, Cartwright would also offer Australia a handy second seam option should they decide to play three frontline spinners. Khawaja was not alone in having a poor match at Dhaka. Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade badly let down his team with a shoddy keeping performance and two failures with the bat.

    Another calamitous display in the second Test will surely jeopardise Wade’s position for the upcoming Ashes. Number six Glenn Maxwell also failed to press his case for Ashes selection by wasting a pair of good starts. Australia also need a lift from young batsmen Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb.

    That pair have shown great promise over their five Tests in Asia this year but, like Maxwell, need to begin cashing in on their starts. All of a sudden, Australia have a lot to fret over.

    Ronan O
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    Ronan O'Connell has been a journalist for well over 13 years, including nine at daily newspapers in WA. He now traverses the world as a travel photojournalist, contributing words and photography to more than 30 magazines and newspapers including CNN, BBC, The Toronto Star, The Guardian, The South China Morning Post, The Irish Examiner and The Australian Financial Review. Check out his work and follow him on Twitter @ronanoco

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    • August 31st 2017 @ 7:21am
      Chris Love said | August 31st 2017 @ 7:21am | ! Report

      I think the no brainer was picking Okeefe from the start. And picking Khawaja for the Indian series. He was in great form prior to that and had to watch from the sidelines as players with far less claims to a starting spot got the run. Khawaja could have learned a hell of a lot from that series and could be far more confident right now had selectors had a clue.

      Okeefe would be my first spinner picked every time (bar maybe Brisbane where Lyon gets wickets from seemingly innocuous deliveres).

      I think you are right though we should play 3 spinners.

      • August 31st 2017 @ 7:52am
        Ross said | August 31st 2017 @ 7:52am | ! Report

        Agree on bringing in SOK but we lost 5-39 in the middle order yesterday, wade has been in bad form and maxwells dismissal first ball after lunch was unforgivable, yet again you take khawaja out after one game, we need to strengthen our batting not weaken it and no use bringing Hilton when he will be dropped for the ashes unless you bring in Hilton for maxwell, khawaja has to stay

        • August 31st 2017 @ 8:22am
          jameswm said | August 31st 2017 @ 8:22am | ! Report

          Not sure I follow your logic Ross. Maxwell is more likely to get runs there than Khawaja.

          And it’s a bit hard to drop Wade when he’s our only keeper over there.

          • August 31st 2017 @ 9:50am
            Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

            I agree with Ross, Khawaja is much better test batsman then maxwell and if you will bring Cartwright it should be for Maxwell. Our batting was not good enough and the guys yesterday were worse culprits then Khawaja, look at Warner again, brain fade with shot selection, Wade go home, not good enough and bring Handscombe as keeper. Also why didn’t Bang reschedule our warm up game in some other city, pathetic management

            • August 31st 2017 @ 11:33am
              matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:33am | ! Report

              Why does the guy who scored the least runs in both innings and got out in brainless ways in both innings get the free pass?

              “the guys yesterday were worse culprits then Khawaja”. How? In what universe were they worse than a pair of ones. In the first innings he ran himself out for a run that would not even have been awarded, and in the second after the team loses an early wicket, he tries to sweep the fifth ball he faces in the air.

              • August 31st 2017 @ 12:59pm
                jameswm said | August 31st 2017 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

                What Matt said.

                You’re criticising Warner for how he got out? After scoring the only ton of the match you mean?

              • Columnist

                August 31st 2017 @ 4:25pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | August 31st 2017 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

                I can’t fathom the thought process of picking the XI for the second Test in Bangladesh based on who should play in the Ashes.

                They are two completely separate series and Australia may well lose 2-0 in Bangladesh if they don’t actually pick a side for the conditions rather than picking a side to play in the Ashes.

            • August 31st 2017 @ 11:35am
              matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

              And how can we say Khawaja is a much better test batsman than Maxwell. Maxwell has only played tests on the sub-continent, that’s it. On the sub-continent he averages significantly more than Khawaja and has scored a century. Maxwell has never got to bat in Australia in tests.

              • August 31st 2017 @ 1:37pm
                matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

                “In what world is maxwell a better test batsman then khawaja”. In Asia – the averages and top scores bear it out.

                Anywhere else on earth we simply don;t know becasue Maxwell has never been selected anywhere else.

                So again, apart from your gut, how can we say Khawaja is a ‘much better test batsman’ than Maxwell.

              • August 31st 2017 @ 3:29pm
                Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

                Matt you have truly lost it if you think maxwell is a better batsman then Khawaja, no point arguing with folks like you

              • August 31st 2017 @ 5:53pm
                Ross said | August 31st 2017 @ 5:53pm | ! Report

                Ronan tjads offensive mate, can the admin staff please look at this as I am not Matt but have my own views, can’t do that mate just because I don’t ageee wirj you

              • September 2nd 2017 @ 7:28am
                Brian George said | September 2nd 2017 @ 7:28am | ! Report

                Oh poor rossie copped a slap and can’t cope…aww

            • Roar Rookie

              August 31st 2017 @ 1:34pm
              maverick said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

              Bangladesh actually offered a warm up match in sylhet but Australia didn’t want to travel there

          • August 31st 2017 @ 8:48pm
            nickbrisbane said | August 31st 2017 @ 8:48pm | ! Report

            Pity Chris Hartley was treated so badly

          • September 1st 2017 @ 1:47am
            Chris Love said | September 1st 2017 @ 1:47am | ! Report

            If they can fly in Okeefe they can fly in Neville.

      • August 31st 2017 @ 12:05pm
        George said | August 31st 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

        Well said Chris. Totally agree.

    • August 31st 2017 @ 7:48am
      Samin said | August 31st 2017 @ 7:48am | ! Report

      Firstly, give credit to Bangladesh. They player superior cricket throughout. Their bowlers were superior, their batsman more attacking (bar Warner who was brilliant), and even their fielders did better. Outplayed in all facets of the game, and it was no fluke. Australia can learn a lot from Bangladesh, and should invite them for a 3 test tour of Australia next year while they are in hot form. They will probably beat them, but BD have played well in Aussie conditions at the 2015 World cup…

      On selection, the management needs to stick with the team. Chopping and changing is not a solution. Khawaja should have been selected for India and dropping him again will be the end of his career, which will be a case study discussed in years to come as “how to ruin a promising career”. Similarly Wade must be persisted with. He has capability and it should be remarked that he was a better batsman before he was dropped. The selectors cannot continue to churn through players like they have done to these two players.

      Regarding the bowling attack, “SOK” is an automatic selection in my opinion. There is no real need to have two pace bowlers just to ensure you have a pace bowling pair for the opening 5 or 6 overs. If you want a second pace bowling option, perhaps get one of the batsman to practice bowling. The Chittagong pitch will be a rank Turner as well. Bangladesh themselves are likely to drop Shafiul Islam or The Fizz for similar reasons.

      • August 31st 2017 @ 9:52am
        Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

        Selectors have been playing around with khawaja’s career for the last 5 years, this current crop is not as bad as the Inevarity’s days. He is a class player who just needs to be shown some confidence. Also What is the point of playing Maxwell when he can’t score when the team really needs his type of innings. And his bowling too is more suited to shorter format.

        • August 31st 2017 @ 11:08am
          BurgyGreen said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

          Not sure how you can complain about Khawaja’s treatment (when he has never succeeded in spinning conditions) and in the same breath say that Maxwell should be dropped when he made a hundred in India two games ago.

          Maybe we needed a good innings from Maxwell but if that’s the case we also needed an innings from Renshaw, an innings from Smith, an innings from Khawaja, an innings from Handscomb, an innings from Wade.

          The truth is no one stood up and supported Warner (other than Smith for a little while), so there’s no reason to single out Maxwell especially when he got a rubbish bounce.

          • August 31st 2017 @ 11:39am
            matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:39am | ! Report

            Maxwell has, if anything been treated just as badly as Khawaja over his career. He has only been picked in the sub-continent and again only after we are in a hole. He has never been picked for more than 3 tests in a row. He has never been picked to play at home. He has then been bunted around the batting order, even opening in one game, played first drop and down at six. He has been told on previous occasions to go out and play aggressively and then been criticised for following instructions. He was not bowled in India, despite being a credible third spinner option. Smith bowls him here and he breaks Bangladesh’s biggest partnership. He does not get to bowl more than a couple of overs after that.

            • August 31st 2017 @ 11:50am
              BurgyGreen said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

              Exactly. Whenever we have a bad game you just know Maxwell is going to cop disproportionate criticism no matter how badly the others play.

              He looked arguably more comfortable than any Australian batsman other than Warner in this game, but got a terrible bounce in the second innings. You’d be crazy to drop a guy who actually looks equipped to handle the conditions

              • August 31st 2017 @ 11:57am
                matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:57am | ! Report

                I suspect they will bring SOK in and then drop Maxwell for Cartwright ‘for team balance’, thus ensuring Maxwell never gets a home test match. And fans of certain other players will continue to complain about receiving poor treatment. It’s called the Joe Burns syndrome.

              • August 31st 2017 @ 1:10pm
                Ross said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

                Maxwell treated as badly as khawja, what world are you guys in. Did maxwell sit out for 9 months after being out best batsman in the summer, everyone jumps on khawaja after one game when he had nothing to do with the 5-39 collapse yestefaay

              • August 31st 2017 @ 1:41pm
                matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

                Ross, you are being ridiculous.

                1. Maxwell has sat out more tests than Khawaja
                2. Maxwell has never been selected on anything but difficult Asian tracks
                3. Khawaja is not the first non-white player to play for us. Look up Andrew Symonds and apologise for bringing race into the argument when it is all about results.
                4. It is not one game. He now averages less than 15 in Asia.
                5. He had nothing to do with the collapse BECAUSE HE DID NOT LAST THAT LONG HAVING ALREADY BEEN OUT FOR 1 RUN.

                Please just give it up. you are a Khawaja fan regardless of result, we get it.

              • August 31st 2017 @ 1:51pm
                Basil said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

                He’s done it! Super effort that!

                He’s pulled out the race card. Nice work Ross!

      • August 31st 2017 @ 12:10pm
        AGordon said | August 31st 2017 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

        This series will be decided by which team wins the toss as the pitches aren’t designed to last 5 days. The Bangladesh skipper couldn’t get the words “we’ll have a bat” out of his mouth quickly enough

        Wades excessive number of byes is ultimately what cost Australia the Test, though poor batting didn’t help.

        As for 3 spinners, we got 20 wickets with an attack, down a bowler for most of the second innings. As Chris Kettlewell pointed out, Bangladesh played 3 spinners and the third spinner bowled only marginally more overs than their quicks. This format would place great strain on Pat Cummins if he is the only quick and I’d rather he was saved for the Ashes of at all possible.

    • August 31st 2017 @ 8:26am
      Stephen Vagg said | August 31st 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

      The idea of playing three spinners is intriguing.


      I feel Khawaja should get another go… we can’t hide batsmen from certain continents. It’s ridiculous. You wind up with things like the Marsh brothers back in the side because they’re “good in Asia”. Not sure a few overs of medium pace from Cartwright are worth dropping him. (However Cartwright should be next cab on the rank).

      One other thing though… we really really need to talk about Wade…

      • August 31st 2017 @ 9:53am
        Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

        Agreed, if marsh can get a full series khawaja can at least get 2 games. The 8-89 collapse yesterday had nothing to do with the classy leftie

        • August 31st 2017 @ 11:41am
          matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:41am | ! Report

          True, he was only involved in the top of the order collapses.

          • August 31st 2017 @ 1:11pm
            Ross said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

            Matt interesting you only pick on khawaja but not on any other batsman, we needed maxwell after lunch yesterday and he got our bowl one to a ba shot but no mention of that

            • August 31st 2017 @ 1:44pm
              matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

              No, I’m just pulling up ridiculous arguments. Saying he had nothing to do with the collapse, because he hadn’t lasted that long, is a ridiculous argument.

              And elsewhere I have stated that I am happy for Khawaja to play the second test, with us bringing in Cartwright for Hazlewood, dropping Wade and giving Handscomb the gloves to allow SOK to play as well.

              • August 31st 2017 @ 3:36pm
                Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 3:36pm | ! Report

                Matt do you even play cricket, i am only a humble second grader but you are more to blame if you get in and dont’ capitalise, if you get out within the first 10 balls not much you can do but if you are in for 30 mins and then get out well thats another matter. Guys like maxwell, wade have more blame to take then khawaja given what we saw yesterday

          • September 1st 2017 @ 9:50am
            Stephen said | September 1st 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

            matth i think a man by the name of mike hussey knows cricket better then you and he is righly backing khawaja. Hussey’s comments are gold. If Warner can stay persistently with the team with absolute failures why can’t Khawaja stay with the team? If Australia will exclude Khawaja from the first xi for the next game, it will help Bangladesh to go to a whitewash victory over Australia for the first time. Australia should need seven specialist batsmen. So availability of Khawaja is extremely essential. Australia can’t use either Agar or Catwright as a top order batsman.

      • Roar Rookie

        August 31st 2017 @ 12:11pm
        Lancey5times said | August 31st 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

        We hide bowlers.
        If selection was simply a case of picking your best 11 and waiting for them to adapt to conditions we would never play 2 spinners and instead play 3 seamers in every test regardless of the location. Jackson Bird will never play a test on the subcontinent and this is 100% the way it should be. Khawaja is not suitable for these conditions and shouldn’t be playing.

        And while not part of your post, the talk here of dropping Maxwell and keeping Khawaja in is absurd. A guy with better numbers in these conditions, an ability to bowl (and take important wickets) and a an absolute gun fielder versus a guy who can buy a run and is a liability in the field. And all because we don’t want to damage his fragile confidence before the Ashes. Give me a break. What are we trying to achieve in Bangladesh?

        • August 31st 2017 @ 1:13pm
          Ross said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

          Laancey maxwells bowling and fielding won’t win next test match for us but a classy and gritty hundred from khawaja Will
          But if only we can give him more then one game

          • Roar Rookie

            August 31st 2017 @ 2:07pm
            Lancey5times said | August 31st 2017 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

            Maxwell has already scored a hundred that helped Australia to a draw in India while Khawaja has failed on the subcontinent whenever given the chance. Yes he hasn’t had as many as many think he should have but picking him now seems an unnecessary risk with the series on the line

            • August 31st 2017 @ 3:37pm
              Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

              Lancey giving a guy 1 game at a time is not giving him a chance, you have to give them a full series before you judge them but folks here started judging him when he got run out in the first innings. Clearly folks like that are not willing to give this man a fair go.

    • August 31st 2017 @ 8:30am
      Pope Paul VII said | August 31st 2017 @ 8:30am | ! Report

      I don’t think more spinners on spinning wickets is necessary. More batsmen are needed to increase your chances of getting more runs. Although Bangers may be tempted to lay out a highway to protect their lead. Then there is more work for the bowlers.

      • August 31st 2017 @ 9:54am
        Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

        Exactly right pope, its our batting that let us down but all this talk about bringing another all rounder in rather then full time batsman who can get us runs if shown faith

        • August 31st 2017 @ 1:12pm
          Ross said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:12pm | ! Report

          +1 pope

      • August 31st 2017 @ 1:45pm
        matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

        Which leads to bringing in Cartwright for Hazlewood. But we know they have flown SOK over, presumably to play him.

    • August 31st 2017 @ 8:49am
      Basil said | August 31st 2017 @ 8:49am | ! Report

      SOK and Cartwright in. Hazlewood and Wade out. Handscomb takes the gloves (can’t do any worse) for the 2nd Test as a temporary measure before Carey takes over for the Ashes. Now that we’ve finally got a warm up game under our belt, 1-1 Aussies.

      • August 31st 2017 @ 11:42am
        matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        I like it. It strengthens both our batting and bowling. It leaves Khawaja to get more exposure. Surely Handscomb can’t let through more than 30 byes.

        • August 31st 2017 @ 1:46pm
          matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

          Hey Ross, why don;t you give me a compliment? Look, I’m letting Khawaja have more work experience.

          • August 31st 2017 @ 3:37pm
            Stephen said | August 31st 2017 @ 3:37pm | ! Report

            I will give you some Matt, well done mate, finally a postive comment haha

    • Roar Pro

      August 31st 2017 @ 9:06am
      Ben Sewell said | August 31st 2017 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      Is anyone else as disappointed as I am about Maxwell’s lack of bowling. He is no where near good enough in the batting department to justify his spot with the willow alone. Plus he took a key wicket in the 1st innings. For him to be in this side long term, he needs to be bowling 10-15 overs an innings.

      • August 31st 2017 @ 9:58am
        BurgyGreen said | August 31st 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

        Strongly disagree with you that “Maxwell is no where near good enough in the batting department to justify his spot with the willow alone”. He scored a ton in India two games ago, a very fine, patient ton at that. The last two series we have played in India, Clarke and Smith (our most highly rated players of spin probably in the last 10 years) have been the only other batsmen to make centuries.

        Maxwell arguably looked the most comfortable Australian batsman in this match besides Warner in the second innings. He got a bad bounce in the second innings there. He is a very high quality batsman and will make us a very dangerous side if he is given the trust and opportunity to settle in to the No. 6 spot.

        The batsmen who should be worried about their places are Khawaja and Handscomb (who’s only made one half-century in his last 11 innings).

        In terms of the bowling, there wasn’t a need for Maxwell. We bowled them out reasonably cheaply in both innings and our two frontline spinners had plenty more overs in them. Smith’s failure to bowl Maxwell in Ranchi was definitely a mistake, but in that match India scored mountains of runs and Smith needed to try something different. Not the case here, except in the first innings when Smith quite astutely and effectively used Maxwell to break a worrisome partnership.

        • Roar Pro

          August 31st 2017 @ 10:40am
          Ben Sewell said | August 31st 2017 @ 10:40am | ! Report

          Yes i will admit he made a fine hundred, but since then he’s scored 92 runs at an average of 18. That’s not good enough for a guy on the outskirts. Handscomb cemented his place in the side with runs in AUS last season. I do agree on Khawaja but, it’s like he has this mental block in Asia, just cannot play spin.

          • August 31st 2017 @ 11:02am
            BurgyGreen said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

            That’s only five innings (one of which was a top-scoring 40-odd in Dharamsala) since then in the most difficult conditions for an Australian batsman, and he’s generally looked good, just needs to capitalise on his starts. Sometimes it takes a bit of confidence and consistent selection to make that happen, two things that Maxi has never been shown in his career. Plenty of fringe batsmen get longer runs, especially when they make a ton in their first dig back in hostile conditions.

            I’d be worried if he didn’t make runs in the first two or three Ashes Tests, but in conditions where pretty much everyone is struggling he should get some slack, especially when he’s shown that he has what it takes to succeed.

          • August 31st 2017 @ 11:44am
            matth said | August 31st 2017 @ 11:44am | ! Report

            It’s unfair to say that Handscomb cemented his place with runs in AUS last season, when Maxwell has never had the opportunity to play a single match in Australia. Maxwell has outperformed Handscomb in India and they were equally average here. I wouldn’t consider dropping either of them.

      • August 31st 2017 @ 9:58am
        Stephen Vagg said | August 31st 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

        I think Smith is a poor captain of part-time bowlers. He should be using Maxwell, Warner and himself more and I’m not sure why he isn’t.

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