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Stuart Broad is right!

I never thought I’d be saying this about Stuart Broad. On the field, he epitomises the term “lion-hearted”, but I didn’t give him a lot of credit for his thinking on the game as a whole.

The IPL guys also miss out because it’s too hard to translate white ball cricket form in the UAE to proper cricket in Adelaide, DP. 😊

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

I’d back a full strength Aussie side for sure. It wouldn’t be a high scoring game/series, but I think our batsman would be able to cope better with their bowlers, than the other way round.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

I’m thinking the Aussies will want to get red ball practice into some of the guys who are just back from the IPL, so my starting XII for game one would be

Burns, Warner, Smith, Puckovski, Wade, Green, Inglis, Agar, Neser, Abbott and one of the Test quicks (either Hazlewood or Pattinson).

The only question mark I see is whether Puckovski does enough between now and then to be chosen.

The day night game will be really interesting, selection wise. I can’t see Australia wanting to give India too many sighters at it’s Test attack under lights and I doubt greatly they’d want Warner copping a going over by Bumrah.

I’m thinking maybe Whiteman comes in for Warner, ( but with no confidence in that choice), while maybe Chad Sayers or a NSW quick like Harry Conway or Trent Copeland would back up Neser and Abbott.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

People wax lyrical about the great West Indian Test sides of the 70’s, 80’s etc, but for sheer volume of cricket talent over a sustained period, they don’t come close to matching what Australian had, during the era you’re talking about.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

I like Head, but totally agree, our Test batting stocks are more than a tad bare, once you get past those currently in the team

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

You’re right Dave. I’m wondering whether they might try and do that between now and game time?

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

I was going to say, I reckon Wade and Steve Smith will figure and wouldn’t be surprised to see Joe Burns & Dave Warner there too.

Maybe something like;

Burns, Warner, Smith, Puckovski, Wade, Green, Inglis, Agar, Neser, Abbott and one of the Test quicks (either Hazlewood or Pattinson)

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

Jeff, I get the impression from his track record in player predictions & selections, Chappell is akin to a punter ( not the Punter). He’s sees something he likes and is really prepared to back it, even though there might be better options.

I just don’t think we should hang on his every word. Sometimes he’s very right, but he can be equally wrong.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

This is from the story on CA’s website;

An Australia A squad will also play two matches against the Indians, with a three-day red-ball game at Drummoyne Oval on December 6-8, followed by a three-day, day-night match with the pink ball at the SCG from December 11-13.

Both Australia A matches will be live streamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app.

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

There’s two guys I think have been hard done by in recent years; Aaron Finch being asked to open the batting in Tests (and not tried down the order) and Stoinis not being given a go at the top of the order, especially in T20’s.

In that sense, these two have had international careers akin to fitting round pegs in square holes.

Is Marcus Stoinis up to international standard?

CA will be broadcasting the games too, which is great news.

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

You’re right of course. I feel sorry for those in Brisbane who stood to benefit from the money these squads would have spent there. As others have said, it will be interesting to see how long this lasts once the election is over.

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

It is a bit of fun, but also a reaction to several pieces that appeared on the CA website in particular, that suggested players who did well “had put themselves in Test contention”, simply because of one or two games. Unless injuries cruel the team, there might be or two changes tops, to the Test side across the 4 Tests, probably to the fast bowlers.

As for your last statement a bout “bolters”, IMO it highlights just how serious is our opening batting issues. We really are struggling at the top of the order and if Burns doesn’t get runs, who do the selectors bring in?

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

That’s fine, but I find Chappell a difficult person to agree with, when it comes to selections & predictions. He’s obviously far better placed to know a Test talent than I am, but he’s also shown fallibility when it comes to making selection choices, as this piece points out.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

I think you’re asking the wrong question. The right question is ” will bringing in a complete Test unknown into a settled team that’s winning, materially enhance the side”?

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

“Holland was clearly an SCG specialist”. Really? He’s on the honor board at Lords for a 5 for he took which helped Australia win a Test.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

There’s two 3-day games between an Australia A side and India which have barely rated a mention. I reckon these could be the games of the summer, given many of the Test side won’t have played too much red ball cricket prior to the First Test.

One of the games is a pink ball match at the SCG and if the A side is half way decent, could be 3 days of great entertainment.

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

You’re probably right but too late she cried, at least for the cricket schedule.

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

I think you need look in the past to see what’s badly affected our planning Dexter.
The IPL was supposed to start on the 29th of March but of course, that couldn’t happen. The BCCI were always going to want their cash cow to go ahead, so when they decided to hold it starting on the 19th of September, CA was left in a “take it or leave it” situation.
Then there’s been a knock-on effect. So many players from both squads have to do the 14 day quarantine, then India needs a decent warm up, we have to fit in the Test before eating too much into January and our cash cow, the BBL, then we have to get ready for a trip to New Zealand, while India heads home to host England.
As you say, the timing’s not great but then again, nothing in a covid driven world is!

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

My take on what’s appeared on the CA website is, the Qld Gov’t shafted itself, Benjamin. There’s one telling paragraph, I reckon

“Brisbane had appeared well placed to host the Indians for their quarantine with all six white-ball matches set to be played in South-East Queensland. Following several weeks of planning, CA pivoted to Sydney after Queensland officials went cold on the idea of having the international arrivals land in the state.”

In other words, CA got sick of waiting, went across the border and quite quickly managed to convince the right people in NSW.

I know the Qld Premier has a lot on her mind at present, but she must be fuming at this decision. This was a financial plum for SE Qld and now all they have is one Test. I’d have thought the Sate could have made plenty from hosting the two squads there.

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

hi Bernie, can I suggest you read a piece that was written 12 months ago for the Roar, which covers Greg Chappell the selector pretty well, IMO.

Greg Chappell: Great player, terrible selector

Green is clearly a talent that CA and the folks in WA cricket are working with to a) maximise his health and by doing that b) maximise the amount of time he has in the game. I’d suggest they’re far better placed than G Chappell to know when to hand an Australian cap to Green.

I’d also reckon guys like Matthew Wade in particular would be very glad Chappell is no longer a selector. Loyalty to incumbents who have helped take the mens Test side back to the top of the pile, seems to to sadly lacking.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

In recent times, ie in the past 2 decades, I can’t think if an Australian batsman who’s “rotted on the vine”, Bernie. By that I mean, there are few if any guys who I can think of who have kept churning out the Shield runs, yet couldn’t get into the Test side.

Guys like Mike Hussey were passed over for a very long time, but continued to perform at first class level, whereas guys like Callum Ferguson, for example, has struggled to really pile on the runs seaosn after season in Shield cricket.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

yeah, but…… 😊

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

I’m looking to revisit this topic every few weeks Peter and it will be interesting to see how the team changes as guys get more matches under their belts. Lyon for example, badly needed those overs he bowled against WA, but if you’re picking primarily on current form, Agar nudges him, IMO. Not that Gary would be too concerned. 😊

I feel really sorry for Burns. He’s had one innings, badly needed runs, yet copped one of the best deliveries bowled in the games played so far.

My current Test XI based on Sheffield Shield form

What’s a real shame is that Kent can’t be sin binned for some of the comments he makes, not only the form of words but how his manner in attacking ……. basically anyone in the game he doesn’t like.

Paul Kent slams Gerard Sutton for not sin-binning Cameron Smith for ref bake