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Crawley and Rohit both got fifties, I just believed it was substandard purely because of it’s unpredictable nature, turning one ball then skidding on the next. The heavily laquered pink ball may have played a part in this, and it would have been interesting to see if the game played out the same with a red ball.
Nonetheless the whole match was gripping viewing.

Virat Kohli says the two-day Test came down to bad batting

With all due respect to Virat Kohli, that pitch was sub standard. The entire Test match lasted a little over 140 overs. I have no issue with a turning pitch being prepared, but half an hour into the second day the groundsman were out there sweeping a wheel barrow load of loose dirt off the thing.
The pink ball probably didn’t help with batsman being unable to preempt whether the ball was going to turn square, or catch the lacquer and skid on to the stumps or pads.
Don’t get me wrong I was highly entertained for the duration the match, but batting was a lottery.

Virat Kohli says the two-day Test came down to bad batting

Probably would be handy to have blokes that are also effective starters with bat and ball. It is difficult to understand that with the emphasis placed on T20 by the powers that be in Australia; that a side selected from the BBL that has effectively played every night throughout the last two months, can be spanked so completely senseless on an international stage.
There are existent issues within Australian cricket. The Test had been flogged at home, the T20 side is a hot mess, and who knows about the One Day side; do they still play?
Hey it’s all good! Apparently the BBL pulls in a shit load of cash, so no need to worry that we are barely competitive internationally within any format.

When does Aaron Finch’s form become a World Cup worry?

Agree there Rugbyrah, too many mediocre all rounders in the side. Seven blokes who could potentially bowl (all of whom did), seven potentially decent batsmen, and a couple of so-so keepers. Sadly no batsman, bowler or keeper that performed.
Most embarrassingly of all was the lack of a decent outfielder. The Kiwi’s just nudged into gaps and ran two, even when an Aussie fielder collected the ball, they just took an easy second or third knowing there was no bloke out there with a rocket arm.

When does Aaron Finch’s form become a World Cup worry?

Probably would have had Derek Randall ahead of Guptil. Deano, Viv and Nil Harvey unlucky to miss.

The ultimate fielding XI

Yeah really well said John. I loved the look of young Perry, particularly as the heart of the Australian bowling line up followed him up at the close of the NSW innings,; and looked as handy as tits on a bull.
Admittedly NSW was sans Cummins, but they looked shocking. Starc went at 8 an over. More disturbingly Hazelwood went at 4 an over and looked real ordinary; this was on a pitch that’s offering a bit.
Probably a good thing the South African tour was cancelled. India highlighted issues that the selectors chose to ignore. Fool them.

20yo quick's sensational working over of Steve Smith

Yeah! Was a strange arrangement; played two Tests but still got a shit load of wickets.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

Yeah! Good one Nudge, he’s not dropped a catch, but he’d let a shit load of byes go through. Healy pushed his own agenda, hated Wade, probably fair enough, yet talked up Haddin like he was the next coming of Jesus Christ; which was wrong.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

Come back at me; I am happy to argue the point. I still stand by the fact that Haddin was ridiculously overrated. Goddamn I saw him interviewed by Crash Craddock the other night as an Australian legend; I nearly spewed up. Bradman, Miller, Figjam Harvey, Border, Benaud, Taylor, Waugh, Ponting are legends. Haddin merely made up numbers no more, no less.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

Every opinion is borne from a point of bias or perspective; that’s why they are opinions.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

Wasn’t unbiased, was quite objective. Just calling it how I see it. If your argument is based on semantics then it ultimately lacks substance.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

I appreciate your perspective, but I would argue that he started off very slowly, and failed to maintain that pace.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

Hey I wasn’t unbiased, just a bit more critical than everyone else. So sick to death of hearing at the time he was an awesome glove man. Don’t get me wrong he was alright bat, but as a keeper if he had have come down to the club where I played, he would have batted top 5, there is no way in God’s green earth we would have let him near a pair of gloves.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

Totally understand Barry, the BBL is completely devoid of nuance. As I said I will have a look at the IPL every now and then, and as a product it is light years ahead of the BBL. I don’t know what is more disturbing; the fact that CA have thrown their eggs so completely into the T20 basket, or the basket they have chosen is so inferior to what it should be, and ultimately detracts from the state of Australian cricket across the board.

How I’d Improve the BBL

Decent article Peter. Look I am very much a traditionalist, am happy to watch Test cricket all day everyday. Personally I have not watched a BBL match in the last three or four years and that’s no necessarily because I am completely averse to T20 cricket. I will tune into the IPL occasionally when it’s on. The BBL is very much a poor cousin in comparison; there are too many grade cricketers getting a game, the games seem to drag on (it’s T20, if it starts at 7 o’clock, it should be done and dusted comfortably by 10), the local teams are contrived and are an antithesis to the tribal attitude Australians adopt when supporting teams whether it be footy, cricket or whatever.
CA are obviously going to stick with it, so while I don’t necessarily like it; they need to get it right. Sort out the scheduling, get it super professional and invest in structuring it whereby one can get passionate about a team and the game as a whole.

How I’d Improve the BBL

Must have been watching a different Haddin from the one I witnessed. He realistically needed to average ten more with the bat per innings to compensate for the byes he let through.

An attacking Josh Inglis could be Australia's Test answer to Rishabh Pant and Ben Stokes

I hear what you are saying WW.

Vastly improved England are charging towards the Ashes

Yes I am watching it now. This innings is very special.

Virat Kohli waits for review to prove he's been clean bowled

What are you suggesting WillowWiz? Do you regard Lyon as merely a pretender. If you are; then there will be no argument from me.

Vastly improved England are charging towards the Ashes

Hi Cadfael, there was a series Prasanna played against England in about 1967 whereby England were completely clueless about how to play him. Apparently the story goes that only Boycott was able to pick a few of his variations, however such was the selfish nature of Boycott he refused to reveal to his teammates any insight on how to play him.
Personally I was only 10 or 11 when his career finished, and do not particularly remember him, but my dad who is a cricket nut raves about him to this day.

India's greatest-ever Test XI

Probably would have included Bhagwat Chandrasekhar ahead of Ashwin.

India's greatest-ever Test XI

I have only watched Sibley a couple of times, the last Test in India and once in South Africa, and I don’t mind the look of him. A fairly unflappable type who is able to occupy the crease for long periods, being more concerned with not getting out than scoring rapidly. A pretty decent asset in any Test side, sort of in the same vein as Pujara.

Vastly improved England are charging towards the Ashes

Bess looks decent, and he certainly troubled the Indians a hell of a lot more than Lyon.

Vastly improved England are charging towards the Ashes

A pretty decent list Barry, one name that immediately sprang to mind after Badman and Warne, was Bill Ponsford.

The Australian cricket Immortals

It’s all well a good to laugh at England. We got spanked at home, yet still effectively selected the same side that was beaten, to tour South Africa (although it didn’t go ahead). I am more concerned with our celebration of mediocrity than that of England, as I type they are 4 for 450 odd. Can’t remember when Australia made such a substantial score.

Celebrating mediocrity? England opener gets a clap even after this horror shot