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Arnab Bhattacharya

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I make up supporting Bangladesh and WSW by supporting Arsenal. All aboard the Arteta express. Cricket, league and football fanatic.

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First Test pitch was brilliant. Proper cricket wicket. Pitch yesterday was so poor that Tamim Iqbal called it out on commentary. And I’m not surprised by this. Head curator for Dhaka in Gamini De Silva always makes terrible pitches. This pitch is turning so much that even part timers look very effective

'Not what you want to see for Test cricket': Aussie stars sound franchise alarm ahead of international summer

Exactly. People don’t realize how fortunate these players in big three nations are that they can financially avoid playing franchise leagues since they get paid well.

While it is unfortunate that RSA won’t have a full strength squad, they have some decent backups. Blackcaps have never beaten RSA at home in a Test series so it won’t be easy. Talking of Blackcaps, they might lose a Test series against a Bangladesh side missing Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das

'Not what you want to see for Test cricket': Aussie stars sound franchise alarm ahead of international summer

As a Gunner, I look at one thing with Arteta at the helm. And that’s whether the board unanimously backed him knowing that this rebuild would take time. They definitely have from how Arteta handled the moles in the club when they were struggling. Not to mention the patterns of play he had.

Now onto Man U. The board screwed Ole over by getting Ronaldo back (Mendes played his cards perfectly by making Fabrizio lie about the City rumour). Suddenly, Ole’s plans with implementing a gegenpress was impossible with Ronaldo in his front three. Cost him his job. Ten Hag has tried to be strict but coming from a club that priorotises youth, it’s hard to do the same with a club filled with plenty of big egos. Man U have to ride the tough wave until the end of next season. If ETH is still not progressing Man U halfway into his fourth season and weeded out the bad rot, then there’s only one way his reign will end.

What the EPL?!: Spurs are going places under Ange - so what can he teach 'nowhere fast' United?

Patel now has 6 POTM awards in T20 internationals and he isn’t in India’s squad for their next T20I series.

Australia bowled better but probably gave 10-15 too many on a surprisingly slow Bengaluru wicket

'It's hard to wrap my head around': Wade rages at umpires after non-call sees Aussies fall to India again

This is the first time I’ve criticised Johnson.

John the Bookie is nothing desperate. Warne and Mark Waugh were involved in fixing through giving away pitch and weather conditions for money and the fact that CA tried to cover that up is still disgraceful.

'Bunnings would sell out of sandpaper': Bailey reacts after Johnson delivers brutal sledge over 'arrogant' Warner's farewell

Johnson using every possible situation to criticize the current Aussie team just because Langer isn’t coach anymore. And can we get over the sandpaper issue? Two Aussie men in the 90s were best mates with John the Bookie and hardly got a ban. Forget getting banned, the board tried to protect them and they’re still considered as legends in Australian cricket. What Warner, Smith and Bancroft did is nowhere near as bad

'Bunnings would sell out of sandpaper': Bailey reacts after Johnson delivers brutal sledge over 'arrogant' Warner's farewell

McDermott deserves a long run in the ODI team. But I think after he failed to capitalize against SL last year in the 5 match T20 series, it should’ve been the end of his T20I career. Only thing I can see that can revive his T20I career is if he goes to play in CPL to improve his game vs spin. Same could happen if an IPL team gets him in the auction.

Australia fail depth test with second-stringers spun out as India clinch series: 'They got hold of us and didn't let go'

If Misbah Ul Haq can play Tests till 43, Lyon can do something similar as well

Why Lyon should keep playing Tests into his roaring 40s - and Maxwell can keep white-ball berths as long as he wants

India have found a gem in Rinku Singh. No chance he’s missing the WC squad. And to think that Axar Patel won’t be in the T20 squad against RSA while Jadeja comes back and is vice captain for the T20 team.

Shame none of the Aussie fringe bats have put their hand up to stake a claim for the T20 WC squad

Australia fail depth test with second-stringers spun out as India clinch series: 'They got hold of us and didn't let go'

Smith has always been an average T20 cricketer. T20 career SR of 127. T20I SR of 125. IPL SR of 128. He’s getting into the T20 team based on his reputation in other formats. Australia should’ve moved on from him ages ago, but he’ll always get a recall for his BBL exploits.

Smith scrambling to make T20 World Cup squad as diminishing white-ball returns put spot in jeopardy

An XI India should’ve gone with

Rohit, Gill, Kohli, Iyer, Rahul, Hooda, Axar, Unadkat, Bumrah, Shami, Kuldeep

This allows them to play their ultra aggressive style up front while also having a better tail that wouldn’t crumble with the bat. Having two passengers in their top seven + a long tail meant that India were on the back foot once Iyer got out in the 11th over. Australia exposed that flaw brilliantly and got India bowled out for 50-60 runs below par

Fringe candidates flunk audition for T20 World Cup as Australia caned by India: 'Failing to execute at critical moments'

Performances for each player for Australia A in FC matches

Harris: 14 innings, 360 runs, 30.0 average, 1 hundred

Renshaw: 14 innings, 620 runs, 44.28 average, 2 hundreds, two fifties

Bancroft: 15 innings, 590 runs, 49.16 average, 1 hundred, 3 fifties

I’ve always put A performances for players all over the world as a key indicator on whether they’re truly ready for Test cricket with bat or ball. Bancroft for me despite scoring slightly less than Renshaw as he’s unbelievable at short leg. Not to mention Renshaw’s time will come once Uzzie calls it quits (which I assume will be after the home series vs India)

Harris, Renshaw or Bancroft? Choosing Warner’s Test replacement should be opener and shut case for selectors

Sai Kishore is the best left arm orthodox India have got, especially with his ability to bowl tightly during the powerplay and not panicking if he concedes a boundary. KL Rahul is a big no after two poor T20 WC’s. Jadeja has improved but on sluggish surfaces in WI, he will get exposed badly with his batting – especially if opposition teams bowl off spinners to him. Axar had a poor 2022 T20 WC, but I back him to do well on slower surfaces in WI with bat and ball.

Fringe candidates flunk audition for T20 World Cup as Australia caned by India: 'Failing to execute at critical moments'

India’s tail began from when SKY came in at 6. But thank you for reminding me about the long tail. Jaydev Unadkat. Left arm seamer who’s got great leadership credentials and can hold a willow well. India should’ve had him in the WC squad over Thakur who loses the plot quickly. That way, Siraj would’ve had proper competition and arguably loses his spot halfway through the tournament.

Fringe candidates flunk audition for T20 World Cup as Australia caned by India: 'Failing to execute at critical moments'

The XI India should go with is – Kohli, Jaiswal, SKY, Pant, Rinku, Hardik, Axar, Sai Kishore (hopefully MI get him in a trade so he gets some game time during IPL), Bumrah, Kuldeep, Arshdeep

Fringe candidates flunk audition for T20 World Cup as Australia caned by India: 'Failing to execute at critical moments'

I don’t rate SKY and Jadeja in ODI cricket and the numbers back it up. I’ve always said that Hardik Pandya injuring his back in the 2018 Asia Cup was the worst thing to happen to India in ODI cricket for the long term as they looked to Jadeja as a short term fix after keeping him out from the ODI team for over a year.

And he’s been average (averaging mid 30s with bat and ball with a batting SR below 85), which perfectly describes his ODI career. There are better orthodox spinning all rounders in India, but India went with the one based on experience when that means bugger all when they’ve done next to nothing in ODI cricket. As for SKY, he’s arguably not even in the first choice Mumbai XI for List A cricket. Yet he made the WC squad despite looking out of sorts with the bat.

Fringe candidates flunk audition for T20 World Cup as Australia caned by India: 'Failing to execute at critical moments'

Axar is far better with the bat than SKY and Jadeja in ODI cricket. If Axar was in the WC squad alongside Deepak Hooda over Jadeja and SKY, they don’t lose the final/put up a far more competitive score in Ahmedabad on a dry surface. Instead, India chose those two based on other formats/their superstar brand they’ve created since their IPL days which cost them a World Cup.

Fringe candidates flunk audition for T20 World Cup as Australia caned by India: 'Failing to execute at critical moments'

Another outstanding bowling spell from Axar Patel. And to think the Indian selectors opted to not call him into the WC squad after Pandya got injured while he was fully fit and playing domestic cricket for Gujarat

Fringe candidates flunk audition for T20 World Cup as Australia caned by India: 'Failing to execute at critical moments'

I think he was coach of the Australia A series against NZ A during the winter. It’ll be a smooth transition imo

McDonald’s serving up humble pie to the critics but selfless coach refuses to dine out on World Cup glory

McDonald is a winner. Two Sheffield Shield titles, one Marsh Cup title and did the impossible – win a BBL title with the Renegades in 2.5 years in Victorian cricket. His short stint at the Rajasthan Royals was outstanding as well. Just because he’s not a former well known player doesn’t mean he can’t coach. And now McDonald is a World Cup winning coach. Not to mention Australia are a better Test side away from home since a long time once McDonald took over. And once he feels his time is up, Voges will be ready to coach Australia imo

McDonald’s serving up humble pie to the critics but selfless coach refuses to dine out on World Cup glory

If you watch any of the games or the Kayo Minis, watch out for Rinku Singh. Absolute freak. Been a crisis man for Uttaran Pradesh in domestic cricket + for Kolkata in the IPL. Will win you games out of nowhere and I hope he has a good series to stake his claim for the T20 WC squad

India match dire with dire: Hosts react to Aussies' understrength approach with a T20 team lacking firepower

Btw, Travis Head was part of the Australian u19 WC team in 2012 that lost to India in the final which was in Queensland. The past few months, he’s turned up against India in ICC finals and ensured he wasn’t on the losing side against India in an ICC final ever again.

CHAMPIONS! Head's heroic ton, bowling brilliance sees Aussies crush India for SIXTH - and best - World Cup win

If he wanted to step down, he should’ve done it at the end of the last WTC cycle after poor planning from captain + coach cost Pakistan a WTC final spot after getting arguably the easiest draw in WTC history. Doing it before a tour of Australia just shows that he’s not willing to take responsibility for the toughest tour in Test cricket yet was willing to be captain during easy tours/home series

'Right time': Babar Azam makes shock Pakistan captaincy call across all three formats

Incredibly selfish to step down as Test skipper just before Pakistan’s biggest tour. Babar has been a poor Test captain for Pakistan, but to step down just before a tour of Australia is selfish. Poor Shan Masood has no idea what to do as he can’t experiment with his team bar a few tour matches which doesn’t count towards anything. Already had the feeling that Australia would win 3-0, but this is gonna be just as bad of a tour of Australia for Pakistan as they had in 2019

'Right time': Babar Azam makes shock Pakistan captaincy call across all three formats

India were slightly off colour with the ball and in the field yesterday and still found a way to win comfortably. Bring on Australia vs Proteas/rain

'Perfect picture': King Kohli smashes ton to break Tendulkar's world record as India send New Zealand out of World Cup

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