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Not having a pink ball warm up game was poor prep IMO. That way the batsmen would’ve adjusted to the bounce a lot better

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

Nichols has a ton vs South Africa on a green top in Wellington. He scored a quality hundred in the UAE which led to a series win. Can’t be that harsh on him after one innings Ronan he was strangled down the leg side. I think he’s done pretty well against quality attacks in NZ and away so far

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

100%. Don’t get me started on the Afghanistan test. Why we didn’t prepare a green top is still baffling to me. But the way Bangladesh have been handled in test cricket is poor. At the beginning they played too much test cricket and would get thrashed all the time. Now we play hardly anything. 6 tests a year will not help Bangladesh cricket improve in tests. Now’s the time to be giving us more exposure not less. There is talent in this country but they cant be expected to make strides in tests if there are hardly any opportunities

India vs Bangladesh first Test preview

Shadman Islam is a very good opening bat. Can blunt the new ball and cash in later. Saif Hassan was captain of 2018 u19 side and he’s scored a lot of runs in domestic level. Hopefully he can start well in international cricket. Another bat who’s not in the squad is Yasir Ali. Big lad whos got all the shots and solid defence. Has got technique to score runs in any conditions. I’m not saying we’re on say Pakistans level but we do have a few decent test players even in the absence of Shakib and Tamim. Golden opportunity to step up against India and make a case for themselves in future series

India vs Bangladesh first Test preview

It’s a classic case of English media showing disrespect to the opposition before a big game. Last year English media did that to Croatia at the FIFA World Cup. Croatia dominated the semi final and won. They did the same to the Boks and received the same treatment. Not to mention that the Poms have choked in big games. Got lucky with a T20 rule at Lord’s but didn’t get away last night.

Congrats to the Boks a great achievement to have won 3 tournaments in 7 attempts. World Cups are all about peaking at the right time and that’s exactly what happened. Don’t wanna get too political but there was a time when a black South African leading the Boks was considered farcial. Mandela changed that and that was shown last night. The Boks have an inspirational leader in Siya Kolisi and hopefully he continues to build on the legacy these boys have created. On behalf of every Aussie, thanks for not letting the Poms win

Seven talking points from the Rugby World Cup Final

Not to mention how bloody good he was for Guyana in the CPL. Before he had and arm ball and the stock off spin delivery. Now he’s got a very solid doosra which even KP fell prey to

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

Clearly he doesn’t understand what a spin bowling all rounder is. Green will get a gig soon whether he likes it or not

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

Wouldn’t hurt to give Green a few games still. Let’s just say Agar is injured halfway through the World Cup. Who do we call up then if Green is uncapped at that stage. That being said I wouldn’t mind at all if Agar were to get the nod he’s done his job well so far. As for number one spinner I disagree Zampa has been brilliant for Australia in t20 cricket. In this day and age to have an economy of less than 6 shows his class not to mention a better average and strike rate than Agar.

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have quite a few decent speedsters but it’s how they use them that’ll be crucial. Kumara looked good at times but too many bad balls per over last night. They have another quick in Shehan Madhushanka who can click close to 150 but his injuries are holding him back

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

A spin bowling all rounder. Chris Green has plenty of experience in franchise leagues around the world. His form in 2019 in t20 games has been good enough for him to get a few games to have his chance. Remember this is t20 cricket I’m not pushing for his selection in odi or 5 dayers he’s not good enough for either yet imo

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

True that let’s hope the pitches are good and makes for a good contest between bat and ball

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

I was surprised with the bounce at Adelaide and Melbourne doesn’t usually get around that high with back of a length deliveries. With ICC dictating the pitches for the WC and since it’s t20 it’ll be flat wickets but with less bounce to bring the spinners into the game IMO

What we learnt from Australia's drubbing of Sri Lanka

I think we’ll play a diamond midfield than play a 4-3-3 with Mo Adam partnering Meier and Duke playing behind them knowing how much Babbel likes his fullbacks to go forward. One thing that I think gives us a slight edge is that Sydney FC have 4 attack minded players. Why? Say we will be going forward for long periods. Those 4 are passengers and won’t try to defend/press much especially Baumjohann (not a dig for him leaving us just how I saw him play last season and how SFC played v Wellington last week). Duke will cover a lot of space in that aspect and he’s a workhorse (probably picked that up from Japan from playing as RWB there). I’m really excited for this and it’ll be a cracker. Like you said, there’ll be goals but I think with the options we have off the bench as well such as Yeboah, Kamau maybe even Muller if he thinks he’s ready, I’ll go 3-2 or 2-1 WSW

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Sydney FC: A-League Sydney Derby preview and prediction

I’m a massive football fan and only watch Union when it’s the Rugby Championship/World Cup. However, there’s just something about this Japanese team that has got me really hooked onto them. Controversial but I’d say what Japan have done this RWC is bigger than what Russia did at last year’s FIFA World Cup.
1. Russia got the easy draw whereas Japan had to face two strong sides in Ireland and Scotland while Samoa are no pushovers. Russia played Saudi Arabia and Egypt, both sides who were in dissaray at that time and Uruguay who thrashed them.
2. Japan are actually undefeated this World Cup so far and they’ve been performing well prior to the RWC while Russia just suddenly turned up during the World Cup. The Russian fans expectations were low whereas the Japanese fans have been expecting at least a quarter final spot

The belief from that day in Brighton will be massive for Japan. Self belief is a massive trait when the underdog plays the favourite. If Japan can start well and their crowd can create noise to disrupt the South Africans, this could be a really special night for them. C’mon the Nippon

Japan vs Springboks Rugby World Cup quarter-final preview and prediction

We start our world test championship with a 2 test series in India in November. Expecting nothing less than a 2-0 India win but we have sent an u23 team to tour India right now to prepare for the series. Fingers crossed that works a little bit in our favour

Australia are slowly improving overseas

I probably worded it wrong. Dominate isn’t the right one but we were on top for longer periods in the first test. Even when Australia were cruising I had a feeling that we were one wicket away from a collapse as the Dhaka pitch gets really unpredictable for new batsmen from day 3 onward. The series was a bloody good one and it’s a shame of the current situation in Bangladesh Cricket right now. A better analysis on BD cricket right now can be seen in Mohammad Isam’s thread on Bangladesh cricket on twitter (Isam is the ESPN Cricinfo Bangladesh correspondent). Never seen the bloke rant so hard

Australia are slowly improving overseas

Close to winning 2-0 in Bangladesh? Bangladesh literally dominated the 1st test. Yes Warner scored a wonderful ton but the rest of the batting had practically failed. Cummins gave us a last minute scare but we had the match in the bag. First three days of the second test were pretty even. But we ran out of steam when it mattered. I think 1 all was a fair result. Australia was never close to winning 2-0 if you really watched the series you would know.

Australia are slowly improving overseas

I’m still sceptical about Joe Denly opening. He gave up opening in county cricket a few years ago and then gets pushed to do this

It's time for England to prioritise Test cricket again

So who plays RB now? Trippier gone in the window so I’m personally thinking it’s sessegnon (who has never played right back) or an academy player

Arsenal versus Tottenham preview

Maria and Israel will be fuming. Surprised at how much ball we had tonight. Next week will be seriously tough though with our record at Eden Park. But being a sports fan you can always dare to dream. Lets end their run for once boys

Wallabies beat All Blacks after dominant second half in Bledisloe 1

He’ll retire at our next home ODI series seeing as he’s an MP as well now. If we want a senior member then make Shakib captain since he’s the test and t20 captain. But I would make Mehedi Hasan our captain. Captain of the 2016 u19 squad and he’s captained at the Bangladesh Premier League for his franchise. That way we can have a long term captain while he has the help and support of the senior members.

Bangladesh down and out but want to end World Cup on a high against rivals

Used pitch so it will get slower as the game goes on. Whoever bats first will most likely win especially if they score 270+

Tigers' slim semi-final chances on the line against India

The only reason we have a chance tomorrow at Birmingham is if it’s a used pitch. If not geez we are in for a hammering from India. Bring it on

The Roar's Cricket World Cup expert tips and predictions: Week 6

We are close to India in terms of batting but way behind in bowling and fielding. Fingers crossed they have an off day that day

Must-win game looms for Tigers as they face depleted Afghans

Saifuddin was sorely missed. 9 wickets in 4 games so far. Bowlers got spanked overs 39-47 which changed the game for Bangladesh. 350 would’ve given us a chance. Hopefully England channel their good old choking self and win one of their next 4 while we somehow go on a 3 match winning streak to the semis. Afghanistan and Pakistan are winnable games where we’ll be the favourites but bloody hell India will be tough.

Enormous batting effort blasts Australia past Bangladesh