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My XI (4-3-3)
Leno
Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, AMN
Xhaka, Partey, Ceballos
Pepe, Laca, Auba

With no Tierney, I don’t trust Kola or Luiz in a back 4 and AMN did a great job at LWB keeping Mahrez quiet last time we faced City. Partey has been bought for big games and he has to start or else it’ll seem Arteta is playing for the draw. Starting Partey will allow Arsenal to free Ceballos and let him roam forward. I still believe city will win but an upset is possible

Opportunity beckons for Arteta's Arsenal against Man City

Considering Siddle played, I felt we would’ve been better off giving Neser a debut cap. Cummins was tired by the end of the series but played as well which was surprising to me

My Round 1 Sheffield Shield XI

I did think of Bancroft. But I felt the wicket in the Tasmania QLD game had more for the bowlers compared to the road in the SA WA game. Add to the fact that Bancroft faced a hapless SA attack compared to the Tassie attack who had more venom.

My Round 1 Sheffield Shield XI

We beat City as well in this year’s FA Cup. Partey has to start idc about adaptability this is what we bought him for. With no Tierney Maitland Niles at left back for me only to keep Mahrez or B Silva quiet on Citys right wing. Still expect City to run away 3-1 winners

Games to watch out for in Week 5 of the EPL

Saliba isn’t South American, he’s from France.

A strong start for Arteta's Arsenal

Rumoured Saliba lost his mum and at the age of 19 in a new country, mentally not in the best place rn. As for Ozil, this is much bigger than footballing reasons. Ever since he spoke out against the concentration camps in Xinjiang, someone must’ve influenced Arsenal not to play him again or so.

A strong start for Arteta's Arsenal

I’m pretty active on twitter yet didn’t see that. Will do so asap. As for Lovren, I’ve loved him. Sure, he may not be the greatest CB but this bloke was a refugee during the Balkan War. Although no one should have to go through such an experience, it puts things into perspective eg some things are bigger than football so what if you have a bad performance here and there?

I admire Dejan Lovren for his Twitter spat with fans

I like the look of Parkinson as well but Virdi was part of Surrey winning the championship in 2018. Parkinson hasn’t been part of a winning side in county championship for lancashire as of yet

What can we read into the ECB player contracts?

Regarding their spinners, I see one of these three playing at the Gabba next year:

Leach (Somerset)

FC stats: 293 wickets @ 25.74, SR: 57.4 economy: 2.68, 20 5-fers
Test stats: 34 wickets @ 29.02, SR:60.9 economy: 2.85, one 5-fer

Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)

FC stats: 62 wickets @ 25.22, SR: 48.8, economy: 3.09, three 5-fers

Amar Singh Virdi (Surrey)

FC stats: 91 wickets @ 28.08, SR: 52.06, economy: 3.23, four 5-fers

Maybe I’m slightly biased since I’m a Surrey fan in county cricket but I’d go for Virdi. He gives the ball a rip and isn’t afraid to toss the ball up. At the Gabba and Optus Stadium, Leach may be better suited for a hold-up role but in the other grounds (Adelaide, mcg, scg) Virdi would be a better option. Spun Surrey to victory quite a few times in his 28 FC matches and honestly, an England call-up should be there for Virdi very soon. Has gotta be on the plane to England’s tour of India (most likely UAE due to covid situation in India)

What can we read into the ECB player contracts?

Last two games proved we desperately need Aouar and Partey. I think Lyon will sell Aouar they still a selling club. Partey I’m unsure considering how stingy Kroenke is even tho it’s only a 50 mill (unless someone corrects me) release clause. But we can all hope.

Signs still strong for Arsenal despite Liverpool drubbing

Some interesting picks. Pollard and Bumrah bigger names than Boult in T20 cricket IMO for MI. KKR got Cummins, Narine and Morgan alonsgide Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik who have had successful T20I careers for India. So i don’t get the lack of big names. Otherwise good read

The game changers: Big names to watch in IPL 2020

If Patel keeps, then Finch out of the XI and Isuru Udana or Chris Morris for Umesh Yadav in the XI

Eight youngsters to watch out for this IPL

I watched a few RCB training vids on their YT channel. Looks like ABD may take the gloves this season. This seems the likely XI – Finch, Paddikal, Kohli, ABD, Ali, Gurkeerat Singh, Negi, Steyn, Saini, Chahal, Umesh Yadav

Eight youngsters to watch out for this IPL

PSL is a highly competitive league and the standard has been getting higher throughout every season. CPL is probably the second-best league after IPL at the moment and Green has had a lot of success there. Green has experience of bowling in UAE and should he get games (I would have him in my KKR XI straightaway), he’ll do a good job IMO. This will be his biggest test as a T20 bowler and if he can succeed in IPL 2020, the Aussie selectors have to choose him as Australia’s third spinner for 2021 T20 WC

Chris Green could hold the key to Australia's first T20 World Cup

Sunrisers dropping either Nabi or Rashid in the UAE will be completely stupid. The duo have plenty of experience in these conditions and with Warner and Williamson occupying the other two foreign spots, I find it incredibly difficult for Marsh to get many games. Plus playing Mitch Marsh means you get four overs of medium pace rather than spin, which is quite dangerous in the UAE

Analysing each Aussie playing in IPL 2020

That and it was IPL centric. Three teams automatically qualified while the 4th team would play in the qualifiers

When New South Wales conquered the world

Lynn won’t be a key player on these wickets Krunal Pandya will play a bigger role. With no Malinga Mumbai may seriously struggle this season. They have to start well or else goodbye playoffs chances

How do the Mumbai Indians shape up this season?

Hi Peter. So when choosing the XI this was my criteria – contributions made to Aus team while as a NSW player and whole career of players who appeared in 2000’s

NSW's Test XI of the 21st century

He’s a winner. Simple as that. Won 4 ICC titles as skipper and embedded a ruthless winning culture in Australian cricket. Now coaching Delhi this IPL, they have a genuine shot of winning the tournament this year. As for Mumbai, players crave to be a part of their system. Head coach – Jayawardene. Batting mentor – Tendulkar. Batting coach – Robin Singh. Bowling coach – Shane Bond. Scouting system led by the likes of John Wright and Kiran More. Director of cricket operations – Zaheer Khan. One of the most professional franchise teams that is run very well.

How Ricky Ponting's selflessness sparked a T20 revolution

2 factors in this IMO.

1. BBL nowhere near as cut-throat as IPL. The pressure of an IPL game is just as high as a T20I game can be argued slightly bigger. Coaches are expected to deliver if not they get sacked in a season. BBL is more of a family environment and membership-based rather than results first.

2. Eddie McGuire. Was president for a long time and didn’t even know where his overseas players came from (called Lammichane a teenager from Bangladesh). What the Stars need is someone who knows how to brand the Stars properly and not come from Victoria. Mysore is from Bangalore and has no connections to the people of Kolkata before he became CEO of KKR. That way he was able to make decisions without an emotional connection. Now Mysore is also the CEO of Trinbago Knight Riders (same owners as KKR) and TKR are the most successful CPL franchise till date with 3 titles.

How dethroning the Prince of Calcutta paid off

BCB is on another level. I remember Mominul wasn’t originally in the Test squad for that series. Now he’s Test captain. Tushar Imran deserved another chance but our faltu selectors never give anyone over the age of 30 a second chance.

Fawad Alam's reward for hard work and patience

Yeah I’ve been a massive fan of Alam. Seen him play odi’s and you can see by the way he bats that he can succeed in the longest format. Just needs a fair go IMO

Fawad Alam's reward for hard work and patience

If one innings were to judge a cricketer then many world class players would’ve been dropped by now. I’m neither Pakistani or a Pakistan fan but Alam deserves a long run. Four balls on a bowling friendly wicket won’t determine his outcome. Misbah played Tests till his 40s. 34 is nothing as long as Alam is fit

Was Fawad Alam ready for Southampton?

Yeah Smith has played a few match winning knocks and so has Andrew Symonds. But difficult to fit 13 or so into 10. Doing a bowling edition that should be done and hopefully published by this week

My top ten IPL knocks by Australians

Pakistan have drawn twice and Blackcaps drew in 2015

When a glorified county attack made Michael Vaughan mince his words