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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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With Paras Mhambrey as bowling coach, India will lose 4-1. Their quicks have gone downhill since Bharat Arun wasn’t given an extension. Plus, the last two series was under a temporary captain. Cummins is a far better skipper + actually stays composed under pressure

The invisible pacemen: Wild Thing beware - a generation of fast bowlers denied Test caps by record-breaking trio

There’s probably three factors that caused Bailey and the selectors to go with Renshaw

1. Renshaw has a Test century unlike Bancroft and Harris
2. Bancroft averages 34 in County Cricket after 62 innings with three hundreds. Renshaw averages 44 in 30 innings in County cricket with five hundreds
3. Bancroft didn’t convert his start into a century vs Pakistan in the PM XI game. Renshaw did.

'Best six batters in the country': Smith will open and Green returns as Bailey denies Bancroft rift over Sandpaper saga

Can’t include Rohit at all. Been absolutely rubbish in T20 WC’s and hasn’t lit up the IPL since 2016

Warner is an all-time great - but he’s not Australia’s best ever multi-format player

2 takeaways

1. Rizwan is a good actor. Bloke has even admitted he fakes his cramps. So not surprised he was acting surprised after the call

2. I would love to see a pace trio of Rabada, Cummins and Bumrah play in a red ball game together. Would be so pleasing on the eye to see

Great win Australia

'Technology curse': Pakistan director slams 'inconsistent' umpiring after contentious DRS call cruels hopes of famous win

Macca was one of the best domestic coaches before he became Australia assistant coach. I think Victoria won 3 Shield titles in a row.

'Technology curse': Pakistan director slams 'inconsistent' umpiring after contentious DRS call cruels hopes of famous win

Josh is unavailable for most of the tournament due to family reasons so teams didn’t bid. Good to see Smith get unsold in the first round because it’s pure arrogance if he thinks that his base price is 2 crores after having so many poor IPL tournaments.

Starc raving mad: Aussie to bank insane $13,000 per ball in IPL as Cummins and Head also go for big bucks

Nope. Serves Afghanistan right. They’re lucky to still be a Test playing nation and I applaud CA on what they did on cancelling the tour as well. Someone has to take a stance on them.

Gap's never been wider between cricket’s Big Three haves and the have-nots ... and it’s only getting worse

That gap is big because Australia and England hardly play the small teams at home for Test series. 20 years since Bangladesh toured Australia and 13 since they toured England for bilateral series. Zimbabwe toured Austalia for the first time in 19 years. Haven’t played a bilateral series against England in England in 20+ years. West Indies came to Australia for the first time in seven years. Couldn’t care less about Afghanistan as they’re lucky to still keep full member status. Proteas might be sending a weaker squad, but Blackcaps have never won a Tests series against them and it could end up as a drawn series.

As for the women’s game, Pakistan just completed a successful tour of NZ winning the T20 series 2-1 and narrowly losing 2-1 in the ODI series. Could’ve easily been 2-1 to Pakistan in the ODI series had they won the second ODI which was a thriller. Bangladesh are on course to win an ODI series in South Africa. The gap is getting smaller between teams while Australia still remains the benchmark

Gap's never been wider between cricket’s Big Three haves and the have-nots ... and it’s only getting worse

The problem with Babar is that he hasn’t even scored a Test 50 in 2023. He’s struggled to start a tour of Australia well with his highest score in his first Test innings in tours of Australia being 21. Imam may have gotten 62, but he was extremely slow and showed no aggression before his brain fade. Shan Masood needs to step up as skipper as well. That second innings dismissal was terrible for a player who bats better outside of Asia than in Asia

Test-mortem: Jury's out on ‘treacherous’ Optus as Perth’s best venue, Warner robbed, Marnus slump no big deal … yet

Granted that is true Tony. However, how many 19 year old halfbacks have looked so comfortable at NRL and international level? Very few. Katoa is a gem and the fact that Penrith didn’t prioritize re-signing him could blow up in their faces in a few years time

'No pen to paper here': Luai throws doubt on $6m Tigers deal - but tells teammates he is leaving the Panthers

Tigers lack some confidence and personalities on their team. Luai brings both. He also brings a winning mentality to the side. Yes they’ve had to pay overs, but Luai being coached by Benji has so much upside. As for Penrith, why did they not priorotise keeping Katoa at the club?????

'No pen to paper here': Luai throws doubt on $6m Tigers deal - but tells teammates he is leaving the Panthers

We all would’ve liked Australia to be 3/546 at stumps yesterday

Not surprised by how Masood batted as he’s adopted an aggressive approach since county this year.

Pakistan are playing for the draw as they are far too behind to push for a win in three days. A few wickets tomorrow morning and hopefully knock them out by tea

From Bazball to Snoozeball: Aussies toil despite monster first-innings total as gritty Pakistan fight back with the bat

He should come back to NSW

Can't beat an egg: No moral victories and barely any wins to speak of for England after Ashes Bazball hubris

Windies might not be competitive in the two Test series, but Darren Sammy is slowly building the white ball team well after the WCQ debacle. Alick Athanaze, Shai Hope, Hetmyer, Carty make a formidable batting lineup while bowlers like Motie, Shepherd and Joseph are stepping up. Good to see some belief back in the Windies team.

Can't beat an egg: No moral victories and barely any wins to speak of for England after Ashes Bazball hubris

India got 329 and 286 in the second Test. Two players got centuries including one coming from a number 8 in Ashwin

The Third Test was overdone but I don’t know how much that was due to the pink ball and the uncertainties of how it’d go in Indian conditions. The 4th Test saw India bat second. They got 350+ and won by an innings.

I don’t think England players are poor players of spin. But when it gets tough, they don’t apply themselves long enough to score big runs.

Jofra makes injury comeback in West Indies - but England had no idea

Tbh, the second Test and fourth Test pitch wasn’t impossible to bat on. India got 300+ as their first innings scores in those Tests. So I think we will see turning wickets, but not raging turners which takes out the skills of spinners as we saw in Indore in the BGT or Dhaka recently between Bangladesh and New Zealand

Jofra makes injury comeback in West Indies - but England had no idea

Never thought I’d see a pitch anywhere near as bad as Delhi in an ODI between India and Sri Lanka in 2009. This beat that by a mile and to be honest, huge props to the umpires for taking action so quickly (if I remember correctly, that ODI went on till the 24th over in the first innings)

'It's bouncing ridiculously': BBL clash ends in farce as Geelong pitch deemed unsafe just six overs in

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

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