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Conway has been bossing every format in NZ domestic cricket over the past two seasons. Taylor wasn’t rested vs Pakistan in the T20s, he was dropped as selector Gavin Larsen said to the media. Taylor has been batting at five for the past few years in T20 internationals, but has struggled to accelerate when required. If Taylor isn’t recalled vs Australia and Conway does well in the 5 match t20 series, that’s Taylor’s T20I career done. Add to the fact that he still wants to play Tests and ODI’s till 2023 WC (he’ll be 39 by then), it’s highly unlikely Taylor will be playing in all three formats by end of next year.

Is Ross Taylor’s T20I career finished?

Exactly. Nicholls keeps his spot in the Test side after that 100 vs Windies. If Taylor has a poor series vs Pakistan, jury could be out on him in Tests as well. But Conway has to be playing all formats soon. He’s too good to be ignored for any format

Is Ross Taylor’s T20I career finished?

Conway has to play in the ODI’s vs Bangladesh. Home conditions against an ODI side that struggles on NZ decks – perfect way to get the confidence up in ODI cricket. Bit surprised he wasn’t opening for Wellington in Plunkett Shield or else he would’ve opened vs Windies in Hamilton over Will Young imo.

Is Ross Taylor’s T20I career finished?

Played for India A in 2019 January against England Lions. Dropped from Test team in September 2019. Did well to get into ODI Team. Done absolutely nothing to get recalled into Test squad since he got dropped. Neither played any FC games for India A since he got dropped from Test team last year and got severely exposed by Ishan Porel at Eden Gardens.

KL Rahul’s Test inclusion everything wrong with Indian cricket

Easwaran from Bengal was a much better option than Rahul. Granted he had a rough season last season, but excelled for 3 seasons in a row before that. Opens on the toughest wicket at Eden Gardens. Has the technique and temperament to do well in Test cricket. Rumours going on Paddikal’s Ranji performances will be monitored as they want to groom him as the backup opener. For MCG this is my XI – Vihari, Agarwal, Pujara, Gill, Rahane, Jadeja, Pant, Ashwin, Umesh, Siraj, Bumrah.Shaw opens on roads in Mumbai. Was always gonna be exposed

KL Rahul’s Test inclusion everything wrong with Indian cricket

One fifty in 6 innings in Australia, averaging under 28 in Aus. Needs to play FC cricket, which he doesn’t. Dhawans time is up in Tests

KL Rahul’s Test inclusion everything wrong with Indian cricket

Easwaran from Bengal was a much better option than Rahul. Granted he had a rough season last season, but excelled for 3 seasons in a row before that. Opens on the toughest wicket at Eden Gardens. Has the technique and temperament to do well in Test cricket. Rumours going on Paddikal’s Ranji performances will be monitored as they want to groom him as the backup opener. For MCG this is my XI – Vihari, Agarwal, Pujara, Gill, Rahane, Jadeja, Pant, Ashwin, Umesh, Siraj, Bumrah.

Shaw opens on roads in Mumbai. Was always gonna be exposed

KL Rahul’s Test inclusion everything wrong with Indian cricket

The problem is that BCCI selectors hardly look outside the big state teams (Mumbai,Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi). They mostly ignore players from other states unless they have 5 good ranji seasons in a row. The bigger boys just need one good season and they’re in the team. Problem with Yadav is that he doesn’t play many games for India A in FC games – a prerequisite nowadays for players to excel in as the gap between Ranji and Test cricket is quite a big gap.

KL Rahul’s Test inclusion everything wrong with Indian cricket

Love the one game to regional parts. Enjoyed the alice spring wickets as batsmen have to grind out runs

Dear CA, what were you thinking?

One thing with Pant is can he play an innings like that under pressure? Saha saved India A from defeat in the first game but Pant was allowed to express himself at 4-250 in the final session. As for Siraj, his second spell in the second innings at SCG was very accurate so he’d be my third seamer

A look at the Indian team for the first Test in Adelaide

The reason why Rohit isn’t a shoo-in IMO is because the fact he’ll be quarantining and with a lack of match practice. Hypothetically if India are 2-0 up (doubt it), then I see Rohit coming in for SCG. Gonna be interesting to see what happens.

Two spinners belong in India's best Test XI

If Gill and Agarwal get India off to good starts no point bringing in Rohit into the XI as opener. Vihari seems to be batting at 4 once Kohli leaves. Battle at 6 between KL and Pant IMO for second Test. Heck we could even see Jadeja at 6 for second Test but as a batsman only while Ashwin is the attacking lone spinner

Two spinners belong in India's best Test XI

Depends on how many overs India bowl. Usually they don’t bowl more than 120 overs away from home and bowl out oppositions before 100 overs. So I expect Vihari to bowl max 11 or 12 overs while Ashwin bowls the longer spells in the first test

Two spinners belong in India's best Test XI

And as for Pant, he got two Tons in SENA. Done very well in short time of his Test career and will end up a legend of Indian cricket in Tests.

Two spinners belong in India's best Test XI

Gill literally scored 43 and 65 at SCG. How is Rahul better? He’s only played one FC game since being dropped in Windies. And in that FC game, Ishan Porel ran rings around him. KL nowhere near good enough to open Gill should open with Agarwal.

Two spinners belong in India's best Test XI

Regarding your comment about the top six rolling their arm, Vihari has done that a few times and done it well. 5 wickets at an average of 36 with an economy of 3.13. I’m pretty sure in List A cricket, Vihari plays as a batting all rounder.

Two spinners belong in India's best Test XI

No chance of Vihari not playing. As much as i love Pant, Saha a much better keeper and saved India A from defeat in the first game. Ashwin, Umesh, Shami, Bumrah as the four bowlers with Vihari to bowl a few part time overs

Two spinners belong in India's best Test XI

Bumrah and Siraj faced more bouncers than Conway but nothing was said then. Can’t have it both ways. IMO, I agree with what Allan Border said on commentary – ensure the helmets are doing their job because it seems helmets are instantly being changed after batsmen cop a bouncer to the helmet

Indians slammed for bouncer barrage that left Aus A no.11 concussed

Only two Aussie openers gave pink ball test hundreds – Warner and Khawaja. Khawaja did it against Abbott, Rabada and Philander on a wicket that was bowler friendly. India’s bowlers will be licking their lips with no Warner and an out of form Joe Burns

Selectors ignore ideal stop-gap in Khawaja

India’s T20 middle order looks a finisher short with no Dinesh Karthik. Forget his poor IPL he’s been a match winner for India in the shortest format. Follow the Mumbai Indians route by having three finishers from 5-7. If Samson continues to dissapoint, DK has to be in the T20 squad.

Team India needs a new brand of cricket. Here's why

Chris agree about Maxi. To only play Tests in the SC where many Aussie bats have struggled is pretty dissapointing for Maxi. Deserved a few home Tests to see how comfortable he was at Test level

Australia and India’s unlucky Test XI of the 21st century

Regarding SOK, he isn’t unlucky. I love his bowling but his own poor decisions cost him playing more than 20 Tests tbh. Can’t blame anyone but himself. Underrated spinner though

Australia and India’s unlucky Test XI of the 21st century

Pandya won’t be added since he hasn’t bowled much lately. As for Iyer, he’ll only be added if Rohit doesn’t fly in time to complete quarantine and 3rd Test. Idek why KL in the Test squad considering he’s played only one FC game since he got dropped in the Windies in 2019. But he’ll probs bat at 4 with Gill opening

Previewing the Australia vs India Test series

None of India’s batsmen can bowl or prefer not to. As shown yesterday, they’re heavily exposed if one of their bowlers have an off day. Australia has Maxwell and Stoinis and if desperate, Finch and Smith at their disposal in the top seven. Jadeja has done nothing in ODI’s to win games for India with either bat or ball. Required run rate was still in control but Jadeja’s inability to rotate the strike put too much pressure on Pandya. This is where someone like Anukul Roy or Krishnappa Gowtham can come in who are as good as Jadeja with the bat if not better in limited overs. India lost 3-0 in NZ due to not having a genuine 6th bowler. Can’t see why both Gill and Pandey were in the squad if the Indian selectors knew Pandya wasn’t gonna be able to bowl. They need to start blooding in some newbies and give them a proper chance in the long run to ensure India aren’t questioning their 15 man squad for 2023 WC like they had last year.

India's lack of bowling options who can bat is a big worry

Jadeja is past it in limited overs. Yesterday’s innings is one of many examples where he crumbles when the required run rate goes over 8, let alone 10. He is neither good enough to win games with the bat or ball in ODI cricket. His fielding has been poor since IPL. Kohli needs to take a stance asap on Ravindra Jadeja or else India’s ODI team will continue to underperform if he carries passengers such as Jadeja and Kuldeep in the squad

India's lack of bowling options who can bat is a big worry