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Arnab Bhattacharya

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Joined February 2019







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



Marnus needs to leave Glamorgan. The pitches in Cardiff were so bad last season that he had to change his stance which has now started this trend of low scores. He looked good for QLD vs SA on a pretty spicy deck. Marnus gives Australia energy on the field, especially during low moments and can change a game with his fielding. Batters and bowlers all have slumps of form. But good fielding can win you games, which Marnus offers. Australia should organize an A FC series against another Test playing nation and get Marnus to play in that series to get him back in the groove.

Another thing he needs to do is not play to survive. His best knock of the summer was a counter attacking 60 odd against Pakistan. Henry and Southee aren’t quick. Follow in the footsteps of Green and take them on to put them off their length. Then milk the singles. It’s what a now retired David Warner did well, especially in Test series against RSA and Pakistan away in 2014.

COMMENT: Horrendously out of form or not, Australia would be mad to ditch Marnus now

Frustrated at the collapse after Henriques got out, but things are improving since Hathurasingha left. Things happen. WA far too good on the day.

Paris, Hilton deliver dose of reality to Blues as WA make history with third straight one-day crown

Didn’t seem like a flat wicket. Chasing has been tough at Eden Park in the domestic T20 games with only one successful run chase in the men’s edition which was below 140. Don’t think 160+ has been chased down at Eden Park in T20 games this season in both men’s and women’s games. Gary Stead needs to stop being stubborn and recall Colin Munro. There is no way that Will Young or Mark Chapman is a better T20 player than him.

'Thought we were about 50 short': Bowlers blitz Black Caps as Zampa takes four, Wade plucks stunner

Because India have lost their premier bowler. Yesterday was a great day to bat on as now it’ll be playing tricks almost every ball. England bowled for over 120 overs in the first innings. They didn’t get to a lead and batted 70. Anderson won’t be bowling at his best. Wood with his injury issues might have to over bowl with bugger all rest time thanks to the sheer stupidity of England’s shot selections yesterday.

Poms defend Root amid furious reaction to 'stupidest shot in England Test cricket history' as Bazball under fire again

Root has got so many Test runs. Even if he bats aggressively without going for the reverse sweep, he can score at a SR of around 60 and annoy India by batting long. With no Ashwin, England had a golden opportunity to just bat day three out and get a sizable lead. Instead, they decided to bottle it and follow in the footsteps of Tottenham. Lead of 322 for India basically 3 down. Jadeja, Sarfaraz, Jurel yet to come. If Gill gets a big ton, India could get a lead of 500+ and then England will be batting when it’s turning square.

Poms defend Root amid furious reaction to 'stupidest shot in England Test cricket history' as Bazball under fire again

Well firstly England have bottled this badly. And I bloody love it.

Ranchi – Australia played the third Test there which was a high scoring draw in 2017. I would expect a high scoring game there with a good batting surface on offer

Dharamsala – before it got renovated, it was a green top. Terrible pitch and outfield during the WC last year. Not sure what sort of pitch it’ll be. Maybe a dry surface with a lot of dead grass to support the seamers to an extent?

Ashwin out of Test after reaching major milestone as Duckett's Bazball blitz gives England a fighting chance

There’s a fear of demerit points for excessive turners + Rajkot is traditionally a flat pitch in all forms of cricket played there. Jadeja running out Sarfaraz stopped India from getting 500+. Unless Rohit shows some proactiveness as skipper, India may even concede an innings defeat with Ashwin not available for the Test now.

Ashwin out of Test after reaching major milestone as Duckett's Bazball blitz gives England a fighting chance

Rauf literally struggles to bowl in ODI cricket without breaking down. How do the PCB expect him to suddenly play Test cricket? He’s played less than 10 FC matches in his career for a reason. No one in PCB supported him when he was at a Lahore Qalandar’s camp where Aqib Javed scouted him. It was the BBL that probably made the Pakistan selectors realise they’ve got a good bowler. Sure terminate his contract but to stop NOC’s is going to become messy situation. Players shouldn’t be punished for the lifestyle they want in cricket

Pakistan come down hard on Star bowler after choosing BBL over Test duty: 'A material violation of his contract'

Jadeja barbecuing Sarfaraz has probably cost India a chance of getting 500+. Looks so good against spin on debut. Despite the inexperience in the Indian top seven, they’re still doing well. First hour of day two could dictate the Test.

Tons of fun for Sharma and Jadeja as India bludgeon England on dramatic day after top-order collapse

The OG sandpaper man

'Never heard more crap in my life': Haddin hits back at Atherton's claim Stokes intimidated Aussies in '13 Ashes

It’s literally their FC figures as shown on Cricinfo………….

Bailey defends decision to recall veteran ahead of young guns as Aussies reveal Test squad for New Zealand tour

Katoa has to play. Let him organize while Nikorima is the one being the chance creator. Unfortunately for SOS, either he comes off the bench as a utility or he has to force his way back in with strong Q Cup performances

Katoa v Kodi v SOS: What if the best halves pair Wayne Bennett has isn't the best one for 2024?

Absolutely it does. 450+ runs in T20I games at a SR close to 160 in the past 24 months. The bigger issue is why Smith when he’s a passenger in the shortest format?

Aussies drop biggest hint yet on T20 World Cup captaincy as big guns return to squad for New Zealand tour

My understanding of Tamil isn’t perfect, but I’m pretty sure Ashwin swore at Bairstow in Tamil after he got dismissed. Either that or I was hearing things. Great performance from Bumrah who was the real difference between the two sides.

Bazbawl: Bairstow barks back in fiery exchange with Ashwin, Stokes commits schoolboy error as India sink England

Mike any idea on Timber return date? Because I am getting tired of seeing Zinchenko defend. Arteta needed to sub on Kiwior for Zinny the minute it became 2-0. Tomiyasu coming back post Asian Cup will strengthen the side defensively. Don’t think we’ll win the league, but good signs for UCL knockouts

Arsenal keep pace but only after Forest scare, minnows thump hipster favourites to exit drop zone

I thought Sinner got some momentum late in the second set by winning two games in a row to get some confidence and extend the second set for another 10-15 mins. Then he just kicked on and Medvedev got fatigued as the game went on. Well done Sinner. Leichardt will be going nuts

Sin-sational! Italian stallion inflicts deja vu nightmare on 'mind-blowing' Medvedev as fightback clinches Aus Open glory

Slight correction with the pink ball Test in India first being played against Bangladesh, not Sri Lanka in Kolkata 2019. Test barely got to the first session of day three but that was more due to the gap in quality between the two sides. I don’t think there’s been a single pink ball round played at Ranji Trophy level, with the only domestic red ball games there being played in Irani Cup or Duleep Trophy.

Day-night Tests make dollars and sense but India’s reluctance means pink ball snookered by red

This is where NZC do well. They’ve hosted Bangladesh four times in Test series since the beginning of 2010. Bangladesh got slapped up almost every game. But they slowly got better at playing in New Zealand conditions and drew 1 all on their last Test tour of New Zealand. If you don’t consistently give other teams a go, they will not suddenly get better, especially for the new Test playing nations.

Australia play nearly half their Tests against England and India - to save the game, that needs to change

Nice article Harry. I agree with all your selections bar Yengi. For me, I’d rather have Fornaroli start over Duke against teams that will set a low block against us. While I’m happy with the two clean sheets, it is worrying at how stubborn we’ve been in the tournament. It was blatantly obvious that our opponents in the first two matchdays would park the bus against us. And yet, we ended up playing into their hands with the long ball and go wide rubbish.

With place in round of 16 secure, Graham Arnold needs to swing his axe

Kiwior is comfortable at CB and should slot in for Gabriel Maghales. Jorginho or ESR for Rice. Forest away next so won’t be easy

Gunners end three-game losing streak with a bang but dual injury scares tarnish bumper victory

Despite boasting some great T20 numbers, Gayle would be remembered for his Test exploits.

2 Test hundreds in RSA
105 at the Oval
197 at Napier
2 Test hundreds in Australia including an entertaining one at the WACA
2 triple hundreds with a career best of 333

West Indies playing for their future as a legitimate Test nation with memory fading of long lost Calypso glory days

I’m sorry but since when was Chris Gayle a T20 specialist? He played 103 Tests for the West Indies with 15 hundreds and 37 fifties. He would’ve played more had CWI not screwed over their players.

West Indies playing for their future as a legitimate Test nation with memory fading of long lost Calypso glory days

In the most polite way possible, nowhere near Pant. Plenty of blind slogging/lack of footwork and the only reason he’s played so many games for India is due to him playing for Mumbai in the IPL. I would see either Rahul keeping or a young kid by the name of Dhruv Jurel as keeper. Good keeper and a handy bat. Plays fast bowling well and when he accelerates, hard to stop him. Got named in the Test squad against England for the first few Tests.

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

The first thing for Pant is to play some domestic cricket first. He hasn’t even played a club game yet. India have to tread carefully with him as he’s still not fit to keep yet. India may have to come to Australia without him and play the long game rather than risk it with him. Gonna be a huge loss should he not come to Australia, but for the long term it’s better.

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

South Africa have a weaker batting lineup + that was on a terrible pitch where the ball was keeping low in the fourth session of a Test. That Test win was the first time India took 20 wickets in a SENA Test after failing to do so for five Tests in a row. How Mhambrey has kept his job for so long is a mystery. Bumrah and Siraj are key as Shami just keeps on getting niggles here and there so him being 100% fit is unlikely.

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