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Barry & Zac

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We are massive fans of cricket and love making dream teams. We also love challenging each other to see who can make the best team. Barry is more of an expert on test cricket and Australian and English domestic leagues whereas Zac is more of an expert on cricket in Asia and Africa.

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Yeah we just jotted down a whole lot of names before we wrote this and we probably missed a few people as we were mainly going off under 19 World cups and people touted by the public as “the next big things”

Future Australian greats: 2025 onwards

We are from Victoria too, but after Nielsen’s impressive showing he took the cake. He also has the best average at the moment, but it is tough. Nair hasn’t played FC cricket in 2 years, so I think he may stick to the shorter form. Pucovski or Sangha are pretty interchangeable and it will be interesting to see who can make it their own.
Paris was too old to contend at 26, making him not much older than the Victorian attack, Billy Stanlake might be one to watch.

We did have something like 30 players to choose the test team from, but thanks for your feedback!

Future Australian greats: 2025 onwards

We decided against Will just because of the timing of things, but he was very much considered a candidate.

Future Australian greats: 2025 onwards

The selectors need to get their act together.

My local first-grade team is more clear with who they selected and why than they are.

The last bastion of the CA Secret Men's Club has got to go

Indeed it is…

Why are Australian cricketers so uninspiring?

Justin Langer is the worst selector, only looks after “his boys” from WA and is just starting up the NSW bias again except with a different state.

It’s time for Warner to come out from the bus under which he was thrown

I didn’t add the specifics of the format (the editors did). But this: “The ECB is now talking about 12 man teams with only 11 on the field and able to bat/bowl and the biggie is having twenty 5 ball overs, as opposed to the 16 overs and one 10 ball over you mentioned.” is sounding more and more like the lower levels in my local competition. It would also still be hard to change back to normal cricket if you played only this format for a while.

The ECB’s 'The Hundred' is the beginning of the end for cricket

I have no problem with the new T10 format being played in the UAE, it looked pretty exciting actually, but the 100 is just not cricket and soon people will be calling for a revamped first class and one-day game too.

The ECB’s 'The Hundred' is the beginning of the end for cricket

I played a game exactly like that today (since it was so hot) and it was not ideal for the batsmen, that’s for sure. I guess it is just hard to restart and the momentum is lost after both teams have batted once.

The ECB’s 'The Hundred' is the beginning of the end for cricket

No that’s not actually part of the rules. I was making a metaphor to show how ridiculous the concept is.

The ECB’s 'The Hundred' is the beginning of the end for cricket

Brilliant article. Everything said here i agree with and i think the selectors are a biased pack of fools

Australia isn't playing its best team

Great article Anti-Don! Great to see you give some good insight to The Roar

Excuse me, are you saying 'boo' or 'boo-urns'?

Great Article Ronan!
That top 6 is indeed a great one and it is time the selectors pick those players.

Labuschagne's Test selection is a farce

Indeed, I was planning on writing an article on this in the coming weeks, and I think I will add that to my list of improvements. I think for Head, if we give him the Sri Lanka series to prove he isn’t soft, then he can have a go. If not then he needs to go back to shield cricket. (oh sorry, there isn’t any is there…?)

A possible Test team for Sri Lanka

Great idea, maybe we should have the captain, coach, a former great batsman and a former great bowler, though not Shane Warne.

A possible Test team for Sri Lanka

The main reason that I picked Shaun Marsh was mainly for a bit of experience in the team, I am not a fan of him, and he hasn’t warranted a spot, but give him till the end of the Sri Lanka series to just give some experience to the younger players. I do like the look of your top 6, does look great, but I decided that Head may need just a little bit more time to click, as I think he has looked solid but needs to learn a few lessons about staying in.
I am a huge fan of Renshaw, and I am not totally against him at 3, as he batted their for Somerset and scored a huge number of runs. And a lot of this squad was mainly to get some confidence in the boys of having won before England. Siddle seems controversial, but his county form was superb, and one last Ashes will be a fantastic time for him to leave the Australian team on a high. Thanks for your feedback, always nice to hear something constructive.

A possible Test team for Sri Lanka

I think that would be a fair enough squad too. Du Plessis, Hope, Williamson and Taylor had low run rates surprisingly, and due to the formula, that would have cost them a lot, but definitely great players. Boult’s economy rate went against him, but I do think that would be a good squad to pick if there was no formula.

Subcontinent vs the rest of the world: Who would play for each team?

Well what is your team then?
I also note you do a lot of commenting but not much publishing

Subcontinent vs the rest of the world: Who would play for each team?

I understand, but my own personal tastes decided that I couldn’t fit any of the Kiwis in. Again, for me, there are so many good batsmen but not enough slots to put them in. Morgan I may have regretted after submission, but I decided his captaincy skills got him in. Would definitely have Taylor in ahead of him in hindsight.

Subcontinent vs the rest of the world: Who would play for each team?

Would love that, maybe put Burns in 3 for M Marsh and have Head bowl the extra overs.

Australia on the brink: Why it's time for a fresh approach

I wrote an article on this very topic last month, If you would like to read it, it will give you some reasons for and against. It is called James Faulkner – Australia’s Forgotten Man, feel free to check it out on my profile.

(Im trying hard not to self promote but be usefull)

James Faulkner deserves an ODI recall

Renshaw always has a knack of losing form just when he is on the verge of selection. Who knows if Langer hadn’t been a fool in the UAE and let Renshaw play maybe he would have done well?

Turf wars: The day that Twenty20 killed Australian cricket

I think we are forgetting that the WACA is available AND Hobart is been snubbed for a road in Canberra.

Fans out of pocket as another Boxing Day sales pitch falls flat

The greatest test players thought it was a fantastic wicket, not all of us want flat batting tracks. Maybe if you were a Victorian you would be absolutely sick of them and like to see some old school spice in the pitch.

If the Perth pitch was ‘average’, the MCG is diabolical

It was a tough choice to leave out Ross Taylor, however, his strike rate of 88 counted against him, as I decided Joe Root can send down some handy overs if need be. But he certainly would have been one of my notable mentions.

Subcontinent vs the rest of the world: Who would play for each team?