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Noah Barling

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I am a huge fan of Cricket and Football (Soccer). I am a huge fan of Manchester United and I love my great state of Victoria in the cricket. I am a bit of a traditionalist and I love my Test cricket much more than my ODI and T20 cricket. If pushed the Stars are the team to go for. Happy reading!

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I always like to challenge myself with articles like this and look to the future a little bit. You do make a great point about the overseas, where someone like Burns might be a good 3 since he has a few gears. I think Patterson could be strong overseas if we need that rock at three, but certainly I like maybe Marnus at three in India due to his strong sweeping and maybe a Puckovski at home. I love debating and considering all the potential combinations of a squad. You have to remember too that someone like Renshaw is only young, so we are really quite blessed with Openers and Lower Order batsmen, but 3 & 4 are a bit trickier without Smith and Khawaja

Four options to be Australia's future first drop

Gee, Its a bit rough on Ponting to compare him to Stoinis isn’t it?

Four options to be Australia's future first drop

Maxwell is not. I like Langer as a coach, but I do think that he is a little biased. He grates me a little with some things he says and I think a Gillespie or Ponting would be good

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

Unfortunately we all know that to be true. Unlike every other player, he must have been told by the selectors, well done Mitch, youve had one good game, first test is yours!

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

I would say that 90-95% of all-rounders are pretty average in both departments. It is very rare to get a Benaud or Kallis, Flintoff or Sobers.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

It is my view that Starc and Hazlewood do not play on a green deck, Hazlewood more so at the start of the series whilst he works his way up to fitness. In my view, it would be a waste of Siddle to bench him for a whole series, especially considering he would be one of, if not the most, experienced Australian conditions.
Thank You Jeffrey for reading my mind

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

He would also have to score 10,000 runs. I would also note that for such a selfish man, who it is implied only batted for himself, Australia was extremely successful. But one might say Alastair Cook only ever batter for himself.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

Great insight there, couldn’t agree more. I think Marsh cannot play if we have 6 seamers in the squad with someone like Neser having a solid batting session, surely we don’t need Marsh and should have included Burns or Patterson

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

Interesting because they like to apply their horses for courses policy in India and pick Maxwell then drop him. They have a knack of dropping players who have just gotten 100.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

Great point you ave raised, I certainly think all-rounders are over-rated especially in test cricket. It is very few who will be the next Gary Sobers or Jacques Kallis. There is always the possibility to use someone like a Head or Labuschagne who can bowl semi-decent. But I think that the bowlers are paid to bowl out the opposition and the number 6 role should be a batter.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

Bit of an after thought I didn’t spend a lot of time on

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

It was more meant to contrast his current average, which is very low. Waugh was considered an all-rounder in the beginning of his career and Waugh has a better bowling average, especially in the first 38 innings. Labuschagne has a better technique for England and he scored a bagful in county cricket, over 1100 runs.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

He was referring to Peter Siddle, the man who can decimate in English conditions better than an other seamer. He and Pattinson have to play on a seaming deck

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

Don’t deserve it probably was a bit OTT, but I feel that they just haven’t had quiet enough four day cricket in them, especially Hazlewood, where Siddle and Pattinson are in great form, it would be a bad idea to leave Siddle on the bench again wasting his form.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

100% Agree. I would be devastated if Siddle and Pattinson don’t play the first test on a juicy deck, as we know, the selectors will always be repetitive and pick MM and Starc/Hazlewood when they don’t deserve it.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

I don’t believe that you can leave Lyon out of any test, even on seaming decks because he is very lethal in every condition. I think he will be key at Lords especially.

Why Mitchell Marsh cannot start the first Ashes Test

Not at all, I just feel that Marsh’s form does not warrant him to be selected as captain, let alone in the XI, but I think if they had to, they might look at Travis Head or Khawaja ahead of Marsh

VOTE: Pick your Australian 2019 Ashes XI

I do like that idea, it was how NZ started out with us Aussies helping them. I do like the idea mentioned of a First Class league between Scotland, Ireland and Holland

Where do Ireland go from here?

Haha, you sure? CA would be that radical no doubt. If anything they would pick Marsh as captain over Cummins and Hazlewood. And Siddle and Lyon and Khawaja and Head anyone with experience who is good

VOTE: Pick your Australian 2019 Ashes XI

Apparently the selectors think Peter Siddle is a better one than Marsh

VOTE: Pick your Australian 2019 Ashes XI

Well he wasn’t picked in the 17 man squad

VOTE: Pick your Australian 2019 Ashes XI

You can pick Wade over Paine?

VOTE: Pick your Australian 2019 Ashes XI

I am a huge fan of Ireland. I just felt that it gave me a team that wasn’t full of super-stars to go for. So hopefully Ireland along with the other nations can really build there base. I did write an article about Ireland when they got promoted up.

Where do Ireland go from here?

Maybe it would be worth the ICC investing more in those nations that made the Intercontinental Cup and the grassroots there so that the base is built up rather than investing in lots of new nations?

Where do Ireland go from here?

100% a big concern that the ICC should look into. The other thing though, is the England Test team has always had a lot of South Africans in it as well as now Archer who was fast tracked. I certainly hope that they can get some traction.
Having looked at the Intercontinental Cup results, Scotland was below the UAE and Hong Kong, so there is a lot of work to be done there.

Where do Ireland go from here?