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Cricket and Chess are my favourite games. For me, no other game comes close to either.

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I won’t … see below.

Avoiding defeat often means avoiding victory: Why strike rate matters

Nothing could be further from the truth. Mark Waugh’s fusion in deciding tests during the 69 best run of his career (18 deciding tests in all) was 63. Take out two of Jones’s dead rubber tons that had no impact on achieving a result (216 and 150 not out) and his fusion for his remaining 50 tests is a mere 36.

Avoiding defeat often means avoiding victory: Why strike rate matters

To be fair, the majority of the West Indies rebel tourists were either has beens (albeit some very good ones) such as Rowe, Kalicharran and the two Murray’s, Derryck and David or batsmen who were never going to be super stars either.
However, Colin Croft, Sylvester Clarke and Franklyn Steveson were world class, although their defections enabled none other than Malcolm Marshall to go from fringe dweller to spot cementer. And they subsequently unearthed Courtney Walsh, Pattrick Patterson, Curtley Ambrose and Ian Bishop.
The Windies had much greater depth in bowling which is why Australia did drop an occasional test series, such as India early 1998 when McGrath was completely not on tour due to injury and 2005 Ashes when England won the two tests he was out injured and managed draws in the two when he played but wasn’t fully fit due to his two separate injuries that had kept him out of the two aforementioned tests.
However, it’s also fair to say that the Australians had far greater depth in batting. If for example rebel tours to Mars had happened after say 1995, then Stuart Law, Martin Love, Jamie Siddons, Greg Blewitt and Matthew Elliott all disappearing would not have stopped Australia’s dominance any more than Croft, Clarke and Stevenson disappearing did for the Windies.

Comparing eras of dominance: West Indies and Australia

Four outstanding examples are Australia in India 2001, Ashes 2009, 2013-14 and 2015.

Five years on from Australia's loss in the unlosable series

Not to mention the support of the crowd.

Five years on from Australia's loss in the unlosable series

We should have won in India 2017. One botched run chase of under 200.

Five years on from Australia's loss in the unlosable series

It’s not so amazing considering Paine has been in charge of tactics. We have lost twice at home to the same opponent in the same time frame, an opponent that had never won here before.

Five years on from Australia's loss in the unlosable series

That 176 from KM was pretty special. I was certain the lankans had unearthed a new super star but he hasn’t kicked on at all.

Five years on from Australia's loss in the unlosable series

Yes, Laxman given not out in singles figures when he had edged the ball and going on to make a blazing 109 – that went Australia’s way. Ponting enjoyed a similar life at the umpire’s discretion on 45, but then was wrongly given out lbw on 55 when he had edged the ball. No story there at all. Bad umpiring against both teams and it evened out.

Comparing eras of dominance: West Indies and Australia

Good thinking 99.

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

It’s not an age thing. Ponting’s greatest purple patch happened at 32 and Steve Waugh made 18 of his 32 tons, Mark 8 of his 20. It may well be that he has achieved so much already and will become less and less hungry. Time will tell.

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

Dolfy certainly didn’t rate him:

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

Whereabouts? What about?

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

Haven’t seen much activity from you either. But no the real reason is I actually got some work.

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

Yes it’s entirely believable. You’ve made a great decision and will not regret it.

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

Until now I had actually managed almost a whole day without going on the roar.

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

He’s a wozzie not a sozzie Rowdy.

Test XIs we should have had: 1985 Ashes

The squad was fine – their overconfidence and complete writing off of England beforehand was the problem. Fans and media helped no end there.

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

Warner hadn’t become Warner yet … yes, it took him a few years to establish his reputation as a non-entity on important overseas tours.

Test XIs we should have had: India 2013

I actually think he was picked mainly on his 71 in 84-85 shield final but he could bowl just as good as SOD and had potential to be much better batsman.

Test XIs we should have had: 1985 Ashes

Lets hope he is Micko. That 2nd innings in Sydney was awesome.

Test XIs we should have had: 1985 Ashes

In what way?

Test XIs we should have had: 1985 Ashes

No worries, didn’t mean to sound negative. It’s just that any batting side loses so much when Sangga keeps, not because of any deficiency in his keeping, but purely because of the much reduced output in his batting.

'The ground screams grandeur and tradition': The honourable Lord's XI

The reason so many teams beat England at Lords is it is a bigger deal playing there than it is for the poms. For the poms it’s just another day at the office, whereas for many of their opponents it is a possible once in a life time cricketing pilgrimage. They don’t call it the Mekkah of cricket for nothing. Queensland potentially have a similar problem when NSW take them on in origin at Lang Park.

'The ground screams grandeur and tradition': The honourable Lord's XI

Is there no keeper that scored a ton after Lords? Even pick an Englishman if necessary. Was Sangga even keeping when he a scored the Lords ton?

Obviously this XI has a rather unique criteria and a very clever one at that. However, in mainstream all star XIs we really do need to eradicate this myth of picking Sangga as the keeper. His fusion when keeping, assuming his strike rate remains the same as his overall career, is a mere 43, and it may even be lower whereas Gilly’s is a whopping 78. Sangga’s non keeping fusion, assuming same strike rate is 71 higher even than Smith and Viv Richards – and it may even be higher (than 71). So Sangga is well in line for a purely batting spot in any case.

'The ground screams grandeur and tradition': The honourable Lord's XI

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