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Damien Fleming AKA 'The bowlologist' was one of Australia's greatest swing bowlers - perfecting the fine art of getting a cricket ball to hoop. In a highly competitive era of Australian cricket, Fleming played 20 Test matches between 1994 and 2001 and 88 ODIs. He was part of Australia's 1999 World Cup-winning team and he held his nerve against South Africa's swashbuckling Lance Klusener. His bowling and a bit of ten-pin bowling helping Australia to the final in dramatic circumstances. Fleming is part of Channel Seven's commentary team for The Ashes this summer. You can also find him on The Bowlology Report podcast.

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Good points. He could work on getting himself into he slips or gully and any great captain delegates to a degree..And agree re Cummins batting . Last Ashes he was batting really well and looking like a 20+ average at number 8. Can the extra responsibility return him to his best batting. will only able to answer in hindsight

DAMIEN FLEMING: The two great Test captains Pat can emulate, as moment arrives for Fast Bowling Cartel

There was article somewhere today that showed just about every Fast bowling captain Imran, Willis, Walsh, Pollock , Waqar all had better bowling averages as their own captain . SO there is a possibility it inspires paceman to another level. If so I can’t wait to see Pat Cummins go once he is captain

DAMIEN FLEMING: The two great Test captains Pat can emulate, as moment arrives for Fast Bowling Cartel

Yep just answered your first question mate? Seems there is movement on making Steve Smith VC

DAMIEN FLEMING: The two great Test captains Pat can emulate, as moment arrives for Fast Bowling Cartel

Watching the out-fielding in the T20 World Cup its a totally different fielding skill set then when I played!!! 😂 In particularly the rope fielding of either catching the ball throwing it up balancing and then re catching the ball is insane. Also even when the catch is unable to be taken as momentum is pushing the fielder outside the rope to be able catch the ball throw it back into play and stop the 6 or 4 is amazing. If T20 teams don’t have outfielders like theses they will have to score another 15 to 20 runs to compensate. Amazing !

'This is the turning point': Imposing and important to the culture, but is Mitch Marsh the right fit for a baggy green?

Agree 5 Tests in 6 weeks is going to Test the quicks . And if Green and Marsh play their overs are going to provide the opportunity to bowl the genuine quicks in shorter spells.

'This is the turning point': Imposing and important to the culture, but is Mitch Marsh the right fit for a baggy green?

Some very good thoughts Tom. Just shows our uncertainty at T20 level.

DAMIEN FLEMING: How Dave Warner can get his mojo back, and the historic flaw we must fix

Yep not a great season for Sunrises. Normally a good unit

DAMIEN FLEMING: How Dave Warner can get his mojo back, and the historic flaw we must fix

Patto’s batting is the other lost skill here. He showed a bit of class could build an innings or score consistently . He put in a lot of work on his batting while injured playing and scoring runs with Dandenong as a pure batter and batting number 7 for VIC’s at times. I think he could have average 25 at least with the bat

DAMIEN FLEMING: How Dave Warner can get his mojo back, and the historic flaw we must fix

The Opening partnership is crucial to winning this T20 World Cup. Finch and Warner need big tournaments especially if wickets are turners. Best time to bat with new Ball and fielders inside the circle

Big selection call Aussies might regret, positive Warner verdict and legends' surprise final tip

😂 😂 😂 😂

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

Agree re Travis that’s the shot I want him to tighten.
I loved Hooksy, Flipper and Boof as players. Boof was unlucky as he was in a very competitive era in the middle order ( Wouldn’t we love that dilemma now !) but he missed out in Ashes Tests and smashed a Bangladesh attack everywhere . His 100’s in Sri Lanka were pure class thou.

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

if for some reason Painey doesn’t recover from his surgery in time for 1st Test Alex Carey would be straight in for me. His first class record has been short due to missing games with Aussie white ball cricket

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

In lockdown haven’t had a haircut for months so can’t really work on my hair!! Re read article I didn’t pick Wadey with much confidence. I admire your faith in Head but 2 Test tons in 19 Test doesn’t make him an automatic selection. But as I wrote I hope his next opportunity is the one that settles him in the team he really can’t do much more at State level but overall The Number 5 positions worries me

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

I rate Neser big time but our Fast bowling depth is very strong I can’t see him getting a Test unless there are injuries or sudden loss of form of the big 4. Cummins, Hazlewood, Starc and Pattinson . But our back ups are strong Neser, Richardson, Bird, and co.
Our back up batters are not as strong

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

Correct Frank . I hope Kurtis Patterson has an injury free season. I thought he looked a bit like Alistair Cook in his couple Tests very composed

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

I classify Wadey as a Tasmanian Micko ???? I think the number 5 position is a lottery at the moment Shield form might just dictate it Head, Wade, Pattinson, Handscomb, Khawaja ????

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

Good explanation Paul. Anderson wil play the day night Tests he bowled beautifully last time in Adelaide but less effective besides that. England will be wanting Wood to tour his pace and reverse swing could work well here around their Talls Broad, Robinson and Overton

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

Number 5 worries me throw a ring around Wade, Head, Pattinson, Handscomb or even Khawaja at number 5 he is batting number 4 for Queensland averages over 50 in Australia is nearly 35 yo but for an Ashes series ? I’m opening with Pucovski as i want a right handed with Warner . Broad and co were all over our left handlers in 2019 series. Less movement in oz but around the wicket angle with bounce will still pose problems

DAMIEN FLEMING'S First Ashes Test XI: 'In an ideal world he doesn't play', 'the one we've waited years for'

Paul, If you watch highlights on Maysy 1993 Ashes highlights see a very good off spinner. Really gave his stock ball a rip so got plenty of spin and a great arm ball from around the wicket.
I’d encourage you to listen to the podcast as Maysy talks about his movements these days living in Austin, Texas

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