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Brett A

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I went to watch the 117 at Junction Oval, I’d probably discount that one. Getting bowled for 14 attempting to reverse scoop/sweep Labuschagne was horrendous given the match situation.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

I would say Wade and Carey’s keeping is comparable. But again, impossible to know without watching every single ball of Shield or Test matches they keep in. Neat glovework doesn’t feature on scorecards and there are no metrics recorded that I can see. Healy does an interesting analysis of Wade’s keeping on youtube, seems pretty solid to me.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

I don’t necessarily disagree with you, but I don’t know. Based on what?

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

Cricket.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

If Paine retires within the next 18 months, Wade should be given the test wicketkeeping job until Carey improves his red ball record or someone else emerges.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

I just don’t remember I suppose. That’s the problem with judging wicketkeepers. The mistakes you do remember stick in the mind, the ones you don’t are not visible on the scorecard.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

He isn’t that old!

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

The Bairstow/Buttler debate is a whole can of worms and reveals England selector Ed Smith’s muddled thinking. Ben Foakes is a better keeper than both of them and should be in the test XI.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

Interesting.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

This is bang on.

I’d loved to see a ‘missed catches / missed stumpings’ metric for keepers. Handcomb effected a handy run out in the test against Pakistan when covering for Wade. He also stumped Kumar Sangakkara in a match for Yorkshire against Surrey in the Royal London One Day Cup. Without watching tons of cricket matches, hard to know if he is a good keeper though. Talk to the state coaches perhaps? But they will be biased.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

I think Handscomb could do the job. He has kept in different formats and conditions. Hard to judge his wicketkeeping without good metrics though.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

Wade was dropped after the 2017 tour of Bangladesh where he scored 17 runs in 3 innings. I don’t recall him being a particularly bad wicketkeeper. I may be wrong of course, but the only metrics for wicketkeepers are catches/stumpings. What would be far more informative are missed catches/missed stumpings. I explained why I don’t think Carey is ready yet – his batting is not mature enough for red ball cricket. Yet. He has time to improve.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

Has Wade ever performed poorly with the gloves at test level?

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

None of them are ready yet, I’m suggesting Wade be given 3 or so years in the job. Who knows who will emerge as the best candidate after that?

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

I agree – it is very difficult to compare wicketkeepers without metrics however. Who is the best keeper in the country do you think? Handscomb has kept ably at test level (1 match), and both Bancroft and Handscomb have first class experience keeping, and white ball cricket often requires a lot of keeping to spin.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

His Shield record since 2017/18 is a mix of wicketkeeper and specialist batsman. I think his batting would be impacted by wicketkeeping, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the best choice for the job after Paine retires.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

I think this is a really good point. Cricket is in desperate need for wicketkeeping metrics. Who would you say is the best wicketkeeper in Australia at the moment? It’s very difficult to say.

Australia needs to plan for its wicketkeeping future

“He has never opened the batting in his first-class career and averages 32 at first-class level.” Writing this line should have stopped you submitting this article.

Alex Carey should be Australia's Test opener

Yep, got him mixed up with Callum Ferguson, excuse me

An overview of Australian Cricket in the 2010s

Love this. Good to see Neser picked for the Aus A game against Pakistan in Perth on November 11, alongside Sean Abbott. Both should be a chance for a test fast bowling group alongside Cummins, Hazlewood, Pattinson, Starc and Jhye Richardson.

Why Michael Neser must play in the first Test

Add Nic Maddinson to your blacklist. Averaged 65.2 in the Dukes rounds of the 2018/19 Shield and didn’t even get a ticket to the Aus A tour of England. One test match is all he’ll get.

An overview of Australian Cricket in the 2010s

Good article, but slightly short sighted. You haven’t factored in conditions into your decision making. For example, Labuschagne’s performance in County Cricket (in England with a red dukes ball) proved more valuable than Khawaja’s ODI form or Marcus Harris’ Shield form. Handscomb, I am hoping, will make a test return in the sub-continent – he is excellent against spin due to his quick feet. He is all at sea against the swinging ball however. For the upcoming tests in Australia, I hope they put enough value on recent Shield runs. It’s a bat off for the opener with Warner between Khawaja, Harris, Bancroft, Burns for me.

I wouldn’t be a Test selector for quids

Disagree – look at Labuschagne!

5 centuries in Div 2 County Cricket and transferred that into the test arena.

Until there is data backing up this notion that County Cricket is weak, I won’t believe it.

I wouldn’t be a Test selector for quids

This list is incomplete without Stuart Law.

He scored 27,000 First Class runs at an average of 50.5 with 79 centuries.

Only played 1 test match, where he scored 54*.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era