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It’s good to have stickability but he needs to make some decent big scores occasionally with it. But his current first class average of just under 38 is pretty respectable.

Bryce Street's defensive batting style could translate to Tests

One of the most ridiculous pieces of commentary by Swain towards the end of the game – “the Rebels have game-breakers all over the field”!

Force head home with Super Rugby finals in sight

I guess the no-objection to the IPL players was different to the SA tour where CA had full responsibility for player welfare – though I’d agree they should have tried a bit harder to make it happen.

Five key questions ahead of the IPL

There are obviously problems but I’m not sure the arguments are sound. Firstly, don’t assume it would be too hard to fit in a two week Olympics window and that players wouldn’t take it seriously even if it isn’t the pinnacle of the sport. It’s a fair point about comparing to soccer and tennis, but not basketball where it’s become just as prestigious as the World Champs where the top US guys often can’t make it. But you wouldn’t oversell the value of the games in creating huge interest from economic superpowers such as China and the US. Just because a sport is on at the games doesn’t mean it will get much attention and most countries will focus on sports their own countries are involved in. Eg Indians won’t watch swimming much but there’ll take a keen interest in wrestling or hockey.

Why cricket doesn’t deserve to be an Olympic sport

One suggestion I will always keep advancing is cutting out penalty kicks at goal from outside the 22. It’s bad enough that the clock keeps ticking for a minute or more while the ball is lined up. Even if you stopped the clock it’s a great waste of time. Most of these three pointers aren’t necessary as a deterrent and are often based on dubious interpretations of things like who fell over first in a scrum.

Can anyone find rugby's lost minutes?

Starc certainly seems to be on a downward run recently but I hope he wasn’t literally flayed by the opposition, and still has some skin on his back!

Starc's Sheffield Shield flop puts Ashes spot at risk

It looked like one of those offhand flicks towards the umpire they do after completing a catch sometimes, but came off rather clumsily.

Was Marnus Labuschagne right to be awarded this controversial catch?

No, I’ll pay that as a catch. He just did one of those offhand flicks back towards the umpire that just came off clumsily. There was no lack of control that prompted him to do that. Not wise though.

Was Marnus Labuschagne right to be awarded this controversial catch?

The figures are pretty compelling as is the case for his performance under pressure. Though Head has still done pretty well in the Shield too.

Alex Carey could play as a batsman in the Ashes

Have to disagree. The unsighted call for outfield catches makes a lot of sense. The reason too many batsmen were given not out is because the video umpires jump at shadows and tend to rely too much on slow motion. But catches like Malan’s should not be getting a soft signal out.

Why Virat Kohli is wrong about the soft signal

India looking good in Indian conditions especially. Not so sure their bowlers are that flash away from home, apart from Bumrah. Bhuvneshwar is an honest toiler but somehow more effective on Indian wickets.

Running the rule over Justin Langer

I guess the big question is would a different bowling lineup and different tactics mad e a huge difference in the last two Tests against India. We might not be asking such questions otherwise. Probably yes, but I imagine only Starc was one that could readily be dropped given what was expected of the Gabba wicket, and the most obvious replacement, Pattinson, was injured. No doubt the tactics could have been more imaginative. Overall though it was poor batting as much as bowling that contributed to the loss.

Running the rule over Justin Langer

The refs are still ruining the game with too many penalties- especially for holding the ball, when often the tackled is just holding the ball to the player or just holding onto the player and not genuinely getting the ball out. Happened a few times in the Crusaders game. Also giving scrum penalties rather than giving the ball a chance to get out.

The Wrap: Richie Mo’unga takes it to another level at Eden Park

Would be surprised if Pakistan or South Africa challenge, but you never know. Archer and Wood looked really good for England in a couple of T20s in India and then got pummeled in the last game. It looks like Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul may not be in India’s first team for the World Cup – Suryakumar Yadav, Iyer and Kishan may well displace them.

This year's T20 World Cup is wide open

He didn’t play in ‘77. Two test in 75. Had good series in 85 and 93 and very poor series in 81 and 89.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Is dew a problem at the time they play the World Cup? It certainly seems to spoil some games in India, especially if it favours the team batting second and reduces the opportunity for spinners. Your team looks pretty good from the little I saw of the current series. Bringing in Bumrah and Jadeja to the current squad should be a plus.

My Indian team for the T20 World Cup

No problem with regular tournaments – but frequency and having the 50 over World Cup means I’d rather have it called something else.

India and T20 cricket: A love affair that is yet to turn into a marriage

It’s an odd one doing it just on performance in English conditions in Ashes matches – certainly produces some different outcomes than looking at all Ashes or total careers. Actually, none of Cook, Slater or Botham had great overall batting records in England vs Australia. Cook and Botham both averaged under 30, though it’s hard to leave him out when thinking about his 1981 efforts – maybe there is a case for Gower ahead of Botham and let Steve Waugh do the fifth bowler duties, though with Gilchrist at 7, there is probably in having the extra frontline bowler. The figures do support Broad over Anderson – surprisingly to me, it turns out Anderson averages only 33 vs Australia in England.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Not sure Gooch has such a great record vs Australia- in fact, an average of 33 both at home and away, in no small measure due to Alderman’s domination of him in 1989. But you’re right, Slater didn’t have a much better overall record in England and Taylor had a much better record in England, again thanks in particular to 1989.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Not sure about the hypothetical All Day. He was surely bowling to tailenders some of the time and not taking wickets. So can’t really hypothesise by just adding those wickets and estimating his average. Which is not to say that I you shouldn’t put a higher value on top order wickets as you have done.

What’s a wicket worth? Part 2: Worldwide comparisons

Great research. Certainly a lot of food for thought. I suppose one could ask – which top order or tailend batsmen did a bowler get out if we’re really judging degree of difficulty, but I guess that might even out over time. I wasn’t sure about this point: “clearly the more lower-order batsmen a bowler dismisses, the better his aggregate, average and strike rate will be.” Isn’t that only true if a bowler bowls a greater percentage of balls to tailenders compared to other bowlers?

What’s a wicket worth? Part 2: Worldwide comparisons

Interesting take. I wouldn’t have thought India lack much in the batting department compared to most teams. The article is a reminder how regularly the T20 World Cup is held – about every two years, which is a bit farcical. They really should call it something else, particularly when we have an ODI World Cup. Maybe the T20 Championship would be better.

India and T20 cricket: A love affair that is yet to turn into a marriage

Well said but I’m not sure we’re far stronger on paper, especially in the batting, when looking at Asian conditions, particularly India. I don’t think there’s any reason yet to be sure that Green and Pucovski are going to do much better than the likes of Pope, Sibley and Crawley, though we can hope. No.5 is still a question mark. Labuschagne is also pretty inexperienced in Asian conditions. We have an edge with Lyon compared to Bess but the rest of the bowling is pretty much the same in those conditions.

Agar should play ahead of Swepson in Australia's nine Tests in Asia next year

Well argued Ronan, but I guess we’re running out of things to talk about if picking teams for the end of next year. Agar may work better than Swepson – and we can recall that Warne had an ordinary record in India. But will he do any better than Leach of England, who while an honest toiler didn’t pose the same kind of threats to India that Patel created against England? I guess it comes down to whether the batsmen can do a better job than the English. With some very inexperienced players in Indian conditions- Pucovski, Green, Head, Harris?, even Labuschagne- this could be a nightmare rather than a gilded opportunity. But they have a chance to perform creditably in the UAE and Sri Lanka.

Agar should play ahead of Swepson in Australia's nine Tests in Asia next year

One moment in the Brumbies- Reds game highlighted a real bugbear for me in referereeing. So often the penalty for holding onto the ball in the ruck is actually the jackaller holding the ball onto the tackled player and not really trying to steal it, in order to milk a penalty. Often this can’t be seen in the dark of the ruck but there was a blatant moment where Cusack had stolen the ball and stayed blatantly held it on top of the tackled Reds player’s leg in plain view but still got the penalty. Refs are to eager to reward these penalties rather than be sure that the tackler is genuinely trying to get the ball out. There are enough stoppages as it is. Often it would be better for the tackled player to lose the ball rather than concede a penalty.

The Wrap: Reds twist the knife for epic win over ailing Brumbies