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AFL in 2020: It's not all bad news

There has been a lot of negativity in the media over the 2020 season so far over umpiring, complaining coaches, unfair fixtures, players diving, cheap shots, inconsistent match review decisions, low scores, inaccurate kicking and so on and so forth.

Second offence in the same game would be removal from the match and a further match suspension.

Warney's radical proposal to stop slow over-rates after India fall behind again

Call me a cynic if you like but does CA or the broadcasters want the game to be over quicker? The broadcasters get to sell more adverts and CA reaps the benefit of this indirectly. Neither of them actually care about the game or the fans.

Warney's radical proposal to stop slow over-rates after India fall behind again

This has got to be sorted by the umpires on the field – they are the ones that allow new gloves every few overs and they are the ones that allow the fielding captain to take his time.
Solution: the umpires are instructed to ensure the game keeps moving. They are given the power to send the captain off for up to 5 overs if the game gets behind and they believe it is the fielding captain taking his time. Imagine Kohli or Finch being sent to the sin bin for 5 overs and you have field with 10 players!
Naturally, the umpires would issue a warning but I assure you, this will get the game going.
If a batsman is wasting time the he too can be sent to the sin bin for 5 overs or until the next wicket falls after 5 overs have elapsed.

Warney's radical proposal to stop slow over-rates after India fall behind again

The 1/65 was that legend with the bat (Shami).

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs India, second ODI

Either Labu or Carey.
I’d probably go Carey – he hasn’t had a chance yet. He’s also a leftie and the top 6 are all right handers.

Warner to miss third ODI, in doubt for first Test

Not on roads like this against the top sides.

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs India, second ODI

Pretty simple really.
No reason that (if a batsman can bat 20 overs) a bowler could theoretically bowl 10 overs.
Would change the dynamics of the game and make it more interesting (IMO).
A team may gamble on taking in one less bowler and add a batsman, only to find that one of their bowlers is off his game or gets injured.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

I have always been a big fan of Buckley the player and leader. However, he has never delivered as a coach (close losses in GFs don’t count).
This week’s antics may well have signalled the death of his coaching career – both inside and outside Collingwood.
He is still a young man and maybe a couple of years away from the game will be good for him.

Nathan Buckley's position may no longer be tenable

Yep, A for the Doggies and Dees.
I would have marked North down a bit more for their handling of Brown (but maybe that was pre trade period and not factored in?).

AFL trades 2020 report card: Every club graded

That Andrews bloke in the backline is no good either so might as well chuck him in.
We’ll take all 3, no problems.

Witherden's dilemma

This could apply to many players in the AFL system and perhaps has for many who have disappeared over the years. It presents life changing challenges for young men and these decisions should not be underestimated.
This is where a good manager is key. The player manager needs to know the player’s true value and his strengths (and weaknesses) and advise the player accordingly.
If the best option is to move, the player manager then needs to facilitate a deal with the two clubs.

Witherden's dilemma

I previously stated that I think Burns should open for the first test. However, he failed twice against the weakest Shield attack where others flourished and Pucovski scored another double against WA.
So I think it would be unfair not to select Pucovski based on his mental health challenges. In fact, I believe his openness will go a long way to making him better prepared for test cricket.
I don’t know him but he doesn’t appear to be a brash 22 year old who thinks he’s invincible. He seems to be a measured and sensible young man (with heaps of ability).
I think the CA psychologists and the selectors will make the right call – whatever that is.
The “bubble” will not present major problems – there is a beginning and an end and any time, if there is a medical problem a player can be released from the squad.
However, IMO if he’s in the squad, he will need to play the first test.

The tough call on Will Pucovski

Not sure what part of Australia you are in but I was involved in junior district cricket in Perth.
From an early age, the talented boys play both juniors and seniors – depends on the club, the player and their parents.
I saw one kid make 100 in 17’s then 100 in first grade on the same day.
The bowlers are managed more carefully (I think it’s a CA directive that they can only bowl a certain number of overs per day depending on their age).
By the time we got to 17’s, I think Aaron Hardie and Cameron Green were playing seniors when we came up against their teams (we played against them in 15’s).
The state 17’s coaches seem to have a rule of thumb that if you aspire to play state junior cricket, you need to be playing (and performing) in first or second grade. For that reason, some players bypassed the 17’s and played 1’s.

Breaking down the young talent in Australian cricket

Great article.
After reading this I’m excited about the future of Australian cricket.
There are few players that can excel in all 3 formats and I have often wondered if players should be directed a certain way.
For example a player maybe best at the shorter formats so he should bypass Shield games and focus on the 20 and 50 over formats. Alternatively, another player may be suited to longer formats and maybe should concentrate on the 4 day games perhaps with some 50 over cricket (but no 20 over games). I’m thinking about Green here – I don’t see him as being suited to 20 over cricket and his involvement in BBL could be detrimental to his other cricket.

Breaking down the young talent in Australian cricket

Can’t believe I’m sticking up for Wade (I can’t stand the bloke). However, he wasn’t the only one to have failures – there was another left hander who averaged 9.5 for the series yet his position is not up for debate (and nor should it be).

How do the Indian and Australian Test teams stack up?

Yep. I suspect the selectors will back Chris Rogers opinion over Josh Ward’s. (no disrespect, Josh – we are all entitled to our view).
For several reasons, I think the only spot for Pucovski in the short term is Wade’s but (even though I can’t stand the bloke), I think he deserves his spot in the first test.
Burns will need some runs against SA – I think at 60yo, I could eek out a 50 against that attack on a flat deck!

Australia’s probable Test XI versus India

Turned out to be a masterstroke opening with Pucovski – kudos to whoever made that decision. He is not going to force his way into the test team anytime soon as a 3 or 4. His performance has given the selectors something to think about.
It is great to see so much competition for spots – 4 openers putting their hands up for Joe’s spot (Pucovski, Harris, Bancroft and Whiteman).
Whilst the competition for 5 and 6 is also hot. Head looks safe but Wade’s spot being challenged by Green and maybe Pucovski.
Throw in encouraging performances to date from Inglis, Agar, Swepson and a few others and there’s plenty to get excited by in Australian cricket.

Four takeaways from Round 3 of the Sheffield Shield

Wade is Tasmania’s captain (not Paine).
I think Mitch Marsh’s test career is done – he should become a T20 specialist.

Four takeaways from Round 3 of the Sheffield Shield

Good call. I’m not a fan of either Burns or Wade but they really haven’t done anything wrong.
It has to be remembered that Wade’s 2 centuries were in England where he finished 3rd for Australia (and 5th overall) for runs and average for the series.

How do the Indian and Australian Test teams stack up?

I don’t want to take anything away from Pucovski and Harris but this is the third shield match for SA and so far they have taken 18 wickets (they have lost 47 wickets in those 2.5 games).
My under 14’s are more potent.

How do the Indian and Australian Test teams stack up?

Whiteman is not keeping for WA.

How do the Indian and Australian Test teams stack up?

I think the battle between Pujara and Starc is the key to the series.
Starc cannot afford to bowl over the wicket and wide of off stump as Pujara will just let it go all day.
Starc needs to come around the wicket to him and attack the body with an occasional ball nipping away.
Hazelwood and Cummins wont trouble Pujara unless the wickets offer some assistance (unlikely as CA needs all tests to go 5 days).

How do the Indian and Australian Test teams stack up?

I think they just haven’t settled on the Shield fixtures because of the uncertainty.
The BBL is scheduled to start 3/12 so plenty of time for one more round and you might squeeze in 2 before they break for the hit and giggle.
I’m not even sure if Green is in the Scorchers squad – he didn’t play much last season.

Green set for debut after being named in Australia's white-ball squad

His selection is sending the wrong message – to him and other players.
In domestic one dayers, he has scored 167 runs at 27.8 and a strike rate of 79. He has taken 7 wickets at 34.4 with an economy rate of 5.2.
These stats are not good enough for international selection (frankly, he’s currently a borderline state one day cricketer).
He has been picked based on his batting in a completely different format (on roads against under strength sides) and his potential.
Having said all this, maybe they are trying to keep him away from the Big Bash?
I don’t think he’ll play any games in this ODI series.
Would make more sense to add him to the test squad but I’d like to see them hold him back.

Green set for debut after being named in Australia's white-ball squad

Well done to all involved, that was a great send off to a champion.

Touching scenes as Gary Ablett gets the send-off he deserves from players and fans