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That Adelaide Test vs West Indies is one of the best Tests of the 1980s but is barely mentioned. WI had to win to square the series and Aus had Greg Chappell, Kim Hughes and Dennis Lillee all out injured during the match and yet, they pushed WI all the way.

Hughes scored the highest score for any batsman with a runner for the whole innings and it was a classic. Rod Marsh finally got to captain Australia as well!

Allan Border's greatest knocks in defeat

Think there’s a book out there waiting to be written about the 1979-80 tour of India.
I read a book called the Establishment Boys which dealt with that period although I don’t remember much of it and can’t find it either.

But that was a young Aussie team with no experience of touring the subcontinent playing a good Indian team which hadn’t been affected by WSC and was going thru a transition from the great spin quartet to the arrival of Kapil Dev….all with the backdrop of the returning WSC players waiting to take their places in the Test team and one or two senior players making disparaging comments about the Aussies in India.

Border’s game absolutely blossomed on that tour and it was basically him and Hughes holding the fort (much like Mitchell and Blundell the last 2 weeks) and Dymock providing the bowling strength(like Boult).

Like I said, someone needs to write the book!

Allan Border's greatest knocks in defeat: Part 1

what podcast was that? I would like to listen to it.

Allan Border's greatest knocks in defeat: Part 1

Great article…a bit before my time so interesting reading.

A query, wasn’t the first Test Tony Greig’s Test debut for England?
I know he had played for the Rest of the World but those aren’t Test status?

Ashes anniversaries: Chappelli’s Aussies and 16 wickets on debut

It’s a shame Franklyn Stephenson never played a Test as he would have been an automatic selection for this team.
He was easily the best player in the 1980s to never play a Test!

The sixteenists: The greatest West Indies team of players with fewer than 16 Tests

I think that Brisbane chase was what gave them confidence moving forward. Before that game, they were still very suspect.

Remembering David Hookes

I remember the Gabba chase very well and believe me, 188 was a tricky chase.

If you look at it in the overall context, then it’s not a big deal but this was 1982-83, 15 months after 1981! Plus they were playing Botham (and Willis).

As it turned out, Botham was to fail in the series but no one knew that at the time.

Remembering David Hookes

I was and remain very much in the “Team Kim” camp so I’ll add another what if…what if David Hookes didn’t have the support of the Chappells/ Lillee/Marsh group and had instead had to fight his way trying to establish his way in Test cricket knowing that some of his most influential teammates didn’t have his back and instead would run to the media to criticize him at every opportunity?

How would young David have done?

Remembering David Hookes

16- the number of times the Marsh brothers have been picked and dropped by Australia?

The power of 16 to Western Australia

Think he was hungover and hadn’t slept all night…believe he also took a 7fer as well.

Five Australian fast bowlers who would’ve made good Test captains

What made you think I was a subcontinental troll? What made you think I was even from the subcontinent? What made you think I was a troll? What made you think I haven’t posted before?

There was nothing, I repeat nothing I said that would have revealed that?

If my profile was Paul Smith, would you have responded the same way?

You are revealing everything about yourself.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

He was considered a contender at one stage and was asked about it in an interview recently and said that he couldn’t believe he was a contender himself!

I didn’t think of Geoff Lawson in those days…of course, he was to have a bad back injury and miss a lot of cricket the next year but it would have been interesting.

It was also notable that Hughes, Border and Lawson were the only 3 of that team who were never approached to play in South Africa…Hughes was only approached at the very end.

Five Australian fast bowlers who would’ve made good Test captains

No you did a bit of racial stereotyping and got it badly wrong. Don’t even have the decency to apologize.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

I thought the quicks bowled well in India…isnt that when Cummins made his comeback and Starc had a couple of very good spells.
Fine bowler overall.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

McCague played for Aus U19 before switching to England.
Hollioakes moved to England with their families when they were younger…similar to Josh Ingliss.
McCague was mocked more for joining a poor team and then proving himself to not quite be good enough to play much for the poor team.
And it’s not Aussie fans… KP got absolutely hammered the first time he went to SA as an England player but he still played really well.
Trott by contrast barely had any problems in SA…maybe the personality makes a difference as well.

Pakistan fans show amazing grace in embracing Khawaja as he tears their team apart

I said that he bowled very well this series and in the Ashes as well.
I also said that he has had 3 successive series vs India where he has done well to very well in the first couple of Tests but then petered out and become predictable.

Australia have ended up losing all three series and his bowling has been a contributing factor. Like I said, that wasn’t the case here.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

I’m just looking at stats…good idea for you to look at it as well.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

SL are a poor team at the moment…they have lost their last 5 Tests at home to England!

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

Roland Butcher was the first Black man to represent England and he happened to make his Test debut in the Caribbean in 1981.
He said recently there was a banner saying “Our Boy, Their Bat!”

Pakistan fans show amazing grace in embracing Khawaja as he tears their team apart

He’s had 3 successive poor series vs India…starts off well but by the 3rd Test, becomes predictable and by Test 4 was totally innocuous.
But that happens sometimes and he was playing against batsmen in good form.
Will be interesting to see how he does next year in India.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

He was brilliant…I was surprised by how good he was. Some pretty flat pitches.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

Exactly!! It was a fantastic rearguard effort but nothing close to a win.

The Gabba day/ night Test in 2015(?) was different in that Pakistan were really going for it and came mighty close.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

Geez, nice bit of racial stereotyping there!!! Why don’t you check my profile to see what I have contributed on this website before tossing out accusations?

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

I don’t think they got near in the 2nd…they were never in it. It was a great effort to save it.

In those circumstances, the bowling team attacks so much and give away runs as they don’t really matter. It was one of the great rearguard efforts but you expect more from a team playing at home.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

When you consider all the rubbish which went on before the tour, this was brilliant from Australia. They have a good leadership team…no more indulging of certain players because the coach thinks they make a good son-in-law….the coach was barely heard from or seen which is the way it should be in international cricket.

Lyon roars as Australia clinches Pakistan series late on day 15 of gruelling Test battle

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