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Well, that’s a good start for England!
And no, I don’t think this was planned or it’s just a precaution. First game of the series, you want your first team playing no matter what.
If Jimmy’s not playing then that means he is injured…even a mild calf strain is going to affect his fitness for Adelaide especially when you consider that there are no practice matches in between to test his calf out.

Broad hasn’t play any game of cricket since August when he injured his own calf.

Wood is a good bowler but he struggles to complete 1 Test let alone, back to back Tests.
Robinson is a good 1st innings bowler but iffy in the 2nd dig.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you see Saqib Mahmood in the team for the Sydney Test.

UPDATED: England name their 12 and how Cummins reacted as Anderson out despite declared 'fit'

Thanks guys for your comments. I’ve been thinking about contributing for a while and that was a summer which seemed so significant in so many ways and yet isn’t talked about much.

Great times!

Why 1979-80 remains my favourite summer of cricket

Just a question…who sang the song between 1977-1979? Granted that there weren’t too many opportunities to sing during those days! Sometimes, I think that this legend is hyped way too much…like the Aussies wearing the baggy green to the Wimbledon final!

Why Lyon is happier being 'spiritual leader' of Test team rather than captaincy contender

Will he do the homework?

Australia needs a captain who's handsome (but not too handsome): Step forward, Watto

Cricket moves on…this whole issue will be forgotten once the first ball is bowled, many even before then once the captain, vice captain and team are announced.
Happens everywhere.

Ashes Scout: Marnus in cross hairs over walk off, reports of new rift in Aussie camp, Waugh's 'issue' with Bailey

I think its a joke that Bailey says that he won’t be involved in any decisions regarding Paine as he’s too close to him.
Geez! Why take the job in the first place then?
Imagine if Steve Waugh felt the same when he was captain and selector on tour with his brother’s place in doubt?
what about the Chappells?
Bailey’s decision is a cop out.

Australia's newest selector faces some serious headaches

true but they also can be clueless when it comes to dealing with anything apart from batting.

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

In all this talk about fast bowlers being made captains, people seem to have forgotten that it wasn’t so long ago that the idea of a keeper becoming captain was considered a massive gamble.
There were different reasons why Rod Marsh wasn’t made captain but one reason was that it was thought that it would be too much for a full time keeper to do the job.
Years later, Adam Gilchrist would step in as a deputy and indeed lead Australia to a famous win in India but he also said the same thing.

Guys like Sangakkara and Andy Flower did take it on but they often gave up the gloves for matches and so did Alec Stewart. It was only with Dhoni who took it on full time in all 3 formats that it even became acceptable for a keeper to be captain and this continued with Paine.

Picking a fast bowler captain may be more acceptable and maybe even the norm in 15 years time.

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

Mid on or off is the best place for him.

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

I don’t think its realistic for any fast bowler to play all 3 formats long term and this will apply to Cummins even without the captaincy.
He can play the WCs if he likes but no need to play any more white ball stuff unless he really wants to.
Finch is settled as captain there for the next year anyway.

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

I would give it to Usman as well…in fact, I think there was a case which could have been made that he should have been made captain instead of Paine in 2018 itself.
Yes, he’s not sure of his spot but he is going to be made vice-captain and think he should play in any case.
Don’t forget that Mitch Marsh was vice captain at one stage and wasn’t even in the squad at the time.

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

Basically they don’t trust Langer’s input as they believe he lacks the ability to make rational decisions without being swayed by emotions and loyalty but can’t come out and say it publicly.

'Appalling': Cricket Tas says CA's Paine treatment worst since Lawry was sacked 50 years ago

I’m a bit confused by this and maybe someone can help me out as I don’t have all the facts.
Didn’t Tim Paine’s brother in law send dick pics to the same woman while he was employed by Cricket Tasmania? Isn’t it true that the brother-in-law lost his job with Cricket Tasmania as a result?

Can someone point out what the difference was?

'Appalling': Cricket Tas says CA's Paine treatment worst since Lawry was sacked 50 years ago

I believe it…he would probably be laughing too much to ever be able to take a pic of his own dick.

Tim Paine is not the man we thought he was. Is anyone?

What did Nixon or Clinton say about scandals? It’s not the crime which gets you, it’s the cover up.

He could have fessed up years ago to the public…a nice profile story in a Sunday magazine, a few tears, pics of the family and a promise that he has grown up and this will never happen again..it would have been news for a few days and then forgotten.

CA is just shocking in terms of PR.

What does the Tim Paine scandal mean for Australia? Five burning questions after captain's bombshell

I honestly believe that Australia will be better without Paine as captain…he’s an average tactician at best and is absolutely shocking under pressure as has been seen repeatedly.
Whether he should remain in the team is up for discussion and I can see both sides of the argument.

Cummins should be next cab off the rank. No one knows how he will handle it but then again, you will never know unless he is tried.
I don’t believe Smith is captaincy material..too many brainfades.
Khawaja or Head or Mitch Marsh would have been possibilities if they were certain of their place which isn’t the case.

The sad thing is that the one guy who could be a good captain is also the one who is most unacceptable and that is Warner.

What does the Tim Paine scandal mean for Australia? Five burning questions after captain's bombshell

When Hughes cried, he was considered effeminate and a cry baby as men didn’t cry in those days.
Now, when they cry, half of Australia melt at the sight of it and the other half keep quiet.

If this had happened to Hughes now, he would have been Australian of the year.

The crying game: when a boyhood dream is left in tatters

Totally agree…his snarky behaviour towards Ashwin was ridiculous and was then followed by a dropped catch.

If CA knew about this in 2018 then you have to say that maybe they made a huge mistake not making Khawaja captain.

'Deeply sorry for the hurt and pain': Tearful Tim Paine resigns as Test captain over sexting scandal

Sorry this is nothing like Kim Hughes! Kim was destroyed from within the team, was getting smashed by ex players and the media and his team was losing against the greatest team of all time…Even then, he never lost a series at home. Through it all, he remained a magnificent ambassador for Australian cricket.

Paine has been nothing of the sort.

'Deeply sorry for the hurt and pain': Tearful Tim Paine resigns as Test captain over sexting scandal

No one will ever give up the Australian or any other captaincy unless they absolutely have to…don’t ever believe this garbage about the team or family or the dog. This is what they work for all their lives and they’re not going to give it up without a fight. I don’t blame them either.

'Deeply sorry for the hurt and pain': Tearful Tim Paine resigns as Test captain over sexting scandal

I remember reading an interview with David Hookes when he retired in which he regretted that he didn’t go on this tour. He believed that he would have learnt to play spin the way Hughes and Border and Yallop benefitted from the tour.
I’m not so sure about that but it’s interesting.
It’s also an interesting what if question as to what would have happened if Hookes had turned down WSC 2 years before, considering that he was a higher profile player than the above mentioned but ended up with an inferior Test record.
Could he have been captain on this tour?

Test touring sides we should have picked: Australia versus India 1979-80

I remember this series and the very little coverage it got in Australia which was par for the course in those days.
However, I believe that there were a lot of Indian journalists who were very impressed with Hughes both as a batsman, a leader and an ambassador under trying circumstances.
It was the making of him and Border as batsmen but also recall Dymock doing well not just in India but then later in Australia when he was basically the 2nd best after Lillee.

I always wondered how did that happen? He was in his mid 30s when he suddenly turned his career around and did so well. Kapil’s figures are quite brilliant as well…on those pitches.

Test touring sides we should have picked: Australia versus India 1979-80

Any time the Chairman of Selectors uses a nickname (Harry) to describe a player, you sense that’s trouble.

I have seen Harris bat a few times now and don’t see anything that says he’s anything more than a stopgap- either on the day or for the series and career.

Maybe he will prove us all wrong.

Ashes Scout: Broad's bunnies? Australia lock in left-handed openers, Stokes 'on track', Root addresses Yorkshire scandal

Hilarious!

Black Caps star out of World Cup final with broken hand

Seeing YouTube of this now is a reminder of how big a ground the WACA was and the boundary was actually shortened by rope!

I went to the SCG on the day Gower scored 98no…played so well but England were dreadful overall.

Great (and not-so-great) Ashes moments you probably don't remember

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