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Yes, Pollock was quite tall – a tick under 190cm

How Kurtis Patterson became a Test cricketer

Gotta give the selectors some credit here. No issue with leaving him out of the squad in the first place – although picking the side so early is another matter entirely – but to ignore him after that performance would have been madness.
Now, hopefully he gets picked.

Kurtis Patterson added to Australian Test squad to play Sri Lanka

Thanks for the breakdown Evan, and for all those columns over the years – particularly the long essay after last year’s World Cup (for those who’ve not had a read of it yet, I’d encourage you to do so here).
All the best with the ABC gig over in Perth!

An illustrated review of Australia's 3-2 win over Syria, and my last column

Oh, no doubt about that – clearly a glaring technical fault he needs to fix, and fast.

India square the ledger but Aussies go down fighting in ODI thriller

It’d be pretty concerning if our bowlers can’t run through Sri Lanka – who’ll be missing Angelo Matthews – under lights in Brisbane.

The Australia Day Test: A match cricket fans can't help but adore

You’d certainly think he’d be vulnerable during the World Cup, but Finch’s form in England in the past hasn’t been too bad – his ODI numbers there are on par with his careers marks, and he’s done particularly well in T20 cricket over there.

A move down the order isn’t a bad idea though, particularly given it’d allow Khawaja to open, where he’s at his best in white-ball cricket.

India square the ledger but Aussies go down fighting in ODI thriller

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That looks pretty good for a World Cup XI; maybe Carey batting behind Stoinis and Maxwell, but otherwise spot on for mine.

And yes, I’d say the next few ODI tournaments will determine whether Khawaja or Marsh gets the nod for the World Cup. You’d think both will be in the squad regardless.

Peter Siddle named for first ODI in eight years as Finch reveals Australian XI

I reckon they’re giving Khawaja a shot in the middle order so he can get a run where he’d most likely bat in the World Cup. Can’t imagine them going with an opening partnership which isn’t Warner and Finch for the tournament.

Peter Siddle named for first ODI in eight years as Finch reveals Australian XI

No, we did each set of ratings independently. I clearly don’t have Scotty’s generous streak!

Border-Gavaskar Test series player ratings: Australia

Interestingly, it’s being reported that Pucovski has been given the nod to face Sri Lanka. Trevor Hohns will front the media at 3:30pm to reveal the squad.

Moneyball: Selecting the Australian Test team on stats only

This is a fascinating article James, thanks for going through all those stats!

Can’t say I’d go with the same XI – replace Marsh, Handscomb and Neser with Renshaw, Burns and Paine, and possibly Tremain with Starc – but it certainly highlights the strong performances from players who aren’t in and around the set-up at the moment.

Moneyball: Selecting the Australian Test team on stats only

Keep it civil, gents. No need for any of that

Border-Gavaskar Test series player ratings: India

He’s played one Shield game since taking that break in October.

Revealed: Australia's Test XI to face Sri Lanka (as chosen by the fans)

Old Dan Marsh is surely a bit stiff to miss out!

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

So they win a series in Australia for the first time, a thoroughly dominant performance which would have ended 3-1 instead of 2-1 were it not for the weather, and less than half the team get a pass mark?

Way too harsh, for mine.

Border-Gavaskar Test series player ratings: India

Yeah, could have gone either way, and I may have sold him a little short on the captaincy front, but didn’t think his batting warranted any more than 7.

Border-Gavaskar Test series player ratings: India

Yes, afraid you’ll be deprived of a good chuckle on that front, Spruce.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

I don’t know Pucovski, DP, so naturally can’t speak to his frame of mind nor what caused his mental health issue with any great authority. But my gut feel is the selectors’ approach wouldn’t have had much if anything to do with it, and that it was a case of a young man going through some tough times – which so many of us do.

Now, that doesn’t mean anyone would necessarily feel confident of having a fair go having seen how guys like Maxwell and Burns have been treated at the selection table. But as far as I’m concerned, they’re separate issues.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

Pucovski’s an interesting one, isn’t he? I agree it’s too early to pick him for this series, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the plane to England, if only for the experience of being on an Ashes tour.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

If you go purely on first-class stats this season, then Burns or Daniel Hughes deserve a crack at the top of the order. But Renshaw was stiff to miss out in the UAE, and had a terrific County season last year. He has to be picked in the Ashes squad because of the latter reason, and I’d pick him for Sri Lanka so he’s not going to England without a recent Test under his belt.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

Yeah, Patterson’s definitely right up there, but I think Head’s showed a fair bit of promise in his six Tests so far. He’s clearly got an issue with throwing away good starts, but it’s too soon to drop him just yet.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

Think I’d go with something like this:

1. Harris
2. Renshaw
3. Khawaja
4. Burns
5. Head
6. Maxwell/Wade
7. Paine
8. Cummins
9. Starc
10. Lyon
11. Hazlewood

Whether to go with Wade or Maxwell would depend on the pitch – if there’s a need for a fifth bowler, Maxwell gets the nod, if not, it’s Wade.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

That’s a superb read, Tony.

Man enough? Man, enough! Dispelling outdated notions of leadership and masculinity

Just happened, Bruiser. India won, elected to win bat.

A mixture of nerves and tradition awaits at the SCG