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By the way, Grimmett was quite a bit better than O’Reilly. He had the X-Factor. O’Reilly was a Benaud-type plodder who talked himself up…big time. He instigated self-promotion in sport.

Trio of young leggies bodes well for life beyond Lyon

A few Shield games would be handy. Can’t imagine Swepson, Pope, D’Arcy Short can work on that craft with long stints at the crease in December and January which, strangely, is the bulk of our test season.

Trio of young leggies bodes well for life beyond Lyon

Hedging.

Farewell training wheels: How 2019's caretakers won their jobs – and what they do next

Played the last 2 seasons at half back.

Farewell training wheels: How 2019's caretakers won their jobs – and what they do next

If Martin is used as a small forward, it is a coaching failure.

Martin ought to be part of a big three in the midfield with Cripps and Walsh. Martin is that good and was ruined by his coaches at GC.

Great opportunity for Cripps to be an all time great CHF with the mids Carlton now have.

Farewell training wheels: How 2019's caretakers won their jobs – and what they do next

Gold Coast will be in the mix this year.

I’d have The Saints, Hawks, NM, Adelaide and The Doggies (weak defense) all on a par or worse than GC.

Farewell training wheels: How 2019's caretakers won their jobs – and what they do next

Macgill messes with that sequence.

Trio of young leggies bodes well for life beyond Lyon

Exactly what I’ve been saying. That’s the argument. You won’t get a batsman’s numbers playing someone down the order.

Given the chance, he’ll deliver genuine batsmen numbers.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Boyce. Swepson…

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

There is.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

…and Bancroft. And Peirson. And McDermott.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

We don’t need that role. 6 batsmen for 50 overs is more than enough. Just tell them it’s not a 5 day game.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Those numbers are good for a #7.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Agar is every bit as good as those two.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Anon is.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

It is purely his batting pisition and the circumstances in which he bats. He has never had a go at it with the bat.

As for “all the talking up” he gets, he gets none. That why I am pointing to his solid effort in India.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

If we pick on form, Starc and Cummins go.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

He has just started throwing overarm again. These things are changing daily but comments seem to operate on delay.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Sam Harper is miles behind Josh Inglis as next in line.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

They didn’t have to say that, Chris. We all knew. There were public statements left, right and centre. Many on The Roar have just forgotten.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Let’s hear the argument then. Anyone can do a brainless putdown.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

So out of 820 balls the Aussies faced in that series, you hang it all on the 38 balls Agar faced, yet he scored faster than all but Warner and Carey. That is ridiculous.

Re: Maxwell, he wasn’t playing cricket at all when the squad was picked.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Agar is good enough to open…just doesn’t get the chance.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

In the light of the collapse of Turner, Cummins and Starc, Agar has had to moderate the hitting. Why not demand that batting from Smith, Labuschagne and Finch?

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

The batting numbers say otherwise. Agar was not the batting problem. He kept his wicket, batted at 100 and scored runs.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa