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Don Freo

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So true.

So many Roarers only know about cricketers if they’ve been on TV.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

Top of the table in all 3 comps, Micko.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

No one pays any attention to Scotty from Marketing. Certainly no pollies or bureaucrats. He exists only for stand-up comedy routines.

Novak did this all by himself. Get the jabs.

'What the f--k are we doing?' Kyrgios slams government, the public, fellow players in explosive Djokovic defence

It has only been traditional for 9 years. That’s not a tradition.

Perth was the “traditional” second test. Tradition needs longer…like 7 or 8 decades. That is just a convenient urban myth to call it a tradition.

WA offered. CA and the Poms said, “no”. That’s everybody’s loss.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

Side strains are not permanent. They rested him because they could not because he’s gone. He’s fine.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

If they had agreed to come to WA first, they would have had 2 weeks of sunny practice with superb facilities and 2 scratch matches against the top Shield side in Australia.

They then could have played a Test in summer weather.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

It’s an overstated potential.

A porky, lazy 120kph trundler who has been done for racism…and runs away from the cricket ball when batting…doesn’t strike me as England’s future.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

It was those bails that were the problem there.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

I’m with Ozina here. Cummins and Hazlewood are certainties every time. The third quick comes from Starc, Richardson and Boland. All are fine but Starc will finish sooner than he expects just because of the great depth beneath him. Richardson is already better and Boland carries his 30 years better than Starc.

FLEM'S VERDICT: Pat's captaincy the 'biggest triumph of all' as England finish 's--t sandwich' tour

First time I’ve mentioned it. What are you reading?

The reason I mention it is because it’s cricket.

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

He earned that position as a pure batsman (topped the Shield averages) and held his position as a batsman (averaging 33 after 3 tests). He got scores.

He was not picked as a bowler at all last season. That was a bonus.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

He started the series with a batting average of 33. You don’t get that average by not scoring runs. He has now improved on that.

While he didn’t take a wicket in his first 3 tests ( 3 dropped catches off him and a non-referred LBW), he took 13 wickets in this series (once again with 2 non-referrals and the clattering of stumps when the bails stayed on). He was also always taken off when the tail was exposed and he was running hot.

A Test batting average of 34 and a bowling average of 20 is absolutely “successful” after 8 tests and not once was he carried in the side.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

They have so many sides and players, the talent will be there.

Look at Billings’ work. Some of the English boys in BBL can play. They will be here because BBL sides know they can play. Joe Clarke. Duckett. There is bound to be similarly skilled players in county 3 day games.

I’m guessing it’s a closed circle of some players with others on the outer dismissed as not being of the “right ilk”.

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

Never carried. No “investment” on the Aussie’s part.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

He succeeded from the start; first with the bat, then with the ball and now with both.

They have never had to carry him.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

You’d think sporting journos who criticize selection would know enough about their own county’s cricket to suggest alternatives.

It seems this regular procession of English journos and ex-Captains have no idea what is on offer. It’s easy to criticize; what alternatives do they suggest? I wonder if they follow county cricket.

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

I can’t get there with Street. Too limited. He has failed a lot at Shield level this year. Others ahead of him.

Pucovski is back next game. McKenzie Harvey on the way too.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Sandhu, not Sandburg (bloody auto correct).

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

I’m there all the time, walking the little cavoodle around the perimeters.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Paul, when you say “Australian cricket has invested heavily in Cam Green”, what do you think you mean?

They saw his form in grade cricket, played him in Shield, he took wickets, scored runs, fielded brilliantly so they picked him in Tests and he did the same?

What, exactly, was the “investment” and why is it “heavy”?

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Whoops, this is meant to be posted on Paul Suttor’s article.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Yes but we still see the players who many fly-by-night Roarers don’t know.

I love watching the lesser names: Whiteman, Hardie, Morris, Cartwright, Hunt, Webster, all the Sanghas, Sandburg, Steketee, Conway, Silk, McDermott, Ellis…

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Botham was wrong. A vertical line from that blob of plastic drops on the line not behind it.

Botham blows up over no-ball wicket overrule, Smith average drops below 60: Talking Points

Yay. The best cricket is Shield cricket. That’s when I don’t leave my TV. 22 Aussies playing in the same game.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Paul, when you say “Australian cricket has invested heavily in Cam Green”, what do you think you mean?

They saw his form in grade cricket, played him in Shield, he took wickets, scored runs, fielded brilliantly so they picked him in Tests and he did the same?

What, exactly, was the “investment” and why is it “heavy”?

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

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