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I was never much good but played cricket for 30 years in country NSW and have a real love for the game. I used to open the batting and was a change bowler with my dibbly dobbly medium pacers. .. I also played League as a halfback till my career was cut short due to a tragic lack of talent. .. I have been a farmer most of my working life.

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I agree 100% with this. He’s a beautiful bowler having an ugly trot. I believe the light bulb could switch back on at any time. The other thing that needs to be considered is that Cummins is being rested until the 1st test so we already need to play another bowler. I guess it doesn’t matter that much in a dead rubber but the idea of bringing in two new bowlers doesn’t sit that well with me.

Australia vs India: Five talking points from the weekend's ODI action

I quite like the idea of docking a point or two for slow over rates but I can also see a few problems with it. First up, I believe it won’t make a hell of a lot of difference to the top 3 or 4 sides. Losing a point or two here and there isn’t going to stop the front runners from qualifying but it could make all the difference to the teams struggling to make the cut. I realise it might affect their position in the draw but for the top sides that’s not a huge issue. To win the WC you generally have to beat the big guns at some point anyway. .. The 2nd problem is that there will always be one team who is unaffected by it because they happen to be the hosts for the next World Cup. They qualify, no matter what I’m told. .. Finally, I think there needs to be a reasonable amount of slack afforded in extreme heat. I’ve played plenty of cricket in 40+ heat and believe me, it’s brutal. Everyone seems to slow down just that little bit. Bowlers take a touch longer to get back to the mark, fielders are a bit slower to get into position and drinks breaks are more frequent. I suggest that before he makes his final decision the match referee should jog a lap (walk it, in Boonies case) of the oval and see how like it. That last sentence is supposed to be a joke but I do think they need to carefully consider how much hurry up the give teams on the really hot days. Too much and they run the risk of killing someone.

Australia vs India: Five talking points from the weekend's ODI action

I think my favourite line in all this is the one about how India’s over rate would have earned a bonus point in the BBL.

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs India, second ODI

I think not.

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs India, second ODI

He just wanted to show people he found both his hands.

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs India, second ODI

I give him points for being honest, to be honest. I’m a bit sick of the ‘vanilla slice’ we usually get from press conferences these days.

Warner injury is good for India: KL Rahul

How’d he get out this time? Don’t tell me he was clean bowled yet again.

Bairstow powers England to T20 triumph over Proteas

Welcome back Ronan! We missed you man. .. I’m not sure about Smithy 2.0 – In a normal game where catches were actually taken he would have been out for 40 odd and he was also extremely lucky with the LBW. He played the perfect innings for the situation but he used a years worth of luck doing it. I don’t mind if we don’t see him do that again this summer. A stodgy old run a ball effort would be good enough for me most days.

A heavy T20 diet's given Steve Smith's batting an extra gear

Is there a case to say that Zampa is our most important limited overs bowler these days? I think there could be.

Batting firepower and rusty fielding dominate as Australia belt India

I enjoyed the fielding errors tbh. Getting yourself quickly into position, bending at the knees, getting right behind the ball then somehow missing the thing by half a metre. Ahh, that takes me back.

Batting firepower and rusty fielding dominate as Australia belt India

“What’s been said publicly is what Ahktar has a problem with and rightly so. The language could have been better chosen.” .. Probably right but it’s by far the lesser of the two evils as far as I’m concerned. Hurting someones feelings v setting loose the plague. I think the Kiwi’s have just about had enough shenanigans because the West Indies have been caught doing something similar. At least they don’t have any confirmed cases in their ranks. Sometimes diplomacy just doesn’t work and a more forthright approach is needed to get things done. If that includes a public shaming then so be it. They shouldn’t be putting the place at risk and I can’t see any excuse for it.

Burns vs Pucovski, Pakistan's COVID woes and misogynistic media: Three talking points from the week in cricket

Then again, if the Pakistani’s force NZ into lockdown because they break quarantine and let the virus loose into the general population the Kiwi economy stands to lose a whole lot more than what the tour could generate. .. If our side was touring NZ and 6 of our players tested positive I would pretty much expect the tour to be cancelled and our boys sent home. I can’t see why Pakistan should be treated any differently tbh.

Burns vs Pucovski, Pakistan's COVID woes and misogynistic media: Three talking points from the week in cricket

Yeah, I just don’t know Dwayne. Ahktar is probably just being a loose cannon, at least I hope that’s what’s going on. Here’s the link to the story https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/cricket/black-caps/123527207/pakistan-great-shoaib-akhtar-warns-new-zealand-cricket-to-behave-yourself-over-tour-threats

Burns vs Pucovski, Pakistan's COVID woes and misogynistic media: Three talking points from the week in cricket

On point 2, I note with interest that Shoab Ahktar is on record as saying that NZ should be grateful that the Pakistani’s are visiting their country and that if they (NZ) don’t behave themselves then Pakistan should refuse to engage with them for the next 5 years or so. .. I’m not at all sure how typical Akhtars attitude is, but if it is representative of the overall feeling in Pakistan then good luck getting getting them to respect your rules NZ.

Burns vs Pucovski, Pakistan's COVID woes and misogynistic media: Three talking points from the week in cricket

He’s a relative newcomer but I’d have Haris Rauf bowling for the internationals. His BBL stats are Matches: 10, Wickets: 20, Best Bowling: 5-27, Economy Rate: 7.06, Strike Rate: 11.4 … outstanding by any measure imo.

My all-time Aussie and foreign BBL XIs

It’s not really a criticism, but I keep waiting for Cummins to take an absolute bagful at some point. A Stuey Broad style 8 for very little or something. I see that he’s taken 4 or more wickets 14 times out of 57 innings and as far as I can tell that’s pretty good but I would just love to see him go really, really big and take, say, 15-16 wickets for the match. .. I’m not greedy, just the once will do me. Maybe twice. Ok, three times.

Analysing Australia’s Test cricket winners: The modern pace bowling masters

Yep, I can certainly buy into that Chris. We are all shaped by our environment and probably more than most of us realise. If you work for an aggressive organisation that encourages you to ‘headbutt the line’ as Nathan Lyon once put it, then it’s no real surprise to be honest.

Weighing incumbency in a year without Test cricket

So where did the attack dog idea originate Chris. I don’t know the man but find it very difficult to believe that it was Steve Smiths idea. It just doesn’t fit what I know about him, he seems way too calm and easy going for that sort of thing. I guess it could have been Warner himself. That seems feasible, he comes across as potentially a little bit volatile, but if it wasn’t Dave’s idea then who’s left. Boof by name, boofhead by nature perhaps?

Weighing incumbency in a year without Test cricket

That ‘incumbent chemistry’ idea disturbs me a bit. These guys are supposed to be professionals. By definition doesn’t that mean they should be able to cast aside their personal feelings and get on with their jobs regardless of who they are partnered with. Warner and Burns are said to have chemistry but how do we know that Warner/Pucovski don’t? Are they saying that Warner can’t stand Pucovski and is likely to bat below his best simply because he doesn’t like his partner. It sounds like something out of the under 12’s to me and if it is true then Warner, Langer etc need to take a long hard look at their thinking. IMO the whole idea is ridiculous and not consistent with professionalism in any way, shape or form.

Weighing incumbency in a year without Test cricket

and technically, it’s not half time, it’s 3/4 time where the point gets awarded. Just to make it even more out there.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

Well Jack, I’m not sure if there has been a sport that’s awarded points at half time, ever. Even if that’s correct I’m not going to hang it on that alone. I’m willing to see how it plays out before jumping on the bandwagon. Looks like I’m the only one so far but I just can’t summon the rage to shoot it down without a trial.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

The team batting second. They have more runs. I don’t think it would a DL style calculation. Just first past the post and things like ‘resources in the shed’ are irrelevant. I’d say. Just a guess really.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

I can see some potential in the bonus point thing actually. If I’m reading it correctly all it’s doing is dangling a carrot for the team batting second to keep pace with the other team, which presumably they’d be trying to do anyway. Just because you go for the bonus point doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve given up on the main target does it? In fact, couldn’t the team batting second go for the bonus and then kick on and try to win the game as well. .. I can imagine it being used in several different ways and scenarios and for that reason I’ll wait to see it in action before hitting it with the tar and feathers.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

As long as they’re not chewing up too many overs for no reward there’s no harm in it I guess. Tbh, I thought Dorans bowling looked handy. Medium pace surprisingly. He just looks more like a spinner to me.

Time to be brave with Pucovski and Green

Do we even absolutely, positively need an all-rounder. That’s my main worry. I don’t want to see us weaken our bowling significantly just to shore up the batting marginally. .. I think Abbott is down the pecking order and will only be used if there are injuries to the big 3 and Pattinson.

Why Sean Abbott deserves a cap against India