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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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Looks a decent player Rizwan. Bats like a typical keeper too. No mucking about.

Tim Paine's cheeky sledge for new Pakistani wicket-keeper

No ball for me.

Test greats stunned as Pat Cummins wicket stands despite no ball concerns

It always seems to be like this with Pakistan. They have the potential to rip you to shreds or be ripped apart themselves. You just never know with them. I think it depends on sunspot activity or something.

Pakistan's middle order holds the key against Australia

As a variation on this theme we could try reversing the batting order. Send Cummins and the Goat in to soften them up, Haze at 3 for some comic relief then unleash Patto. If all goes to plan the bowlers would be tired and demoralised after Smith and Lab have a swish thereby giving our openers a reasonable chance of scoring some runs. .. I like it ???? .. whoops, forgot about Patto’s mess up. Starc ,or even better, Nesser then.

Australian selectors should toss conventional thinking for Tests this summer

Lol, shades of Shane Warne there I2I. He used to do something similar, particularly when under the pump. I think I would have liked that captain of yours. They are the sort of tricks that make this game so damn interesting.

The one question that reveals whether someone would make a great captain

Yep, two remarkably similar teams full of fast bowling talent and a very decent spinner to back them up. Then, as you said, even the batting looks similar. A couple of worldies each and the rest struggling to make their mark. I agree that the home turf advantage could be the difference. Hopefully that’s the case but even if it’s not there are a couple of interesting tests headed our way.

Australia's Test attack looks ominous

It’ll be something like that. Can’t have one rule for general society and another for sport.

Pattinson suspended from first Test following 'serious slur'

Starc and Nesser to fight it out then. I’m torn tbh. Like em both for different reasons but I’m leaning slightly towards Nesser simply because it’s his home ground.

Pattinson suspended from first Test following 'serious slur'

Paine said that whatever Patto did “doesn’t sit with our values”. .. Hmm. My guess is the other player involved was from a minority group. We’ll see.

Pattinson suspended from first Test following 'serious slur'

Pakistan just about always show up with a dangerous bowling attack. It’s their thing and you can pretty much count on it. What’s let them down in Australia is their batting. Generally they have trouble adjusting to the extra pace and bounce but they seem to coping quite fine so far this time around. That’s what scares me the most.

Australia's Test attack looks ominous

The 2 best captains I ever played with had these things in common. In order of importance they were: 1] Insanely and unshakably optimistic. I recall we were 8/70 chasing 190 and the boss was walking around saying we can do it. Just 2 partnerships of 60 and we’re home. You know what? We didn’t even come close but that hardly seemed to matter. For most of the team the important thing was our leader thought we could do it and we became energised for the rest of the season. We lost that match but we won the next 6 straight and the comp. 2] Personally convincing and able to get people to buy into their plans. If half the team is shaking their heads and mumbling under their breath you’re probably on a road to nowhere but if everyone is right on board you’re a chance. It’s amazing what a group of people can do if they’re all 100% committed to the cause. 3] Not too arrogant to seek advice from team-mates. Some people think asking for advice is a sign of weakness. Nearly any successful person in nearly any field of human endeavour would likely say otherwise. .. Tactical nous, while obviously desirable, isn’t actually mandatory imo. As long as they have the other 3 things they can still be good captains, maybe even great captains. …. ps, as far as marriage advice is concerned, nah, pass. I prefer to get my advice from random blokes down at the pub 🙂

The one question that reveals whether someone would make a great captain

I think it would be a lot clearer if we knew what the bookies wanted him to do. If it was simply to bowl a no ball or wide at a certain time then they could have targeted any of the bowlers but as their most important player he’s the one who is probably in the best position to influence the actual outcome of a match. Without knowing what they wanted to achieve its hard to know why they had him in their sights. .. As for the ICC’s duty of care, we may never know until it gets tested. I honestly can’t see what they are expected to do about it. I doubt they’ve got the resources to put affected players into some sort of witness protection. It’s way outside their brief anyway. It seems to me that this is more in the domain of the national boards but they might dispute that. .. god damn, its murky alright.

We shouldn't be shocked by Shakib Al-Hasan's scandal

Good point about the threats and coercion. I guess most people would do what they’re told if it meant the difference between their family being safe or not. The ICC can’t protect these players or their families. It’s not a police force after all. Even if it was the heavy duty villains would find a way to carry out their threats anyway.

We shouldn't be shocked by Shakib Al-Hasan's scandal

I don’t know for sure but I’d be surprised if there was any official obligation on the players to report these things back then. There certainly is a rule about that now though and all the players should know about it.

We shouldn't be shocked by Shakib Al-Hasan's scandal

I’m pretty happy with the squad. It’s pretty much the best we could do really. I can only see two spots up for grabs. One bowler and an opener. The lack of disputed positions makes me think the selectors have done a decent job. 3 to 7 are locks imo. It’ll be Lab, Smith, Head, Wade and Paine. Burns and Bancroft are fighting over the other opener/12th man role. If we had just one in form opener in f/c cricket there might only be the 4th bowler spot open. No matter how I look at it that seems pretty solid selection. .. ps, what price they actually drop Warner and open with Burns/Bancroft instead?

Burns, Head and Neser deserved their Test call ups

I’ll probably get roasted for this but the thing that irks me is that it all seems so shadowy and murky with no clear explanation of whats really going on. If they want mental health brought out into the open and treated as the legitimate condition it is this seems a funny way of going about it. .. If a player gets injured there is normally full disclosure about the nature of the injury. The same if someone is unlucky enough to contract a disease, like cancer, or Taylor from England with his heart problem. Everyone understands when it gets spelled out plainly. Why should mental health issues get treated differently. They’re bona-fide problems. Why keep it in the shadows? I just don’t get it.

Patience needed with young middle-order picks

Good point Dave. A Shield average of 38 would have well and truly seen you among the 2nd or 3rd tier in previous generations. Still, his test average is respectable and he has played some nice innings along the way. He’ll never be a Ricky Ponting, there’s a talent gulf there he can’t cross, but I think he’s done a decent job and deserves his chance against Pakistan. In England they said he wasn’t dropped, it was more a tactic to ease the workload on the bowlers, so if that’s true he will probably play in Brisbane. Rightly so imo and good luck to him.

Patience needed with young middle-order picks

“but only because we have such poor Test batting stocks” It’s the worst I’ve seen it Paul, and I remember the 80’s after Lillee, Marsh and Chappel all retired around the same time !! That was bad but this is worse. There’s just no-one in shield cricket knocking the door down from 1 to 6. .. Bowling stocks are healthy though. Good thing they can all bat a bit too. Got a feeling we’re gunna need their runs.

Patience needed with young middle-order picks

No such problems in the shorter formats. He’s killing it in those. I agree that he looks to be changing his game for test cricket, trying to be something he’s not for some reason, but the big problem in England was Stuart Bloody Broad. He bowled beautifully to all our lefties. Pakistan look to have some skilful bowlers too, as they nearly always do, so I’m hoping none of them do a Broad on us.

Patience needed with young middle-order picks

Langer seemed as surprised as anyone when Paine said ‘we’ll have a bowl’ in that last test. One of the journo’s said he was speaking to Langer 10 minutes before the toss and the plan was to bat if we got the choice. It sounds as though Tim might have had a last minute change of mind and made the decision all on his own.

Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

Could be wrong but I think Bradman was only 13 or so when he scored his first double hundred in grade cricket. That’s country grade cricket though, not Sydney.

The boy who was better than Bradman

Vitruvian Man: That famous drawing by Da Vinci of the naked dude with the 4 arms and the circle around him. .. Broad was huge against our lefties Dave. His pace was up and he was making it talk. I recall an over that started with a good ball followed by 5 virtually unplayable ones. Exactly as you described. Angled or even swinging in then cutting away towards slips. That’s magnificent bowling. He didn’t get a wicket that over, he got it in the next one. One huge advantage Smith had was that he’s not left handed. The form and the mood he was in, Broad would have cleaned him up too if he was imho.

The gorgeous, wonderful madness of Steven Peter Devereux Smith

We also had Smith and a more productive Warner when we lost home and away to South Africa just prior to Langer taking the reins. If we’d have stayed on that trajectory we might have lost the ashes comprehensively. I think there has been a definite improvement across all formats.

Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

I was hoping they would pick him for the day/night games.I’d loved to see him hooping that pink ball around at 150+. If he got it right he’d be close to unplayable, especially for the tailenders, but even the top order might struggle to cope with that.

Why Starc should stick to white-ball cricket

I think Smith may have even softened the pommy fans a bit. Between his eccentricity and raw output of runs I thought I saw a begrudging clap or two. It’s not much but it’s the start of the decent down the vileness meter I’d say. When he landed in England he was evil incarnate, by the time he left he was approaching very naughty boy status. That’s not a bad effort.

The gorgeous, wonderful madness of Steven Peter Devereux Smith