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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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Nothing to see here. No mystery at all. Shaun Marsh is in the WC squad as a backup top order batsman. Has he earned it? You betcha. He’s one of the best performing bats over the last couple of years. Some might say our only performing batsman. If you aren’t going to be rewarded for performance what’s the point of playing. This argument that he only performed in losing sides is crazy beyond belief. Why pay out on the only bloke to show any ticker. If he didn’t make his runs all that means is that we would have lost by massive margins instead of the moderate ones we did. .. Why is Mitch Marsh on the A Tour. Again, it’s pretty simple. Like it or lump it he’s the 2nd best all rounder in the land. Why wouldn’t he be given a chance to redeem himself? .. I’m sorry but I’m sick of people taking cheap shots simply because it’s trendy and they want to be seen atop the bandwagon waving the flag for the thoughtless unwashed. It’s pathetic and cheap and it annoys the absolute frack out of me.

Selectors can’t rid themselves of the Marsh habit

Lower than I thought. He does need to pick that up. I’ve got no doubt that Handscombe could do the w/k job so there’s definitely some pressure on Carey.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

David, I was wondering where you get hold of the strike rates. I’ve looked at statsguru but can’t see s/r covered there.

Marcus Stoinis lucky to be in World Cup squad

Good on you mate, you stick to your guns. Personally, I’ll be watching enthusiastically to see how their rehabilitation back into decent cricket society goes. I’d love to see them both succeed because I don’t believe in holding grudges forever.

The cost of Smith and Warner's inclusions in Australia's World Cup squad

Ronan, I’m working on the possibly erroneous assumption that you can’t replace a bowler who succumbs to a pre-existing injury with another bowler. As I understand it there is no problem replacing them with a batsman though since it’s not a like for like swap. If that’s no longer the case (I’m pretty sure it was at one stage) then yeah, my little theory doesn’t stand up too well.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

I’d like to see Turner in the squad too but there’s no way I’d leave Smith out to make room for him. I think the best chance for Turner is if one of the other batters gets injured. I’m relatively sure he’s close to selection but they can only pick x number and someone has to miss out.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

With the bowling I look at it another way. I think they’ve actually only picked 5 bowlers and thrown in 2 speccies in J. Richo & Starc. Why would they do that? Well, simply because they want those 2 in the run on side and covered themselves by naming them now. They can’t be certain either of them will be fit and firing in time (especially Jhye) but if they didn’t name them now and they did come good they would then have to rely on one of the other bowlers getting injured or, even worse, fake an injury to someone. .. The chances are that one or even both won’t actually make it to the WC which will effectively leave us with 5 or 6 bowlers and one or two spots to fill with whoever we please. When viewed that way I think it’s actually a good call by the selectors and I give them a tick for thinking a little bit out of the box.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Nice work once again Paul. I don’t always agree with your stuff but I always enjoy reading it. Anyway, down to business. I think you’ve summed it up in that last paragraph. We shouldn’t be trying to emulate anyone. We have our own way of doing things and that’s what we should be sticking to. I’m not saying we should never change and try to evolve our approach but this close to the event is not the time for radical experimentation. This close to the WC we need to work on maximising what works for us, not try to be a 2nd England or India. As you rightly pointed out we don’t have the players to do that even if we wanted to anyway.

Who should Australia try to emulate at the World Cup?

With 3 formats to consider is there a case for extending the contract list by 5 or 6 spots? I’m not sure if CA can afford it or if it’s even a wise thing to do in terms of promoting complacency but it’s something they might at least think about.

Marcus Stoinis lucky to be in World Cup squad

I can’t see the logic in the L/O games either. It will be too late to change the WC squad barring injury and surely they already have a good idea of who they’ll call in a case of injury to any given player. I’d like to think there is a method to the madness but it totally eludes me.

Australia A squads headlined by Test regulars and Ashes hopefuls

While I agree broadly with what you say I’d like to say that Pattinson moves it around in the air and off the deck though. He’s not just about raw pace. I’d put him down as a genuine seamer who just happens to be pretty damn quick.

Joe Burns and Kurtis Patterson snubbed as Cricket Australia unveil 2019-20 contract list

Carey gets no love at all but I don’t think he’s done that badly with the bat. He averages 30 which isn’t too bad batting at 7. Gilchrist averaged 35 and for a lot of his career he opened. A lot of people complain about his strike rate but he seems to get along Ok to me. I don’t know how to get his s/r but I would be surprised if it was below 90. His s/r is probably well below Jos Butler but that’s true of a lot of batsmen. Butler is a bit of a freak and many players around the world look a bit slow compared to him.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Wow, that’s value for money. Can’t complain about the price then.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

U, I really doubt Smith & Marsh will play in the team at the same time. They are back up for each other in my view.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Yeah, and it’s not as though being one of the so called big 3 guarantees a great contest either. Sri Lanka played much better than we did last time as far as I can see.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Silly prediction # 1: At least one of Starc & J. Richo won’t actually make it to the WC. Handscombe will be the replacement for one of them. I think they were both picked just to make sure they were in the squad in case they come good.
Silly prediction # 2: If Starc & J. Richo both come good NCN will develop a mystery injury and will be replaced by Handscombe.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Maybe we won’t have to beat England. Someone else might do it for us.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

I kept waiting for it but it never happened. It seems thy’d already made up their mind Turner wasn’t going to the wc.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

I could be wrong but I thought they were using the kookaburra in the wc. If that’s true all that NZ practice with the dukes is a bit of a waste of time really.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Crowds were poor in India last time we were there, at least on the vision I saw which I admit wasn’t much. As for South Africa, well, that’s strange. Any particular reason for that in your view?

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Yes Peter, it’s feats like that that make the game what it is. It doesn’t matter who does them it’s just the fact they were done at all.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Spinners may have been under utilised but the signs were there even at this early stage. Qadir showed what could be done. No-one (especially in Eng/Oz/WI) understood the value of taking the pace off the ball. As the game evolved and tactics matured it was inevitable that spinners would find their place though. These days if you haven’t got at least one quality spinner in your side, especially leggies, you’re starting from behind the pack and have your work cut out for you.

The role of spin bowlers in the World Cup: The early years

I have a theory about why it’s really only England, Oz and maybe NZ that attract big crowds to Test cricket. It’s not a very PC theory though. I’ll just say it’s got something to do with how advanced (in the western definition) and how stable societies are. I’m reluctant to say more but you may be able to connect the dots.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Hear hear Viv. Some of the best days of my life have spent on the tractor going round and round the paddocks getting completely hypnotised by Jim Maxwell and & co describing the days play on the good old ABC. One of lifes little pleasures imo.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?

Gotta love that story Daniel. The kids had far more patience than dad lol. That upsets the stereotypes, which I guess was the point of the story. .. At a personal level I love my test cricket but I rarely sit down and watch a full days play from start to finish. Like many people I simply don’t have the time so what I usually do is catch up with the score from time to time during the day and try to get hold of the extended highlights on the net at night. When the Ashes are in England I normally get to see more on TV due to the time difference. Depending on what else is going on at home I might get to see 2 of the 3 sessions. .. The most fascinating session of play I’ve seen in the last few years was that one where Broad bowled us out for 60. Even the wife watched that and she’s not an avid cricket fan. It was a completely morbid sort of enthralment, a bit like watching a horrible train wreck in super slo-mo. Not the sort of thing you’d want to watch every day but captivating nevertheless.

Are kids really bored by Test cricket?