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NRL, AFL and cricket tragic who supports the Raiders, Crows and the Australian cricket team. I've been following sport for over 50 years.

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Will be really interesting to see what whoever wins the toss will do. There can’t be too many examples of when the opposition have been inserted in Australia. Teams usually like to post a big first innings score and bowl last. When was the last time the opposition was sent in? And what is the track record of teams that have sent in the opposition in Australia?

I can imagine the pitch will be juicy and there will be humidity about. The Brisbane weather forecast over the coming week doesn’t look terrible in terms of rain. Looking more like annoying showers rather than persist rain. So we may have enough playing time to get a result.

'It'll define my captaincy': Everything Cummins and Root said at Ashes launch

Hung, drawn and quartered – with his head on a pike just to make sure. Preceded by being dragged naked by horses across a field littered by three corner jacks.

Send him back to Bellamy: Storm call bluff as Smith apologises for causing 'deep offence'

So when is his day in court?

Send him back to Bellamy: Storm call bluff as Smith apologises for causing 'deep offence'

Smith’s whole game is just bull-at-a-gate full throttle out of dummy half – no passing game – no kicking game – no game management – the way he is played by Melbourne is exactly how he should be played – short bursts when the opposition is tired. He is not a starting half or 80 minute player. If the Roosters are prepared to pay big dollars for him they will also need Verrills on the bench when Smith tires out. He’s worth about 600 to 650K – not the 700 to 800K we’ve been reading about. What a waste of money.

Send him back to Bellamy: Storm call bluff as Smith apologises for causing 'deep offence'

Must admit the sledging of Ashwin was distasteful and completely unnecessary. He lost some credibility with those performances.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Wow – that is very selective statistics you are using there – a 60 and 30 and numerous failures. How is that any better than what Paine has produced?

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Really inspires confidence doesn’t it. I pointed Carey’s lack of form this season out to Pierro in an earlier post but was conveniently ignored. I like Carey but he has to earn his spot – and those figures don’t suggest he has.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Smith and Labs were the exception in the Ashes in the UK – the rest of the top 6 were awful and we could pull out numerous examples of where they failed. Paine is not a top 6 batsman. He’s there to provide support to one of the top order when he comes in at 7 – and I can think of numerous examples of where he did that with a 30, 40 or 50 during his career.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Spot on Jeff

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Think we agree on this Pierro.
The decision that Tim made that really angered me was the decision to bowl first in the 5th test in the Ashes series in England. I was just about throwing things at the TV screen. Why give the advantage to the opposition? As Ian Chappell said on numerous occasions “99 time out of a hundred if you win the toss you bat first – and on the other occasion you think about putting the opposition in but then you bat first”. I can live with whatever other mistakes he made along the way like DRS reviews and field settings. For mine the decision not to rotate the fast bowlers last season and the lack of penetration of Starc and Lyon on the final days of a couple of those tests hurt us more than Paine’s decision making.
And you are right. Its now time to move on. I’d really like to see Alex Carey make a fist of the opportunity if it comes his way. He’s a very stylish batsman and adequate wicket keeper.

'Extremely concerned': Paine takes 'mental health break' putting him OUT of first Test with career in doubt

I’m disappointed but can understand Paine walking away. I thought the selectors might even stand by him after he took 6 catches in an innings for the Tassie second XI. I was hoping Tim could play in the Ashes – put in some good performances – and answer some of his critics. We all love a good redemption story. But I can imagine the stress this has caused on his relationship was too much. It must have taken a good 3 or 4 years to patch up their relationship after the texting incident was initially revealed. But to have it all laid open to the public must be very difficult to handle for them both. Time is a good healer. Hope Paine can find another career outside of playing cricket to pursue. Blokes like Wayne Carey have been through the pain of committing sins and suffered humiliation and regret before coming out the other side a better and more humble person.

'Extremely concerned': Paine takes 'mental health break' putting him OUT of first Test with career in doubt

Clicks and sales to satisfy its voyeuristic readership – some of the media has no shame – even The Roar posted the full text before it was later retracted

'Extremely concerned': Paine takes 'mental health break' putting him OUT of first Test with career in doubt

The fact Paine only made 1 should make you happy.

We’ve heard very little about Carey this season. Just had a look at his record – he had one good match against Queensland – but scored bugger all in the other 5 innings he’s batted. Not exactly banging the door down. 12, 32 & 66*, 5, 0 & 7, and 6. Don’t get me wrong – I like the way Carey plays – but he needs to earn his spot. And Inglis didn’t play in the World Cup so no recent form to go by there.

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

Yep – Paine walked straight into the oncoming bus and the CA stood back and said nothing – until the following day when they dumped on both Paine and the former board. Wonderful supportive leadership.

'Appalling': Cricket Tas says CA's Paine treatment worst since Lawry was sacked 50 years ago

Did you make that up Don? Sounds like something Karl Marx or a trade union leader might say. I’ll try and remember that one

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

Make mine a Kitchener bun – or a pie floater if I really have to

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

Let that one go through to the keeper – or is that axe murderer?

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

Very good Don – I kneaeded that!

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

Great minds …. note I used it one minute earlier 😊

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

Such a great word

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

The voice of reason amongst the hysteria

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

I’m with you Don – I was as shocked as anyone when Paine came out and admitted what he had done – but he did the honourable thing and stood down – if he’s the best option to keep he deserves to play – and if he plays I hope he has a wonderful series and shoves it right up his haters

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

If he is better than the alternatives then he still deserves his spot – he isn’t an axe murderer

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

My initial thought was Paine would be a distraction to the team – but now that it has come out and he has copped the self induced punishment of stepping down from the captaincy – his inclusion may actually galvanise the team

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

At least that was short and sweet – you usually write a thesis on Paine’s shortcomings and inadequacies

'Exceptional cricketer' Paine returns to the field in Ashes bid

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