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The public goes after Khawaja? About his cricket form, or lack thereof definitely, it’s got absolutely nothing to do with his skin colour or Pakistani heritage. Everyone sees him as an Aussie, dont try and strawman a racist attack on Khawaja when there has never been one, and to suggest the media/public criticise him because of this is honestly ridiculous bordering on lunacy. This is 2020, not 1990.

Australia and English cricket teams miss important symbolism of kneeling for BLM

Maxwell’s crazy batting have a time and place, and No.7 probably is a really good spot for him, but the people who defend him from every bad innings he plays are delusional, him throwing his wicket away when we needed a steady head to guide us to victory has cost us countless games. An average of 33 speaks volumes.

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

So everytime Maxwell fails it’s the rest of the batting lineups fault for not giving him enough of a ‘licence to play his way’ ??? If you’re in the team as a batsman, and barring a total top 5 collapse, you bare some responsibility for the final scorecard. In the third ODI Maxwell actually pulled his head in and played a proper batsmans innings, not the ‘hack every ball for 6’ type that you keep frothing over that Maxwell should be able to play literally every innings. HE has to be adaptable, no one is immune to criticism, so maybe get it out of your head that he will always be able to just swing from ball one and get a quickfire 40 off 25 and job done, often he will be coming in under the pump and will have to put away crazy shots to see the team to a winning total

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

No one should be judged on one innings, but Maxwell is suspect A when looking at batsman who play monumentally stupid shots to get out at the wrong times. He’s consistently done it throughout his career, kind of like both Marsh’s in Test cricket. They always tease us but rarely live up to the hype. How many times has Maxwell come in on a rock solid platform of 3-200 in the 30-35th over and thrown it away to bury our chances of a victory/get a big score.
I like Maxwell, but someone needs to call out his braindead cricket when he plays it. Hopefully this series is the start of a great 3-4 years for him, but he could quite easily sink back to mediocrity after showing us glimpses of brilliance like in 2016/2017/2018/2019

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

Next weekend bro! You’ll surely come good hahah

Choker tag’s short stay and the pay-off for patience: Five things we learnt from Australia’s UK tour

There is a time and place for Maxwells exuberant batting. Like last night, the situation called for a relatively mature innings, when he delivered, and when he needed to put the foot down, he did. Unfortunately, for most of his career he has put the foot down and gone to 6th gear way too early and thrown away so many opportunities to make good scores. I think you’d struggle to find someone who protested against Maxwell averaging 40@110 S/R. Making 30 off 20 balls doesnt win you games.

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

Some players literally dont have the ability to go at 120 S/R for an extended period of time. Maxwell clearly has both abilities, to explode and to play a sensible innings. It’s just he chooses to have a brain explosion and lose his wicket when thats the last thing needed from him. A combined average of 32 from 73 innings at No.5/6 isnt exactly something to write home about. I dont actually know why you’re fanboying him so hard? He’s consistently under delivered his entire career in ODIs, he’s fairly criticised, and praised when he produces a good knock, like the one in the last game. Him being immune from criticism because of his 120 S/R and “thats the way he plays” attitude is mystifying, and reeks of denial.

Everyone wants Maxwell to succeed, I do, really, but he’s got to do more than produce one or two good innings a year to keep a spot in this team.

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

Yes, i agree. More criticism should be leveled at the top 5, but in the last few years its mostly been our 4-7 that have cost us big time. Maxwell being part of the middle order. Maxwell played an unbelievable innings last game, but it shouldnt be a once in 2 years affaire, consistent performances are what everyone is craving from him. He needs to be held responsible when throwing away a good team position or having a brain explosion when he’s needed to close out a chase.

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

No I wont give you a break, how many times has Maxwell cost us a game by doing the exact opposite of what was needed? He has batted at 5 and 6 most of his career, these are positions that demand you play to the situation, when he’s coming in at 3-50, should he just start tonking 4s/6s and get out on 40 from 25? No, but thats exactly what he has done many times.
I like Maxwell, on his day he’s incredible, no one can do what he does, but that doesnt give him a free pass to play dumb shots at the wrong times when he is NEEDED to play a sensible mature innings.
Really not hard to understand, in times where he comes in with a big total already on the board, he’s free to swing for the hill, when he’s coming in and the team is in trouble, reign it in and rebuild the innings, strike rate be damned. Not hard, aye?

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

Not a fair comparison, batsman HAVE to be able to change the way they play based on the situation they are batting in. No one is complaining about Maxwell getting out on 30 from 20 balls after he’s coming in at 5-300, it’s when he throws his wicket away at 5-200 when there is still 10 overs to bat, something an actually good finisher will want to do, bat out as close to the finish of an innings.
Maxwell has to be far more game aware then he has been, otherwise he’s a waste of space, and will lose us more games then he wins based on his extremely unreliable batting

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

But he doesnt need to strike @120 every innings……jesus how do people not understand this. His strike rate means absolutely nothing if he comes in at 5-150, and then tonks a 25 off 15 balls then gets out to a stupid shot. Sometimes….just sometimes he needs to reign it in and play a mature 70 off 80 ball innings. Buttler strikes at almost 120…but averages 40. No excuse for Maxwell to average only 33 when through much of his career he has been presented opportunities to make big scores, hundreds, but throws them away.

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

IF Maxwell was just more consistent and a little more game aware, he’s be averaging 37-38, and literally no one would complain. It’s just went he gets out sometimes, there was absolutely no need to play the shot he did and he often gets out with 10 overs to go. He can still play the crazy explosive innings, just leave them a little later so he can protect and shepard the tail. How many times has he thrown it away on 30-40, when there was easily a 80* score for him. He’s got probably more talent and natural ability than Smith in ODI’s, but can’t harness it for long enough because he throws it away too early.
He needs to learn how to go down a gear when the going gets tough, not just continuously look to hit every ball for 4/6 once he puts the foot down. Once he goes into attack mode he’s too one dimensional.
Just hope he’s realised this and can maybe tame himself for the next 3 years, finish his career on a high note by winning us the 2023 WC

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

Yeah I was hoping for a Stoinis masterclass, looked supreme in the first ODI before playing a loose shot, really should have stamped his authority on the team with a big hundred. No better place to bat in ODIs than No.3 coming in the first 5 overs. Brute of a ball in the second ODI then a poor dismissal in the third.
Mitch Marsh completely failed in the last 2 ODIs, so he probably doesnt have a very long leash in the One Day team, that’s Stoinis’ only real avenue back into the team now, wait for Marsh to be dropped and slide into the No.5 spot….but he doesnt have many chances left.

We need to start building for the 2023 world cup now, which is held in October/November in India.
My XI:
Warner
Ben Mcdermott/Phillipe/Any young opener right now ( Finch isnt going to last 3 more years)
Smith
Labuschagne
Stoinis/Allrounder
Carey if he maintains form, Mcdermott can keep if he plays, Phillipe etc
Maxwell (if he consistently performs, not one good innings every 10), has to bowl as well
Starc
Zampa/Lyon
Jhye Richardson/Kane Richardson
Hazelwood

Cummins looks past it, Finch as explained is only one bad form trough away from being finished, see 2016/end of 2018-2019 form trough.

Choker tag’s short stay and the pay-off for patience: Five things we learnt from Australia’s UK tour

His line up of commentators is terrible, true, but considering all the female commentators are just there to fill the quota, nothing but pure tokenism from channel 7/9, I dont think anyone really gives a damn if there are no females. Almost all of them are terrible anyway. Mel Jones is quality, outside of that, painful to listen to, almost as bad as Ian Chappell

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

Anyone else still angry that the anti syphoning laws were so easily bypassed two years ago to screw the public out of free to air ODIs and T20s?? An absolute joke

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

How could possibly have an informed opinion about a T20 match it you haven’t actually watched one? It defies logic to even put what you’ve said into words. Paul D summarized a few awesome spectacles below. Stoinis blitzing 140* last season was incredible, super overs that happen every now and then, that Brett Lee final over was next level stuff.
Maybe come back when you’ve sat through more than 10 overs of a T20 match. I think you’ll find you enjoy it more than you want to admit.

How Cricket Australia killed my interest in the professional game

So you “abhor” T20 cricket, but you’ve never actually watched a full game. You’re exactly what’s wrong with the older generation, being so ignorant of what you’re actually complaining about to form a valid opinion. You’re not entitled to have an opinion, you haven’t earned the right.
Is T20 cricket over saturated? Hell yeah, does it also bring in huge amounts of money and prop up domestic shield and one day comps? Yes. Maybe educate yourself by having the attention span to sit through 3 hours of cricket to develop your own thoughts, instead of just spewing out some old pensioner line of thought which you’ve probably read off The Australian

How Cricket Australia killed my interest in the professional game

Crystal ball gasing I know, but I’m 90% positive Finch won’t make the 2023 world cup. 3 years away to start building a robust team that will win. Warner, maybe, because he’s a better player than Finch, so could adapt his game a little better arrest his eventual decline. Stoinis probably has a handful of games left to actually cement himself as a permanent player, with Marsh competing with him for the same spot really. And we also need a wicketkeeper batsman that isn’t mediocre.

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

I said I’m not a “huge Jhye fan”. He’s a good player with probably 100+ game australian career ahead of him, I just think he’s over hyped. People making out he’s the next Brett Lee or something.
I still think he’s a good player who will probably replace Stark in 2-3 years time in the shorter formats. Maybe even Tests.
But if he’s still struggling with his bowling shoulder a full 18 months after injuring it, that’s worrying. Possible he’ll never get back to where he was before

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

He won’t bat at 3 as long as Smith is in the team

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

4 run outs in a row, scary stuff. Looks a good player and has the stats to back it up. And he keeps wicket as well. Replace Carey at 7?

Are Australia on track for the 2021 T20 World Cup?

Yeah sadly have to agree. Maxwell just never consistently performs….might get some flak for this opinion; but I say give Stoinis the No.6 spot, even though it’s not his favoured spot, and give him 10 games in a row and just say it’s yours. At least till mid next year, he loves being in at the end and guiding the team home, just needs time to get himself in, and 7 is too low for him. NZ Eden Park/India 2019 are evidence that he wants to be their to finish, even if he has next quite pulled it off. MAxwell is finished as an ODI player, he wont make the 2023 WC, so better to groom a late order finisher/hitter/wicketkeeper batsman at 7. 3 years and 60 games should have them match hardened for the next WC.

Are Australia on track for the 2021 T20 World Cup?

Except that our top 4 is currently stacked way too much as it is. Warner/Finch for at least another 12 months, i reckon Finch will be the first one out of them to have a big form trough, he’s 34, so the clock is ticking, and past evidence suggests he’s not far away from one. Smith at 3 is a lock for the next 5 years….AT LEAST. Labuschagne at #4 is locked in as well. Then it’s a toss up between Stoinis and Marsh for the #5 position. Where can Head possibly play?

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

Granted he had a shocking run in the Ashes last year, should have been dropped after the third test instead of Khawaja tbh. But Warner did have an incredible world cup last year in England…..that gives him some credits in the bank for playing there

Australia collapse, England win second ODI

I said this earlier this year. He had an incredible series against India in 2019 and a good World Cup. That’s all, unlike in Tests where he can just bowl bouncers at batsman who show intent, in ODIs he struggles to really counteract anyone having a go at him. Just look at Shakib al Hasan when he made that hundred against us in the world cup, Cummins had no answers becauses he is so used to batsman being scared to take him on.
Not a huge Jhye Richardson fan, but surely he’s a better option as the 3rd seamer right now?
2023 world cup will come around faster than we think, and I’d prefer we dont have a washed up 30 year old Cummins “leading the attack”

Australia collapse, England win second ODI