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Giri Subramanian

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My first memories of watching cricket goes back 20 years when I watched a 18 year old Sachin Tendulkar tonk Mushtaq Ahmed for two consecutive sixes in one over in Sharjah. I have been hooked on to cricket since then. Even though my career has taken me to a monotonous Software Profession, my passion still remains with cricket. In 2005 I decided to write about the sport and have never looked back since. As an avid cricket fan and a passionate Indian team supporter I have been able to keep in touch with the sport through my writing.

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World Cricket is becoming that way isn’t it? Teams think that filling your X1 with sloggers will accomplish what England can do which is not the right approach. If we look at the English batting line up, Johnny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Joe Root are all accomplished Tests batsmen. Eoin Morgan has played Tests as well for England. Moeen Ali plays Tests for England as well. So these are players who not only can score quick but also can score big. The players who are only success for in T20 format and are good for pretty 30’s and 40’s aren’t going to accomplish that. The same issue which is plaguing the Pakistan ODI team as well.

Australia’s ODI problems go beyond the absence of Smith and Warner

You are absolutely right. Australia’s team selections over the past year or so has been poor. The current fiasco with the CA administration also not helping. Australia haven’t been patient with lots of their players over the last couple of years and also it seems like the team management has also confused different formats while evaluating performances.

Australia’s ODI problems go beyond the absence of Smith and Warner

He is one of the best spinners currently and for sure one of the greats of Australian cricket. He has surpassed all expectations. I hope he gets to 400 Tests wickets and more.

Where does Nathan Lyon rank among the pantheon of Australian spinners?

Agree. Nathan Lyon has been brilliant.

Where does Nathan Lyon rank among the pantheon of Australian spinners?

I think the bowling averages in this era has been significantly higher. If look at people who have at least 200 Tests wickets, only Steyn & Philander averages under 25 among pacers. Among spinners only Ashwin has an average of around 25. The pitches are flat and spinners hardly get much help. Wrist spinners are different but except for Yasir Shah, there is no good wrist spinner in Tests. Nathan Lyon has done very well when you think the kind of wickets he has played in. Except for couple of pitches, most of the Aussie pitches in recent times have been completely flat.

Where does Nathan Lyon rank among the pantheon of Australian spinners?

Finger spinners cannot be compared to wrist spinners in terms of effectiveness but again Australia’s greatest have been the latter. It is commendable that Nathan Lyon has done so well playing on wickets in Australia which are nowhere close to what it used to be in the past.

Where does Nathan Lyon rank among the pantheon of Australian spinners?

Understood. I only took the top wicket takers among spinners to compare (with minimum of 200 Test wickets). That’s the reason for me to miss O’Reilly, Trumble and Mallet. All great spinners.

Where does Nathan Lyon rank among the pantheon of Australian spinners?

Very good bowlers both. It will be honour for Nathan Lyon to be in such company.

Where does Nathan Lyon rank among the pantheon of Australian spinners?

Well he has done well when Australia were struggling to find a competent spinner in Tests. I think Australia’s Test woes is mostly due to their batting recently.

Where does Nathan Lyon rank among the pantheon of Australian spinners?

Yup he has been poor for a while now. More than 2 years actually. He was playing because of captaincy till couple of years ago but now only plays because of his senioruty.

MS Dhoni is fast becoming a burden to Indian middle order

I agree, the selectors need to think about the future of the game as well. The subcontinent players have been having this issue for a while now. The players don’t want to go and the selectors are not ruthless enough.

MS Dhoni is fast becoming a burden to Indian middle order

Yes Paul, his decline had started few years ago and it hasn’t improved. It would be a shame if he retired with an average of less than 50, which might happen if he continues to play.

MS Dhoni is fast becoming a burden to Indian middle order

I agree, He will be crucial for Australia T20 WC campaign in 2020. I agree that he should not be playing any T20 until after the WC.

Mitchell Starc is too important for meaningless T20 games

Yup Kohli rested the Afghanistan Test and also the Sri Lankan ODI/T20 series last December. He did not play in Asia cup as well. So it is about managing your best player. Starc does not need to play this T20 series. Australia have done well without him over the last 2 years and at this point the team will not miss him much.

Mitchell Starc is too important for meaningless T20 games

He needs to be used in short burts 3-4 overs at a time by the captain. Making him bowl long spells is not a great idea.

Mitchell Starc is too important for meaningless T20 games

He needs to bowl but not in those T20 games. The 12 overs he might bowl over the course of probably 10 days is not going to help him in anyways. JLT Sheffield Shield 2018-19 season starts on 16th October. He should play in that to prepare for the home season. What’s the point of these 3 T20 games other than a money making venture for PCB?

Mitchell Starc is too important for meaningless T20 games

Yup especially when Starc has just returned from an injury. There is no logical reason to play Mitchell Starc in the 3 T20 games. Australia have done well in T20 without Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc over the last couple of years, so they will be okay. No need to risk Starc with a huge summer of cricket coming up.

Mitchell Starc is too important for meaningless T20 games

I agree. It will be better for Starc to be back in Australia preparing for the Test series, rather than playing in the UAE heat for 3 more days which has no significance.

Mitchell Starc is too important for meaningless T20 games

Still an unnecessary risk to play him T20 at the moment. What is the point? What is Australia going to achieve with him in T20 games? I hope he does not play all the three games.

Mitchell Starc is too important for meaningless T20 games

Most absurd article seen recently. The guy just bowled in one innings and already his career is on the line? No wonder Australia is not able to find a spinner to partner Nathan Lyon on Asian tours. You need to back and stick to one spinner at least for couple of Tests. If you keep chopping and changing, you are never going to be able to find a good second spinner.

Holland's Test career is on the line against Pakistan

Agar and Starc give Australia good depth. When Cummins is back, they will have even longer batting. I agree, Australia easily can play 3 spinners in the X1. Even Lyon can hand around for a while.

Batting is Australia's key in the UAE

The only spot Finch can fit into in the current team is at the top. Renshaw not being available means that someone else has to open with Khawaja. In UAE the new ball does not do much and it will be easier to bat against the new ball against the pacers. Finch will provide that for Australia. If he gets off to a good start, Australia can easily divert the pressure back on to the opposition. I am sure that this is just a stop gap solution as I don’t see Finch a long term Test prospect for Australia. Joe Burns should have been picked but he was not which is sad.

Finch as a Test opener is a mistake

I guess Renshaw is injured and is all set to miss the first Test anyways. I am still thinking Finch should open. I understand he does not play in that position for his state side but he is the kind of X-factor Australia needs against the new ball. Marsh being the most experienced batter in the X1 cannot open as he needs to be in the middle to guide the young players. Neser vs Siddle is a toss up which the Aussie team management need to take a call on. Three spinners is a great idea and with Agar, Starc being the all rounders it is well worth a try.

Batting is Australia's key in the UAE

Thanks Paul. Positive footwork is very important while playing the spinners. That’s where some of the players I mentioned in the past succeeded. In the resent past the Australian batting had become very tentative against the spin which caused them some grief on their past tours. This time though they have come in as well prepared as they can be.

Batting is Australia's key in the UAE

Well Smith and Warner have been punished and I don’t see a reason for them to not get back. Yeah they did cheat but were not the first ones to do so. Australia dealt with it more harshly than the other cricketing boards who just stuck with ICC’s couple of games bans. I think they have suffered enough and kudos to them for keeping themselves fit and keep playing as much cricket as they can to stay match fit.

Who will be in Australia’s world cup squad?