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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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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?

Agar will be a good second spinner if Australia want to play that combination. He can keep the runs down and get wickets through pressure but he is not a bowler who can turn a game in the middle overs. Australia needs an attacking option for the spinner. I thought Zampa was that for Australia but for some reason, he isn’t in favour at the moment.

Who will be in Australia’s world cup squad?

Even though Smith the Test player is far superior than his ODI version, he still gives Australian top order the stability it needs. Smith still averages 41.8 in ODIs with 8 hundreds. I am not sure many in the current Aussie team have that record. He is still a very good player and should be one of the first people to be put down on the selection sheet for the world cup.

Who will be in Australia’s world cup squad?

Tim Paine might be left off but Shaun Marsh might get a shoe in if he continues to score runs. He was one of the bright spots earlier this year in England and it will be interesting to see how he goes in the coming months. But yeah Khawaja might be an option but the guy keeps striking out whenever he plays in LOIs

Who will be in Australia’s world cup squad?

Interesting squad and might well be the one Australia pick. Aaron Finch for ODI captaincy is not a bad idea as at the moment he is the only sure shot selection in the team. I agree that Tim Paine’s ODI record is really poor. Carey probably is a good option. So I guess your squad has better chances of getting picked. That team looks really strong though.

Who will be in Australia’s world cup squad?

The spin bowling is a huge problem for Australia. I don’t see anyone other than the usual suspects. There are young Lloyd Pope and Tom O’Connell but they are too young and raw at the moment. Adam Zampa has fallen off the radar and then there is Fawad and Cameroon Boyce both I hear are not playing in the JLT Cup, which is a huge disappointment for me. Ashton Agar has not convinced me that he is the premier spinner for Australia. I put his name down because, there haven’t been many spinners who have been tried at the ODI level in recent times.

Nathan Lyon might be one of the contenders as he played in England earlier this year but Australia needs to pluck a wrist spinner out of thin air ahead of the World Cup.

Who will be in Australia’s world cup squad?

Yes it is too early. That’s why it is fun to speculate 🙂

Who will be in Australia’s world cup squad?

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