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Best advice I ever heard; You learn nothing by talking. Your opinion only gets stronger when you consider another side of the topic. Anything less is just adding insult to injury.

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What is technique in the year 2020? Two of our (currently the worlds) 3 best performed Test players would be batting at 8 in most junior sides with traditional technique driven coaches. It’s now about repeatable actions which provide moderately more positives than negatives. Right now Labuschagne and Smith are providing more positives than Handscomb, but then, even the Don wasn’t that classical.

Maddinson is a Test option but not in the top order

Fate, is a funny thing, isn’t it? If Stoinis and Wade hadn’t decided their trophy cabinet was looking healthy and returned to their own states, then the Vic’s may very well have not looked at Maddinson. He grabbed his opportunity and as a more mature player is producing what the selectors believed him capable of at the higher level, at a younger age. As cricket fans we could all probably list 4-5 players who seemed to have the goods under 25. I’ve never believed the selectors are wrong for giving a bolter a chance, but not every bolter has the mental game. The rare exception was Steve Waugh, who developed that edge while being given an extended apprenticeship, but even he had a few on the sidelines, away from the pressure from within and without, to grasp what is required. Maddinson is a top 3 player coming into his prime at 28. He may not get a shot for a while, but that’s also the road Wade had to take, bang the door down and wait for a spot. It’s not unfair, it’s a process which has by and large stopped Australia going into an extended wilderness when rebuilding. A Test spot should be hard to get.

Maddinson is a Test option but not in the top order

Then you’re missing the point. As I was alluding to and others have plainly said, ALL spectators enter the arena at their own risk, just as they do at the beach.

Crowd catches are a disaster waiting to happen

Yeah, we’d have to resort to emoticons!

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams - Letter B

Sorry, I didn’t realise you deliberately did it, while realising it was wrong. A bit like fending at one on a fourth stump line, to run it through slips, hey? By the way, the Guardian continually ignores their tools of the trade, but you’re a step ahead as they’re supposedly professionals. I’m enjoying your articles though.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams - Letter B

As my first sentence indicated, I read the whole article, sorry my criticism offended you. It’ll be all glowing praise for C-Z.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams - Letter B

I knew that’d be your answer, except for the Guardian reference, as their opinion writers, as ‘professionals’ are touchier about their poor use of the tools of their trade. By the way, a new paragraph is about breaking the flow and starting a new thought or concept, which is why it jars, as does following a comma with and. No doubt there’ll be shots about grammar police.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams - Letter B

Not sure Bollinger does either!

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter A

Peaked too early, Richie is the only class with ball in hand, but the top 6 will set a million to bowl to…….

I have to say I’ve read a lot over the years about Bradman, as I’m sure most cricket fans have, but I believe the strangest would be the paragraph; ‘And at number three we have Mr 99.94. Not a lot else to say really. In terms of averages Bradman is to Allan Border as say Border is to Mitchell Marsh. Scary really.’ If we ignore the grammatical sin of starting a sentence, let alone a paragraph with And, how did Mitchell Marsh get dragged into this? Marsh would have to average around 1.2 to be a numerical comparison, but I can’t see any other grounds for taking a shot at Marsh. Weird!

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams - Letter B

You need to loosen your parameters and let Xavier Doherty into the X’s, Matt, he played a coupla Tests.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter A

Simple solution, RowiE, let’s just stop spectators at sport and make it a purely televised entertainment. Otherwise, let’s agree that from the time of Persian goatball, or Native American lacrosse that spectators who attended, but aren’t paying attention on the sidelines may cop a stray projectile.

Crowd catches are a disaster waiting to happen

Sean, Maddinson was picked in the Australia A game against Pakistan early in the summer and withdrew on mental health grounds. So the recognition from the selectors is there, maybe there’s been discussions where he’s not in the frame for different reasons. You noted …..’score of 224. Sure, that knock was on a road as flat as a tack down at the Junction Oval,’ I really hope these things don’t enter the selectors thoughts negatively. Players roll up to whatever the curator produces and players need to find a way to excel. The Vics copped an unplayable this year and a road last year, that sounds like the possibilities you can get touring overseas. Surely then a player who succeeds is exactly what you’re looking for. Not to mention in this time of ‘trust the process’ a player who has a technique to dominate on a road and survive on a dodgy surely has the tools for the game. Hopefully he finishes the season strong and he’s in the picture if Burns stops producing 50+ partnerships with Warner and he tapers off.

Why Nic Maddinson should be given more thought in the Australian opening batsmen discussion

Runs in the bank mate? Where were those? Surely not the World Cup where he played his last 10 ODI’S! He’s gone, injured at 33, with no form in the last 10, time to give an up and comer the luxury of what Maxwell got 5 years ago, especially when the real ODI’S are still 3 1/2 years away.

Glenn Maxwell's injury exposes Australia's dearth of middle-order batsmen

Maxwell’s last score over 25 was an 83no, 10 innings ago. His recent form therefore has been no better than Turner. Short format cricket is his domain, but he hadn’t produced anything recently to warrant selection. Wade and Stoinis however have.

Glenn Maxwell's injury exposes Australia's dearth of middle-order batsmen

They sure can, champ. But as I said; ‘If another spinner isn’t jumping out with form, leave them home.’ I woulda thought an above par spinner was above par because of form?

Sheffield Shield once again a crucial battleground for Test spots

He doesn’t spin in the same way as Lyon, he doesn’t spin it or penetrate. He’s a short form part timer. They have existing part timers in Head and Labuschagne who are better batsmen.

Sheffield Shield once again a crucial battleground for Test spots

If another spinner isn’t jumping out with form, leave them home. Quality quicks will still get wickets. This is where the selectors reward form and winning teams with a stable lineup. It ain’t broke!

Sheffield Shield once again a crucial battleground for Test spots

No, it won’t, he’s not a Test cricketer, the selectors determined that years ago.

Sheffield Shield once again a crucial battleground for Test spots

“The answer, evidently, is by dominating at home against a few out-of-sorts tourists and having a superb World Cup.” No actual need for the article, you answered your own question!

Warner's win means it's time for an Allan Border Medal rethink

Not sure where the venue is, matters in Melbourne, Chris. Melbourne City & Victory have their own supporter bases. All the Melbourne AFL teams have theirs too, but play at 2 grounds. Certainly they had established bases before ground rationalisation forced their move. I believe it has to do with no interest in the team or more importantly, the players. The single town teams have a greater concentration of home grown talent which the supporters can identify more with, how many Stars players were Vic’s? The question can also be asked of the Renegades. Everyone knows Victorians are parochial and that is an important factor when building new teams. They may be affected by retirements of recognisable Aussie reps, like White, Hodge, but the likes of Siddle, Pattinson, Boland playing elsewhere undercuts that local identity. I’m not saying that’s the main problem, but fans identify with personalities who are embedded in the fabric and you must be a part of the action. Spectators are looking for something to do today and if the entertainment is bland, it’s wet, cold, stinking hot, or the kids have school tomorrow, there’s always somewhere else you can be.

The Big Bashiest ever conclusion to a Big Bash season?

Cart and horse Chris. First you play the game. Boxing Day is iconic because of the atmosphere in the ground. Set Australia Day weekend as a no compromise Australian T20 or ODI weekend and then your broadcasters fall over themselves to show it because Adelaide fills the stadium with atmosphere for their carnival weekend.

The Big Bashiest ever conclusion to a Big Bash season?

Its not dropping your speed that matters as much as the number of overs in a game. Australia doesn’t need Lyon to bowl that many overs in an innings, let alone expect the pacemen to. Thats because we have depth in any side, 4 to 5 bowlers who could take a 5fa any game.

Archer mess a cautionary tale for managing young quicks

‘Archer was sore and was told he wasn’t trying hard enough…’ That comment is disingenuous at best! Root and the lack of quality 3/4/5 bowling options for England is the problem. Root has failed as a captain by continually going to Archer when his body language tells a captain his spell should be over. Lee is right in so far as the rotation is irrelevant to Australia as they know they have 5/6 quality options and on the day rotate regularly through 4/5 bowlers keeping them fresh and the attack varied. Both Starc and Pattinson are on record this summer saying ‘you’ want to be out there every game. Without Root pushing your workload there’s no need for that to be a cautionary tale for the Aussies, it is poor captaincy exacerbated by lack of depth.

Archer mess a cautionary tale for managing young quicks

Why not make it a regular event? Because the big names will drop off and donor fatigue. Everyone knows the common element which drew these people together. Spending a whole game with commentators asking individuals what their cause is, is tiresome at best, absolutely boring viewing at worst. You can’t manufacture spontaneity. Well done to all, move on.

Why the Bushfire Bash should continue

I would’ve thought Australia playing on Australia Day would be the standard for an organisation which purports to represent Australia’s summer sport! At best you’d make the BBL the curtain raiser.

The Big Bashiest ever conclusion to a Big Bash season?