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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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Good call. Wouldn’t blow Agar off yet though, as the Border Medal short player of the year, he’s shown improvement. Build on that and if Lyons slow development is any indication there’s time yet.

Which spin bowlers should Australia pick to tour the subcontinent next year?

It’s a massive bonus to have tours to all those Asian countries in a concentrated time frame. The Aussies have to think laterally and to the future and take Lyon, Swepspn, Agar and Zampa. Ditch 2 backroomers to ensure your spinning future is exposed to the best spinning laboratory you could have. Their interaction with each other and coaches will be invaluable in the development of spin in Australia for the next 15 years, even if a couple of them don’t make it internationally. Their insights at Shield level for future aspirants will hold us in good stead too! Come on CA, hit this period with a longterm plan. While you’re at it, Langer can bring his mate Haydos in to do a masterclass on how he changed his approach to top order batting on the sub continent.

Which spin bowlers should Australia pick to tour the subcontinent next year?

Great thought provoker, I see your frustration Arj, most countries want the next generation to be promoted and I agree with you, however I’d be interested if you have a theory on a coupla questions? What is the mindset of the younger brigade who have seen their stars choose when they want to play for the national team, earn far more money than they can on national duty and then get picked anyway? Hard to blame them if there’s no real desire to wear the maroon and there’s no real inducement. The other way I look at it is that unlike a marquee Test tour or 50 over World Cup every 4 years to aim towards and develop a squad and game plan, the T20I World Cup every year or so means you can play in form 37-40 year olds as the tournament length is no different to any league and if they don’t do well…..there’s another one next year. It doesn’t have the same sense of missed opportunities a quadrennial tournament blowout has. It’s got to be hard for a national setup and coach to set a plan though if they’re playing lead in fixtures and don’t know who they’ll have! My other question is, what influence does Pollard have over the team selection? Is he pushing for these older guys?

The search is on for Caribbean flair

‘Head, playing in his first red-ball match since being dropped from the Test side last month….’ There in lies the problem for our fringe Test players!

Head, Bancroft make a statement at the WACA

Thanks Guest, kind of you to make such a valuable contribution to the site.

Australia fall agonisingly short in second T20 despite Stoinis heroics

Only as good as your last….. two games then?

Australia fall agonisingly short in second T20 despite Stoinis heroics

He showed the pace and patience required for a large chase, especially knowing he has another gear. Marsh back to 4, Maxwell back to Victoria. If Finch is considered a liability then Maxwell has definitely overstayed. Next gen time.

Australia fall agonisingly short in second T20 despite Stoinis heroics

Including yours?

Isolation no excuse for Australia: Finch

Harsh……..on an opinion site! Gotta reckon there’s 7bn people with an opinion on covid after 12 months.

Isolation no excuse for Australia: Finch

Stoinis is a square peg in a round hole at 6, Maxwell is too high at 5.

Isolation no excuse for Australia: Finch

Isolation at the Chateau? Seems more like a two week training camp every tour has. I’m sure it wasn’t exactly like that, but the touring Aussies have done longer training camps under the security of the military in the sub continent long before covid. As for Finch’s form, he often gets out caught at cover or point, he just seems to be about half a stride from balanced.

Isolation no excuse for Australia: Finch

Ian Healy was always good at mimicking bowlers runups and mannerisms, he’ll need a well trained protege for the Smudge & Marnus routines!

Nathan Lyon finally finds form, but Victoria's fringe players make Sheffield Shield statement

Yeah and the non Internationals in the NSW side have learned new dance moves from Smith for when they’re on the circuit!

Nathan Lyon finally finds form, but Victoria's fringe players make Sheffield Shield statement

Thanks for that mrrexdog, now I have context, apologies Ronan.

Kiwis' next superstars face Australia in T20s tomorrow

I think wherever they play they’ll be one more game into a 4 day mindset. Circumstances allowing the Test players time on Shield grounds is a bonus for the comp!

Nathan Lyon finally finds form, but Victoria's fringe players make Sheffield Shield statement

A power of research ADRAD, great read. I particularly liked your description of ‘chief executives’ pitches made to last. My only reservation is when opponents are discounted or dismissed by saying that certain partnerships were better as they didn’t play Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. You did counter that with Gideon Haigh’s astute comment on Hayden though, creating a thorough read.

Baggy green opening pairs: The best, and why

Alex Carey is a fringe player for the Australian T20I team, is he? Twelve months ago he was Vice Captain of both limited overs teams. I thought he was being rested as he was originally going to SA as back up keeper. Is that not right?

Kiwis' next superstars face Australia in T20s tomorrow

Hard to maintain 4 day batting form from November when you’re playing 20/20 or 2 day Grade cricket because Shield is on the backburner. As you know Paul, sport is 90% mental. Good bowling and a bowler having a purple patch can often be countered by batsmen in the same form. Hard to maintain that rhythm when you play 2 four week stints. The track may very well have played a part, but as fast bowlers and spinners equally enjoyed the conditions, I’d be interested if that same game came after 10 weeks of Shield focus how the batsmen would’ve approached it.

Nathan Lyon finally finds form, but Victoria's fringe players make Sheffield Shield statement

Come on mate, bowlers have to assess the situation, batsmen have to be given the leeway to show their natural expression! Or so say the commentating oracles. You know, the ‘oh well, you get what you get with (insert batsman here), that’s his game, some times it comes off, sometimes it doesn’t he has to play his natural game to be in a good headspace’.

Nathan Lyon finally finds form, but Victoria's fringe players make Sheffield Shield statement

Wouldn’t have anything to do with the last Shield match being a coupla years ago…..figuratively speaking?

Nathan Lyon finally finds form, but Victoria's fringe players make Sheffield Shield statement

Great stuff GOAT, only 9 months until the next Test, hold that form………..gotta love a raw fast bowler like Perry! Just doing what got him there; noballs, wides, kicking off a length and a perfect outtie to Smith. Let’s hope he’s not cookie cut to the ‘perfect action and requirements’ for higher honours! Speaking of Smith, what WAS he doing? Was he working on a new dance move? It certainly looked eccentric, especially as his dance partner, Marnus wasn’t at the other end!

Nathan Lyon finally finds form, but Victoria's fringe players make Sheffield Shield statement

Now if Australia could only play Shield sides for Test results we’d be sorted.

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

Oh well, won’t be any worse then.

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

Maybe more accurately than Paine from behind the stumps. Wouldn’t be hard to get more right, I’d suggest!

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

1) – The wicketkeeper has additional tasks in a game and training which are more onerous than a bowler as the keeper keeps every ball.
2)- The captain’s ‘tasks’ as you laid out are not set in stone and can be adapted, shifted, dropped or added to depending on the person.
3)- You don’t offer the vice captaincy to a player knowing they may need to take over for an injured Captain during a game unless you think they’re capable of the task and workload.
4) – You don’t accept the vice captaincy knowing you may need to take over for an injured Captain during a game unless you think you’re capable of the task and workload.

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!