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Whilst I understand your sentiment, Sava, I will be watching but with a little less enthusiasm now that Peter Handscomb has had to make way for Steve Smith. Handscomb played extremely well and whilst Warner has made a genuine case for recall, I don’t believe Smith has presented a compelling case. His IPL team dropped him and his performances still show that he is more about Steve Smith than the team. Once he steps back in, the tone of the team will not improve and will most likely diminish. Such a shame. I hope he proves me wrong.

The cost of Smith and Warner's inclusions in Australia's World Cup squad

Absolutely. As a long suffering Panthers supporter I could not believe that the Panthers let Peachey go. Every decision they made was to retain Nathan Cleary. Why? He has a decent kicking game and tackles well but I prefer a halfback with speed, who poses a constant threat to the opposition and creates opportunities for others. I believe he played second fiddle to Jerome Luai when they were juniors. I can see why. Penrith’s spine is not good enough to challenge for the premiership. An average fullback, a poor hooker, a non threatening halfback and an error prone ageing number 6.

Nathan pinches two points from Ivan’s old mob after the Warriors trump the Titans

And the Pakistan team was second rate!

Aaron Finch falls just shy of an all-time Australian ODI record

Yes, Dan Christian, what a terrific cricketer he is. No coincidence that he has been in so many winning T20 teams

Stoinis' slow scoring a World Cup worry

Yes, I agree and he doesn’t seem perturbed that his slow starts place huge pressure on his team mates as well. His bowling is not being used much either.

Stoinis' slow scoring a World Cup worry

Chris,
I don’t agree with your suggestion that we have to score 400 to have a chance. Yes some teams are capable of running up those numbers in meaningless one day matches and I daresay some of the weaker nations may cop some huge totals. But I believe when the big moments come that scores of 400 will not happen. A well selected line up of bowlers is a must. To win the World Cup, your bowling has to be on song and the captaincy has to be proactive not reactive. Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa are improving. Zampa has to be trusted by the captain and not interchanged with Lyon. Starc, if fit, is a key to our hopes. That leaves the 5th bowler. Stoinis, Maxwell and Finch to share? That would be my choice.

Why Australia should be optimistic about the World Cup

That was 5 minutes of my life wasted

Australia no longer pinning hopes on England stuffing this up

The five game series against Pakistan is a golden opportunity to test the ability of each of our spinners. Rest Pat Cummins and select Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa for ALL 5 games! Make sure Glenn Maxwell bowls as well. It doesn’t matter if we don’t win this series. The team should be confident after the India series. Pakistan will go after the spinners so let’s see how they go. Maybe encourage Finch to role his arm over too.

Lyon should not be a World Cup certainty

Finch has already been selected for the next ODI tour of Pakistan. Another failure tonight will not see him dropped for Pakistan. I dare say he will get at least a couple of games as an opener and if he doesn’t fire then maybe a go in the middle order. The selectors desperately want him to captain the team. Shaun Marsh to open?

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

And lets hope the quality of the teams that play Australia A in England are not diluted in strength.

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

Bancroft has to out perform other contenders and put himself in the next cab off the rank position. He is showing some form and I agree we sorely need a defensive rock in our batting order. If someone is not producing, then he may get an opportunity. I think he has a lot of test quality attributes. I like him as a keeper batsman too. If he were chosen as a keeper, he won’t have a chance to “shine” the ball.

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

My argument is that they shouldn’t be picked ahead of a developing team that are beginning to taste success. Smith and Warner shouldn’t just walk back in. They need to make some scores and look for an opportunity when an incumbent is dropped. Smith didn’t set the grade scene on fire when he played for Sutherland this season. I also believe Smith and Warner are classes above the rest of our team but they have to prove themselves after their enforced layoffs and wait for an opportunity to arise.

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

Hi Paul,
Of course they need to prove themselves. My point is they need to be given a fair chance. What happened to Peter Siddle when he came out at the beginning of the summer and said that he believed the ball tampering trio should serve their full bans? Well he was in the test squad but couldn’t get a game. When the chance finally came due to Josh Hazlewood’s injury, lo and behold the impressive Jhye Richardson leapfrogged him into the test team. Coincidence?

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

The selector Trevor Hohns suggested that these two only needed to return to international cricket in the IPL to be selected. He didn’t mention how successful they had to be. Surely they need to perform at a an impressively high level before they take over from this new quickly developing squad that have a chance to beat India in India.

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

Hey Jack,
The team that beat Sri Lanka 2-0.

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

Hi Paul,
Do they really all want them back.I have read articles about certain players, coaches, managers etc giving them their support but not all. Perhaps anyone who offers a different opinion fears a backlash if they are gifted returns.

Australia's not looking second-rate now!

Or don’t slot Smith and Warner in and watch the team grow.

Australia needs a radically different World Cup squad