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You can apply the potential label to the whole Penrith team too. How long have we heard about this so called talented lineup. “Premiership window” anyone. Their attack is poor, (chose to play a half fit Kikau because he is their only dangerous player), their defence is embarrassing and their discipline a sad joke. I feel sorry for Nathan Cleary. Overrated? Yes. Overpaid? Yes. But Cameron Smith wouldn’t shine if he played with this team.

How long does potential last in the NRL?

I believe the semi finals will feature the top two sides, England and India and two out of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. The only reason I include Australia is that the rest of the countries are abysmal! Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have no realistic chance. Pakistan and the West Indies are capable of big wins but are too inconsistent to thrive in this type of format. New Zealand will be consistent and have some very good players. I doubt that they can win the World Cup but I like their chances to make the semis. South Africa are weakened because of their racial quota system. Too many of their players are lost to the English county system through the Kolpak ruling. That gives Australia a chance. A win against India (although MS Dhoni was rested for the final two games!) and a whitewash against a severely understrength Pakistan has many tipping a great performance from Australia. As I write this a severely depleted New Zealand smashed Australia in an unofficial warmup game!) Australia has to win all the easy matches and one of the games against New Zealand or South Africa. I fear an upset loss to Pakistan or West Indies could sink them. Or perhaps the English weather. A washout or two against the easy beats would spell disaster.

The Cricket World Cup is wide open

Agree with Ian Chappell. There is a lot more to the Sandpapergate story and Steve Smith’s assurance that it was the first time is laughable. The English didn’t complain about altering the ball during the Ashes in Australia because they were guilty of the same thing. Remember Andrew Flintoff cautioning “let’s not throw stones, boys!”The South Africans were gunning for Australia after what happened to Faf in Australia with the lolly and his subsequent ban. The gloves were off! David Warner with his excessive finger strapping, Cameron Bancroft pouring a sugary powder into his pockets. The Australians were doing all sorts of things but so were most teams. My problem is with the lying. I believe several members including Smith and Bancroft have lied. Warner seems to have stayed silent and maintained his dignity.

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

Ashton Turner! Two first ball ducks in two innings in the IPL. At least he hasn’t used up too many balls. The Australian selectors had no other options to be fair. Handscomb would have been my choice instead of S Marsh but apart from him, there were only left field options. D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Dan Christian? The selectors had to pick our best players and I believe they have done that. Can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear! If we make the knockout stages it will be more likely a result of great bowling and fielding and occasional brilliance from Finch, Warner and Maxwell. Mitchell Starc for our MVP.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

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