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I live in Brisbane Don… I watched every test match last summer, the whole South African series and the Pakistan series. Test cricket is my favourite format and in no way do I wish for it’s decline. As always, it’s an opinion and an alternative point of view. Chris is Gayle is making more many playing cricket than any other current test player… I feel like that validity speaks for itself.

The Test is dead, long live Twenty20

You don’t often see a swimmer competing in 4 or 5 different events however. There is more pressure now than ever for them to pick an event a train relentlessly for that event. Unless you are Michael Phelps, the chances of succeeding in all of them isn’t high. Despite the expectations of the Australian Olympic Committee and the media, swimmers have shown that they can’t deal with the pressure. So maybe providing field hockey players with a little more of everything really isn’t a bad idea?

What comes first: Funding or performance?

Because every sport deserves the opportunity to be recognised and participated in. If someone in a less recognised sport wins a medal at the games, there would be more young people than you think wanting to give that sport a go, but a lack of facilities would kill this dream. Swimming and cycling is never going die whether a small amount of funding is cut or not. Not giving enough money to certain sports is exactly what i’m saying. Why would we be putting millions of dollars into our swimming team if we didn’t want them to perform? Less recognised sports with athletes that have the talent to medal should be given the same luxury’s.

What comes first: Funding or performance?

As important as it is, i’m not really discussing health. I’m more concerned with the fact that we introduced a strategy to win gold medals at the Olympic Games and this strategy failed. If an Australian wins a medal in a less recognised sport where more self funding is needed, do we not owe it to them to provide them with the opportunity to head back four years later and repeat their heroics? While we are on the topic, I think exercising in any sport is more important than not. Medals in less appreciated sports would do wonders for Australia, and will change the way young students feel about certain events.

What comes first: Funding or performance?

Have a look at the current South Australian Wicket Keeper, just broke the Shield record for most dismissals in a season and is definitely an up and comer if his batting becomes something to behold. Would love to see Wade really make the stop his own for the time being.

Sorry Nev, Wade has booked his Ashes place

That’s my point, if Warner performs in this game, I look like an idiot but i’ll be happy about it because Warner will have performed at a time where Australia really 100% needed their vice captain to stand up. Not in the 4th game of a one day series against Pakistan when we’ve already taken the series..

Warner's 'clutch' status in doubt after consistent failure

I never mentioned Hayden though, I just want David Warner to be David Warner. If you take the Indian Tour completely out of the picture what do we have? We have two test centuries against a Pakistani side when Australia had already won. We have two ODI centuries in the final two games when Australia had already claimed a 3-0 victory. I’m sure if I went further back into 2016 I could find more evidence because i’ve seen the trend for a while but apart from those runs in dead rubber games we don’t have any big scores at all.

Warner's 'clutch' status in doubt after consistent failure

When I say ‘golden run’, i’m actually referring to a bunch of articles from the Australian summer where after back to back hundreds people would refer his form to a ‘golden summer’ or other things. But i’m agreeing with you when I say that Warner really hasn’t performed the way everyone is reacting, and that’s what i’m trying to open people up to. When Warner scores big all pressure falls off his shoulders and I know you want a player in your team who can single handedly win a contest, but when the game is a dead rubber? I’m a big fan of David Warner’s, I just want to see him score big and play hard when it matters the most. Of course Australia want to win every match they play in, but is it absolutely necessary? no. In a 5 match series (no matter what form it is) is it absolutely necessary to win the first 3 matches or be the first to win 3? Yes. And that’s when i’d like to see David Warner stand up. Thanks for your feedback! 🙂

Warner's 'clutch' status in doubt after consistent failure

Warner seems to have a huge hold on the Australian public when he scores big, even more so than Steven Smith. This is because of the excitement factor and when smith is scoring hundreds of 150 balls, Warner is doing it in 80. But yes, when he has scored his runs recently it has been when the pressure off and that’s the worry. In a pool group in the champions trophy where we are grouped with NZ and England I believe, he has to be performing from the first ball.

Warner's 'clutch' status in doubt after consistent failure

Warner has proved himself at the highest level which is why he remains a constant, my point being that if he continues to underperform in the big games, eventually the whole of Australia will pick up on it and it won’t just be us. I think he’d agree that he doesn’t deserve excuses, it’s test cricket and he needs to perform.

Warner's 'clutch' status in doubt after consistent failure

Thanks for your response Chris Love. My issue being that for a man of his calibre and a man who has been in the test arena for a long time now, you can’t give him the excuse that he takes time to adapt to bowlers. This is international cricket. I just can’t help but feel that when he made those centuries during the Australian summer, everyone let the pressure off him without realising that the matches he performed in were dead rubbers. I am a huge fan of Warner’s, but i’m aware of the fact that he isn’t performing when it is absolutely necessary.

Warner's 'clutch' status in doubt after consistent failure

The experiment didn’t work, it was way too early to send in a night watchman. You can’t expect them to last too long and Jadeja hasn’t been lasting long with the bat recently anyway. Pressure will be on specialists and all rounders who bat closer to the bottom now at 7 & 8.

India vs Australia Highlights: Cricket live scores, blog, 2nd Test – Day 3

Player was given out, and through video the umpire had every right to have given him out. There was no conclusive evidence for the decision to be overturned and bat and pad hit the ball almost simultaneously, therefore the decision remains. Nothing wrong with that all.

India vs Australia Highlights: Cricket live scores, blog, 2nd Test – Day 3

Kohli was carrying on after being dismissed way too much for someone who is meant to be captaining his country. Obviously he has the weight of the country on his shoulders and he was disappointed with the decision, but there is no conclusive evidence to say that the decision should be overturned, therefore he must accept his fate. If he was given not out at the Australian’s reviewed it, benefit of the doubt would have gone towards Kohli. I must say though, Kohli was so confident that he had hit the ball first that i’m not even sure if Australia would have reviewed. Hazelwood wasn’t confident at all but in some situations, things can be more than what they seem.

India vs Australia Highlights: Cricket live scores, blog, 2nd Test – Day 3