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“Perhaps though its australia that wanted the run at perth stadium their for their potential players not pakistan.”

Can’t say I agree with that Pierro. I actually think it would have been Pakistan that requested a warm up match ahead of the Tests (which is entirely reasonable and common practice/courtesy from home sides). With a match needed for the visiting team, an Aus A team probably seemed like a logical approach (allows all 6 Shield teams to continue to play in their round of matches, rather than Pakistan playing a State side and creating a Shield scheduling bottleneck).

Side benefit for CA is a match in which they can group together their “next tier” prospects.

Yes Bancroft needs a lot of work. Like many young players that are assumed to be “Test-ready”.

We need to be thinking about how to build a robust and successful team for our 2022 Asian series; not just get all hyped up about preparing for home Ashes in 2021/22 and not even thinking about the challenges (and the opportunities) that immediately follow.

I do tire from comments that any series not against England or India is fairly meaningless and should be used a testing ground.

I’d much rather clean-sweep Asia away in 2022 than defeat England at home in 2021/22.
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Who will bat for Australia in the middle order?

I fairness, it’s incumbent on CA to present at least one credible warm up match to visiting teams. I don’t think the scheduling of this fixture is as much a desire for a “bat-off/bowl-off” match, as it is to meet Pakistan’s need to get some preparation in. The fact that there needs to be a quality match for the visiting team presents the opportunity for CA to group together a collection of high achievers.

Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

But Pakistan isn’t playing a Test in Perth – Brisbane and Adelaide only…

And Pakistan has another match starting Friday in Perth (a 2 day game vs a Cricket Australia XI – Australian team has been selected). At the WACA.

Who will bat for Australia in the middle order?

Yes, patience against spin may not be Head’s strong point.

Who will bat for Australia in the middle order?

If Aus A does bat again, I reckon it will be 30 overs maximum. I can see the game being called off with a session to play (which would be unfair on the 37 spectators estimated to attend tomorrow. Why they wouldn’t play at the viewing-friendly WACA is a mystery.

Who will bat for Australia in the middle order?

He’s only played Tests in one Australian summer (his debut Test series) which was average. He was up and down last summer, but only returned from his ban in January. Prior to his ban he was pretty consistent in domestic FC cricket.

He’s very much of the Geoff Boycott mould; just don’t get out whatever it takes – or whatever it costs (your team).

Who will bat for Australia in the middle order?

Yet he does average 45 in Australia and since his debut home series 7 years ago, (against India where in fairness to him he was bating with a back injury sustained in Cape Town 6 weeks prior which significantly restricted his movement), has only failed to pass 30 in consecutive innings on 3 occasions? His home record is actually quite impressive. And over along time (6, I think) home summers.

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

Bancroft’s always been a great defensive batsman, so can protect his wicket. Question is what do the circumstances need to be for him to be able to break the shackles and take the game on. I guess the question for me with Bancroft is, who is in control when he is at the crease? Bancroft or the opposition? Increasingly it seems like the answer is the latter. A batsman that can hold out is great value, but at some point your team also needs to score runs and get the upper hand through proactive cricket if they are a hope of winning matches.

Who will bat for Australia in the middle order?

Ah ok. Thanks.

Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

The batsmen in the Perth game just look insipid. The wicket isn’t really doing that much. Though there have been a couple of great wicket-taking balls from Pakistan.

I stated on another post a few minutes ago I think it may have to be Marsh, even if that goes against the grain of the thinking about selecting for the future. At some point we have to start selecting for what’s in front of us now, not in 18 months time.

Who will bat for Australia in the middle order?

Had he already flown out for the Shield game?

Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

If the focus is truly on what is in front of Australia right now, this summer, and I know this will pull a few howls of derision, but Shaun Marsh is just looking incredibly solid this season and has the international experience and very good returns on Australian soil to justify selection. I know that goes against “looking to the future” but half to three quarters of our batting Test selections over the last 5 years seem to have been about the future, “What if” and “if only” selections or calls for these types of selections have been dominant, yet it hasn’t worked and we just seem to have an endless rotation of players through the top 6 line up. Even with Marsh in, there’s a helluva lot of inexperience, with Harris (Burns to a lesser extent), Labuschagne and even the VC Head and the new incarnation of Wade. Paine himself is actually relatively inexperienced.

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

Yep. So much wasted talk about how “weak” Pakistan’s attack is and how Australia should just “use” this “opportunity” to “blood” young players at Test level, even when they are showing immense inconsistency at domestic level. Is this what being selected for Australia has been dumbed down to? “Give him a shot at Test cricket and let’s see what he’s made of”? Let him “learn” at Test level even though he clearly still needs to learn at domestic level?

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

Pucovski’s potential needs to be proven, before it’s used.

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

” Work that one out…”

I solved it. You are comparing a player who has always been a specialist batsman with one whose Test statistics are mostly derived from being a full time wicketkeeper.

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

There is a lot of discussion around about Pakistan’s attack being weak. I think an experienced attack is being confused with being a weak attack. Shaheen Afridi at 19yo is inexperienced; bowling though is anuthing but. Add in their spinners including Yasir Shah and Bilal and I think they could challenge most sides when on song as a collective.

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

I agree in that I think he has the makings of a well rounded FC/Test batsman. I’m just not convinced he is there yet and, for two reasons, wouldn’t pick him: 1) his still inconsistent with his performances and I think the argument regarding impact on his confidence could go the other way if incurred several low scores and 2) the Baggy Green surely has to be earned by consistently good performance, not some good performances heavily outweighed by poor ones; I think that sends the wrong message to not only Pucovski, but most FC cricketers. I’ve mentioned the Hilton Cartwright example before (discussed openly by Cartwright), but I think it is a relevant one; he got selected for Australia and figured he had made it and so could therefore further fiddle with his technique, rather than cementing down his key strengths. He did so, subsequently produced poor returns and found himself out of the State side. I

‘m sure Pucovski can make it at the higher level because he is showing signs; but for me they aren’t enough signs and he could quickly become stygmatised as “a good FC cricketer but one who isn’t up to Test standard”. I feel we have seen that being repeated over and over the last 10+ years.

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

I have to agree. It may been related to the short notice and Bancroft already being in Perth?

Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

Why is it an asterisk (a “big” one at that) that Australia didn’t WIN the Ashes? The fact is we didnt LOSE the Ashes in England for the first time in a long time. A drawn series a very good achievement given that fact and where the team was more recently.

Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

But if Pakistan’s attack is weak, how does this improve his batting? Wouldn’t he achieve the same outcome in terms of skill development/rounding out his game in Shield? And what true indication would it give selectors? In which case if he’s not up to Test standard yet, why would he be given a Baggy Green? Alternatively, shouldn’t Australia always put its best team on the field and if it’s a weak opponent, strive to succeed by the greatest degree possible, not just win?

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

Pucovski is averaging lowish 30s in domestic FC cricket this calendar year, with 7 out of his 18 innings being single digits. What is your reasoning to give him a Test cap?

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

I can’t be certain, but given Star Sports (India, even though HK based) has the rights to all ICC tournaments through to 2023, so it may be the Ch 9 simply did the side deal with Star for T20WC, as CA has no control over broadcasting of that event.

I think the last thing I (was forced to) watched on FTA was the WC final as Foxtel didn’t have the rights to the match. The horror of being pelted with advertising tripe after every 6 balls…not an experience I wish to repeat in a hurry.

When Ch7 show games on their other channels is it in HD or SD? I actually can’t believe there are still SD channels.

I’m happy to pay my $2.50 a day for the sports package; gets me all the cricket, Australia or otherwise (plus obviously pretty much every other major sport globally); looking forward to starting off the day later this month with the Test from NZ v Eng, then switching over to the Aussie Test.

Langer has Australia purring in T20Is

Shorter? The best thing this site could do with is not having opinions/perspectives being dumbed down by the editors. The types of pieces represented by your article should be as expansive as possible IMO. I MUCH rather read articles like these delving deeply into the rich tapestry and history of the game, than endless daily speculative articles on who has moved to the “front of the pecking order” based on a performance the day before.

And there are plenty of on-line sites I’m sure that would embrace an indulgence into the history of the game.

Great cricketing nurseries: Which provinces have produced the best Test players?

Better wellbeing programs?

Test contender withdraws from Australia A game due to mental health issues

Has it? I hadn’t read that he had stated he was feeling rattled from that. Thanks for the update. We now understand what is behind the mental health issue.

Test contender withdraws from Australia A game due to mental health issues