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An asset to who, what? I’d say he is a liability, not an asset. i.e. in the long run, it will cost you to be in possession of rather than enhance your position. The longer you retain, the more it will be a drain on your resources and outcomes. Get past the “new car smell”, and you’re left with an outdated model and a maintenance burden.

Retirements leading South Africa into grim cricket era

Yes, yet Stokes is still in line to become England captain. Warner acted like a t ool and culminated in exploits that saw him banned from leadership for life. Stokes acts like a t ool on and off the field and seemingly is consistently promoted by the ECB for being so.

Retirements leading South Africa into grim cricket era

He’s a through and through embarrassment, especially to himself. But he’s too dumb, ignorant, stubborn, egotistical, to recognise it. If that is what England captaincy material has devolved to, goodness help the game.

Retirements leading South Africa into grim cricket era

Passionate doesn’t equate to being a w an ker though…

Retirements leading South Africa into grim cricket era

“what goes around, comes aground”

Pretty lazy observation Tony Tea. No substance, just an ethereal thought bubble. So is it what, Karma? There’s no connection or link, as you purport.

Retirements leading South Africa into grim cricket era

Australia has deteriorated to the standard of a minnow in cricket since Langer took over. Disgraceful. A disaster as a coach and a selector. He’s set us up to fail for a decade to come. The backing of Labuschagne’s selection out of nowhere for Langer’s first game in charge in the UAE and his ongoing backing of Marnus since, has been an embarrassment.

What are the reasons behind Australia's loss against India?

When should we tour India? Start of November to Christmas?

What are the reasons behind Australia's loss against India?

General, you and your old-school newspapers. You do realise the articles are 6+ hours out of date by the time you read them? Opinions change much more quickly than that, even if facts have more longevity. 👍 👍

Seriously though, Australia MUST build in flexibility of shifting batsmen around in the order to suit circumstances. Not every batsman will excell in every position, but we need to have that option of being able to implement a step-change in batting order to capitalise on a situation presented; it may very well be a match-winning move.

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

That would the IPL.

Five things we learnt from India vs Australia

Spot on. It’s *limited overs* cricket. Wickets are most useful to help with applying pressure, but they are not the be all and end all when the oppositions batting innings is limited to a set number of overs. Suppressing runs scored can often be just as effective at building pressure as wicket taking.

Five things we learnt from India vs Australia

And switching players around in the order depending on innings context is exactly the way Australia should be approaching the game which at the same times gets them ahead of the curve to most teams re flexibility. Bringing Starc in to pinch hit however, is not the approach.

Five things we learnt from India vs Australia

Re second sentence – 100% correct.

Star Indian bowlers being exposed by Australia

“Humour or a statement based on a perceived generalisation is not racism”

Yet two days ago you also claimed that Joffre Archer being abused with comments relating to his skin colour, was just “name calling” and didn’t warrant the attention of NZ police assistance to find out who made the remarks so that the spectator could be penalised by NZC.

It’s clear to everyone what your agenda is and what you are attempting to achieve with this latest comment on yet another article; why don’t you just move your focus to some dark-web forums that are more aligned with your particular societal view. In those places you can stay in the shadows and even continue to be an anonymous “Guest”.

Star Indian bowlers being exposed by Australia

Hobart wouldn’t be hosting it that’s for sure.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Actually, uni runs from mid February to mid November…

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

@ IAP: I don’t know, his hand was down his jocks a long time. Who’s to say?

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

“The power of the toss is a myth”

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”Yeah dew in Wankhede has always been a big factor especially a 50-over game because in the afternoon. You literally have nothing in the pitch can play differently but, under lights with dew it can get very challenging for the bowlers,” Kohli said. – 2 days ago.

“In Mohali, Kohli seemed ready to tackle the dew factor head on and chose to bat first. In the end it proved to be another wrong call as Indian bowlers couldn’t control the slippery ball and failed to defend 359 — a good total on any ground.” v Aust March 2019

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/india-vs-sri-lanka-special-chemical-to-blunt-dew-impact

https://www.wisden.com/stories/international-cricket/dew-factor-big-role-sachin-tendulkar-india-day-night-test

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/wet-balls-australia-s-approach-to-counter-dew-factor-against-india-revealed/story-Lc04WipwbW45uEP9qINtbJ.html

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Yes it’s a difficult one. It will depend on how many d/n games they play – and to some extent where, though the rapid drop in temps in evening are pretty common across most of the subcontinent in winter, other than the far south I guess. A few years ago BCCI scheduled most of its ODIs to be played in Dec/Jan as midday starts to counter the dew factor. However I imagine broadcasters may have even more say nowadays and push for more prime time evening play.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Not sure Dave. Getting caught out by bowling second at night when the ball is hard to grip could be an issue if playing two spinners – perhaps more so for Agar as a finger spinner. We batted first last night and it was India that struggled, so no matter. But for the last two games I wonder whether we should be hedging our bets against the coin toss and play the 4 quicks plus Zampa as the leggie, though that weakens the batting line up assuming it’s Hazelwood for Agar! Or play 4 quicks plus Agar and if he is struggling to grip, fall back on Labuschagne/Smith (which granted is not ideal). If guaranteed to bowl first, team selection is probably a no brainer (i.e. as it was for game 1), but if end up batting second, that’s where team make up gets a bit tricky IMO.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Agreed Bob. Dew is always a big factor in India during these months. Our biggest risk will be again playing both Zampa and Agar should we end up batting first in the next two games – I think dew will be very evident in Rajkot and Bengaluru. I read somewhere that Andrew MacDonald (temp coach) had camped out in Wankhede Stadium a few evenings before to try and work out when the dew would come in!

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

That would harsh on Afghanistan as would effectively mean cancelling their Test as the schedule before and after for both countries doesn’t leave much room to reschedule. Reports are that future 5 Test series between the two countries is part of the agenda being discussed between CA and BCCI in Mumbai this week.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

I agree with you Chris re CA wanting to be seen to be taking the moral high ground. That said, most of us would recall the firestorm the next morning and onwards, lead by media and social commentary back in Australia, baying for blood, so not surprising CA took the approach they did. I guess even in our court system, any initial cover up, fleeing from the scene or not cooperating fully etc, tends to bring harsher penalties. The problem for Smith and co is that whilst they did end up being more forthcoming, they kept the initial lying going until CA had completed it’s internal investigation several days later after which the players had nowhere else to go but be truthful, but by then too late in the eyes of CA I guess.

Personally I thought 12 months was a bit excessive, but I can also completely understand why others would think it’s about right.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

“Steve Smith didn’t actually do anything! They didn’t actually tamper with the ball!”

Pity Steve Smith had to lie about it afterwards then.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Do you think BCCI will agree to two? I have my doubts. India doesn’t like the advantage (perceived or otherwise) that d/n gives to Australia. India will want plenty of warm up under lights before playing even one D/N Test and that will be difficult given the WCT20 which finishes not long before.

Indian broadcaster wants day-night Test in Australia

Timmuh. Perth’s expat and Indian-heritage population also draws a decent turnout for the Perth Test when v India. I suspect your analysis is right; d/n at Adelaide and day at Perth; both time zones being better than Brisbane for India broadcasting (assuming there is no chance of a second d/n Test so Brisbane could only be day). TBH, even at Perth Stadium with the shadows, you could have a 6.30pm scheduled finish if mid-late December. And the ultra-bright LED lighting would easily allow red ball cricket if required for the last 30 minutes.

Indian broadcaster wants day-night Test in Australia