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Cricket's all-time alphabetical 'R' Team

With the pairs of Richards (and sons) and Russells, as well as other high quality players, the ‘R’ Team is perhaps best described as ‘light heavyweight”’– strong and powerful but just below a few of the others. Still, this is a very strong team.

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Cricket's All Time K Team

With some of the composite teams coming up, we are now past the half way mark of this marathon. To date, the B Team and the H Team are the stand outs and it’s fair to say that they won’t be challenged by the K Team.

Hi Tiger

Why didn’t Underwood get any games in the 1981 Ashes series? If he had played in that series he might have beaten Lillee to 310.

Interestingly, Marsh took the WK world record in that series, Boycott finished just short of Sobers’ runs WR (which he took later than year) and Lillee wasn’t that far short of Gibbs’ WR (which he also took later that year). So in the space of less than 5 months, all of aggregate world records changed hands.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

Harvey was more a surgeon – could find gaps and run fast. A early day Bevan perhaps?

After 50 years of ODIs, here's a pre-1971 Australian team to beat its best

Yeah, the accepted wisdom that Carey is next in line for red ball cricket is a bit bizarre. It’s like Carey is Gilchrist with the bat (he’s not even Haddin) so his glove work needs to be at or near the best of the rest. And from what I’ve seen, it isn’t.

Australia’s next Test XI

Quality stuff as usual ADRAD.

I am slightly confused though, have you picked a squad of 13 or a starting XI with two reserves.

If the latter, I wonder if Jack Gregory isn’t a bit of a luxury given you have 4 elite bowlers anyway as well as McCabe and Macartney. If you add Harvey (another lefty and a gun fielder) to that top order for Gregory I reckon you have all bases covered.

After 50 years of ODIs, here's a pre-1971 Australian team to beat its best

He’s going to struggle to dislodge Marnus from No 3 any time over the next decade.

Weighing incumbency in a year without Test cricket

I was thinking 4 in due course but maybe 3.

Weighing incumbency in a year without Test cricket

Burns’ biggest issue is that he is a manufactured opener who really should be playing down the order. The worry is that they might do a similar thing with Pucovski who I think is also more a middle order batsman.

Weighing incumbency in a year without Test cricket

Nice one matth. That’s one to tick off the bucket list.

The closest I can get to seeing Qld win a decider was Dane Carlaw’s last minute try in 2002 to snatch a drawn match and series (and retain the title). But that was at the Olympic Stadium, not Lang Park!

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

Hopefully, it has also brought some more respect to the Centre position. It isn’t easy as it looks when quality footballers like Wighton and Gutho struggle there.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

Just noticed the typo – rap not wrap.

Bennett didn’t give Friend a large burrito!

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

I don’t think they are flying under the radar. They are favourites for the title and PM is the MVP favourite.

Why are the Chiefs flying under the radar?

I said at the time that Qld played rope a dope in Game 2 and were saving themselves for the home decider.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

Plus a giant wrap from Bennett at the press conference.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 3

I had $20 on DCE who must have been close 😢

Grant's debut for the ages powers Maroons to memorable State of Origin series win

To be fair, he probably wasn’t wrong.

But for 40 years, Qld have made a living from overachieving in Origin.

Grant's debut for the ages powers Maroons to memorable State of Origin series win

Edric Lee deserves a mention. Journeyman club player making his SOO debut in a game 3 decider, scored a try and generally doesn’t put a foot wrong all night.

Such a typical Qld Origin story.

Grant's debut for the ages powers Maroons to memorable State of Origin series win

I remember that Bella incident well but hadn’t realised that was his last match.

The Origin blooper overshadowed by Mark Coyne's miracle try

Ben Hunt wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the article. Karmichael was so I didn’t even think it needed to be said!

My ultimate Queensland 17 from their most dominant Origin era

It was weird. I could t work out why everyone was so against the idea!

My ultimate Queensland 17 from their most dominant Origin era

It’s an hilarious choice. Either would be the first player chosen for NSW over the same period.

My ultimate Queensland 17 from their most dominant Origin era

Just to be clear, I was referring to Karmichael Hunt (who was mentioned in the article), not Ben Hunt.

My ultimate Queensland 17 from their most dominant Origin era

Yeah. I was there for Warne’s debut!

That said, I think the “Indians are the best players of spin” shtick is a bit overblown these days. It was certainly the case when Sachin, Dravid, VVS et al were there but India has pivoted to a pace driven attack in recent years (at least for away tours).

Mitchell Swepson biding his time for the baggy green

Nope. Cronk only plays half or 5/8 at a stretch. Hunt can play any position in the backline.

This is not to say that Cronk isn’t the greater player. But it is a team sport.

Once you make the decision to play Lockyer at 5/8 then there is no role for Cronk.

My ultimate Queensland 17 from their most dominant Origin era

Cronk is a waste of a bench spot. Hunt would be better as a utility back.

My ultimate Queensland 17 from their most dominant Origin era

I reckon the Dolphins are a lot better than the Browns.

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