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Ashes, Origin, Wimbledon & The Open championship... this is living!

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The pitch rating over the next few years could take the financial side of the equation completely out of the equation. No pressure on Matt Page….

Why can’t Perth hold the Boxing Day Test?

He didn’t try and change it into anything positive, although I do think Captain Clarke threw him under a bus with the homework saga nonsense. After he left, Lehmann arrived, talking about runs and wickets at shield level being what players needed to provide for selections. Another myth apparently, thanks to some whims from a certain selection head.

Mickey Arthur named Sri Lanka coach

Nice try. Keep on dreaming

David Warner deserves more respect

Context is everything, but you can’t accept that as it doesn’t fit your flawed narrative. You are seriously deluded.

David Warner deserves more respect

Yet, some want to add the SCG to the drop in pitch mess. Some common sense please!

Lockie Ferguson has the x-factor NZ need in Australia

So? I can live with Lara still holding that record. It is a record that has been held by some of the very best in the game. Bradman, Hammond, Hutton, Sobers and Lara. Hayden, while very good, isn’t in the same league as the others and Warner shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath. Despite knowing Matthew Hayden personally and being a big fan, I always felt it somehow fitting that Lara took the record back.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 1

Oh for those wonderful days when Australian pitches weren’t dead…

Lockie Ferguson has the x-factor NZ need in Australia

I just hope the pitches offer a contest between bat and ball, like the Adelaide test of that 2015 series. The first two test pitches in 2015 were too batting friendly, the WACA especially so. Personally, I think Ferguson needs to play.

Lockie Ferguson has the x-factor NZ need in Australia

I trust he will endeavour to gain a better understanding of their culture than he did when he was Australian coach? Homework, after staring at your navel,to be handed in individually during an away tour??? Then dropping players for non-submission, when the next test was must win to keep the series alive.

Mickey Arthur named Sri Lanka coach

We won the test by an innings plus and gave our bowlers an extra day off rest after a very full 2019 schedule. How could it be the wrong one?

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 1

Warner knew the planned schedule for a declaration, so move on. Nothing to see here.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 1

Maybe they should leave the preaching about how we should all be living to the vegans and environmental activists?
Lawfully live what you choose to believe but respect others in their choice to live and believe what they choose, without the pious moral superiority wouldn’t go astray on a number of fronts.

The last column about Israel Folau ever, I promise

I believe you will need to keep looking because of the players mentioned, two weren’t even playing a test series, but rather short format matches. Hardly the same thing as stepping down from a test side. Ian Craig? We head back in time a further 16 years. By the way, Craig played the next test, did he not. Why was that? Oh yes. that’s right. The selectors made the decision, didn’t they? More confirmation of what I have stated all along. Well done! So Denness, Craig and ancient history is the very best you can do. That is the one fact you have provided. Look a little more recently, perhaps.
Maybe Warne in the 1999 West Indies series when he was bowling pies? Nope! He didn’t step down. He was dropped. Mark Waugh after his four consecutive ducks against Sri Lanka? Nope! He didn’t step down either. Ponting after his three test series in India 2001 for a total of 6 runs? Nope. Not even Punter cared about the team, apparently. We lost that series. Did you condemn Ricky for his selfishness, then? I hope so or you would be a massive hypocrite, wouldn’t you?

David Warner deserves more respect

Nothing was forced upon you. “only quote facts that are highly creditable”. That phrase alone is hilarious or at least it would be if you had used the correct word. Still, it is nice that you had a go. I am sure there is plenty we can agree on. Warner had an abysmal Ashes and selectors should have dropped him. He was a walk up start back at home and bound to score plenty on the tracks he loves. I do look forward to all the selfless team players stepping down in the near future, when they are struggling for form. Apparently, they are out there somewhere…

David Warner deserves more respect

Nice try, but time for you to grow up a little. Saying the same thing over and over doesn’t make it right. In real life, do you just get louder to cover for your lack of credibility in discussions? Just asking for a friend. Please don’t over assume your place in my world. Your flogging a dead horse efforts here could never make me happy or unhappy. Your opinion just isn’t that important. I merely wonder if you actually comprehend what you were asking of Warner. Clearly, that’s too big an ask of you.

David Warner deserves more respect

Where have I ever said I was happy with Warner’s selection? Your comprehension skills need some work. My view is that the selectors are to blame for Warner’s selection during the Ashes, as players, struggling for form, simply don’t step down voluntarily. You claimed players (plural) do. I asked you when was the last time it happened and you responded with Mike Denness in the ’74/’75 Ashes. Your own answer validates my point, which is that what you claim Warner should have done, just doesn’t happen in modern cricket. So, thank you!

David Warner deserves more respect

Who is getting riled up? Aust won with a day to spare which is great for our bowlers especially. Well done Tim Paine! An extra day off at the end of a long year won’t hurt them at all.

David Warner deserves more respect

A single example from 44 years ago… I see you are in total denial about your ridiculous expectation of Warner.
Your views are valid because his series was so bad? Is that really your logic? Other openers have have worse series but they have been dropped. Why didn’t the selectors drop him then? After all, that is their job. Players don’t make that call on form, very often. Your own evidence is over 40 years old and the world was a different place then. I am not saying Warner should have played all 5 ashes tests. I am saying you are completely unreasonable in expecting a player to make decision when selectors won’t.

David Warner deserves more respect

So an example from over 40 years ago is the best you have got to justify your ‘point’. Just admit it. Your dislike for Warner makes you look for things to be offended by if he does them. You expect him to drop himself from the side when nobody else is expected to do the same.
Players play. Selectors select. That’s how the system works. I know it’s tricky to get your head around. Players may, due to injury or more recently mental health, remove themselves from the mix but that’s not the same as what you expected from Warner.

David Warner deserves more respect

Not for those who consider the spirit of the game as important as the laws. You can think differently but Warner wasn’t the sole person responsible for what happened in South Africa. What happened to your not using the lowest common denominator regarding Bancroft and Smith’s roles. Doesn’t seem consistent. I personally, think less of all three of them. I also lost some respect for Greg Chappell in 1981, despite him being my childhood idol.

David Warner deserves more respect

Some? You mention one player, who was the captain and from 45 years ago. Harris wasn’t stepping down despite his poor form and would have played all 5 tests if selectors allowed him to. The selectors could have dropped Warner but didn’t, so aren’t they blame for Australia not winning the Ashes, as much as Warner is. I guess Haters just gotta hate. Should Warner have been dropped. I believe so, but in reality that’s the selectors job, not the player’s. Well if the past 44 years can be used as a guide…

David Warner deserves more respect

When was the last time a player stepped down from the Australian test side, without action from selectors?
You are clutching at long straws to try and hide your obvious dislike for Warner. Did Harris, Bancroft or Khawaja step down because their performances were hurting the team? Why are you not condemning them? Their selfishness is ok because the selectors dropped them, apparently.

David Warner deserves more respect

I need to clarify that I am not a fan of Warner, Bancroft or Steve Smith because of their respective involvement in the South African drama. Warner alone has significant history of boorish behaviour, outside of the ball tampering saga, making him a far easier target and much less likeable. However, our 140 years of moral high ground in the test arena, would still be intact if either Bancroft had refused to comply with architect Warner’s plans or Smith had stood up as captain off the field and taken charge of his players, rather than washing his hands and doing his best ostrich impersonation.
It is very noticeable that the reverse swing our quicks were regularly getting prior to “Sandpapergate” is yet to return to their armoury. I wonder why? We can have that discussion another day.
Many fans wont forget their actions though and will hold them in far less regard accordingly.

David Warner deserves more respect

So, now it’s all Warner’s fault for not retiring before passing Bradman’s score? Or do you still blame Tim Paine for not declaring? Is it also Warner’s fault for not dropping himself before the 5th test? Surely, the selectors make that call, don’t they?

David Warner deserves more respect

Are you suggesting the Underarm delivery was a moral victory for Australian cricket? Interesting! The underarm delivery was within the existing laws of the game, so well done GS Chappell for knowing that. It certainly was not within the spirit of the game. So much so, the laws were changed expediently to prevent another low weak act from a fielding captain under pressure.
The only positive for cricket coming from that day in Feb ’81, was a nation’s public that worshipped Rugby Union and barely cared for cricket became galvanised around their national cricket team. Chappell’s decision that day did more for New Zealand in 5 minutes than any actions by NZ cricket admin had done in 25 years. (According to Jeremy Coney, a player later to be a NZ captain)

David Warner deserves more respect