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England just as good as the 1984 West Indies

In the hand-wringing that has (quite appropriately) followed the Ashes series, one snippet is worth noting – discounting the Perth match (which starts to look such an aberration now that if Pakistan had been involved an awful lot of questions would be being asked), England went through the series losing precisely one second innings wicket.

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It's time for a little haka history

There have been a couple of articles recently on The Roar regarding the haka. It’s been a popular bone of contention – how do you react to it while it’s going on and should there be some orchestrated response to it when it’s finished?

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An Australian "what might have been" XI

Posts on The Roar in recent weeks have discussed selecting all-time World, West Indies, India v Australia and West Indies regional teams. Some of them have then devolved into picking Australian state teams, a Queensland all-time imports team and “favourites” teams.

Revered is quite some stretch too.

Longstanding perhaps.

Iconic commentator slams Shane Warne over 'disrespectful' coverage

His SR 104.65. Innings SR, including sundries, 120. And as Paul said, England won. Getting excited about his 6 hitting is Goodhart’s law in action.

Chris Gayle's six-hitting massacre against England breaks several records

He was at UQ doing Human Movements around 80/81. Chris Roche wasn’t at UQ I don’t think (Tony Darcy and maybe a year or so later Michael Lynagh also were doing that course, with other sporting notables). O’Connor played in the lunch time touch footy comp from time to time – to say he transcended that competition understates it badly.

Reports: Michael O'Connor to be named Wallabies selector

You can consider Henriques as a batsman by all means – but he’s taken 0 FC wickets this season and he took 5 in 9 games last season and 3 in 9 the one before that. He hasn’t been an all rounder for some time.

Warne’s spin remains a difficult read

The other comment I’d make relates to the comment on Pucovski’s U19 record. It certainly sounds impressive – but did they play as many games and get as many innings back in Ricky Ponting’s day as they do now? And, with all respect, Jerry Cassell isn’t exactly a household name. If he was the record holder, does that suggest holding the record isn’t an automatic marker of likely high level success?

Pucovski is the future, not quite the present

While your comment on SL isn’t totally unreasonable, they did knock over SA for 239 in Durban overnight. Maybe not totally hopeless.

Pucovski is the future, not quite the present

Someone else has probably mentioned it, but there’s an interesting 1994 book “Anyone but England” by a Mike Marqusee about English cricket, its history and relationship with the other test playing states/regions. Anyone but England is a pretty old concept!

Will England rule the world in 2019?

Don’t ignore who he dislikes as a selection criterion.

Shane Warne has named his Ashes team, and it's actually not as ridiculous as we'd have thought

But neither Warner nor Smith did a lot of bowling (or batting) for SL in Galle, so the comparison falls down a bit. It may well be a mistake to dismiss performances against what are regarded as weaker sides or in favourable conditions – but it’s a bigger mistake to not acknowledge and take into account the circumstances of a performance when assessing it.

Dismissing Test runs against 'easy' Sri Lanka is a mistake

Get used to it I’m afraid Paul. Any time someone’s contract ends early, pretty much all you’ll get is platitudes.

Bombshell dropped as Australian bowling coach quits

Like most series, it depends on the pitches. England may have been woeful away (although they did beat a stronger SL than the one Australia just beat, in SL) but they still play better than anyone else in their own conditions. There’s a bit of movement making bowlers who look a bit pedestrian elsewhere threatening, and a bit less bounce which suits their lineup of allrounders when they bat. One thing in Australia’s favour is that the Ashes come after the World Cup, meaning it is played in the later part of the northern summer when the pitches are typically drier than they are earlier in the summer – dependent on the weather of course. Whether that’s enough to overcome England’s superiority on their own pitches time will tell.

Why Australia are still firm Ashes underdogs

Which would be fine, but are you saying Cummins was 10/10 and 8/10 to arrive at an average of 9? 8 out of 10 seems generous for the second test, but 9/10 seems fine for the series. Lyon was 6/10 in each test? That looks decidedly inflated. Perhaps these ratings should actually be done that way – a score for each match, averaged for the series. Harsh for the player who doesn’t get to do much in a particular game mind you.

Australian player ratings vs Sri Lanka

Richardson and especially Starc at 6 look a bit odd next to Lyon also at 6. A bowler like Lyon can sometimes do a good part of his job even without taking a lot of wickets, by bowling a lot of overs tightly at one end and letting the pace bowlers attack from the other end. In this series he didn’t have to do that because SL fell over quickly, so he didn’t bowl many more overs than any of the 3 pace bowlers, and went at more per over than Richardson and Cummins, so he didn’t really do that part of the job all that well (although you could argue that was from want of opportunity as much as anything). Meanwhile Starc may well have had a bit of a shocker in the first test, but was man of the match in the second. Even Labuschagne actually produced one important innings (when Australia was 3 for not many and potentially under a lot of pressure if they lost any more) – not to mention topping the bowling averages!

Australian player ratings vs Sri Lanka

I get your point, and you certainly still have to acknowledge that X scored the runs or took the wickets while others didn’t regardless of the pitch or the match conditions or the opposition, but is it lazier when assessing a performance to just take it at face value or to look at all the circumstances surrounding that performance? Got to say, not taking the circumstances into account seems a good deal lazier to me.

“Yeah, but it was” …the laziest cricket argument going

Allan Border from that era would take some beating in the “bat for your life” stakes.

Echoes of 1985-86: The blessing of a forced rebuild

Pope, the connection with modern day women’s cricket goes further. Casually glancing at Robbie Kerr’s profile on Cricinfo (which sadly says little) there’s a note saying his daughter is one AC Kerr – who turns out to be Amelia Kerr, who after debuting at 16 and at age 18 has played 24 ODIs for NZ, scoring 459 runs at 51 (helped along by a 232* v Ireland) and has 40 wickets at 20.9 with her leggies. Apparently Robbie played in Wellington at one time, and met his wife there.

Echoes of 1985-86: The blessing of a forced rebuild

You often hear the comment that Robbie Kerr is an example of why you don’t pick a young player to debut when they’re in a bit of a form trough, which he evidently was at the time. Batting a bit scratchily and coming up against Hadlee at his peak doesn’t strike you as a recipe for success. Kerr also had injury issues (from a car accident?) in the next year or so which contributed to him never getting back in.

Echoes of 1985-86: The blessing of a forced rebuild

Yes India’s pace bowling was good – and better than Australia’s on low, slow pitches in Melbourne and Sydney – but you might recall they did lose in Perth. The real point concerning the Gabba isn’t how India’s bowling may or may not have gone on it – it’s that their batting (the difference in the series) comes right back to the field when faced with any bounce.

While confusion reigns, Sri Lanka could knock off Australia at home

You’re right that SL could win, although even with a very unsettled and inexperienced Australian team they shouldn’t. They’re certainly capable of winning a day/night test in Brisbane if they find themselves bowling at the right times. Then it takes only a draw on a flat Manuka Oval pitch, and series won. Another triumph of scheduling for CA after the India series!

While confusion reigns, Sri Lanka could knock off Australia at home

Small point – a change bowler always used to be someone who wasn’t in the side as a bowler and was only good enough to bowl the occasional over to allow the proper bowlers to change ends. A first change bowler on the other hand is a proper bowler selected to bowl third, when the first of the opening bowlers is rested.

As to why Cummins has been used as first change – it’s a fair question as he’s looked consistently the best of the pace bowlers. Maybe they figured Starc had to have the new ball, and they preferred Hazelwood to bowl upwind. Maybe they also thought Hazelwood would get a bit more out of the new ball.

At long last, Pat Cummins will have the new ball again against Sri Lanka

The selectors seem to think he’ll do well in England – where the 50 over World Cup is in a few months, followed by an Ashes series – based on county form last year. It’s not difficult to argue that accurate fast medium with a little movement is more successful on many of the pitches there than straight out pace (particularly pace not tied to a bit of accuracy). Whether he goes to England, gets a game or proves successful time will tell, but picking him now as a preparation for England isn’t totally unreasonable.

The Peter puzzle: Why is Peter Siddle being picked for Australia?

You neglected to add “on a road” regarding Sangha’s knock against the Englishmen. However, he did score them and if he keeps making runs look at him by all means. The one thing I keep remembering about him came from the U19 tournament when Lloyd Pope took all those wickets against England – he owes 2 or 3 of those to quite brilliant slips catches by Sangha.

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

Matt H may have been referring to Travis Head, in which case he’s correct, although rather depressingly not getting into the conspiracy theory mindset. Glenn Maxwell and his selection travails on the other hand rather lend themselves to these sort of speculations.

Glenn Maxwell's career has become a 12-part crime podcast

I recall reading somewhere that the captain of the 1905 All Blacks (Dave Gallagher?) wrote a short book after that tour outlining their basic approach to the game. The captain of I think a Welsh or maybe Lions tour to NZ in the 60s was given a copy and after reading it said something to the effect of “no wonder they’re so far ahead of us – we’re only starting to do some of this stuff now”

Sliding doors: Wallaby lessons from the 2001 Lions tour

Carlos, you are on fire in this thread. Particularly liked the “ignore the literature” comment above.

Mind you, the “if you can’t explain it” one does remind me of the quote that gets attributed to Neils Bohr (who the internet says said something similar but not quite this) “If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it”.

Sliding doors: Wallaby lessons from the 2001 Lions tour