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Australia’s obsession with pace started even before Lehmann I remember in the 2011 world up when Nielsen was the coach Australian played a pace attack that had Tait, Lee, and Johnson in the same XI. Three bowlers int the same attack bowling 150 km/hr +. Looked great on paper but didn’t achieve the desired result.

Ditching Lehmann's pace obsession won Australia the Ashes

The hook shot is a shot that rarely gets played anymore. It is seen as a high risk shot. From a spectator’s view there was nothing more exciting than watching a short batsman hook a fast bowler for a six.

The five best Test innings versus Australia

Lara’s knock at Bridgetown was the greatest innings I’ve ever seen. An Australian batting lineup that included the Waugh brothers, Ponting, and Langer were dismissed for 146. The very next innings Lara comes out and carves out 153 not out against an attack that comprised of Mcgrath, Gillespie, Warne, and Macgill. Hard to dispute the greatness of this innings. Laxman’s innings was impressive but worth noting that it was done in partnership with Dravid. Also the Australian bowling in that innings disintegrated into a tired rabble under the searing heat of Kolkata. Waugh himself admitted that he should not have enforced the follow on given the physical state of the bowlers.

The five best Test innings versus Australia

Not a big fan of starc but one ball that Starc bowls better than any other bowler is the late swinging yorker. The inability of the fast bowlers to nail the yorker against leach might tempt selectors to for starc.

Aussies need a reshuffle but only one change for fourth Ashes Test

It appears that that the poms have been busy backing their team to win the next test match. If the odds are anything to go by England will be starting as warm favorites for the next test match. Bit hard to fathom since Smith coming back far outweighs Anderson’s inclusion. At 37 it is hard to think that Anderson could still have a major impact with the ball. As impressive as Stokes’s innings was his overall test average of 36 over 55 tests indicates he is due for a run of low scores.

Australia need not panic, the Ashes are there to be won

I like the idea of a wild card round because it increase the entertainment value of the AFL season. The bye at the end of the season destroys all momentum built up from the last round of the season. The specifics will have to worked out. The thing to remember is that we are in the entertainment industry and anything that increases the entertainment value of the product should be considered.

Why the AFL could benefit from wildcard finalists

On first glance the squad looks imbalanced. All the defenders are of the same mould. Tall intercept marking defenders. No small sized speedy defenders who can negate a cyril rioli type of forward. Most of the midfielders are inside midfielders who are ball magnets who go hunting for the ball. No genuine wing man in the mould of a peter matera.

AFL unveils 40-man All Australian squad for 2019

What if Boyd had stayed at GWS and not gone to the bulldogs.

What if Lance Franklin had signed with GWS?

England will more than likely still make the sem-finals because they are playing an India and New Zealand side that has already qualified for the semi-finals. Wouldn’t surprise me if the likes of Bumrah and Boult were rested. Pakistan is the unlucky side. Having their game against a weak Sri Lanka side washed out.

Bairstow blames pitches and media as England struggle

Hi Gurlivleen
Any chance I can get your email address. I am curious to learn how to beat the bookies. Given your experience I thought I might be able to run a few questions past you.

cheers
Kandee

Don't despair cricket fans, time is a flat circle

Thanks James. I was just using statsguru.

Maxwell's bowling can shape Australia's World Cup campaign

Ronan which database do you use to extract economy rates. I can’t find anything on cricinfo that gives me economy rates.

Maxwell's bowling can shape Australia's World Cup campaign

Teams are getting better at reading Mujeeb and Rashid Khan’s variations. Ireland recently beat them. Mystery spinners only stay mysterious for so long. They’ll probably win a couple of games. By expectations I meant that of a neutral cricket fan like myself.

India, not England, should be World Cup favourites

It does give a benchmark of expectation to compare actual performance against. For India anything less than a world cup victory would be seen as a fail. For Australia anything less than semi-finals would be a failure. For Afghanistan winning a game would make the tournament a success.

India, not England, should be World Cup favourites

Hey Gurliveen
Not disputing the soundness or accuracy of your calculation but your assumptions appear to be too heavily weighted in favour of the top 6 sides. Currently sportsbet have Windies at 15-1 to win the world cup, implied proabability of 6.7%. Hence not far fetched to say they have at least 10% of making the semis.

The Cricket World Cup favourites are shaping up, but does it actually mean anything?

To confirm your point 3 out of the 11 cricket world cups have been won by teams that would have been ranked in the bottom half going into the tournament. India(’83), Australia (’87) and Sri Lanka (’96).

The Cricket World Cup favourites are shaping up, but does it actually mean anything?

I tend to disagree with your comment on the Windies. They used to be a team of individuals playing million dollar shots but Jason Holder has finally go this team gelling together quite nicely. Their bowling is their weakness and it will eventually hurt them. The probability of them making the semis would have to be at least 10%.

The Cricket World Cup favourites are shaping up, but does it actually mean anything?

Ryan I tend to agree with you that Adelaide will be a force this year. I can’t help but feel that the so called “camp” was the cause of their downfall last season. I wish someone would write a book or make a documentary on exactly what went on in this camp and the aftermath.

Are the Adelaide Crows winning the Patrick Dangerfield trade?

If the curators prepare roads then West Indies could be the dark horse. They tied the series against England without Evin Lewis and Andre Russell. Don’t think they have the discipline to go all the way but certainly will be entertaining to watch.

India, not England, should be World Cup favourites

I will sit on the fence when it comes to Handscomb. Hard to make any sense of his form. Looked good in the one-dayers against India but his shot-making in the BBL semi final and final was………well let’s just say he either temporarily lost his brain or he doesn’t give a hoots about the melbourne stars or the BBL. For Australia’s sake I hope it is the latter.

Peter Handscomb can play a key role in T20s against India

Tend to agree with you that there is a flaw here. During the last 2 years Jadeja has played in just 15 out of the 25 tests that India played and averaged 23. Lyon played in all 23 of the test matches that Australia played and averaged 28. India tend to use Jadeja selectively on pitches that will suit him whereas Lyon is expected to toil away on all pitches. Bit like comparing a fast bowler who only plays on green pitches vs one that plays on all wickets.

Cummins first Aussie ICC top Test bowler since McGrath

oops.. sorry I only realised he’s been playing for 12 months after I typed my comment

Cummins first Aussie ICC top Test bowler since McGrath

Surprised Bumrah is not in the top 5 considering what he did in Australia.

Cummins first Aussie ICC top Test bowler since McGrath

The way he walks around holding his bat reminds me of Chris Hemsworth holding his hammer in Thor.

Australia need a bowling all-rounder in ODIs

I agree with your thinking but might be reluctant to play two spinners against the sub-continental sides. Definitely worth looking at against the Poms and the south africans.

Australia need a bowling all-rounder in ODIs