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My name is Kandeepan Arul. I am a mad and passionate follower of all sports, especially AFL and cricket. During the day I work as an accountant. In most of my articles I try to combine my passion for numbers with my passion for sport. Share my passion by leaving comments/opinions on anything I write about. Nothing like some debate and discussion on sport to keep the mind stimulated. My direct email address is karul21@hotmail.com

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The selectors also need to look at the opposition they are playing against. The final test match of the summer is against Sri Lanka, a team that is loaded with off spinners. I’d be curious to know who has the best stats against spinners in the current domestic summer.

Who’s most likely to get the Shaun Marsh Test call-up from the BBL?

Agreed. Taking Smith and Warner out is like taking Kohli and Pujara out of the Indian team

The Australian cricket selectors caught between a rock and a hard place

A suggestion from left field. Given that Head was clearly Australia’s best batsman yesterday it can’t be a coincidence that he was the only local guy (south australian) in the side. Going forward have a core group of batsmen and then fill the remaining 2 spots with batsmen who have the most familiarity/success with the ground/pitch.

The Australian cricket selectors caught between a rock and a hard place

Also I tend to think that Indians’ biggest weakness will be their inability to adjust to the extra bounce on Australian wickets. Siddle doesn’t have the height to trouble the Indians with bounce. If Cummins is underdone Tremain with his extra height would be a better choice to replace him.

Langer confirms Test debut for Marcus Harris; doesn't guarantee a spot for Marsh

Pretty good second XI. Maybe Ferguson and Kurtis Patterson unlucky to miss out.

Langer confirms Test debut for Marcus Harris; doesn't guarantee a spot for Marsh

My guess for the continued selection of Mitch Marsh would be due to the insistence of the coach, captain, and so-called sports scientists who are responsible for managing the bowlers’ workload to minimise risk of injury. Finding a no.6 who can also share the bowling work load isn’t easy. I actually thought labuschagne’s leggies in the UAE weren’t shabby. Had a good wrong’un to go with his leggie.

Why Australia needs some new selectors

It will be interesting to see what sort of pitches are dished up during the series. Nonetheless I couldn’t resist the $2.55 that beteasy were offering for Australia to win the series.

Why we need to stop calling India favourites

Gunston would be the best long term choice. He has just re-signed with the club. Relatively young and automatically lock in their starting 18.

Roughead stands down as Hawthorn skipper

James Pattinson and Chris Tremain would have to be in the discussion should one of the fast bowlers fail in the first test

Who should not make the Test XI against India?

Yeah. I was thinking of the same thing. I don’t think the pace attack is functioning well going into the India series. Everyone is just focusing on the selection of the batsmen. I suppose the first test will tell the tale.

Who should not make the Test XI against India?

Ballantyne is bad but the worst of all time was tony liberatore. To this day I can’t understand how bloke who made a living out of scratching, gauging and pestering the opposition’s best midfielder won the brownlow for the best footballer in the competition.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

The most entertaining team to watch was Geelong in the early ’90s. Focused soley on attacking and kicking goals. One season they averaged close to 150 pts per game.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

Yeah but attendance figures and tv ratings are often reflective of the size of the club’s supporter base rather than their entertainability factor.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

I love Toby and his karate kick. Love to see him knock a player down with his karate kick style of marking.

The official AFL 'watchability' ladder

I am a Hawthorn supporter and I can’t see how the hawks can be flag contenders. Their bookends, Roughead and Frawley are well past 30. Burgoyne is on his last legs. Wingard and Scully were gambles and nothing more. Surprised they didn’t gamble more on the likes of Menzel and Casboult. If they were serious about winning another flag in the short term they had to get Lynch and Shiel. I supposed you can’t do much if the players choose other clubs.

The dirty dozen: Stories from the footy off season

I would pick Lynch over Hogan. Lynch is a proven match winner. Hogan is still developing. I doubt if Melbourne would have let Hogan go to get May if they thought otherwise. Disappointed that the Hawks missed out on Lynch.

The dirty dozen: Stories from the footy off season

I remember watching state of origin as a schoolkid. My main purpose in watching the game was to ensure that none of the hawthorn players (team I support) got injured. Really didn’t give a hoots which state won.

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

Once you slot warner and smith in place of Lynn and Head the batting looks well balanced. The main concern from the last game was the death bowling. 130 runs from the last 10 us just not acceptable. Too many full tosses and half volleys, hardly any well disguised variations in terms of speed.

A team without purpose

The fact that two of the top 6 batsmen will have to make way for Smith and Warner in a few months time means that these games appear more like selection trials than a team desperate to win. The one positive out of the Smith/Warner suspension is that it has given the selectors a good look at a number of fringe players at the international level. If we can find a good death bowler to partner Starc and put Smith and Warner back to the side I think Australia will perform better in the world cup than most people expect.

A team without purpose

Only thing with Longmire is that he was injured for the whole of the ’96 season. He then spent the rest of his career at full back including the ’99 premiership.

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

If the south africa series was meant to be selection trial for the world cup Carey and Stoinis have booked their tickets to the England. We are none the wiser about Head, Short, S.Marsh, Maxwell, Lynn, Zampa.

Australia finally end ODI losing streak

It certainly would make the season more interesting. However don’t think it is practical. I was listening to the radio they were mentioning the hundreds of variables that the people doing the schedule have to account for when coming with a fixture. It certainly isn’t as easy as it appears.

The broken AFL fixture - and the solution

There was definitely recent bias when I picked brown/lynch. Saw Brown and Lynch at their peak. Didn’t see much of Brereton at his peak. Memories of Dunstall are quite vivid. As consistent as Dunstall was he did rely on good service into the forward line. Wasn’t capable of the spectacular. Lynch appeared stronger in the one on one contests. Statistically it is hard to argue against Dunstall/Brereton.

The greatest key forward combinations of the modern era

Englands’ biggest strength is their depth in batting. I’ve seen them bat Moeen Ali (Test no 3.) as low as 9th. If we are going go down the pathway of England we need to stack our lineup with all rounders and get rid of specialist bowlers. Not sure if that will work for us.

It is time for 'The Big Show' to be shown the door

Whether he should be dropped or not is debatable. He is definitely one of the most frustrating batsman to follow. Even in the JLT cup he played shots that few are capable of playing and then gets out to the most mediocre bowling. Can’t think of anyone else like him in recent memory.

It is time for 'The Big Show' to be shown the door