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update from India: Spidercam is stuck just above the ground! So there will be an early tea with NZ at 1 for not much

'WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED?' Cricket world in disbelief as NZ spinner stuns India with TEN-wicket haul

Meanwhile, over in India: India has declared leaving NZ 540 to win, and Sommerville, who bowls nude darts, has not taken a wicket in 2 tests.

'WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED?' Cricket world in disbelief as NZ spinner stuns India with TEN-wicket haul

Let”s hope the rain stays away – the forecast is not that good 😢

Warnie made the point last year that Head keeps getting out the same way – by slashing outside off. It will be interesting to see if Head has overcome that problem

BREAKING: Starc survives, Head edges Khawaja as Australian Ashes XI revealed

In 1980, I stayed at my school-mate’s place and we watched the 1980 Centenary test every night. Hughes dancing down to the English quicks and hitting them for 6 over their heads! A rarity in those days. He scored a ton and 80 odd in that game. He is my cricket hero.

Why 1979-80 remains my favourite summer of cricket

yeah he can give it a rip

'WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED?' Cricket world in disbelief as NZ spinner stuns India with TEN-wicket haul

It is possible to bowl darts and spin it. Agar bowls non-spinning darts most of the time. Over in India: NZ all out for 62 in the 29th over.

'WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED?' Cricket world in disbelief as NZ spinner stuns India with TEN-wicket haul

NZ are 6 for 38 as I write this. Hopefully, the Aussie selectors will learn something from his performance and select guys who turn the ball for the upcoming tests in Asia. Guys like Agar are not going to win us games over there

'WHAT'S JUST HAPPENED?' Cricket world in disbelief as NZ spinner stuns India with TEN-wicket haul

Well said Warnie. Great to see that those suffering from tall-poppy syndrome are not making you change your commentary ways

Warne exclusive: 'If people want to sit on the fence, no problem. I've earned the right to give honest opinions'

Paine’s mistake was wanting to play on after he resigned from the captaincy. The public reaction made him change his mind and so he withdrew from the team indefinitely. Withdraw permanently is best in this situation IMHO.

'We live a brutal society': Everything JL said about 'shattered' Paine's future, key Smith-Warner roles and first Test XI

In this article, the Aussie Tall Poppy Syndrome (TPS) raises its ugly head again! It is great that Warnie speaks his mind. He knows a thing or seven about cricket and I am grateful to him for giving his honest, straightforward opinions. We can all benefit from his expertise even though we might not agree with him all the time. The other greats referred to who don’t have “such an insatiable appetite for shoving his oar in” know they will get bagged by the many Aussie TPS sufferers if they speak their mind – that is why those greats “sit on the fence” a lot, giving only plain-vanilla opinions that put us to sleep. It is about time Australia cured itself of the dreaded TPS – it is holding us back. I say, congratulations Warnie – keep it up mate.

It's time to break our exhausting addiction to 'What Warnie Reckons'

yeah his action seems to be a bit more “whippy” than it was

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

Congratulations on the effort put in by the author. There are many problems with this analysis, however. Here are three:
1. The sample is not random (only a portion of Healy’s career is analyzed raising questions about why this was done because it likely affects the results). 2. Many of the parameters (e.g. those that involve capping, halving the numbers etc) are arbitrary and are chosen by the author. This means another author could do a similar analysis but choose different parameters and get a different result and then draw different conclusions. And this other author’s analysis would be just as defensible as the present analysis, as there is no science behind the parameter selection. 3. Other variables are ignored. For example, was a new ball due when the keeper came to the wicket? How much time was available until end of play / until the end of the game when he came to the crease? What was the state of the series when he came to the wicket? How does the extra pressure of captaincy for Paine affect the comparison with Healy (who was not the captain)? Was there a big difference in the bowling quality of the opposition teams that each keeper had to deal with? Partnerships are ignored (other things equal, a partnership of 80 when a keeper makes 20 is better for the team than a partnership of 40 when the keeper makes 30 for example), and so on…There is no doubt that these are not easy issues to deal with in such comparisons. Nevertheless, they can be important for the results and affect the conclusions drawn with such comparisons. One cannot be confident that Healy was a better batsman than Paine based on the analysis in this article. Again I applaud the effort put in by the author. It is refreshing to see someone using statistics and analysis to support his/her opinion.

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

Yep. Green is a work in progress. He shows signs of being a superstar. Patience is needed with him. As I recall, Flintoff and Kallis did not have impressive records early in their test careers. But England and South Africa persisted with those guys and they turned out very nicely indeed

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

Pierro, Green batted at 6 in the tests against India and I expect him to bat there for the Ashes tests. Yes, he had stress fractures and his bowling was restricted last season – but he did bowl. His back is better now so he should be able to bowl more overs this season. I watched all the WA games this season and he looks good and the speed seemed to be right up there – although as I mentioned above, he was bowling a bit short. I think they got tired of MM whose performances in many of his games were not good enough. MM had a good run, so I reckon they thought it was time for someone else – even if that someone was not 100%. Regarding Harris, it has been stated that he will open.

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

dont think so Pierro – he was chosen as an allrounder IMO

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

I hope that the green machine does really well. He is a much better batsman than MM – who is not good enough to be in our test top 6. Green seems to bowl a bit short at times though – hope he can get better control and swing it like he used to a few years back.

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

Other left armers like Boult and Afridi maintain a better line and length than Starc – and are better at building pressure when the ball is not swinging much. When Starc swings it and takes early wickets with his yorkers, we seem to turn a blind eye to his poorer control. I reckon Warnie is right about Starc not swinging it – or not swinging it as much as he used to. I pefer Richardson over Starc in test 1 but I think they will go with Starc due to his greater experience than Richardson. I think that Starc is on a short leash with the selectors though. Memories of our below-par bowling at the Gabba test against India (Cummins excepted) have not gone away. If Starc sprays it around in test 1 and does not take many wickets, he will probably be serving Richardson and the other 10 guys the drinks in test 2.

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I won’t bother again!

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

All the best to Carey – I hope he does well in this series. I reckon some of Carey’s luck will rub off on Head and he will get the nod for the no. 5 spot.

Josh Inglis, Alex Carey and the importance of timing

Here’s hoping he turns into Gilly mark 2

How Alex Carey beat Josh Inglis to an Ashes berth

any evidence to support your argument?

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

MM played 32 tests – 13 in Australia and 19 OS – and had 55 innings from 2014 to 2019. He played at least 4 tests each year from 2014 through 2018 and 1 in 2019. He played against 7 countries (Windies is regarded as a country here). He played the most tests against the Poms – 7 and the least against Sri Lanka and the Windies – 3. A good run in my book

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

Yep. I can’t recall another Aussie quick who was as good over there – maybe Massie or McGrath?

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

Yeah, could be. It is such early days though. The guy needs to be given a good run (much like MM had!) before we really know how good he is at test level.

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

Yes, around 40 both series – when he opened the bowling it seemed as though he was going to take a wicket almost every ball. He moved it through the air and off the seam and his length and line was superb. Yes, he must have loved those conditions.

Green confident he can nail all-rounder role but not Stoked with comparison

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