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Yeah, I loved watching him in the 81 and 89 series in England. If we had DRS back then he would have taken many more wickets I reckon. Many lbws looked super close on the telly and were not given. Clem made the same point on the radio a few years ago

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

I wonder if the selection of Carey will affect the decision between Head and Khawaja? Perhaps the knowledge about each other’s games, that Carey and Head have by playing together at South Australia might give Head’s chances a boost for the No. 5 possie.

'I never forgot how to hold a bat': Alex Carey ready for expected Test debut

Sure, they can always choose both over Agar. I reckon they are more likely to get wickets in Asia than is Agar – he does not turn it enough and I reckon the Asian batters will not be worried about facing him on their own pitches.

Agar's 2022 prospects, India-NZ draw: Talking points from the world of cricket

I am looking forward to seeing how the green machine goes in this series. He is the best all-rounder we have, so if he fails it is a long way down to the next in line, namely MM.

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

Tanveer Sangha could be in our squad for the upcoming Asian tours – I watched a good amount of his shield performances recently and he has excellent control 4 a young leggie.

Agar's 2022 prospects, India-NZ draw: Talking points from the world of cricket

Yep. Green is a “nice type” (the late, great Jack Dyer)

Why Jimmy Peirson should be Australia's Test wicketkeeper

Where did Warnie say that? That is nuts. The green machine is the future

Henriques 'didn't understand the logic' behind Test squad snub

😁

Why Jimmy Peirson should be Australia's Test wicketkeeper

Well in a super important series like the one coming up, I reckon it is best to go with the guy with more experience. It could be different if it was not an Ashes series – as Ponting stated. There isn’t much difference in keeping and batting quality between the 3 of them for mine. Experience at the international level is where Carey has the clear edge over the other 2 – and he has batted well in the 50 over games. FC performances are a guide to how they will go at test level but they are not perfect. Some guys do better at test level – Gilly for example has a higher test batting average than his FC one. How they will handle the extra pressure is a big unknown with Inglis and Peirson and we know something about Carey on that issue.

Why Jimmy Peirson should be Australia's Test wicketkeeper

I reckon Pierson is half a length behind Carey and Inglis how are neck and neck on the line. The judge calls for the photo and Carey wins due to his greater experience

Ashes Scout: Clarke's 'no-brainer' keeper call, Smith reveals sweet revenge on legend, Stokes' near-death experience

The more I think about Carey v Inglis the less certain I am.

Ashes Scout: Clarke's 'no-brainer' keeper call, Smith reveals sweet revenge on legend, Stokes' near-death experience

Cherry-picking the data won’t do. You either do not understand my points or you pretend not to understand them. Goodbye

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

You have still not given any solid evidence to support your comment that started this discussion: The most meaningless of any raw average is the keeper batting at 7. Looks like you are not up for the challenge.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

yawn

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

That is the weakness of your argument – citing a small number. I am sure that I could find a small number of examples where Healy and Dujon failed when they came in at similar scores to those you noted. Then I can argue the opposite to you giving the same type of evidence in support. Even though the average has its problems as a measure of ability, for most players who have played over 30 innings, it is the best indicator of their abilities. So it is the best measure to make comparisons for most players before looking at other aspects of performance. Voges is one example where his average is not a good indicator. His average is 62. Most of us would not conclude that Voges was better than Lara or Tendulkar even though their averages are lower than Voge’s. But remove the 269 n.o. from Voge’s stats and his average becomes 41.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Looks like Travis will get the nod. So there will be clear batting weaknesses at 5 and 6 that the Poms will try and exploit – Head with his slashing outside off and Green with his lbw vulnerability. Here’s hoping these guys can overcome the Pommie attacks! (And we also hope that the Green machine takes a wicket or seven)

Ashes shootout: Khawaja responds to Head's ton with blazing fifty

No need for me to seek the facts, I am not the one who made the huge statement that “the most meaningless of any raw average is the keeper batting at 7.” You have cited a small number of cases to support your big statement. That is not solid evidence as players’ performances are best judged over a large number of innings. So unless we see solid evidence from you in support of your huge statement, we will let that statement pass through to those who normally bat at number 7.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

The most meaningless of any raw average is the keeper batting at 7. Wow! a big statement. It would be helpful and interesting to see some stats to support this statement. But I see only conjecture in the rest of your comment. It is an interesting comment you make because the same argument can be applied to any position in the order, apart from perhaps the openers.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Well if Tim Paine retires from cricket, and we don’t hear any more unpleasant stuff about him then I reckon he has got his priorities in order.

'Border-esque': A call to arms for Tim Paine

Don’t emulate anyone Pat – you are good enough as you are. Those banging on about injuries are too negative. No risk no reward

DAMIEN FLEMING: The two great Test captains Pat can emulate, as moment arrives for Fast Bowling Cartel

Happy with Cummins’ appointment. I am ambivalent with Smith’s. I hope they make a solid leadership team that is respected and leads us to the top of the real (test) cricket tree!

'It could look different': Cummins explains radical change, and 'unreasonable pressure' exposed by Paine scandal

Cummins is the best choice for captain. I would have preferred Carey or Labuschagne as vc to keep sending the message that cheating is a large no-no. Carey in for the incumbent Paine. Head in the incumbent Wade.

'He should not be vice captain': Warne opposes Smith call as Cummins confirmed as skipper

The right decision for all concerned. Over at Karen Rolton Track, Khawaja has just walked to the crease with QLD at 2 for not much, and importantly Carey is doing well behind the stumps…

'Extremely concerned': Paine takes 'mental health break' putting him OUT of first Test with career in doubt

But Paine is the “best keeper in the world” says Lyon and his fellow Aussie bowlers. They would know – all playing for the same state. Even if Paine is the “best keeper in the world”, will he still be that good when, if selected, he deals with the effects of the flak from the Barmy Army and others? And will that flak adversely affect other Aussie players?

Ashes Scout: 'Emotionally it had a massive impact' - Johnson's advice for Paine ahead of Barmy Army taunts

Regardless of what you think of Paine, he deserves some mercy

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