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Rubbish. When Agar came in the other night Smith was the set batsman. They obviously had a chat and Smith said he was going to go, so it was up to Agar to get him on strike and not get out. What’s Agar supposed to do, overrule him? Tell him that as the number 7 he should be the one to hit out? Once Smith was out then it was up to Agar to stick around and make sure the overs were batted out, particularly seeing as wickets were tumbling around him. In both of these cases if he plays a big shot and gets out then he would be criticised for being selfish and not playing his role for the team.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

You forgot to mention the conspiracy to undermine his assistant.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

There’s a big difference between teams working out the signals from base coaches, or if a pitcher is tipping pitches (which has always been fair game) and teams using technology to steal and communicate catcher signals. If the league allows this to continue then every single pitch will have to be a sequence (flashing 4 or 5 different numbers to disguise what the actual pitch is) from the catcher, like when there’s a base runner on second. Sometimes pitchers will miss the signal and ask the catcher to run though it again. Imagine how much time this will add to a game that’s already 3 plus hours? There’s also going to be issues with catchers and umpires getting injured because of cross ups, which is when the catcher thinks a certain pitch is coming and something else arrives. When this happens with a 100 mile an hour fastball its incredibly dangerous.

The Astros have thrust baseball into another scandal

I agree that Turner was very average but Agar bowled well throughout the series, including the best bowling figures last night, and did his job with the bat. He came in last night when Smith was set so just had to knock it around to get him on strike. Once Smith was out he had to hang around with the bowlers to bat the overs. In both scenarios if he plays a big shot and gets out he gets criticised for being irresponsible. What else is he supposed to do?

India thump Australia to claim ODI series

Luckily we’ve got someone like you anon to see through Langer’s dastardly plans to sabotage Australian cricket from the inside.

India thump Australia to claim ODI series

All I’ll say mate is thank god for people like anon, otherwise Lager would be free to go about his dastardly plan to destroy Australian cricket from the inside!

India thump Australia to claim ODI series

I admire the authors enthusiasm and agree that, on paper, they look like a legit finals contender. Unfortunately this has not translated into in field performance over the last couple of seasons, why should this year be any different?

Port Adelaide must be considered a 2020 AFL premiership threat

So what’s the alternative? Rabada is allowed to continue to change direction and run directly at the batsman until one day there’s a collision and punch up? He has been warned on multiple occasions about this behaviour and does not seem to get the message. Should Root be allowed to charge at Rabada screaming and shouting after he hits him for a boundary? The reality is that batsmen should not have to put up with this rubbish and if the administrators don’t do something about it then the players will take matters into their own hands, is that what we want? As far as this ‘heat of the moment stuff’ goes, every other bowlers seems to be able to follow the rules, why can’t he?

Proteas coach queries legitimacy of Rabada suspension

If he had continued along his original line he could have celebrated all he wanted without a problem. However, he chose to change direction and head towards the batsman to get in his space. That’s the issue, and he has been warned about it on numerous occasions.

Kagiso Rabada handed one match ban for overzealous celebrations

He’s a serial offender who’s been warned on numerous occasions about changing direction to get in a batsman’s face after dismissing him. If you let this stuff go then sooner or later a batsman will react, and then what? Don’t forget that Root had been battling away out there in the exact same conditions, is it ok for him to get in Robada’s face after cracking him through the covers for 4?

Kagiso Rabada handed one match ban for overzealous celebrations

The exact same rationale India are using – take the opportunity to expose some inexperienced players, mix things up a bit and see what happens. Do you think they would have played the young batsman and batted Kohli at 4 if it was the World Cup final? It’s really not that hard to understand.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

I can picture it now. Langer slamming his fist into his couch at home ‘Damn those meddling openers, if it wasn’t for them my plan would have worked perfectly!’

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

I think you’re probably right Chris, a fit and firing Maxwell and Marsh are a better option however it’s always good to expose players at this level. As far as Turners selection goes, he has been out of form in the BBL but let’s not forget his match winning effort during the last ODI tour of Indian, I’d say that was taken into consideration, as it should.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Very much tongue in cheek with regard to anons theory that Langer had purposely selected a weakened team to sabotage McDonalds chances of success. Strange indeed, but true.

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Great win. Looks like Langer’s plans to sabotage the team in his absence have backfired horribly. Drats!

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

I agree Roman. It’s a series that means very little so I think both sides are using it as an opportunity to give some relatively new players a go and see how they perform, obviously with one eye on the WC. If that’s the case, and considering everything that’s happened over the last 6 months, it’s smart to let Maxwell keep doing what he’s doing, and have him primed for the T20 WC. I think a dominant performance at the T20 WC see him come back into the ODI team with his confidence up, which is what the selectors would be after.

Glenn Maxwell's ODI axing could boost Australia's World Cup hopes

He’s the 3rd highest run scorer in the comp, averaging over 50 and striking at 156.

Mitchell Marsh sends a message to Aussie selectors with stunning 40-ball 93

So it’s a site that encourages people to express their points of view, unless they differ to much from yours of course, in which case you resort to personal insults and name calling. The hypocrisy of this post is so obvious that even a ‘simpleton’ such as myself can see it. I’m surprised that someone as intelligent as you obviously think you are can’t. And I’m the ‘negative, aggressive simpleton’? Dear oh dear…

Tim Paine silences noise with clinical summer

So you’re plan is to replace the captain of a team that’s had its most successful year in god knows how long with a 23 year old who’s concentrating on solidifying his position at first drop, or a bloke who’s the best bowler on the world and should just keep concentrating on that? Seriously anon, it’s starting to get a bit silly.

Why Glenn Maxwell should go to Bangladesh

You’re still struggling to tell the difference between things that actually happened and things that you’ve made up in your head aren’t you anon.

Why Glenn Maxwell should go to Bangladesh

You’re making stuff up again anon, I thought we spoke about this.

Why Glenn Maxwell should go to Bangladesh

So to prove that you don’t have a biased view of Langer/Turner you provide an example which highlights only Turners poor performances and not his match winning effort against Indian, presumably because it doesn’t fit with your personal views? You do realise that this is a text book example of what bias is don’t you? Turners selection was on the back of being one of the key players in the most dominant T20 franchise in Australia. He proved with his knock against India that he has the ability to be a match winner on the subcontinent. His form of late has been pretty average but the selectors obviously believe he’s worth persevering with, and given how things have gone over the last 12 months or so I’m more inclined to go with their opinion than yours tbh.

Tim Paine silences noise with clinical summer

So the team is absolutely humming along, achieving things that haven’t been done in years, and Langer deserves no credit because he has said a couple of things you don’t agree with? Yep, that makes sense. The thing that makes me laugh the most about these types of comments is how they are not based on any sort of facts, such as team performance, but instead totally biased interpretations of certain events… and yet they criticise Langer for being ‘biased’.

Tim Paine silences noise with clinical summer

Yep they’ve been pretty average. Unfortunately for NZ I think they ran into an Australian bowling attack that is at the peak if it’s powers, or very close to it. It’s not the first time a ‘highly rated’ batting lineup has come over here and been shown up, and certainly won’t be the last. The fact they’ve been unable to dig in at any stage has been very disappointing.

New Zealand produce tame effort at SCG

Just because in some parts of the piece you state that your not telling other people what to do/feel doesn’t cancel out the other parts where you implicitly, not explicitly, do. It doesn’t work like that. Whether this is your intention or not, that is the distinct impression that myself and several others have got. You can either refuse to acknowledge this and resort to name calling as others have, or you can take it on board, it’s up to you.

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