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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe and now Broncos. also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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Poor Joe Burns

In the last three years Matthew Renshaw, Cameron Bancroft, Aaron Finch and now Marcus Harris have all made their debuts at the top of the order for Australia, all in an era when our top six has been in relative flux and batting collapses have become more common.

I hope Brisbane embrace flexible batting too. Move Cutting around the order. He should come in with 5 overs to go each time, so matter which wicket has fallen.

Pattinson could be interesting. He is batting at 7 for Victoria and is reportedly very handy with the bat. I don;t know if he is a fast scorer, but there is potential to use him as the seven and increase our bowling depth?

BBL|08 season preview: Brisbane Heat

His season last year wasn’t great but the year before he was alright. Hazleatt hasn’t yet shown he has ‘got’ this format.

BBL|08 season preview: Brisbane Heat

Last year Burns topped the Heat’s run scoring – averaged over 40 with a strike rate of 142.55. that’s fair going, so I’m not sure where the impression of Burns as a slow scorer comes from.

Funny, for test selection he is sometimes criticised for scoring too quickly and not digging in.

BBL|08 season preview: Brisbane Heat

I’d say Alex Ross would be a chance to come into the middle order.

BBL|08 season preview: Brisbane Heat

What did Head do wrong to get dropped? You want to drop Harris after one test?

Finch I’ll give you.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

His first class average is 29.85, quite amazing that his test average is so much higher.

Australia cruelled by wasted starts with the bat

Nice article.

Australia vs India: History in numbers

Michael Vaughan, the gift that keeps on giving.

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs India, First Test

Well said. I felt the same, we always seemed to just be one wicket too many down.

So, that's why we love Test cricket

Poor Joe Burns. He just keeps scoring consistently. I’ve said my piece on him before.

Poor Joe Burns

It's time for a new Test opener

Totally agree with your comments. With our two most experienced players on the sideline, for some reason we elect to ignore other players with experience, who are also in form. Wade I can understand because he wasn’t on the radar before his great season so far.

Burns, however was a no brainer. He top scored in the second innings of the post Sandpapergrate test for goodness sakes and got dropped!

Australia cruelled by wasted starts with the bat

As for the Australian line up – I didn’t agree with the line up in the first place, believing Burns was better bet than Handscomb, but now that it’s been selected there should be no changes. Sure, move Finch down the order if Khawaja wants to open (that’s the key here, lets have our best batsman play where he wants to), but no other changes. We just got within 35 runs of the number 1 test team in the world, without our two best bats.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

Well we got close in the end. As is usual in a game that ended up this tight there are all sorts of what if’s regarding DRS decisions not taken, One batsmen getting out, one bowler having a poor spell. In the end the better team won.

But that is not to say they will be the better team in Perth. If the ODI’s are any indication Perth will have plenty of that most precious commodity on Australian pitches – bounce. And India’s top three won’t like it. I am including Pujara in that, he usually struggles with bounce.

So I’m a bit optimistic if we can get that close in Adelaide, we might be able to get over the line in Perth. These are the questions that will be answered in a week:
– surely Kohli will hurt us in the next test?
– will Starc be better for the run? In fact will all three of our pace bowlers? They were all pretty much coming back from injury and Starc is always better with overs under the belt.
– Perth traditionally doesn’t give spinners much and both bowled a lot of overs this time – will spin be a factor (I know we are not playing at the WACA but they use the same clay for the wicket block.
– Will India’s bowlers be able to back up fitness wise?

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

This is not actually true. CA decided not to give Brisbane a marquee test this year for purely financial reasons. Melbourne and Sydney will never be moved and Adelaide and Perth now have the newer, bigger and better stadiums. The crowds at the Gabba have been healthy compared to historical records, but have not been as big as elsewhere. Hence, with India only having four tests to hand around, Brisbane gets the lesser series this year.

It sucks as I would normally have been at the Gabba this week, but there it is.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

Really good interview with Kohli after that test. He might be a difficult guy to warm to, but he obviously knows what he’s doing:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/25498595/virat-kohli-takes-conservative-route-victory

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

Finch and Marsh were brainless. I’ll give Finch the benefit of the doubt. His first home inning and nerves and adrenaline did for him I think. Marsh has no excuse. At least he has found consistency in recent times, just not the sort we were hoping for. I can’t see how his brilliance once he gets to thirty compensates for how often he doesn’t get past 10. If it was Maxwell he would be called inconsistent with a poor temperament and be sent back to the Shield.

As for the rest, I think in some ways they overreacted to India’s innings and Finch’s behavior. They went too far into their shells and couldn’t find a way out. Khawaja was one and Handscomb another. Head was able to shift gears but only once he was with the bowlers and was forced into it.

In short there was no balance. It was either too much or too little.

There are another 7 innings in this series to it’s not all doom and gloom, but I wonder if 4 left handers in the top 6 against Ashwin is too many. Another reason to thank Marsh for his service I think.

Composed Head upstages impatient teammates

If we can get to lunch only two down then advantage Australia. A score of say 260 by India means we really only need to two batsmen to post scores to be in the game. Surely we can manage two from six? I’m going with Harris on debut and S Marsh, with a cameo from Handscomb.

Pujara saves India from disaster

Well let’s hope it’s not 9 for 335!

Pujara saves India from disaster

If Harris can get through the first session I have high hopes. He has a good habit of going big once he’s in, if he can just get in and through his inevitable nerves.

And watch out lefties, here comes Ashwin. We have four in our top six.

India thought they were batting in India. But they were not. It was Adelaide

Almost the perfect test match innings from Pujara in Australian conditions.
Give the first session to the bowlers while the Kookaburra is still hard and pitch has some moisture.
Take a lot of time to get used to the bounce.
Respect the spinner but understand that there will not be extravagant turn and you can trust the bounce, therefore take no super risks but milk for singles and twos.
Then wait for the boiling Australian sun to bake the pitch and the fast bowlers.
Once they inevitably tire and are bowling with an old ball, then expand your shots.
Make sure you are still in so there is a set batsman for the new ball late in the day. Recognise the bowlers will be tired and stiff by this time so wait for the gimme balls knowing the hard ball will shoot to the boundary.

India thought they were batting in India. But they were not. It was Adelaide

Ah I’m jealous. Apart from baking like a chook at Christmas, that would have been a super day live.

Australia versus India: Day 1 from the ground

And that’s what mostly happened. What a player he was. He did single handedly draw a test series against Australia when S Waugh first took over as captain, with two of the best innings you will ever see.

Nets video underlines Australia’s Kohli obsession

In the dim past this was the attitude to Bradman, try to get him early and then if you don;t try to limit his scoring pace and just attack the other end.

Nets video underlines Australia’s Kohli obsession

The absolute best thing about the grass on the pitch is that is has encouraged the selectors to leave out M Marsh and play six batsmen. Is the era of the fake allrounder finally over?

The green Adelaide pitch will favour India

Yep, it’s all about bounce. We bat and bowl better than India when there is bounce in the pitch. We have a bowler like Cummins who can extract that bounce from even a relatively lifeless pitch.

The green Adelaide pitch will favour India