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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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South East Queensland Olympics: Get out now before it’s too late

I guess one relevant piece of information would be how the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games stacked up.

South East Queensland Olympics: Get out now before it’s too late

I’d be imagining using Dolphin stadium for some games (it holds about 15,000 now I think?), and then us Suncorp for marquee clashes.

No hope in North Sydney, but the Bears could blossom in Brisbane

The Gold Coast was their only shot. It has a brand that is not universally cared about, plus there was an opportunity to bring the successful Burleigh Bears local structure into the mix.
Ipswich/Logan is a no brainer for a second Brisbane side and they deserve their own identity, whether it’s using the Jets or creating something new.
Redcliffe does not have the stand alone population, but they have a good boutique ground, plenty of cash and if they could leverage the ridiculous urban sprawl from North Lakes through Kallangur up to Caboolture, they’d have some sort of base.

No hope in North Sydney, but the Bears could blossom in Brisbane

As for there being no spinners to pick, I’d say Cameron Boyce was the obvious candidate who was ditched after performing well in a handful of games. Stephen O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon we’re both given little or no opportunity.

No spinner selected pre Zampa and Agar have been given any time or leeway to grow into the role. And then when the pressure was on the leadership group turned back to pace heavy, using Head/Maxwell/Finch as grudging afterthought spin. The justification was that we didn’t have the quality spinners of the other nations, but it was a self fulfilling prophecy.

Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa are driving Australia's T20I resurgence

Yes, the rise of Aaron Finch may have something to do with this as well, so you could really say that the Boof/Clarke/Smith era has changed to Langer/Finch.
However Ronan was talking about selections as well, and the coach was a selector.
And then you have Lehman’s pronouncements regarding having to bowl 140 to be part of his test plans, so the implication was there.

Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa are driving Australia's T20I resurgence

Don Freo is the happiest man in Australia this week. Great performance by Agar. We often forget he’s still quite young.

Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa are driving Australia's T20I resurgence

Well played sir!

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

I also like the left hander. But I would be happy enough with Freeman.
Funnily enough it’s harder to pick the weaker teams as the players all tend to have similar good but not great records

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

That’s two bad typo’s in one article! Not my best effort, sorry everyone.

The three other batsman on my shortlist were:

Desmond Fothergill (VIC) 27 First class games, 1,404 runs at 39. Fothergill was more famous for AFL, playing over 100 games for Collingwood and kicking 337 goals. He only ever hit one first class century and never opened.

Bruce Francis (NSW). 3 tests. 109 first class matches. 6,183 runs at 33.97. He was an opener but his three tests in 1972 gave him an average of just 10.4. He was the other logical replacement for Forrest.

Ray Flockton (NSW) 35 first class games. 1,695 runs at 41.34. But he was more a middle to lower middle order batsman.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

Jesus! Don’t ask me how that got through. Apologies to our Sri Lankan friends. I meant to say Fleming played in both world cups. In addition to bowling that last over against South Africa in 1999, he did a similar job in the 1996 semi final against the West Indies. Needing 5 or 6 from last over he bowled Courtney Walsh – admittedly not the hardest thing to do – to win the match.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

It was a baffling decision. It would be like saying “Zampa’s a good one day spinner. Let’s pick him in tests…as our third seamer”.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

Eric Freeman has a first class batting average of 19.2, well below Faulkner. His bowling average of 27.8 is also higher. He was also good but not great at test level. With that batting average I had him competing more with Fleming or Ferris. But he was definitely under consideration.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter F

I had an idea for an article a while back ‘My cricket library”. Where we could talk about our favourite cricket books.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

It would be interesting to revisit your teams six years on – Smith, Kohli, Root, Williamson, Rabada, Cummins, etc

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Thanks John B. Yes you are completely correct. My apologies and, no you are the first to bring this up. some of those players certainly do have a decent shot at making a team. Stork Hendry will struggle, the H team will be loaded with quality.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter A

Maybe that information will come out in the S team.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Davie should send him a nice fruit basket.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Boy that would be a hard one to write. The resources would be limited to anecdotes and not a lot of that is available online. And cricket has no statistics to assist with fielding. for what it’s worth the two best fielders in my time have been Mark Waugh in slips and Andrew Symonds in the covers. Ricky Ponting in his younger days was the best at throwing down the stumps i ever saw. And of course old AB could really fling himself horizontal and throw out a hand to take a great grab.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

I’m trying not to show all my cards just yet 😛

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

For JGK’s international team it was South African great off spinner Hugh Tayfield. Unfortunately for the local team, i won’t have that option.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

You must have made no other controversial decisions. 99.9% accuracy!

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Yep, that was definitely the opinion of an Englishman.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Take the crumbs you can get.

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter E

Boy I hope the Australian team makes that final. We sometimes in this country forget that every other team is trying just as hard to peak for these tournaments.
The main objective here is to grow the sport. If Katy Perry gets a few more eyeballs on TV or people in the ground, then objective achieved. A few of those who otherwise may not have watched the cricket might have a look and decide it’s for them. Objective achieved.
Katy Perry would see this as ‘on-brand’ for her, being a Women’s event on International Women’s Day. It will get her on the news, possibly back in the States as well as here.

Ignore the haters, Katy Perry can help the Women's T20 World Cup fill the MCG