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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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The Ashes at the Gabba: The best individual performances

Just click on the cricket tab to at least filter it down somewhat

The Ashes at the Gabba: The best individual performances

Two perfect days in a row at the moment so the pitch might be getting some prep. If overhead conditions are humid snd cloudy we might only need three fine days. I’ve got tickets for Day 3. Yay!!

The Ashes at the Gabba: The best individual performances

Plus Richie’s commentary

Ashes countdown: Boonie's beers, Gilly's glory feature in part 1 of our 40 biggest moments from past 40 years

Wow, they will have gone through a lot of options to end up seeking quotes from Panesar.

“I think England are a better team with the pink ball than Australia are “, despite Australia still being undefeated in pink ball cricket?

Ashes Scout: 'Keep poking him' - Root told how to sledge Pat, bold 'favourites' call, Lyon talks about English 'fear'

Great article, thanks. Both great teams. Depending on the weather and who bats first I’m think some combination of Labs, Carey, Hazlewood, or Woakes and Root might write a chapter and push for a spot.

It’s a shame Slater and Hayden didn’t really overlap. What a combination they would have been

The Ashes at the Gabba: The best individual performances

People also forget that in most eras we remember the stats and then project that it was a team of stars. There are always fringe players and weak spots in teams, even when they have Lillee, Chappell and Marsh

Ashes Scout: Stokes must start says man behind famous Gabba disaster, how Marnus overcame 'obsession'

Never said he should, I just believe Warne has a motive and Starc deserves more respect than “pathetic” etc

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

No, he said career stats don’t make the point. They actually do make the point. I gave no opinion on whether that was the point he should be making.

For what it’s worth it all depends on the definition of recent. Only 4 tests in the last year and he was average. Go to two years and 9 tests snd his record is good.

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

Saying it 10 times doesn’t make it any more true. His career snd last two year stats both show an even spread of wickets across top, middle and tail

Ashes Scout: Warne's Starc stats behind axe call as Lee backs paceman, Botham wins Border dispute

“ He’s a great guy and a wonderful fella.”

Well no room for arguing with that … Warner for captain!

Brett Lee exclusive: Cummins will 'brain it' but Warner should be allowed leadership return

Why not?

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

You’ve done it now Ben. Warnie won’t be selecting you for National honours ever again 😂 😂 .

My favourite was when he first started bullying Starc, then Starc came out and took a swag of wickets. And Warnie took credit for the transformation, conveniently not noticing that the ball was swinging.

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

Indian bookmakers were very interested in Warnie’s weather predictions apparently.

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

I see your Stoinis and raise you D’arcy Short into Michael Beer 😂 😂

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

JOURNO! JOURNO! NAH NAH NA NAH NAH!!

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

But he’s been gunning for Starc for nigh on a decade, despite 260 wickets at a strike rate well below 50. What’s that expression about a stopped clock being right twice a day?

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

Yes in the article I wrote Ponting’s peak 20 was the best of all the players I looked at, Bradman aside. The other amazing one was Imran Khan : 55 with the bat and 19 with the ball over his last 52 tests. A combination of Kallis and Miller.

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

A question for you on the peak vs entire career question. Would you equally do that for say a Steve Waugh compared to say a Doug Walters? Walters started with a bang and then declined. Waugh struggled for a long time then had a peak that was extremely high. Would you truncate the start of one snd the end of the other, or do a consistent slice like 10% off each end or just go full career? I believe you have to have a common methodology otherwise you can choose the best periods for some players but not others.

I actually wrote on it a while back: https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/05/10/crickets-debatable-statistics-whole-career-versus-peak-performance/

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

Yes but one can be squarely laid at the feet of the Sandpaper Two, ripping out batting resources to pieces.

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

There are super performances every time a team wins a series, and they generally don’t come from the captain.

Are you saying Ian Chappell was only a good captain because he had Greg, Lillee, Marsh and Thommo?

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

You last sentence is typical. I never said ‘this consistency makes him a great bat’. I just pointed out an interesting feature of his batting. You respond with a personal attack, when I was t even arguing with you.

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

That wasn’t to assert anything about quality, just that he was amazingly consistent. His flaw that goes with that is that if he did that first bit of hard work so successfully he should have gone on with it more often than he did

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

Your last point is a very good one Jeff. the actual success / failure rate might be quite similar between the two, but because Paine’s runs had to mean more, more often, then his ‘meaningful failures’ are magnified.

One thing you can say about Paine, he rarely played the match winning or saving innings, but gee he was consistent. As good at getting to double figures as anyone I’ve seen. that’s a big call I know and I only have Paine’s own record to back me up (i.e. no comparison with others), but:

– only 2 single figure scores in his first 21 test innings
– it then rose to 4 from 24, and that was across 9 away tests out of 14 across four different away countries.
– By the end of his career, he had failed to reach double figures in a test (i.e. not even got started in both innings) 3 times out of 35.

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

A wicket keeping Glen McGrath, now that would have made for some interesting comedy value. Sort of like seeing the look on an injured batsman’s face when Graeme Wood was sent out as their runner.

Tim Paine is not the wicketkeeping messiah with the bat

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