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James Maxwell

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Holmesglen Sports Media Student Collingwood supporter... Not one eyed though! Always see the other side of the story.

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Plain and simple, how can an international side carry players like Burns, M Marsh and Nevill in regards to batting? I sure as hell can’t say that I could rely on these three to make 100s for us. It was time for Burns to get dropped and sure as hell time for M Marsh to go. Leave Nevill as he is probably the best keeper in Australia. But it’s time to get a player like Handscomb in. Don’t forget that he can keep too! This could free up another batting space! Bancroft, yes, could be a potential opener, but where has the old school opener gone? The one who can bat for long periods of time and grind out 100s? I see that person being Travis Dean. Maybe it’s too early to blood someone like him, maybe he needs a 1000+ run sheffield season to get that spot, but he is one that will grind out a tough innings. Shaun Marsh has had enough chances. He comes in for a career defining test and makes his 100. Well done. But give him continuity and the man fails! Khawaja needs to stay in that side. I believe our top 6 should be: Warner, Bancroft / Dean, Khawaja, Smith, Voges, Handscomb.

Time to apply the DRS to our national selection panel

Quality summary Ryan. North believed they were in premiership contention so they added those players. Was certainly a bold move, but you need to make some big decisions to try and get that flag. Obviously it won’t pay off for them and now it’s time to move on/ retire some of the older players. I would retire Firrito, Petrie, Ray, Nahas, Waite and try to trade players such as Hansen & Black. This way it will give the opportunity for players like Ben Mckay, Majak Daw as key forwards, then throw in someone like Ed Vickers-Willis to replace Firrito. There is still a lot of unseen talent on that list that can certainly filter through next season and I still believe they could push for top 8, if they got the right mix of youth with older talent playing together. On a side note, I think next season is time for Andrew Swallow to hand over the captaincy to Jack Ziebell.

North Melbourne's end game is upon us