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Seems a mystery why the spin characteristics have disappeared then???

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

It should be a good challenge. He’s actually a good swing bowler as well, but basically hasn’t bowled swing for a few years. The kiwis should be more worried about Southee and de grandhomme who will have to keep mixing it up to compensate for the lack of swing, which they rely on.

Wagner will use Bodyline tactics against Australia

Some umpires go over the top with giving leaves out LBW. The ball still has to be hitting the stumps, and that was highly dubious here.

Alex Doolan 'can't believe it' after copping questionable LBW on the last ball of the day

Yep, the legal system is rigged against the poor, so an already wealthy guy like Folau, who then receives large financial support from the general public and Christian lobby groups then becomes a completely different proposition to large entities like RA & their corporate backers and insurance companies.

Raelene Castle's tenure has been a failure – what else did RA expect?

Why?

Resolute Kiwis primed to ensure closest home series in years

You’d have to ask the selectors why Maxwell has been in a long exile from the Test team. They don’t like him for some reason.

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

aussierad These people are strange! Their blind hatred of Israel Folau and petty spite means they don’t mind (or actually support!) this weird corporate takeover of individuals’ thoughts and opinions. I’ve only assumed that Israel Folau’s opinions on social media are his own, and NOT the ARU, Qantas, Land Rover etc, and so would any rational person!

The last column about Israel Folau ever, I promise

Why isn’t Dean Brownlie considered by the kiwis anymore?

Should Jeet Raval be selected for the Black Caps?

The kiwis have seem to have shafted that ex-West Aussie Dean Brownlie. He was a good batsman and made some tough runs for the kiwis, and I think he’d be a far better opener than Raval.

Should Jeet Raval be selected for the Black Caps?

I get sick of the criticism levelled at Lyon. When you consider that he’s had a couple of average to woeful keepers in his test career lose him a fair few wickets, it’s no surprise his average is till well over 30.

The GOAT didn’t lose form, he just didn’t take wickets

It looks like they’ve gone too far the other way trying to give the MCG pitch some life.

Extraordinary scenes as Shield clash suspended over MCG pitch safety concerns

But even when he holds the ball the same the ball still varies in bounce and trajectory according to these people.

Medium-pacers can thrive on Australian pitches

So if Ford just returned, then what were DJR (& the other current Ford customers) using as their engine supplier? Or am I missing something here?

The bitter aftertaste from Supercars in 2019

Great recap. This was slightly before my time. I actually was at one day of the ’93 WACA game and it was the first test match I attended. I can’t even remember the score or what happened though.

Winding back the clock to a trans-Tasman classic in Perth

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Lockie Ferguson has the x-factor NZ need in Australia

The WACA was woeful for a lot of the past decade or more. Just didn’t deteriorate after a couple of days the way it used to in the 90’s: became a batters’ paradise.

Lockie Ferguson has the x-factor NZ need in Australia

The problem is de Grandhomme and Southee don’t have a large repertoire of balls they bowl, and far too often rely on swing to get them wickets which will be an issue here. McGrath didn’t either, but what he had that made him such a menace to face was amazing natural variation. A guy who faced McGrath in grade cricket in Sydney said that despite the ball pitching in virtually the same areas you could never predict where the ball would end up. The bounce would be subtly different each ball, and slight changes to the angle he held the seam of the ball, meant subtle deviation either legside or offside. So it was often so difficult to hit McGrath out of the centre of the bat despite his relatively pedestrian pace.

Medium-pacers can thrive on Australian pitches

Are you referring to the Mumbai stadium?

The Socceroos at the Copa America is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

I think you’ll find Geelong’s AFL team usually gets close to capacity for most of their home games there.

All quiet on the Western (United) front

What’s Cricket South Africa getting negative publicity for?

The rugby media need to be careful not to kill the game they rely on

Too many of these stupid drop-in pitches!

Lockie Ferguson has the x-factor NZ need in Australia

But surely flat wickets are where outright pace can help, so Ferguson would’ve been handy there.

Lockie Ferguson has the x-factor NZ need in Australia

What’s the forecast temps for the game though?

Black Caps given massive fitness boost ahead of Australian tour

Well sure Targa, that wouldn’t surprise me since this is the weakest generation of aussie batsmen I’ve personally seen. There’s been a major slump in quality batsmen here for a few years which is widely acknowledged.

Australia to face the best Kiwi XI ever to tour the country

And CDG is essentially a carbon copy of Southee: a fast-medium swing bowler with not a great amount of variety of deliveries to trouble batsman. On flat aussie wickets with a dead kookaburra that’s not swinging or seaming he’s completely lost his edge.

Australia to face the best Kiwi XI ever to tour the country