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A fantastic record and great skipper but the IPL market appraisal of Finch’s ongoing T20 value probably best strips away all the patriotism and other irrelevant emotional factors. It’s a cold hard truth. He’s been around for a long time, he’s long in the tooth and previous form troughs notwithstanding, it’s increasingly unlikely he’ll climb out of this one and dominate a competition like the world cup. Australia have the T20 cattle but their selections have historically been quite poor and it’s more likely that by sticking with Finch they’ll perpetuate that.

When does Aaron Finch’s form become a World Cup worry?

This is just my opinion as it’s an opinion site but wowsers like you are a blight on society. Worry about yourself before “fixing” everyone else with ideas born from your pearl-clutching. This kind of nanny-ism erodes commonsense and any kind of self-determinism. An overly litigious society is married to this sort of ultra regulated guff.

Crowd catches are a disaster waiting to happen

The fallacy of your argument is all based on the idea that England will/can score big. Correct me if I’m wrong but they haven’t scored 400 in yonks. When was the last time in a test? In England? Sure our bowlers may be a bit sore/hungover but we don’t need to throw our carefully patented plans out the window. And, as Punter said, I think much the same group have earned the right to win the Ashes – it was quite clear from the post-match chat that retaining them isn’t “job done” so such big changes are unlikely. Can you please also give me the contact details of the person paying you to pump up Marsh’s tyres? I need to buy a new recliner.

How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

Cough, NO. Er-humm. NO, NO, no, nooooooo

Was Mitchell Marsh the gamble Australia needed to take?

I think you might be addressing Kannga2 there… Yes Smith himself probably really wants to get back out there and maybe that’s pause for thought. It’s his profession, his life, not ours. This could be overwhelmingly significant for him. Aren’t some people discounting his own ability to make a decision for himself with knowledge of all the risks? He’s an adult, legally it’s fine (assuming he passes protocol tests). Also if we wants to take the risk, a little self determination is ok. I have no idea, I’m not a doctor, but I feel you might be overstating the risks of a head knock. This isn’t boxing or martial arts. And there is a big difference between a single knock to the neck from a cricket ball and a career of accumulated hits, whether from punches or front-on tackles in NFL/NRL, week in/week out. Footy is very different to the Smith situation, you can’t apply the same logic. Even if Smith gets sconed again by Archer, I’m sure he’ll be still dissing up dry commentary in his old age just like Chappelli does now…

“You’ll thank me later in life”

While I welcome the tenor of this article and I’m not directly attacking it Paul, this topic has resulted in a little bit of nanny-ism rearing its head. You could define it as, an overbearing need to make statements and rules on behalf of others in line with the “nanny’s” superior judgement/common sense. Congrats for understanding concussion is to be taken seriously. Very sensible, and yes, we all want Smith to bat. But I don’t think anyone in the Australian cricket team set up is tempted “to ignore his medical condition”. All the evidence so far has been to the contrary with CA leading the way on concussions and introducing the new rules to the ICC for their endorsement. So this seems a little overcooked. Cricket is also quite different to football. Once again, not attacking you directly here Paul, just those you seem to know better than the docs. To them I say place your faith in the systems in place and pros tasked to carry out the assessments. The correct decision will be made, the decision will err to the conservative. If all these clever adults get together and assess his condition as “ready to go”, then breathe a sigh of relief, sit back, enjoy, and let go of the pearls!

“You’ll thank me later in life”

That is Wiggle-esque, Damien Fleming. You have surely ensured your book will be destined for the Rubbish-bin of Remainders at the Dump of Don’t Keep this Going… Too harsh, Damo? Nah. Back to your mark. We all must walk the Cul-de-sac of Criticism.

Excerpt from ‘The Autobahn of Autobiographies’ by Damien ‘The Bowlologist’ Fleming

haha!

Given the chance, can Joe Burns fire?

You’re spot on. They’re the anointed ones for now. I reckon that’s why Joe may have to go to the barbers, trundle the odd dibbly-dobbly over and get a PR team if he wants a bat. A good batting record just doesn’t cut the mustard any more.

Given the chance, can Joe Burns fire?

he he he. Tim you’re wide of the mark there. Peace brother.

England in good shape for series that matters

As I pointed out (and as you’ve seemingly overlooked in your haste to point out England’s superiority on paper… again) England start deserved favourites. I wasn’t, and no one anywhere is, saying that Australia have much of a chance. But conversely to what you repeatedly state (in fact ad nauseum with you Disco), England’s results aren’t so great over the past two years. Could it be that England are slightly overhyped? I’d suggest, as most wise commentators are (even Botham recently) that the series will be tighter than people like you expect.

England in good shape for series that matters

The word “great” does get bandied around far too often. It’s like Broad et al saying England were building a dynasty in 2011 only to win 11 of 26 tests over the past 2 years. Over the past two years Australia have won 12 of 24. Disco, MervUK and all others pointing out the obvious about Australia’s chances – 99% of press and public opinion at present is tipping an English victory but on the above figures I’d say England’s stock is over inflated at present not Australia’s.

England in good shape for series that matters

Agreed Nudge – Tim’s gout has really been playing up lately

England in good shape for series that matters