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You hadn’t realised that Zampa has had the wood on Kohli Ben. It was mentioned regularly before this series started and he’s got him both times this series as well. Its been well documented through the media that Kohli has had his biggest issues against Zampa in the white ball game. How many times has he got him out now? 5 out of 6? Zampa has said that the game plan for the series is for him to come on as soon as Kohli gets to the crease.
And if you had been following this series Ben, you would have noted that Kohli praised Zampa very highly about the previous series between Oz and India.
Hopefully now I have explained myself, I’m not the one that looks silly

Impressive India set up ODI series decider against Australia

Fair enough Jason

Impressive India set up ODI series decider against Australia

“Zampa averages 35 with the ball and regularly takes stick from the best batsman” ask Virat if that’s the case

Impressive India set up ODI series decider against Australia

Smith is a very good 20/20 player Jason. We just haven’t seen enough of him in that format for Australia. We saw how good he was at the start of the summer against Pakistan and Sri Lankan. He bats 3 for me at this years World Cup

Impressive India set up ODI series decider against Australia

In my opinion we are three players off our best team. When Jhye Richardson is up and running he comes in for Kane Richardson. Maxwell replaces Turner, and Mitch Marsh who is an excellent white ball player and has a great record for Australia replaces Agar.This team would have been a lot better chance of chasing down last nights score.
Finch
Warner
Smith
Labuschagne
Carey
Maxwell
M.Marsh
J.Richardson
Starc
Cummins
Zampa.
Replace Labuschagne with a hitter and that potentially is a good enough team to win the T20 World Cup this year as well

Impressive India set up ODI series decider against Australia

Well said Chris. I think it could be a little different if they were picking 33 year olds who had done a decent job for Australia the past couple of years. But we aren’t. Warner and Finch could well be regarded as the best two current openers in the world. They have both been absolute guns in this format for a long time. Knowing how good they are, and considering they will both only be 36 at the next World Cup, my guess is they are more of a chance of being there than not

Test top order to bring one-day stability

Great win, especially considering we only arrived 4 or 5 days ago and haven’t had a warm up match and Indian have been playing white ball cricket. Also I reckon we are 3 players off still from being full strength. For me Jhye Richardson replaces Kane Richardson when fully fit, although Kane has been doing ok, Maxwell for Turner and Mitch Marsh for one of the spinners, gives us a lot better balance.
Warner
Finch
Smith
Labuschagne
Carey
Maxwell
M.Marsh
Agar/ Zampa
J Richardson
Starc
Cummins.
All those guys are young enough to be at the next World Cup as well. Warner and Finch would be about 36, but if the motivation for them is still there, they are such beasts in white ball cricket I reckon there is every chance they will be there.
Probably only need to make one change to that team for the 20/20 World Cup as well. Replace Labuschagne for a hitter and that’s a ripping 20/20 team.
Things looking fantastic in all three formats

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Well said Burgy.
I hope he puts his name back in lights with 2 or 3 hundreds in the shield

Why Glenn Maxwell should go to Bangladesh

Well said Paul, and I’m not sure cricket supporters who know real cricket, are expecting him to produce that kind of summer consistently, or perhaps once, ever again. But when a guy comes from the clouds, as he has the past 18 months, and finishes with an Australian summer like he has, I think we would all be pretty disappointed if this guy wasn’t going to finish with a test average above 45. Personally, I think now, that is virtually a definite

The summer of Marnus

Ronan has included the Pakistan tests because he’s talking about our test summer. Not sure why you would only point to the recent series. It’s too small a sample size. Warner’s average wouldn’t be much better than Wade’s. Pakistan’s attack is arguably better than the kiwis anyhow. Wade has been rock solid since coming in. 2 tons in England when no other batsman bar Smith could make it past 70, and averaging 50 this summer, and never getting out cheaply. As Ponting said about Wade against the kiwis in his final innings in Melbourne, that as much flack Wade has copped about the way he handled the short ball against Wagner, he’s just about the only batsman that hasn’t been dismissed by his short ball this summer. That’s because he’s prepared to get hit, while smith and Head try and pull or flick his short balls down leg side. He’s a tough warrior, who will fight tooth and nail to stay out there. He’s doing a fine job.

Joe Burns, Matthew Wade and Travis Head are here to stay

Personally I think Wade has been rock solid Paul. Never gets out cheaply, which obviously means we rarely lose 2 wickets in a row when he comes in. He scored 2 tons in England when none of our top 7 made it past 80 outside of Smith, and is currently averaging 50 this Australian summer, and is outstanding at short leg. The only bloke who is under the pump is Burns. He deserved a chance but personally I don’t think he’s up to it. He’s fortunate that we don’t have anyone to replace him. Other than that this team is going on a sharp upward spiral

Australia steal New Zealand's No. 2 Test ranking

Be tough being an English supporter. Nine times out of ten, they put up the flag when things get tough

South Africa boosted with England Test win

Been a great summer for the Aussies so far, but let’s face it the opposition has been poor. The kiwis did themselves no favours by winning the toss and bowling. They had zero chance of winning from that moment in my opinion. Williamson needed to make the courageous decision and back his team in, get through that first session and make a total from there. So much pressure on his shoulders though, so he just made the soft decision to bowl. Backfired badly.
I really hope the kiwis bat first in Sydney. I think we are all desperate to see a contest. The summer is virtually over for international cricket after Sydney due to the ridiculous scheduling by Cricket Australia. Let’s hope the Sydney test is a beauty

Australia steal New Zealand's No. 2 Test ranking

No way that was an attacking decision in my opinion. The attacking decision would have been to say, righto boys, this first session is going to be tough, but if we can battle through and only lose a wicket or two, we are going to put ourselves into an extremely strong position to win the game. The position that Australia are now in, is the exact position the kiwis could have been in if they had of taken the bold decision to bat first

Steve Smith solves New Zealand short ball riddle

It was a conservative move. Sure, they might have been 5 for at lunch, but they also might not have been. Never ever bowl first in Australia, unless the test is in Hobart

Steve Smith solves New Zealand short ball riddle

Certainly not his most fluent innings, but he never really looked liked getting out. You can see him going on to make a big one today
Williamson made a big mistake at the toss. Game was over at that point in my opinion

Steve Smith solves New Zealand short ball riddle

I said a week or so ago, and I don’t see any reason to change opinion, that if Langer rocks up tomor and see’s an absolute road, then he will be very confident that one of Smith, Labuschagne or Warner, will score a huge 100. If it’s flat as attack, I’d strongly consider protecting our biggest asset which is our quicks.

Langer considering a fifth bowler for Boxing Day

Ashton Turner did not come in for Khawaja. Khawaja bats in the top 3 and sets the platform for the innings. Turner is in the team as a finisher towards the back end of the innings. Khawaja is stuff but a one trick pony. He’s a very ordinary fieldsman with no athleticism and a woeful runner between the wickets. In my opinion that’s what’s cost him

Khawaja sends a message to selectors

You can’t compare the Kiwi attack to ours. To be honest, there is just no comparison. Hazlewood Starc and Cummins are all in the best 6 quicks in the world. And Lyon is the best spinner in the world outside of any decks in the subcontinent. Boult is world class but I wouldn’t swap him for any of our 3. Southee good when conditions suit but watch him average over 40 in the next 2 tests, Wagner is a ripper but he’s probably doing the job Peter Siddle did for Australia in the first 8 years of his career. And I’d seriously consider having Labuschagne as a spinner over Santner. No disrespect to New Zealand. I rate them, and think they will be a lot more competitive in Melbourne and Sydney

Lyon gives Australia a massive edge over New Zealand

Tough day at work today Chris?

Lyon gives Australia a massive edge over New Zealand

No doubt the night session with the new ball is dangerous, but wouldn’t you prefer 160 overs to bowl the opposition out instead of 120. If Australia aren’t bowled out, I see us declaring about half hour before the first break

Australia in control despite Josh Hazlewood's injury

My wife thinks I’m a bad catch and she hasn’t even seen me play cricket

Is this the catch of the year from Steve Smith?

Yeah I agree. Hobart Manuka, Townsville or Alice Springs. I honestly don’t think Brisbane will see a test next year. The general Brisbane public don’t deserve it

Extraordinary scenes as Shield clash suspended over MCG pitch safety concerns

Every city gets good crowds when good teams are here. The test is when ordinary teams are here and Brisbane is bottom of the barrel. I think the only test Brisbane will get next year will be Afghanistan.

Extraordinary scenes as Shield clash suspended over MCG pitch safety concerns

The only reason Brisbane should keep a test is because we win there. The crowd support and venue is diabolical

Extraordinary scenes as Shield clash suspended over MCG pitch safety concerns