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I think he had a century down but for archer hitting him in the head in one test and also yesterday he looked like he was going on in to the 70s. If he’s making 50 to 60 every test I’m delighted . They opposition are being made to earn his wicket. Steve waugh used to be tough to get out. He’s not as good or elegant as S waugh off the back foot or with straight drive but has his tenacity

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Labs incredible does it again yesterday to win the match. Saved us at Lords , Vital contribution to help us win at manchester and should have got the win with him at headingly without smith playing despite an extroadinay botch up test. He’s the first batsman on the team sheet after smith thats for sure.

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Huge form general , he’s a definite starter off the back of that innings

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

or pattinson or both. The play at the oval would have been not to start siddle if they knew about the injury he had and lyon bowled 4 overs first innings. you had to wonder what was going on with the selectors captain and bowlers before it started. Pattinson hard done by too as it moved about and marsh got swing. Arguably hazel wood could have been rested for 5th test after the 200 over 3 days spell 3 days before it seeing he was just back in from injury. Could have started starc and pattinson at oval especially if they knew Paine was going to defy history and idiotically bowl first after backing up within 3 days. Mystery for the ages indeed.

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Insult to injury is a great name for you mate. You have to admit the openers are in a terrible place right now but the bowlers provide so many options. Why not pick to our strengths and rotate one of them against pakistan in particular. Richardson definitely warrants a match and some more experience next to starc. Neser is probably not going to go as far but no denying how good he is, particularly at the gabba where starc has not played as well. starc is a truly international class act if selected appropriately to pitch and conditions. Both turning 30 next months good to at the very least build richardson up at 23 yrs of age with a test or two. this series . I expect a good win over pakistani so we can afford to tinker a bit with one bowling rotation before NZ tour

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Lets not forget harris has only failed in one shield innings out of four even if first test was a road. Lets look at this next shield game. Id still be keen for burns at home at the gabba test. if he can’t get runs at the gabba then it would be hard to play him at optus/WA

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

He shouldn’t be safe but it appears he is. I think the notion of one experienced opener is what they want although burns is old enough now. Harris is the youngster really. It is pakistan they are facing not england away so they may gift some runs to us if they are loose

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Jeff safe to say none of us are sure about any of these openers. Thats not good. Its a chook raffle at the top right now. I tend to just lean towards giving Burns a go at his home deck in queensland and think he’s done enough in these shield games to get us off to a start if the bean up the other end can match him. It would be great for Labs and smith to come in at 20 over mark instead of the 2 or 4 over mark for a change thats for sure .

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Starc can be a different proposition in australia. Ive seen him decimate sides with tight bowling in Aus. ( I also think we missed a beat not playing him down the slope at lords in the 4 day test match , well less. Lyon got nothing there. I wrote an article on here that got mixed reception but it was based on 3.5 to 4 days play which was going to happen. A chance starc may have run through them at lords in damp conditions at times) . At his worst he can go for big runs. I do wonder if the D/N games will be great for him. Have to look up how he’s gone at adelaide in the DN if he played.

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

your definitely right about jhye and starc complimenting the main two strike bowlers. spot on. Also jhye suffocates them. Starc can too but needs to be the right pitch. These D/Ns are arguably perfect for starc. Someone mentioned he played poorly last test at gabba but haven’t checked and he didn’t go so well there opening match but does find rhythm . Neser is a flier there but he keeps getting bags of wickets at his home ground. He’s a bit more expensive. No way id start him at waca/Adelaide.

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Chris Only Neser for Gabba on home pitch. Im not sure if the selectors would be smart enough to rotate him back after that. Im not sure on jhye v starc either . Totally agree on this point. Pattinson a little unlucky in england remember he took roots off stump and the bails sat there (never seen anything like it) a few near misses and dropped catches and fifth test it was swinging he may have been the main there. Not as convinced in australia on patto either Chris. We are gifted with bowling options very happy about it. Im most concerned about lyon right now. I hope he finds his mojo again

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Im not sure its a mitch scenario as warner just broke the record for worst opening series from an opener ever. not good chris really bad given its the worst performance in cricket history in a series… but your right about the selectors going for experience . Your also right about warner taking games away from opposition I’ve sat and watched him do it but we are looking at two plus years ago now and its really his own fault for the idiocy in SA and the lack of match play. With Harris failing yesterday its wide open. I note maddison is making a go of it isn’t he. Much promise early on. Im almost open to taking a punt with the openers we can’t do any worse than we have been. Burns on home soil at queensland deserves a shot for me his starts have been solid enough in four innings if he does anything like that and the other opener compliments we are 50 run opening partnership for no loss potentially. That would be refreshing right now

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Butler isn’t tail but the tail kind of hung around with him and we didn’t knock them off for a session. I was watching it and the bowlers look fatigued. It was a mistake to bat second that cost us 50 runs plus I think and plus we may have made a few more batting first. A few factors as selections of openers were poor as well, I would have dropped them both there were options to bolster the middle order

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Starc should definitely play this summer. I think someone pointed out he played poorly in last gabba test . big performance with 10 wickets but once again against a mediocre tassie team for me in sydney . I tend to think the day night matches may suit starc a lot with some dew and tricky conditions at night so perth and SA for sure look like venues for him. Perhaps even hazel wood could be rotated for jhye richardson at one of them. Im not sure on their records at grounds. Cummins will start them all. Neser just seems to go very well at the gabba insult he’s got a few bags there . Are the selectors malleable enough to think about it this way? Not sure and also struggling to see where pattinson fits in but if the ball moves about he is dangerous for sure. Not sure on a flatter wicket . Guys like richardson can really tie up the run flow

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Its dissapointing he won’t play shield next round. I want them all to get matches and see who shines most back in australia

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

The mistake with openers was not elevating khawaja instead of dropping him. His 20 to 42 run contributions were way better than the openers . Even bancroft lasted longer in terms of balls faced by some distance over warner and harris for most part and left right combo in fifth test may have been better. Labs effectively opened most innings often coming in first two openers so had no problem elevating him for last test . Every indication was warner and harris were flopping and the selectors did nothing. Fifth test a prime chance to drop both openers before that test. I pleaded on here for that to happen and to try get head/carey in middle to bolster the middle order but nope. Another obvious double flop at the top and a test loss. There were some options . I probably wouldn’t have selected burns in england as was recovering from health concerns and also his pre ashes form was struggling against the top sides in england per some accurate analysis posted by many and myself on roar. Back in australia he’s got every right to be close to conideration given his record.

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Both Ronan and I picked Labuschagne for first test easily off the back of great county and lead up form in england. We documented it in our fist XV lists in articles on here ???? So if we can do it why can’t selectors. I saw quite a few with labs down. Selectors didn’t have the courage to pick him or carey. County from was so solid , English pitch form so often prevails over Australian first class averages. Rogers another who was relentless on county form. Its also looking at their compact technique and ability to leave balls in england. It was a no brainer for me and several others who write on here. No hindsight at all just common sense selecting off english pitch form (high averages) Labs was gritty and tough in the all australian match pre first test when others fell like flies

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Its a shambles already with ground choices being away away from test arenas and a player like warner being unable or torn in numerous ways to playing t20. Ive a feeling langer and hohns just won’t drop warner though

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

you may do better than the current lot brendon, who botched it up in england but for smith taking one in the helmet labs wouldn’t have got a start . Openers selections were terrible, 5th test bowling all wrong

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Except carey was very consistent in england (in fact ridiculously good in the world cup and it was his technique and elegance there that many including steve waugh liked) and did score double 50s in county so he warranted a go in the 5th test for me where there was truly some extoadinarily struggling/bad batsman who were bornd to fail with test . Finch has had a big go and Burns had health issues pre series and also struggled in pre ashes english matches against the better teams. I was never confident about Warner going in , I’ve seen enough of him in england previously and two flatter wickets had elevated his averages in england previously . After 16 months away from red ball I was concerned he may fall flat and wrote about it a lot
Its a reboot now in australia really as kookaburra and different pitches conditions and pakistan at home are not england away. Burns has done enough in his two shield games for me to suggest he could do his job in having australia at 0/50 if the other opener can match his efforts

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

We have one new selector yet to be appointed? Hohns , Langer are the other two who could both be bias with selections. hohns has been there too long for me

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Id probably agree with U , langer and co just won’t budge on warner, not sure what it will take for him to be dropped. Pakistan at home are inferior to england away though and may cover up some cracks in australias away batting form or give warner some confidence . He’s clearly a shadow of his former self with the bat against the red ball right now

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Interesting chris. Starc is good change in pace and style to hazel and cummins. just think jhye richardson has shaded him in first few matches , he’s been very economical. I don’t know about not being specific with grounds if we have a rotation policy on quicks. Neser has run through threm with wickets at gabba bu economy a little more expensive . At the gabba neser definitely trumped starc first match , starc one wicket first innings wasn’t good . Clearly he is back to some ominous form at drummoyne but he is bowling against tassie who look a bit weaker with batting . Neser has taken hauls against NSW and SA at gabba. Richardson bowling at victoria in WA seems quite decent too . Pattinson got 4 in the end too against WA but a bit late in the innings

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

warner also 32 he’s got a few years on smith. He is lacking confidence right now . It a slew of factors His worst record was in england pre ashes and I kept mentioning he may struggle after 18 months out on pitches and conditions he’s always struggled with. In many respects they could have dropped him last test and let him prepare more for australia but they wouldn’t. Pakistan bowlers will certainly not be as hard as broad and archer in england though thats for sure . May cover up some cracks in technique and confidence this australian summer

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up

Chris I hope warner plays next game. Right now I want the best opening combo is all. We can’t tell what warner is going to do except he’s had one good innings of 3 so far and 5 poor tests in a row really , breaking records as the worst opener effort in cricket history. Hard to be confident . I tend to think he could earn his place back in the upcoming games and be omitted at gabba . Why should we reward failure in hope of form from two years ago

Australia's Test opening candidates are not stepping up