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Probably give that a miss JGK , but might buy general a t-shirt with the words NO PAINE NO GAIN on it

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

that would actually be quite cool vintage specialty merch as long as I can also where a t-shirt saying ANT’s ASHES 2019

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

I mean big turn out for MCG with kiwis this year. Next year I meant Adelaide would be the alternative if MCG got sanctioned and banned for a year for India. Its there or perth surely. Closer time slot to east coast. On the basis MCG is day time test surely adelaide would work starting 2pm as it would run still to 9pm which means family hours better for kids and families and its holiday for the most part then especially with kids at home and still a fair wack of evening. Perth runs much later although id prefer those hours myself . Adelaide is very earliy in season as it stands, perth would still be in december . Would be a good test actually at Adelaide. my favorite venue in Aus still , although like the old stands at the SCG . its probably still a pipe dream would need a very bad MCG pitch to sanction and ban it given the external powers the MCC has being the largest in aussie grounds cricket id say.

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

Ill have to grab a beer with you there , you can wear tim paine rules cap and ill wear a steve smith for captain t shirt hahaha

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Hmm he was second best average and a match winner in the world cup so its a pretty big jibe to say he’s an average cricketer. He was nothing short of outstanding nearly every innings or not out there on foreign wicket against every bowling line up. To call him an average cricket on that effort is not appropriate as nearly every batsman outside of warner did not match his average , even smith was behind him in world cup . With the red ball his average since june skyrocketing and since then has averaged over 50, with county and shield form taken in to account . Pretty amazing numbers you have to give him credit and he’s a wicket keeper too and very late to the game , he’s already 28

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

speaking of tests general are you actually going to any test matches this summer?

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Shield matches…once again general praying on the typos. Hopefully he will play you’ve got to admit that was an excellent innings in SA. Still waiting for some compliments on him.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

I would have thought adelaide as the home of cricket would be more likely to get the slot as a DN or day test if mcg did get sanctioned (I still think the powers that be won’t let that happen) but it would be more likely to be Adelaide . It shares a similar time slot would be a full ground in christmas week would be actually a fun test there . The melbourne public get a bit lazy after boxing day itself and its a huge ground to fill . Apparently big turn out coming over from NZ for it though this year according to some press reports flights are booked up

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

Whats for sure is lyon and starc have both been poor at mcg last few years and not as great at scg either. They go really well at perth, adelaide DN and Brisbane by comparison with much lower averages and more wickets. I think MCG has been poor and SCG less conducive to spin but better for pace bowling. Rain only prevented a result there last year. Both have their issues right now . The curators have just shown that they can get a totally different deck at MCG produced so its possible they can sort issues with a benign pitch

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

We may want that extra bowler at the mcg if the pitch is a bore draw thats for sure. Depends on the pitch but head out for patto or neser . The effort of 1 wicket by lyon last year worries me with spin. Yes I know the selectors probably won’t drop him but that wasn’t good last year and that was after he took a bag of wickets at perth. I think the ground is now partly to blame . Depends on what pitch they prepare

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

Interesting did not know steel v concrete bases. Interesting

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

It baffles me too. There has been rain around in Melbourne on some occasions and winds get cold over there I am close by when in melbourne , even now its cold win and the suns out . Not sure it gets very dry and hot at the mcg recently, especially before boxing day which may be a problem , the heat and dry weather come in january to melbourne in general outside of the odd hot day

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

Lyon and Starc have bowled poorly at both grounds with bad averages in last few years. Lyon only got one wicket at MCG last year. Starc a little better. . Pattinson should play on his home turf. The benign pitches or batting decks have something to do with it but the indians did get results last year with their bowling and we were not bowling short last year. Interesting. Perhaps we need to evaluate who bowls at each ground if they are not doing as much

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

So much history with MCG, they’ll have it going next year if not this year. Melbourne crowd turns out for it for the pi*s up each year . The curators just need to get their act together for it

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

critical to win at perth . we got india there last year with a weakened side. We also go well with DN tests at home so far. If boult doesn’t make the first test they are up against it. Henderson is an x factor and wagner could provide some spark with his shortballs but they need boult in there

The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits

And SA win. Carey came in 3 for 57 and carried them to 4 for 185 first innings. When the pressure was on he delivered in a key partnership which had SA beating tassie at home. Top win and top batting. His first innings critical to SA winning. Certainly better than heads performances away from SA in shield this season too. Hopefully head steps up in perth this week where he made some runs last year. A great opportunity for him on a batting friendly ground . Tassie is the hardest place to bat probably

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Id definitely agree with you on the selectors not dropping him, id say its unlikely. Only way is if swespon bagged another half a dozen wickets in lead in shield games and the SCG is giving him and okeefe little or was when I last looked yesterday . Shame swepson didn’t get a full second innings at NSW. Interesting SCG really playing like a pace wicket yet again in the shield game

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

143 and 73 fine scores in last two tests . perhaps your hate campaign on carey is the true source of this paine defense. your omitting the 140 plus he made first shield game and double 50s in county before that . Lets not forget hobart is not an easy place to bat either. He’s doing really well. Just open your arms to future progress general. he might even impress you in the test side next year.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

No great wins but its the same point with england. you can’t attribute these wins to anything paines done really. He did take a good one handed keeping flyer – that keeping was good but in terms of the captaincy I think he has detracted with decision making in england and Aus this tour. Plenty would agree . Id say cummins or smith as captain would have got a better result in england with ease and here they would have won just the same is my point, smith in particular is a better decision maker on field and paine continually goes to him for input when he’s indecisive , not just in england but also against pakistan. we keep seeing it general. Moot point anyway paine aint going anywhere till after the kiwi series. Hopefully smith and cummins and co can donate him a higher win rate before he goes to make him look better as a captain than he is in that department. Meanwhile I’m fine with his keeping for now as its not really costing us anything not getting careys extra runs and better batting in the mix yet . When we tour it will do

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

Yes and we lost to SA with smith and warner in the team so not helping your point there Gen.

Should Paine have let Warner chase Lara? Part 2

India look set for 2 DNs out of four tests next year and the powers that be want 3 DN tests. . I can see a time where red ball cricket is lost and eradicated in australia due to evening broadcasting upping attendance and viewing numbers for the networks

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

Perth should be interesting Australia should have the upper hand

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

I like some afl but its gotten annoying and Sydney Swans and the brisbane have some real power with their depth and academies and flagship status for each state . Good point that it could improve the pitch if it goes drop in. Looks like spin could go by the way side in australia a bit . Shame to see the WACA go last year was such a big part of australias cricketing history gone now . Time moves on unfortunately. As long as we can keep tests alive in Aus. , I see CA and broadcasting head execs say recently they would have 5 DN tests if possible

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

Intersting to get your take on it too Chris. I knew it was dual use and AFL must have had an impact on it but in the context of learning whether drop in pitch comes in that sounds like the key point you raise, AFL seems to be so dominant now . The MCG pitch has been a mess and then they botch it up in the other direction. Concerns they will take it back to a flat track for boxing day ! As a side point a win in perth would be a big lead if the MCG pitch is made more benign again

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

Interesting though you must acknowledge those numbers are very poor in sydney and melbourne recently chris. Just looking out for the best mix for the team. Of course Ronans article a few days back were about the myth around spinners at scg . Im not the only one on to this chris, you’ve got writers on roar writing articles about it now mate

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG