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Thats true Bernie . Surely its down to Smith himself after this summer.

Can India take down the Aussies with Steve Smith and David Warner involved?

Smith is incredible tempo only small concern is archer and others have now targeted the fast high ball at his head and he just got concussed yet again in england. A slight concern going forward. His summer was indeed bound to come off a tad after ashes and he was coming in on concrete pitches but not quite the same form. Im one of his biggest fans and think he should easily be captain again but the media and nanny state groups in this country nailed him to a post compared to what would have transpired in other countries. He’s done more than the time he deserved and is a better captain tactically and on DRS than Paine and will be a bit more ruthless should the captaincy be given to him again. He’s a good bloke too . For me paine should stay or go on his keeping and batting

Can India take down the Aussies with Steve Smith and David Warner involved?

Dunger hes capable on flat pitches at home but really he’s been so exposed in test cricket as dire in england and archer and broad had his number in england. I sat there in three tests he just can’t play the movement in england. If the selectors and everyone can’t see that then we have a huge problem. Paine more aging . Theres certainly better captains in smith than paine and clinging on to the past is silly. Smith exceptional i notice the concussions are mounting up though and they have learnt to bowl fast at his head as they just couldn’t get him out and its sowed some seeds of doubt on his batting against archers of the world. A much stronger test against india coming than pakistan or nz but we should be able to win at home and it will certainly shield warner and paine for the summer. I think we need to get very smart thereafter . The covid issue has made it hard with prep and shield access no doubt so its hard to gauge who’s coming up in the field . Warner for me looked a bit suspect against NZ in the last series in aus outside of the batting slaughter of the last test. Hard to tamper with the team right now of course but should we seriously take warner back to SA next year or to the test championship in London . For me its an emphatic NO based on his foreign form in last few years and its about doing whats best for the team and results instead of being stubborn

Can India take down the Aussies with Steve Smith and David Warner involved?

Bradman easy but very interesting article and perspectives.

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Labuschagne is one of the new keys for me. Smith almost looked more comfortable on English pitches than Australian ones last summer . Warner started well against a poor pakistan but was exposed a bit by an injury riddled NZ team in the second series during the summer and only clocked up big runs against them in the final dead rubber when NZ was injury plagued. So question marks around Warner but he has strong Australian pitch form. I think the problem will be that they will keep him on too long and he will be exposed on foreign pitches after this summer. IF we can get a lead in the series I seriously think we need to give a new candidate or two some experience for upcoming foreign test series but doubt they will tamper with the side much as its been set in ice due to a covid freeze on test cricket all year. The only thing that changes is paine and warner are getting on in age this summer . outside of the test championship final at lords next year I don’t think either should tour england again where they were both extremely poor

Can India take down the Aussies with Steve Smith and David Warner involved?

Totally agree Paines batting average is poor as was his form in England at batsman and captain . Paine captaincy and batting has been shielded by two poor touring teams in Pakistan and NZ last summer on home soil where Australia batted first most of the time with huge totals and NZ got decimated with injuries. Carey deserves a go now for me as we build for foreign tours but the overrated love fest with Paine continues as he hits 37 years of age this summer. He is a great keeper but he was bought in to captain due to the media overmagnified scandal. Good time to let carey or one of the upcoming keepers have a go if their batting can shine and prep for the future . perhaps if we can get a dead rubber it may be the time .I think the real exposure of paine and aging warner will be on foreign pitches next year some time so we better get ready for that with the squad. I suspect we will win if Paine does play but very much doubt his captaincy and batting will play a part in it

Can India take down the Aussies with Steve Smith and David Warner involved?

very tricky pitches and conditions for touring teams in NZ . Likewise NZ couldn’t go a beat in Australia last summer . I suspect India will be a bit more suited in Aus than NZ but our bowling line up will be very hard to beat on home soil.

Can India take down the Aussies with Steve Smith and David Warner involved?

Long time ago all warner has pretty much done in England as failed since then also when the pressure was on. Archer definitely has his number in England . He’s ok on home soil for now but he’s getting on now too

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Jeff exciting to have labuschagne playing on so well and carey in the wings at least . We need some transition for the aging Warner and paine coming up after this summer they are getting very long in the tooth going forward for foreign tours , 34 and 36 respectively so time to transition some caps for foreign tours coming up . Warner and paine certainly shouldn’t go to England ever again

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Sheek see what your getting at , phar lap had nothing left to prove tho . Unbelievable achievements not equalled in terms of range of distances in two weeks , weights carried which were extortionate and hard poor training really after being abused as a yearling . One of the great equines of all time if not the greatest next to secretariat . Winx never travelled nor did frankel and have their place but we’re never challenged in terms of conditions . A chance his death was arsenic via his own feed and or another condition vets have disclosed and exertion from travel distance but woodcock was clear mafia were present in stables and threatened him in usa . It’s all on record . He had nothing left to prove . Range of distances wins unequalled on the planet I think . As for jfk well I’m not one for conspiracies but watch oliver stones interview on Rogan recently great insight to that fact that two shooters had to be present and heavy politics against kennedy prevailed at the time .

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Well then tom you can miss out on match winning centuries by carey like the last one in England . Carey keeps performing and the paine lovers can’t stand it one bit , paines gone with the bat save for home pitches over the summer where everyone was making runs ,well even more runs on concrete pitches batting first against weak opposition . We need to begin grooming the changes before tough away tours . Paines a great bloke but he’s long in the tooth and he can’t call a drs or on field decisions that well , it cost us an ashes win he was terrible in England in nearly every test with poor fielding directions , toss drs calls and batting . He was only bought in due to an emergency for smith and the time is up now . Swansong summer great bloke and great wicketkeeper , deserved more earlier in career but for injuries

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Hey Jeff good to hear from you it’s true his world cup was ok but heres the thing against England, the team we just played, he failed in the semi final 2019 abysmillay dismissed cheaply then moved to the test arena and had the worst opening bat performance average over five tests in test cricket history there abouts . So perhaps I should rephrase he just doesn’t go well in England against the English. Fact is he is now archers batting bunny in England . He should never your England again said it after the ashes and once again the selectors refuse to listen and it’s happened again . Archer has got him seven times in last ten encounters . You can country white against red ball but fact is England have his number now in England and the last two visits reflect it in droves . He’s finished in England against english as I pointed out over a year ago but it falls on deaf ears on here so then we get the same same results yet again

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Sheek irrespective of his death reason you might want to read up on history in 1932 . California was not Racing in prohibition so mexico was the place to race out west . Phar lap travelled 16 days by boat and then 600 miles south by car and cracked hoof Extreme exertion that could have killed any horse as then he drove the same distance back after it in the heat . On top of that he beat the kentucky derby winner in the race and broke the track record with a cracked hoof . You think a kentucky derby winner isnt the creme of us thoroughbreds in 1932 ? Think again . There is some legitimacy to the americans being very scared of what the horse could do in 1932 but that travel and strain in 1932 conditions make it an extroadinary effort by any stretch compared to today’s travel standards to then beat a kentucky derby winner on effective home soil at the time . To give you some perspective horses get to travel by plane in luxury conditions now with great vet skills and modern medicine and not sure any other horse has beaten a kentucky derby horse in Track record time with an injured hoof. Yep phar lap was that freakish with a heart twice the size of most horses and an unbelievable record In auatralia . The us bookies were indeed scared of him for good reason but his death is an unknown

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

Can’t thank warner yet again for that and another Insipid performance by him on an english pitch yet again. Glad maxwell and carey come to the rescue tho

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Except for his woeful Away record last ashes soft home series this year and his age . Time to step down after this summer at his age

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Smith smith and smith again for captain. ps what did I say about carey last world cup and yet again warner fails in england . It’s tiring repeating the obvious mate . Hope your well and getting through this year ok jeff

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

How many times have I said it about carey on the evidence of the last world cup in England and how warner is hopeless in england

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Beyond me maxwell probably hasn’t gone as well in England as in other places but now that cat is out of the bag

WATCH: Maxwell and Carey magic stuns England as Australia win ODI series

Ill give this one a miss , I’m sure theres a sales angle though nowadays

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Fun article and good effort getting all those names down i2i

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His neck was on the line after multiple low posesssion games so it wasnt good timing it was essential otherwise he would have been dropped

Bombers veteran David Zaharakis hits form at right time

Outside of one innings in England Paine was terrible with bat there. There’s no way around that . Siddle had a better average I think . Not sure I’m counting this last Australian summer opposition was dire and conditions and batting first made it a cake walk . Paine’s batting has been on the slide for me for some time and that’s natural at his age . Id like to win the ashes in England not just retain them when some of batting really cost us not the mention the drs . Carey shows more promise with bat for me but keeping still a bit behind but we need to realise Paine turns 36 this summer . Paines batting several years ago was much better so that’s where some credit is due but his dip in batting form conincides with his age . It happens around his age . the averages, outside of smith and labs, with bat were not acceptable and poor in England last year . I’ll give credit to siddle for an amazing bat in first test to turn it around with Smith but he’s a bowler. The other batsman (besides maybe wade on a few occasions) who I’m still skeptical on with technique away from flat pitches , were generally poor average wise . I’m not reading much off our summer it was poor opposition and Australia had alot of favors with hot weather , batting first and injuries to nz . This summer will give us a better indication but it is a home series . Maddinson deserves a shot if head wade and whoever opens don’t have consistency and make some big scores .

Tim Paine's batting deserves more credit

Pujara maybe even in front of kohlis recent test form as opposed to his overall test form . On ashes form it’s Cummins Hazelwood as standouts if fit . I’d have decock as keeper for his batting strength in addition . Spinner is tricky right now , Lyon was average in ashes , some question marks against poor opposition in Aus . This is a current xv I’m looking at and the form in the last two yeaesb pre covid was a bit variable on some of thel players with great previous records who can tend to Excel a bit more in the short form .

The current world's best Test XI

Warner only if match played in Australia no chance abroad better openers . His ashes were so dire. He faced an inept Pakistan attack and his performances against nz were ordinary outside of the last test when nz were beaten and decimated . Like the team smith onwards . Is it just me or has Kholi has been a bit average in tests more recently (he’s been superb in odi ) . I do note an average of 47.5 in the article which is enough . Williamson got badly exposed in Aus . Some question marks on more recent form despite past brilliance . I like the team from smith onwards and probably would have Kohli but pujara looms as a test candidate . India have some very good test batsman in form right now one spinner is needed too but no stand out . Cummins in then bumrah or Hazelwood who was on fire in the ashes . Wagner was amazing on Aussie soil this last summer . Recent Away form gets extra points . Cummins Hazelwood bumrah and Wagner have all done well away from home

The current world's best Test XI

Zakarakis has been pretty non existent in first few rounds wonder if his time was up last season needs more impact as a senior player . Tippa needs some tall timber next to him Stewart or daniher asap or move him to half back line or roster with McKenna

Essendon were so close – but really, so very far away