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Jeff the other thing. Discounting the dead rubber at the oval on a flat track, I can’t have our most experienced batsman failing 9 times in a row in first innings in the ashes. Its crucial to setting up in the match absolutely crucial. I can almost forgive bancroft right now due to his inexperience and future potential although his technique has been terrible too. Ive no doubt he will be more effective in Australia/overseas like a lot of them. We just need to get ruthless in england. Labaschagne was a good example of the county form holding up . Carey just knocked up 46 as well in the last week and after his world cup and watching most of them fail at the final where he stood up with smith he’s got to be a candidate again . Im hoping warner, bancroft and Wade can stand up at Headingly I truly am. Lets see what pitch is served up next. England are now salivating to get at us without smith. Looking at the weather its likely it will be a result pitch and am sure Pattinson will be back in the side

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Surely Warner is due to make some runs just based on the fact of his 30 average in england . Even 30 runs would do right now , anything. Its atrocious Jeff.

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Well you’ve defended his average of 46 in 2015 pretty fiercely and not selected anyone in front of him so you have been advocating him on those numbers. It hasn’t held up so far. Can we both agree if he were to fail twice in headingly he has to go?

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Yes I said he should start but he’s always looked uncomfortable with first innings efforts never looked good and out of 10 tests with only 3 to go in england maximum I stand by that. Its poor but there was arguably no one better than him second innings. The 46 average in 2015 was bumped up a dry flat track innings at oval in a dead rubber , where many made runs and a dry track at lords where many made runs. The rest was abysmal as the average leak below 30 at all other grounds. Its horses for courses in england. Pan forward to now your absolutely right its gotten worse. and arguably can throw out all his past stats in england. So there is no positives. If we take the oval and lords out in his past stats he’s abysmal up north average wise . Its just a fact.

Ive promoted a malleable team selection policy per pitch and conditions and balance . The only counter argument which does hold huge weight is who do we select but its getting to the point where if he doesn’t perform at headingly we just need to shuffle players out of position.

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Hmm not sure on all your responses but in 2015 Warner was a second innings scorer and often the pitch was playing better than first day for batsman its just a fact. Smith can’t be brought in to it he’s scored tons there before and after those runs , and certainly now got double tons at edgbaston. Its true it now seems to have changed the moving ball is no longer the only thing that gets Warner. Say what you will but he’s standing a foot forward of the crease . its suicide against pace of archer as we found out. Broad went through his gate. It was defendable first innings. Archer beat him for pace as he nibbled . And not sure he’s done anything in any first innings of note still outside of flat 15 wicket at oval.
Not sure all your analysis stacks up in 2015 it was as I described by and large and now it seems all form has indeed gone out the window. He has had 18 months out of red ball cricket though which makes him a risk here unless you want to bring white ball cricket in to it in which case Id have carey out there who played a gritty innings against archer like labachagne.
Im hoping you can right me a note after headingly flashing a big image of warner raising his bat . I truly am but the english bowlers seem to have his number. I hope he makes 100 plus. but I think you have to concede if he fails twice he has to go

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Right now his average in England is 30 or less as it stands. Bulk of the runs at Lords or Oval. Average all other grounds below 30 and in this series he’s the worst of the australian batsman by far with average . He’s supposed to be the most experienced now. Its poor jeff by any standard. He’s only in there now because they are looking for experience for me. He just needs a big one at headingly but up north it generally gets harder to bat than london in recent series .

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

I think Pattinson in unless they go seeking retribution for Archers bowling with starc. Risky as starc has been hit for a lot of runs up north traditionally . London was a chance to play him and include a laba as fifth but I had a feeling theres no way they’d drop wade after the first test and he performed as I expected he would there

The changes Australia must make for the third Ashes Test

coming back on this right now we have to probably play them all with smith been declared out 3rd test. just glad labaschagne may get a start. As a side note Im not enjoying watching Warner right now he’s abysmal. Plain for the eye to see so far no stat is stopping it right now and being at the match does make for a different watching experience your right. Archer is intimidating for sure on any of these wickets , I’ve not seen quicker in some time . Smith and Laba extremely courageous .
We just have to hope Warner and Bancroft can get back on their A game despite their techniques looking very wonky (and wade looked terrible second test) . It usually gets harder up north not easier, hoping the deck isn’t too green . I think the english are lining up Anderson for manchester (or trying to) given his record there but thats an injury risk. He plays a warm up match this week. I agree the analysis is becoming tiresome on 2015 to 2019 , Warner looks worse right now than then and totally perplexed. Just have to hope he can find his best form up north . Here is his chance . His country has never needed him more than now . I think whats clear is any huge fails up in headingly by Warner/Bancroft and probably Wade and they have to go for Manchester where it can be lethal movement usually

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Appredciatre your trying to move the order around at least michael. Wade doesn’t look good to me on these pitches unless its extremely flat pitch or heading that way . Paines been pretty dreadful with the bat let alone his captaincy decisions/referreals. Bancroft technique looks officially poor. Warners the worst of the lot of them. With smith out now for third, I doubt they will make many changes actually at least laba in is a result. He’s doing well , almost saved the last test on his own . Head needs to concentrate he’s got the talent but has lapses and they can get him lbw . Wade technique looks extremely succeptible in england with archer now playing with pace and leech leg spin

The changes Australia must make for the third Ashes Test

Doubt they will make many changes with the batting. they all get their chances now but any big fails in this test is a sure fire red card for bancroft, Warner and probably Wade as manchester usually darts around

The changes Australia must make for the third Ashes Test

Well Smith out of third test now as of an hour ago. Fantastic . Looks like we go in with three batsmen with hideous technique and two that seem to have concentration lapses. Warner and Bancroft its now or never surely. Am sure Smith will be back for fourth test

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Smith ruled out one hour ago of third test. Great news. At this rate we are taking in. never needed warner and bancroft to stand up more than now .

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Well Smith Just out of the third test as of one hour ago . Great. It looks like we won’t make many changes at this rate. Laba in . Boy do warner and bancroft need to stand up now. Now or never for me. I hope they do

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Damm smith has just been ruled out 3rd test . Great

The changes Australia must make for the third Ashes Test

Peter good sentiments but I sat at lords, he’s one of the fastest I’ve seen possibly ever live. Theoretically its warner to take him on but he’s standing a foot outside of crease which is nuts as no reaction time to that level of pace

Not sure about Wade I’m afraid unless its a flat deck his technique is all over the shop and was lucky to get past 50 in his century . He’s been real poor outside of the flat deck he scored runs on later in first test and even then the leg spin nearly got him and now they have leech in mate. Maxwell and Carey were the two that can handle him but you’ll get the white ball cricket police on your case there.

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Labaschagne in
Its Warner., Wade or Bancroft with the poor techniques for the most part. Id consider Wade out actually . He’s been poor outside of the flat deck where he made the runs and was very lucky not to be out before 40s .His teqnique doesn’t hold up very well in england unless the pitch is a flat deck or drying out. Leg spin troubles him to and leech is in now
Warner/Bancroft last chance and this is assuming Smith is playing , he may not

Pattinson in. Siddle probably out. We can now bowl two spinners if laba in
Starc out . He’s a risk on green decks up north has never returned any decent figures outside of lords/oval. I think they missed a beat not bowling him at lords and including laba at start of the match as the back up fifth bowler for starcs shorter spell.
Starc possibly in for the Oval for me he could go well on the flatter deck there as long as five bowlers play to counter his shorter stints.

They won’t drop Paine but his captaincy has been less than impressive with so many poor decisions and poor with the bat too . Alex Carey could play now for me especially if we have wade still there. Unlikely if Smith is out

The changes Australia must make for the third Ashes Test

Try getting rid of Wade his technique looks terrible for green decks if theres lateral movement. Laba HAS to start. Outstanding first innings . Many in the know knew that before first test though . I said going in to last test there was a need to play starc over 3.5 days which looked obvious . I wrote an article on it. Lyon was almost a waste of space day 5 (well day 3 to 3.5 ) but only because it was a shortened match is all. Laba is a fifth bowler who can cover for starcs shorter spells. Problem is Starc goes for more runs up north. Hes historically way better in any format at Lords or Oval than the northern grounds. I think the aussie selectors have slightly bungled it up at second test but did well first test with selection. they need to be malleable with these english pitches

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Drop Wade going north , they need to look at the deck pre start and decide then but if there is any hint of green deck Id omit Wade he’s struggled when its moving around . Maybe bring him back at the oval if thats a flat deck there. Northern grounds have a history of being very tricky with movement

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Was the way I would have selected it from test one. Bancroft though doing better than warner right now by a whisker and his fielding . I really think Wade is a problem unless conditions are very flat too. Nearly got out 3 or 4 times pre 50 in his century on a flat deck. Looked awful outside of that. I think the bowlers may have his number. Laba much more solid in Wades position

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Warner hasn’t been far behind him in the field, and paine average. Theres big calls to improve the balance of the squad . Khwjaja terrible in field but opening way better than the top two right now

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Theres an argument right now to chop Warner in front of Bancroft. Bancroft technique is poor but he’s younger and seeing the ball a bit better for sure. Not to mention his fielding compared to Warner being terrible in field. Warners 32 going on 33 . Time is ticking and we can’t afford to be all hopeful if they both don’t perform in third test. Surely one of them will make some runs now when its on the line but the pitch may be trickier up there . Wade also has poor technique for english pitches I’ve noticed. Got lucky with his century on a flat deck nearly going out three or four times before his 50. Warner and Wade seem to need very flat decks to make the runs. Id have one of them and Laba in thats a given .

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Paine has been poor for me. Cant tell you how many poor decisions he’s made in the first two tests. Sitting ringside and on the fifth day he wouldn’t start hazel wood and cummins in tandem. He bowled lyon all day from from the onset. His DRS referrals atrocious (could have had them 6 down day four) . His keeping was standard at best and tricky sending them in to bat when we knew day 2 would be sunny and he had time with the toss being so late . Im seeing us dropping runs with alex carey not being there too despite concerns on his keeping. Wade and Paine seem imbalanced to me.

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Great gavan so as long as your happy with foreign stats its fine for him to make single digit scores. He’s the worst of the aussie batsman here. Previous stats outside of England seem irrelevant right now . Sat ringside. He’s a mess right now and terrible in the field. I guess the big conundrum is who do you replace him with but Khwjaja has effectively been opening and despite some mental blips Id rather have his 35 to 45 opening the innings. Laba has to come in below them. Warner/Bancroft and Wade all have the poor techniques . All the english commentators are spotting it. Its obvious. Im just hoping Warner is fired up to make runs at headingly. Right now I’m happy to see him getting angry . We need him to fire up desperately. He will never play for Australia in again in England . His record is too poor in england and this series has been his worse so far.

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Sth african stats are irrevalant in England . And Bangladesh your reaching there bush. I hope he makes runs but even then one 50 in this series to hold him in for another two test matches after would be a disaster if he doesn’t follow up. He’s got to go if he doesn’t make runs in Headinly and up north his form is worse than london by some distance. Id say the flatter decks are usually in london

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Darren hes in even worse form than his normal form . He’s the worst performing top order batsman in the ashes for australia by a distance so far. Also remember rogers held him up in 2015 for nearly every first innings slump back then. Ive sat ringside I don’t think Aussies who haven’t been to cricket in england want to believe in reality with his lack of technique in england , its not holding up and he’s out of form. He effectively has 1 to 3 test matches left in england now . We shouldn’t let it take the ashes away from Australia. He can make the half century on a flat deck usually second innings. Look ill be hoping he does but to the effect he makes one fifty and nothing else in these ashes well that would be a disaster

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test