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Who let the dogs out?

After picking the ball up during the third and final test, Faf du Plessis was howled down by the Aussie cricket team. He subsequently likened them to “a pack of dogs”. Some Aussies comically responded by barking at the dismissed Faf, on the final day of play, as he departed with tail between his legs.

I find it hard to get too excited when I know he should’ve been out for a golden duck. It wasn’t even a half chance, as it would have been caught 999 times out of a thousand! Still, I guess he made the most of it…

Patterson ton a welcome addition to Ashes intrigue

Congrats on 100th article, Brett. Don’t think we need worry about whether to watch test match or BBL. The 1st test will be over by Sunday evening!

The run home: Who can and can’t make the BBL semis

Wow, Bangers. Your Trumpism excels. NASA and Hollywood aren’t related. China was on the moon last week. Known oil reserves were running low in the 70’s, which necessitated further exploration to find more reserves. Climate change is not a scam, but denying it is. Talk about spin…

Hot enough (to cancel the Test match cricket) for ya?

I think Australia dodged a bullet. A mediocre score boosted by a late flurry and an uncharacteristically poor showing by the Indian batsmen. I guess we’ll see in the remaining fixtures who really is the better team, but my money would be on India…

Richardson and Handscomb star in ODI win over India

Dhawan hasn’t played Australia since the 2015-16 tour, where (as Franctony points out) he performed admirably. So, how is he Australia’s bunny? Oh, I see. You made it up!

India's ODI batting is monstrous

So much for elite honesty. LOL

Justin Langer furious over Glenn Maxwell questions

Bit harsh, q. They lost their chief sandpaperer!

Six talking points from Australia vs India fourth Test

Not true, Don. Lyon’s ODI economy rate is 4.83 compared to Agar’s 5.75 RPO. In fact, Lyon betters Agar in average and strike rate as well. That’s why, as 13th Man said, Lyon is a better alternative. But hey, I love the way you make up $h*t!

Australia make plenty of surprising changes in ODI squad to face India

Happy New Year to you David. With respect to the Ashes winning 2001 team, Lyon, Starc, Cummins & Hazlewood might arguably be a match to Warne, Lee, Gillespie & McGrath and Smith & Warner could conceivably replace S Waugh and Matt Hayden. However, there are no current Aussies capable of filling the boots of Slater, Ponting, M Waugh, Martyn & Gilchrist. Not even close! Katich got 1 test too and Hussey, Bevan, Fleming & Symonds also toured. The Aussies had 5 warm up games as well. No such luxuries these days. So, I’ll happily predict another Pommie win 🙂

My bucket list for 2019

Don baiting, Bear? 😉

Labuschagne's Test selection is a farce

I have a couple of theories for the apparent selection madness. Firstly, I think the selectors are reluctant to bring better players into the test team, as it would naturally weaken the BBL contest, which is their money maker. Secondly, I think that by having a deliberately poor test team, with its inevitably poor showing, will have the Australian public baying for the return of Warner & Smith. Remember, it was not so long ago that many Australian cricket enthusiasts were aghast at the thought of exposed cheats coming back into the team, especially Warner! My observations of fellow Roarers’ comments suggest this opinion is waning fast.

While I write this with some tongue in cheek, can anyone give any better reasons why obvious candidates are being ignored when, as Ronan writes “So farcical is this squad that it contains four players who inarguably did not deserve selection and another who is fortunate to be included.”?

Labuschagne's Test selection is a farce

I have a couple of theories for the apparent selection madness. Firstly, I think the selectors are reluctant to bring better players into the test team, as it would naturally weaken the BBL contest, which is their money maker. Secondly, I think that by having a deliberately poor test team, with its inevitably poor showing, will have the Australian public baying for the return of Warner & Smith. Remember, it was not so long ago that many Australian cricket enthusiasts were aghast at the thought of exposed cheats coming back into the team, especially Warner! My observations of fellow Roarers’ comments suggest this opinion is waning fast.

While I write this with some tongue in cheek, can anyone give any better reasons why obvious candidates are being ignored when, as Ronan writes “So farcical is this squad that it contains four players who inarguably did not deserve selection and another who is fortunate to be included.”?

Labuschagne's Test selection is a farce

Nice one, Steve. Witty article yet so brutally honest…

The top ten excuses for Mitch Marsh’s failures at Test level

How d’you know he’s chubby?

The top ten excuses for Mitch Marsh’s failures at Test level

The article states “…former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith admitted he walked away despite knowing about the plot to sandpaper the ball in Cape Town.”

My understanding was that he knew Warner & Bancroft were up to no good, but he chose to turn a blind eye and actually told them, “I don’t want to know about it.” In which case he didn’t know about the plot to sandpaper the ball. He’s right in saying he showed poor leadership and he accepted the 12 month ban. Warner on the other hand is a cheat and a grub who should never play for Australia again!

A remorseful Steve Smith comes clean

If the pitch is as bad as it was last year, the ICC could potentially ban it from international cricket for a year. It’s disappointing to read that it was still lifeless in the last Shield match. Oh well, we’ll see…

Sleepy MCG pitch would favour Australia

I agree that anything could happen, but Oz are firm favourites at a $1.40 to India’s $4.00
They shouldn’t lose from here and India are very reliant on a handful of in form batmen, with their tail way too long for a modern test team…

Indian quicks leave Australia battered and bruised

Hi Span 🙂

It can only get better for the baggy greens

What does morality have to do with it? The players are not being forced into it. They have agreed to play. Plenty of people are bored or lonely at christmas. I’m sure they’d welcome some entertainment.

Big Bash given Christmas Day okay – report

I’m with Paul & Liam on this one. A left arm wrist spinner’s stock ball is an off break. The mirror image of Warne the leggie. However, Warne’s googly turns from off to leg, while Yadav’s turns from leg to off, referred to as a chinaman googly. To be honest, I can’t believe you don’t know this. Don obviously doesn’t even realise he bowls left handed. To say a wrist spinner is a leg spinner is ridiculous, as it depends if they’re left or right handed, i.e. right handed wrist spin is a leg break and left hand wrist spin is an off break.

India's mystery spinner is coming for Australia

You cannot compare using a lolly to assist in the allowed practice of applying saliva and sweat to polish a ball to using sandpaper to rough the other side up. There isn’t any other way of roughing a ball up except by out and out cheating. That is the scandal, David…

The ICC is still pondering ball-tampering suspensions

Might as well make Don Freo coach… 🙂

Justin Langer's WA bias perception will haunt him

Absolutely. You’re not telling me a fast bowler would bowl a ball and when it was returned to him after a good sandpapering wouldn’t notice the difference…

Maxwell reveals Test squad's despair

Cricket Australia are a joke. Protect themselves at all costs. It’s everyone below them that’s to blame. Yeah right!…

Peever outlines next steps for Cricket Australia review

They should burn the offending sandpaper and put it in an urn…

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