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Whoops, sorry, forgot they were called the Black Caps. Yes, now that NZ have become a force in world cricket, it would be good to play more against them and agree it would be good preparation for an Ashes series to play in NZ.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Willow, I suspect there is still a feeling of resentment among the Australian squad about their experience in South Africa last tour, and I’m not sure the Saffers are overly-popular with the Aussie public (nor the Aussie cricket team popular with the South African public). So I think it’s wise to avoid too many fixtures against each other for the forseeable future, to let international relationships heal. India and England are easily the two biggest fixture drawcards and arch-rivals for the Australian cricket side at the moment and will therefore continue to take priority.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Yeah NZ had a disappointing series against us last year. Kane Williamson seems to have gone to another level since then and their new “Cam Green” allrounder (Kyle Jamieson) sounds sensational. Their other bowlers are excellent in swing conditions (e.g. NZ and UK) – not so great in Australian conditions.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Agree 100% CK.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Tank? Get your hand off it Ad-O. 😂

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Yeah JL is one of those guys that backs you to the hilt to come good, if you’ve done it before. Which is a great commodity to have in a coach, i.e. to have him in your corner. The selectors should overule him though.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Anderson doesn’t move the ball in Australia either. Take a chill-pill JamesB. India were too good. We tried hard, but just weren’t as good as them. We have a good team, but it’s not the best in the world. We can’t all be the best all the time. I’m enjoying the fact international cricket is so competitive among multiple countries again. If two out of Sri Lanka, South Africa, the Windies and Pakistan can rise, then it will be even better.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

I’m not sure “the Selectors are going to come under pressure”. Trevor Hohns seems to have defied any accountability or pressure forever as selector. Very cushy job that he seems to have. I reckon the most nervous person about their position would be The Gabba’s curator. 😊

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Yeah agreed. This series win by India was super impressive and they deserve number one status. Remember that Australia retained the Ashes in the UK not so long ago by drawing the series and then beat Pakistan and NZ at home, so clearly we are one of the best sides. NZ, Australia and England all in the hunt for 2nd spot, but the ranking system is pretty well developed – e.g. it gives greater merit to winning or drawing on away soil and to beating higher ranked teams – so it’s pretty hard to argue objectively with the results (although some assert they are being objective 😊 ). It’s great to see such a small nation as NZ (that is also obsessed with rugby, not cricket) become a force in world cricket. They were stiff not to win the last ODI World Cup and now have a chance to contend against India in England for the new Test World Decider.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

It’s not an excuse it’s just some perspective. And of course other cricketing nations should be proud to compete with a country that has 50 times as many people. On the flip side, India is a very poor country without the facilities, weather and wealth that Australia enjoys, but it still has well developed cricket pathways to identify talent even in the poorest regions and it has a national obsession with cricket way beyond what Australians who haven’t travelled there could imagine. So yes, it’s relevant and worth noting. As decades pass and India’s cricket talent programs improve even further, it will become increasingly more difficult for other cricket nations to compete against them.
But huge kudos to India, they were magnificent this series in foreign conditions against a quality Australian team and thoroughly deserve every bit of praise they get.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Congratulations India. Absolutely brilliant all series. It’s the best I’ve seen on home soil between these two sides by a long way. Played in really good spirits by the too. India’s depth is remarkable and replacements Gill, Pant and Siraj have surely now become 1st choice selections. Pant’s confident, brisk batting was impressive, but I also like his bubbly, happy, chirpy chatting behind the stumps. For us, the media need to recognise that Warner has atest average of 32 overseas and South Africa is the only country where je hasn’t been dysmal. So at his age, I’d be seeking a replacement. Paine has been fantastic with the bat and does a good job of leadership but needs to be relieved of captaincy duties as soon as possible – the time is nigh but not yet. Lyon had his first poor series in a while, so deserves another series but is on notice; it’s a “now” sports performance industry. Starc was poor but not terrible. I’d lile to see Nesser, Jhye Richardson or Pattinson (when fit) take his spot in the first 11 for our next series. In some ways it’s actually remarkable we pushed India’s “B side” so close, given we only had two performing bowlers all series and revolving door among our openers. Like Ronan, I’d like to see Maxi in the team. Credit to Wade for showing a great fighting attitude but he has come up short again. If not Maxi, then Head. Both should be in the squad. To our national side, thanks for your persistent great efforts, you’ve been a joy to watch.

Not only is the sky not falling, this Australian Test team is really good!

Thanks Boo. Like the Vic Government, hopefully for Collingwood’s sake they have properly addressed their mistakes in-house. But a lack of remorse, acknowledgement and transparency doesn’t help fill their supporters or the public with faith.

The top ten Collingwood fictions going around

Yet you read it (again)

The top ten Collingwood fictions going around

Nah it’s great

The top ten Collingwood fictions going around

Most coaches would kill for a list, fixture and resources like Collingwood’s too.

The top ten Collingwood fictions going around

Hard to remember Carlton in finals Boo 😊

The top ten Collingwood fictions going around

Yet another horrendous DRS review by Warner. Everytime he’s given LBW he reviews. I reckon he’s wrong 99% of the time and badly wrong 90% of the time. Paine and Langer should ban him from reviewing LBWs.

Did the umpires make a blue in allowing David Warner to review after the timer?

Were they absolutely robbed in 2018, or were they fortunate to even make it that far? And the game itself – they let slip a brilliant opening 5 goal lead. Was the free kick at the end of the game wrong? Maybe. Was it conclusively wrong? No. Collingwood did well in 2018 to get within a kick of the flag, but don’t assert they were robbed.

The top ten Collingwood fictions going around

I agree wholeheartedly with this article’s concluding statement “I’m still wary because there hasn’t been a genuine acknowledgement of mistakes”. Collingwood is a bit like Dan Andrew’s government refusal to acknowledge or own their grave mistakes early in Hotel Quarantine fiasco in Victoria – they are afraid of the consequences of admitting bad management. And unless they confront these realities, then how will they properly address these mistakes and ensure they don’t happen again? I agree also the appointment of Graham Wright is a refreshing positive story for Collingwood (long overdue).

The top ten Collingwood fictions going around

I reckon once. 😊
McGovern is super tough, but he also has a brain … everyone has their limits.

The ten free agents to watch in 2021

Yeah he probably needs to channel a bit of Langer’s grit to beckme more successful. But I think he’s been ok overall and could still become decent. His axing from the team wasn’t unwarranted but I’d like to see him back sooner rather than later. I’d rather invest games in him, Green and Pucovski than Harris, Burns, Wade and even Warner.

Wade and Harris can learn from Green's old-school batting

I agree except for Head. A test average of 40 can’t be ignored. He’s still on a learning curve. And to be fair, Head was exposed to the new ball earlier than he’d like in this series, due to a brittle top order in the first couple of tests.

Wade and Harris can learn from Green's old-school batting

Great Aussie Batsmen all like to dictate terms; sometimes this is their undoing. For lesser lights like Wade, the misalignment between skill and a realistic assessment of their capabilities, and their ego, is frequently their undoing. Great to see Green has such a sensible, competitive temperament. In this he reminds me of Steve Waugh.

Wade and Harris can learn from Green's old-school batting

Defenders didn’t peel off their men too often to help against Lockett and his direct opponent was always happy to give him a few steps head-start. Defenders tended to give Plugger a bit of space. 😊

The ten free agents to watch in 2021

Hawks back in finals … 2030?

The ten free agents to watch in 2021