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Ryan H

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Joined August 2013







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The case for Wade

When Tim Paine was unexpectedly thrust into Australia’s XI for the ultimately successful Ashes series almost 12 months ago, many felt it may have all but closed future Test ambitions for Tasmanian teammate Matthew Wade.

Love Maxi at 7. I understanding the feelings of potentially underutilising his skills there, but he is by far the best equipped at finding that blistering strike rate from ball one. You could argue he is the most likely to thwart a much needed 50 from 20 balls, for instance.

Still, like others have put many times before, he is such a weapon as a floater in that order.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Nicely put – the top order is not an issue. Australia arguably has an oversupply of in-form, quality top three options to choose from.

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

Yeah the lack of firepower and finishing was a glaring concern. In an ideal world there is a Maxwell or M.Marsh to provide that. Turner has delivered it once, although probably isn’t close to the absolute best XI, especially without bowling.

India thump Australia to claim ODI series

Quite like that. I know Turner dazzled in that one innings last year, and deserves a little more rope yet, but if he isn’t bowling I can’t see him ahead of Maxwell or M.Marsh for the WC or ODI side.

Impressive India set up ODI series decider against Australia

Didn’t this same body deem premeditated ball tampering only worthy of two matches?

Sure, the celebration may be a little overzealous, but so is the reaction

Kagiso Rabada handed one match ban for overzealous celebrations

Well written, and I suspect most would generally agree. I worried last season they might have killed it, but I tweaking it will ensure survival, at least. Then again, it is still the same number of matches.

Unfortunately it seems to be reaching that point of exhaustion now, where even ardent fans ask, ‘When does this bloody thing finish?’

Less definitely seems more with this, but CA don’t seem to interested due to a combination of locked-in broadcast agreements and the desire for a true ‘Home and Away’ season, which includes playing each other twice.

The Big Bash has big problems

Two of Australia’s greatest ODI batsmen as individuals, and the combination continues to gel better over time; the synergy is great.

As others have mentioned, they know each others batting so well too – as this is a pairing that became permanent now 6-7 years back.

Warner and Finch becoming all-time great combo

Good point – there’s every chance one or both could still be playing the format with strong form come 2023, with that WC as a kind of ODI swan song.

Test top order to bring one-day stability

Well said. Plenty of time for the right mix to be found between now and the 2023 WC, but Handscomb just looked so comfortable in that ODI side and may count himself a tad unlucky at the moment.

That next WC being on the sub-continent should only suit his strengths more, too.

Test top order to bring one-day stability

Could have only been better had the match been in Australia!

Terrific win – India rarely beaten with such conviction at home

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

I’ve little doubt that unfortunately it is something which will arrive, more permanently, sooner rather than later.

Can’t see much of an issue with some matches being so, we’ve already seen these, yet for it to become mandatory could be a huge step down a risky path, I fear.

As others have pointed out well, there are a raft of potential flaws and teething problems which don’t make the concept a ‘Saviour’ of the format by any stretch.

No, it's not time for four-day Tests

The 15 (presumably) is going to be very interesting picking, as there’s just so many candidates.

Too far out to know, but I’d only lock Finch, Warner, Smith, Maxwell, Carey, Starc and Cummins at this stage?

Australia should select Jono Wells for the T20 World Cup

Assuming they remain in the five, the Heat remain the biggest wildcard for mine, with their firepower. All the top five seem very capable of the 200+ scores, but you would not like to be up against Brisbane in a sudden death final.

BBL power rankings: Week 4

I was wondering the same. Australia are so loaded with top six options that we may see names like Khawaja, Lynn, Stoinis, M.Marsh, Wade, Short, McDermott and more miss out.

I think with Maxwell you create room for him no matter what.

Glenn Maxwell's ODI axing could boost Australia's World Cup hopes

I suspect not wanting to rush him back into that setup. We may be dealing with a fragile situation whereby doing so wouldn’t be in the best interests of the individual.

Indian rookies ready to take on Australia

Middle order glue

Marnus Labuschagne can be an ODI star

Hopefully past excellence in Asian conditions plus an often unheralded, strong First Class record give him some chance – but you’d be a brave one to tip it. Lack of red ball cricket will need to be addressed when Shield cricket recommences.

They may well again find vague reasons to exclude him, regardless.

Why Glenn Maxwell should go to Bangladesh

That’s downright ordinary

'F---ing k--bhead': Jos Buttler's all-time tirade against Vernon Philander

Patterson still injured, I believe? I notice he hasn’t been in the Scorchers’ side so assumed this was the case

Australia and India are clearly the two best Test teams

Agree. Although his initial selection came in the UAE, the year prior, to the shock of many. There was/is just something about him, and the improvement since then is genuinely frightening.

The summer of Marnus

Here’s also an idea…ketchup and mustard in the same bottle

The summer of Marnus

Well said – credit most definitely due for the bold initial selection. It was understandably questioned at the time, given his unspectacular First Class record, yet they identified something about him.

Not exactly an advocate on picking players on gut feel/without a solid body of domestic work behind them, but instances like this see it reaping extraordinary rewards.

The summer of Marnus

Yes I think the amount of player movement is a worthy point.

I suppose in a free market arrangement with players – mostly – likely to go wherever the best contract exists, especially those without a national or even domestic contract, it’s unsurprising.

As you see too with older players on almost a year to year proposition, like S.Marsh, you’d be silly not to follow the best or longest offer.

Renegades' BBL title defence is in massive trouble

It’s intriguing how poor title defending has been, actually, across the lifespan of the BBL.
You had the Scorchers doing so by winning 03 and 04, but that aside, winning teams have struggled to follow up.

Renegades' BBL title defence is in massive trouble

It’s the unnecessary, overdone noise, gimmicks and bright lights that bother me more than anything too.

I understand the need to appeal to kids, but it would be nice to be able to hear the person next to you, and without needless reminders to cheer.

Does the Big Bash do enough to look after Test cricket fans?