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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.

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David Warner, your time is now

David Warner’s struggles in the sub-continent have been talked about at length here by Roarers, and with Australia now holding the leverage and a genuine chance to win a rare series in India, it is time for the vice-captain to contribute more heavily.

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Big Bash burnout, anyone?

I don’t want this to come out the wrong way, because I happen to love the Big Bash, but does anybody else find it tiring, night after night? That it’s perhaps a little bit draining, and all too consuming to keep track of?

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The selectors shouldn't forget Tim Paine

I’ve been super impressed by the batting prowess of 32-year-old Tim Paine opening the innings for Hobart in the BBL so far. Impressed in a most nostalgic way – once a favourite of mine, I’d almost forgotten of Paine’s raw ability, mainly due to him missing so much cricket for a wrath of reasons.

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History suggests Proteas fancy Perth

As social media, water coolers, television and computer screens, barbecues and of course the Australian cricket-loving community prepare for the start of an International summer once again, I have chosen to take a look back at some of the more recent history between the Australians and South Africans at the WACA.

Agree – it works best for Burns meaning he doesn’t have to wait anxiously to bat, is a partnership with plenty of experience together for their state, and gives a L/R combination.

I see them going with Finch & Renshaw however.

Renshaw and Burns to battle Australian Test attack

This piece is timely – a handy chatroom for this Shield round.

A duck for Ferguson who has all but batted himself out of serious contention with his start to the Shield season.

Renshaw and Burns to battle Australian Test attack

Pretty exciting and meaningful Shield match; awesome!

Renshaw and Burns to battle Australian Test attack

Edit: Forgot to add Harris into that, and Lehmann & Wade too I suppose

Who should not make the Test XI against India?

Exactly; 7-11 are set in stone for now you’d imagine. There’s realistically probably only two places in the top six truly up for grabs, if you assume the other four are Khawaja (if fit), Finch, S.Marsh, M.Marsh. So they’ll likely pick two from Renshaw, Burns, Handscomb, Ferguson, Head and Maxwell.

Pretty unlikely but if I’m picking a bolter it’s Doolan

Who should not make the Test XI against India?

The T20 Internationals are exclusively on Fox too, I believe

Assessing Cricket Australia’s TV gamble

Yes it’s easy to forget what promising FC numbers Lynn has, probably because of how much he’s missed in the last few years. As Michael mentioned above, you don’t get a FC average like that from being purely a hard-hitting slogger devoid of any other abilities.

Three or so years ago, Lynn was more or less the next in line to slot into the test middle order.

Who can add the needed steel to Australia's fragile ODI batting?

True; I’m advocating him for the ODI side with that comment largely, although I can easily see him slotting into the test XI next month if he can make use of the remaining Shield matches until then.

Who can add the needed steel to Australia's fragile ODI batting?

Yeah I like Handscomb in that middle order too. Would complement the hard-hitting batsmen around him, still going at an acceptable rate himself. He was superb in the domestic OD cup too. Either he or Ferguson, who could play a similar steadying role; his 50-over form across the last 12 months in the UK and for SA, has been outstanding.

Who can add the needed steel to Australia's fragile ODI batting?

It will never happen, but if only the BBL was kept to a length that doesn’t cause exhaustion, and pushed back to mid Jan – mid Feb, to accommodate an uninterrupted Shield season.

But you know, the $630m in revenues may suffer, god forbid. The BBL and school holidays connection makes it a tricky one too.

Scheduling has damaged the Sheffield Shield

Talking about pure leg-spin, then yeah. I’d still prefer they pick Lyon for the WC, but they still seem most reluctant to give him much International white-ball cricket.

The WC is in less than 12 months, so it’s really about picking for the here and now.

Fawad was terrific in the BBL last season for the Thunder, and has hit the ground running for Victoria in the early parts of a new domestic season, in both forms.

Australia's top order fails again as Proteas win to clinch 2-1 series lead

Exactly – it’s already losing the feeling of exclusiveness it once had, and I can only fear how adding an extra 15-16 matches or so might damage it. They would want to be careful not to kill this golden goose.

Scheduling has damaged the Sheffield Shield

I think M.Marsh is an ideal number 7 for ODI cricket with his striking ability, it could be valuable late in the innings so I’d slot him in there as the extra hitter.

Unsure who else would suit? Neser? Might be a place too high for him

Australia's top order fails again as Proteas win to clinch 2-1 series lead

Yeah I’d imagine. He’d probably still have similar numbers if he was put in Australia’s middle order such is his class and ability in the 50-over format.

Australia's top order fails again as Proteas win to clinch 2-1 series lead

Fawad is the best leg-spinning option on hand at the moment, it’s got to be him or Lyon for the WC, surely.

Australia's top order fails again as Proteas win to clinch 2-1 series lead

The complete opposite on England in ODI cricket at the moment are the Aussies. In Australia’s case it their bowling unit is their biggest weapon that will win matches for them, but still being let down too often by the batting aspect.

Australia finally end ODI losing streak

Everything since the beginning of the ‘High-performance era’ through recommendation, hasn’t worked out so well. Perhaps it is needed in this modern professional environment, but I remain unconvinced. Australia were the best side in the world for a long period before anything of the sort was created.

The answer to Cricket Australia's shattered image was there all the time

Could they? Would they?
At least he’s in the runs after a patch couple of seasons prior where double centuries were mixed in with a lot of low scores.

Alex Doolan sitting at top of Sheffield Shield run charts

I think Renshaw will play, they’ll go with both?
Irrespective of order at this stage, I could see the top six containing Renshaw, Khawaja, S.Marsh, Finch, Head, M.Marsh

Shield talent shows Australia's cricketing future is alive and well

It’s pretty exciting, the raw talent with the bat runs seriously deep; especially within the 18-23 y.o bracket.

NSW: J.Edwards, Sangha
VIC: Pucovski, M.Short
WA: Philleppe, Cartwright, Bosisto
TAS: McDermott, Doran
QLD: Renshaw (easy to forget how young he is), Heazlett, Wildermuth (all-round), Labuschagne
SA: McInerney, Weatherald

There is heaps to be excited about.

Shield talent shows Australia's cricketing future is alive and well

Kudos Pat for leaving the sport in a far worse state than when you arrived; even if revenues and bank balances have never been stronger.

A role that should never have been created.

CONFIRMED: Pat Howard and Ben Amarfio let go by Cricket Australia

I don’t mind that at all – especially seeing Paine is more than capable at six. I’ve long thought no. 7 was the ideal position for M.Marsh in the ODI team – when picked, of course – and it wouldn’t be such a silly idea in the test XI either.

Maybe not 'elite honesty', but a straightforward approach is the only way

It appears Smith can’t have a beer on his own, or with others without being targeted. That bit of journalism the other day was really poor. The guy is serving his ban, and stunning grade crowds while doing so. Had the suspension not been administered with such overkill, he might’ve played in Perth on Sunday.

Maybe not 'elite honesty', but a straightforward approach is the only way

Yep that’s why this middle order would benefit from a steadier, with some form and runs in the format to boast. Doesn’t have to be George Bailey, but does need to be a Bailey-type.

I would immediately have one of Ferguson, Cooper, Handscomb or Bailey in this side.

Australia need to bat more cautiously against South Africa

Correct – a decision based purely on dollars. They figure One-Day cricket is dying a slow death anyway so why not make a few last minute bucks out of it.

They may have made the organisation stronger than ever in terms of revenues and bank balances, but there is absolutely no way any of this lot have left the game in a better space than they found it.

For my generation, a cricket summer dawns like no others