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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?

I wouldn’t call it writing them off; sixth merely a number and a result of the potential logjam that others have mentioned, as the article still lists SA as being in the mix.

For mine they are in that second rung with Australia and New Zealand, behind England and India as your favourites at the outset.

The Roar's Cricket World Cup preview series: South Africa

Hasn’t bowled with the same pace and consistency for an extended period since the last Ashes series, that I can recall. May not get back to the heights of a few years ago – bearing in mind his age, too, but will wait until the WC & Ashes have passed to realise where he is at.

What happened to Mitchell Starc?

Nice reading as per, Scott. Much like the West Indies, unpredictable yet capable of knocking off anyone on the right day. Winning the entire thing as possible as being embarrassed out in the group stages.

There are plenty of strong top orders on display in this WC!

The Roar's Cricket World Cup preview series: Pakistan

That final culminated a bizarre set of events – a last memory I have of it is Michael Clarke bowling to the Sri Lankans in pitch black

The Roar's Cricket World Cup countdown: Adam Gilchrist's blistering final century

I’m not so sure, I think their against the grain approach may serve well assuming the bowlers can get the job done, supported by solid 280-320 type scores.

Not trying to copy the England mantra is the best decision they could have made for mine – they just don’t have the same personnel. Could you envisage an Aus team stacked with blasters like Lynn & Short having any better chance in this tournament? I would say their chances now, with batsmen who are actually International quality, are far greater.

Uber-flat English pitches would mar World Cup

Always a dark horse side and look to be again here. No shortage of matchwinners, but without the home (ish) advantage this time.

Is NZ's World Cup success a myth?

There might be a little at this time of year, but nothing like the red ball in the UK; tend to agree with Tom on that.

Australia's World Cup campaign rests with Warner, Smith, Maxwell and Cummins

And equally as capable anywhere from 1-6 for mine. Contending with the new ball, going hard from ball one, consolidating or finishing – he can do it all.

Australia's World Cup campaign rests with Warner, Smith, Maxwell and Cummins

It could be given typically flat English ODI roads and a white ball not doing as much. But then again, couple of points;

– England’s one-trick, all guns blazing approach is unlikely to work every time, where they could find themselves 5-60 as easily as 5-360. They would just be hoping a capitulation doesn’t happen in a sudden-death match with no second chance.

– Teams like India and Australia who are probably second-rung favourites to England at home (maybe India are equal, actually) aren’t following the same approach. They know they don’t quite have the firepower to blast 350+ scores as often, so rely more on their bowling – pace attack in particular – to get the job done, and instead aim for solid 280-320 type scores and make certain of it.

Jonny Bairstow smacks huge century as England roll past Pakistan

Yep – the exact kind of raw pace they have failed to bring to Australia since..almost forever.

3-4 out of Anderson (lock), Broad, Wood, Archer and Woakes, could present a well balanced and unpredictable attack for the Australians to counter.

England will unleash two 150km/h quicks in The Ashes

As many on here have said, the method for Australia probably won’t be 350+ scores…more ensuring they can get to the 280-320 mark, and backing their bowling unit to win them matches.

The Aussie team’s biggest weakness

I’m just not sure Khawaja can accelerate as well there as is the case opening. Especially considering he deals largely in boundaries at the top, with the field up and a new, hard ball. Sure, he might still come to the middle in the first over, but what if he doesn’t until the 20th?

Smith and Maxwell star as Australia beat Kiwis

Yep – not the same firepower of what you may want in a typical no. 7, but at least he has become dependable. Still think 4-5 would suit him best, but that is understandably tricky right now.

Smith and Starc shine as Kiwis beat Australia

It’s good to have you contributing on here Menners!

Why Maxwell is vital to Australia's World Cup chances

I think they were the two quick bowlers on standby. Kane just got the nod I suspect.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

That Jan-Feb patch usually consumed by International limited-overs matches will feel very different. It could however, be the exact remedy the BBL needs on a few fronts. On the other hand, I’d anticipate a bit more life in Perth for Aus/NZ this time around and not quite the same boring run-fest as last time, which included a 290!

Day-night Perth Test, March ODI series confirmed as CA reveal next summer's fixtures

I would imagine S.Marsh was destined to be the back-up batsman come the start of the tournament anyway, but who knows, they may have other ideas. In that case Maxwell replacing him is just about all you would want to change.

Smith and Warner return as Australia pip New Zealand

May only be trialling that setup, but I like it. Warner is still that much of a gun (with form) who can face the new ball/go hard from the start/consolidate depending on situation. He could seriously bat anywhere in the top six.

This then allows the Khawaja/Finch L-R combo to continue flourishing, with the former in the position best suited to him.

The Cricket World Cup is wide open

For a moment it seemed that Roy, Bairstow and Hales could end up just as good

The Cricket World Cup is wide open

Probably could have been called dead but what a clever piece of work. Foakes has been labelled by many as the best pure keeper in the UK.

England keeper waits for batsman to lift his foot for bizarrely slow stumping

And – I believe – the only test player, selected as a bat, without an average? May be wrong

The three unluckiest cricketers in history

Fair – I like that. Not sure if you could tell but I was taking the p155 only because that was the bizarre ODI attack Australian took to SA in that forgettable series in 2016.

Board stoush shows, yet again, who rules world cricket

An attack of Mennie, Boland and Worrall?

Board stoush shows, yet again, who rules world cricket

Great summary – agree and hope that’s the formula they go with, however I doubt it. The hints towards reviving the Warner/Finch combination with Khawaja dropping to 3 have been there.

They seem to think Khawaja will seamlessly drop down to 3 and have the same impact. I hope he can, but all his best work in short formats has been at the top, and I agree that if he isn’t allowed to flourish there, don’t play him.

Monday is D-day for Steve Smith and David Warner

Australia’s batting is no doubt capable of regular scores of 300+, but the reliance will be on the bowlers getting the job done.

Monday is D-day for Steve Smith and David Warner