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Ryan H

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Joined August 2013







Sport lover just keen to contribute



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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.

Well said. Instead no, we’re going to recall Handscomb for a single test in Sydney, and then discard him from the squad to face Sri Lanka anyway. In the meantime, Burns comes up against the red ball in the tour match for the first time in over a month, and Finchy cannot buy a run in any format.

Aaron Finch is Australia's biggest World Cup worry

Fantastic. Was hoping CA would do so, and didn’t see what was stopping them given we know they do whatever they like! Some common sense has prevailed, and that is pleasing. He’s in an ideal shape to debut now.

Kurtis Patterson added to Australian Test squad to play Sri Lanka

Sixers have surprised us all it seems – I thought with that squad they would be nowhere near the mark. Right now seems Hobart, Sydney x2 and probably one of Renegades/Scorchers to make up the four, but still enough matches for things to change.

With Short & Wade at the top, Bailey the glue in the middle and the re-emergence of Faulkner, it looks like the Cane train will be hard to stop.

A clear favourite has emerged in the BBL, and we’re close to knowing the challengers too

I think it has to happen, surely. One per innings like an ODI match; I just don’t like the thought of results potentially being decided from blatant errors, especially as every delivery is important in the outcome.

Three bad surprises in BBL|08 so far

Very interesting stuff. I’d only add to that the appaling umpiring and fielding on display too often.

Three bad surprises in BBL|08 so far

Good call. I actually don’t have an issue with the Richardson selection in isolation, I think he’s an exceptional talent with an immense future at International level. Even this Shield season with WA he has been ultra impressive. His pace is sharp, and he could be a handful with the pink ball too.

I just feel for a guy like Tremain earning his place yet not being rewarded for multiple seasons of excellence. Plus he can swing the ball.

Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests

This! Adds so much depth and balance to the batting, enabling an extra hitter. It’s 50 overs, it’s not a FC match so I would imagine Handscomb can handle the keeping load?

Wade should take back the Australian ODI keeper spot

Even if that is the case, we are talking about a guy (Tremain) who has taken more Shield wickets across the last three seasons than anyone else, while doing a majority of his bowling on the placid MCG wicket. Richardson – for how wonderfully exciting a prospect he has quickly become for WA and Australia at ODI level – has played, what…less than 10 FC matches? I still think Tremain is clearly the first cab of the rank quick bowler, and he isn’t being rewarded.

It’s eerily similar to somebody like Callum Ferguson in seasons gone by, grinding away for consecutive Shield seasons averaging 45-50, and then seeing Alex Doolan, George Bailey or Mitch Marsh selected despite inferior stats.

Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests

Wade has done plenty this domestic season to warrant an ODI recall, but I just don’t see it happening with the obvious faith put in Carey – maybe prematurely – by making him VC. I think it’s pretty clear they want Carey with the gloves in the WC.

Wade should take back the Australian ODI keeper spot

Jhye Richardson has an incredibly bright future but honestly where is Tremain? Dominant for three consecutive Shield seasons yet sees guys like Doggett and Richardson preferred over him.

Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests

Agree 100%. He’s averaged more than any could expect of him since his return, and played several classy, compact innings when needed. Too often he has come out with far too much to do, and far too little on the board from his top six.

Patterson ton versus Sri Lanka upstages Test rivals

At least it’s 1-1 into this final ODI, but man the scheduling has still annoyed me greatly, more so the fact they are cramming a BBL match tonight in Perth after it, to accommodate more matches overall. It reeks of desperation to fit the excessive number of matches in, if you have to start an ODI an hour earlier to allow everything to fit.

I don’t quite get it, less is more sometimes with this stuff, but as we have seen, CA seem to care little about the quality of their products, more just the volume of it.

Cricket Australia unveils ODI XI for series decider

Sure a few more conversions would’ve helped Patterson’s case over the last couple of seasons, but this guy goes beyond the selectors key metric, he scores lots of 40s, not just 30s! A terrific ton and he would be more than a smokey for the middle order in the Ashes one might think.

Patterson ton versus Sri Lanka upstages Test rivals

‘We decided to go for Matt over Joe Burns as he outscored him in the Tour match’

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

And one of the weaker bowling attacks seemingly impacting the Heat yet again. It’s a bit of a shame for them, as someone pointed out on here a few days ago, you have some QLD fast bowling quality like Stanlake, Neser and Wildermuth all playing for other BBL teams.

The just-past-halfway BBL report card

It’s a great idea I think, it’s where Khawaja could be at his most dangerous in short-form cricket. It might’ve only been one season, but it makes me think of BBL06 where he led the Thunder to a title win, thanks largely to his hard-hitting when opening, with the field up early. Promote him to open and just let him go for it.

There are two vastly different Shaun Marshes playing for Australia

Quite like it, even the Wade selection. However I just don’t see it happening, regardless of Wade’s overall domestic form, as the prompt or even premature vice-captaincy to Carey tells us where he sits. I’d think Handscomb taking the gloves and another pure hitting coming in, would be ideal, but similarly, just don’t see them going down this path. They want Carey in that top seven one way or another.

India square the ledger but Aussies go down fighting in ODI thriller

Agar would be an infinitely better selection I feel

India square the ledger but Aussies go down fighting in ODI thriller

This I agree with. His form prior to the test series looked nothing spectacular, against the South Africans, and I’d imagine throwing him to the wolves to open the batting in three tests would have done him no favours mentally.

It was a gross mismanagment which I cannot believe was allowed to happen. He might be horribly out of nick, with clear deficiencies being well exposed by the Indians whether the ball is red or white, but you just have to back him in I think.

A World Cup is four months away, and we are talking about the captain of the side with a supreme limited-overs record, which includes 11 ODI centuries.

India square the ledger but Aussies go down fighting in ODI thriller

There’s little need for hysteria like his test selection, as this is more justified.

His ODI record is solid, and I think he looms as an asset at 7 or 8 with an ability to hit hard from ball one. I wouldn’t bat him any higher, though.

Mitch Marsh in the mix for second ODI

Anybody’s game, the Scorchers are creeping back into it, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they sneak into the four still. Bancroft returning has added much needed steel to the batting, and they will probably have Marsh x2 at their disposal come the back end too.

At the halfway mark of BBL08, every team can win it

There has been a raft of memorable BBL moments and matches since inception, as you guys have listed in the comments – it even brought back fond memories just reading those.

But the change in structure this season has annoyed me greatly, and reeks of cash grab. I guess CA just know which asset is their strongest – but having said that, I fear they risk killing it.

When the tournament began in 2011-12 we saw 31 matches including finals, we now have 59 – it has nearly doubled in length and it’s overkill. Why do teams NEED to play everyone else twice? Dollars I guess. I would never wish for the competition to fail, but I do feel it’s beginning to lose the special scarcity it once had. T20 cricket is, after all, a short/sharp format of the game, so wouldn’t it make sense that a tournament is the same?

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

The efforts of Handscomb and S. Marsh didn’t surprise me at all. It’s amazing how the mindset can change when the format being played does.

Both deserved to be in there, Handscomb was outstanding in the domestic OD Cup and I thought deserved more 50-over opportunities after scoring that 80-odd in his first or second? match against Pakistan a couple of years ago.

Even if S.Marsh doesn’t play another test match, he is needed here, and has long been a far superior white-ball player – it’s a wonder he hasn’t played more ODI cricket actually. Can they have both AND Khawaja? I am not sure, but I wouldn’t read a great deal into yesterday’s strike rates on that pitch.

I would say you can possibly only fit all 3 in if Handscomb takes the gloves and Carey misses, but I can’t see it.

Inexperienced Aussies shock India in ODI

Agree – I can see the reasoning for both, but I would’ve just loved to see Khawaja at the top with hard new ball and field up, particularly because of how well he has done so in the BBL previously.

Peter Siddle named for first ODI in eight years as Finch reveals Australian XI

Nothing surer than it being Carey next, though. He is being groomed as much as can be, and is also far superior to Wade as a keeper. The best chance for Wade is as a pure bat, although he hasn’t received much help yet there.

'Frustrated' Wade willing to drop the gloves for Ashes recall