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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.

Yeah Finch or Warner at 3 now for mine, because the former is now locked in, and the latter should be with his blistering ODI record as Ronan mentions.

Australia seem more adept at chasing at the moment, and in a better position mentally. Perhaps a tactic that could be employed as much as possible at the WC?

Warner's stunning return a World Cup boost for Australia

And usually taking a while to build into his innings too; which is fine, but does suggest perhaps the higher up the order he bats, the better.

Finch books World Cup spot with matchwinning ton

Won’t be losing sleep over it, but struggle to identify any actual ‘need’ for this.
Tradition and sacredness don’t seem to matter now, anyway.

Take a number, and shove it

I particularly like the batsmen/all-rounders you have excluded. While I could see some from that group being selected, I agree they are undeserving, and far less worthy than any of the incumbents, or Wade and Maxwell.

A great sign if swing bowlers with brilliant Shield records and form like Tremain, Bird and Sayers are just missing out, even though they’d all be very unlucky. There is some considerable depth at the moment there.

Five games an eternity in fickle selection surrounds

Random Shield update as the last round commences; Pattinson wreaking havoc in the morning session against SA; boy is this nice to see again. Bancroft missing out at the WACA and yet another half-century for Dan Hughes as NSW start well after being sent in.

Why Australia should be optimistic about the World Cup

Selecting a squad AFTER the A-tour matches, in which several candidates will be pushing their case…now who would’ve thought

Selectors could make historically late Ashes squad announcement

It seems that teams generally might want two spinners in the UK for the WC. I think there’s little doubt Zampa is the first choice white-ball spinner, and given the job Maxwell did as the sole spinner at times in the 2015 WC triumph, I would’ve thought that pair would be enough.

The points a few have made about missing Agar is critical too I think, because his inclusion would add depth to all areas if not for his injury troubles.

Lyon should not be a World Cup certainty

Nah, I wouldn’t say fifties are the metric at all. That was Wade I was referring to, and I appreciate your correction re: that 57 he scored in India. I suspect what has also kept selectors cautious about re-calling Wade is whether he will correlate the dominant form to test level, given he is 31, with an average of 28 from 22 tests. I don’t particularly agree with it, given we are witnessing the guy in the form of his life, but it might be a reason for their desire to look elsewhere at younger options as pure batsmen.

Matthew Wade clubs another Shield century and it's just getting ridiculous now

Yes. Nevill did little wrong behind the stumps, yet couldn’t produce more of the fighting knocks with the bat which he did on occassions. Wade was 100% re-called initially for the ‘mongrel’ he supposedly brought; perhaps Smith preferred standing beside it as opposed to Nevill. Either way, mongrel they claimed it was, but in reality nothing but boorish behaviour. The fact he didn’t pass 50 in his last 17? test innings (off the top of my head) is what hindered his chances most.

Matthew Wade clubs another Shield century and it's just getting ridiculous now

Great read. Any arguments citing ‘Entertainment’ as a reason for such changes, clearly aren’t coming from purists. Test cricket is uniquely entertaining in it’s own gruelling way, and those seeking a quick-fix, rapid form of entertainment have already been blessed with other formats which provide that.

The thing is, I actually don’t mind the changes in isolation; your comment re: the over rates and ways to address it, are on the money for mine. Teams dragging through only 75-80 overs in a day has been allowed to happen for too long now, and incorrectly policed.

An open letter from a concerned fan of Test cricket

The thing is, Paine would probably only work as an opener, playing a foil role to a dashing partner, working the ball around and building an innings. Yet there is a logjam of opening candidates already, and I would prefer any of these in the XI to be fair.

If Finch fails again, Paine should take back the ODI captaincy

Won’t likely play another test, but man you can’t fault the grit of Peter Nevill – showed it at times as a test player too, but perhaps not enough.

On the point of keepers, is Carey the absolute successor to Paine behind the stumps? Sam Whiteman is an interesting one for mine…touted and talented for a long time, but not much luck. Has resumed pretty nicely for WA opening up.

Australia stun India with 3-2 series win

I’m sure they could, now entering this WC as more than a dark horse, and a scary thought for opponents given their history of WC success. But that said, a much greater chance surely with the pair in the side, especially Warner who is the better ODI bat of the two.

Australia can win the World Cup without Smith and Warner

Agree – and I still think they should be given that chance, particularly if Finch can fire against Pak, then it’s a no-brainer he stays. There just doesn’t seem to be enough confidence in Handscomb keeping in the heat of a WC, and it’s understandable, even if he is probably more than capable.

Australia stun India with 3-2 series win

They could re-integrate Warner and Smith, and lengthen the batting slightly, by biting the bullet and leaving Finch and Carey out. That said, I can still see them backing both.

Cannot help but think however that a top 7 something like Warner, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Maxwell, Stoinis, Turner – with flexibility whenever needed, looks a bit stronger.

Australia stun India with 3-2 series win

I like that, although not sold on Stoinis at 7 as a hard-hitting finisher. Obviously he is once settled, but seems to be one who takes time to build into an innings, so not sure if he can score quickly from ball one?

Australia are back in a big way

Round of Shield madness so far..

Young Conway takes 5/14 from 13 overs! Renshaw all but out of any Ashes contention, as a few have mentioned. Might be lucky to make the A-tour at this rate. Not much concern for any of the incumbent bats this round though, as everyone is failing.

At Drummoyne, 24 from Maddinson was the highest score in Vic’s total of 106. Only realised today that Travis Dean is their fill-in captain..poor fella seemingly cannot buy a run.

Australia are back in a big way

Not entirely sure, but doubt he will be bowling like he used to again.

Australia are back in a big way

Shoulder injury has prevented it

Australia are back in a big way

The only thing being, he still might be far better suited to the middle order, where he can work the ball around, and not be required to score quickly from ball one. This frees up someone capable of scoring at >100 SR from the start to bat at number seven – a Maxwell/Turner/M.Marsh type

Australia are back in a big way

17 wickets dropping in a day up at the Gabba…scenes

Ashton Turner stuns India

The performance didn’t surprise me greatly, always knew he was a capable finisher as he has done so for WA and the Scorchers a few times before. But that strike-rate…wow!

Ashton Turner stuns India

This is what I can’t understand though – let’s not confuse it with his test match form, because he has been an ODI asset in the last 12 months, above all other batsmen.

Ashton Turner stuns India

Made all the more puzzling when you consider CA are supposed to be a NFP sporting body, not established for financial gain – it reeks of irony and hypocrisy. This is, after all, an organisation that pulled in something ridiculous like $630-odd mil in revenues in the last full year. It’s not as though they ever ‘need’ the money, yet their arrogance would suggest otherwise.

Insane ODI fixturing has cruelled Australia

Agree – last night was one of the first instances of flexibility in the batting order I’ve seen for some time, and it was a bit of a ‘Finally’ type feeling.

Finch stars as Australia beat India