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Agree – almost the perfect mix of what this batting unit lacks at present. Just a slightly more dynamic option than S.Marsh, better at shifting gears and definitely more capable of going hard immediately if required. Missed a trick with his exclusion.

Australia survive scare to defeat Sri Lanka and go top of Cricket World Cup table

And I’m a fan of M.Marsh at 7, too. Hard-hitting from ball one at the back end if needed, perhaps slightly more so than Carey – although, he has grown superbly into the no. 7 role, so probably not worth fidgeting with that now.

Australia survive scare to defeat Sri Lanka and go top of Cricket World Cup table

I’d almost rather S.Marsh in the top 3 Kopa? In white ball cricket anyway.

I remain of the opinion that you open with Khawaja or don’t play him at all, and it’s almost doing him a disservice playing him out of his strongest position.

Australia survive scare to defeat Sri Lanka and go top of Cricket World Cup table

Probably a combination of that with the mindless shuffling of his place in the order.

Moving from his position of strength and the top was one thing, but being thrown all around the top six since, cannot be helping.

Finch has never been better

For Warner, the best response was always going to be in the form of runs, and he’s well on the way to it. Received nothing like the public sympathy for Smith & Bancroft, but the angst towards him has undoubtedly tempered compared to 12 months ago.

The advice of silence given to him last year proving exceptionally wise.

Warner’s quiet road back pays off

I think going forward it’ll depend on the makeup of the XI. Initially felt he was suited best to 4-5 when tried there last season, as a middle-order glue type who could turn the strike over with time to build an innings.
However, the recent growth in his attacking game at 7 has been refreshing, striking predominantly >100 now, having played some invaluable hands. He may be far better equipped for the role than many of us initially thought.

Alex Carey should be batting higher

The turnaround has been immense, really – given as you say the state of things 12-18 months ago in the ODI scene, even prior to the suspensions.

Despite the vulnerabilities, uncertainty and baffling decisions still present, all Australia – and any team for that matter – needs to do is make that semi-final stage, because then it’s essentially an open race. Small amounts of your best cricket at the right times can still win it.

Five reasons Australia shouldn't play five bowlers

Correct. Many confuse Shaun and Mitch the test players with Shaun and Mitch the 50-over players.

Lacklustre Aussies need to start taking risks and so do the selectors

There is some resilience within this Australian unit, a belief that a win can be scrapped from anywhere – it just doesn’t quite happen all the time yet.

The alarming difference in fielding did not do Pakistan any favours. While Australia are tracking fairly at three wins from four, they have also had the benefit of their opposition twice blowing golden opportunities to win in their chase. Pak had plenty of starts in their scorecard, with none going on as needed.

David Warner century enough for wasteful Australia to defeat Pakistan

That’s for sure. He is the right mix of all-rounder glamour, notable past highlights in the shorter forms – mainly BBL – and an underwhelming FC record to throw him into test consideration.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Except his FC record across the last couple of seasons would place him about 33rd in the queue!

Can’t see who he displaces out of the most recent test top six anyway. Impactful player, yes, but a record deserving of test selection? Doubt it

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

From a bowling perspective could they could get away with Shaun? He’d probably acquit himself very well with the bat given his 12-18 months of form.
That said, people confuse M.Marsh the test player with the white-ball equivalent, and his record in the format is far from shabby. I think his hitting down the order could be valuable, and may have been a worthier selection that Stoinis at the outset, but hey hindsight etc.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Wondering if there is in fact a psychological cloud of some sort in play here, and Smith has just coped much better so far. The notable step up from the IPL to this, as a few have pointed out, can’t be ignored either for mine.

Certainly don’t think there’s much cause for panic however. The dropped catches, lack of bowling depth and inflexibility once again in a one-dimensional batting setup is astounding. Why not have sent Maxwell in at 3 or 4 perhaps? Instead there is a mind-boggling decision to shift Khawaja outside the top three – which he has never done before in ODI cricket.

What the heck has happened to David Warner?

This is why Warner down the order at the moment could work well. It won’t be tried, however, will it..

Australia's baffling batting ensures failure in record run chase against India

It’s a mammoth total for anyone to pull off; but against that terrific Indian pace attack and sharp fielding, it was always an enormous task for a batting unit lacking the extra firepower. As some have said, no Aus batsman kicked on and got a big score, despite a raft of solid starts, which is arguably what they needed.
India are an extremely well-rounded side, and will take some beating.

Australia's baffling batting ensures failure in record run chase against India

Just think after the test series gone he has Finch wrapped around his finger, and has gotten into his mind.

Something about any lateral movement and that targeting of Finch’s off peg/front pad early in the piece which he struggles to handle.

Australia vs India: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview and prediction

An immaculate pair of spells from two of the best young quicks in the world

Australia vs India: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview and prediction

Bumrah to Finch…has me nervy already!

Australia vs India: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview and prediction

It’s really only his own form that could threaten his captaincy in this format beyond the WC, because he appears sharp, tactically aware and very well-liked in the role.

Astute Finch thriving as skipper

‘What’s wrong with the traditional method of celebrating the dismissal of a batsman by gesticulating furiously and screaming obscenities at them as loud as you can?’

Terrific.

The Liebke Ratings: Australia vs West Indies

I take back what I said about Trent Bridge being a horror house for the Australians…maybe not all the time!

Australia launch enormous recovery to win World Cup classic against West Indies

It does. He seems the most capable pure keeper though too, and appears to be the one groomed as Tim Paine’s successor.

Coulter-Nile and Starc stun the Windies

What a match, and the individual performances of Coulter-Nile particularly and Starc were incredible. The Australian resilience no doubt shifting the momentum so greatly, and giving them an ideal launching pad for the rest of the tournament.

Still, the West Indies looked likely at times during the chase, but could not combat the one left-handed weapon.

Nothing could be more West Indies than a fiery, intimidating start to have a side 4-38, yet bowl 24 wides to eventually concede 288 and lose the match. With also an unbelievable, almost unthinkable outfield catch of utter brilliance thrown in there too. Like Pakistan, impossible to predict!

Coulter-Nile and Starc stun the Windies

It probably doesn’t, because he won’t have that much time at the crease/produce innings like that very often. His bowling can leak runs at times.

What it does tell you though is that his striking power may be a point of difference, advantageous in the eyes of selection, in comparison to Behrendorff/K.Richardson/Hazlewood

Australia launch enormous recovery to win World Cup classic against West Indies

Granted that a lot of the failures look ugly at times, but I think he’s improved this remarkably in the last few years. He’s one of the more consistent and dynamic bats in the limited overs sides, with a match-winning gift that few others possess.

For all we know his puzzling selection since forever could be for a raft of other confusing reasons.

Australia vs West Indies: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview and prediction