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The Courier Mail is nothing but an embarrassing propaganda rag for the extreme right but I will give them props for reporting on the Shield as a competition and not on who is putting their hands up for national selection.

Starc flops and Carey shines in Sheffield Shield

This is why you need varied pitches around the Shield so we can make some judgements on who looks like winning and who are the form players.

Starc flops and Carey shines in Sheffield Shield

He looked like he did in the World cup. Out of form, little footwork but battled through to get runs.

David Warner and Joe Burns should be the openers for the First Test

Well I hope they don’t but do give some extra weight to runs in Brisbane and Perth.

Lets be honest in about 6 months people will be happily quoting these runs in statistics when propping up their favorites for selection.

On a more important note. NSW with a good start, the rest struggling to take wickets in good batting conditions. QLD just did not do enough in all facets if the game. Bowling was too short at key times.

Starc flops and Carey shines in Sheffield Shield

It comes down to skill as well. With ball in hand and how you look after it.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

The pitch does not stop you swinging the ball. I wish people could get that through their heads.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

Stanlake bowled a great first spell. This second one has been far too short. We now have a fly first slip.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

Come on the Bulls! Still a chance of a win here.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

They should of declared at 500. Props to SA. They scored those runs against a good attack. It should be a worry how the Vic bowlers can’t do anything with the ball without the pitches help.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

His piece of mind would be just fine. He is assured of being selected. Pretty simple idea to grasp.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

Personally I would tell him to go shove his water bottle.

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Need runs. His place is assured.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

No he didn’t

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

Congrats to Tim Paine. A very long time between drinks. Fantastic player, no one deserves it more.

Warner and Pucovski ton up in Sheffield Shield

One partnership took the game away from QLD. With rain coming the best batting conditions might have come and gone. Not a great start to the FC season so far. Batting has to be better in the second innings.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

We tend to rotate our bowlers. I can’t imagine Billy Stanlake playing in the next game for example. We usually only change one bowler at a time, so there is still a core of bowlers backing up. Not sure it is the way to go, but it is how our selectors/sport science department are approaching selections.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

When I said everyone, I was talking more about the general cricket world rather than you Matt. My bad.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

Why are Vic still batting?

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

We are trying to buy one now with Renners getting a bowl.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

QLD really need a wicket

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

Well Handscomb didn’t make the most of it. Congrats to Pucovski, he really does look like the first real talent to come through in a long time.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

Uzzie’s was clearly going over the top.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

IMO, the 69 from Labuschagne on a competitive pitch against some top quality quicks was far more impressive than these two innings combined.

Mmmm, yes and no. Making a big score at Shield level is exceptionally difficult and usually only happens in good conditions. To keep batting and take full advantage of the conditions should be applauded, not dismissed as some of done(looking at you jamesB). Of course they need to make runs in other places against other attacks if they are going to win the Shield again.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

I know everyone likes to mark down or give less value to runs on easy decks, but we need to give big props to the guys who do make the most of the conditions.

Maddinson and Harris push Test claims with Shield tons

You know you would need a chip on the players and each of their hands as well right?

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