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Ronan O'Connell

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Ronan writes about cricket in his spare time. Based between Asia and Ireland, his day job is working as a photojournalist, contributing stories and photography on culture, travel and current affairs to 70+ magazines and newspapers including CNN, BBC, Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Star, The Independent (UK), The Guardian, Irish Examiner, Australian Financial Review, South China Morning Post, Singapore Straits Times, The National, Emirates, News Ltd etc. Ronan has been a reporter for 16 years and his photojournalism work has taken him to more than 60 countries. Before becoming a freelance photojournalist he spent nine years working at daily newspapers in W.A. where he variously was a chief crime reporter, political writer, health reporter and features writer.

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Hi Riccardo,

I’m not sure why you think I’m saying 1) This Aussie team is anywhere near the level of the Golden Era team 2) That England can’t come back (of course they can)

Nowhere in the article do I state or even hint at either of those things.

The article, very clearly, is purely about the resilience Australia showed in 3 times bouncing back from being well behind the 8 ball at Edgbaston.

That’s it.

No suggestions they’re suddenly a great side… or that they have minimal weaknesses… or that England are gone… or that they’re all suddenly Warne and McGraths and Pontings reborn.

How Australia rediscovered their golden era mojo

Spot on tdlan. Siddle’s pressure was crucial at Edgbaston.

Australia needs to take the same XI to Lord's

Haha I love a good pun Sheek.

While I was at uni I spent a while working as a second-hand pun dealer. I made no money, though, because I sold myself short.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Actually I call myself Huxley, but let’s not delve into my foibles.

Why does Joe Root get mentioned with Smith, Kohli and Williamson?

Sorry mate I always call Ryans Ronan, and Ronans Ryan, and when I meet a Rhian or a Rowan or a Rohan, I get so muddled I just faint.

Why does Joe Root get mentioned with Smith, Kohli and Williamson?

I think Australia’s ability to maintain pressure with the ball in England’s 1st innings (run rate only 2.75 per over) was the difference between England making 374 or batting Australia out of the game with 450+

It was a subtle but significant factor.

Australia first Ashes Test player ratings: Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon star in stunning win

Interesting article Ronan, it’s interesting what an impact that one article by Martin Crowe 5 years ago has had on the way these four cricketers have since been analysed:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/774705.html

In Tests Smith is miles ahead, Kohli and Williamson neck and neck, and Root way behind that pair.

Why does Joe Root get mentioned with Smith, Kohli and Williamson?

Because Michael Neser isn’t considered a batting all-rounder by the selectors. They’ve said that. (Almost) everyone knows that.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Siddle had two absolute sitters dropped off his bowling last night.

He should have had 4-80. Good match from him.

Australia first Ashes Test player ratings: Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon star in stunning win

Because Marsh is in the squad, and is in the squad as an all-rounder, and I was discussing the options if Australia decided they wanted an all-rounder?

This is pretty basic stuff mate.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

That miss off Siddle from Roy was bad, no doubt, but Paine otherwise kept very well.

Paine took 2 sensational catches off Lyon that a lot of other keepers would miss.

Australia first Ashes Test player ratings: Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon star in stunning win

Buttler is a worry with how badly he struggles against Lyon, and the way he was bossed by Cummins at Edgbaston, but his Test form over the past year is still better than Bairstow’s.

Both Buttler and Bairstow have shocking records against Australia so it’s the lesser of two evils really.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I agree James if the Lords pitch looks a bit juicy I’d stick with Patto if it looks decent for batting I’d give him a rest.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

“There was Arti Choakes in the 1950s”

Nonsense, there is no record of that player on Cricinfo, Rowdy.

There has never bean a cricketer named Arti Choakes so peas don’t lie.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Oh absolutely, England have massive problems with their batting and have had for a long while.

I couldn’t understand pre-series everyone saying Australia’s batting lineup was as bad as England’s because Australia at least have 3 batsmen averaging 40+ over long careers whereas England only have 1 in Root.

I don’t see how England can really strengthen their batting but what they can do, by dropping Denly for Curran, is keep their batting at the same level while boosting their bowling significantly.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

“But it still doesn’t make Warner better than anyone else in the list”

That’s… a really odd comment

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

“But Stokes at 4, instantly makes it look like a pretty weak batting lineup.”

As opposed to Denly at 4?

Woakes is a better batsman than Denly in English conditions, and I think Curran is every bit as valuable with the bat as Denly.

Meanwhile, I think Stokes is the 2nd best batsman in this England team after Root so why not have him at 4.

That team I listed above has 6 bowling options so no need for Stokes to bowl more than 10-12 overs an innings unless Australia bat really long.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I agree Burgy, the only change I’d make is to rest Pattinson and bring in one of Starc or Hazlewood, depending on who bowls better in tomorrow’s 3-day match.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

If I was England I’d make sure Lords is juicier than it was in recent Ashes because it’s now very clear that, even in the UK, Australia are the better side on drier pitches.

Australia have dominated on the 3 driest pitches across the last two series in England.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Khawaja was looking fantastic until he got out in the 2nd dig, hopefully a sign that he’s hitting form.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Exactly Chris, Australia can only rest 5 guys from tomorrow’s 3-day game (unless they bring in players from outside the squad) and I’d expect those five rested players to be Pattinson, Cummins, Siddle, Smith and Paine (or maybe Lyon).

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

I agree Chris, I think Australia would have planned to play Pattinson for only 1 Test on, 1 Test off unless, that is, he was on fire and they desperately needed him.

But they have the luxury of protecting his body and replacing him with one of 2 guys with excellent Test records.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

You think 37 is a bad average for a Test opener away from home?

Current Test openers’ averages away from home:

Dhawan ………… 39

Warner ………….. 37

Latham ………….. 37

Brathwaite ……… 32

Karunaratne ……. 32

Murali Vijay ……. 31

KL Rahul ……….. 30

Elgar …………….. 30

Imam ul-Haq ….. 28

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

That’s also the downside of relying so heavily on a 37 year old strike bowler.

Anderson has been carrying England for years and that’s coming home to roost.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Siddle is incredibly fit and durable for a guy pushing 35 years old.

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test