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Ronan O'Connell

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Ronan has been a reporter for 15 years and now travels the world as a photojournalist, contributing words and images to more than 70 magazines and newspapers across the US, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He contributes travel, culture and current affairs features to the likes of 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, News Ltd, The West Australian, and many travel magazines and in-flight publications. Ronan's photojournalism work has taken him to more than 50 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, features writer and sports reporter.

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It’s hard to find a player who had a more adverse effect on the series outcome.
Wow. Just wow.
Maxwell averaged 42 with the bat at an extraordinary strike rate of 139.
He also bowled decently taking 1-41 from his 7 overs.
Did he have a dominant series? No. But those numbers don’t lie.
Sorry Paul, but to suggest Maxwell dragged Australia down more than any other player in this series is utter nonsense.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

The more obvious choice is to make Handscomb the wicketkeeper – he has nearly 1,000 runs at 50 playing as a keeper in List A cricket.

He’s also in good ODI form, having made a lot of runs in his last 5-6 matches.

Wade should take back the Australian ODI keeper spot

I don’t agree Stoinis’ stocks were lowered in any significant way in this series – he bowled well and is showing major improvement with the ball, and with the bat he still made 86 runs at 43.

It wasn’t a great series for him but it also wasn’t poor I’d give him a 6/10.

Stoinis has gone from being a rank part time bowler to a solid option, even at the death.

Sloppy Australia hand India 2-1 series win

Cheers Bangers. We’ve become so accustomed now to Australia’s selectors making ridiculous choices that the selection of Siddle just seems par for the course.

But just consider Siddle’s List A record over the past 10 years – 40 wickets at 40.

Siddle basically gave up on playing one-day cricket the best part of a decade ago yet somehow he’s playing for Australia just months out from the World Cup?

Farcical.

Sloppy Australia hand India 2-1 series win

“I understand selectors reasoning for Patterson being left out. He’s an expert at making a Joe Root Hundred, but rarely reaches triple figures.”

Yet Patterson has a better rate of making FC tons (1 per 17 innings) than Head (21 innings) or Labuschagne (21), both of whom are in the Test XI, and both of whom have way lower FC averages than Patterson (33 + 36 vs Patterson’s 41).

Patterson ton versus Sri Lanka upstages Test rivals

You’ve pulled the trigger too early there mate. The rules of this match are that teams cannot bat for longer than 75 overs – CA XI had no choice but to declare.

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

Great ton by Doran, too, he’s played both pace and spin really well. Some lovely sweeps.

CA XI finishes on 5-316 declared with Patterson 157* and Doran 102*

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

Patterson cutting loose now – 33 from his last 15 balls including 7 boundaries.
Now 139no

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

Gee that was a lovely lofted drive by Doran to bring up his 50.

I know he has a poor FC record but there’s something about him I really like I think he could become a Test prospect in another 2-3 years – he’s still only 22 years old.

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

I’m not at all a fan of Sangha’s technique it is very loose. When he made that Shield ton earlier this summer half of his boundaries were streaky edges/squirts behind square on the off.

By comparison, Pucovski’s technique is fantastic.

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

Now Patterson needs to make it a big ton – not just 105 but 175.

Will need Doran to stick around to make that happen and Neser too.

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

This is such a huge moment in Patterson’s career right now – he’s 65no and cruising, a ton is there for the taking.

Making a big score on a day the rest of the top 6 fails should really grab the attention of the selectors – they seem to notice individual innings of brilliance much more than long term good form.

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

Patterson and Pucovski have looked great so far, in particular because they are both so compact in defence.

Patterson looks every inch a Test style batsman I can’t fathom why the selectors have not given him a crack yet.

Australia's batting future on show in Hobart today

Who would you play instead of Smith then Peter?

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

“With Marsh going at it in great touch he should have pulled things back just a touch.”

There were 15 balls left in the innings and Australia had 5 wickets in hand – that is the last time a set batsman should reduce their aggression.

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

The problem for Finch at the moment is that his head is falling to the off side and so when bowlers do get on his pads he doesn’t put them away.
This allows bowlers a big margin for error – they can target his stumps without the normal fear of getting whipped through the legside.
He’s desperately waiting for width but getting none because the quicks can bowl at his stumps with no fear of being punished.
Compare that to batsmen like Kohli or Smith who whip balls from off stump through mid wicket – this makes the bowler feel they can’t even bowl at the stumps at all or they’ll be punished. They also know they can’t bowl more than 25cm outside off stump either or they’ll be dispatched so their margin for error is tiny and the pressure is huge.
Finch is a joy to bowl at right now.

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

To be fair to Stoinis he has improved massively as a bowler in the past year and did a very good job with the ball last night.

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

I think Australia’s side would look much better with Handscomb as keeper but I just don’t see it happening this close to the World Cup.

This would be a really well balanced batting lineup for the WC:

1. Warner
2. Finch
3. Smith
4. SMarsh
5. Handscomb (wk)
6. Stoinis
7. Maxwell
8. Agar

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

Spinners are crucial to 50-over cricket, playing 4 quicks would be madness.

Australia should be looking to bowl 25 overs of spin per innings.

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

Richardson still has a lot to prove, he’s a 22-year-old who has played just 6 ODIs it would be remarkable if he develops quick enough to become a lock in the starting XI for the World Cup.

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

Gabe Bell has only ever played 1 white ball match at domestic level, and in terms of Test selection he is like a taller version of Sayers – a gentle pace swing bowler.

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

Tremain and Boland are red ball specialists, neither of them are good ODI options.

NCN is the most obvious exclusion from this ODI squad he should be playing ahead of Siddle.

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

Siddle is such an odd, odd selection because he doesn’t even have a specific role that he can play – he isn’t a new ball bowler because he doesn’t swing it, and he can’t bowl at the death because he has next to no variations.

So basically he is just a filler bowler operating between overs 10 and 45 – that’s usually the role reserved for your weakest bowler (your all-rounder).

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

Lyon is bowling way too flat he’s really just darting it in which robs him of his two biggest strengths – dip and bounce.

Without those two things he poses no wicket taking threat and becomes just a holding spinner at best.

I think Australia have badly missed a trick – they should have been playing two spinners (forget Siddle) to give time to two of Lyon/Zampa/Agar to build some momentum ahead of the World Cup.

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

Siddle was a farcical selection and has unsurprisingly been poor.

Over the past 10 years Siddle’s List A record is awful – 38 wickets at an average of 40.

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