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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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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

“I don’t get the continued hype around NCN and Stanlake, the same applies to Hazlewood in ODIs.”

Probably something to do with Hazlewood averaging 25 and NCN 26 in ODIs.

Ranking Australia's ODI quicks

Warner is Australia’s best ODI batsman by a mile, would be crazy to leave him out.

Ranking Australia's ODI quicks

No I wouldn’t Rob for two reasons: 1) Turner only has one single 50 across the past four domestic One Day Cups 2) He so rarely bowls in any format these days

Ranking Australia's ODI quicks

Starc won the Player of the Tournament at the last World Cup.

Ranking Australia's ODI quicks

Spin is so crucial in England on their flat pitches and small grounds as we saw in Australia’s last ODI series there.

Australia should be looking to bowl 25 overs of spin per innings via 2 frontline spinners (Lyon/Zampa/Agar) and Maxwell.

Ranking Australia's ODI quicks

“Ronan, surely the issue comes back to which players are most likely to do us a service in England. We should be looking for guys who can bowl well on flat pitches and small grounds.”

Which is why I’ve written repeatedly Australia should trial 2 spinners in their ODI XI with a view to following suit in the World Cup – because their spinners were vastly more economical than their quicks in the 5-match ODI series in England seven months ago.

I’d be getting as many games as possible into Agar in the hope he can find his feet as an ODI holding spinner and then he’d add that crucial batting depth too.

Ranking Australia's ODI quicks

Richardson is very impressive but it’s early days, he has a way to go to leapfrog Hazlewood to play in high stakes World Cup matches IMO.

But he’s certainly well rounded and exciting.

Richardson and Handscomb star in ODI win over India

I think Handscomb is a great option as a keeper-batsman in ODIs but Carey has the job sewn up for a good while by the looks of it.

Richardson and Handscomb star in ODI win over India

No Hazlewood Nudge?

The guy has an amazing ODI record – bowling average of 25 and an insane economy rate of just 4.73 runs per over.

Richardson and Handscomb star in ODI win over India

Keith there’s no doubt Finch hasn’t looked the same batsman in white ball cricket since he began playing Tests.

He has looked awfully out of form for 10 weeks now.

Given he’s locked in as ODI captain Australia badly need him to find form soon or they’ll have a tricky choice to make about their leadership for the World Cup.

Richardson and Handscomb star in ODI win over India

Richardson has 11 wickets from his 5 ODIs to date, he’s tracking nicely for a 22 year old quick.

Richardson and Handscomb star in ODI win over India

I’d imagine if the World Cup was 2 years away not 6 months away that Pant would be in the Indian ODI team now instead of Dhoni.

But because the WC is so close Dhoni perhaps is using his clout to keep his spot or India’s selectors are playing it safe, or a bit of both.

India's ODI batting is monstrous

“Of that attack, only Richardson is really ‘inexperienced’. They just haven’t played for the Australian ODI team much.”

By that logic a Test attack of Tremain, Mennie, Sayers and Fawad Ahmed would be considered a “very experienced Test attack”.

India's ODI batting is monstrous