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Ronan O'Connell

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Based between Thailand, Ireland and Australia, Ronan travels the world as a photojournalist, contributing stories and photography 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, News Ltd etc. Ronan has been a reporter for 15 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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“After 4 matches, one thing is certain. This current Aussie team doesn’t look like a champion team.”
As harsh as it sounds Australia, despite winning 3 of 4 matches in this WC, look more vulnerable now than they did right before the tournament.
The biggest reason for that is their bowling – they have only two bowlers who are pulling their weight, the rest collectively have been awful.
Outside of Starc and Cummins (18 wickets at 20, economy of 4.9), Australia’s other specialist bowlers collectively have taken 8 wickets at 56 (economy rate of 6.5).

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

I think NCN was exposed again last night though with his vulnerability against aggressive batting.

When teams bat in a more traditional fashion he does well, but when batsmen go after him right now he seems to have no answers.

Pakistan were cautious against NCN in the first half of their innings and he looked good, taking 1-24 from six overs.

Then Pakistan went after NCN and he looked vulnerable again, bleeding 29 runs from 3 overs.

That’s a huge worry because the top sides like England, India and NZ undoubtedly will be aware of this and will target him with aggressive batting, and right now there are no signs he can handle that.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

It’s crazy to me that Kane Richardson is in this squad and Handscomb isn’t.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

Australia are really missing Hazlewood right about now, NCN is in horrible form with the ball and Kane Richardson is not even in the 10 best one day bowlers in Australia.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

“I have to ask, why is it that Pakistan “coughed up the game” and not just that we won? I didn’t see Pakistan bat…”

I think your second sentence answers your question Bush. Among those of us that did stay up to watch Pakistan bat it seemed to be a majority opinion that Pakistan choked.

They had the match completely in their control at 2-136 with two set batsmen looking really good when they completely lost their mind.

That 15 ball period I detailed in the article was just insane – they should have lost 5 wickets in that time, 4 of them from utter incompetence. It was a bizarre sequence of events.

Aside from Cummins, none of the Aussie bowlers had bowled well up to that point, most of them had been very poor, so the collapse wasn’t the result of Aussie pressure it was just Pakistan absolutely dirting the bed.

I have no need to sugar coat Australia’s performance, they didn’t play well yet still won in a large part because Pakistan fell apart.

But, hey, that’s sport, and Australia are now really well placed to make the semis.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

Carey is really coming along as a batsman but his keeping has been ordinary in his ODI career so far.

The miss of Hardik cruelled Australia in the game against India and his missed stumping of Sarfraz last night when he was on 0 kept Pakistan in the game.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

Amir was sensational, what a tournament he’s having. It’s bizarre to think he almost was left out of this World Cup after really struggling in ODIs the previous 18 months or so.

Pakistan implosion gifts Australia lucky win

Weather forecast is looking good right now.

Australia vs Pakistan: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview

“If there is a possibility of a Wash-out, what is the use of a preview?”

If there is a possibility of death, what is the use of waking up in the morning?

Although, to be fair, death scares me less than a World Cup washout.

Australia vs Pakistan: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview

Videos of the ongoing Australia A camp in Brisbane show Hazlewood steaming in looking great, and apparently he’s been bowling off his long run for a month now.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

There is definitely merit in this strategy but it is a major change of course from Australia’s long term strategy, I would never make such a huge change in the middle of a World Cup unless things got desperate.

This kind of risky strategy needed to be trialled in the lead up games.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

I’d get Kane to fake an injury (nothing that would upset his mum), replace him with Hazlewood and bring in MMarsh for Stoinis.

Sorted.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Zampa should be given more time because wrist spinners are gold, but he has to improve a lot and quickly.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

But NCN also only averages 19 with the bat in his List A career and 18 in his first-class career.

He would bat at number 10/11 in the England ODI team, he’s just not a number 7 for me.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Ahh ok no worries, I’d pick Hazlewood ahead of Pattinson though.

Which is by the by anyway because I’d bring in Mitch Marsh for Stoinis, if you bring in Pattinson you have 8 specialist bowlers in the squad, that’s massive overkill.

That leaves you with not one reserve batsman or all-rounder, so no flexibility for the rest of the tournament.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Today I would replace Stoinis with Shaun Marsh and try to get 10 overs out of Maxwell, but beyond this match if Stoinis is ruled out I’d play Mitch Marsh in his place.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

“If I can swap out Stoinis for Pattinson for example then I would go for it. We would get the massive extra wicket threat with someone who can bat as well. That of course means no real 6th bowling option outside of Smith or Finch”

Sorry I’m confused what you mean here? This sounds like you want to play Pattinson at 7 as the fifth bowler, but then you said there would be no real 6th option (Maxwell?).

Pattinson did have a good Royal London One Day Cup, took 11 wickets at 24, and made 64 runs at 21.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Hey Riccardo, for me if Zampa struggles again today I’d consider replacing him with Lyon but Zampa outbowled Lyon across the tours of India and the UAE so I’d give him more time to try to regain confidence.

Because Australia undeniably are a better side with Zampa at his best than with Lyon at his best. A wicket taking spinner is so crucial in the middle overs and, while he’s very economical, Lyon poses minimal wicket taking threat, as evidenced by his ODI strike rate of 55 (compared to 38 for Zampa).

Australia vs Pakistan: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview

“In my opinion, Coulter-Nile, Cummins and Starc as 7,8,9 make up for the lack of a batsman at 7”.

I can’t agree Scott, Coulter-Nile’s batting record over 10 years as a pro suggests that 92 was an anomaly, a once-in-career knock, while Cummins and Starc are very ordinary one day batsmen.

Cummins and Starc average 10 and 12 with the bat in ODIs, they’re good lower order batsmen in Tests but over a large sample size both have been proven to really struggle with the bat in 50-over cricket.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Rellum do you mean playing 5 bowlers, with NCN at 7?
Because as I mentioned above I think that’s a huge risk. NCN at 7 is a real gamble – in 30 ODIs he’s only scored 20+ three times – and Cummins is a number 10 level batsman in one day cricket, not an eight, he averages 12 with the bat from 71 List A matches.
Pattinson at 7 would be a gamble too as your number 7 needs to be a dasher and he’s a real grinder with the bat – he scores at just 4.8 runs per over in List A cricket and just 2.4 an over in first class cricket. He’s at his best blunting at attack.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Who would you bring into the squad to replace Stoinis then Christo?

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

This is where Australia are missing a bowling all-rounder like Faulkner or Agar who could justify batting at 7.

I don’t think it’s sustainable in a World Cup to have a number seven who averages 17 with the bat and a number eight who averages just 10.

Cummins is a good batsman in first-class cricket but he has a very poor batting record in one day cricket – across 71 List A matches he averages just 12.

Having such a long tail would place enormous pressure on the top 6.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

If there’s an injury and Hazlewood still doesn’t get a gig the rivers will run red!

What the heck has happened to David Warner?

Yeah Haz looked great in the videos from the “A” training camp, really steaming in.

Who knows he may still play in this World Cup as the Aussie quicks are mostly very injury prone.

What the heck has happened to David Warner?

“u cant win matches if ur bowling is pathetic and allow 300 every other game”.

Australia have only conceded 300 or more in 2 of their 16 ODIs this year.

What the heck has happened to David Warner?