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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, 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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Marsh used to be a very effective 5th bowler but his bowling has become dramatically less effective in Tests over the past two years or so.

Stoinis has comprehensively outbowled him in the Shield this year and obviously Stoinis is nothing special as a seamer.

Kohli and Rahane stall Australia

The pitch is probably as quick, if not quicker now than it has been for the whole match.

The ball is 24 overs old and it is absolutely flying through off the pitch.

Kohli and Rahane stall Australia

There were 22,000 people there on a work day, not a bad turnout.

The Perth Test pitch is a minefield

Not a chance Bumrah’s action is as clean as it gets.

The Perth Test pitch is a minefield

I agree it was a fascinating day of cricket due to the pitch in a large part, which was great after some of the roads we’ve had for Aussie home Tests in recent years.

But no Test pitch should have wildly variable bounce from day one, that is the key indicator of a poor pitch for me.

The Perth Test pitch is a minefield

Right now India must be rueing the decision not to play a spinner, their attack is already looking same-y on a pitch that’s not nearly as helpful for quicks as many people assumed it would be.

All-pace attack would be a mistake for India

I think India would be wrong to drop Ishant I thought he was excellent at Adelaide and bowled way better than his figures suggested.

He also adds variety to the attack because he’s 15cm taller than Bumrah and Shami, and gets that extra lift.

All-pace attack would be a mistake for India

Cheers Bryan, I think at Adelaide is the best I’ve ever seen Lyon bowl in Australia, his control was extraordinary. His battle with Pujara was what Test purists crave.

All-pace attack would be a mistake for India

Jadeja is a sensational spinner to have in reserve, the fact that he also averages 32 with the bat in Test cricket is a massive bonus, particularly given that India’s tail (Ishant, Bumrah, Shami) is otherwise very weak.

All-pace attack would be a mistake for India

Cheers ND

All-pace attack would be a mistake for India

That’s an interesting stat Dan, just goes to show that when you’re as accurate as Jadeja is you will trouble all batsmen.

All-pace attack would be a mistake for India

Yeah Nudge if the pitch is nearly as green as it looks right now both teams will definitely be tempted to bowl first but, like you, I’d bat.

Australia's incredible reliance on batting first in Tests

I hadn’t noticed before but Warner has very even averages across every innings of a Test:

1st innings – 53
2nd innings – 44
3rd innings – 47
4th inning – 47

Australia's incredible reliance on batting first in Tests

Yeah I know this is an issue you’ve been big on for a long time now Nudge.

When Australia lost the toss in the first Test I instantly gave them only about 30% chance at most in my mind of winning what, prior to then, was a 50-50 battle to me.

Australia's incredible reliance on batting first in Tests

The Adelaide pitch wasn’t far off being such a fair strip I’d say Chris.

I think Australia had the best conditions of the match batting second (once the day one moisture had disappeared and before the footholes came into play) and also the worst of conditions batting last.

It was a great Test cricket pitch.

Australia's incredible reliance on batting first in Tests

Barbz you’ve omitted draws from your calculations.

There’s many different ways you could calculate these figures. For example, based on your style of calculation there, you could say Australia are 2.6 times more likely to lose when they bat second.

Because over this timeframe they’ve lost 52% of games batting second and only 20% of games batting first.

In any case, regardless of how you decide to compute the numbers it is undeniable that Australia are a dramatically worse side when they bat second – far worse than they should be.

Australia's incredible reliance on batting first in Tests

Dropping Mitch Marsh for the 1st Test was a huge call by the selectors, particularly after he’d just been made joint Vice Captain, so that suggests to me he won’t get a recall anytime soon unless injuries to other players force their hand.

I could be wrong but that’s my gut feel, I think the selectors made a statement by dropping him.

It's time for a new Test opener

“Burns opens for Queensland but is also not an opener. Too often the angled bat in defence way outside off with leg and head nowhere near it.”

If Burns’ technique is so horrible it’s a surprise he’s made 5,000 runs at 43 in the Sheffield Shield and has 3 Tests tons and an average of 37.

It's time for a new Test opener

Where did you get that Joe Burns Shield average of 35?

He’s actually made 472 runs at 47 in the Shield this season.

It's time for a new Test opener

Burns should have been in this Test team, no doubt. Finch is so much better suited to the middle order.

Australia cruelled by wasted starts with the bat

I really rate Ferguson but unfortunately he’s had a shocker in the Shield this summer, averaging just 23.

Australia cruelled by wasted starts with the bat

322 is an incredibly difficult chase for any batting lineup so I was shocked this greatly-weakened Aussie team got so close to the target.

Australia cruelled by wasted starts with the bat

“And who would replace him?”

Obviously Tremain, the guy who has dominated the last four Shield seasons in a row, taking 155 wickets at 21 with extraordinary consistency – has averaged between 18 and 22 in all four seasons.

What Tremain has done is equivalent to a batsman averaging 60, 55, 60 and 55 over the past four Shield seasons.

Mitchell Starc must be dropped for the second Test against India

What a thriller in the end, a very absorbing Test.

India claim rare victory to take 1-0 series lead over Australia in Adelaide

There aren’t any left arm quicks in form in the Shield – Behrendorff and Paris are the two best left armers after Starc but neither of them are fully fit.

Mitchell Starc must be dropped for the second Test against India