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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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Spot on Sam.

Selectors can’t rid themselves of the Marsh habit

“All of his good innings were either in losing cause or in time when others were already flourishing. To me he is nothing but a guy of good time.”

Nonsense.

Marsh scored 4 ODI tons in the last 10 months all against the best three teams in the world – England, India and South Africa.

The fact Australia lost those four games is not Marsh’s fault the rest of the team was just largely rubbish, which is why they went on a record losing spree.

Marsh did his part, it was most of his team mates who failed. Surprise suprise, Australia started winning once other batsmen actually began standing up and contributing.

To suggest Marsh made “easy” tons is laughable stuff. Those 4 tons were made in an absolute basketcase of a side against the world’s best opposition – WTF is easy about that?

I’ve criticised Marsh many times, and I probably wouldn’t even have him in my starting XI for the World Cup, but some of the stuff being written here is Grade A tripe.

Selectors can’t rid themselves of the Marsh habit

They’re announcing the Ashes squad just 5 days before the 1st Test, after the 3rd Australia A match is finished (vs Australia).

Joe Burns on the outer for Ashes

Incredibly if Burns is now dropped as expected this will be the 5th time in his 16-Test career that he’s been dropped.

And to think how many people argue Ed Cowan never got a fair go – he was given 18 Tests on the trot from debut despite averaging 31!

Joe Burns on the outer for Ashes

If Australia make the semis of the World Cup then I don’t think any of the ODI players will be involved in the first 2 Australia “A” games.

The last game is Australia “A” vs Australia so every player at all in contention for the Ashes will get a go in that one.

Joe Burns on the outer for Ashes

Warner has suddenly become monumentally important as the only quick scorer in Australia’s likely top 5.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Stoinis is comfortably the weakest link in the Aussie side right now – struggling with the bat and vulnerable with the ball.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Can you email the Roar editors and check if they’ll pay me for one sentence articles?

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Hi VR, as I argued in a recent article I think to start with Finch and Khawaja should be left as openers, with Warner coming in at either 3/4.

Finch has only just regained form so I wouldn’t be asking him to move to a foreign position and Khawaja’s ODI record is miles, miles better as an opener than at 3.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Adam I agree Handscomb absolutely should be in the squad ahead of one of the 7 bowlers, he just adds great flexibility to the squad both in terms of batting and keeping.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

I understand the appeal of batting deep but in that case you need a bowling all-rounder as your fourth bowler not a batting all-rounder as your fourth bowler.

Trying to get 20 overs each match out of Stoinis and Maxwell on the batting paradises in England would be extremely risky.

Stoinis’s bowling was absolutely butchered in England last year in the five-match ODI series, he averaged 75 and went at nearly 7 runs per over.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Nice effort Paul to manipulate what I’ve written so that it fits your argument.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Fair enough James, but my point in the article is about the squad being overloaded with batsmen who score at a gentle pace like Khawaja – 6 of Australia’s 8 batting options for the World Cup have career ODI strike rates in the 80s.
That puts a huge amount of pressure on Maxwell and Warner to come off or Australia will end up with a lot of very middling totals in the 250 – 280 range, which is easy pickings for decent sides on the small grounds and flat decks in England.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

“The swinging ball in England still worries me with Finch.”

The white Kookaburra ball barely swings, whether in England or elsewhere.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

That doesn’t make sense to me Bob.

Because if Starc and Richardson do end up being fit then Australia are stuck with 7 bowlers in their squad.

They could have named just 6 bowlers, including Starc and Richardson, safe in the knowledge that if one of that pair wasn’t fit come the World Cup they could be subbed out for Behrendorff or Hazlewood.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

In the IPL Warner is facing most of the world’s best white ball bowlers and has churned out 400 runs at 80, he’s doing just fine.

Smith looks much scratchier, he was a bit of bit of a gamble by the selectors but he still has 7 weeks before Australia’s first World Cup match to get himself ready, that is a lot of time for a world-class player to tune up.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

Turner should have been given a couple of games in the UAE to let him prove that incredible innings was not an anomaly.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

“This article is skewed by your bias, Ronan…..This same, conservative Australian team beat India last month in 3 games.”

Same team?

In those three wins Handscomb and Turner combined for 292 runs at 58 (strike rate 116).

But by all means Paul continue…

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

“I probably wouldn’t lump Khawaja in with the ‘slow starters’ mob,”

Khawaja is definitely in the slow scorers/slow starters group – his career ODI scoring rate is 4.98 runs per over and this year it’s been 5.01 runs per over.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

No need to select Handscomb instead of Marsh, just don’t pick 7 bowlers and then you can have both those batsmen in the squad.

Australia's Cricket World Cup squad is too conservative

“Of the 7 batsman, three are accumulators.”

I’d actually class 5 of them as accumulators or slow starters – Finch, Khawaja, Smith, SMarsh and Stoinis.

Rarely do any of those five guys reach 20 at a run a ball or better. Typically they get to 20 from somewhere between 25 and 30 balls.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

One of Handscomb or Turner absolutely should have been in this squad to offer some variety to the batting unit.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Relying on getting 20 overs each game in a World Cup out of a part-time seamer and a spinner barely used in ODIs the past four years is an enormous risk.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Really? You think Australia will only play 3 specialist bowlers in their World Cup XI Peter?

That would be an extraordinary gamble, especially in England on tiny grounds with uber-flat pitches – Australia’s part timers got destroyed in England last year, with Stoinis averaging 75 with the ball at nearly 7 runs per over across five matches.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Stoinis is really affecting the balance of Australia’s ODI lineup at present.

They have so many slow starters and innings-builder type batsmen in their top four that they really need at least two fast scorers between 5 and 7 in the order.

Stoinis is meant to be one of those dynamic batsmen but instead he’s been probably the slowest scoring batsman in the whole team over the past 20 matches.

If Stoinis was scoring at a strike rate of above 100 the whole balance of this team would improve dramatically. Instead Maxwell is the only batsman from number 5 down in the team who can score quickly.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction