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Lance Boil

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Hi Marty

Yes I have in particular during the trial process the players coaches and selectors have a bevy of analysis tools at their disposal so it would be inconceivable that a player of Steve Smith’s ability and the coaching staff could not rectify the issue which could cause his form slump as you propose. This of course would apply to all players participating.

Baggy green chauvinism?

Baggy green chauvinism?

Hi Paul my observations of player quality on display during the BBL prompted my review of how team selection process from time in memorial has been a very narrow view of player readiness for test matches. I avoided naming players in a circular debate about this or that player whom I think is great and whom you think otherwise. You left off Usman Khawaja, Glen Maxwell and Peter Handscombe from your list. All have done well and not so well at test level. I am not arguing for them or anyone in particular but I contend to just “pick and stick” for reasons never properly explained as is the current situation seems a bit daft to me anyway. Cheers Lance

Baggy green chauvinism?

Baggy green chauvinism?

Hi John T20 is full of red ball cricketers. I merely made an observation about the level of cricketing talent I saw on display. It prompted my musings on how narrow the test selection process looks. I emphasise my trial model is red ball cricket. Cheers Lance

Baggy green chauvinism?

Hi Marty if Steve Smith can’t perform during the trials why would you expect him to go well in the test matches? If Joe Burns displayed his current red ball form he would not have been picked as he was under current process. Just saying! Cheers Lance

Baggy green chauvinism?

Hi Tony see my reply to Paul above. I did not want another player name bingo tournament

Cheers Lance

Baggy green chauvinism?

Hi Paul I deliberately avoided the circular discussion of any particular players. Which becomes pointless if they are not up for selection you make my argument perhaps better than I. Cheers Lance

Baggy green chauvinism?

Hi Marty ahh FYI
We just lost a test match series under the current process. Cheers Lance

Baggy green chauvinism?

At a practical level now that we have established without a doubt some/most ** Australian Cricket fans are Racists and jolly rude to boot, and that there is no place for it, how to stop them buying a ticket?
** opinions differ so take your pick
A screening process at the ticketing stage seems in order.
1. Are you now or have you ever been a Racist?
2. Do you have family members who are racists ? (think post xmas lunch)
3. Complete the following sentence “Aussie Aussie Aussie ………..”
4. Have you ever called someone a name they didn’t like?
5. Will you wear a fast food container on your head ?

Kohli wants action on racism claims

Hey Dexter have you any idea how condescending your comments are ?
us white folks should be above it all ! FFS the inherent paternalism in your words is nauseating to me! if you have an example of any stereo type, culture, race, nationality or man in the street any where in the world walking on water please let us in on your secret.

Kohli wants action on racism claims

A swift and decisive response to racist abuse is a positive outcome. IF it was racist!
How different is players sledging each other from the crowd doing it I wonder?
Not sure that a polite respectful rejoiner from silly point is gong to upset the batsman!
” I say old boy your mother was a hamster and you smell of elderberries if you don’t mind me saying so” Mental disintegration!
Tim Payne should refrain from swearing at umpires and disrespect them in a more decorious way by up ending the bails before taking is position behind the stumps.

Kohli wants action on racism claims

I don’t agree with the test team being a nursery. Pick the best available team based on their numbers and readiness. Pucovski and Green fit the bill so OK they get picked and get a fair chance to prove themselves at least 2 series if they aren’t worth that then they should not be picked. Other options
actually exist if they are not ready now. Dare I suggest Khawaja or Renshaw as openers and Maxwell as an all-rounder. Nothing wrong with giving test century makers another go IF unlike Burns they are in OK nick. They at least would be ready for the challenge of test match cricket !

Don't dare drop them – Cameron Green and Will Pucovski deserve long Test stints

Hi SC, ahhh Shane Warne is not the greatest commentator or human being BUT there is absolutely no doubt of his pre-eminent status as a cricketer.

James Brayshaw's awkward commentary gaffe with Indian legend

The rivalries and the history between Test nations give a unique spicy perspective to every series. Comparatively ICC rankings aren’t very exciting and ultimately problematic. Still its always good to be on top so congrats to NZ. Cant wait for the first ball at the SCG tomorrow.

New Zealand deserve the no.1 Test ranking

I loathe Brayshaw and I never get tired of saying so.

James Brayshaw's awkward commentary gaffe with Indian legend

The arguments about the “bonafides” of T20 as cricket are ironically made possible because of the enduring nature of Test Cricket IMHO. Despite some relative minor tinkering with the game i.e DRS, numbers on shirts etc it still grips it’s followers, satisfying and frustrating with all the enduring variables i.e weather, pitch, players, the ball new and old, a rich and glorious history and of course umpires. Test cricket despite the sometimes good and sometimes appalling TV coverage these days has defied commodification. Not ideal commercially but deeply satisfying to fans.

What is more important to the fan, internationals or the Big Bash?

Yes Manners, if it was up to some people we wouldn’t bother putting up a team at all! None of “them” are any good!

It's not just Steve Smith - India are dominating Nathan Lyon too

Hi Bill I agree with your arguments. Burns like all Test players have their supporters and detractors. He has a Test and first class record to justify his selection BUT he was nowhere near that sort of form for months prior to the current series. Locals here went to watch him at club level before selection and saw immediately a player who was in a lot of trouble. Why the selectors couldn’t do the same is damning of their methods. It must be first priority “is the player currently right to go physically and mentally at Test level” like I said blokes at the local oval predicted the outcome!

The trouble with Joe Burns, selectors and the blame game

Thanks Barry Happy New Year I will never forget Peter Action Jackson playing for the Broncs and QLD. A sad end to his life but he was a favourite of mine . Also Bryan Horse Moshling Well Moshling is what spellcheck did to Niebling ! Endless hours of fun spellcheck!

The forgotten players: Brisbane Broncos

Surely the selection process is simply based upon a ranking of current players available. This would incorporate performance i.e numbers and current readiness for the physical and mental challenges of test match cricket. Picking development players would mean leaving better options for the current series out usually. It should not be part of the selection process. Player stats speak for themselves but the hard part is judging players current readiness. I suggest Joe Burns was a victim of poor judgement in this regard by the selectors. As was his dropping and non selection in the past.

If the best team available struggles it is not the responsibility of selectors to fix that problem. They should not contribute to the problems by moving beyond their role or being inconsistent with the selection process. Something I suggest they actually do quite a lot.

The solution to Australia’s Test batting woes

Long ago and far far away lived a boy in a forest and he met someone who was keen on analysing historic cricket umpire bias. He immediately gave up the urge to keep breathing and was happy ever after.

The case for neutral umpires is clearer than ever

A pretty incoherent piece. There is surely a legitimate argument regards local bias but you don’t make it very well. A grab bag of incidents covering 50 years some merely anecdotal. There is a big gap between trolling and a well written opinion piece. Your articles demonstrate that quite well.

The case for neutral umpires is clearer than ever

Last tour he joked about an Indian player’s first class record He had to apologise to the entire Indian nation.

All Australia’s problems solved by freak Indian collapse

Ok there will always be options about commentators. One who I can not ever warm to is Brayshaw. His incessant use of AFL references and Adelaide Oval, Perth, Marsh brothers worship must mean they have to wash the booth out after he is finished.

Whoever broadcasts the cricket, clearly change is needed