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It’s because he didn’t debut for England until he was 25 (which is ‘old’ for a quick) and initially he played little due to injuries etc. And to be fair to England, his speed wasn’t really needed in England – they had pretty successful bowlers for the conditions in Anderson, Broad, Woakes etc.

Honestly, Wood is one of these guys that Australian fans have an inflated opinion of because of certain spells (kinda like Flintoff). He was no use in India recently, averaged 77 and went at 4 an over. He’s done well against Australia in his last two series and he was good in Pakistan in 2022, but honestly, before that he wasn’t much chop.

It’s actually hard to assess his stats because until touring Australia in 2021, the only other series he’d played more than two tests in was against us way back in 2015.

His ODI record is actually awful, so I won’t even bother commenting on it.

He may go down as their fastest bowler ever, but he he’s not on track to crack even their top twenty quicks. Again, it reminds me of Flintoff, people think he was some titan of the game, yet he averaged 31 with the bat and 32 with the ball over 79 tests. A totally overrated player. Compared to Watto, he looks bog average. Of course this is where statistics don’t tell the whole story; Flintoff had match winning moments, in big games, which Watto didn’t have (in tests). Freddie also batted down the order, so his batting average was less important.

The possibiliy of Jofra Archer's career coming to an early end will rob cricket of a bowler with so much talent

Wood will be 35, turning 36, during the next Ashes. Considering his injury issues to date, I can’t see him playing much.

The possibiliy of Jofra Archer's career coming to an early end will rob cricket of a bowler with so much talent

Too much time has passed for Archer to be one of England’s modern greats. Lots of fast bowlers have injury troubles in the early to mid-20s, but by this stage they should be on their peak years (see Cummins as an example). Even if he’s back to his best by tue time he’s 30, that’s maybe five years of cricket, at best.

The possibiliy of Jofra Archer's career coming to an early end will rob cricket of a bowler with so much talent

I agree that no matter what the circumstances, the powers of concentration and fitness to score a 300 is incredible, so from an athletic/sporting perspective I agree.

But from a ‘cricket’ perspective – as in whether this means he deserves to be spoken of in the same breadth as names like Ponsford or Bradman, I don’t think so personally.

Honestly, I’ve always found these sorts of scores to be ridiculous. The goal of most games, except in certain circumstances, should be to win and that means these types of scores make that impossible; either the batting is too easy (like in this case) or the end result is not enough time to get a result.

'I'm totally lost for words': Uncapped English batter up with Bradman and Lara in elite club after masterful innings

When both teams make 600, you know it’s a complete joke.

'I'm totally lost for words': Uncapped English batter up with Bradman and Lara in elite club after masterful innings

This bowling line up needs to assistance, it’s out of this world.

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Fascinating mate, thanks for the further info!

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

I’m just not knowledgeable enough about keeping, and never saw Knott live, to make a call, but it seems the side would have been stronger with Vengsarkar in there… but I’ll defer to the expert!

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Seriously strong team. I appreciate you don’t have the space to set this out, and cricket nuffies who are likely the only ones that read these articles probably already know this, but averaging 35 in a career entirely before 1900 is seriously good.

Was there another world class bat that you could have fitted in if you wanted to put Flower as ‘keeper?

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

What exactly is the purpose of the Central Contracts? Isn’t it so that Cricket Australia has full control over a players movements? So for example, they’ve been able to cut short Lyon’s County stint to keep him fresh etc?

If that’s the purpose, then there’s no point having Harris on the list, as he’s not some ‘in demand’ batters on the T20 circuit who they need to have the power to pull from tournaments. If they need Harris, or Bancroft, or Renshaw, they can just call these guys up, because they don’t have international contracts other than maybe a bit of County.

Stoinis presumably reflects that he’s no longer needed in the ODI side (probably never was…) so again, no point paying him extra money when they don’t need to pull him out of T20 tournaments any more to play ODI series…

Forgotten opener, WA veterans snubbed in central contract shake-up as CA name 23-player list

I agree that Pakistan has more revenue potential than Zimbabwe or Afghanistan, but there are other options; New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa (not England as they’re coming next summer and not Windies, as they came the summer before).

It’s particularly frustrating that we don’t bring out Bangladesh; you can’t build a rivalry/interest if you never do anything.

Australian cricket 2024-25 schedule CONFIRMED: Perth usurps Gabba 'fortress' for opening Test against India

I don’t like it at all.

Firstly, I really don’t like how we have multiple teams touring now. I wish we played tests and white ball stuff against the same opponent. Just as you’re getting to know the team, they head off… it takes away from the ‘story’ of the stars.

Also, we had Pakistan this summer, why are they coming out again this summer? Why not someone different? Frustrating.

I also hate that the white ball stuff is before the tests. You can already see what’s going to happen, key guys like Smith, Head, Marsh, Cummins, plus some fringe guys like Hardie, will be pulled from the Shield to play meaningless white ball games against Pakistan.

There shouldn’t be any international cricket before the tests, just red ball stuff to prepare for the biggest test series on the calendar. It’s just dumb.

The final kicker is no international cricket after January 8. As someone who has almost no interest in the BBL, this is just terrible. So my home summer ends the day I go back to work…

Australian cricket 2024-25 schedule CONFIRMED: Perth usurps Gabba 'fortress' for opening Test against India

You think two Victorians and a Tasmanian are ignoring a WA (Bancroft) because he’s WA?

Even though what they did do most recently was bring in a WA (Green).

Paranoia…

Unstoppable WA wallop Tassie to complete unprecedented 'triple double' of Shield and one-day titles

Thanks BBOB for clarifying that it’s nationwide.

I obviously get what it means, but it’s still odd – you can’t reverse something that hasn’t actually been decided yet. Yes they would win if the first innings are the only completed full innings, but until that’s known, it’s not a reverse, it’s just an outright win.

But thank you for the full details!

Incredible drama as Victorian Premier Cricket club go full Bazball, win grand final with all time run chase for 70-year first

Still a bizarre way to refer to it… if you didn’t get the result, then it hasn’t been ‘reversed’, it’s just a come from behind win… blo0dy Victorians 😂

Incredible drama as Victorian Premier Cricket club go full Bazball, win grand final with all time run chase for 70-year first

‘reverse-outright’ after a completed second innings for both teams.

What does this mean? Doesn’t this just mean, the team can only win if they… win…? I don’t understand.

This just seems like an amazing, come from behind win with limited overs, but why is it ‘reverse’?

Incredible drama as Victorian Premier Cricket club go full Bazball, win grand final with all time run chase for 70-year first

The production line helps too… that’s the key difference between domestic, non-franchise and national set up. WA obviously has a fantastic production line at present, so the domestic front must be amazing.

Unstoppable WA wallop Tassie to complete unprecedented 'triple double' of Shield and one-day titles

Inglis misses very few catches , lets a minimum of leg byes and byes through and gives the rotating cohort of fast bowlers confidence in their attack. Certainly good enough for the Australian side, if necessity calls.

Surely everyone already thought Inglis was the most likely to step into Carey’s role if he broke a leg the day before a test? I like Inglis, but his two failures with the bat here show that he is no better with the blade than Carey over an extended period of time (which is not a slight to either player; they’re both fine players).

Amazing to think that WA didn’t need him…

Testament to their depth, the form of his opening partner and that although he’s batted well again this season, his performance wasn’t so head and shoulders above his peers that his runs were indispensable. I’m crush for the bloke that he missed out on this though, probably the career highlight for some of these guys (and a damn good one too).

Unstoppable WA wallop Tassie to complete unprecedented 'triple double' of Shield and one-day titles

Forgot about Jadeja… he probably is, but Kohli is second. Dravid was a fine catcher, but Kohli is better in the rest of the field, he’s taken absolute screamers Dravid would never have touched.

Kohli still the big fish but Gill breathes new life into an Indian team which could sink Australia next summer

It’s true that Australia probably still would have beaten Pakistan but for Warner’s century; we’re world champs, playing at home against a team that hasn’t won in Australia in 25 years… so I agree it was very likely we still would have won.

But gee nothing puts the wind up a team more than removing an opener for a duck on the first morning of the first test… these are the sorts of things can be hard to come back from (see England in 2021…)

As you say though, this is why Carey’s *98 was so amazing, because we knew exactly what was needed and so few resources were left to achieve it. Will definitely be one of the best “90s” I’ll ever see!

Australia's batters only scored three tons last summer: Why it is time to move past the obsession of the 'big score'

This Australian team runs hot and cold, not hot and lukewarm or hot and tepid.

I don’t think that’s right re the ‘team’, it might be right re the batsmen in the last twelve months, but this team won 6 of 7 tests and 14 of 16 games across the summer, that’s basically just running hot the whole time… Even if we just pick the test team, this was the ultimate winning margin of the six wins:

1. 360 runs (so a smashing)
2. 79 runs (what you’d call lukewarm I guess)
3. 8 wickets (a smashing)
4. 10 wickets (a smashing)
5. 172 runs (a smashing)
6. 3 wickets (lukewarm).

So four of the six wins were smashings… again I accept the runs were significant, but the ‘team’ has actually been running pretty hot.

The unbelieve focus on a single test loss is really out of whack to the overall results of this team.

All bar probably Head can point to an innings they’d class as a “significant contribution” in recent times but the for the rest of their innings, they’ve done little or nothing.

Head scored a century only four tests ago, not sure how much more of a significant contribution he can make.

I could have used Warner (last 6 innings 164, 0, 38, 6, 34 & 57)

So why didn’t you? Those returns don’t even seem that bad; a century, a fifty, an average of 49 and only two failures… he even scored a few of your lukewarm scores. I really cant see how Warner supports your point at all, although he’s gone anyway.

You could have chosen Marnus and that would have been the better point because he’s one of the worries for this team, unlike Green (who I would have thought everyone agrees should be persisted with and has the most recent form to point to).

Right now, he and his team mates are batting really inconsistently and as a result, we’re struggling to win games against opposition we should be able to beat pretty comfortably.

Do you include New Zealand in this? why were we meant to beat them ‘comfortably’ in their back yard? Why is that such a given. In the last decade they’ve been a good team, they’ve won a WTC and they have some very good players. Why do we assume we should have beaten them ‘pretty comfortably’?

Australia's batters only scored three tons last summer: Why it is time to move past the obsession of the 'big score'

This is an interesting article and was a good read, but this paragraph does grate a little:

Take Warner’s 164 against Pakistan, for instance. A very fine knock though it was, he had the very best of the conditions, and even if he had fallen for a duck, Australia’s eventual margin of victory would still have been 196.

This sort of assessment simply doesn’t reflect how cricket works. Warner’s century, which enabled the big score, is what put Pakistan under pressure and thereby caused them to lose.

The final score cannot be known by the players until the fourth inning, so you can’t just “take out Warner’s” score and say we’d still have won by 30 runs, because that’s now how cricket works. For example, if we’d only scored 320 in the first innings or whatever, cause Warner got a duck, then Pakistan comes in earlier, they’re less tired from being in the field for a shorter time, they’re more confident in catch the score and over taking it and they enjoy better batting conditions and so on.

First innings runs are vital and should never be discounted in this manner, especially first day centuries. This is seriously different to a situation where by Australia scores 500, knocks over Pakistan for 200 and then Warner blazes an ‘easy’ 100 to build an impossible chase. That’s a less meaningful century sure, but not the one you’ve used as an example here.

Australia's batters only scored three tons last summer: Why it is time to move past the obsession of the 'big score'

Cam Green is a case in point. He made 238 runs in the Black Cap series, but take out the 174no and he made 64. If you include his other 3 Test innings, for the Aussie summer, he made a total of 128 runs in 7 completed innings.

I do it from time to time, but always with some discomfort, but this is really quite silly. It’s such a small sample size; you can’t “take out” 25% of the sample size (1 of the four innings in New Zealand). It’s slightly more fair to do it across the four tests he played this summer, rather than just two, so to some degree you make your point, but it’s still a very small sample size. A batsman’s average is always going to be decimated when you remove their century from their last few tests.

There’s no doubt that Australia’s batting has dropped away over the last twelve months, but I’m not sure why you’ve focused on Green here, he’s the shining light and future of this line up.

Australia's batters only scored three tons last summer: Why it is time to move past the obsession of the 'big score'

Ravindra looked pretty good against Australia and his performances in the ODI world cup were amazing – even just good players are rarely able to do that on the back of a purple patch. It’s odd that he seems so poor in the field, top shelf batsmen tend to be excellent fielders (Kohli is the best Indian fieldsman ever and Root is also very good in the field, obviously Smith is the best of the four).

Brook is yet to be tested properly in my opinion; we missed a good chance to assess him in India. If he returns for this English summer, I don’t think much will be learned against such weak opponents.

Kohli still the big fish but Gill breathes new life into an Indian team which could sink Australia next summer

I know, that’s why those folks are fools.

Kohli still the big fish but Gill breathes new life into an Indian team which could sink Australia next summer

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