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What? Australia literally did it on the first night of this test… have you watched the test at all?

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

Imagine if Australia had to do the same thing… oh wait

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

Gee Chris I dunno, Cummins is so good he always looks like he’s about to tear through any side*… but I get your point, no one seems to produce the truly unplayable ball like Starc does.

*I might be biased but every game he plays now tells me he’ll be the Dale Steyn of this generation.

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

It also depends when those 10 overs are Paul – if we can battle through to Dinner and put them in under lights, then we’re in full control.

if New Zealand dismiss us by Tea, then it’ll be a much tighter contest – though I think if we can get to 350, we’re still well on top.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

He’s a troll that only comments about Aus v NZ in sport and then only to say denigrate Australia if they don’t thump NZ (or say “well they should win” when we do). Yet apparently he’s not a Kiwi.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

But his batting isn’t even any good…

He might be doing alright this season, but last season he averaged 34 and the season before that he averaged 24. He had a good season back in 2016-17, but honestly, he’s a 32 year old with a career batting average of 35…

Moises Henriques should be Australia’s preferred all-rounder

Putting aside the fact that no all-rounder in Australia actually has the stats to suggest they should he picked for the test team, Henriques has shown consistently at Test and ODI level that he isn’t up to the task of international cricket.

From a domestic perspective, when he used to bowl more, his batting was not up to scratch and whilst his batting has turned a corner, he doesn’t bowl any more.

Moises Henriques should be Australia’s preferred all-rounder

Yep – have you ever watched him bowl in Australia?

Jofra Archer is not the quick fix England crave

A French or Japanese club will give him a go. He won’t speak the language of their fans, so no need to interview him, ever. As long as he never talks, he’d be a pretty good buy for any club (as I doubt he’s very expensive these days… and no international call ups are ever going to happen).

Rugby AU and Israel Folau settle legal dispute

What was Sachin’s involvement? Was he a manager or selector or something?

How do nations feel about day-night Test cricket?

I don’t think the concept will survive. It just doesn’t seem like it’s being taken up by the rest of the world. You really need at least one of either India or England to get on board for the concept to take off and India are reluctant and England uninterested.

The summaries above seem to show that other than the anomaly of India-Bangladesh the other day, there hasn’t been a Day Night Test outside of Australia since the Windies played one in June 2018. It’s also concerning that outside of Australia, only Pakistan has played more than one at home, but even there, they haven’t hosted one in over two years, including not playing us in one during a tour last year. There seemed to be a flurry of them in the 12 months between mid-2017 and mid-2018, and then it dried up? I’m presuming they weren’t particularly successful?

On top of this, from what I gather, only India and Bangladesh are even talking about more of them in the future and that is probably only due to the fact that they’ve just played in one; India has been particularly reluctant.

How do nations feel about day-night Test cricket?

The “atrocious” fielding amounted to a dropped catch by Labuschagne and a missed stumping from Paine. Both were clearly guilty of lacking concentration as was Smith with his positioning for Lyon, but otherwise, what fielding was “atrocious”?

I dunno Paul, the catching was pretty poor – fool me once re Smith, but for it to happen again and in much easier circumstances was poor from Smith. Labs drop was also terrible – an absolute sitter.

They’re only human and it won’t change the outcome of the game, but by Australian standards it was some poor catching.

Starc hits form for blockbuster Tests against New Zealand

The BA also travel in force to South Africa… so they travel to the three traditional touring venues, WI, Aus and RSA… there’s a reason for that…

Strip international cricket from the Gabba

Brisbane misses out on the best opponents because they won’t go

Do you mean the opposition won’t go? Well CA should ensure they do. There is definitely no reason why SA can’t go. Really the only team I’ve ever heard that “won’t go” is apparently India and even then I’d love to know if that’s actually true and if so why? Is it the stadium (reinforcing my point, not yours or something else)?

This is not a recent trend, this has been systemic for a while.

I’m not sure what to say to this? This just reinforces my point even more – if it is “systemic”, then it proves that holding games against weak opposition at the worst times, starting on a Thursday, with an average stadium gets you the exact outcome we keep getting.

Perhaps to break this “trend”, the Gabba could be given a better test spot, against better opposition? Then we’d start to get a better feel for it.

Your comments on the old enemy, while true, do reinforce the myopic argument.

I’m not sure what this comment means. Do you mean that CA is being myopic? How are Queenslanders being short sighted for turning up to Ashes games but not much else?

Strip international cricket from the Gabba

spruce,

Your use of the Ashes is backwards and not telling the true story. The fact that the Gabba sells out for the Ashes represents the immense pull of the Old Enemy – people would turn up to watch the Ashes under any circumstances. That pulling power simply glosses over the numerous issues:

1. The Gabba is a terrible venue. I am a relatively lean individual and I have real trouble sitting in the seats, especially if I have a less than considerate ‘average’ sized person beside me. It’s also just not a great stadium in general, the cauldron design is soulless and makes it even more stuffy and hot than it would otherwise be (and considering it’s Queensland, that’s already a major problem). Then you have all the usual problems with Queensland stadiums – lengthy beer lines and aggressive security.

2. It’s the first test of the summer – that’s usually a hard sell, as others have pointed out, school is usually in it’s last week or two at best, no one has started holidays yet, most people have Christmas party functions to attend etc. Even when it’s not the first test of the summer, they make it the last one, after people have started to return to work…

3. It always starts on a Thursday and never a Friday. This doesn’t seem like much, but I think it contributed to the problem – hard to amp people up to go to the first day if you have to go to work the next day. It also means that frequently the Sunday is underused if the test is already well and truly decided. While we’re all cricket tragics and Sunday turned out to be a decent day’s worth of cricket it didn’t like that at the end of play on Saturday evening – you’d have put your money on the whole thing being wrapped up by Lunch…

4. The opposition. You mentioned that South Africa played in Brisbane in 2012 yes, but that was seven years ago. They didn’t play in Brisbane in 2016-17, instead we had Pakistan (again). We didn’t get India last year. Brisbane frequently misses out on the best opponents and we know it.

Strip international cricket from the Gabba

Yes totally right Chris, whether Abbas would have succeed or not, there was not point replacing him with a poor version of himself…

Leaving out Abbas cruelled Pakistan in 1st Test

It really depends on the bowler. There is no specific reason why a bowler bowling in the low 130s can’t succeed in Australia – McGrath spent much of his career in that range and guys like Philander have also done well. In contrast Anderson has struggled – but Anderson is a swing bowler, not a line and length specialist.

Leaving out Abbas cruelled Pakistan in 1st Test

And that his pace had apparently dropped even further and they didn’t believe he’d work in Australia, operating in the 125km to barely 130km range.

Leaving out Abbas cruelled Pakistan in 1st Test

I suppose Pakistan have done nothing to warrant a three test series based on both their current form and their prior performances in Australia, but gee I hate 2 test series…

Pakistan's middle order holds the key against Australia

Ali’s career was on a high point last time he toured Australia – his averaged peaked at 47 and he was probably one of the worlds leading test bats at the time, his average has consistently declined since then to its current 43.

While he was never Smith, Williamson, de Villiers or Kohli, he was definitely in that next rank of batsmen like Taylor, Root, Warner and Amla. These days though, perhaps like Warner(?), he’s of more run of the mill quality. Mind you he’d still walk into pretty much any other international side, but that’s more a reflection of how bad world batting is right now.

Pakistan's middle order holds the key against Australia

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Tough Gabba pitches have prepared Burns for Test cricket

Drop ins…

Tough Gabba pitches have prepared Burns for Test cricket

Ronan,

What are Head’s stats outside of those six grounds? Doing the math quickly, it seems that he’s scored 1,966 FC runs outside of those six grounds (and also outside of test cricket). Considering he has a FC average of 39, he must have scored heavily in those games, yet I don’t recall him even playing county cricket that often.

Tough Gabba pitches have prepared Burns for Test cricket

No one is making out that he’s the messiah. Literally, no one.

Tough Gabba pitches have prepared Burns for Test cricket

This is an opinion website – it’s not PR to put forward an opinion. If you don’t agree fine, write your own article defending Harris.

Tough Gabba pitches have prepared Burns for Test cricket