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Mitchell Hall

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Retro sports writer who misses previous eras.

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A shame the middle order of Yallop, Hughes, Border and Hookes didn’t take Australia deep into the Eighties!

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

These retro profiles you are writing are fantastic.

The hot and cold of Graham Yallop, the anti-David Hookes

A lot has been said and written about the conversation with Greg Chappell. I heard it was addressed in Greg’s latest book Not Out so i read it. Greg was only trying to help Hooksey. David approached the selection panel and asked what he had to do to get back into the Australian side. Greg told him he’s been selected before, it hasn’t been as successful. That a lot of his runs came through mid wicket and on the leg side and when it came to test cricket there were no easy runs and he would have to expand his game and be able to score all around the wicket. He said we want to see you hitting the ball along the ground and not just pulverising the lesser attacks.

Remembering David Hookes

I remember when he passed away A.Border was being interviewed and said “What if for the 1987 World Cup we opened the batting the David?” For the record David wasn’t selected again for Australia post 1985/86.

Remembering David Hookes

I can’t see how he wouldn’t be one of the highest paid players in the world.

Remembering David Hookes

David’s scores on that World Cup against Zimbabwe. 10 and 20! Graham Yallop averaged 46 for the tournament and David averaged 22.

Remembering David Hookes

I think prompted by his birthday. May 3, 1955.

Remembering David Hookes

What if Hooksey checked his comments during his life?
1. He isn’t signalling his own fours before Andy Roberts bowls him that bouncer.
2. He doesn’t make the Kim Hughes comments on radio.
3. As much as it pains me to write this. He doesn’t tell the bouncer that he’s going to go on radio and rip into that hotel that fateful night.

Remembering David Hookes

I’m going off memory here. I remember Hooksey being on a Fox Sports panel show and he was saying while he respected what Bob Simpson did for Australian cricket he said he “did nothing for my career.” I’m sure i’ve either read or seen Hooksey being interviewed about Bob Simpson coming in as coach and he kind of repeated the Ian Chappell line on coaching. Hooksey was 12th Man for that SCG test against India. I can find a headline in SMH archives dated Friday, December 20, 1985 titled “Support for Simpson.” I also remember Bob Simpson making some quote about “that it would be good to see David score runs away from the Adelaide Oval”. When Hooksey was dropped from Australia he went and plummeted a 243 against NSW at Adelaide oval. I was hoping this would be enough to get him on that NZ tour. It wasn’t.

Remembering David Hookes

In talking about cricket politics, i wonder how much disservice his international career did once Bob Simpson took over as coach? Ian Chappell and Bob Simpson have one of the worst all time feuds in Australian Cricket and everyone knew how much David was in the Ian Chappell camp.

Remembering David Hookes

I’ve probably seen every Youtube footage of David that there is around. Classic case of blowing a century. It’s Adelaide during the 82/83 WSC series. David is playing on his home ground against England and is on song. He’s on 76 gets a full toss, holes out in the deep. He could of hit that anywhere instead straight to the fielder. Just a shame he could never shake that “get out” shot.

Remembering David Hookes

Another great article. No player brings up more what ifs for me than Hooksey. What I felt hurt his game at test level was his weakness against off spin and he had too many easy catch shots in his make up. No player when on song was as thrilling to watch as David. Just the sheer arrogance and stroke play was unbelievable. To this day I’m still enthralled by his career. Check out all the averages for the 83/84 series against Pakistan. Imran didn’t bowl and Abdul Qadir couldn’t get wickets. That was the big missed opportunity.

Remembering David Hookes

I once read an interview with Graham Gooch. He said the only Australian player he didn’t like was Geoff Lawson.

Five Australian fast bowlers who would’ve made good Test captains

Did Jeff Thomson get an offer and turn it down?

Five Australian fast bowlers who would’ve made good Test captains

All would have been excellent picks.

Five Australian fast bowlers who would’ve made good Test captains

Great writing and another excellent article! There was a push for Wayne Phillips to take over. Wow! We say farewell to two of the best captains who should of long termed captained Australia. In Greg Chappells latest book he pushed for Rod to Captain. A board member said he’s too close to Ian Chappell. Greg’s response was what do you think I am. I’m his brother.

Rod Marsh, the secret traditionalist

I loved David Hookes as a player to. Just his bravado and shot making was just so exciting to watch. His batting in that 82/83 home summer is what made me a life long fan.

'Incomplete and confused': Why Greg Chappell never reached the heights as a selector that he did as a player

How many times do teams fall out with coaches! England especially. Let’s see how they go for 12 months with no coach.

'Primal screaming': The ex-player mafia avenges Justin Langer

Really interested in those mid eighties era selections and what was going on with the side. I remember when David Hookes got dropped he went about pounded a double hundre against NSW which i was hoping was good enough for him to get on the New Zealand tour. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.

'Incomplete and confused': Why Greg Chappell never reached the heights as a selector that he did as a player

Why can’t you be a selector and why does the job always go to ex players all the time? Another great article and I can see that batting line up collapsing all through this Ashes summer.

How England could win the Ashes

Classic what if’s. Hookes had a belter of an 82/83 season. Then goes to the World Cup and has a poor series. He bags Kim Hughes on a radio program and Yallop takes his place for the 83/84 home series against a Pakistan side that has a no bowling Imran Khan and an Abdul Qadir who struggles for wickets. All the batsmen feasted on runs including G.Yallop. If Hookes plays that series who knows where his career would of gone? His issue was that he had too many “get out” shots and really struggled with off spin bowling.

Test XIs I wish we’d played: 1984 in the West Indies

Another great article and thoroughly enjoyed it. If the Death Star of cricket had any weakness it was leg spin. Holland should of gone and Marsh as Captain with David Hookes as his vice.

Test XIs I wish we’d played: 1984 in the West Indies

I put your selections through a cricket management game called Cricket Captain 2021. Australia in a five test series win 4-0. Higgs and McCosker having huge series!

Test XIs we should have had: 1981 Ashes

Excellent article and really enjoyed reading this.

Test XIs we should have had: 1981 Ashes

Great article and i liked reading your thoughts on team selection.

Test XIs we should have had: Pakistan 1982

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