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Mitchell Hall

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Retro sports writer who misses previous eras.

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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

Good question. Graham Gooch was a fine player of pace bowling and averaged 44.83 against the West Indies. K.Wessels brings in the left hand option and had a higher average against the West Indies at 52.38.

Picking a team to take down the West Indies in their prime

I’ll add another one. Sprint teams.

Picking a team to take down the West Indies in their prime

Allan Lamb averaged 34.41 against the West Indies. His tons were completed with a lot of low scores.

Picking a team to take down the West Indies in their prime

Harvey – they lost their mantle in 1995. That is 25 years ago. I’ve lost count of how many West Indies are turning the corner articles I’ve read since. Where did everybody go? And it’s not as if they are hanging around the top 4 sides. They have been down near the bottom of the test rankings for years now.

Picking a team to take down the West Indies in their prime

Great research and good article.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

That’s him. Sylvester Clarke.

The five most feared fast bowlers Australians have faced

Ever though it was only one season of WSC and some rebel Aussie Batsmen had to face him. One name i’ll put into the mix is Garth Le Roux. Tremendous pace and bounce and a big physical guy.

The five most feared fast bowlers Australians have faced

Have you seen that WSC Fastest bowler comp on Youtube? That Andy Roberts bouncer is a very scary proposition.

The five most feared fast bowlers Australians have faced

Thank you for this list. My list would be Harold Larwood, Colin Croft, Patrick Patterson, Andy Roberts, Marshall and Garner and this is a list in the spirit of bowlers who scared Aussie Batsmen.

The five most feared fast bowlers Australians have faced

From memory averaged around 40 in Australia.

The five most feared fast bowlers Australians have faced

Thank you for the feedback and that book has just been released – https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/1785315323?pf_rd_r=583V34A1PP0CPQP0MV3J&pf_rd_p=d6df8f50-50c9-43f1-980f-106d5c4127a5

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The cricket media you may have missed

The IPL has been a big winner for NZ cricket. We’ve seen the same pattern for years. NZ start to get a decent team together and then a bunch of retirements in their early thirties. REPEAT. This time they’ve been able to keep players longer into their career and their all round team is looking great. South African migration has also helped boost their cricket depth. Australia to win though. They need that great test bowler.

Australia to face the best Kiwi XI ever to tour the country

I thought last time was their best chance. M.Clarke, S.Watson and Mitch Johnson had retired and NZ were over here with McCullum, Taylor and WIlliamson. Problem was their bowlers couldn’t take wickets.

Australia to face the best Kiwi XI ever to tour the country

I’ve never seen a better performance by a touring bowler than Richard Hadlee in 1985/86. 33 wickets in a THREE test series.

Cricketing lessons from the summer of 1985-86

That summer David Hookes was disposed off way too soon. Australia needed his leadership. Problem was Bob Simpson took over and David was one of those World Series Cricket guys and tight with Ian Chappell. Kim Hughes and David Hookes had close to the same test and one day averages yet look at the difference in games played for Australia.

Cricketing lessons from the summer of 1985-86

That West Indies team beat everyone, everywhere! Especially India and Pakistan in the era of home town umpiring. Huge achievement.

Remembering the summer of 1984-85

From memory the Australian team dropped around 30 catches that series?

Remembering the summer of 1984-85

Great article!! This era of Australia cricket still fascinates me and will always fascinate me. You should test your theory. There is a game called Cricket Captain 2019 where you can play historical scenarios using these lineups. TEST IT!! By the way if anyone hasn’t read it. Please read Golden Boy, it covers the Kim Hughes era and is a MUST READ for any cricket fan of that era. Great book. Kim Hughes had nothing to do with the book.

Remembering the summer of 1984-85

The stat with M.Marshall is that he took wickets everywhere and in the days on non-neutral umpires. Amazing all conditions fast bowler.

The greatest Test match fast bowlers over the last 50 years

How Australia had such a bad ’83 World Cup with a line up consisting of Hughes, Border, Hookes, Lillee, Lawson, Hogg and Thomson i don’t know!!! All battle hardened one day players at that time and containing arguably some all time greats along with the greatest fast bowler in the history of the game. Pakistan ’82 minimum should of been the last Hurrah for Hughes as Captain. And if i may steal a quote. The selectors loved Kim Hughes to death.

Lessons learned from Australia's World Cup failures

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