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Handball is a handball.

Five Talking Points from A-League Round 6

He apologised let’s move on.

Did Clarke ever get banned for saying get ready for a broken arm?

Pattinson suspended from first Test following 'serious slur'

I think we should give him the benefit of the doubt like we did with Shane Warne and Mark Waugh.

Don’t forget that Shane Warne used a diuretic while coming back from a shoulder injury just weeks out from the 2003 World Cup. The same diuretic kind of diuretic used to mask steroid use. As we know, steroids aren’t just for strength but important for recovery.

Does the excuse his mum gave it to him to get rid of his double chin pass the pub test?

We shouldn't be shocked by Shakib Al-Hasan's scandal

What about Finch as Test opener when he doesn’t even open for Victoria?

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

I think it’s an absolute disgrace.

I can’t think of someone treated worse in Australian sport. Maybe Kim Hughes treatment by Lillee and Marsh, but Maxi seems to have had coaches involved as well in victimising and marginalising him.

Mental health issues in cricket are not new

Must explain why someone with an average of 9 this Shield season found his way into the Australia A side and then propelled into the Test squad on the back of a scratchy 49.

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

Wade is perfectly adequate keeper.

Can’t have both a 6 and 7 that average 30 when we have guys with averages in the high 30’s that aren’t deemed good enough.

Pick one not both. Lucky we have Smith to bludge on.

VOTE: Who should Australia pick for the first Test vs Pakistan?

Better quality fight than the last Mundine vs Green one.

WATCH: Gallen vs Hall ends in controversial result

I don’t even have to say the name and you immediately know what victimised player I’m talking about.

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

We lost in the UAE because of Langer’s selections.

We lost to India because of Langer’s selections.

We had every chance of beating England, but ultimately didn’t win the series because of Langer’s selections.

After the Indian series, Langer having been humiliated at home by the Indians, was forced into picking guys like Burns, Patterson and Head and they all performed brilliantly with Australia comprehensively winning the series.

Give no credit to Langer. He’s actually got in the way if anything.

If you think Langer has done a good job, then what does that say about John Buchanan?

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

Obviously a typo

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

So if Paine was never born we’d just have no captain??

Burns, Head and Neser deserved their Test call ups

Telling Maxi to not play country cricket because they want him to be available for an Australia A tour match, but then not selecting him in the second XI is some elite dishonesty.

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

Come on? Ruining the life of a 26 average batsman by giving chances he should never have got in the first place?

No.

Ruining someone’s life is not giving someone the opportunity to begin with despite doing everything asked of them.

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

I’ve long said that the coach is the most important selector and ultimately will be given any player he demands.

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

Nice article.

I do feel Langer has set guys up to fail.

If either Head or Burns fail, Bancroft will be in the team.

Which is absurd because his form has been putrid.

If you’re WA-born it seems they search for any justification to play someone.

Burns on the other hand is basically playing for his Test career in the next two Tests. If he fails here he’ll never get another chance despite a far superior to say Bancroft or Shaun Marsh.

Let’s not forget Mitch Marsh the worst number 6 in Test history. He’ll play slot back into the side as soon as the hand heals (likely replacing Head).

Khawaja should feel aggrieved. Never been backed in as an opener when clearly that’s where he excels. Instead we’ve experimented with the likes of Bancroft and Harris.

Is Justin Langer holding Cameron Bancroft’s spot open? Part 2

Paine’s probably the weak link.

I don’t see why we need him when Wade can keep?

Burns, Head and Neser deserved their Test call ups

Cricket Australia needs to look at how they go about things.

A couple years back Maxwell had people publicly saying he needs to train smarter, threatening to put him at number 8 in white ball cricket which is absurd, was averaging 50+ in the wake of sandpaper gate but wasn’t in the Test squad despite a brilliant century in a prior tour in India, CA told him not to play county cricket to rest for Australia A games then wasn’t selected for Australia A, was implied that he would be selected for the UAE tour but then was left out so went for 8 months or so not playing red ball cricket.

No wonder the guy said enough is enough. They were messing with a guy’s livelihood, messing with his life.

Cricket handling mental health breaks well. So far…

The refs often stitch us up in these kind of fixtures.

How do the Socceroos avoid another Jordan upset?

Just embarrassing for all involved, even Danny Green.

'Sick of hearing your bulls---': Barry Hall and Paul Gallen clash

Great player, but I don’t really rate ruckmen.

Are Collingwood paying overs to keep Brodie Grundy?

Only a shock because he wasn’t good enough for the 25 man initial Ashes squad 6 months ago.

Burns earns shock recall as Australia names Test squad

I’d like to see Cummins play every Test but maybe his workload is decreased relative to other bowlers in each match.

I think you can rotate Hazlewood, Starc, Pattinson without losing much.

Burns earns shock recall as Australia names Test squad

Maxi gets more support from the Indian captain than Aussie captain.

Virat Kohli shows support for Glenn Maxwell

Paine just isn’t Test standard. We’re carrying him because he plays the role of a good bloke.

VOTE: Who should Australia pick for the first Test vs Pakistan?