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Is the shield really the pathway to test cricket anymore?

Round 7 Sheffield Shield wrap – Who's keeping their spot at the head of the Test queue?

Williamson hasn’t averaged below 47 in the last 11 years (including the 1 test in 2024), amazing record.

Steve Smith v Kane Williamson - is the Test series across the ditch to be their last battle?

Knee jerk reaction and another kick in the teeth for those hard working players grinding out runs in the Shield. I think Bancroft’s ticket has been marked never to be selected again.

Ponting earmarks Fraser-McGurk, asks for him to be 'fast-tracked' as future Test player

SA at least are blooding players and seeing where the future lies. Bedingham was highlight for them. A number of them have FC averages nearing 50.

Our worst fears are realised - South Africa's shocker across the ditch is bringing Test cricket into disrepute

The Shield is now an afterthought for CA. Clearly the previous pathway to the test side is now irrelevant since Bancroft was overlooked. Its all about the $$$.

Windies' dynasty decline a cautionary tale for Australian selectors with major transition period looming

For a long time the Windies have lacked menace and presence. Ambrose could have glared at the stumps and knocked them over. There was something about the 80s team that just scared the bejesus out the opposition. They were once a production line for menacing lanky quicks but that dried up. They need the menace back!

Windies' dynasty decline a cautionary tale for Australian selectors with major transition period looming

Stick to bowling, Pat. Brisbane Bullets are playing on Australia Day, not a peep from anyone involved.

'Choose a better date': Cummins wants Australia Day moved as CA chief sledged for 'bizarre' trainwreck interview

RIP Phil Hughes

Head in doubt but Khawaja cleared for Windies Test as Pucovski gets good news after being struck by bouncer

Manly are definitely a chance. I think the Warriors will do even better this year. They get back Harris-Tavita and Tuivasa-Sheck to strengthen their team.

The great NRL 2024 top 8 swap... Who's moving into the finals - and who's out?

Unbreakable – Runs in a day, Bradman 309. Sehwag is the closest in recent history with 284 and was a known dasher with the bat.

While on Sehwag, strike rate as an opener was 83. Everyone thinks Warner was quick but even he was only 70. Sehwag also did it at an average of just over 50 (opening). Interesting prospect for a career though is that Harry Brook has a 91 strike rate at the moment, he is on the way to a big record.

Maybe breakable – triple hundreds in a career. 2 is the record, Bradman, Sehwag, Gayle and Lara. I remember watching the Sehwag innings above thinking he was going to get there, but just missed out.

Plenty of Test cricket's records look safe, but which ones can still be broken?

So true, why are yorkers never bowled in tests? Even to a batsman it is still a great ball to throw down every few overs. Certainly no one is expecting it these days.

First-up failure: Smith falls cheaply in opening gambit as Windies show spirit to fight back from woeful start

Cynical would be saying that Smith is doing what he can to keep Bancroft out. It certainly seems like they are doing whatever they can to not select him.

The final stand: How Steve Smith's shift to opener exposes the Australian cricket team's twilight era

These days you can only come to the conclusion that it was planned to increase the hype of retirement by his attention starved wife. She seems to be calling the shots.

Warner baggy green cap mystery revealed - 'scumbag' thief not all they were made out to be

Horses for courses policy applied for you if you weren’t David Warner in England. A strange selection with clear favouritism, can’t be because of his record there.

Picking apart the selectors’ choices in the Bailey era: Masterstrokes tarnished by blunders as Australia face future upheaval

Was definitely insane. It was the horses for courses policy. They believed that because he failed there previously, he can’t have in the years improved since. Khawaja had that too previously on the sub-continent (curiously not Warner though in England), and I suspect also Bancroft’s non-selection. In the years since, he could be a completely different player, but the selectors are too stuck on history.

Picking apart the selectors’ choices in the Bailey era: Masterstrokes tarnished by blunders as Australia face future upheaval

Just ask Bancroft, it seems like Shield cricket means nothing anyway.

Picking apart the selectors’ choices in the Bailey era: Masterstrokes tarnished by blunders as Australia face future upheaval

“until he finally struck form with a ton in the first innings of his final series” – Can we stop calling an outlier, a fluke, one bit of luck as being “in form”. A single century in a year of mediocrity isn’t form.

Picking apart the selectors’ choices in the Bailey era: Masterstrokes tarnished by blunders as Australia face future upheaval

Was more given a free ride before his recent tests, 30-off mediocre test performances. Being a Mitchell and also a Marsh seemed to help. Maybe Bancroft should change his name to Mitchell.

Four sight: Callous critics need to realise 'something special' factor can turn Green into Australia's Jacques Kallis

The selectors are going to look like idiots if Smith and Green both fail against the Windies seconds.

Smith's shock opener switch all but locked in as 'perfect scenario' looms with Green back to middle order

Nick, I came to say this. Very short sighted by selectors. How long will Smith play on, maybe 2 or 3 years more. In the time being Usman will likely retire and then there are two openers to replace.
Maybe Bancroft should immediately move to another country, wait the qualifying period and play for someone else. It seems like the Shield efforts mean nothing so he might as well try elsewhere. It’s a shame he isn’t 5 years younger or that would be more viable.

'Best six batters in the country': Smith will open and Green returns as Bailey denies Bancroft rift over Sandpaper saga

Warner anointed Harris, Smith anoints himself, seems like the co-conspirators are doing what they can to not have Bancroft selected. Boys club working overtime here.

Every Australian Test opener option, ranked: Why sending Smith up is a recipe for disaster

….and the co-conspirators are still doing whatever they can to not have Bancroft in the team. Warner annointed Harris and Smith now thinks he can open.

'Hope they don't': Langer warns against Green opener move as McDonald confirms Smith in the frame

Warner seems to be going out of his way to not mention Bancroft.

Warner nominates surprise option to replace him at opener as Pakistan again let Aussies slip through their fingers

Ever get the feeling that Warner is doing whatever he can to avoid mentioning Bancroft? He should also take a page from Elgar’s book on how to announce your retirement, at the start of your last series. Not a year in advance, handcuffing selectors to make sure they keep selecting you. Class and Warner have never gone together.

'Bugger me, that's a question for George Bailey': Ex-selector lashes Warner over replacement call, MCG says sorry to Marsh

Pakistan were always going to pull-a-Pakistan and fall in a heap at some stage. Now that is done, hopefully they can be more competitive.

Fan Rant: Who replaces Warner is the wrong question

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