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Joined April 2009







Tasmanian born and bred, living in Canberra. One time part-time bush league off-spinner without spin, dip, drift or control.



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The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

While the World Cup final was playing out to its thrilling finish and farcical result, a low-key tour of Europe was finishing up by one of the nations adversely impacted by having a smaller World Cup: Zimbabwe won their final match of the tour to draw their T20 series against Ireland in Belfast.

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The day-night Test must be abandoned

The pink ball, as it stands, is a failure, and the experiment must be called off. It is that simple. The playing of a day-night Test always looked like it was rushed at the insistence of Channel Nine,and now it looks set to backfire on Cricket Australia in a bad way.

T20 has a place, but it is not so gradually replacing cricket rather than supplementing it.

What is more important to the fan, internationals or the Big Bash?

Tests finishing with the New Years Test was not always the case, but had been the norm for a while. It varied depending a bit on visiting teams, etc, but mostly since they stopped switching between Tests and ODIs and played them in separate blocks (mid-80s?) I think it has usually – not always – been the case.

What is more important to the fan, internationals or the Big Bash?

I would prefer tests played in January, when more people have time off – mostly a day time thing. But that means moving the BBL if we want long format form to pick players from, which won’t happen. Nor will a March Test series, the broadcasters are way too focussed on the AFL and NRL seasons by then. But something that gets more Test players playing more Shield games and not on 50 or 20 duty would be very welcome.

What is more important to the fan, internationals or the Big Bash?

A lot of the time its small things that build up. And we the fans are fans, we watch even when something annoys us a little. We even still watched cricket in the MacNamara years. So long as they only lose a few fans, doing more for sponsors and broadcasters; even at the expense of the sporting part itself; is worth it for those whose bonuses are based on revenue and not middle-aged fan satisfaction.

What is more important to the fan, internationals or the Big Bash?

Its a classic toss up between the sport and the money it can make. The money is winning. Ideally, Tests would be played when people have days off, mostly Christmas and and January. The Shield needs to be on while Tests are on, in order to pick replacements for injury and form. The Shield also needs to be running at the end of the season, particularly when there are February and March touring teams to pick. The BBL, however, will make the most money when the kids can stay up and watch. That is, school holidays, Christmas to the end of January. From a purely cricket point of view, the BBL would be played almost when the WBBL currently is. It could make some money, not as much, without interfering what CA still claims is the prime form – Test cricket. But as it would make less money, there is zero chance of that happening.

What is more important to the fan, internationals or the Big Bash?

I think he was averagaing about 92 in the Shield last time he was picked, only a few games into season admittedly.

I don't care what you say, Joe Burns can't play

So many times bitten, so many times plus one shy with SMarsh. So often he has been picked on the strength of FC runs, the ultimate reason for picking any batsman (and once seemingly on the back of a BBL 90+, a stupid reason though evben then not the only one) only to disappoint more often than not.

Some are going to claim age or whatever counts against him, I couldn’t give a toss about that. Tests are about picking for now, its not like the ODI side building for a world cup or an AFL team looking at a “premiership window”. It will certainly be a one-off, having an actual opener there seems far beter than Head or Wade – even moreso in pink ball conditions (of those two I would go with Head). And now Green looks out both are certain to play, I would have started the series with them anyway though I get why others might not.

For third and fourth choice openers in a one-off appearance I’m sort of leaning Harris/Bancroft, the latter has had some form at least. Harris/SMarsh might not be the worst of some pretty lean pickings though, and you just might get one of the times Marsh’s form does translate. Probably not my pick, but not against in the circumstances.

I don't care what you say, Joe Burns can't play

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Its always been a thing. “Its harder to get out of the Australian side than into it” is cliche back to Chappeli’s playing days.
Sometimes it has been held sway more than others, but I can see a reason for it when a call is tight. You don’t kniow how well the untried player will step up, safer to go with the proven one if things don’t demand change. I would stick with Head and Wade for now in the middle on that basis, both are averaging 70 in the Shield this season and Wade’s third stint (his first as a batsman, rather than laughable “wicketkeeper”) has been better than his overall average. Any two of those three would not be a “wrong” call, IMO.
However, if Pucovski is fit he has to play. I would probably pair him with Harris for the first Test (with no Warner). As well as being the other form opener, it would – as a bonus – give Pucovski a familiar face to start with.
If Pucovski isn’t fit, then Harris and who? Raise Wade for one match? I suspect Head would be better suited to opening than Wade in long form but neither would be best served with a one-off move and that against the pink ball. Renshaw has finally got some runs this season, but in the middle order. Bancroft? Rough time to come back knowing its one game.
Khawaja? Not confident, but at least he might have the head to cope with the circumstance. The other former wicket-keeper, in Whiteman? Maybe it is Burns, just because there isn’t anyone standing out as a fourth choice opener.

Australia must throw the selection manual out for Adelaide as Burns fails again

Tell it to Perth. No internationals, red or white ball. Similar to Hobart, a womens ODI isn’t the same drawcard.

We have a schedule! Cricket Australia finally releases summer fixture list for India tour

I can understand non-tasmanian getting a little antsy over the name. Any Tasmanian knows what the little *******s are like. Naming a basketball team, a sport renowned for height, after an ant might seem a little odd. The “jump” makes sense though.
And it will be a small club that needs to sting well above its size to have an impact. Which those things definitely do. Its a name aimed at Tasmanians, if nobody else quite gets the point – so be it.

Tasmanian NBL team name unveiled

Two Aus teams and/or AusA against India, its not substitute for an actual Test of course. And people weren’t watchig AusA games by the time they ended as a regular lead-up fixture. I wonder how many would watch two Aus teams not in a competition that don’t watch the Shield. With promotion, maybe there would be an audience as a one-off thing.
From a cricketing point of view, getting the internationals in the Shield more often is more important than taking yet another set of leading players out. Probably worth a try this year, but as a regular event perhaps not – unless done before the Shield starts or after it ends. Going off topic a little, that could be an interesting one for away series. After the Shield final, the Shield Team of the Year playing against an Australian side in March (when there isn’t an eand of summer away series) as a reward for Shield form and a chance to impress for national selection.

Australia-Afghanistan Test postponed

Seven finally have an excuse for all their bitching. It wouldn’t be high rating content even if it went ahead, but there is now no argument there will be less content this summer.

Australia-Afghanistan Test postponed

Port Moresby. Sure, the place is Rugby league dominant. but its a chance to regain lost ground.

More seriously, keep any “entertainment” bookings minimal, with no MCC and AFL members tickets, make the decision after the prelims. That way, they can be sure the lower ranking side dioesn’t get a home advantage (the one problem with the MCG in other years). A few corporate tickets will get snapped up by locals of whichever city, its not like they will should be flying to the game wherever it is.

Who deserves to host the grand final? Ranking the contenders

True enough, not that scheduling can do much about that.

Australia to host T20 World Cup in 2022

Given the slice of broadcast money the ICC hands to competing teams, I think teams can attane the tournaments. The qualifying tournaments are another question, especially for the 50 over comp where anyone from Zimbabwe down is no real chance of qualifying because the world has been removed from the world cup. The impact on other tours, and only having three months between the T20I and 50 Over comps, is a concern. FTP scheduled tours would be impacted regardless, there aren’t gaps in the calendar over an Australian summer with NZ and SA limited to the same months.

Australia to host T20 World Cup in 2022

A lot of sides played Ceylon before or after tours of India. I’m guessing they saw him in a couple of those matches. And maybe some non-FC games, invitational tour matches and so forth. Playing at 40 for a minor nation isn’t that unrealistic for a star player, with less competition coming through. Even at major nations it is not unheard of.
Although, as you say, the overlap with Sobers seems minimal.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

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Australia to host T20 World Cup in 2022

They would probably go to Adelaide, there is a hotel basically in the Adelaide Oval complex so they could stay at their training site with no team buses, just a short walk. Feds and SA government would have to agree and that might be the clincher, would the people of SA be happy with a “one rule for us, one rule for them” situation? Particularly if SA was in a more serious situation than it currently is. By November, any state could be in any position.

ICC postpones T20 World Cup in Australia

Even longer. This poison is just about enough for me to give up on the actual cricket.

God knows what happens when one or two players in the Test team need to be replaced. Home series are supposed of the advanbtage of the potential back-ups playing a format vaguely similar to the national team. Someone coming in for Sydney will be coming off a month of crash and bash, in a totally different headspace to building an innings or needing to bowl long spells to a consistent plan.

Men's and Women's Big Bash League fixtures confirmed for 2020-21

The shorther quarters are mostly for the ad breaks, but they were brought in supposedly in case the season got truncated to the point where teams have to play midweek with regular four day breaks or something. There’s no way the AFLPA were going to go for full length games and shortened periods between them.
I’m not even sure it works for TV, less ads during play due to less goals, and mroe ads in ad breaks when people are more likely to change the channel. And the extra horrible, horrible, stuff that goes on in those breaks when the ads aren’t on – the ads are better than a lot of the break time rubbish. BradMacNamara-like in the way they ruin the viewing experience (as if a couple of commentators didn’t do that enough).

The NRL is torching the Frankenstein AFL

Three hours over summer, WA does not have daylight saving.

Afghanistan debut being buried in pink tape

Its not even the same jumper, and if it was, so what? They should be allowed to wear it any time they want, so long as they aren;t the away side when it causes a clash. Yes, that means that if they wanted, they should be allowed to wear it in home games against Collingwood.

Eddie McGuire is seething that Port Adelaide wants to wear the prison bars

From memory the NTCA Ground hasn’t hosted a Shield game this century. And barely a ListA. It does lack facilities, but the oldest First Class venue in the country could host state games again, and womens internationals, with a bit of work. Probably cheaper than an extra drop in at York Park, and adding training facilities etc, each summer.
BBL has to be at YP, due to lights.

Cricket Australia confirm blockbuster summer schedule

As others have said, “confirm” is an optimistic view.
There is no guarantee the international teams will be allowed into the country, in some poorer but affected nations even being in a position where they can send a team is questionable.

Assuming everything except the WorldT20 goes ahead, like most people I don’t understand how Brisbane got an India Test ahead of Perth. I can only presume its because Queensland have shown a willingness to give border exemptions for sporting teams – but WA did offer an AFL “hub” as well. Or maybe the expectation that fans won’t be able to come from India, but Indians in Australia might fly from Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane in greater numbers than live in Perth.

I presume the “tba” on the first two Zimbabwe ODIs is due to not knowing what Queensland and NT borders will be like; and may be provisionally Darwin and Cairns for the other two games.
Its a shame Zim aren’t getting a Test or two, but even iof fans are allowed they would lose money and CA seem to have made a decision that under no circumstances will Australia host more than five Tests. And Seven’s contract may well stipulate five Tests, getting an FTA broadcast of low drawcard Tests during footy season wouldn’t be easy.

Cricket Australia confirm blockbuster summer schedule

He rarely keeps in any form now, following his injury. Which is sad, as I thought he was the best keeper in the country before then (and I’m not from WA).

An uncapped Australia versus India Test match