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JamesH – I disagree. If you check through the scorecards, part-time spinners are far more productive in the middle overs if the quicks have taken wickets up front and/or kept the run rate down. Damage must be done early, which is why Gilly and McGrath were so good. New Zealand have never won and will never win a World Cup because they only have 4 million people. We have 25 million. India has 1300 million. In Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, USA, the local teams are full of Indians. They are going to completely dominate cricket and there is nothing we can do about it.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

Sure, Paul. Thanks for your reply… and you make some very good points. From my point of view, I thought Jhye was going to be a revelation in England. I was prepared to lay money on him being in the top 5 wicket-takers of the tournament. Kane will not be. Neither will NCN. Neither will Zampa. Starc is also a possibility of reaching that level and it remains to be seen. Which is the point I made. I take it we agree that Maxwell is not a front-line bowler, correct? My thinking is with the loss of JR (and the inclusion of KR) defensive part-time offspin will not be as effective, and if by the end of the tournament spinners are closing out the death overs we are cactus anyway. I was prepared to back Australia to win it if Jhye came up. Now, I’m not at all confident.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

Quite possibly.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

But he was injured. Which is the main reason why they didn’t pick him.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

To me, it makes sense to open with Finch and Carey in the World Cup. Maxwell at first drop would give him the responsibility he needs. He wants to prove he can do it. We don’t need Marsh and Khawaja. Warner would be such an advantage in the final overs as a floating number 7. In the field we would have Maxwell, Warner, Smith, Finch and Coulter-Nile as infielders – they are as good as any. If we include Marsh, Khawaja, Zampa, Behrendorff, Starc in the team, we are trying to hide too many fielders. We are going to need Zampa, Starc and Behrendorff now that Jhye Richardson has failed to recover from injury, so Marsh and Khawaja must miss. Stopping runs and putting batsmen under pressure is vitally important on smaller grounds. There’s just nowhere to hide. I just think Marsh and Khawaja are giving the opposition too many plans to attack us with, too. We need 6 attacking batsmen and 5 outstanding bowlers. With no easy runs in the field. Constant pressure on the opposition – no respite – and we can win.

WATCH: Warner out for a duck in disastrous return to top order

Final:Finch–Carey–Maxwell–Smith–Stoinis–Warner–NCN–Starc–Cummins-Behrendorff-Zampa.

Why Maxwell is vital to Australia's World Cup chances

Jhye Richardson’s inclusion added a “lethality” to our attack that is now missing. A relative unknown, not many have actually faced him and that in itself was such an advantage. Jhye presented as a genuine partnership-breaker; a vital asset when the drier wickets flatten out come finals time. The perceived pressure his Marshall-esque skid and pace brought to the attack cannot be underestimated. Jhye made the option of employing Maxwell as the sole fifth bowler a a distinct possibility, which now seems all but lost. Kane Richardson may not play a game (against the minnows sure, but certainly not a final) whereas Jhye could have played in them all. Starc will feel the added weight on his shoulders now. As will Finch. This is not good. The loss of Jhye is a massive blow to our World Cup campaign and I can’t see us winning it without him.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

Hazlewood is injured.

Jhye Richardson ruled out of Cricket World Cup

I understood you. He must be a bit slow.

'Overrated' Cats will still beat the Hawks on Easter Monday

Totally agree with you. A cringe-inducing hack.

Easter Monday Forecast: Hawthorn vs Geelong

I get scared just seeing his number on the ground.

'Overrated' Cats will still beat the Hawks on Easter Monday

Overrated? So are you still saying Geelong won’t make the finals?

'Overrated' Cats will still beat the Hawks on Easter Monday

Any chance Finch could lose some weight before the World Cup? His lazy running between the wickets is exposed by Jonny Bairstow/ Warner partnership in the IPL.

The disappointing players from the Shield season who could do better

I’ll wager he’s a Paki. Thin-skinned 🙂

Marcus Stoinis lucky to be in World Cup squad

Actually, Coulter-Nile’s ODI stats are almost identical to Cummins’. I agree with the selections except for leaving in both Marsh and Khawaja. In June there are going to be some monster totals and poor strike rates will not measure up to the task. So I’m tipping Marsh will hurt his back between now and the World Cup and Darcy Short will be his replacement. Lyon is probably excess baggage too (to stop them doctoring wickets for Mo and Adil Rashid?). Darcy Short at 7 would be ideal. I’ll have Warner opening with Finch. Smith at 3. Maxwell and Stoinis to make up the 5th bowler, then Carey and Darcy Short. NCN is a better bowler, fielder and batsman than Zampa. Cummins, NCN, Starc and J Richardson.

Marcus Stoinis lucky to be in World Cup squad

Can’t see how Guthrie improves the team.

'Overrated' Cats will still beat the Hawks on Easter Monday

Geelong are a weaker side when Cameron Guthrie is in the team. 1. He has no time. 2. He puts teammates under pressure. Time and time again he has multiple options going through his head and he chooses the wrong option. He panics. He is no David Wojinski. He gives the opposition every chance to create a turnover. Trade him at any opportunity. Menegola is another one. Too slow; poor decision maker; very limited capabilities.

Collingwood vs Geelong: Friday night forecast

Your assessment of too defensive early in the season demonstrates a lack of grasp and/or understanding of The Geelong Way, as is the home and away season as merely a prelude to when the real footy begins. Geelong finished second last year and limped into the finals… this year we are flying.

Unprecedented strength in the bottom half of the eight

I laughed at “lacklustre” and “salvage”. Indicative of the extent to which the writer is so out of touch and unqualified to give an opinion. Nothing mentioned on how meticulously schooled this team is. The Geelong Way is Sun Tsu’s “Art Of War” of football. Why the refusal to give full consideration to injury management throughout the regular season. Proof? As you said. Look no further than the close finishes and lack of cricket scores, yet an enviable percentage. The first 9 rounds of the season were first gear. PURE management and assessment. Only a very brave man would bet their house against Ablett, Dangerfield, Kelly and Selwood dominating through the middle this final series. That midfield group is ready to shift into 5th gear and cut loose. The only thing that stands in the way would be a trip to Perth in the Prelim. Not ideal preparation for a GF.
If Collingwood defeat West Coast this week Geelong are box-seated to be 2018 Premiers.

Can the lacklustre Cats salvage their season with a finals run?

Ablett name is beloved in Geelong. Record membership figures this year. Almost 13,000 up on 2016 record figures. Big game player. Any opposition to Ablett’s return to the Cattery is ridiculous quite frankly. Guthrie, Stanley and Murdoch are the reason why were are not number 1. Also Harry falling over and Smith unable to find form. Inaccurate kicking and incongrous rule interpretation by umpires are other reasons. Anything we get out of little Gaz is a bonus.

Chris Scott is to blame for Geelong's mediocrity

Please do not include Guthrie and Menegola in that list. Scott Selwood and Duncan are infinitely better.

Chris Scott is to blame for Geelong's mediocrity

And Duncan can’t? Remember Duncan was the one who spotted up Touhy v Melbourne.

Chris Scott is to blame for Geelong's mediocrity

Injury and fatigue management has been The Geelong Way sonce 2007.

Chris Scott is to blame for Geelong's mediocrity

I disagree. We have Duncan and others as link men. Geelong lack a decent ruckman.

Chris Scott is to blame for Geelong's mediocrity