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Originally started as a cricket podcast. I have begun branching out and writing about Cricket. Super passionate about cricket especially Test Cricket. If anyone would like to catch the podcast we are available on Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple and Google podcasts and anywhere else you can find Podcasts. https://linktr.ee/TwoSlipsandaGully

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Mandhana went at 5 an over. As soon as Verma was dismissed everyone after her batted at a crawl.
And I’ve never said that Australia didn’t play negatively previously.
And the problem is you’re right if the situation was reversed we do the same as India. Which is my point, women’s cricket needs to find better ways of incentivising positive play.
And Lanning didn’t bat on much past the follow on she declared at the end of the session. Had she declared when they made the follow on they would have called tea. They gave India the extra half hour because Australia were close to being dismissed.
Perry and Gardner were actually batting relatively quickly on that 4th afternoon but Perry put the brake on when wickets kept falling at the other end. And when she first came into bat it was during the evening session when the ball was swinging and wickets were falling as well.

Australia showed more intent to force a result and that’s a fact. But like I said in the article neither team played an attractive brand of cricket. So it’s not a case of Australia good, India bad. It’s a case of India playing Australia out of the game for the sake of the overall series and Australia didn’t execute with bat, ball or in the field to a high enough standard and allowed India to do that. Even tactically as you’ve pointed out Australia struggled, sending India in, not sticking to plans, allowing India to let the game meander by over bowling players to simply dot the ball up rather than attack.
But India at the end of the day held the initiative by virtue of being the side batting and at no pout did they make a move to give themselves enough time to take 20 wickets.

'Not a great advertisement': Troubleshooting the women's Test

India did play too defensive and Australia by the virtue Lanning declared 136 runs behind showed more intent.
I’m sorry if that hurts anyone’s feelings.

But Australia and England have done the same thing in the past which is the point.

'Not a great advertisement': Troubleshooting the women's Test

I am blaming the format, as I highlighted there hasn’t been a result in a test for 6 years. It’s not isolated to this game.

The unfamiliarity with test cricket coupled with joining it to a multi format set up has consistently yielded negative cricket.
And only playing four days when statistically women need more than four days to take wickets hasn’t helped either.

'Not a great advertisement': Troubleshooting the women's Test

As I said IMO there were a number of contributing factors. Not playing enough test cricket impacted the skills on display, which more cricket will rectify.
Weather robbing sides of using a pink ball when it’s the most dangerous on a benign pitch.
And the mindset of teams to play it safe for the overall good of the series rather than win the match on its merit.
The last point isn’t isolated to this game. The Women’s Ashes have been marred by this attitude as well.

Freeing the Tests to be a stand alone competition would require more tests to be viable which is what we want. More tests will encourage the development of long form skills and having to win the test to progress in a test match championship setup will encourage positive play.

I am a massive advocate for more tests for women. Young girls deserve every opportunity to wear the Baggy Green. But there is no getting around that for a multitude of reasons that last game between India and Australia was not a great example of cricket which is a shame as the limited overs games have been of the highest quality.

'Not a great advertisement': Troubleshooting the women's Test

Stoinis has yet to consistently crack the WA side at all let alone push for a brand new position. In theory he could be a nice option as an attacking opener but he has a long long way to go. Opening in short form is a lot different to opening in first class

If Australia A replaces Afghanistan in the schedule, who should we pick?

I can certainly see the criticism of Henriques after the short form disaster.
But his Shield form has been exemplary. And given the lack of obvious candidates for the number 5 spot I still think he has something to offer in the short term until a younger player matures into an international candidate.

Maddinson is a good shout however.

I’m not sold on Street just yet. He lacks a consistent scoring shot to rotate the strike. Hasn’t exposed him yet too badly at Shield level but not sure is quite ready to make the leap.
I’ll admit to being a big fan of Whiteman and may be a little biased but I genuinely think he’s put together a resume recently that should have him in the conversation for national honours

If Australia A replaces Afghanistan in the schedule, who should we pick?

The same thing happened to South Africa when their regime banned a whole section of their population from participating in sport.
Unless your assertion is that this was different because the South African government wasn’t oppressing members of its population.
People have suggested the whole ROC from the Olympics approach but with a commitment to a women’s competition then the ICC will strip them of full membership anyway.
Part of the ICC giving Afghanistan test status is an organised women’s competition, which they gave them dispensation for under the condition that they work towards developing the women’s game.

As a board Cricket Australia has led the way in women playing cricket them taking a stand against a policy that discriminates against women makes of sense. The government already doesn’t approve of allowing the team to fly the Taliban flag giving legitimacy to a government that no one recognises.

At the end of the day the US military couldn’t reason with the Taliban what makes you think a cricket board will. All they can do is protest the violations in the only way really open to them in the short term, which is expulsion until a better solution is found.

If Australia A replaces Afghanistan in the schedule, who should we pick?

I’ll give you that in the short form formats, he never has managed to find form at the international level.
But Henriques has put up good first class numbers for a number of years now. And was arguably hard done by losing the allrounder spot to Marsh in the first place all those years ago.

If Australia A replaces Afghanistan in the schedule, who should we pick?

With the T20 WC on one side and the Ashes on the other I don’t think they have the time to fit 3 matches in

If Australia A replaces Afghanistan in the schedule, who should we pick?

Swepson absolutely would be the Australia A spinner.
I’d prefer to see Jhye Richardson than Meredith

Return of Australia vs Australia A can save the summer of cricket

I know his recent t20 performances have left a bitter taste in everyone’s mouth but Moises has been putting together strong Shield seasons for a number of years.
I believe he’s a definite short term contender for a middle order spot.

The issue with Travis Head is that he has obvious deficiencies in his game which have been exposed at test level and since being dropped has had no real opportunity to correct those flaws

If Australia A replaces Afghanistan in the schedule, who should we pick?

Before we go anointing Root better than Smith, remember Root’s purple patch these past 12 months is what Smith has averaged for the last 7 years.
Not to mention that due to Australia’s ineptness Smith has only played 5 tests since Jan 2020.
It’s easier to look good when the other guy isn’t even playing.

Headingly heroics: Lightning can strike twice

Two days ago I submitted this 😂

Luckily the game is still evenly poised so the article still holds some relevance

Headingly heroics: Lightning can strike twice

I think NSW wins this game pretty comfortably to be honest.
Considering that NSW bowling attack would be close to one of the best in the world let alone Australia.
Not to mention that you also have a destructive short form player like Daniel Sams also waiting in the wings.

Warner and Smith providing plenty of class in the top order along with players like Hughes and Henriques that have shown to be able to get the job done domestically.

You may want to consider Handscomb or Head in place of McDermott who both have impressive List A careers. Handscomb was the player of the series in the last Marsh Cup.

NSW plays the rest of Australia in a one-day clash: Who wins?

I can understand the concerns around Smith but as I stated in the article only Kohli, Azam and Malan have higher averages than Smith batting at three when playing more than 15 innings.
Smith has a pretty decent body of work behind him. Hopefully he gets his eye in during the 2nd Leg of the IPL.
I really think Smith could be one of the key contributors to any success we may have during the WC

'Much needed reinforcements': The squad carrying Australia's World Cup hopes

Not really, his form in the BBL was awful and he was just keeping his head above water at an international level.
Certainly not showing form that makes him an automatic selection outside of him having the captaincy.
For mine Finch may need to embrace being an anchor style batsman. His ability to be explosive from ball one isn’t what it was.

'Much needed reinforcements': The squad carrying Australia's World Cup hopes

You find a list of opening batsman that average more than Warner at home or abroad

'Fragile, feeble excuses for Test batsmen': Where have England's batsmen gone?

24 Test Match hundreds at an averages of 48 as an opener.
He predominantly scores his runs at home or in South Africa, (surprisingly good record in Bangladesh considering Australia’s struggles against spin)
but any assertion that Warner isn’t close to a world class opener because of one tour is incredibly short sighted.

'Fragile, feeble excuses for Test batsmen': Where have England's batsmen gone?

This wasn’t so much a “Haha Australia is so much better than you” article.
I’m very aware of our own shortcomings.
This was more, “how can England have an armoury of white ball players but simply no test batsman at all outside Root?”
County Cricket is the oldest first class system in the world and none of the players coming out of the system are test quality.
At least in Australia’s favour they have 3 of their top 6 that are World Class players, Smith, Warner, Marnus. Father Time does seem to be catching Warner but at the moment he’s one of the class openers in the world.
Whereas England have one and if you expand to include an allrounder they have 2 in Stokes.
The majority of the elite white ball players have been given a run at test level and have huge flaws in their game. So how have England managed to produce exclusively white ball players and no one that seems to be able to make the leap to Test cricket?

'Fragile, feeble excuses for Test batsmen': Where have England's batsmen gone?

Certainly it’s not impossible…but India are a much better side than England. Especially when they are travelling.

England can win the Ashes. Maybe

Sibley averages 30 and Burns averages 32 so they haven’t scored many runs anywhere. Neither player tours well. Only place Sibley averages more than 20 was South Africa and 133 of his 324 runs came in 1 innings in which he was not out which inflates his averages. In 22 overseas innings he has 3 scores over 50.
Burns isn’t much better, in 21 overseas innings he has 5 scores over 50. As you’ve correctly stated they have deficiencies rotating the strike and they’ve played more than 20 tests each and haven’t made any significant improvements to any facet of their game. IMO these two are about as good as they are going to get. Neither of them has any great propensity for scoring runs and if they hang around long enough all they do is chew up deliveries and they need to be doing more than that as Test top order batsman.

England can win the Ashes. Maybe

It’s not just their bat lift.
Sibley looks like he has no offside game to speak of.
He just waits until people drift into his pads. Even then he’s not automatic, India set him up for a catch at short mid wicket.
Burns’ set up leads him to playing a lot of things on the up through point and gully and with the extra bounce I can see Hazlewood and Cummins having a field day.

Even if they show they can see off the new ball, Australia can dry up the runs and wait for them to make a mistake and not have to worry about the score getting away from them.

England can win the Ashes. Maybe

England are lucky to be considered as close as they are. Anderson and Broad are pretty toothless with a Kookaburra. Archer is gone.
Burns and Sibley maybe have 1 attacking shot between them. Even if their peculiar techniques survive the bounce in Australia they won’t apply any scoreboard pressure.
Root has zero runs under his belt over here and he’s supposed to be the one with any Test reputation.
Buttler, Bairstow and Pope are all below average Test batsman.

Their batting is not comparable on paper. Root is the only batsman averaging over 35 whereas Australia can boast 3 batsman that are World Class in Smith, Labuschagne and Warner.
Green and Pucovski have a mountain of recent Shield runs behind them as well.
Don’t think that Broad will give Warner the same trouble with a Kookaburra in the blazing heat compared to a Duke with consistent swing.

Honestly on paper it looks like it will take a minor miracle for England to win a test let alone the series.

England can win the Ashes. Maybe

No worries, don’t worry I share the frustration. I typically don’t pick Sanga as a wicket keeper for the exact reasons you have. I disagreed with him being out into the ICC team of the decade as a keeper despite not keeping in a single test this decade. In this case I tied my own hands with my criteria.

'The ground screams grandeur and tradition': The honourable Lord's XI

I neglected to put into the article that the intention of this XI was purely a visiting XI.
Matthew Prior I’m fairly certain has a century as a Wicket Keeper but I didn’t consider him when making the side as it was supposed to be for foreign players.

'The ground screams grandeur and tradition': The honourable Lord's XI

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