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Favorite player: Trent Cotchen Best match Aus v Sth Africa 2nd test. Heals hits a 6 for us to win by 2 wickets



Matthew Wade would not get picked in a game that less than a quarter of the population might see? If runs are currency, surely he bats in front of both Carey and Handscombe.
Why would Mitch Marsh get a go? Doesn’t bat like Stoinis or Maxwell. Doesn’t get big scores. Doesn’t bowl with variety etc
Finch has to have some time. The selectors picking him to open in the tests against a groundswell of public opinion, Vic coach, numbers has ruined his confidence. But even then, if he can’t score at home…… Gone!

The current test squad gives me hope, but a clean out of selectors would not disappoint. Langer has been poor at explaining selection. The bluster to avoid answering Maxwell treatment the low light. When a new coach comes in, he has a licence to shake things up. But to talk about the love of technique and pick Handscombe and Finch; weight of runs and pick M & S Marsh and Labuschnagne; and then crack a wobbly and not answer the question about managing players… Dear oh dear

By the way Dhoni not out lbw, if drs available…. we probably lose that game

Is there light at the end of Australia's ODI tunnel?

Try the logic – “We want Glenn to focus on white ball cricket and the World Cup ” – by facing 5 balls, bowling 2 overs and fielding!

Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff paper over the Australian selection and tactical cracks

Why does Wade not get a game?

Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff paper over the Australian selection and tactical cracks

With the exception of Boxing Day (that shield game, can start later)
BBL should run into Feb March – I love footy, but cricket will die out if it continues to run away from footy season – maybe more games on for TV over Xmas, but then slowly build(allowing space for shield games) to the finals. Bugger the overseas players.
I have optimism that CA will line things up now that Hohns has publicly dropped the schedule in it.
Cricket here is heading like soccer(which should p off to the winter months) – kids play 20/20 but lose interest and go to footy (the main game in every state) when adolescent.
Perhaps too many kids playing footy has robbed cricket of its sportsmen? Cricket take back the summer!

Fixing the Australian cricket schedule

Renshaw out of form? Since the last shield game he has been on fire! ????

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Marsh and Handscombe must go, however good blokes they are.

Pick and stick with the next 11. Sri Lanka not going well, so good for newbies to start with. Conversely Handscombe and Marsh could slaughter them and fail again in England. If Renshaw not picked, selectors fail on the hundreds measure : 6 last first class season (our shield season is 2 bits of nothing now)

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

Head (perhaps can tighten technically or go too)
Pattinson/Tremain (bowlers just going through the motions also!)

Langer has obviously not got his way with selection – previously talked about hundreds, technique and runs – then picks Finch, Handscombe and Labuschnagne!
Everyone would have picked S Marsh at the start of the series, but now time to give others a go.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

I think you’re being a bit harsh on them. Expect big things from English.
Could be 6:2 after 8; we know momentum is a wonderful thing. Be hard to miss with their draw.
Schache & Boyd important. Play like men and could tear the comp apart – too nice and……

Western Bulldogs 2019 season preview: Best 22 and predicted finish

The toss is an issue world wide. Perhaps if the visiting captain can choose, might change wickets.
Would roads be prepared if visiting team always bats first?

Is low and slow really a no-go?

I agree Alec
Previous selection panels have selected 3 specialist openers in times of distress to ensure we don’t get skittled.
Without Cummins and the other bowlers, we would have been beaten in 3 days in each test (3.5 in Melbourne)
And yet we now pick a bloke averaging 28 to bat at 3?!

As for boring cricket – our batting in Sydney last year was similar. Pitches do need to offer more, but batsman don’t really rip attacks apart when set, and captains put sweepers straight out. Each team now just tries to grind the opposition – except Aust this season! Pick some openers please!

Is low and slow really a no-go?

Did Warner scratch the ball?
Did Warner scratch the ball in previous tests?
Did Warner personally benefit from scratching the ball?
How could the other bowlers not notice?
Smith ignored, but why did no one else say “No, boys we can beat them without cheating like they do”
Why did the South African board OK zips designed into their whites to rub the ball on?
Why are mints and sandpaper explicitly not banned?
When Matt Wade was selected primarily to upset the opposition against the spirit of cricket, why did the CEO, not measure this as a breach?

Warner will reveal all as soon as he is dropped. CA would have been better to reveal all when suspending the 3 (should have sacked every coach and entourage).

I welcome Smith and Warner back. If they were bowlers who doctored the ball to improve their average and chase personal glory, different, but cricket is a team game.
And the board threw Warner under the bus when we took the field with Sonny Bill posters everywhere; they dragged him out just enough for each tyre to go over him!

It’s time for Warner to come out from the bus under which he was thrown

No conspiracy, just terrible management
Try to justify the treatment of Agar (tour for 18 months as second spinner without playing, then we pick 1, not him!), Maxwell, Finch, Renshaw, Burns, Neville, Bird, Maddinson (picked when out of form)

Put 1 selector in charge of batting – can contribute to bowling discussions, but the strategy, implementation and man management be in one man’s hands. So this disgrace does not continue!

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh set to be dropped for Sydney Test

1 selector responsible for batting selections please!

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh set to be dropped for Sydney Test

Can we please have 1 selector responsible for batting selections. At the moment our batting order is like a game of Yahtzee! Just keep rolling the dice. What happens if Labuschnagne fails with the bat? He has not been in shield form, and if he bowls to shield form – Kholi etc will smash him.
Or worse, he gets another go, and he and Handscombe get runs against a weak Sri Lankan team
Oh dear!

Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh set to be dropped for Sydney Test

Mitch bowled well. But really bowls the same as Hazelwood if no swing.
Maxwell can bowl like Jadaja – flat and economic. Maxwell can bowl seam up, again is he coached properly?
If it is a wicket that suits quick, do you need 4?
Clarke may have been inventive, but Smith is a boring captain and Paine constantly under pressure to try anything too funky

Another Test selection embarrassment after Australia's Melbourne meltdown

I can’t believe in the conspiracy theories. But for all the process put in place by the Argus Review, we are despised for sledging, cheat, have a schedule that is frightened of other sports, and no one seems accountable.
Accountable in the way that fronts up for the decision and results.
Eg We dropped Pete as the work he has done on his technique has not been sufficient for him to succeed at test level. He has an eye like a dead fish Eg 70 in BBL, but Bumrah would sort him out again, so we selected Joe who has a more classical technique. Joe has 3 test hundreds, is scoring freely in SS and combined with Head and Finch, can bowl 12-15 overs of tight nude nuts…. Well you get the picture ????

Labuschagne's Test selection is a farce

Assuming our bowlers make 150 runs?

Another Test selection embarrassment after Australia's Melbourne meltdown

Apologies Brett
CA please take note, test cricket is where the passion is
Count the comments re test articles v bbl
No reflection on the author!

The bowl-first BBL trend: Default guess or do results back the chase?

So pick Handscombe?
Burns has 3 test hundreds and has been shafted nearly as much as Maxwell
Hayden, Langer, Border, Boon all had technical flaws – but could bat for long periods of time and make runs when in. Shaun Marsh beautiful to watch, but goes out!

Excuse me, are you saying 'boo' or 'boo-urns'?

How about a structure to prevent this debacle from continuing?
Eg each batsman has their own coach; how to overcome these coaches pushing technique that is not in line with test standard (Handscombe & Head come to mind)
A selector who has to front the media/public re batting selections only (our bowlers batting performance this series has masked the top 6 batting performance)
High performance manager allocated to batting selection and coaching Eg. Maxwell wants to play tests, exclude himself from 20/20 & bat in the nets for 3 hours like Boycott, Dravid, Kholi etc
If the players worked with the test selector and didn’t play bbl, schedule might change
Lastly, like the old wsc, have a second XI play against a touring side (Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, etc) scheduled at the same time as tests, so they can be called up from long form cricket.

Should be enough there for full blown Brett!;)

Labuschagne's Test selection is a farce

Pretty close! Put one selector responsible for the batting! Blaming Hick is a smoke screen

Labuschagne's Test selection is a farce

Can we please have a selector responsible for batting? No point blaming the batting coach – batsmen have their own coaches. Hick seems to be able to get the tail to improve.
Give that selector (could be JL) the responsibility to pick batsmen to bat as prescribed by their selection or be dropped, but if 6 are collectively failing, that selector must take responsibility and resign/be sacked
If they stuff the players around like Maxwell, Renshaw, Uzzi in short form, Burns, they effectively sack themselves, knowing that to swap and change undermines form.

Another Test selection embarrassment after Australia's Melbourne meltdown

Love watching S Marsh bat, but too many chances at 35 – give someone else a go

Can we please have 1 selector & 1 coach responsible for the selection and performance of the test top 6. If Hick has spent half his time with bottom 7, he passes muster. The batsman seem to have their own coaches – and could possibly ignore Hick (see P Handscombe), however if 1 selector is responsible, the horribly muddled selection of batsmen – Renshaw dropped due to head knock, when fit, Finch and then Harris picked; Maxwell having batted every spot but open; Uzzi treatment for one dayers; Joe Burns parachuted into South Africa and replaced by Finch, Labuschnagne, Head and M Marsh etc
If we are to continue with a panel, can a batsman chair? Preferred panel A Border, G Shipperd (responsible for batting), J Gillespie
And the good bloke policy can go too – full-time batting, bowling, fielding and overseeing coach, physio and sports psych – surely one can make a connection to build rapport. The Libs all hate one another, but have more chance of winning than Aussie’s;)

A possible Test team for Sri Lanka

Harsh on Paine! Batted longer than all the batsman except the one innings Uzzi made a hundred

Wade cannot fix Australia's batting woes

Drop Mitch Marsh for an all-rounder – Maxwell, Agar, Stoinis, Labuschnagne, not a bowler
Pattinson value his wicket more and will make more than Marsh if we are under pressure

Wade cannot fix Australia's batting woes