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Right hand /left hand now if Warner can hang in for a bit!

Australia can still win the fifth Test

I would have opened with Paine and Harris. Warner cooked at the moment.

Australia can still win the fifth Test

Richmond should start planning for a Dangerfield /Ratagulia forward line. Although Geelong played faster than their usual pace, it will be interesting to see the clash of game style. Will no Hawkins force Geelong to play faster, with one less option down the line. Unless Stanley plays forward?

Geelong's fast start and strong finish eliminates Eagles

I will concede – Timothy Paine, why bowl first?!

History is not a predictor of future performance. Since when did we rotate fast bowlers? No need for Marsh if Starc, Pattinson etc play

How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

Mumford bullied Dogs. Martin won’t allow similar.
Brisbane never stopped and will win in front of a parochial crowd, ground announcer etc
Can the Giants win if they are bullied back?

The AFL stock market: Finals Week 2

Just a side bar of Paine captaincy – Lyon generally excellent fielder. He holds the throw and we are 3-0

How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

Marsh….. ???? poor bugger is on a hiding to nothing. Being selected does not make it right (like the other 35 times!) – although I would have picked him for Stoinis in WC

Paine has been capt whilst ushering back in 3 convicted felons – 2 of whom have scored less than Glenn McGrath and kept everyone happy and focused. Mark Taylor had a dry spell that lasted 12 months and was still considered a great capt – having the cattle helps!
Poms have over-bowled Stokes and Archer. I genuinely hope M Marsh smashes Leach all over the place to force Root to bowl Archer further into the ground.
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How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

If Lyon is injured, play 4 quicks and rest Cummins.
Cannot see a scenario to play M Marsh. Roy, Buttler etc would certainly prefer he plays
Kwahaja was stiff to miss last match – better bat than, Harris, Head and Wade; better form than Warner and the aforementioned.
At least the mob is off Paine’s back!

How Siddle and Marsh could both play at the Oval

Ussi is stiff – it has been much easier to bat down the order, than at the top. Does anyone believe Wade is a better bat, or in better form than Kwahaja?
6 bats and 4 bowlers – they have to choose between choking the middle order, or blasting through the tail.
Pity you can’t pick the team after the toss ????

The final dilemma for Manchester: Peter Siddle or Matt Wade?

Lyon would have an impact at GWS next year. Brad Scott then to Freo

The AFL coaching massacre isn't done yet

Watch the last 5 minutes of each quarter and the last 10 of the fourth quarter. Tell me how many stoppages then? And be fair dinkum, 40 max interchange.
The more people try to make things safe, the more extreme the behaviour. Look at Gridiron – compare the injuries to when no helmets, padding etc.

Why the 2019 AFL season seems so unsatisfying

The coaches have changed the way the game is played, not the skill of the players. The bottom 4 players at Gold Coast would be amongst the most skilled in teams of 20 years ago.
The health of the lists proves further that reducing the interchange – reducing the explosive nature of the play – would not only reduce congestion as players tire and stay in their positions; but prevent injury from less collisions.
The best teams are still the attacking teams – although things may open up a bit more in a few years when Clarko puts the cue in the rack!

Why the 2019 AFL season seems so unsatisfying

Stokes is stronger than Denley!
Root should open. I don’t imagine too many of our bowlers are worried about a Sehwag type start. I think they should hide their sloggers down the order

England don't need to panic just yet

Previous England TEST teams have enjoyed rough pitches with reverse swing. I feel they don’t have the batting to cope with seaming pitches – Root and Stokes aside. Lords doesn’t spin much, so I won’t be surprised if they play all seamers.
I would bat Root and Stokes at 3&4, and then hope that one of their number 7’s comes off. Gilchrist was a gun, but don’t chance your arm with similar shot makers at the top – A Finch. Bowlers bowl better with runs in the bank.

England don't need to panic just yet

Mitch Marsh is a one day player. England just saw what happens when you don’t have specialist batsmen at this level. Bowl Pattinson into the ground and then bring in Starc

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

So for argument’s sake, let’s say Smith contributes only 100 runs for the test. But… Anderson’s absence will not improve Burns, who has to snick one. Take out 100 of his scratchy runs and who will replace these? Roy? (worst shot in history for a number 11 trying to bat for a draw), Butler, Ali, Bairstow? Do you think Broad will make runs each test? Root and Stokes both have to bat for 150 overs and bowl OK for the Poms to win.
Lords test
Burns, Denley(spin), Root (spin), Stokes, Roy, Butler, Foakes, Woakes, Curran, Broad, Archer.
Prepare a greentop and hope for the best.
Do you have any other openers?

Australia bulldoze England in first Ashes Test

Would you play M Marsh? The part timers are plan B. I would have played Marsh in front of Stoinis in WC, but don’t want to weaken batting to rest bowlers

Sure things and surprises in my Aussie Ashes team

Certainly not afraid of change Glenn! Khawaja is often the scapegoat, must play. Wade or Labuschnagne at 6, either as all-rounder – Wade/Head/Smith can bowl enough overs to give quicks a spell.
I will be interested to see if Starc, assuming fitness, plays as part of a speed battery. Could the top order be shell-shocked from aggressive bowling that forces changes in the Pom’s team?
Anderson is a freak, but let’s make him bowl 60 overs in this game. See how an attack of Wood (hammy), Archer (side), Anderson (age) go with 2 days in the field.
Bring on Thursday 🙂

Sure things and surprises in my Aussie Ashes team

Test 1. Test 2
Harris
Warner
Burns
Smith (bowl)
Head (bowl)
Wade (bowl)
Paine
Cummins. Cummins
Pattinson. Starc
Starc. Lyon
Lyon. Hazelwood

Bancroft or Labuschagne could take Khawaja's Ashes spot

I would be happy with 40 per game. Runner allowed on 10 times per quarter also.
The higher intensity and increased interchange has not reduced injuries.
The coaches are stuffing things up. Don’t listen to them!

Footy is in a funk

Individual brilliance
Not on show
Too many players around the ball
Every game looks the same on TV
Rule changes have caused….. more
Changes to other rules
How we yearn for 1 on 1 contests
Avatar football is boring
No one seems to understand the
Game anymore – media talk about
Everything but the game

Footy is in a funk

Yep stop tinkering. Reduce interchange
Why is red time more interesting?!

Footy is in a funk

Warner, Kwahaja, S Marsh, Carey, would mean Berendorph would have to play or the dry pitches will scuff up too much outside off.
Finch should sneek a few overs in, taking pressure off Maxwell and M Marsh if he plays.
I don’t think there is any need for panic, although with Lyon in the squad the tail is long with 2 spinners.

So, which Marsh should replace the injured Marcus Stoinis?

Probably just a flesh wound Rowdy, fight on.

The pressure is now on Don Pyke

You do understand that the grand final will be played at the G while you are alive.
I don’t think you can pinpoint one reason the wheels have fallen off (still in the 8!), but more so celebrate how well they coped post Walsh.
17 teams don’t win every year

The pressure is now on Don Pyke