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Good job. Quickly onto things (this video topic)

Posted in: DOUBLE CENTURIES in ODIs | Fakhar Zaman Latest Entrant in the Elite Club by delan82 on Friday, July 20, 2018 - 23:00. Reply to this comment.

That's a deceiving/misleading title and post

Posted in: Vandersay Suspended !!!! by delan82 on Friday, July 20, 2018 - 22:52. Reply to this comment.

Yeah I get what your saying!
Not that surprsing in a world obsessed with T20 and shorter stuff that that should be criteria for Test selection too.
We just have a difference of opinion on how to select Test sides...I don't see if you are only good at bowling 4 overs, and swinging your bat wildly how it can make you a good Test cricketer but could be wrong!

He is just as likely to hammer SL attack than India's though.
Usual way when Australian batsmen or bowlers need to find form as history will show you. India and SL will do that for you. SL started the Johnson resurgence last time!

India have an attack to succeed in both England and Australia this year. Getting them fit and on the park is first challenge as we currently see. However as luck would have it (esp for Indian batsmen)'s been a very hot and dry English summer thus far! So might be able to get away with injuries to 1st choice quicks and utilise spinners

All you need is a little movement with new Kookaburra pitched in right area and his lack of feet movement will have him him trouble!
Lesser bowlers have lured and trapped him on the domestic circuit here not just Aussie Test bowlers who often don't play much domestic stuff bar early in season because of scheduling!

As for spinners in Australia, fingers spinners have generally struggled but someone like Kumble shown how to switch and succeed. Bowl too fast and flat...which more and more do today cos of T20 and you will fail.
Need to give it some air, use the larger ground size/boundaries, also the bounce in the pitch can help spinners. You don't need to turn it heaps.
Last time India toured too many flatter tracks. Not surprised if BCCI tries to CA push for similar.And CA themselves were trying to get games lasting 4-5 days for commercial aspect.

Some of the batsmen Australia should focus on have tasted a bit of Test cricket already and just need to take their game to next level. Matt Renshaw for example is not a bad opener. He got dropped cos of domestic form slump last summer. But since he has scored heavily for Somerset. Injury again may push him back again but there is a number better opener than Finch! He is only 22 yrs old. And tried to correct technical aspects.

Middle order there was obsession for long time to try find allrounder. They they are around great if not have to go with proper batsmen. That's why the likes of Mitchell Marsh, Maxwell ect favoured. Cos they can bowl if needed.

One batsmen that could be invaluable but currently in doldrums is Peter Handscomb. Seems to have got into some sort of mental issue. Technique always bit different but lately perhaps over exaggerated. Now it's prob all in his mind.
If they can get him right he is not a bad batsmen. Watched him locally for last few years along with other Victorians like Finch, White, Maxwell etc. He did a lot of 1 on 1 work during BBL with a certain teammate (as did Maxwell) and became better. Even imitating the stance of his colleague. and was equally good against pace and spin. The push for the all-rounder meant he spent long periods as 12th man without playing domestic cricket, then went into this slump. Not sure how he is going to get out of it esp when in denial about technical issues like Finch. But there are younger better longterm options in middle order for Australia personally would go with someone like Handsomb over Finch but thats just me.

Finch will probably became ODI captain too. And must remain opener in limited overs not bat down the order.

The Aussie side has a different look to it when all the first choice bowlers are fit and playing in both Tests and limited overs. Expect Smith to walk straight back into the side. Warner i'm not sure (nothing to do with his ability).

Posted in: TOP 10 Non Test Players With MOST ODI HUNDREDS by delan82 on Friday, July 20, 2018 - 20:46. Reply to this comment.

Mathews and Dickwella should be dropped for ever. no use of having Free Bulls in the team who cannot bat. also very strict warning should be given to Mendis and Roshan if they cannot bat long innings, no matter who they are we don't need them.

Posted in: Should we remove useless Mathews and Dickwella from the test team? by Anonymous (not verified) on Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:48. Reply to this comment.

I do not understand what these two useless players doing in the team. Continuously failing over the past few years but still in the team.

Posted in: Should we remove useless Mathews and Dickwella from the test team? by Cricket StatsGuru on Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:33. Reply to this comment.

First of all, thanks for such a rich conversation, delan.

All your points are valid. All I am saying is if one has to try Finch, then now is the best time as there is scope for a new entrant in the Test team. He might not have the best of 1st class records, but it isn't bad either. Going by his current form, if there was a time to try him in the longest format, then its now when his confidence is sky high.

If the selectors are worried about his success in Tests, then they can try him against a weaker opponent and give him/themselves the necessary confidence. Meanwhile, as you said he can hone his skills by playing County/Shield cricket. If he doesn't perform, by all means, selectors can show him the door anytime, like teams/managements all over the world have done to their star T20/ODI players when they didn't pass the big Test.

I believe the Test series against India at home in Dec is an ideal opportunity for 2 reasons. 1) Aus will be playing in their conditions so the Indian spinners won't be as effective as in India. 2) Though Indian fast bowling has improved, its still not unplayable for a player of Finch's caliber. I have a feeling, if given a chance, he will do well against India.

Once he gets the start, from there its up to him to encash the break.

Posted in: TOP 10 Non Test Players With MOST ODI HUNDREDS by CricketBuffOne on Friday, July 20, 2018 - 09:26. Reply to this comment.

Kushal Perera is the better batsman.

Posted in: Who is the better wicketkeeper-batsman for Test matches to bat at No 6 or 7? by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 21:27. Reply to this comment.

A lot of those losses where with Smith and Warner in the lineup.

Maxwell averaged 50 odd and put runs on board in last shield season to make selectors take notice. Finch didn't do that. Could say fitness and injuries a factor part of last season but similar pattern.

Coming in the middle order at times he struggled with spin first up. Again no footwork, just poking bat or pushing hard with it. You have to earn Test spots! Maybe a miracle might happen as you are saying who knows.
If he is going to succeed against any attacks it will the at home against India and/or SL this coming summer!
If a Shahid Afridi can score 5 test 100s against weaker attacks and flat conditions swinging away i'm suppose anything is possible and Finch or anyone else can

Difference between all those players you mentioned and Finch is the put runs on board (or wickets for O'Keefe) at First class level either in Shield cricket in Australia or County cricket in UK. Finch yet to do that! If he does i'm sure he will come into contention. He is scoring big in limited overs stuff in UK but different format.
You have to pick frontline batsmen that are consistent and converting scores into big 100s at first class level not a quick 20 or 30 and getting out! Only coming up with maybe 1 century per season. He should do a county stint and fix technical errors if serious about longer formats. But too much money in shorter formats for that! Can't hand out test caps on a platter so sake of it!

Warner much better technique than Finch. Much superior first class record. Had to score in first class cricket first before played Tests. Initially in middle order for NSW then up the top. Being from NSW was a bonus for Australian selection ;-)
Warner had that element of surprise when he burst onto the scene esp in limited overs stuff, won't be there with Finch at this stage. His technique and capabilities well known worldwide by now.

Posted in: TOP 10 Non Test Players With MOST ODI HUNDREDS by delan82 on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 21:15. Reply to this comment.

My ODI and T20 Squard against south Africa 2018

1. Dilshan Munaweera
2. Banuka Rajapaksha
4. Kusal Janith Perera
5. Ramith Rabukwella
6. Kapugedera
7. Andy Soloman
8. Thisara Perera ( Cap)
9. Akila Dananjaya
10. Dasun Madushanka
11. Lasith Malinga
12. Danushka Gunathilaka
13. Kithruwan Vithanage
14. Lakshan sadakan
15. Kasun Rajitha
16. Jehan daniel

Don't add Tharanga to the middle. He is a opening batsman.We need pure middle order player like kapugedera to that position.

Don't add Mathews to the squad as well. Recently he unable to score a big runs when sri lanka needed him to deliver.

Posted in: Who is the better wicketkeeper-batsman for Test matches to bat at No 6 or 7? by Hamada on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 17:34. Reply to this comment.

Yes the Asgiriya hoodoo - we never did get over that!

Posted in: Shaun Pollock urges Proteas to bounce back like 2000 side by Stormy on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 15:05. Reply to this comment.