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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 23 Jun 2017, 9:35 am

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I figure a thread for cricket stuff from around the world that doesn't warrant a series-thread is useful
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Post by guildfordbat on Sun 17 Mar 2019, 5:09 pm

VTR wrote:Ireland in with a chance. Target of just under 150 but very passive start to the chase from Afghanistan. Reminds me a lot so far of England collapsing to defeat in the UAE chasing a similar total at the start of 2012

After scores of 0, 0 and 4 in his first three Test innings, pleased that Andrew Balbirnie has got some runs under his belt at the top level - 82 today. I feel Ireland are still second favourites but, as VTR says, they are in with a chance and Balbirnie has played his part in that. He's caught my eye in the past in ODIs, particularly his reading of the game and how he judges the pace of an innings.

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Post by Gooseberry on Sun 24 Mar 2019, 7:44 am

Catching up on last weeks ...Aus continuing their unexpectedly decent ODI form in Asia.
They seem to have figured out how to make spinners work for the, finally, partly due to Zampa actually being good in short format, and accepting that Lyons bowling is good enough to get him a place over an all rounder even if that effects the batting/pace depth.
The problem is these pitches ( especially Sharjah where noone ever scores big) are likely very different to the world cup ones. The economy of the spinners will be tested on a flat English pitch where the ball comes onto the bat nicely and the boundaries are pulled in, and they will want an additional quick in the side. To maintain batting depth it would have to be Zampa or Lyon dropped and Maxwell retained.

And where would Warner and Smith fit in? Theres only 4 batting spots, one of which is the captain. Do they push out Khawaja, Handscomb or Marsh? All 3 have been making match winning scores on this tour. Smiths still only played two T20 games since his ban and done nothing at all, Warner a bit more but mixed results. Its obviously nice for them to have that quality of player as a potential option, but bringing them back into the mix is going to be unsettling no matter how much positive talk they make to the media.

Still looking improved on where they were a few months back and could be a real force at the world cup.

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Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Sun 24 Mar 2019, 12:20 pm

Warner and Smith walk back into the Australian side. Carey and Khawaja will miss out. It’s merely tough luck on the ones missing out but you don’t leave out two of the greats of Australian cricket.

Speaking of Warner he hammered 85 on his IPL return

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Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Wed 27 Mar 2019, 8:38 pm

Australia hammered Pakistan again to clinch the series 3-0 with 2 games to spare.

Aaron Finch continued his hot streak with 90 but Glenn Maxwell played the innings that shaped the match. ‘The Big Show’ blasted 71 off 55 balls on a pretty slow pitch.

Pakistan’s top order was blown away by Pat Cummins 3-24 and Adam Zampa claimed a career best 4-43 mowing down the tail. Only Imam 46 and Imad 43 crossed 40 for the hosts.

Six consecutive wins now for the Australians whom will be further buoyed by the returns of Smith, Warner and Starc.

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Post by wisden on Thu 28 Mar 2019, 4:03 pm

Smith dosent get back into the ODI side right now i dont think, think they will wait for the ashes, however they will do whatever they can to get Warner back in white ball cricket

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Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Fri 29 Mar 2019, 11:40 am

wisden wrote:Smith dosent get back into the ODI side right now i dont think, think they will wait for the ashes, however they will do whatever they can to get Warner back in white ball cricket
The likes of Khawaja, Marsh and Carey are the ones likely to miss out. Warner will open. There's no debate about it. And you'd have to be pretty brave to leave out Smith tbh. Khawaja has never been a top player so he's probably one under pressure.

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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 29 Mar 2019, 5:00 pm

Well given Smith and Warner were available play the last two ODIs it's a stretch to say CA would do anything.
The press has turned on them a bit too dragging up rumours that the entire senior test bowling unit threatened to strike unless they were banned and pointing tooth obvious tension that will remain in the camp on both sides from that.
There's no question both will be in the world cup squad but winning 6 on the trot, albeit against some poor opposition, is something they haven't managed for a long time with it without them. They clearly aren't indispensable players.
Talk from CA is of unity and how everyone needs to pull together and play for the team. That only screams more of internal drama.
Captain goldenbollovks is all about " tough selections"
But hey it's a much better place to be in than they were, and any runs Smith and Warner do get in IPL will greatly ease their selection. The worst case would be shoehorning them into the team if they weren't playing well. The minute they score some runs for Aus all will be forgiven.

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Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Fri 29 Mar 2019, 7:02 pm

Australia move 4-0 in the series after Pakistan produced an epic choke.

Maxwell 98, Khawaja 62 and Carey 55 got Australia up to 277. Maxwell fifth time out in the 90s

Pakistan where 218-2 couldn’t get home. Debutant Abid Ali 112 and Rizwan 104 yet they crumbled at the end.

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Post by Nathaniel Jacobs on Sun 31 Mar 2019, 1:01 pm

James Pattinson is pressing his case for Ashes selection. Pattinson took 7 wicket in the Sheffield Shield final.

Pattinson is scheduled to play 8 first class matches for Nottingham.

It seems like Richardson, Pattinson and Siddle are playing for two touring spots.

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Post by wisden on Tue 02 Apr 2019, 12:02 pm

India retain the ICC test mace, for the 3rd year in a row.

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 02 May 2019, 3:54 pm

Shahid Afridi is five years older than previously thought.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26654309/shahid-afridi-reveals-real-age-autobiography

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