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Any truth to the rumour that Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc will be suspended from the 4th Test for not successfully completing during day 1's rain break the 6,000 word essay ' Mountbatten - his legacy in a post-imperialist India in the context of an emerging cultural and social enlightenment of the sub-continent".
May as well use Smith. He's been on contract for the last couple of years, is the 7th highest paid Australian cricketer and he hasn't been good enough to make any Australian team in 18 months! Where's the value in that? I suggest ACB have a close look at the structure of these contracts.
Fantastic!! We got through the first day without losing a wicket....oops, sorry, we a four wickets down allready! Washed out you say!!? Well that'll give the boys plenty of time to studiously complete any remaining home work. Maybe Pup will have time to ring up his best mate Watto and tell him how much he's missing him??
I hope the players write an essay on what they have acheived during the rain delay. Of course once the rain stops the players can write an essay on how we are going to win because the pen is mightyer than the bat or the ball for that matter. So far the Indians have smashed us, their writen home work must look very good, perhaps we should move to multipule choice.
Haddin as replacement? Why not bring Rod Marsh out if retirement or exhume "Stumper" Kelley. All is lost in india, so why not try a wickety for the future.
Only day one but it's looking good that we may be able to draw this one.
just caught up with the teams and washout. Steve Smith at No 5! Smith is talented alright, but only a mediocre state bat at best. Haddin at 6 - last week he wasnt good enough to play. And the Captain and coach claim no selection problems. When Australia are 3 down the Indians will feel that they are into the tail.Regardless of discplines and players being dropped - this is an Australian Team and someone needs to rmind the Selctors that it should not be a laughing stock.
Loving your work so far today Loki.Gold.I've had a bit of a moment of revelation today.For years I've argued with soccer fans the merits of a game where you can have a nil all draw.Today as an Aussie cricket fan a scoreline of 0-0 Is a thing of wondrous beauty.Why can't Fox show us 6 hours of Smith and Doherty watching the rain fall.It would be the highlight of the tour thus far.
Well, if you are going purely on averages, then the person to pick is R J Ponting. Currently topping the averages at 85.62. Only a little over double Smith. But Punter ain't much of a wrist spinner right.
Steve Smith might not have scored many runs recently but his homework is first rate.
No Will. Not strange to demote Maxwell. CA and its management and selectors passed well into the realms of Absurdistan some time back.The fact is Maxwell has no batting or bowling form worth a pinch of anything. So replacing him with Smith is replacing like for like.Plainly, neither should be on tour.But it's not their fault - they didn't pick themselves.
No Will. Not strange to demote Maxwell. CA and its management and selectors passed well into the realms of Absurdistan some time back.
The fact is Maxwell has no batting or bowling form worth a pinch of anything. So replacing him with Smith is replacing like for like.
Plainly, neither should be on tour.
But it's not their fault - they didn't pick themselves.
So who else is feeling confident about this one. Just like the good old days when we could pick our B side and still smash them. I'd like to see them give Clarkie a rest to freshen up. Maybe Siddle as well and just play with 10. The Indians can give us a fielder to fill in, just like back in the U'6s.
If they play with 10 maybe Patty Howard can go out into the middle at 11 with his ipad strapped to a bat and show them a powerpoint on 'high performance'.I don't think the edges will carry far off the ipad. He might even get a few runs
If they play with 10 maybe Patty Howard can go out into the middle at 11 with his ipad strapped to a bat and show them a powerpoint on 'high performance'.
I don't think the edges will carry far off the ipad. He might even get a few runs
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