I've been saying this for some time and emphasised the fact that to CA and the fans they don't care about the quality and/or wouldn't know how much higher quality international cricket has become. This was confirmed by the boss of the BBL Alistair Dobson in this article:What this series and our recent 5 series losses in this format shows is the Big Bash standards has fallen....the quality of cricket is probably not as good as what the media and public make out to be.
In the 2020 IPL played in the UAE the top 4 wicket takers were pace bowlers (Rabada, Bumrah, Boult, Nortje) and the man of the tournament was another pace bowler in Jofra Archer. The pitches that were produced for this series are not going to be what they are for the World Cup.A lot of reserves.. warming benches. CA needs to rotate if form is shocking in early matches.
Our best team for non sub continental conditions and pitches. Kane Richo is one of my bowlers. Jhye also. Why do we constantly have to keep picking our Test attack for white ball cricket. OK Hazlewood has done well on these tours but he like Cummins are not specialists in this format..Starc is so a lock. Ellis is my smokie as he is a clever white ball bowler. Being the UAE we have to pick plenty of spin options. Where are all our slow bowling all rounders.. cupboard is bare. Closest are Maxwell, Ashton Agar and Turner. Turner looks to be poor against spin. So not taking him. How about Darcy Short. Can be destructive with bat and his chinaman bowling is not that shabby. Matt Short may also be a consideration.
Matthew Wade's quote about the innings was “Great learning for youngsters,” seems a little optimistic, seeing they really only lasted a couple of balls. Hard to learn much in a fleeting moment, except, "I need to get a lot better at playing spin."In a word.. Woeful!
Oh Aussies. Our lowest ever T20/I score. Hang your heads. None of these players should get a world cup berth. Finch included. CA needs to do some research and pick the best players of spin from the past three BBLs. I am talking about blokes that use their feet, the full crease and arent afraid to loft (not slog sweep) over the infield. One that springs to mind is Josh Inglis. Tassie has Mac Wright. Maxwell and Handscomb are also decent players of spin. That is four to start off your search CA.
Someone answer a baffling question for me. WHY did CA spend three years and tonnes of time and money on building sub continental type decks up at the NCC? A totally futile exercise as our so called elite cricketers still dont have the faintest bloody clue how to play a spinner correctly and effectively. Useless rabble have embarrassed us again. The funny thing is I dont see much better in our regulars. Only Smith and Maxwell are competent players of spin. Labuchagne is passable. He needs to come into WC reckoning as does Josh Inglis and Peter Handscomb..
I had Hazlewood no where near the side, but in these last tours he's impressed so there's no reason why he shouldn't be pickedA lot of reserves.. warming benches. CA needs to rotate if form is shocking in early matches.
Our best team for non sub continental conditions and pitches. Being the UAE we have to pick plenty of spin options. Where are all our slow bowling all rounders.. cupboard is bare. Closest are Maxwell, Ashton Agar and Turner. Turner looks to be poor against spin. So not taking him. How about Darcy Short. Can be destructive with bat and his chinaman bowling is not that shabby. Matt Short may also be a consideration. Why do we constantly pick our Test attack for white ball cricket. The Poms dont. OK Hazlewood has done well on these tours but he like Cummins are not specialists in this format..Starc is so a lock so is Kane Richo and Jhye. Have Tye in reserves. Ellis is my smokie. A minimum bench spot.
Why wouldn't you add Cameron Green to the squad?This is our best team:
Wade, Marnus, Carey, Turner, Sams, Tye, J Richardson, Cummins, K Richardson, Swepson, T Sangha
Our lack of batting depth is now concerning. Do we go back to a Short, Lynn or even a more experienced Khawaja despite his form?
Ellis T20 record playing in the BBL playing against these same guys who can barely string a run together at international level hardly screams death bowler at a World Cup to me but I really like the rest of your side.Finch
Smith (Labs if Smith isn't fit)
Leaning towards Ellis to be honest as he is one of the few guys that mixes up variations at the death.
Have followed his career closely. Haze's first two white ball spells, say 6/7 overs have always been miserly. It was when blokes stepped on the throttle at the death that he has gone for runs. Sometimes doubling his economy. I reckon this was because he is such a disciplined line and length red ball bowler so he found bowling anything different was alien to him. I have noted he has added variety to his late overs over recent years. He is also a good team man and is now a senior member of our leadership group. These are assets CA looks for. I still maintain we have better specialist white ball bowlers than both he and Cummins.I never understood why he was pigeonholed as a red ball only player.