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Said plenty of times this week we celebrated too hard for my liking after the last win. We will retain the ashes - not win them. Big difference. Paine had a chance to write a very nice page in history for his captaincy. Yeah, nah.
Marcus Harris certainly did, considering his minimal contribution. As a team, it was fine by me that they celebrated retaining the Ashes in England for the first time in forever, especially with everything that happened in the last two years. Plus it was a tense final day and it was reasonable to enjoy the moment.

Not in the ballpark of England’s over-celebration in 2005 for finally doing what every decent Test side should do and win a series at home. Or how they carried on for winning one test in this series, or how they will probably carry on if they win this one.
 

DuckYeah

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Ricky Ponting's commentary is the best going around.

The way he explains the technical intricacies is amazing and he does it without coming off as a know it all prat.
One of the most brilliant cricket minds going round.. I still dont know how he justifies his captaincy decisions in 05 .. but he is definitely one of the greats.. not bad for a kid that never completed high school
 

roos_fanatic08

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Considering our openers can’t score to save themselves let’s have a bit of a discussion as to who the potential openers in the future could be:

David Warner - mentally just completely lost at the moment. Can’t continue to persist with him.

Marcus Harris - is reactive as an ice berg. Footwork really needs to improve especially when the ball is moving. Will need to go back to first class cricket to work on his deficiencies.

Cam Bancroft - has potential but also has a long way to go. Hasn’t been able to replicate first class record at test level.

Usman Khamaja - technically he is one of our best. However always finds ways to get into trouble. Could he find his niche as an opener?

Joe Burns - first class record stacks up. Hasn’t been given an extended chance to cement his spot like others have. Has
Scored 4 hundreds at test level. Surely next in line?

Matt Renshaw - tonne of potential but had a poor first class season last year. Has the right temperament for test cricket. Still has a bit of developing to do.

Shaun Marsh - surely we wouldn’t? Might come back into the frame if others keep failing.

Will Pucovski - is he an opener? Pretty sure he is better suited to playing at 3 or 4. Obviously has a very high ceiling but not sure if he is ready to be thrown to the wolves.

Kurtis Patterson - better suited to middle order but has the right temperament and skill set to be an opener. Will probably end up back in the side if Wade keeps continues to not take his chances.

Alex Carey - was previously an opening batsman before transition into being a wicket keeper. Probably should be in the side as the wicket keeper anyway.

Travis Dean - been around at first class level for a few years now. Scored 6 first class hundreds. Often gets starts but doesn’t carry on with them. Has a good range of shots. Has previously been the shield leading run scorer.
 

Mick F

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Considering our openers can’t score to save themselves let’s have a bit of a discussion as to who the potential openers in the future could be:

David Warner - mentally just completely lost at the moment. Can’t continue to persist with him.

Marcus Harris - is reactive as an ice berg. Footwork really needs to improve especially when the ball is moving. Will need to go back to first class cricket to work on his deficiencies.

Cam Bancroft - has potential but also has a long way to go. Hasn’t been able to replicate first class record at test level.

Usman Khamaja - technically he is one of our best. However always finds ways to get into trouble. Could he find his niche as an opener?

Joe Burns - first class record stacks up. Hasn’t been given an extended chance to cement his spot like others have. Has
Scored 4 hundreds at test level. Surely next in line?

Matt Renshaw - tonne of potential but had a poor first class season last year. Has the right temperament for test cricket. Still has a bit of developing to do.

Shaun Marsh - surely we wouldn’t? Might come back into the frame if others keep failing.

Will Pucovski - is he an opener? Pretty sure he is better suited to playing at 3 or 4. Obviously has a very high ceiling but not sure if he is ready to be thrown to the wolves.

Kurtis Patterson - better suited to middle order but has the right temperament and skill set to be an opener. Will probably end up back in the side if Wade keeps continues to not take his chances.

Alex Carey - was previously an opening batsman before transition into being a wicket keeper. Probably should be in the side as the wicket keeper anyway.

Travis Dean - been around at first class level for a few years now. Scored 6 first class hundreds. Often gets starts but doesn’t carry on with them. Has a good range of shots. Has previously been the shield leading run scorer.
Shame Wade’s bat doesn’t do as much talking as his mouth.
 

DuckYeah

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Considering our openers can’t score to save themselves let’s have a bit of a discussion as to who the potential openers in the future could be:

David Warner - mentally just completely lost at the moment. Can’t continue to persist with him.

Marcus Harris - is reactive as an ice berg. Footwork really needs to improve especially when the ball is moving. Will need to go back to first class cricket to work on his deficiencies.

Cam Bancroft - has potential but also has a long way to go. Hasn’t been able to replicate first class record at test level.

Usman Khamaja - technically he is one of our best. However always finds ways to get into trouble. Could he find his niche as an opener?

Joe Burns - first class record stacks up. Hasn’t been given an extended chance to cement his spot like others have. Has
Scored 4 hundreds at test level. Surely next in line?

Matt Renshaw - tonne of potential but had a poor first class season last year. Has the right temperament for test cricket. Still has a bit of developing to do.

Shaun Marsh - surely we wouldn’t? Might come back into the frame if others keep failing.

Will Pucovski - is he an opener? Pretty sure he is better suited to playing at 3 or 4. Obviously has a very high ceiling but not sure if he is ready to be thrown to the wolves.

Kurtis Patterson - better suited to middle order but has the right temperament and skill set to be an opener. Will probably end up back in the side if Wade keeps continues to not take his chances.

Alex Carey - was previously an opening batsman before transition into being a wicket keeper. Probably should be in the side as the wicket keeper anyway.

Travis Dean - been around at first class level for a few years now. Scored 6 first class hundreds. Often gets starts but doesn’t carry on with them. Has a good range of shots. Has previously been the shield leading run scorer.
I’d give warner another shot during our summer, is it NZ? As for the second opener, can Carey do it? Can you keep all day then open the batting? He’s a dead set gun, 100% he should be in the side, Paine needs to go, so does Harris, actually theres 4/5 spots up for frabs in IMO .. the safe ones are obvious, labushagne smith cummins hazelwood lyon wade and somewhat controversially warner .. the rest needs a tinker
 

roos_fanatic08

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I’d give warner another shot during our summer, is it NZ? As for the second opener, can Carey do it? Can you keep all day then open the batting? He’s a dead set gun, 100% he should be in the side, Paine needs to go, so does Harris, actually theres 4/5 spots up for frabs in IMO .. the safe ones are obvious, labushagne smith cummins hazelwood lyon wade and somewhat controversially warner .. the rest needs a tinker
If Carey was going to open he’d have to be a specialist batsman. He hasn’t done much opening since the beginning of his first class career.
 

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