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CrowBloke

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Re: Glenn Maxwell ---
"When Maxwell was left out of Australia's squad for the two Tests against Pakistan in the UAE last year, reports emerged suggesting CA itself had played a role in denying Maxwell the opportunity to hone his long-form skills and make a case for Test selection.
The reports, which Maxwell later confirmed, claimed he was instructed by CA not to play county cricket in England during the off-season to rest for an Australia A tour of India. Maxwell was subsequently left out of that tour, with the justification that he did not need the added practice against spin bowling fuelling the assumption he would be selected for the UAE tour.
When he was not, it meant he had foregone any opportunity to play red-ball cricket for the majority of 2018, leaving him short of match practice when the 2018/19 Sheffield Shield season began and a long way back in the queue for Test selection. (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01...rumpy-langer-hits-back/10705836?section=sport)".
If it was confirmed by Maxwell, JL, it happened but while Boof was Coach. The mystery of Maxwell's non-selection remains, especially after his fine ton in India which showed application, concentration and Test-level skills. Does it have anything to do with this:
"Maxwell was indirectly accused by Al Jazeera's documentary (without mentioning his name) as a chief suspect in the possible match fixing allegations during the 3rd Test match held between India and Australia which happened at Ranchi, a match where Glenn Maxwell recorded his maiden test century. However Maxwell denied all of the allegations levelled against him and replied that he didn't have any need to do such a thing to spoil the moment of cricket. " (Wikipedia)?

Just as mysteriously, Matthew Wade has been omitted because he doesn't bat high enough on the Tassie list according to Hohns. Does it matter where Wade makes his runs? I suspect some Paine-Wade rivalry is at work there.
Edit, re Wade: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01...ection-of-matthew-wade/10705916?section=sport
 
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India completely outplayed us for most of the series.

It was the first time in decades where no batsman scored a century for the whole series. I think the Indians had 9/10 top scores, including the top 7.

India winning was a fair reflection of their dominance which was not mainly due to winning the toss.
Ugh.

Never has anyone said the results were mainly due to the toss.

India were 5-80 in one test and 8-100 in another - both tests we still managed to lose!

We were shit. We bat first in Melbourne and Adelaide, though, and who knows.

But it will always be who knows, because they facts are we didn't and India won.
 
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Ugh.

Never has anyone said the results were mainly due to the toss.

India were 5-80 in one test and 8-100 in another - both tests we still managed to lose!

We were shit. We bat first in Melbourne and Adelaide, though, and who knows.

But it will always be who knows, because they facts are we didn't and India won.
You have been on a mission to give excuses why we were unlucky to lose the series.

We were not unlucky, but comprehensively beaten. Would have lost the series even if we won every toss as our batting was incapable of putting enough runs on the board

Finally the selectors have got the message & have made some positive changes, including dumping the Marsh brothers & Finch.
 

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You have been on a mission to give excuses why we were unlucky to lose the series.

We were not unlucky, but comprehensively beaten. Would have lost the series even if we won every toss as our batting was incapable of putting enough runs on the board

Finally the selectors have got the message & have made some positive changes, including dumping the Marsh brothers & Finch.
There are 2 separate issues:
1. If India was truly dominant, and we were really that appalling, the series should have been lost 3-0 or 4-0, a whitewash. The fact we managed to win the Perth match comfortably suggests we weren’t as bad or Indians weren’t as dominant. The coin tosses won or loss, with the pitch favouring heavily the first team batting in 3rd and 4th Tests, did have an influence on the overall result.
So, I think the summary is that we were pretty bad. Indians overall played better. In footy terms, they “did what they needed to do to get the points”.

2. The poor showing with the batting performances have awoken the selectors into focusing more on consistent performances rather than potential/name. Which is a damn good thing!
 

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How has he been thrown under a bus?
"Once in a generation talent", weve set the kid up to fail. Hes about to come into the worst test side weve had in over 30 years with a trip to England to come. Hes also had his troubles with mental health, it should be the last thing we are doing.
 
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He is a great guy, very humble. Got to know him at my gym, trains hard and religiously. Genuinely hope the best for this South Aussie.
Certainly a better representative of Australian men's tennis than the other 2 spoilt brats.
 
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Certainly a better representative of Australian men's tennis than the other 2 spoilt brats.
You mean the guy who isn’t currently being considered for Davis Cup because he sulked and wouldn’t appear courtside to support his fellow countrymen when Hewitt picked Millman over him based on their practice form?

Granted that Tomic is a tanking knob and Kyrgios has massive mental demons, but the Kokk still is not what I’d call a great representative for Aussie tennis.
 
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Good to see the one-dayer is not on FTA today. Great job by Cricket Australia to sign a media deal that minimises their exposure to the general public when there are no other big sports to compete against. Then again, based on Australia’s current form, it’s probably for the best if as few people as possible see them play! :D
 
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Certainly a better representative of Australian men's tennis than the other 2 spoilt brats.
Hes almost as bad, hes been sulking for 2 years because Hewitt didnt pick him for Davis Cup.

Plus hes a mad Power fan.
 
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Just did a Google search and discovered that all ODIs and International T20s (not including the World Cups) will only be shown on Foxtel for the next 6 years. I have a feeling that this will be looked back in hindsight as a terrible deal for Australian cricket as they suffer from lack of exposure and media coverage.
 
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