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Old 12th January 2021, 08:54   #381
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I'm hearing that there will be a late call on Bumrah's fitness?

I think the lack of first-class cricket has been a pretty big issue. Very few players have the miles in their legs. This probably effects touring sides more than the home team. T-20 cricket and net-sessions cannot replicate the rigour on the body over 4/5 day match intensity.
Will Australia make any changes? Given the amount of bowling the quicks have had to do in a relatively short space of time, and the fact they're all a bit injury prone (or used to be), will any (Starc being obvious one) be rested?
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Old 12th January 2021, 09:04   #382
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Will Australia make any changes? Given the amount of bowling the quicks have had to do in a relatively short space of time, and the fact they're all a bit injury prone (or used to be), will any (Starc being obvious one) be rested?
I doubt it. They will play what they view is their best XI to try and win the series. The only change I can foresee if is Pucovski doesn't pull up fit, then they will transplant Wade to open again with Head coming back into the lower order. I do think however the squad will have a few changes to it for the following South African tour.
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Old 12th January 2021, 09:15   #383
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Nice article in the Guardian today. The headline doesn't quite fit the article though -- it should be "Paine let Australia down" rather than "Australia let themselves down".

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...ine-third-test

Given that Tim Paine's main advantage was that he was more of a gentleman than Steve Smith, I wonder whether he might now (or soon) be dropped in favour of a better wicketkeeper?
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Old 12th January 2021, 09:22   #384
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Nice article in the Guardian today. The headline doesn't quite fit the article though -- it should be "Paine let Australia down" rather than "Australia let themselves down".

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...ine-third-test

Given that Tim Paine's main advantage was that he was more of a gentleman than Steve Smith, I wonder whether he might now (or soon) be dropped in favour of a better wicketkeeper?
Dropping him on form would be harsh as his keeping is generally exceptional other than yesterdays aberration and he's batting well. We also probably don't have a better technical gloveman other than maybe Inglis? Who's name you've probably never heard in your life. Also still prefer him as captain over the alternative (Smith) by a looooong way. He's well aware he had at bad day so at least he recognises that. Needs to have a good game with the gloves and as leader in Brisbane however.
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Old 12th January 2021, 11:26   #385
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Was it Ian Chapple? He was the only commentator I heard that used to be a batsman and from the old Channel 9 team but I'd be surprised if he was someone to complain about old-fashioned Test match batting. The others were Stuart Clark, Trent Copeland (who?) and a female commentator.
I'm sure he's a medium pacer who played a game a few years ago for Australia as a wicket to wicket bowler. Indeed, having checked his criinfo profile he played 3 games in Sri Lanka back in 2011.
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Old 12th January 2021, 17:46   #386
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Nice article in the Guardian today. The headline doesn't quite fit the article though -- it should be "Paine let Australia down" rather than "Australia let themselves down".

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...ine-third-test

Given that Tim Paine's main advantage was that he was more of a gentleman than Steve Smith, I wonder whether he might now (or soon) be dropped in
favour of a better wicketkeeper?
Sounded pretty ugly, went far beyond normal banter.. The thing is Smith knew it would be picked up by the stump microphones but didn't care. There should be repercussions.
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Old 12th January 2021, 23:35   #387
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Sounded pretty ugly, went far beyond normal banter.. The thing is Smith knew it would be picked up by the stump microphones but didn't care. There should be repercussions.
What did Smith say?

Bumrah expected to miss, which means Siraj will lead the attack in his 3rd test. What a crazy month or so for him.

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What did Smith say?

Bumrah expected to miss, which means Siraj will lead the attack in his 3rd test. What a crazy month or so for him.
There is a possibility Bumrah might even miss the England series, which would be quite sad.

Indeed a crazy couple of months for Siraj - getting selected into the Indian team, losing his dad, debuting well and now leading the attack. I hope our quicker men can get a wicket or two and that the spinners could then take it over from there. Unfortunately, there are question marks over Ashwin's fitness as well, as he was suffering from back spasms.
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This has been a very good tour by India. They have been superb.

I moved to Brisbane last year after 3 years in Melbourne after getting back from my 16 years OS.

I still love test cricket and find the other forms to be inferior. These tests have been amazing and if it were'not for injuries I am pretty sure it would be all over in the favour of India.

At the SCG, Paine was horrible from Day1. Obviously something is not right with him. I hope he is ok. He was not only swearing at Umpires, he was at it equally as Pucovski or anyone that struggled in the field, and on the last day Ashwin. It was sad to see as it cost us the game. His field placing and bowling changes were simply awful all day.

Anyway, well played India over the whole series. Massive respect thus far!!
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This has been a very good tour by India. They have been superb.

I moved to Brisbane last year after 3 years in Melbourne after getting back from my 16 years OS.

I still love test cricket and find the other forms to be inferior. These tests have been amazing and if it were'not for injuries I am pretty sure it would be all over in the favour of India.

At the SCG, Paine was horrible from Day1. Obviously something is not right with him. I hope he is ok. He was not only swearing at Umpires, he was at it equally as Pucovski or anyone that struggled in the field, and on the last day Ashwin. It was sad to see as it cost us the game. His field placing and bowling changes were simply awful all day.

Anyway, well played India over the whole series. Massive respect thus far!!
Indias bench depth is certainly the best in the world. Australia can probably match them for fast bowling stocks, but for bats and spinners, forget about it. Look at how limply New Zealand folded here last summer after a couple of injures, and they still had their best batsman. I think Rahane deserves a lot of credit with how he's captained and carried the team as leader under trying circumstances and pressure. Paine would do well to catch up with him for coffee and take notes.
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Old 13th January 2021, 11:48   #391
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Indias bench depth is certainly the best in the world. Australia can probably match them for fast bowling stocks, but for bats and spinners, forget about it. Look at how limply New Zealand folded here last summer after a couple of injures, and they still had their best batsman. I think Rahane deserves a lot of credit with how he's captained and carried the team as leader under trying circumstances and pressure. Paine would do well to catch up with him for coffee and take notes.
I'd say Kohli could learn plenty too.
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I see that a lot of ex-England players, including the obvious trolls of Vaughan, Lloyd & the simpletons Gough & Sehwag, have gone ridiculously hard on the non-controversy involving Smith marking the crease. Their obsession with the guy is weird. Geoff Lemon writes about it well here, so we can hopefully move past this nonsense and focus more on the excellent cricket being played; https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...l-dirt-kicking
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I see that a lot of ex-England players, including the obvious trolls of Vaughan, Lloyd & the simpletons Gough & Sehwag, have gone ridiculously hard on the non-controversy involving Smith marking the crease. Their obsession with the guy is weird. Geoff Lemon writes about it well here, so we can hopefully move past this nonsense and focus more on the excellent cricket being played; https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...l-dirt-kicking
Yes they jumped to conclusions that he was cheating again. He would probably be best avoiding doing it from now on anyway.
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Old 13th January 2021, 13:35   #394
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I see that a lot of ex-England players, including the obvious trolls of Vaughan, Lloyd & the simpletons Gough & Sehwag, have gone ridiculously hard on the non-controversy involving Smith marking the crease. Their obsession with the guy is weird. Geoff Lemon writes about it well here, so we can hopefully move past this nonsense and focus more on the excellent cricket being played; https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...l-dirt-kicking
I think the only thing to say about that is how would he like it if someone did it to him? As someone with some pretty strong OCD mannerisms at the crease, you'd think it could well mess with his head a bit.

The obsession maybe strong, but it's nothing to what the Aussies did to Broad, and he didn't even spend a year suspended for cheating.
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Alison Mitchell? She's the best ball by ball caller in the game at the moment I think.
I'm no fan of female commentators in any sport, but she's an exception. Don't know what it is about female commentators/commentary but just doesn't feel natural - not that it's a female voice, it's the way they talk, describe things etc

Not sure what it is Alison Mitchell does 'right' that others don't, maybe more like the male commentators without being less natural or trying to immitate them
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What did Smith say?

Bumrah expected to miss, which means Siraj will lead the attack in his 3rd test. What a crazy month or so for him.
Got it wrong, it was Paine who came out with it.
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Puvocski ruled out with a shoulder injury. Feel like this guy will never catch a break and whose career will just be a collection of fits and starts. While I have very little confidence in Harris, at least they now recognise that opening is a specialist position and you can’t manufacture a guy who probably isnt even qualified to bat at 6 into the spot. Harris will want to take his chance. A double failure against an opening duo who have played 3 tests between them on the favourite batting wicket for Australian batsman, will not bode well for his future.
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Big toss to win this. India would love to send the Aus bowlers back out there after bowling 130 overs just the other day. I haven't heard any reports in regards to niggles or injuries, but they have to be feeling it now. If any have one thing going for them it's that they'll probably be feeler the fresher of the two sides. Storms forecast. I think this will be another draw.
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Crikey, 4 changes for India with Ashwin, Bumrah, Vihari & Jadeja all out. Natarajan & Sundar to debut, with Agarwal & Thakur the other two ins.
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Crikey, 4 changes for India with Ashwin, Bumrah, Vihari & Jadeja all out. Natarajan & Sundar to debut, with Agarwal & Thakur the other two ins.
I doubt whether a touring team has ever had this many changes through injury for the whole tour, plus the captain leaving early as well.
How would Australia do without their entire front line bowling attack and their best batsman.?
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