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Title: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 09, 2019, 08:47:02 AM
Australia named their Test squad for the upcoming tests against the lowly Sri Lanka. Brothers grim Shaun and Mitchell are axed along with Handscombe.

Queenslanders Renshaw and Burns are back in favour whilst 20 year old Victorian Will Pucovski gets a maiden call up. Still no love for Maxwell.

Rather strangely no changes to the bowler where Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins are joined by Siddle. Definitely thought Starc and Siddle should've been omitted.

Tim Paine (c)(w/k), Josh Hazlewood, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Kulli on January 09, 2019, 08:55:46 AM
Would say the selectors are finally beginning to see some sense.

Pucovski a bit of a strange call considering he's just back from time off for Mental issues? don't really know that much about it though.

also a little suprised to see Siddle back, guess they might want to rest the other quicks without blooding someone new.

Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: goodarmcindy on January 09, 2019, 10:01:50 AM
Interesting to see Australia finally abandon the path they set upon after 2005 to find an Andrew Flintoff like all-rounder and actually just pick specialist batsmen and bowlers.

Obviously aside from their well trodden path of selecting leg spinners who can bat a bit/batsmen who can leg spin a bit.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: SD on January 09, 2019, 11:49:58 AM
They are always going to struggle to balance the side without a  genuine all rounder and with a 34 year old wicket keeper with a single first class hundred to his name. 
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Kulli on January 09, 2019, 11:50:46 AM
Makes it easier playing SL, 2 bowlers is probably enough at the moment, nevermind 5.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: six and out on January 09, 2019, 01:02:33 PM
I think Australia are hoping that Cummins batting becomes good enough to be classed as a genuine allrounder.

i thing i find interesting is what are the selections based upon?

Renshaw is averaging 19 in Shield cricket, doesn't even have 200 runs yet this season. Yes he is more of a Test type player to open the batting but 19 is hardly going back to Shield cricket and scoring runs.

Pucovski looks like a great talent but he has only played 8 1st class games and just had time off (as mentioned), so it will be very interesting to see how he goes. Have to say he is currently averaging over 100 in the Shield though!

Matthew Wade must be pissed though, he must have seriously rubbed someone up the wrong way not to get another go - as a batsman. Averaging over 63, with 5 x 50's and a 100. Better than Burns and miles better than Renshaw.

But it's only Sri Lanka isn't it, easy pickings at home.......... i am sure  ;)
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: csnew on January 09, 2019, 01:07:21 PM
Canít believe wade hasnít been called up as a specialist batsman. Selectors are probably worried that playing 2 keepers would put pressure on Paine
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: cricketbadger on January 09, 2019, 06:03:53 PM
They are always going to struggle to balance the side without a  genuine all rounder and with a 34 year old wicket keeper with a single first class hundred to his name.

Balancing the side has nothing to do really with Paine's position or his lack of 1st class hundreds
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Kulli on January 09, 2019, 06:36:57 PM
Balancing the side has nothing to do really with Paine's position or his lack of 1st class hundreds

It does though, if they had a bloke averaging 50 at number 6 they're less pressure to find a batting allrounder to bat in the top 6.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Manormanic on January 09, 2019, 07:22:32 PM
I don't honestly see the obsession with them "balancing the side with an all rounder".  They have Lyon, who bowls masses of overs, and a range of decent seamers.  Its nice int hat situation if you have a part timer who can bowl five or six overs if you're in the field an age (Waugh, Lehmann etc) but they don't need anything more - I suspect it came in part through the injury prone nature of their seamers, but that could be fixed with a tad more rotation.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Manormanic on January 09, 2019, 07:23:59 PM
From what I know of it, I'd try:

Burns
Harris
Khawaja
Renshaw/Pucovski till Smith
Maxwell
Wade
Paine
Cummins
Starc
Lyon
Hazlewood
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Kulli on January 09, 2019, 07:30:51 PM
I don't honestly see the obsession with them "balancing the side with an all rounder".  They have Lyon, who bowls masses of overs, and a range of decent seamers.  Its nice int hat situation if you have a part timer who can bowl five or six overs if you're in the field an age (Waugh, Lehmann etc) but they don't need anything more - I suspect it came in part through the injury prone nature of their seamers, but that could be fixed with a tad more rotation.

I think you've nailed it there, they can't risk not having a fairly decent 5th bowler incase they go round the park for 500+ and bits start falling off Cummin and Starc.

That said england donśt really have any injury prone bowlers and have been obsessed with having an alrounder for decades, whether we have had any decent ones or not.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: SD on January 09, 2019, 11:19:13 PM
Balancing the side has nothing to do really with Paine's position or his lack of 1st class hundreds

Paine is a huge headache for the selectors.  A specialist keeper is a luxury that a side with such a flimsy top 6 as Australia has cannot afford.  There must be a side with a worse number 7 around somewhere but one doesn't instantly come to mind
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 09, 2019, 11:31:01 PM
Paine averages a shade under 35 so he's hardly a passenger. It's hardly his fault that S Marsh, M Marsh, Finch, Handscombe are inept at batting.

Look at the averages of all the wicket keepers in Test cricket they all average around 35-40 bracket. Only Pant's averaging around 50 but he's a young pup still.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: LateBloomer on January 10, 2019, 02:48:50 AM
If Matthews was fit I'd give Sri Lanka a decent chance of at least taking the games deep. Mendis is quality, Chandimal is due some big runs and Karunaratne is better than any of the Aussie openers.

I feel their problem will be the seam bowlers they can put out. Lakmal did well in NZ but conditions wont be as helpful in Australia, while the other 2 have potential but are very raw and could leak runs. No better time to play Australia

Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Batoff on January 10, 2019, 11:34:32 AM
Look at the averages of all the wicket keepers in Test cricket they all average around 35-40 bracket. Only Pant's averaging around 50 but he's a young pup still.

Did I dream that Ben Foakes made an incredible start to his career and is averaging 69.25 with the bat?
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: csnew on January 10, 2019, 11:55:06 AM
Sri Lanka cricket is a right mess - the ICC having to introduce a 15 day amnesty period to report fixing
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: cricketbadger on January 10, 2019, 12:46:31 PM
Paine averages a shade under 35 so he's hardly a passenger. It's hardly his fault that S Marsh, M Marsh, Finch, Handscombe are inept at batting.

Look at the averages of all the wicket keepers in Test cricket they all average around 35-40 bracket. Only Pant's averaging around 50 but he's a young pup still.

Exactly this

Paine cant be blamed for the top 6 failings. Not ideal for any batsmen in his position coming in repeatedly under pressure

Pakistan instantly comes to my mind
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 10, 2019, 01:40:42 PM
Did I dream that Ben Foakes made an incredible start to his career and is averaging 69.25 with the bat?
I didn't mention Foakes as he's only batted 6 times, so as per Pant comments small sample size
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: CricketXI on January 11, 2019, 07:46:16 PM
SL lost all their Matches to NZ, will they be able to turn things around against Aus.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on January 11, 2019, 08:07:54 PM
SL lost all their Matches to NZ, will they be able to turn things around against Aus.

They are dire and have corruption hanging around them
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: CricketXI on January 14, 2019, 05:14:50 PM
Is cricket at its lowest in last 30 years??.

Pak losing home series to NZ, SL losing to Eng, Windies nowhere near to be test side, Aus losing to Ind in Aus, Eng losing 4-1 to Aus.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: jayralh on January 14, 2019, 05:38:10 PM
Is cricket at its lowest in last 30 years??.

Pak losing home series to NZ, SL losing to Eng, Windies nowhere near to be test side, Aus losing to Ind in Aus, Eng losing 4-1 to Aus.
Ask same question to winning sides.
In my opinion its been good year like any other. only one team (better one)can win and its been the case. And thats nature of any team sport
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: csnew on January 14, 2019, 06:05:24 PM
Time to scrap the toss and allow away teams decide what they want to do. eng won 3 tosses in Sri Lanka and won 3 matches. Same for nz - 2 tosses 2 wins. India the same
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on January 14, 2019, 07:12:06 PM
Time to scrap the toss and allow away teams decide what they want to do. eng won 3 tosses in Sri Lanka and won 3 matches. Same for nz - 2 tosses 2 wins. India the same

Youíd end up with roads .. Boring run fests
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 17, 2019, 11:09:29 AM
Warm up match started today. Australia's Test hopefuls didn't fare well. Burns 4, Renshaw 7, Marnus 6 and Pucovski 23. Kurtis Patterson scored 157* but he's not in contention
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on January 17, 2019, 11:30:58 AM
And Doran scored a 102* as well. They both batted superbly. Pucovski was looking the goods too
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 19, 2019, 11:11:20 AM
Patterson scored another unbeaten century in the second innings. Bizarrely considering his form Australia aren't adding him to the test squad
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 19, 2019, 04:04:09 PM
Josh Hazlewood has a back injury and is out of the series, Jhye Richardson gets into the Test squad. You'd hope Australia would blood the youngster rather than stiff the place out with Siddle and his dobbers
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 21, 2019, 12:09:36 AM
Kurtis Patterson has been added to the Australian test squad and I wouldn't be surprised if he debuts. Burns and Renshaw didn't exactly show much in the warm up match.

Nuwan Pradeep is out for Sri Lanka with a dodgy hamstring
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 23, 2019, 10:23:18 AM
Kurtis Patterson and Jhye Richardson confirmed to debut and Joe Burns returns to partner Harris
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 24, 2019, 09:36:04 AM
Day 1 at the Gabba, day/night test, Sri Lanka blown away for 144. Dreadful batting effort.

Australia 37-1, burns out
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: csnew on January 24, 2019, 11:03:11 AM
Credit to the aussie selectors on picking in form Jhye Richardson. Really looks like a talent and showed it on day-1

Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 24, 2019, 12:38:45 PM
Starc must be looking over his shoulder ahead of the Ashes. Yet another mediocre display wasting the new ball. How Cummins doesn't get the new ball over Starc is staggering
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: mohawks94 on January 24, 2019, 01:16:20 PM
Jhye looked sharp today, bowled very well. Cummins bowled well, Lyon as expected but agree that Starc wasn't as expected with the new ball, just mopping up at the end of the innings. Jhye will surely be part of the Ashes squad, offers pace, movement and skids it though from a lower trajectory than the other Aussie quicks
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: stevat on January 24, 2019, 02:05:00 PM
Cummins has been exceptional for the last year or so, really come on as a bowler.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 25, 2019, 09:19:00 AM
Australia 278-8, Marnus 81 and Head 84. The Lankans getting the ball moving all over the place under lights.

Unfortunately for the visitors they are too far behind
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 25, 2019, 09:46:48 AM
Lakmal with an outstanding 5fer. The old war horse has been magnificent
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 26, 2019, 09:49:58 AM
Patrick Cummins took a career best 6-23 and match figures of 10-62 as the Australians hammered Sri Lanka by an innings. Once again Starc got smashed around. Can't see him being in the playing XI for the ashes
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Manormanic on January 26, 2019, 02:44:21 PM
Is Richardson there as his replacemat?
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 27, 2019, 12:39:01 AM
Is Richardson there as his replacemat?
Depends who can stay fit for the Ashes tbh. Cummins, Hazlewood, Starc, Richardson and maybe Pattinson could be the options. Pattinson got injured again in the BBL but he's most suited to English conditions
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on January 27, 2019, 12:40:00 AM
Australia have added Marcus Stoinis to their squad for the second Test. Looks like Mitch Marsh's ship has sailed.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: shadowlight on January 27, 2019, 08:28:13 PM
Australia have added Marcus Stoinis to their squad for the second Test. Looks like Mitch Marsh's ship has sailed.

Thank God, it has sailed and hopefully it never docks again.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: CricketXI on January 28, 2019, 05:42:14 PM
Right now SL team getting smashed by everyone, they donot seem to have any solutions.
Changing captains after every second series is not the solution, Their management have to look forward towards a permanent solution right now, on the fly fix is not going to work in this situation.

Overall SL cricket is on a decline and is in state of free-fall, player like chandimal, Mendis and Methews are not taking enough responsibility, one odd good innings here or there is not helping out the overall team motive.
As the result of constant decline we donot see any SL players in any of the leagues which is a big drawback right now as their skill set is not improving/evolving at the same pace as the other players from other countries and hence the new or even the old players are not able to cope up with the high and quick (interms of  results) demanding cricket these days.

Right now there is no space for a player to come to an International side and take time to deliver the results, at this point you have to adopt and produce results quickly.
For example Pak team -they have 3 player in top 5 to get fastest 1000 ODI runs.


Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 01, 2019, 12:01:05 AM
Second Test started tonight. Australia unchanged whilst Sri Lanka made four changes. The tourists lost all three seam bowlers from the first Test to injury.

Paine won a rare toss but the hosts struggling 16-2. Harris and Khawaja failing
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 01, 2019, 08:06:10 AM
Australia recovered from 28-3 to finish day 1 on a remarkable 384-4. Joe Burns 174* and Travis Head 161. Sri Lanka faded badly and dropped 4 straightforward catches.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on February 01, 2019, 10:24:01 AM
Does this mean Burns & Head are all but certain to be in the Ashes side now?

If Marcus Harris tons up before the end of the series it could be difficult to find a spot in the side for Mr Warner.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Kulli on February 01, 2019, 11:34:13 AM
Was always going to be someone who cememted their Ashes spot with a big score on a road against a terrible attack, be happy to see Head picked, not seen enough of Burns to know if he's any threat to us or not.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 01, 2019, 12:35:37 PM
Pretty certain Khawaja won't be in the XI for the first ashes test. The bans to Smith and Warner was an opportunity to come out of their shadows yet these 6 tests he's been a passenger.

Always thought Burns was a little hard done by getting dropped after two poor tests in Sri Lanka. He scores heavily despite playing the majority of his matches at the bowler friendly Gabba. Seems like a decent chap as well.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: LateBloomer on February 01, 2019, 12:49:11 PM
I dont think Burns and Head can be labelled as ashes saviours quite yet. Several drops throughout the day on a flat pitch vrs bowlers that would be fortunate to bowl 2nd change for Leicestershire

Not quite preparation for Anderson & Broad with the shiny Duke on a green one
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on February 01, 2019, 01:44:58 PM
If I were you guys Iíd be more concerned with which England team is going to turn up for the Ashes. Hopefully not the team playing in the West Indies at the moment 🍑🍆
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: LateBloomer on February 01, 2019, 08:03:14 PM
If I were you guys Iíd be more concerned with which England team is going to turn up for the Ashes. Hopefully not the team playing in the West Indies at the moment 🍑🍆

We'll turn up for the Ashes dont worry about that. There will only be one team being dismissed for double figures in that series.

But enjoy these wins against the Sri Lankan reserves, first you've had since your leadership group introduced sandpaper to a cricket ball in a Test Match

🍄 🍋

Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on February 01, 2019, 09:35:09 PM
We'll turn up for the Ashes dont worry about that. There will only be one team being dismissed for double figures in that series.

But enjoy these wins against the Sri Lankan reserves, first you've had since your leadership group introduced sandpaper to a cricket ball in a Test Match

🍄 🍋

Itís this the same SL that England have been hyping up as a great series win just a few weeks ago ??

Tbf, ashes in England.. only one winner
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Kulli on February 01, 2019, 10:16:07 PM
Itís this the same SL that England have been hyping up as a great series win just a few weeks ago ??

Tbf, ashes in England.. only one winner
To be fair, at least then they were at home and full strength.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: LateBloomer on February 02, 2019, 01:05:52 AM
Itís this the same SL that England have been hyping up as a great series win just a few weeks ago ??

Tbf, ashes in England.. only one winner

No its not, they only have 4 of the same players from the 1st Test vrs England I think and a whole different seam attack from the 1st of this series. Would have expected Sri Lanka to bat better though, no excuse for that
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on February 02, 2019, 05:09:51 AM
We'll turn up for the Ashes dont worry about that. There will only be one team being dismissed for double figures in that series.

But enjoy these wins against the Sri Lankan reserves, first you've had since your leadership group introduced sandpaper to a cricket ball in a Test Match

🍄 🍋

Oh we will enjoy these wins donít worry about that. And you Enjoy your losses against the 8th ranked test team. 😜 keep telling yourself how great this England team is. Australia will be more than prepared for the Ashes.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: csnew on February 02, 2019, 09:09:04 AM
Karunaratne quite possibly saved by the extra neck protection he had on.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 02, 2019, 09:30:05 AM
Kurtis Patterson reached his maiden Test hundred and has really enjoyed the visitors bowling with 3 centuries in 4 innings.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: LateBloomer on February 02, 2019, 10:08:48 AM
Oh we will enjoy these wins donít worry about that. And you Enjoy your losses against the 8th ranked test team. 😜 keep telling yourself how great this England team is. Australia will be more than prepared for the Ashes.

I know this England team is far from great dont worry about that, im a realist! But certainly good enough to beat Australia in England.

 I hope its close because ive got tickets to 4th and 5th Tests and would like the series to still be live.

But lets remember how Australia played the moving ball last time. With a full strength settled side. Im calling 4-1 England, ill give you Lords because its normally a shirtfront and you've got the better spinner

Karunaratne quite possibly saved by the extra neck protection he had on.

Bang on the neck protection, could have been terrible if he wasnt wearing it. Apparently he is all good in hospital, just being checked for concussion 🙂 was batting really well aswell
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on February 02, 2019, 01:15:15 PM
Kurtis Patterson reached his maiden Test hundred and has really enjoyed the visitors bowling with 3 centuries in 4 innings.

I hope he plays in the Ashes to see how he goes. Just read a story on him where he says he enjoys playing the moving ball.

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kurtis-patterson-century-of-joy-for-former-aussie-skipper-australia-sri-lanka-test-series/2019-02-02?fbclid=IwAR0l9orWY98UVtGf8yw1bIMWVjMIfeuokW-SpdGgLzp51Bme-S5IDyrWlYQ (https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kurtis-patterson-century-of-joy-for-former-aussie-skipper-australia-sri-lanka-test-series/2019-02-02?fbclid=IwAR0l9orWY98UVtGf8yw1bIMWVjMIfeuokW-SpdGgLzp51Bme-S5IDyrWlYQ)
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 02, 2019, 02:26:36 PM
I hope he plays in the Ashes to see how he goes. Just read a story on him where he says he enjoys playing the moving ball.

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kurtis-patterson-century-of-joy-for-former-aussie-skipper-australia-sri-lanka-test-series/2019-02-02?fbclid=IwAR0l9orWY98UVtGf8yw1bIMWVjMIfeuokW-SpdGgLzp51Bme-S5IDyrWlYQ (https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kurtis-patterson-century-of-joy-for-former-aussie-skipper-australia-sri-lanka-test-series/2019-02-02?fbclid=IwAR0l9orWY98UVtGf8yw1bIMWVjMIfeuokW-SpdGgLzp51Bme-S5IDyrWlYQ)
It's good to see a young player talk like that tbh, too many modern batsmen don't fancy it when it's moving around
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: LateBloomer on February 02, 2019, 09:53:54 PM
I hope he plays in the Ashes to see how he goes. Just read a story on him where he says he enjoys playing the moving ball.

https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kurtis-patterson-century-of-joy-for-former-aussie-skipper-australia-sri-lanka-test-series/2019-02-02?fbclid=IwAR0l9orWY98UVtGf8yw1bIMWVjMIfeuokW-SpdGgLzp51Bme-S5IDyrWlYQ (https://www.cricket.com.au/news/kurtis-patterson-century-of-joy-for-former-aussie-skipper-australia-sri-lanka-test-series/2019-02-02?fbclid=IwAR0l9orWY98UVtGf8yw1bIMWVjMIfeuokW-SpdGgLzp51Bme-S5IDyrWlYQ)

Good pick by the selectors aswell considering he wasnt in the original squad. Get the man in form in.

With the 3 centurions in this test and 3 banned players soon to be available what will the aussie top 6 be for the 1st Ashes test?

Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 02, 2019, 09:59:13 PM
Good pick by the selectors aswell considering he wasnt in the original squad. Get the man in form in.

With the 3 centurions in this test and 3 banned players soon to be available what will the aussie top 6 be for the 1st Ashes test?
Bancroft is already available, anyway I think he is as I saw him in the BBL.

The logical selections will be Warner and Smith replace Khawaja and Marnus.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: LateBloomer on February 02, 2019, 10:12:01 PM
Bancroft is already available, anyway I think he is as I saw him in the BBL.

The logical selections will be Warner and Smith replace Khawaja and Marnus.

Yes he has been scoring some runs in the Bash. Might be a struggle to see him and Warner back in the same side in any case

Khawaja has had a lean run after that knock vrs Pakistan. Does have previous experience of England though which could be valuable.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 02, 2019, 10:18:16 PM
Yes he has been scoring some runs in the Bash. Might be a struggle to see him and Warner back in the same side in any case

Khawaja has had a lean run after that knock vrs Pakistan. Does have previous experience of England though which could be valuable.
Harris fellow has looked decent without making a big score. I think Burns and Patterson are now certain to play though. Can't see Paine leaving out Warner, however much he dislikes him, as he averages 47 and only Smith can boast better than that.

Khawaja unless he gets a hundred in the second innings will struggle to get into the XI. Anyway that's my thinking but my thinking don't really count
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: csnew on February 02, 2019, 10:22:07 PM
Selectors have made it clear they want warner back. Bancroft has had to come out and try and mend bridges with him given the selectors views on warner if heís going to have any chance of playing for aus.

Difficult to see Bancroft being selected over warner
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 02, 2019, 10:28:51 PM
Selectors have made it clear they want warner back. Bancroft has had to come out and try and mend bridges with him given the selectors views on warner if heís going to have any chance of playing for aus.

Difficult to see Bancroft being selected over warner
I really feel the Smith/Bancroft interviews with Gilchrist where staged to make the Australian public feel sorry for Warner. It's pretty unAustralian to throw each other under the bus, but since those interviews it seems like Warner isn't as hated by the Australians.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: HellomynameisJ on February 03, 2019, 12:26:03 AM
Scary stuff watching the Sri Lankans try and play the short stuff from the Aussies, they just look completely incompetent, thank goodness for helmets.

I'd say Warner and Smith come straight back, between Harris and burns, I just don't think there is room for Bancroft in an ashes squad, unless he has a pretty remarkable finish to the shield season. Through the whole saga, I think the experience that some of these fringe players now have in Burns, Harris, Labuschagne, Head, Patterson and Richardson is incredibly invaluable when it comes time for the ashes. This team now has tangible depth, which is something I'm not sure can be said about England after the performances in the Caribbean.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on February 03, 2019, 08:39:56 AM
Good pick by the selectors aswell considering he wasnt in the original squad. Get the man in form in.

With the 3 centurions in this test and 3 banned players soon to be available what will the aussie top 6 be for the 1st Ashes test?

Something like this maybe?

Joe Burns
David Warner
Usman Khawaja
Steve Smith
Marnus Labuschagne
Kurtis Patterson
Travis Head
Tim Paine (c/wk)
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Jhye Richardson
Nathan Lyon
Marcus Stoinis
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: csnew on February 03, 2019, 08:50:39 AM
Much needed 100 for khawaja and 5 wickets for starc.

Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: HellomynameisJ on February 03, 2019, 09:18:41 AM
Something like this maybe?

Joe Burns
David Warner
Usman Khawaja
Steve Smith
Marnus Labuschagne
Kurtis Patterson
Travis Head
Tim Paine (c/wk)
Pat Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Jhye Richardson
Nathan Lyon
Marcus Stoinis

I'd imagine Hazelwood will be there as well, and they will take either Wade or Carey as a reserve keeper
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on February 03, 2019, 09:23:29 AM
I'd imagine Hazelwood will be there as well, and they will take either Wade or Carey as a reserve keeper

Yes hopefully Hazlewood is fit and surely Wade as reserve keeper
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on February 04, 2019, 09:07:49 AM
Australia crushed Sri Lanka to win the series 2-0. Mitchell Starc bulldozerd them again to finish the match 5-54 and 5-46.

The beleaguered tourists now go to South Africa and will cop more fast bowling hostility from Steyn and co.
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: smilley792 on February 04, 2019, 08:29:51 PM
First time starc turned up since sand paper gate.


Did the Aussies not get searched during this test?......
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on February 05, 2019, 08:21:59 AM
First time starc turned up since sand paper gate.


Did the Aussies not get searched during this test?......

Sounds like something a scared Pom would say 😃
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: smilley792 on February 05, 2019, 10:16:08 AM
Sounds like something a scared Pom would say 😃

You have seen us batting against pace yeah?
Title: Re: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Post by: Number4 on February 06, 2019, 08:02:01 AM
You have seen us batting against pace yeah?

Oh yes lol