also known as Richie
Baggers back here on Big Cricket after a long absence. Ok if I create this thread on everything to do with the Australian Test cricket side. Known unofficially as the Baggy Greens.
Exactly Baggers... it's ridiculous to try & prepare for a test series using the short form stuff as a build up, test cricket is all about patience, concentration & composure, need a huge change in mindset between test cricket & the white ball stuff.I continue to be dumbfounded how year after year our Test players are handed white ball cricket for preparation of a big Test series. The formats are chalk and cheese. Instead of having the red ball of the Shield to prepare for the Indian tour four of our best, Smith, Cummins, Hazlewood and Warner will be smashing the white ball or being cannon fodder in the UAE. All this may be conjecture as the life disruptive pandemic has put Australian cricket in a tailspin.
My first thought was wow how stupid is Josh Hazlewood, what did he expect. But upon reflection as the majority of Australian deal with border restrictions, and not being allowed to travel any great distance from our homes, I now think how selfish Hazlewood and the others playing IPL are. Starc refused to play as he put the safety of his family and fellow Australian as being more important than money and his contract was over 1 million. Warner Smith Cummins etc may claim ignorance of the fact as they may not be exposed to active cases, but Hazlewood has admitted to seeing it and still remains.Is Cricket Australia risking the absence of two of our best Test bowling attack, Josh Hazlewood amd Pat Cummins for the upcoming Indian Test tour, by allowing them to play in the IPL?
Hazlewood told reporters this week that he is "concerned" that 13 personnel, including two team mates, from his franchise the Chenai Super Kings have contracted Coronavirus and were in isolation. Pat Cummins will turn out for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL which has been transferred to the UAE due to the virus ravaging India. Test batsmen Steve Smith and Dave Warner are also playing in the IPL.
Worst case scenario.. losing all four players would surely hand the four match series to India on a platter.
What!!! Hazlewood is in the incumbent attack. As much as I admire Patto.. he is the reserve bowler. If anyone needs to go it is the perennially inconsistent Starc. He has been around since 2011 and has only played 57 matches.. and up till his past 10 tests averaged a piddling @29.I just rate Hazlewood along with Siddle.