The BaggyGreens Thread

Ritchie

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My 4 day X1:
Hunt, Harris, Handscomb, Renshaw, Head, Philippe/Maddinson, Inglis, Hardie, Richardson, Boland, Sangha.

One day X1:
Philippe, Head, Handscomb, Renshaw, Maddinson, Inglis, Hardie, Richardson, Abbott, Kuhnemann, Sangha.
 

Ritchie

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Yeh we have been starved of pure cricket over the past two years. But the two Tests in Sri Lanka may be the only ones we play abroad this year due to a mass of white ball matches planned. The ICC and some of the stronger boards seems to be a in a sneaky conspiracy to slowly eliminate Test matches.

Some Aussies are taking advantage of unseasonal batting belters in England with Test discard Marcus Harris and world #1 Marnus Labuchagne posting centuries overnite. In one match the first innings scores have been 603 and 2/443.
 
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Renegadesfan

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Yeh we have been starved of pure cricket over the past two years. But the two Tests in Sri Lanka may be the only ones we play abroad this year due to a mass of white ball matches planned. The ICC and some of the stronger boards seems to be a in a sneaky conspiracy to slowly eliminate Test matches.

Some Aussies are taking advantage of early season batting belters in England with Test discard Marcus Harris and world #1 Marnus Labuchagne posting centuries overnite. In one match the first innings scores have been 603 and 2/443.
Marnus got into the test team whilst Harris is out.
 

Ritchie

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Australia has strengthened its hold on the #1 Test ranking in the ICC's annual update with their 4-0 Ashes series victory helping consign England to their lowest mark in 27 years and helping tp drop India to second place.
Since taking over the captaincy from Tim Paine ahead of the 2021-22 summer, Cummins has led the Baggy Greens to an Ashes thrashing (5) and a grueling 1-0 (3) away series win over Pakistan in March, while India have beaten New Zealand 1-0 (2) and Sri Lanka 2-0 (2) at home but lost to South Africa 2-1 (3) away.


One thing is almost certain Australia has played fewer Tests over this period than either India or England and look like playing fewer this year too. We may play catch up next year tho.
 

Ljp86

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I threw up those names as they all have a strong white ball game and while most of them lack consistency so do Maxwell and Stoinis.. In fact Maxwell specially has a poor world cup record. They will both make the next wc only off the back of their experience. My view is it is time for a changing of the guard if not before the next w/c in '23 certainly after it. Philippe has enormous potential in both formats.. get him in now. Mac Wright is a gut feel selection. He did not play a lot for Tassie last season but his last two white ball scores were 55 and 49. Nothing wrong with those. We did not see a lot of power hitting in those two knocks but I have seen Wright a lot in club cricket.. and he gives the cherry a massive whack off pace and spin. Never loses his shape. You watch if he gets a good crack in the Marsh Cup betting his name will be on the CA radar before too long. Picked Edwards because both his bowling/ batting are better suited to white ball. Matty Renshaw took out the Marsh Cup MOS if memory serves. I also like Joe Burns. Have often said he should have been picked years ago in our white ball sides.
Too soon for a changing of the guard I would think, at least for the 50 over side. Finch may finish up after the T20 World Cup later this year but that may be the only real change leading to the 50 over World Cup next year.

Edwards is a fringe NSW player at best, Joe Burns' technique is flawed at the highest level while Renshaw has recently returned to form after a poor run previously. Mac Wright still finding his feet so wouldn't be on the radar at the moment.
 

Ljp86

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No real surprises in those squads, test squad basically as you would expect while no real surprises in the ODI squad either. Both are fairly settled at this stage which is always a good thing to have.

The "A" squad is interesting with Head there, seems they want him to have some additional time in the middle. From a batting perspective, Handscomb, Maddinson and Renshaw are still on the radar while it appears that Josh Phillippe is Australia's third choice keeper presently.

Nice to also see Sean Abbott rewarded for a long run of good form, Boland is also there for match practice I would say while Jhye Richardson there as well along with Steketee. Matt Kuhnemann has been rewarded for a very good season while Todd Murphy has rocketed up the list to be Australia's number five spinner at the moment.

Will be interesting to see how the side goes once they begin playing games.
 

Ljp86

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Yeh we have been starved of pure cricket over the past two years. But the two Tests in Sri Lanka may be the only ones we play abroad this year due to a mass of white ball matches planned. The ICC and some of the stronger boards seems to be a in a sneaky conspiracy to slowly eliminate Test matches.

Some Aussies are taking advantage of unseasonal batting belters in England with Test discard Marcus Harris and world #1 Marnus Labuchagne posting centuries overnite. In one match the first innings scores have been 603 and 2/443.
The T20 World Cup is later this year so there'll be an emphasis on white ball cricket, particularly T20 games. I'd expect something similar next year with the 50 over World Cup towards the end of that year, less than 18 months away now.

The other main reason for it is money. White ball cricket, particularly the 50 over stuff brings in the dollars and that's what each cricket board wants more of.
 

Ritchie

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The T20 World Cup is later this year so there'll be an emphasis on white ball cricket, particularly T20 games. I'd expect something similar next year with the 50 over World Cup towards the end of that year, less than 18 months away now.

The other main reason for it is money. White ball cricket, particularly the 50 over stuff brings in the dollars and that's what each cricket board wants more of.
I know money rules. Test cricket is for us dwindling purists.
 

Ritchie

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Have finally seen some footage of the A boys innings. How impressive was Philippe's spin play with his precise footwork in lofting the Lankan tweakers. Not one slog sweep to cow corner but everything in the V to and over the boundary. Australian cricket has been crying out for this type of controlled aggression to counter sub continental spin since our last tour to Sri Lanka seven years ago. Take heed CA.

A 4for from our promising offie Todd Murphy has given the As a likely handy lead going into the third day. Matthew Kuhnemann offered good support but he will play no further part in the A campaign as he has been promoted to the ODIs.. as a like for like replacement for the injured Ashton Agar.
 
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Ritchie

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Our A boys are on track for victory, taking a solid 317 lead into the final day. Again it was Philippe leading the way along with Nic Maddinson. Inexplicably selectors have not replaced Kuhnemann. Surely Sangha has to come into our attack to partner Murphy for the final assault.
 
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Ritchie

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Are we all ready for a spin fest. Lankans picking three spinners while we Aussies will have only the two specialists in Lyon and Swepson, the latter on the skipper's urgings I am thinking. Been better sense to pick a like for like to the injured Ashton Agar.. say Holland or Kuhnemann imo. Feeling for Agar as he'd have made his Test return today..
 

Ritchie

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Smith fuming as he trudges back to the pavillion after Usman sold him down the river. We can ill afford to run out possibly our best player of spin.
 
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