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19 hours ago, J1M1 said:

SOS to Davie Warner.........come back real soon!!

No need for panic just yet but it would be handy is the batsmen could make some decent runs.

Burns has to go so Bogan Dave gets back in. I would also kick Head out, move Wade back down the order and bring in the fragile Will Pukovski. The kid has some talent but is made out of paper mache mentally and physically but has to be a better long term bet than Head who is not test standard. Wade getting a game is a sign of how dire the batting stocks are in Australia especially if Smith is having a bad run but he hasn't been the worst to date.

 

 

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17 hours ago, taipan said:

Burns has been dropped. Waner and Puc back.

Puc is gifted but keeps having anxiety issues and needing time off (also keeps head butting short balls as well and needing concussion time outs) - not sure the intense cauldron of international cricket is the right place for him with his makeup.  

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2 hours ago, Docker said:

Puc is gifted but keeps having anxiety issues and needing time off (also keeps head butting short balls as well and needing concussion time outs) - not sure the intense cauldron of international cricket is the right place for him with his makeup.  

Ten concussions now? In any other sport he would have been forcibly retired.

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33 minutes ago, taipan said:

Ten concussions now? In any other sport he would have been forcibly retired.

Something like that. CA may need to tap him on the shoulder or get him to sign a medical waiver 

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Some green tobacco might relax him some........?

This newby Shubman Gill looks like a player to watch..........

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1 hour ago, taipan said:

Is this back to the future

We have six teams here and there is 20 in county cricket. Looks like you could make a case for either system funds permitting

 

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Strength v strength is the way to go. But quotas and the CSA have destroyed provincial  cricket. And what has happened to the clubs is even worse.

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3 hours ago, taipan said:

Strength v strength is the way to go. But quotas and the CSA have destroyed provincial  cricket. And what has happened to the clubs is even worse.

Look like funding is going to be cut and 75 contracted players to go. If you are a 17 year white kid might be wise to jump on a plane

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20 minutes ago, Docker said:

Look like funding is going to be cut and 75 contracted players to go. If you are a 17 year white kid might be wise to jump on a plane

It is all a direct consequence of the CSA mismanagement and loss of sponsorship. 17 year old white kids were basically stuffed anyway.

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imho, if they're serious about sport as a career,17 year olds should think only of "individual" sports - golf, tennis, cycling. Any sport that is not a "team" sport.......???

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17 hours ago, taipan said:

It is all a direct consequence of the CSA mismanagement and loss of sponsorship. 17 year old white kids were basically stuffed anyway.

The suggested debt levels are going to be a real problem - how does CSA get itself into $USD68 million in debt by 2022. Covid will be the whipping boy but it seems the damage was done long before then. If my lot pull out (which is likely given their thin skins) there will be a higher hole in the revenue base

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3 hours ago, Docker said:

The suggested debt levels are going to be a real problem - how does CSA get itself into $USD68 million in debt by 2022. Covid will be the whipping boy but it seems the damage was done long before then. If my lot pull out (which is likely given their thin skins) there will be a higher hole in the revenue base

Mismanagement. BEE. Cadre deployment. Government interference. Ditching your major TV channel to show an unsellable tournament free to air to the masses. The unsellable tournament itself. Sacking competent employees (see Clive Eksteen).

i also see the banindians are making noises about the Brisbane test.

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16 hours ago, taipan said:

Mismanagement. BEE. Cadre deployment. Government interference. Ditching your major TV channel to show an unsellable tournament free to air to the masses. The unsellable tournament itself. Sacking competent employees (see Clive Eksteen).

i also see the banindians are making noises about the Brisbane test.

For once I agree with the Indians. There is a lot of political BS here about opening and closing state borders. There has been a few cases (less than 50) in NSW in the last few weeks and other states have now closed their borders to NSW residents and make all arrivals from NSW quarantine for 14 days. The hard border closures seemed to have worked here in Australia but making the Indians do another 14 days when they are already operating in a mini bubble of sorts is onerous. The pollies won't make exceptions so the 4th Test will be played at the SCG or won't be played at all. Australia haven't lost at the Gabba since 1988 so expect heaven and earth attempt to be moved by CA with no success. 

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On 1/3/2021 at 5:57 AM, taipan said:

Even cycling you need a team.

Some times.........i was thinking more in terms of mountain biking, individual pursuit.

Rowing (sculls, kayak) squash, surfing.............

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On 1/3/2021 at 5:57 AM, taipan said:

Even cycling you need a team.

Cycling you get zero without a team 😉

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On 1/5/2021 at 5:13 PM, J1M1 said:

Darts, athletics.....:36_11_6:

Snooker, gymnastics, swimming ?

Skin still too pale 😡

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On 1/5/2021 at 5:13 PM, J1M1 said:

Darts, athletics.....:36_11_6:

Snooker, gymnastics, swimming ?

Skin still too pale 😡

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Not really. I have never known test cricket to be weaker. Neither SA or Aus are good at the moment.NZ are an average team hiding behind a slightly better than average seam attack and 1.5 batsmen.

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2 hours ago, Mata Hari said:

And the Black Caps the no 1 Test team. No one would have ever put money on that....

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/jan/06/new-zealand-leapfrog-australia-as-top-test-team-after-routing-pakistan

Should irk a few people like Docks, Taipan

 

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Good luck to them. Their record is padded by a large number of series against teams other than the Big 3 but they have beaten India and England at home recently. I reckon they are mid tier at best in a weak era as suggested by Taipan.

In their last 27 Tests against Australia (home and away) they have won once. Their "best ever" team showed up last summer and got handed their arses. They now reckon this current team is the best ever.  

 

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