And no, they declare at 6/715
■■■■ off Finch! Bumrahs bunny.
Finch you dud
He’s certainly not a dud.
But it does look like the end is getting nearer.
He’s done, has been for a while.
Maxwell listed to bat at 5, see if it eventuates. Needs to just keep a cool head no matter what the scoreboard is
what a mess
Maxwell to skipper the World Cup team! Never thought I would say it but the squad looks super thin without Shaun Marsh.
Also Darcy Short should be getting a game before Turner. He was hitting them very well in the T20s while Turner couldn’t get them off the square.
Middle order might be thin but it’d be nice if Finch didn’t get out every game early, real nice. 1/0 off the first 10 balls puts everyone behind the game.
Too slow up top and too thin and patchy in the middle. Smith and Warner are going to need to come back in some serious form.
Apart from Maxwell, we have no one (maybe Stoinis sometimes) who knows how to hit singles and rotate the strike. We are very easy to contain for good attacks. But Langer says they’re all good blokes, so everything is cool.
isn’t stoinis’ main criticism that he does not score singles while trying to get his eye in?
This year that has changed quite a bit. But it’s still not something that happens often enough. And batting with ‘wtf is rotate the strike’ Khawaja isn’t going to make it develop any faster.
Yep, rotating the strike is super important especially in the shorter formats. It’s the difference between going at a strike rate of 90 and going at 120+, which is becoming the benchmark in ODIs these days.
Stoinis needs to learn how to score singles through the cordon down to third man, which was Shane Watson’s bread and butter.
Smith and Warner both rotate fairly well. Handscomb is in the team for that purpose, although he’ll need to pull the finger out if he wants to be there at the WC.
Chris Gayle is giving the middle finger to rotating the strike. Last night he scored 77 off 27 balls against the Poms. His innings included 9 6s and 5 4s - meaning only 3 runs didn’t come in boundaries.
First wicket fell after 3.2 overs, Campbell out for 1. Scores was ■■■■■■■ 1/40!!!
_Well Gayle is a bit different. I dont think he has broken out of a jog in 5 years.
Sheffield Shield starts another round with 28 wickets in one day across two games
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Twenty-eight wickets have fallen across two games in two different states on one day in the Sheffield Shield, in a stark turnaround of Australian batting fortunes.
- NSW was all out for 150 and South Australia was dismissed for 159 in their matches
- Queensland and Western Australia then lost four wickets each before stumps
- It comes after last week’s games featured big scores for almost every contender for national selection
Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Cameron Bancroft and Nic Maddinson all scored centuries, while Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Wade and Travis Head all reached 50 at least once.
In addition to those contenders, Tasmanian debutant Charles Wakim, young South Australian Jake Weatherald and former Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill also reached three figures.
But after the batting onslaught of round seven, the start of round eight was a completely different beast.
With New South Wales facing Queensland and South Australia taking on Western Australia, there were plenty more runs on offer for Patterson, Bancroft, Burns, Labuschagne and Wade on day one, but no-one cashed in.
In fact, no batsman reached 50 across the first day of the two games.
The top score was a 144-ball 43 by unheralded South Australian opener Conor McInerney as the Redbacks were dismissed for just 159 inside 63 overs at the WACA.
Western Australia was then reduced to 4-75 in 24 overs before stumps, with Bancroft falling for 11 and Mitchell Marsh gone for 17.
Meanwhile, Queensland’s Luke Feldman cashed in on a Gabba greentop, taking 5-20 from his 11 overs as the Bulls had New South Wales all out for 150 in 55 overs.
Afterwards, Test batsmen Burns (28), Labuschagne (0) and Matt Renshaw (3) failed as Queensland ended the day on 4-67.
The third Shield clash of the round between Victoria and Tasmania will start on Tuesday, with Harris, Wade, Maddinson, Tim Paine and Will Pucovski the major batting names to look out for.
This article is fake news:
Maddinson is more likely to be out of the Victorian team than be in the Ashes squad come the end of shield season.