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Aussies reveal T20 World Cup squad, Marsh to lead

Steve Smith, Jake Fraser-McGurk left out as Australia pick Cameron Green and Ashton Agar in 15-player group to travel to Caribbean

Ashton Agar and Cameron Green are the big winners from the 15-man squad named for June's T20 event, with the Western Australian pair picked despite both having been absent from international T20 cricket for nearly 18 months.

Having led the T20I side on an interim basis for the past 12 months, Mitch Marsh has been formally appointed captain of the veteran group gunning for their second men's T20 title.

Australia's T20 World Cup squad: Mitch Marsh (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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There’s potential in Spencer Johnson and Lance Morris for sure.

If Mitch Marsh is not going to bowl much, be possibly needs to be given more responsibility to bat higher at No. 4 with Green slotted back into No. 6 as the all-rounder.

I reckon we’ve missed a trick with not rotating the bowlers at all recently. (Boland, Neser, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, etc. will all be past their best when the next opportunity knocks.

Also, we could have been smarter in re-selecting Bancroft and/or Renshaw earlier, particularly in England where Warner generally struggled against Stuart Broad.

There may come a time when the current Australian players have played on too long and retire at the same time. I think we’re close to possibly becoming Dad’s Army and losing an Ashes series at home to England in 2025/26, simply because they will be younger and at their peak and/or we have a new generation of players in the team that are inexperienced.

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5 months ago

Bob Simpson, who was a major force in the success of Australian cricket in the late 1980s and 1990s, used to say to a young group of players at Western Suburbs many years ago that a second-grade batter is only eight consecutive hundred away from playing Test cricket for Australia.

Simpson created hope by sharing two consecutive hundreds in 2nd grade, which should warrant a promotion to first grade. 3 consecutive first grade hundreds would bring you into calculations for NSW, and if you followed it up with 3 consecutive hundreds in first class cricket, you could be selected to make your debut for Australia in Test cricket.

It’s never been done, but gee, I’d love the theory to be tested. You never know how any player will perform until they are given an opportunity.

Can NSW Selectors ignore the form of Gordon District Cricket Club first grade captain Tym Crawford?

Tym has scored over 6,000 first grade runs and is only 30 years of age and look at his six innings for Gordon in NSW Premier Cricket.

• 101 off 116 balls in Round 7 vs. UTS North Sydney
• 205 off 140 balls in Round 8 vs. Penrith.
• 119 off 92 balls in Round 9 vs. Northern District.
• 48 off 42 balls in Round 10 vs. Sydney
• 164 off 121 balls in Round 11 vs. Sydney University
• 94 off 113 balls in Round 12 vs. Mosman

He’s in form and has created the currency of performances we’ve been assured are most worthy.

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5 months ago

Love him or whatever your opinion is of David Warner, he’s undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest ever cricketers.

In the scheme of things does it really matter he said he’d like to finish his test career at the SCG test in January 2024. His contribution to Australian cricket would suggest he’s earned the right to say how he’d like to finish his career but like every other cricketer his selection has and always should be up to the selectors.

Ian Healy wanted to finish his career in the first test in Brisbane in 1999, the selectors denied him a farewell test.

Prior to the 4 test series against India in 2003-04 Steve Waugh announced he’d be retiring after the 4th test at the SCG.

The selectors picked Waugh as captain in each test and in his last test he scored 40 and 80 in front of a packed 5th day SCG crowd in an emotional farewell.

Today Warner scored his 26th test century in the first test against Pakistan in Perth. He is now only one test century behind Allan Border’s 27 test centuries.

He’s played more tests than Mark Taylor, David Boon and Justin Langer.

He has a higher test average than Mark Waugh.

As an opening batter he has a strike rate of 70 runs per hundred balls. He 2nd behind Adam Gilchrist who had a strike rate of 80.

David Warner is now within 100 runs of passing Matthew Hayden and Michael Clarke to become Australia’s 5th highest run scorer in Test cricket.

He sits comfortably with all Australian cricketing greats and he did it his way. Good luck to him.

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6 months ago