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Ashes squad. Everyone you would expect bar Stokes.

 

With no Archer, Stokes or Stone our bowling doesn't look good enough.

 

We know our batting isn't good enough.

 

Could be a long tour.

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Adem Poric said:

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Ashes squad. Everyone you would expect bar Stokes.

 

With no Archer, Stokes or Stone our bowling doesn't look good enough.

 

We know our batting isn't good enough.

 

Could be a long tour.

 

 

 

Smith apart, are Australia ‘all that’ atm?

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Going to be a lovely summer of cricket.

 

T20 World Cup I have zero expectations that we will do anything. We have the players and talent to be a good T20 side but we always seem be off the pace. It probably comes down to spinners and the inability of our batsmen against spin.

 

Ashes, I honestly expect nothing less than a resounding series win. England don’t have the batting and don’t have the bowlers for the conditions. Be interesting to see how we manage our bowlers, last season against India Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc played throughout and the bowling got worse as the series went on. I fully expect Pattinson to play at least a couple of Tests.

 

Really hoping Cameron Green has a good series. Already has a hundred in the Shield and bringing on a 4th seamer who is 2 metres tall and can bowl over 140kmh is pretty handy.

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It would have been nice for us to try something a little different. Give Parkinson a go, give Livingstone a go. 

 

They'll probably be in the Lions squad and come in for the fourth Test when we're already 3-0 down with all the rest of the players confidence completely shot.

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I've not seen Parkinson, but a legspinner with that record and blonde to boot would lead to the biggest wankfest if he was Australian. Cameron White and even Steve Smith's bowling got some people rubbing a couple out. Australia isn't the greatest place to hand a young spinner their debut, but legspinners do traditionally fair better than offspinners.

 

I also love the profile picture on cricinfo, looks like he followed through on a fart.

 

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25 minutes ago, R-Sole14 said:

Australia isn't the greatest place to hand a young spinner their debut, but legspinners do traditionally fair better than offspinners.

 

Mason Crane

Scott Borthwick

 

Both debuted part way through a series in teams already getting tonked. They got smashed everywhere and never played again. It almost feels certain that it will happen to Parkinson as well.

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1 minute ago, Adem Poric said:

 

Mason Crane

Scott Borthwick

 

Both debuted part way through a series in teams already getting tonked. They got smashed everywhere and never played again. It almost feels certain that it will happen to Parkinson as well.

 

The positive approach would be to pick and play Parkinson from the start. You pick him and play Parkinson it is guaranteed that Warne will basically stalk him and you'll have the greatest legspinner being a free coach. Overseas spinners basically always fail in Australia. Accept Parkinson will fail, but he will definitely learn if he was playing

 

Maybe if Stokes and Archer were available he would have been picked. Those two naturally give you a huge amount of attacking intent and maybe changes the mindset of team selection.

 

But I do get it when you think back to Crane and Borthwick.

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25 minutes ago, R-Sole14 said:

Will Pucovski has been hit in the head again, this time at training, and off the see a concussion specialist. Read somewhere this was his 10th head knock.

If he’s fit then he will open in the Ashes. Was brilliant in the Sheffield Shield last season

 

Expecting another 5-0 hammering in Australia 

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At what point do the doctors say to him that maybe he has to stop taking risk over these concussions. When you read up on CTE it is very scary. 

 

Hopefully he's fine but 10 known concussions by the age of 22/23 is horrendous. It seems every time he gets any contact on his head he will suffer from it.

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I think Justin Langer had quite a few concussions in his playing days and pretty sure there were some concerns raised about him back then and I don’t think he had as many as Pucovski. 
 
I remember reading about Pucovski that his mental health struggles started after one of the more serious concussions he had. It could be a coincidence but it’s quite plausible the two could be correlated.

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