Official Cricket Thread: Test World Cup is the best. Ashes 2019 first.

Who will win the Ashes?

  • England

    Votes: 28 32.6%
  • Australia

    Votes: 24 27.9%
  • Weather

    Votes: 12 14.0%
  • Tie

    Votes: 4 4.7%
  • New Zealand

    Votes: 18 20.9%

  • Total voters
    86

Hamchan

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
2,876
If this was an anime someone would have already drawn the ghostly figure of Steve Smith standing behind Marnus Labushade giving him energy.

Regarding Tim Paine:

On one hand Tim Paine has stunk it up with the bat this series.

On the other hand, if Australia win this test, he will be seen as the captain who successfully rebuilt the team, won the Ashes on English soil, only a year after one of the most shameful episodes of Australian cricket history. They’ll let him retire on his own terms after this rather than just dropping him unceremoniously.
 

jdstorm

Member
Jan 6, 2018
3,039
If this was an anime someone would have already drawn the ghostly figure of Steve Smith standing behind Marnus Labushade giving him energy.

Regarding Tim Paine:

On one hand Tim Paine has stunk it up with the bat this series.

On the other hand, if Australia win this test, he will be seen as the captain who successfully rebuilt the team, won the Ashes on English soil, only a year after one of the most shameful episodes of Australian cricket history. They’ll let him retire on his own terms after this rather than just dropping him unceremoniously.
The other problem is that you need a captain to replace him and have exactly zero options not named Steve Smith. Head is the current VC but is hardly secure in his role.

Nathan Lyon is the only real option available in terms of having a secure place in the side. However it seems unlikely that he would be made skipper.

You could bring in Aaron finch as opener and give him more time/chances. Drop Kawahja, move Smith to 3 then have burns and Labushade round out the middle order plus one young batsman at 6, Carey at 7 and then the bowlers.

That’s almost a complete deck shuffle and seems to revert much of the cultural change made with Paine and Ponting