Bulls*** over hyped lead up is over and the cricket has begun.
Proper test cricket yesterday. Lyon looking dangerous and now picking up wickets. Australia to win 3-1.
Shaun Marsh's first impact on thw game was a dropped sitter, classic Marsh brothers
If Smith gets out cheaply we're f***ed.
Omg so excited obviously not about our keeper selection.
Meanwhile Maxwell is 150+* in the Sheffield Shield.
I thought he had done enough to get selected. I totes would have gone maxwell before f***8ng marsh :(
He's also a second spin bowling option. Hopefully they're about to give him out so he can be f***ed off for the second test.
He is ready i reckon to go through a smith like rebirth.
Can't be worse than marsh...
i cant believe im not going this year. (even if i fail majorly most times when i go)
Yeah you are better off watching it on tv, you will at least make the lunch break
not the same atmosphere when i storm off early
smith again left to pick up the pieces after aussie top order collapses for f*** all.
maxwell scores 278.
SACK MARSH. (or maybe khawaja)
I hope Paine succeeds but I see Hanscombe becoming keeper and Maxwell coming into the side at 6.
Reckon handscombe can really become the full time keeper?
When he kept last time he very much looked like a part time keeper. He did an alright job but he was super relaxed about it.
I guess it's speculation on my part whether he could be developed into a keeper of test quality, but Australia could really use 7 specialist batsman. We're really missing runs being made at number 7. I can't remember the last time anyone made a decent score in that position.
But hey, Paine was dismissed by a cracker good enough to get any batsmen in the history of the game today so I'm not writing him off yet. If he succeeds we could get a good four years out of him.
Pretty sure i can't remembwr any batsman apart from steve smith making any good runs for a while.
It is getting f*****g embarassing how often steve smith has to single handedly save a test match with his bat.
... and the tail. Cummins is a very welcome addition. From what I saw on TV and heard on the radio he handled himself brilliantly today. Starc is a bit more of a flat track bully but he makes plenty of handy runs as well.
Don't forget about Warner. He's been amongst it lately.
Cummins was EXCELLENT with the bat. hung around, looked great, scored runs.
id put nevill in as keeper.
We got this
f*** off, you had the biggest salty tears yesterday that we had lost already.
starc smashing root in the head was awesome.
pitch is livening up which will suit our quicks.
we'll show the poms how to properly bowl short.
Nah it was never in doubt bro
The greatest delivers
Australias' greatest ever finger-spinner gets another and it was an even better one.
edit: Lyon's gonna clean up today. Do England even have a specialist spinner on tour?
Greatest ever spinner.
Don't go there.
Needed that one!
fortress will live on
Never in doubt
How good was Warner though
Had this from day 1
Suffer in ya jocks England.
Great win, always had it in the bag.
For those talking about Paine as a batsmen. He has only ONE first class hundred to his name. Nevill has 9 and I think by all accounts is a better keeper. Nevill is almost a year younger and averages 39 at first class level compared to 29 for Paine. Apparently the thing keeping him out of the team is he's quiet behind the stumps....
Personally think Khawaja doesn't belong. His weakness to spin is so evident that if I was a captain I'd bring my spinner on immediately when he comes out. Its almost Cullinan like!
Happy with how Marsh performed in the end. He should have scored more but thankfully he got to 50 when we really needed it. Not sure Maxwell would have had the temperament to bat the way we needed to on days 1 and 2 when it was a really slow patient grind.
yer, im team nevill as well, im not sure why he was overlooked?
happy for marsh or khawaja to be dropped to get maxwell in as a true all rounder batting nunmber 6.
if khawaja goes, marsh goes to number 3, and if he fails there, boot him and never select him again. (tough love)
I am pretty sure i remember thinking surely this must be the last time a marsh gets selected last time they failed, like for real this was the 20th time and failed.
But here we are.
off to adelaide next for the day/nite test with pink ball.
if poms cant win in adelaide, they cant win anywhere.
Joe Root must have been smoking some high grade weed before he came out and chose to bowl first.
Yeah seriously the wicket is flat as, what was he thinking?
trying to be a little too bit out of the box
Kind of reminds me of the time another captain decided to bowl first on a flat wicket in the second test.
What is the go with the day night tests? Is this a ruse for channel 9 to make more money through ads, like the NRL state of origin and grand finals being moved later?
I guess it helps people can come to the oval to catch a few hours after work.
Day night tests are awesome
Being able to come home from work and watch test cricket is awesome
The greatest australian spinner of all time nathan lyon should open the bowling imo
Are you trying to upset me?
pave thought we were going to lose the first test.
No fpot, just sayin' how it is
You think Lyon is a better bowler than Warne?
next pave will be saying fleetwood mac is a better band than the beatles.
hes lost his mind!!!!
Mick Fleetwood is a bit of a genius
may or may not have yelled yes! into the phone of a virtual meeting i was on when I saw the cricinfo update that root was gone, haha
It would make me extra delighted to see Cook depart.
I reckon Smith could be a bit more aggressive with his Lyon field.
aussies should have enforced follow on.
nah it could have gone way worse if they had enforced it
how, by finishing this test even sooner?
so he could win, never in doubt.
Mitch Marsh has been called into the squad because what Australia really needs right now is a bowling all-rounder who can barely bowl and also can't bat.
Still a better choice than watson
ffs, get maxwell in there!!!!!
cummins has practically been a bowling allrounder so far in this series
What the f***
Joban said he could get players to follow “scripts” — such how many runs would be scored in a session, or an innings, when a wicket will fall and what a team would do if it won the toss.
Seems rather scandalous. Will be pretty f***ed up if true. If there's a weak point on the Australian team it is David Warner.
That toss was rigged.
That dropped catch was brutal :(
marsh(s) are f*****g useless.
how was maxwell not selected?!
mitchell marsh better sack up and do something in this test, that was a sitter.
MMarsh is f*****g cack.
lucky we drafted him in to bowl 9 overs at 4.77 an over....
Australia on top I reckon.