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India's Magical Series Win & the Problems with Cricket Australia - Episode 100

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In a milestone episode, Hamish breaks down the amazing series win from India in the test series vs Australia. He discusses where each team goes from here, how Cricket Australia needs to be fixed and who were the biggest winners and losers from the test series. 

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CHS halorium welcome back to the UNBALpodcast. This is episode. A hundred of the show I'll be honest, todaand they just dalon me that it was episode a hundred about five minutes ago. So I thought Iwould chuck on a interesting heart and attides to know spice UF the kit inepisode. Fifty we suie it up, but not quite that special, an event today kindof just pumping one out to get back into the rhythm Ovet, but I'm surethere'll be more celebrations down the line on thes show. Today we're going tobe talking about the recent India versus Australia cricket series, we'llprobably touch on some other cricket topics. Depending on how long we talkabout indiverse, Australia for but yeah huge series, incredible upset, reallyIndia getting up, especially coming into the summan. You probably thoughtit was going to be a competitive series, but just giving the amount of injuriesweare culy having to go back home to do the Beth of IC child. All those justunfortunate events that it will not that somen having a child isunfortunate, but in terms of on the crigget field, they really had almostan Indaa side at points of the series, especially in the last tes. So for themto come away with, the victory is quite incredible. It looked like they were agood chance to retain the tropyburt to go out andactually win it incredible test victory in Brisman,probably one of the greatest, if not the greatest, in Indian creket, history and yeah, it was just an incredibledisplay. Yes, a lot of the media is negative towards Australia, but I thinka lot of this has to come down to positives towards India, because itcan't be it has to be discussed how well theydid considering the lack of oction options they had at the selection table. So today, I'm going to just discuss whowere the major winners coming out of this huge test series, who are the biglosers as well, both individuals or groups of people, and then I'm going totalk about the main three talking points coming out of this series, whichto me, is going forward what is indews best test liner? Who is next next offthe you know, next cabs off the rank for Australia, who can come in and do arole in the upcoming sout Africa series and how can cricket Australia fix thecurrent system because thera clearly floows, when there's blokes scoringthirtis in big bashand people saying pick them in the test to him a stufflike that, so just going to work our way through that see how long thattakes us and then that'll basically determine. If we talk about anythingelse, I might touch on a bit of big bash up the end, but first of allbiggest winners.

I think the biggest win in my opinions,probably GOTG TO BE RISHARD part. Obviously, the whole Indian team had apretty incredible series, but Richab Pan really announced himself on to thescene from the Getgo really in his testcareer. He was almost an instant like overnight sensation. We yeah, we hear alot of it. His chat behind the stamps- and I mean he's quite a lovablecharacter, he's real hugable, which is e, a big topic of conversation betweenme and my mates this weekend, but the way bats its real reallyentertaining, especially in contrast to sounng like a Pajara and yeah he'schirt behind the stumps is always good fun, but he really announced himself asa proper test player in this test series, and there were probably a fewBatsmansh shurt with Koli gone back home werhall was injured,so they needed someone else to step up and really help out. PAJARA and Rahamiand pant did that he scored s but both crucial innings. He obviously did apretty fast rate compared to most Yo had a strike rate of seventy in theseries, but he scored two hundred and seventy four runs in ous top run scorefor the seat for the series and he played one less test than the likes ofPajara and Rahane. So incredible staff average of sixty eight sadly didn't getthat hundred got out for ninety seven, but both both of his S, probably interms of weight and importance, were as good as any hundred will ever be soRichar Pant is probably the biggest winner for me moving forward. I thinke's a lock in that Indian team, whether it's with the gloves or whever it', aspecial spoutsman. I think he is someone definitely worth picking it six,especially if you especially if you can sneak at todays your Ashwin in at sevenor eight, then all of a sudden you've got some pretty good death with the bathe's got room to improve on with the gloves, but as Gilly kept mentioningall something like that would come with more test experience. Gilly said fromhis first test to his last. He improved heats with the gloves, so hopefullypank can work on that, but yeah, even if he's just picked as a specialistboutsman he's shown that he is certainly good enough to do that. Forthis Indian side and for me he is the number one biggest winot coming out ofthis. My second, my second winner of the biggest winnerof the series, obviously l there ware a lot of winners, almost the whole Indianside and a couple os he's had great summors, but I'm going to go SchumanGilt. He was India's fourt tot run SCOR, but he was only fifteen runs bynd, thetop run scor in part he core two hundred and fifty nine runs and sixinnings. He also missed out on that glumorous, first test hundred thateveryone dreams of prety scored two impressive s and you just looked like atop quolty test batsman from his first innings. I watched him in person inMelbourne and he just looked a different class. Really. There was huge debate coming into thisseries, whether they go with pretty...

...sure whether they go Shimingil andafter the first test shon. The Gill came in- and I hate to say I don'tthink Prity Shars Crese over Itall is still very, very young and a very, veryexciting prospect. But Gill, I think, is locked in that spot now for a decade,if not if he keeps this up and shors got to fight for another spotthroughout that banning lineer, because that opening spot is now beingsolidified with the great series from guilt. He looks like one for the futurein you just seem to keep producing these gum botsmen only recently, with really only one ortwo a decade, and now this current generation looks like they've got threeor four world class talents and they're, looking like a pretty scary propositionmoving forward- and I think outrageous test victories likeAustralia in Australia ar going to be a lot more freaquent for this Indian side.This banning linup so he's another big winner from this. I think another bigwinner, I'm probably going to say more than three because it's hard not tomention a lot of these Indian players. I think Raby Dedasia came out of thisseries. Looking real good, I mean only aboutit twice only played in twomatches missed out in the couple Ju injury and selection reasons, but theaveraged eighty five of the bout scoed one crucial, fifty in Melbourne, and hejust looked really good and he also came away with seven wickets and thirtyseven overs, which is pretty outrageous average of fifteen strike raded. Thirtytwo for a spinning in Australia. That's pretty pretty incredible. We saw howmuch daan liand struggled rabby Asman had a pretty good series, but we'veseen now much hes struggled in the past as well. So today s Heis, usually justthe second spinner that gets rolled in on spinning decks, but for him to comein and really really have an influential performance in this series,Iwas a huge reason why they won that Melban test. In my opinion and yeah, Ijust can't, even though you only played two matches, I think rabbig adasiacomes out of this test. Looking really good, and I think from now for the nextfew years, even on a balling track. I think you've got to have ragvage adasiain there somewhere, and this is another thing Richard Part having a greatseries gives them. If he can be aspecials bout, he could about sixTODAA, seven ous UN, eight and all of a sudden you've got five bowling optionsgoing into every test patch, which is pretty dream situation for any coach orCaptain Asd. Speaking of captains, I thinkAjenkiramane is another guy who has come out of this series. Looking reallygood everyone kind of just assumed, when Colli would leave that the wheelswould fall off ut. It was almost the opposite, not that that's a personaltack of Vereou at all. I think it was just a whole tean thing really, but theway Rahane really led them wesaw some very interesting fields. Under hisguidance, he seems to take the game on and he seems to really think pardonlong about how to get some of these Australian boutsman oout and he's verycreative in the way he goes about it...

...and some of his tactical decisions,whether they were hus or rubbish. Sartres just seem to pay off time andtime again, and he also had a pretty solid season with about I, in ters ofan average of thirty eight hed, probably looking for a bit more thanthat. But when you considered against Australia, one of the best ballingattacks in the world in Australia, one of the hardest places tobout forsubcontinent, Tal Boutman. I think he had a pretty good series and once againlike to DAYSA. He was a huge reason why they won that test batch in Melbournwith that matchwinning century. So yeah he was six runs off. Indias top runSCORUP, but I think rhane also had a really really good summet in Australiaand he well he's not going to probably cout intoo many games into the future from honest but they've shon that withoutcoli they've got a a man sitting right there capable ready to go at all times onto in terms of the Australian side.Winners Look Manas had an absolute cracker of hi series. He did only scoreone hundred, which would probably be a bit disappointing for him, consideringhow many starts he had, but over four hundred runs of fifty three he's justbasically once again proven that he's start to his cree was not a fluke andthat he is seriously of this quality. It looks like a deadset top five, ifnot high Batsmin in the world. He looks at a lot of the time as good as Smith.So yet can't really speak enough of Mardes in terms of that Ye had a really good summer, so he wasprobably the blinding shining life for Australia next to probably Hazerwoodand Commons. Who really will talk about line and stark in a second, but theyreally had to carry the bowling attack has when CominOs they so often do it's probably mean overlooked at times how much especiallyhow Isit Woud? I think Commons gets the plaudet he deserves, but think hazerwould sometimes goes under the radar, but stork and lines like a form of late.I think his really shown how good of a test cricketed Jos haserwould really is.Seventeen wickets of n average of nineteen, it's pretty impressive,against a really top holiday, batting Wina, but yeah. That's probably all we couldsay about Australia. Smith had a few good. eanings pain showed resiliencequite often, but still didn't get that century he's so badly wants camen green, not so much with theBalbut with the bat he had a pretty good start to his career. He made onefifty but scored over two hundred runs for the summer, but yeah. Sadly, whenwe're talking about Australa, we're, probably going to be talking more aboutbiggest losers. For me, the biggest losers are stock inline and pretty mucheveryone in the Australian media and public is calling for their heads.People don't want to see them picked in the team in South Africa, which I thinkis going to be a real interesting thing to watch out, for they seem like tworeal big characters in the dressing room lion has been there hes one of thelongest serving players, if not the...

...longest. He leads the song, which is areally big thing in Australian cricket. Stork seems like he's kind of thecaptain of that Bowling Group. I'd say in terms of he seems like a big talkerand stuff like that, and he seems to you know, he's always a big presence inthe media. So it's going to be interesting to see whether they havethe ball to drop those to they didn't have horrific summers. Averages of overforty Nathan Lion took only nine wickets in a hundred and eighty sevenovers. When you compare that tit to Jadeja who took seven wickeds andthirty seven overs like that's, basically speaks for itself, sothey're, probably the two biggest losers I think we'll get on to whocould replace those to moving olln. But I'll be honest. I don't actually knowif they're going to get dropped. I think stark just because hazed and commins are soreliable. I think stack will get dropped because that's a pretty safeplay from Australia, but I'm not sure if they have the ball to drop Nathan.Lin, I think going in with another spinner would behuge risk and I'm definitely not against it. I would love to see it, butI do think they will stick with Nathan Line for South Africa. PBUT we'll seewhat they'll do that and then my other biggest loser. It's probably going tobe the rest of the Australian bouting lineup, really labichane had a greatsummat Smith was pretty good, maybe not up to his lofty standers, but he wasgood. Paying is Soli, didn't get that ton. He was looking for Pekozki fiftyon Dabut. That's pretty good. Green is overall stafts Wern't bad. But if youlooked at his individual innings, he showed glimpses of brilliants beet.Apart from that, that's where the issues are there's just too muchreliance on Lobe Shanin Smith at the moment and the fact that pekovskiinggreen two bloks in their first summers, had to kind of step up and fill theshoes of guys who weren't performing we're. Looking at travors head we'relooking at Matthew Way, they just didn't have good enough summers. Really.I think Matthew Wade Wull be lucky to be playing in South Africa. I think Idon't know why Matthew Waiters, just beloved in victoriaand there'ssomething about it. They everry on loves him here, but an average oftwenty one against what at times was in Yoars six Sevenh, eighth best pasebolls,that's not good enough from Matthew waide and to me it was moredisappointing the way he was getting out. He was getting himself in and hewas showing signs and then he would just play an awful shot that justdidn't belong on Ta Test Cricket Field. He did that three or four times so thatwas disappointing. Joe Burns look, I feel a bit bad for Joe Bannes becauseyou probably shouldn't have been there in the first place, so yo kind of justlook like a child swimming in an adult pool. I don't know if that is a sayng,but I've just whipped that out of my ass M, Travi head also got dropped, sohe was a big loser and Davu wanner answer it's a bit of a surprising loser,but he didn't squore a single fifty in...

...four innings. He did look troubled fromthat injury most the most times, but it'll be a big series for him in SouthAfrica. One of his favorite places t about if he goes and struggles there.All of a sudden questions probably will be raised about David Walner's careeras yeur starting to get on an age and injuries might start to become morefrequent and that could start to see him flow down, but I think no one's really calling from his headat the moment. I think everyone's got to keep ther coole has been a prettyreliable figure, especially at home, so but that will be a big series for himin South Africa. So there's a lot to watch out for in South Afrca, with thisAustralian team, I'm going Tao go onto who could be brought into the side orthe squad going to South Africa, but yeah. Definitely a few big loserscoming out of it for Australia. Now, moving on to the talking points comingout of the series, we just touch on a FEWF and there e're going to go a bitdeeper into them now and the more general topics coming out of it. For me,this probably won't be discussed too much in the IUSTRAELI media, as theywill be focusing on Australia as disappointing result. But for me thisis the biggest interest I have coming out of this series is: Where Does HaStrip India go from here in terms of selection? We saw in that last test. Ithink they were missing seven or eight first first choice players, really theypretty much had a completely different bowling attack and then they weremissing, Judasious and all round up and rohols about spen ing, Colis aboutssmen.So they were missing plenty and they have two big series: Theyr host Englandin a formatt series in March, and then they go to England in a five matchyeries in August. I believe- and I'm not sure, if theread an test criket inand around that, but they're, the main ones they ill be looking at and I'll belooking at, but just talking about who is in the mix for them. Really. Ifwe're looking at the top of the order for India, it's going to be hard to notgo ith, Schimingil, again very different conditions going fromAustralia to India, and it's going to be hard to not pick aggawall and charm,as they've both been in pretty good form in the last two years, they're,both in the top five run scoreis feen year in the last two years, but for me,you've got to have gill up there in test in that first test againstEngland in India. I think he just showed so much promise this Yearis intough bowling condition and tough banning conditions against a strongbowling attack, and I think he pretty much showed us.He has all the shots, all the tools to be a quality test, Curte defendiar andyes, I do believe too much focuses put on these youngsters and they arebrought into the team too early. But when you've shown that much potentialin your first real serious as a start, I think he's got a be given about ayear or so of guaranteed cricket at that openingspot, because I don't think you can be playing around with Yom and moving upand down if I'm ones. So. For me, the first opening spot has got to go toSchudminggil, then the next one is...

...probably the tough one. You're lookingat your choices are really between Agawal and Rogitt. Shama Iro hit charmer hasaveraged over sixty since the start of two thousand and nineteen, which ispretty incredible. However, he has not had that much success in his whole testcareer, but they've kind of rejubenated him out that up the top of the order.Yes, he didn't have the greatest series in Australia here, onlhy averagingaround thirty, but I do I'd probably go with him. Overagewhile Agawal has scored a lot of runses indies second highest roundscore since the start of two thousand and nineteen, but it'll significantlylower average and a lot of those runs cam gainst bangwadish. I believe Ithink he scored a double ton there. So for me, I'm going with Shibing GilenRohit charme just like they did hear very attacking combination, but I thinkthey are the best two men for the job. Then three, four five picks itself.Really, I don't think there's too much conversation to be had you've got to gopajat three call at fouro hundred a five and then six, I think you've FotoGAE SHAP pan. He hasn't had the greatest test cricket career so far,but what he showed in Australia. I think you've got to move forward withhim at number six, which does mean I'm probably leaving my Ank agawal out ofmy team, which is pretty tough and it's pretty stiff but and there's. I can't like pajar notbeen that good since Sodt, two thousand and nineteen, an the averaging thirtyone, but there's not too many other guys for the job. Washington Sundar wasgood on debut, but I think he's got to buy his time a little bit for Hare. 's,never really taken his chance when he's been given it. So for me, I'm stickingwith Bajara Koli Rahane has been working and then I'm going panted six.He will also take the gloves. Then seven, I'm looking at Youdaja, I thinkwell Hese average over fifty with the bat since the Darte two thousand andnineteen. So that speaks for itself really and then with the ball. He hasbeen impressive, not as good as Ashwind but he's still being impressive. I meanguess significantly less oers and usually comes on when they need apartership to be broken, so youf usually undesirable spells, but he hedoes what he can with it and he does usually pretty well. So I'm going toDasuat seven I'm going OFT TEWIN OT eight. I think he'she's actually stillbeting pretty good recently, like. I don't think, that's really a negotionalspot ther. I think Ashman's got to be there at eight t en the paceballs. Thisis where it's really tough we're looking at it: Shant Sharma, Umehiad,OV, Mohammad Sharmy, Jasprit, boomra and now Mahama, Sura, Sarage, can't saySharaz because well, I don't want to make jokes because you might haveactually got rasially abuse, but that's apparently what they were calling youNasarajan Hou only play one test S, I'm probably not going to be consideringhim saying Ho, didn't have a great start to his test cricket career here,so I'm probably going to be leaving him out as well and Shidl fucker. He playedwell, but I'm going to leave him out...

...for now. So it's down to serage BomratShami Yataof Shama. Now this was really tough, because I really liked want osaw from serage. He looked like he had the goods. Ah, this is real, tough, I'munder the spot. He burmers a lock. You got to have Bomerat in there and Ithink you got to have shamy in there so because I do believe they are the twomost talented bowls out of that liner and they have boomers only played ahandful of tests, but he 's been a well beater since he's played, so he's gotto be in there and Shammin his shown over the last three or four years thathe's one of the more eliable bowls and test cricket. So that leaves me youShan't Shar, my Yatov and Mohammad Sarrage, I'm picking Mohammad' SarrageIshan Shamas been on fire since theor tw, wo thousand and nineteen average ofaround fifteen. So it's very tough to leave him out, but I think he could beconsidered coming in for England. He moved the ball a lot, so I think maybein India I'm going sorrage and then England wewould look to go you Shan't, charmor or think of a wayto get four pase balls in there. It's very stiff on Umesiada, who is probablyin the form of his career at the moment. But he's really just got unlucky withhis timing. I eas hit form when four or five other boks have, but I can't Ihonestly can't bring myself to dropping Mahamas sarage after what he put up. He basically took over his leader of anattack in Brisban andhe put on a stellar show, so I can, I don't feelconctable leaving him out, so I'm going Sarage, Shami and BOOMRI and unfortunately IShan Shamerin New Michiette they're, going to be running the drinks for meand Shama could be looking to come in for the England series, I'm in England,so yeah, that's the tough one. That's the main interesting spot, I'm lookingat who do they pick us that third scam right Dou, believe Shammy and Bomrartyou've got to pick them, but after that Sharmi yd of or sarage that's going tobe interesting to see where they go with that. So that's where I think theFuture Min Infreta lies. withthat eleven but they've got great squaddepth now boks like Washington, Sond, agawhile, they're missing out on myside, but they h'ave shown a lot in the last when they've been giving theirchance so yeah, Indian cree, it's getting pretty scary with how good theyare becoming iue. Honestly in five years. I think it's going to be a rareoccasion that we ever see India lose in any any former, but yeah. It was goodto see, as I don't really like. Australia, if I haven't said thatalready in this podcast, so I was pretty pump to see them lose. Butthat's what I think the first test lineup should be against England inIndia. It's going to be interesting to see what they go with the selectors onhere's, a lot of politics involved in Indian cricket, but I'm moving on toAustralia right. If we look at the Australianside now, I'm thinking of salare first test match. I'm probably gonna havesome controversial opinions here, just...

...because I'm looking at this, basicallyfrom a stats point of view and there's a lot of Strang crigedas that I'm not abig fan of, but I'm gonna, you know I'm going to be. Try, try me impartial here,I'm opening the badding. I think you've got to have waner and Pekovski WanerYesp. There are a few people calling for his head like y mom, even though heonly played four ennings this year and two of them were basically without agrown. I'm not a big fan of devil on. I won't use the word hey as my mom Taldme. That word has a big impact on people, but I'm not a fan at all. Idon't really rain into the Bloke, even though I don't know, I I'm sure, he's anice guy, but I'm yeah I'm not a big fan of the way he goes about hiscricket, but I thinki you do have to have him therout. The top you've got tohadve some sort of consistency. I don't think you can be rolling into SouthAfrica with Fekovsky having played one test and then summon an new openertrying to find their feet. So I think ware Ers up there in the top is averageover forty seven in the last two years. So He's certainly not he's, certainly not there because ofnothing really is a been pretty successful overtime and he likes theconditions in South Africa similar to some of the Australian pictures. I dothink you've got to have Pekovsky there what showin his first test. You justlook to be a test cricketer really and the formes had in the schefied shieldin Heewas, only two or three matches that he played, but the consistencythat he showed. I think you've got to be rolling into the first chest insouth Frica with him like opening it up with Warner. Then three and fourLavechan Smith, not even really worth ventioning, probably the two bestbatsmen war cricket. Right now, if I'm Wel, that's actually savage from Mecanois Bein in great form and we haven't seen VR for a while. But I'll say Ithink they are two of the best and they are obviously the Threem for for theAustralian crewteam now fives, where it gets interesting, because I think matthew way bout it at five inthe last Testif I believe, but he is realistically Ind. His last fourteentest matches hes average thirty one which, like it so he's Dropp for me,hen probably makes hi squad, but don't care about the squad guys would belooking at Koaja. There's people calling for him to comeback into the team. There's also calls for bloks, like Nick Badison, maybeeven occurrd as Palison to come back inthside, but I'm actually going forsomeone who just got dropped. I mean didn't, have a great sum at all. But ifyou just look at his statistics from the last two years,it's probably stuff that you got dropped in the first place and it'stravers head twenty innings ouscored, seven hundred and ninety four runs anan average of forty four two hundred fourfifty. So you know a few biggerschools would be like appreciated from the Istran Australian selectors. Butsomeone everthing forty four, a number five is certainly nothing to scoff ut.I think Australia, sometimes as a cricket country, gets a little bitobsessed and once like every Bastman to beaveraging over fifty, but that's just...

...not going to happen. Usually eachgeneration, you probably like it out two bloks average over fifteen we'vegot Labochan and Smith in Australia, so I think Warner with an arrative voice,heven head with an average of forty four. I think you are a hundred percenttaking them in your side to compliment Lavishanan Smith 'm, so I'm actuallyrolling him an traveirs head at number. Five, it's controversial also can Bolloa few tweekers as well, but I'm not really factoring that in he still I'mnot going to take into account age, because I do hate how often age istaken into account, but he still does have time. So I think it's worth himhaving another crack, ot it and then all round a spot. Australialoves an a Rounda and I think you've got a stick with coming green. I don'tthink he's had enough test to drop him. Yes, his bowling is a bit of a Warry,the fact that he hasn't taken a wicket, but I think it's worth giving him acrack on a bouncy track in South Africa. I think he's higt should be quiteuseful and with the bat he showed signs in this test series a multiple occasion,so I think he's definitely deserving a respot timpain is the captain, like Idon't know if he really deserves to be there, but he's going to get picked sonot really much point having a conversation about it. Now. Looking atthe bowls, I haven't said too much controversialat the moment. Basically, the only interesting things that had at five andbecosty back up the top opening with water and the bowlers like I'll be honest, I'm not a big fanof mitrelstark. I don't raite him from the ITEST, but if you look at you start,it is hard to ignore the last Twat last twenty four months he's out a bowlingAvrage of under twenty three and he's had a better strike rate than PattyCommins, and I know he often gets brought up on to bowl against the tail. But Ithink look I don't want to say, but I thinkhe's got to be there like it's outrages from me and Iwas, saying only earlierin the podcast that I do think he might be the sacrificial land for thisbowling unit and I do think Jyrijenson or Janes Pattenson will play the firstchest instead of him, but if I'm the selector I'm picking stark based onthese statistics, he also had a pretty solid shield campaign to star the yearoff. You played two matches bowling average of under thirty and toughbowling conditions and strike rate fifty, which was the sixth best in thecompetition. So I'm picking START I'm also picking Paddycommons and Joas.Would you they're both their to well class Bowlr? So, yes, it'scontroversial. The pasteballing attack didn't get it done in this test series,but I'm going with them again. Despite me, not being a big fan of stark, Ithink Theyre sity six have earned them another crack ot it I'll probably givethem I'd, give stark another. Two tests inSouth Africa to Seei goes and then maybe look to bring in Paddo or RichardSon. For that last test, the spinning options, though, are making a change.There, R Nathan Line Bowling Avrage of thirty two strike rate of sixty nine inthe last. Who is I'm sorry, I don't...

...think I's going to get dropped, but I'mdropping him- and this is tough because we haven'tseen anyone any other spinings humin the crack in an Australian outfit, sowe're going to have to base it off sharefieldsheor performances and basedoff that it's got to be the man who was in the bubble his whole time Mitchellswepson in these three games in the shield. Earlier this year he had abowling over to twenty one. He was in the top tenter strike rate. He had tookthree five fos, so he was bolling queens land to victoryon a couple occasions and I think mich swepson's, the Onanand I want to bethere. I do often prefer ris spinners to fingor spinners as well. So swepsonsgot that going for him and yeah. I think Mitchell. swiption MitchellSweptson should be the number ten for Australia in the first test.overneaghth an line and yeah that's controversial IA. Don't think of willhappen because Nathan lines a bit of a cult hero in Australia, but I do thinkhe's a severely overrated crikedare and he's probably been given too many testshe's one Australia a couple tests here or there, but I'm got Mitch sweps andI'm giving the young fellor a crack. After all, he has adto quarantine withthe Austraelian CRIGA team for two months and has not been given a crackso also a bit of reward there. I reckon, but it would be interesting to see howhe goes not spin friendly conditions in South Africa, but I think why not thromright into the DPEN CI see if he sinks Hor Swims now. Finally, I'm just going to quicklytouch on the cricket, Australia calendar before we sign off on episode,a hundred of the on the ball podcast. It's a tough topic because we aren'tprivy to the numbers that create Australia are, and it's easy to be ayou know couch what what do they call it? Acouch expert armchecks, but I think this is what they call it. But I thinkchanges have to be made to Australian cricket. I think the fact that the testmatches run at the same time as the big bash just makes zero sense to me. Thefact that Ben mcderm Itt goes ind score S, ninety six in the big bash, and thenpeople are convinced he coun be a number five for the Istraelian cricketteam in test batches is a concern and I think it's pretty stupid really. So I think changes have to be madethere. I think the Schefield shied has to be running while the test batchesare running, so Australia has a pool of players to pick from can see whoseinform is such and ill actually be just more interesting Tho. What syeuwouldgive more relevance to the shield matches? People would be tracking thescore, seeing he's going well seeing who could potentially move into a spotinto the test team. So what I'm proposing is either a big bash shiftforward to Octomar or big Bashgo January and because they often want toline up the school holidays, I'm going to say bi bashstars in January. I thinkthe tests, while they do, I'm not going to adjust the TER schedol ECAUSE, it'skind of set in stone, but basically...

...from Midnovember to the start ofJanuary, O the first week of Januaries the test matches. So I'm going to berunning the shield from the start of or maybe even late October right through to probably Christmas iswhen IV stop them, because they don't really need to be playing through thefinal test. So I think the end of October to Christmas is when the shieldshould be played. And yes, I know it's not going to be a big moneymaker inDecember for Australian cricket, but this is just looking at it from apurely logical standpoint in terms of onfield success. So I think the shieldshould be played from the end of October to December. Then you play thebig bash in January and you really shortet down. Fourteen Games isridiculous. I've actually been really into the big bash this year and eventhe last couple games ill fallon away from it, because at this point there'syou just watching so many games, they just all Blendento one really. So Ithink it should be shortened to Achteam plays it each team once and then youhave hefinal series get that done in a month. Bang that's done, and then youcan play your t twenty international you can play during it. So the guys canplay big bash, but you may me play it after at the start of February, aspeople are going back to school and that can round off a good cricketseason, which means the one day is I'm actually oppeting for the one days tobe before the test series, and then you can play ou one day cup similar to theway this shield saying the shield should run just a bit ahead of it. SoI'd said, start this cricket season with the one day Cup September, one orwhenever the Cret season starts. Actually that's still footy, so yeahLoll, no N, watches Te Bonday Cup anyway. So that can start in midSeptember roll that right through to the end of October, and then you canplay your one day, intornationals in late October to early November, thenyou start your test cricket in Midnovember as the shields. Alreadystarted in laid October and that way all times in every single format, theselectors have a relevant set of statistics to choosetheir players from, like I'm looking at these shield stufts right now for SouthAfrica. This happened three months ago. So it's pretty outrageous picking aspinner from this shieldthing, but that's what we have to do right now andit's just soryological, it's so stupid. I know it's done for financial reasonsthat the shied has to be on that the big bash has to be on duringthe Christmas New Year period, but I can't see why there would be too muchof a financial dip if it was just played in January, because that's thebulk of the tournament is still played in January. So I can't see why theshield can't run to the end of December and yeah. That's just what I believeshould happen. Yes, in an idal world, the BBL would beplayed in October. We would pay the IC to block out a month for us like theIPL. Does we have access to every single international cricketer asthere's not much cricket going on in October? But I understand that islegitimately asking way too much of...

...cricket Australia, so I think we'vejust got to set off if January, understand we're probably not going toget the big names, but then you get to see a few local talents young guys,giving a crack and yeah. I think we just go from there, but the main pointat this is the shield has to be running or at least close to test cricket,because I'm honestly sick of I'm, because I'm at my wits end of hearingpeople being put into the test selection picture off Bbo eatings, I'mso yeah, sorry for that kind of unstructured Raund there. At the end, Ijust felt like I needed to get that off my chest and what better place to do iton my podcast. So that's the end of episode. A hundredI just want to say quick, thank you to anyone. Who's ever listened to any ofthe episodes or watched any of the videos on Youtube or followed us oninstagram anything. I really appreciate D. This is just a fun little passionateproject on the side. For me, and I don't take it too serious butyou knowany support that is shown is always nice because I do put in a lot ofeffort into it so yeah. I really appreciate thatsupport back. I appreciate anyone. WHO's ever helped me out with any ofthe episodes, whether it just be. You know, Givin me a few ideas orwhether they'v join me on an episode or something like that. I reallyappreciate that and I appreciate anyone who's ever complimented me on it. O. Iget a lot of comments in person which I really appreciate. I'm sure some arekind of taking the piece, but you know I'll take I'll take anything I can getat this point so yeah, hopefully one day will besitting here with many more milestones to come. Youknow episode Hundand, Fifty episode, two hundred, who knows maybe evenepisode of thousand, will be in a studio somewhere and Melbourne CBD, or something like that,but I don't know but yet really appreciateit. It's been a real fun journey and I'mlooking forward to h anymore good times on this podcast should go up and up intwo thousand and twenty one, especially now that you know the whole lockdownsituation in Melbourne for now is kind of ease, so we'll be doing more inperson, podcast, better equipment, better Makh, better cameras, sohopefully everything is going up and up and we can produce some pretty goodcontent for your entertainment, viewing and listening pleasure. But for now that's me checking out enjoy the restof your weekend and I guess I'll see you guys. Son Chit.

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