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Everything posted by Paxter

  1. De Kock is a gem. Pleasing to see him back in form - I was worried for a while there. Australia now in a very good position. This series is theirs.
  2. Australia on top at the MCG. This has been a difficult wicket and they are grafting their way to a par score. NZ’s batting will be vulnerable in these conditions.
  3. Personally I agree with Jeor that it’s a tragedy of the commons scenario. Australian voters seem to be a lost cause on the issue but really they aren’t a lot worse than voters worldwide.
  4. Not convinced any of this matters. Australian voters have had years to tell politicians that the environment matters, but they never seem to send that message. Our country just sucks on this issue.
  5. Yeah it is pretty depressing. But unfortunately, it seems you can never be as progressive in Canberra (thanks QLD).
  6. I think the NSW Cabinet (with a few notable exceptions) is generally quite centrist and sensible. The problems are in Canberra.
  7. Smith looking human this summer! The short stuff approach is working pretty well. A modern version of Bradman/Larwood.
  8. It’s bit of a shame that we are now more than halfway through the test summer and haven’t had anything close to a memorable match.
  9. Last time in Perth Taylor made 294 and they still didn’t win the match... Personally I’m not convinced Boult will make a huge difference. He’s definitely a class act but he’s no Shane Bond. The other thing to consider is that Australia is in very good form atm. They blasted through Pakistan and played well in unfavourable conditions in England. Hard for even this Black Caps side to match up to a strong Australia at home.
  10. All going as predicted. Still think NZ have a chance in this series Jeor? :p
  11. Day/night test cricket is a no-brainer. Even India is finally catching on. Plain sailing for Australia by and large, though NZ bowled tighter than many visiting teams are able to. This is a very unexciting test summer I have to say. Will be watching SA v England with a lot more interest. ETA: You have to hand it to Neil Wagner. He's another one of those "unfashionable" Black Caps who just gets the job done and has an impressive record. ETA#2: Labuschagne reminds me of a right-handed M Hussey.
  12. Very optimistic. NZ have just the one test win in Australia in the past 34 years and that was in relatively favourable conditions for the Kiwis in Hobart. Vale Bob Willis. Amazing career in both his playing days and in commentary. I will miss him on the Sky podcasts.
  13. Nice little series for Warner - averaging a lazy 489. On the bright side, Pakistan had no problems with Steven Smith. Statistically, that was Smith's worst series since his debut :P. Kudos to Joe Root. England have saved a bit of face. But they will still likely be on the receiving end of another series loss in New Zealand.
  14. Amir retired from test cricket a little while ago. Pakistan were destined for failure in this series I’m afraid. Not much you can do with Warner in this kind of form and on these pitches - we’ve seen it all before.
  15. This latest revelation is more a product of AUSTRAC being a strong regulator than anything else. The RC is over and was a watered-down affair due to Turnbull/Morrison's pro-business inclinations. As for the strength of the system, you'd naturally expect any banks with 10%+ ROEs to be in a decent capital position. The main problems with the system are around conduct and competition rather than balance-sheet strength.
  16. Plenty of shenanigans going on in the banking sector (again) with Westpac's CEO resigning yesterday. You'd think they would've learned something after what happened with CBA...but no. Separately, I do think it's a shame that the banking Royal Commission and associated scandals have received so much more media coverage than the equivalent exercise in the aged care sector.
  17. I just love this NZ test side. It’s a shame this series isn’t counting towards the test championship (minor point but annoying).
  18. Oh dear. What a win for NZ. Not a great start to the Silverwood era. England have no excuses really.
  19. A couple of crucial wickets late in the day, but really it should still be a draw. Pakistan may just avoid an innings defeat. At least Babar and Rizwan restored some pride.
  20. Haha you won that one. BJ Watling you beauty!
  21. @Jeor, I think you always knew that this would be the outcome. His record in Aus is ridiculously good and one poor series against Broad wasn’t going to change that. He was also Australia’s best batsman in the World Cup, so it really hasn’t been a poor return from him after the long lay-off. Pakistan’s bowling looks as insipid as I expected. It may not have changed things much, but how pathetic to play a teenager ahead of Abbas. Anyway I’m going to have to focus on the NZ series now!
  22. 100 partnership up again between Warner and Burns - their fifth in 20 opening stands. It really is odd that Australia haven’t given Burns a consistent shot at tests. Latham given out incorrectly...no luck for NZ.
  23. Already 30-odd runs on the board. Warner and Burns have a good record together. ETA: Predicting a Warner hundred. Pakistan leaking runs.
  24. Oh ye of little faith! 300 and then some. Will be interesting to see how NZ go with the bat.
  25. Yes he's certainly not much of an offside player, but that has worked for many successful test openers over the years (Graeme Smith barely had an offside shot, neither did Matt Hayden). To me, he looks more promising than either Jennings or Roy. Denly was impressive yesterday! As was Stokes, who always seems to bat well against his country of birth. Joe Root's form line is interesting and a bit concerning. 2019 is easily his worst-ever test year, averaging less than 30 and with just the one hundred against the Windies. ETA: A word on poor old Pakistan. They weren't absolutely terrible, but they weren't great either. Yasir really bailed them out by hanging around with Shafiq at the end. Babar's dismissal was horrible. The problem for them is that Australia got most of their wickets from short stuff and yorkers. I'm not sure the Australian batsmen will be as troubled by those types of deliveries.
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