Cricket Third Test- Australia v New Zealand SCG

kooly87

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I think Burns' only risk at this stage would be the temptation to rehash Khawaja as an Opener yet again. It's not remotely logical, but the Australian selectors have so rarely been logical in recent years, and I just feel like Khawaja is always so tempting for the selectors even when he's not scoring runs.
 

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Marnus apparently needs 65 today to have scored the most runs ever in an Australian summer. This is more than Bradman ever got already. Chapeau!
 

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Marnus apparently needs 65 today to have scored the most runs ever in an Australian summer. This is more than Bradman ever got already. Chapeau!
69. It’s a Five Test summer record.

Hammond 905
Marnus
Harvey 834
Bradman 810
Bradman 806
 
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Sproj

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Gave his gloves to some kid in the crowd on the way off too, what a legend.
 

mitch222

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I think Burns' only risk at this stage would be the temptation to rehash Khawaja as an Opener yet again. It's not remotely logical, but the Australian selectors have so rarely been logical in recent years, and I just feel like Khawaja is always so tempting for the selectors even when he's not scoring runs.
They have moved on from Khawaja now I reckon. Burns biggest competition would be giving Harris or Bancroft another shot.
 

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If Weatherald has a good 2nd half to the Shield season I'd be looking at him. He's a good technical player that could almost be groomed as a Warner replacement imo.

He needs to knuckle down and keep scoring big ones though.
 

holdzy89

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What happened today???

When I went out today Warner and Burns were in, I get home a few hours later and Australia need five wickets to win. The ****?
 

Fernando

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Absolute domination lmao.

Pat Cummins deserves to take a bag of wickets every time he bowls, he was the leading wicket taker in 2019 by a mile but I still reckon he has no luck. Batsmen switch on and bring their A+ game against him because they know they’re gone otherwise. Immense bowler.
 

Browny

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Spot on. Starcs first wicket was off a rubbish ball and he was barely able to hit the pitch his first few overs.

Cummins had so many plays and misses its crazy
 

kooly87

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They have moved on from Khawaja now I reckon. Burns biggest competition would be giving Harris or Bancroft another shot.
I'd like to believe you, but I'm not so sure. He's a bit like a smoking habit that they can't ever seem to completely quit.
 

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Most runs by an Australia in our summer.

Ponting 965 (03/04) 6 Tests
Hayden 952 (03/04) 6 Tests
Hayden 949 (05/06) 7 Tests
Ponting 944 (05/06) 7 Tests
Labuschagne 896 (19/20) 5 Tests

896 runs is the second most here in five Tests and the most by an Australian in a five Test summer.
 

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There just isn't an obvious choice to replace Burns.
At the very least he is giving our number 3 a fair crack and in a side winning like this he would have to be safe until it starts to hurt us or somebody demands selection.
 

kooly87

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Most runs by an Australia in our summer.

Ponting 965 (03/04) 6 Tests
Hayden 952 (03/04) 6 Tests
Hayden 949 (05/06) 7 Tests
Ponting 944 (05/06) 7 Tests
Labuschagne 896 (19/20) 5 Tests

896 runs is the second most here in five Tests and the most by an Australian in a five Test summer.
For full context on the immensity of Wally Hammond's 905 runs in 1928/29:

1st Test @ Brisbane: 44, 28
2nd Test @ Sydney: 251, DNB
3rd Test @ Melbourne 200, 32
4th Test @ Adelaide: 119*, 177
5th Test @ Melbourne: 38, 16
 
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I was thinking about Marnus' 12 months. Nearly exactly 12 months ago I made this comment.

‘Classic’ Labuschagne dismissal. He locks that front leg down and is caught at mid wicket. India had two there waiting for him and in Shield they do it too. It’s his strength playing straight but he has to get that leg sorted. Alf and Sec work a lot on it. I watched Alf the other day using bottles to show where his leg should be.
This series 309 runs through that area of mid wicket and leg side with 6% false shots. That's the best illustration of improvement I think I have ever seen.
 

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The thing is, even when he was picked, the talent was obvious and he was beautiful to watch even then but the results weren't there to support it and he kept getting himself out. It isn't like he was an untalented hack, he just had some serious flaws that he has fixed far quicker than anyone could have foreseen.
 

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