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Racist Taunts Sydney test 10 months 3 weeks ago #199917

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I think Paine should be encouraged to bow out after the Brisbane test. He came in to soften the team's image after the ball-tampering scandal, but now he's not even doing that. He has done a passable job overall, but his captaincy in the Stokes test was deplorable and his keeping in Sydney equally bad. Of the current team, only Cummins appeals as a possible captain. If not, Alex Carey comes in. We obviously need a good middle order batsman. Head and Wade don't seem to be the answer, but I don't know who is putting their hand up at Shield level. Ark, Marsh is 37 and Henriques 34, no point bringing in guys that age to captain the team.


Agree TN. Langer should stand by his man, Tim, like he did for Joe - that is until everyone else is off him. Then he should cave and drop him. After Brisbane seems fine.

Alex Carey comes in. Should be playing already except for Paine situation.

Cummins has been groomed to take over so yes to him as captain.

It is very obvious Smudge should never captain Australia again. He is my fave player of all time. But he is not captain material as he showed with the scuffing of Pant’s guard. He is a self absorbed cricket nut, which I love, but no leader.

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Racist Taunts Sydney test 10 months 3 weeks ago #199918

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JL should be all over this. Shabby work by Paine dropping 3 vital catches and then all the abuse. I watched and listened to the stump mic and thought it was very poor form. Frustration maybe but still poor form. They choked in that Stokes debacle and did it again in this last Test.
Smith should be pulled into line also. His antics and bat movements after each ball are unnecessary. Now Labuschagne is doing the same thing. I can't fault their batting. They are the mainstay of the batting line-up but they are compulsive attention seekers.
The Aussie team has suffered from an unsettled batting line-up. Warner is still not fit, Wade is not an opener, Head is talented but lacking confidence, Burns finally dropped after very bad performances. Now that Green has settled into #6 and Pucovsci looks as though he will settle in as an opener, there is no room for Wade.
Replacements ??? I do not know but surely there are better options available.

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JL should be all over this. Shabby work by Paine dropping 3 vital catches and then all the abuse. I watched and listened to the stump mic and thought it was very poor form. Frustration maybe but still poor form.
Smith should be pulled into line also. His antics and bat movements after each ball are unnecessary. Now Labuschagne is doing the same thing. I can't fault their batting. They are the mainstay of the batting line-up but they are compulsive attention seekers.
The Aussie team has suffered from an unsettled batting line-up. Warner is still not fit, Wade is not an opener, Head is talented but lacking confidence, Burns finally dropped after very bad performances. Now that Green has settled into #6 and Pucovsci looks as though he will settle in as an opener, there is no room for Wade.
Replacements ??? I do not know but surely there are better options available.


JL should be all over this. Are you kidding?

He picked Labba because of injury to others, same with Green. If it was up to him Byrne would still be playing, a guy my dog knew should not have played test cricket this season. Pucs would not have played.

Seriously JL is across nothing.

Paine is very much in the JL mould. Snipe away, dumb sledging, dodgy antics.

Need real change.

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STT, are you suggesting that if Paine has to go then JL should also go???
Interesting.

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STT, are you suggesting that if Paine has to go then JL should also go???
Interesting.


Langer should never have been appointed if it was about improving culture. Re performance he has been ok but really who do you have to beat in world cricket to be good. 2-2 in England and winning home series not that special

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Unsurprisingly Langer has come out and defended Paine and Smith while acknowledging Paine had a poor last day. But in all their defence of Steve Smith they acknowledge his "quirkiness" which is reason enough on top of sandpaper gate for him never to be considered for the captaincy ever again.

Though I thought Paine batted really well on the 4th day when he joined Green at the crease. Green was probably still batting within himself until Paine came out and scored freely. Green seemed to then up the ante and I'm sure once he made his 50 off a shot that nearly got him out, Paine would have said ok well done, now open your shoulders a bit and show us what you can do.

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Did Langer come out and support Joe too? Or has he moved on from that now.

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