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The Ashes: cricket and the captainís curse : Comments

By David Rowe, Keith Parry and Matt Smith, published 30/7/2019

The pressure on the captains, Joe Root and Tim Paine, will be intense, with every strategic and tactical decision subjected to rigorous scrutiny by cricket professionals and fans alike.

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Cheating. World cups with the likes of Ireland and Holland. Women playing. 20-20 and One Dayers in clown costumes. Cricket is a joke.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 30 July 2019 9:12:15 AM
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The quality of cricket is reliant exclusively on the selectors and the player protectionism inside the sport.

Time and again talent is rejected in favour of experience when players like our Don Bradman and Ricky Ponting were promoted and playing senior cricket as teenagers or boys!

You just can't teach talent, but you can recognize and hone it before the bad habits become ingrained! And while there's a chance to steer them into professional cricket as a first choice career path!

What we need are some professional talent scouts, Plus far more professional couches in shools.

Finally, there ought to be an A team and a B team who have a round-robin in the country or conditions of the country where the next contest will be held! And allow three things to happen, the players to play for their spots or final selection.

[I mean, why do you think such a small country the size of New Zealand dominates world rugby? And or does as well as she does in world championship Cricket?]

Players need to be put under the sort of pressure of international competition beforehand, to sort those who are ready and able to play under and adapt their game to the local competition conditions. And need to spend enough time to acclimatise as well!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:48:51 AM
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So where does captaincy fit into your analysis, Alan B?
Posted by DCR, Thursday, 1 August 2019 1:16:41 PM
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