130km's isn't slow. But why on earth would any captain tell the keeper to get up to the stumps for Cook, in a test?Petebass wrote: ↑29 Dec 2017, 13:10Agreed, but since when is 130km too slow? McGrath was 130 and look how many wickets he took.veebass wrote: ↑29 Dec 2017, 11:29Hadn't seen that.BazzBass wrote: ↑29 Dec 2017, 11:17did anyone read about Mitch Marsh? Because Smiffy called Paine up to the stumps to Mitch because he was bowling slow speeds, Mitch got in a huff and texted Smiffy that he doesn't want to bowl anymore in this match. Good, finish this game and pack your bags, you should never have played anyway. Big score last match or not. As a bowler he is useless anyway so how can he be an all-rounder?
What I did see was Smith dropping Cook with Payne at the stumps. Very costly- probably will cost the game. Commentators making lots of excuses that he was unsighted because the keeper was up at the stumps. I hear Clarke talking and it is all blabla
Keeping at the stumps for a fast medium bowler is not easy! Gilly was magnificent at it. Most humans would struggle.
Cook bats deep in his crease the majority of the time, you're never going to stump him, so for me this was a bad captains' call in the first place, you're simply making a catch behind the stumps for a medium-fast bowler more unlikely, no wonder Marsh is asking why.
I don't think M.Marsh is useless as a bowler. He would've had Cook if it wasn't grassed. Bird didn't even look like getting wickets for me, and he wasn't bowling faster than Marsh either.
Agar in the squad?
I'm assuming Starc comes back, Cummins or Hazlewood gets a rest, Bird dropped. I doubt they'll make any big changes, even though a few of the batsmen have been underperforming.