Shield Thread 2017/18


Shield Thread 2017/18

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Thought this thread is needed, based on Lastbroadcast's ideas.
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Let's make it a domestic cricket thread so we can talk about the matador cup as well.

Big Bash deserves its own thread.
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Lastbroadcast - 10 Sep 2017 8:03 AM
Let's make it a domestic cricket thread so we can talk about the matador cup as well. Big Bash deserves its own thread.

Big Bash doesn't deserve any coverage, 20/20 cricket is shit.
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Lastbroadcast - 10 Sep 2017 8:03 AM
Let's make it a domestic cricket thread so we can talk about the matador cup as well. Big Bash deserves its own thread.

Make Matador Cup a different thread.

I tend to follow only First Class and Test cricket.
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Gruen - 10 Sep 2017 2:08 PM
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Big Bash doesn't deserve any coverage, 20/20 cricket is shit.

I agree with you, but we are a very, very small minority.

I am a TCA member. At Shield games there are a few hundred spectators to watch Tasmania. For Big Bash games they draw up to 17 000 at Bellerive Oval to watch the Hobart Hurricanes.
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Amazing! Mitchell Starc has taken two hat tricks in the NSWvWA game to see NSW to victory
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Renshaw batted time against Tasmania in the recent Shield.

He looked untroubled until he got out in the second dig.
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For national team implications, these performances have been significant in this round of the Shield.

* Maxwell's 270 odd knock. He  has claims for the Test all rounder's position.

* Mitch Marsh's 140 odd knock. He also has claims for the Test all rounder's position.

*Jackson Bird's 8 wickets against SA.



There is a school of thought that Australia needs a 5th bowler to maintain the efficacy of the three quicks as strike bowlers. Who should be dropped to make way for an all rounder?




In terms of national selection n over the last year, Tassie selectors have preferred Wade, Dunk and Doran over reinstated Test keeper, Tim Paine.

Paine's skills as the best keeper are there for all to see in the Brisbane Test. His national team performances in 20/20 have seen the resurgence of his Test career. Many informed pundits  thought he shouldn't have been dropped after he took over from Haddin  whilst he was injured. They thought he was a better keeper, only superseded by SA keeper Graham Manou at that point in time. Haddin's superior batting saved his career.



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I don't know what has happened to Tasmania in the last three Shield games?

They were easybeats in the first two games, but have been a powerhouse in the last three games. The attack against NSW was very accurate this week. They have four quicks and a part time spinner.

The batting has also improved.

I attended two of the three days play against NSW.
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In the local tabloid the Tasmanian Shield players get almost no publicity. Nobody would know who the players are. There is not even any prior media coverage for Shield games in Hobart.

Meanwhile the BBL, even the women, are getting an incredible amount  of publicity in the local tabloid.
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Had a good look at last round's game between Tasmania and West Aus live at the match on each day.


Tasmania won by an innings.

However, many first team players were out for  WA. Agar, the Marshes, Coulter-Nile and Behrendorf were absent.  I suppose Paine, Bird and Bell weren't available for Tasmania.

The first two sessions on day one featured a slow scoring rate by Tasmania who were the batting team. Most WA bowlers went for just over 1 an over with Tasmania struggling to score runs at a decent strike rate for the first five wickets. Most of the first  five Tassie  batters had strike rates between 15 and 30.

The fifth wicket went for 159 in the third session. Milenko came to the crease and thrashed the WA  attack with a strike rate  of over 100! Wade joined in too. They scored 70 runs  in no time, with the pitch flattening out.

Prior to this Jake Doran ( 39 runs) and Wade (batting at five) played very resolute innings with the ball doing a bit. These innings turned out to be decisive in the context of the game. Wade eventually scored 139.

Tassie declared at about 9-430.

WA were then skittled for just over 60 runs. Tasmanian bowlers shared the wickets.

In the second innings WA were all out without Tasmania needing to bat again.

One lowlight was that neither team played a specialist spinner. Wickets like this one at Bellerive are counterproductive to developing spinners for the subcontinent, when most effective  pace bowlers in both teams would probably  be innocuous in those conditions.

Tasmania is currently top of the Shield ladder. Apart from Tim Paine currently being a Test incumbent, no player form either side looked like a Test prospect, apart from Wade's batting as a keeper. His glovework isn't as good as Paine's though.
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