5. WELCOME BACK
THE return of Steve Smith and David Warner, pictured, is something everyone should look forward to. Both should be welcomed back with open arms.
I’m sure it’s going to be awkward at times, but Australian cricket desperately needs their class and experience in the team.
I spent a year out of the game and I know how hungry they will be when they get their chance to play again.
They will also be very determined to prove themselves.
This has to be good for the team and Australian cricket.
While their comebacks won’t solve all of our problems, it is a massive opportunity for Australia with a World Cup and an Ashes series on the horizon.
Nothing defines you more as an Australian cricketer than performing on the two biggest stages of world cricket. Both trophies are right there for the players’ taking. That would mean the Sheffield Shield starts at the end of the Big Bash, and gets played right through summer, right through the Test series. Shield games should be played from Tuesday to Friday, with a one-day game on Sunday after a day’s rest on Saturday. I understand that CA wants to play the Big Bash on school holidays, but the games start at 7pm. It doesn’t matter if people are on holidays or not. How would it be if as soon as the football codes finish, as soon as the finals are over, we could jump straight in to the Big Bash? What a way to start the summer. More importance has to be placed on making Australia the best Test team in the world again, and to do that the schedule has to change.