Australian ODI squad: no Lyon, no Lynn. Yet…

Nathan Lyon (left) and Chris Lynn have missed the initial Australian ODI side, but are still very much in line, according to selector Trevor Hohns.

Nathan Lyon (left) and Chris Lynn have missed the initial Australian ODI side, but are still very much in line, according to selector Trevor Hohns.

The Roar: Like more than a few of you, I was rather surprised to hear Nathan Lyon and Chris Lynn had been left out when the first Australian one-day squad of the summer was named yesterday.

All the right noises were being made about Lyon being sighted in the coloured gear this summer, especially with the team heading to the World Twenty20 in India in March and April. And if there’s a batsman in Australia currently striking the ball better than Lynn, well they’re not playing at a televised level.

Rather staggeringly though, neither were named in the 13-man squad for the first three ODIs against India, starting next week in Perth, Brisbane, and Melbourne, but it would appear that there’s much more to it than that, and it’s not bad news at all…

Cheap Seats Episode 57: The heroic resumption

the Cheap Seats podcast: Ryan O’Connell and I are BACK! The hiatus is over, with the return in Episode 57 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan’s business attire and breakfast choices are duly outed, while Brett may or may not have referred to a Taylor Swift song.

Nathan Lyon is mobbed in Adelaide after bowling Australia to victory last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Nathan Lyon is mobbed in Adelaide after bowling Australia to victory last week. Image: ABC Grandstand

Episode 57 talking points:

  • Stuff we missed in more than two months off
  • #AskTheCheapSeats: return of the Ninja Turtles, Cheika’s two caps, DRS, and runs for Ed #Cowmentum;
  • First Test in Adelaide: an epic finish to an emotional Test, with stirling performances from Virat Kohli, David Warner, Steven Smith, Nathan Lyon, and Michael Clarke in various stages of fitness;

We’ll be back for the Christmas edition of the podcast next week, where we’ll wrap up the year and look to relaunch our ill-fated attempt at awards last year, The Cheapies. Nominations welcome!

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap.

The Ashes: First Test Day 3 wrap with @testmatchsofa

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George Bailey celebrates as English opener Michael Carberry is bowled through his legs by Ryan Harris late on Day 3. Image: ABC Grandstand

Test Match Sofa: With England still five hundred and plenty behind, and with two wickets already back in the shed, there may not have been a better time for me to make my debut with British internet-based cricket commentary, Test Match Sofa.

Dubbed “the alternative cricket commentary”, the Sofa team have been calling England’s Test series for several years now, and have gained something of a cult following around the world. They have an affiliation with Australian website The Armchair Selector, who also host the Cheap Seats podcast, and it was through this association that their people contacted mine.

You can find Test Match Sofa via the Tune In radio app, at their online home of thecricketer.com, and also on sportstonightlive.com. On Twitter, you can find them @testmatchsofa. Check them out, they really are very entertaining, and maybe even more so when England aren’t doing so well!

And before you settle into enjoy the Day 4 action, here’s how we wrapped up the Day 3 action on Stumps last night:

 

Cover story: Ashes to Ashes

Move over Michael, this is my cover, thankyou...

Move over Michael, this is my cover, thank you…

Sky Sport – The Magazine: This was a massive spin-out for me. Being asked to write an Ashes feature for New Zealand readers was one thing, but to discover on opening my now monthly mail from across the ditch that said feature had been turned into the November cover story was a real buzz. Two months into the gig, and I’m on the cover already!

The feature came together really well, and I was lucky enough to speak to former Australian swing bowler Damien Fleming, and ex-ABC commentator and current expert colleague from The Roar, Glenn Mitchell. Both gave me excellent opinions and analysis, and their thoughts added to my own commentary really well. ‘Flem’ will be disappointed that I couldn’t get a plug in for his book, but it’s a piece of writing that I’m truly proud of.

You can see why for yourself. Click on the page spread below to open the full article, and please enjoy. Top Gear fans – and I’m a big one – will quite enjoy the intro…

Click to read the full feature article

Click to read the full feature article