Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tough Summer Test Ahead

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Tough Summer Test Ahead

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EVERY Saturday Glen, Jason and Sean talk about the big issues in sport locally, nationally and internationally.

It's almost summer again which means one thing -- cricket.

Once more the team is focused on the Australian cricket team.

Jason Gibbs: I'm pretty sure we were talking about this last year -- at the very least we were talking about it the last time the Australian team looked so poor -- which unfortunately is more often than not lately.

Even more unfortunate is the fact I think there is no easy or quick fix for cricket.

Having said that, I feel our first priority should be fixing the Sheffield Shield or whatever it's called nowdays.

Gone are the days when the shield was a guaranteed production line of determined cricket talent pushing for Australian selection.

It looks to be a far weaker competition in my mind and Australian cricket is suffering as a result.

There is plenty of talent still there but not half as much as there should be in my opinion.

Like Sean I believe the biggest problem is the "diversified" nature of cricket today.

All the different forms of the game have "muddied the waters".

We need to go back to the basics -- focusing on good fundamentals if we want to dominate again.

Sean Teuma: How much more simple was cricket years ago when a majority of the players in the test team would back up and play in the ODIs.

You'd be just as likely to see the likes of Glen McGrath destroying top orders in the whites as he was in the coloured uniforms.

Now there are squads for test matches, different players for the T20s and a few more blokes for good measure to take their spot in the one-day games.

It seems like there's about 50 players every year who get to put on the Australian shirt at some stage, with some of those names barely recognisable.

It might be a bit simplistic, but it seems too hard for a team to form an identity when it seems like there is a constant revolving door on spots in the side. …

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