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Sheeds Says - Who fits where for the 2019 Aussie World Cup Squad?
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Finch. Smith. Warner. Marsh. Maxwell. Handscombe. Stoinis. Khawaja. Turner. Can they all fit in the Australian World Cup Squad for the 2019 tournament in England? The answer from me is NO one must miss. The squad that the Aussies have in the UAE plus Starc, Smith and Warner is just about a fait-accompli.

Aaron Finch is a lock now that he has just got back to back hundreds and a 90 last night in the UAE against Pakistan. For me he had to go regardless but has put any critics to bed for good. Finch has shown that form is certainly temporary and that class is permanent. Finch will skipper the Aussies in the quest to defend their title as ODI World Champions.

David Warner returned to the IPL for the Sunrisers Hydrabad on Sunday evening with a compelling 85 (53 rocks) against KKR and has to come into this squad and play. The bloke is one of the best bats in the World and even after 12 months on the local scene whilst serving his suspension will come back and make an enormous impact for the Aussies. Steve Smith has returned also the IPL for this season for the Rajasthan Royals and will no doubt reclaim his match winning form quickly to have him in good touch for the World Cup. He must be chomping at the bit to get back into the Aussie colours in a big tournament as this.

The conjecture of my final spot is between three, Turner, Handscombe & Darcy Short. The fact that the selectors didn’t take Short to the UAE or India says that he misses. Handscombe was sublime last evening in the UAE vs Pakistan. Head and hands looked in sync and he showed that he can mix it at this level BUT will miss out, just! Turner just has to go. He can be as devastating as a Butler or Bairstow on the big stage at 6 or 7 should he get an opportunity.

Stoinis has bumped Mitch Marsh and has delivered in spades over the last couple of months. Has an abundance of confidence in his own game with bat and ball and can bat high or deep in the innings around the “Big Show” Maxy. Maxy… what a player he is!!! This tournament will be his for the taking. He can light it up!!! Handy with the ball and will play as the second spinner if needed and the selectors go with the extra quick over Lyon. Maxy to be one of the players of the tournament for me. BUT selectors please DON’T hide him too deep for the entire tournament in the batting line up. I think a couple of hits at 4 in the early parts of the tournament are going to create great flexibility for the Aussies and keep the opposition guessing.

The keeping spot is an easy one although not overly convincing. Alex Carey will be the man for the job. The selectors just won’t change now for the county’s most inform man Matthew Wade.

The spin duo of Zampa and Lyon is very very good. The Aussies will need to take Lyon. The tracks and conditions in the UK should should swing and seam we think, but does anyone remember the 2015 Ashes tour? The wickets were docile and dust bowls to curb the Aussie quicks. With the poms not having an amazing bowling line up this year and boast a huge batting department that can chase down anything that is set, I expect the wickets to be more spin friendly. With this in mind Lyon must go. Zampa has had a terrific tour of India and now the UAE so is the starter in the team for sure.

The quicks…. Jhye Richardson, what an untimely shoulder injury! What a bugger. He is super exciting and for me was a walk up start on this tour. So now the door is ajar for Kane Richardson or Nathan Coulter-Nile. Like Coulter-Nile or not, the selectors seem to see more in him than I??! Richo for me gets the nod with Cummins of course, Starc comes back in and I think that Behrendorff is a project that we have to invest in and take.

So… who is in your squad for the World Cup?

Here is my squad of 15

  1. Finch (C)

  2. Warner

  3. Khawaja

  4. Smith

  5. S.Marsh

  6. Maxwell

  7. Stoinis

  8. Turner

  9. Carey

  10. Cummins

  11. Zampa

  12. Lyon

  13. Starc

  14. K. Richardson

  15. Behrendorff

In closing for me the Aussies will do well and much better than anyone could have expected 6 weeks ago. They are in form and the belief is high. No surprises that India, England and Australia with the dangerous West Indies will be my semi finalists. England can win it this year and take home a title on home soil. It is shaping to be a ripping World Cup.

Cheers

Sheeds

Thank You 2018

On behalf of our team at Tails Never Fails I would like to extend our very best wishes to you our TNF community on the eve of 2019. We trust that you have had a fulfilling 2018 and that you are super excited for all that 2019 holds.

We at TNF have many great people involved in our growing business that have had a huge 2018. At the cold face are our amazing and dedicated sales and operations team, Brendan, Sean and Emily here in Australia. These guys have been monumental in creating a successful start to the 2018/19 season in all that they do each and every day. They have gone above and beyond to make sure that the apparel and merchandise customers have been over serviced and had all delivered in a timely manner.

Our business would be a shadow of itself if it wasn’t for the amazing skills of our chief designer Jack who has done a mountain of work for us this year. His readiness to disrupt the status quo with challenging designs and branding has enabled our clients and brand to have a new, exciting and cutting edge feel to it. Along with our manufacturers based in India, China and here in Australia we are very lucky and grateful to have such long lasting relationships with these guys to develop and manufacture our apparel and merchandise for our customers and Ambassadors to use with great confidence.

Through much encouragement and now demand we see our evolution take the next step, the UK. We are extremely excited to have Will on in the UK now and look forward to the relationships that are being created to be fruitful for all involved. Apparel, merchandise and of course our beautifully designed and manufactured cricket products are now made available in the mother country.

To our brand Ambassadors we thank you sincerely for taking our product to the greater parts of this country and across the World as you demonstrate your skills with our products week in week out. Especially, at this time of year we get to share in the excitement of seeing our product on television and in the media hitting runs all over. We appreciate your loyalty and willingness to work with us throughout 2018 in difficult and some challenging times, but knowing that you are on our side has always enabled us to have hope and continue to build our brand. We have a HUGE 2019 in store with you guys, male and female, experienced and developing.

To you the clubs, associations, schools and customers we thank you for your ongoing relationships, engagement, feedback and ultimately doing business with us. We endeavoured to be a business that would under promise and over deliver in 2018/19 and we believe we have taken an enormous step to achieve this. To date we have dealt with over 75 cricket clubs, associations and schools that have taken up the opportunity to have our online shopping experience to enable their business of apparel and merchandise to be easier. It has been a great success. We have over 40, 000 followers throughout a social mediums which is growing by the minute as we roll out our business on the other side of the World. We had 330,000 views of the online store by cricketers out there, just extraordinary. And most importantly we are not taking any of this for granted, we appreciate it all greatly.

We as a business are very lucky to have great support of family and friends who give us much confidence in what we are doing each day. We thank you all as you are our sounding boards; our rocks; our punching bags (at times!); but most importantly you are the people we love and trust and we are very grateful for your ongoing and endearing support.

So, on the eve of 2019, we would like to say one BIG thank you to you all in the Tails Never Fails community. Whether you be a club, cricketer, school and/or association we wish you all the very best for the year ahead and what it entails. We will continue to go from strength to strength and develop greater processes, innovative products and greater service to ensure that you all have the best experience when dealing with TNF. In 2019 here and abroad we will GET iT DONE!

Happy New Year everyone,

Cheers

Michael Sheedy