"Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel."
~~ Mark Twain
Tim Lane's article in today's Age is a straight bat affair - since becoming captain Michael Clarke is making shed loads of runs, etc - until you get to this:
Clarke lectured the experienced commentator, Jim Maxwell, to the effect that "When you've played the game at this level you understand that their reverse swing bowling was outstanding." Not only was this unworthy, it sought to disguise Clarke's own failures. In neither innings was he a victim of reverse swing.
Clarke's you-never-played jibe is low rent and deserved a chip (notwithstanding Tim's "to the effect," which is one of those distillations that ask you to trust the reporter). It's the last part where Tim is wrong. Clarke might not have been dismissed directly by reverse swing, but the simple fact the ball is reversing makes every ball a potential banana; the balls which don't swing are every bit as deadly as the balls which swing late and destroy middle stumps a la the Haddin dismissal.