From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
‘What we have learnt’ lists seem to be all the rage at the minute, so in the wake of the day-night Test in Adelaide, and not wanting to miss out on the action, here’s my quintet of points of interest.
Australia’s policy of favouring pacemen who can top 140km/h is alive and well after prolific wicket-taker Jackson Bird was beaten to the Test squad by an underdone Nathan Coulter-Nile and a left-field selection in Scott Boland.
All the best NFL defences are an optical illusion. They give the impression that the offences opposing them are running uphill, at a constant geometric disadvantage, as though they’re trapped in one of those dreams where the air is syrupy and you cannot run.
If nothing else, 2015 has reminded us just how special winning a calendar Grand Slam is. It’s a bloody hard feat to accomplish – if it were easy, then everybody would be doing it.
After watching the Asian Cup match between Bahrain and United Arab Emirates in Canberra in January, I had to go to Melbourne for Jordan-Palestine.
There can be few judgments in the history of the DRS that have been so clearly wrong as Nigel Llong’s decision during the Adelaide Test to ignore a distinct hot spot (in the shape of a small, white feather) on Nathan Lyon’s bat and give him not out.
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How great was the day-night Test? The pink ball ignited debate within the cricket community, centred on making Tests more appealing to fans. There are signs a similar debate is being held in the AFL on an issue you may not think of – and behind closed doors.
Now seasoned bandwagon jumpers, sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell have again reconvened, this time for a day-night Test edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.
The chairman of selectors might have been a bit flippant with that comment yesterday, but certainly not greedy with the attrition rate of Australian pacemen the worst in world cricket.
In a boon for their quest to claim back-to-back A-League titles, Melbourne Victory have re-signed marquee striker Besart Berisha for a further two seasons.
The philosophy of the Sydney Kings since returning to the NBL continues to be to not let the coach have much say in recruitment or building his team and then blaming him when they misfire.
In four out of the six Tests played in India and Australia in November 2015, no team could reach 225.
The Matildas will need to overcome a taxing schedule and the likes of Japan and North Korea if they wish to qualify for Rio 2016.
He was only introduced to Aussie Rules Football at the age of 14, and now, four years on, Gach Nyuon has an AFL contract with Essendon.
Should Fernando Alonso take a year off and return in 2017?
Warnie loved it, Channel Nine loved it, and with 123,736 spectators turning up to watch the pink ball perform live, Cricket Australia’s coffers certainly loved the day-night Test. But what did those 120,000-plus people themselves make of Adelaide’s historic match?
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It has been an interesting few months for football. The fallout of the publication of names and alleged offences of the 198 banned fans has come during a period in which there has been tension between Western Sydney fans and NSW police.
It says a lot about Astana’s team unity and communication when at the very same press conference that Vincenzo Nibali stated his race program wasn’t yet decided, Alexandre Vinokourov stated it had.
We’ve all been there. At some point in our careers, we’ve had to endure the colleague from hell. That person you can’t click with but somehow have to work with.
New AFL players often come into the system having played a variety of sports in their youth. Around draft time, the stories of how young footballers eventually chose footy over basketball or cricket are common.
Following news that Nathan Coulter-Nile has been called into the Australian Cricket squad to face the Windies in the next Test, I’ve officially cracked.
Eight games without a win is a disastrous initiation, but Guillermo Amor’s men showed plenty of promise despite once again succumbing to the Melbourne Victory machine.
It’s poor form to make light of a serious issue, but surely we need to have a laugh every now and then. This gives us energy to take our vitriol to ever greater levels.
The Human Centipede is a 2009 horror film that tells the story of a mad German scientist who joins three strangers together surgically, mouth to anus, to form a single, nightmarish beast.
Just as the concept of an all-electric open wheeler championship is gently saturating the public consciousness, the brains trust behind Formula E are already devising a driverless racing series.
In recent weeks the integrity of our game’s fans have been questioned by those who are running out of ways to halt the development of football in Australia.
Football has names like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Robert Lewandowski, Sergio Aguero, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar to attract people to it, but this is not the reason football is the most popular sport on earth.
This month, the new Indian Premier League franchises to replace the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be decided, with nine cities shortlisted by the BCCI.
Once again the superstars of rugby league are threatening to boycott the game that made them because of scheduling. This time they want fewer international football matches.
The Nathan Lyon non-dismissal was an absolute farce and made for a sad day for the game of cricket.
It’s 1996. ‘How bizarre’ is top of the charts. The All Blacks have finally conquered the Springboks in a South African series. I am ten years old. These are fun and innocent times.
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