When Michael Cheika named his extended Wallaby squad of 40 for the Rugby Championship, he gave himself plenty of room to move.
Sir Donald Bradman has often been described as a strict disciplinarian, arrogant, hard-nosed, and difficult to get on with, but in the 30-odd meetings I was privileged to have with him he was exactly the opposite.
Generations apart, Archie Jackson, Neil Harvey, and Doug Walters were all 19 when they cracked Ashes centuries on debut.
In the 130 Test matches played at Lord’s, no bowler has made such a stunning debut than Australian medium-pacer Bob Massie with his match figures of 16-137 in June 1972.
The Ashes invariably brings out the best in Australian and English cricket, none more so than the Centenary Test at the MCG in 1977.
The Waratahs, who were the defending Super Rugby champions, crashed out of the tournament on Saturday night with a 35-17 semi final loss to the Highlanders, and according to many fans it was coach Michael Cheika’s fault.