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I’d love to see England get really brave and select an attack of Archer, Olly Stone, Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson. The three fast bowlers, when fit, are all over the 140kmh mark and they’d give plenty of blokes a real going over. Parkinson has to be tried, gu=iven the lack of confidence they seem to have in Leach & bess.

Instead they’ll stick with Woakes, Robinson, etc and wonder why they struggle in Australia.

Smith goes missing, no Archer and ball-friendly pitches: Ashes series disappointments

Agreed. In essence, a batsman is cheating, but when they’re caught out, that’s apparently the bowler who’s done them wrong.

Zero sympathy for anyone who can’t do something simple like stay behind a line till the ball leaves a bowlers hand

'Absolute dog move' or 'very smart'? Cricket world reacts to Sixers' controversial final-over ploy

You’re right about the pitches in the sense that curators were probably asked to make them a tad more sporting, but couldn’t count of the fact that England’s batsmen would struggle so badly. As you say, it might have been a different story if we were playing India or the Black Caps.

Smith goes missing, no Archer and ball-friendly pitches: Ashes series disappointments

Nah, the closest I’ve come to the Chippendales was picking up some female friends after one of their shows. Now THAT was an experience.

The rugby league club graveyard: Balmain and the unhappy third merger (Part 10)

I reckon there’s probably a few dairies out there jealous of how much the Roar’s milking it.

'Absolute dog move' or 'very smart'? Cricket world reacts to Sixers' controversial final-over ploy

Over the past 12 months or so, there’s been more headlines like this on the Roar, which is disappointing. It rated a story on cricinfo and that’s about it, so pretty sure the rest of the world doesn’t give a toss.

'Absolute dog move' or 'very smart'? Cricket world reacts to Sixers' controversial final-over ploy

I only met Laurie Nicholls once and he was a complete gentleman. That said, you could tell he could be a hard b******d. Can’t beat the passion he had for his Tigers.

I’m not a Sydneysider so am not sure what’s going on with the Club site. It was in terrible shape when I last saw it but again that was well over 10 years ago.

I lived in Chippendale for while and used to come over on the bus to the Bridge Hotel on Friday nights. As you said there were some great live bands there back in the 70’s and 80’s.

The rugby league club graveyard: Balmain and the unhappy third merger (Part 10)

No doubt the knives will come out once again this year for the Sydney Clubs, just as they’ve done for the past decade or more. Probably hard to argue for that to happen, given 5 of the top 8 Clubs are from Sydney.

I’m guessing which ever Clubs do disappear, will only happen because they’re not financially viable, not because some genius at the NRL believes axing a Club “is good for the game”.

The rugby league club graveyard: Balmain and the unhappy third merger (Part 10)

I’m glad Junior and Gilchrist talked back their comments that this was not within the spirit of the game and they’re right, this was a very smart move to do nothing more than bring a fit player onto the field.

If a bowler pulled up lame with one ball to bowl and had to be replaced, would that be against the spirit of the game? I think not.

I wonder when it will happen that the fielding side subs off slower blokes in a tight finish and replaces them with gun fielders? Surprised it hasn’t happened already. Now that would be against the spirit of the game.

'Absolute dog move' or 'very smart'? Cricket world reacts to Sixers' controversial final-over ploy

I know this piece is about the Tigers but Leichardt Oval IS the Tigers. Laurie Nicholls stirring up the crowd in front of the grand stand and a packed hill to watch those great Balmain sides of the 80’s are fond memories.
I went to a game at Leichardt with an uncle and the Tigers ran onto the field. He pointed out Paul Sironen who was standing close the sideline. That man was huuuuge, at least he seemed huge to me.
Back in the day, the Leagues Club was a great place to go and have a beer too. It was looking pretty forlorn, the last time I saw it over a decade ago.
I still think it’s sad we’ve lost some of the Clubs, eg Balmain, Newtown Wests & Norths, but I’m told that’s progress.
Terrific series Tony. Brought back some great memories and perfect for the off season.

The rugby league club graveyard: Balmain and the unhappy third merger (Part 10)

I’m not sure I understand what point(s) this piece is trying to make.

If it’s about getting rid of blokes carrying a few extra pounds, I’m not sure that’s the case. All of the big blokes mentioned here were pretty handy footballers on their best days, so if someone comes along, eg Latrell Mitchell, who’s got a bit of a spare tyre, they’d likely still play if good enough.

As for the rest, yes the games rules change and coaches would quickly get sacked if they weren’t working out how to use the new rule book to suit their team. Nothing new here.

NRL's rules revamp triggers demise of the roly-poly forward

Why not turn this story around and discuss what a clever piece of leadership this was? That someone in the Sixers had the smarts to do this at that time is pretty impressi IMO.

'Not in the spirit of the game': What's your call on the most controversial finish in BBL history?

It used to happen quite regularly in tour matches. If Australia was in England, they often insisted on 3 day games so blokes would retire to give others a hit. These were still classed as first class games though.

'Not in the spirit of the game': What's your call on the most controversial finish in BBL history?

Exactly. 50 over cricket is way closer to red ball cricket than T20 is to 50 overs. It’s nigh on impossible to build an innings in T20, but much more possible in 50 overs.

I guess 3 games of hit & giggle aren’t going to hurt Head, as long as he gets back to Shield and maintains his red ball form. before Pakistan.

Langer takes a break while Marsh and Warner will also miss T20 series as Head returns from cold

glad you said it was okay because I’ve just finished it!! 😊

Revisiting my Ashes highlights and predictions

Agreed.

It really worries me when I read comments from Bailey that talk about transferable skills between formats. And what about the other guys that have done well in the Shield? Are they ignored because Bailey and co think white ball form trumps red ball runs?

Langer takes a break while Marsh and Warner will also miss T20 series as Head returns from cold

I guess the flip side of that for TPJ is what happens if he has a poor year? I completely agree with your comment, so it implies he’d have issues with Gould and/or Barrett if he doesn’t live up to expectations. Then where does that leave him, career wise?

I’d imagine Gould could make things tough if TPJ doesn’t respect the man and wants out. Still, that’s in the future but hopefully for the Doggies, it doesn’t come to that.

Million Dollar Man: Can Tevita Pangai Jr finally put it all together at the Bulldogs?

I wonder if Mason would be okay to mentor Paul Vaughan? I assume Willie has a barbeque he’s not using.

Million Dollar Man: Can Tevita Pangai Jr finally put it all together at the Bulldogs?

Great article Nico. I knew little about this competition till this piece and you’ve done a great job making it into the really interesting tournament it must have been.

Total knockout: Six reasons why we should remember the City Cup

Million Dollar Man: Can Tevita Pangai Jr finally put it all together at the Bulldogs?

think of the mischief that pair could get up to!

Million Dollar Man: Can Tevita Pangai Jr finally put it all together at the Bulldogs?

Are Doggies fans sure they want Willie Mason to be a mentor for TPJ? Wee Willie had more than his share of off-field incidents to deal with when he was a player.

Million Dollar Man: Can Tevita Pangai Jr finally put it all together at the Bulldogs?

“The talent pool is too shallow for AFLW to ever be a spectacle worth watching”

I don’t know about you, but I can enjoy just about any sport, as long as it’s played well. I take your point about the AFLW and the smallish talent pool, but I think this can apply to any form of any sport, ie all numbers making for less than enjoyable viewing.

On the other hand, we have a gazillion guys lining up to play IPL and other short forms of cricket and there’s no way I want to watch that, unless I’m sitting in a corporate box with a well stocked bar 😊

I guess what I’m saying is, never say never or to use another cliche, from little things, big things grow.

'It bores me, so I don't know how anyone else can watch it': England star's staggering take on women's cricket

Are we? There’s been more than a few comments form Pakistan that the pitches will favour pace, because that’s also their strength in attack.

Langer takes a break while Marsh and Warner will also miss T20 series as Head returns from cold

Of course he was on a hiding to nothing.

It was the first match of the series and it was his debut Test. He wanted to do well, yet couldn’t show what he could do because it was a low total to chase. Throw in a sporting pitch and the only thing that could have happened was exactly what did – him getting out cheaply.

This has zero to do with what selectors think and everything to do with what Carey could have taken from that innings. He showed he’s a team man, as he did in the other two “hit out or get out” innings later in the series, but other than that he got nothing positive from it, only negatives

Revisiting my Ashes highlights and predictions

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