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“You’ll thank me later in life”

There are two certainties in life at present; the sun will rise in the east and Steve Smith’s burning desire to bat…and bat…and bat. The Roar has been showing a video of a club rugby player who went in to make a tackle and suffered an injury from a bad head clash. What do these […]

Compare that catch with the one Denly dropped off the same batsman last Black Caps Test!!

Is this the catch of the year from Steve Smith?

It was interesting that Michael Vaughan felt ALL of the Tests in the next Ashes series should be played under lights. His reasoning was simple – the last two visits by an England side to Australia have resulted in a 5 nil & 4 nil hiding. The only time they were competitive was under lights in Adelaide, so have 5 pink ball Tests, from that perspective, makes sense.

Don't 'overdo' day-night Tests, Starc tells cricket world

I’d trade in your crystal ball for a new model!!

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

nah, I ignored that and went straight for the comments section. They’re not going to suck me in!!

Tim Southee can't believe it as teammate spills simple chance

Some interesting words used in this piece. “The pitch is fast and bouncy”. Ross Taylor before he batted, said he though the pitch was one of the slowest Australian pitches he’d seen, while Steve Smith called it two paced. Latham got a leading edge that suggests he played too early and/or the ball held up in the pitch. That also means he wasn’t beaten for pace. No argument it’s bouncy but not sure “fast” is quite right.

“The Kiwi is a superstar of this format yet even he is out of his comfort zone right now”. I reckon Williamson’s out of form, certainly not at the peak of his powers, put it that way. I also question who would be in their comfort zone, facing Starc, Cummins, etc with a pink ball, under lights after fielding in 40 plus degree heat for two days?

I also fail to see any comparison between Wagner & Starc. The former is not a front line bowler, he’s a first or second change, behind Southee and Ferguson, who had to bowl when the temps were well into the 40’s on the ground. He also had to bowl on a more benign pitch and bowl way more overs than he would have expected, thanks to Ferguson’s injury. Starc on the other hand, knew he had only one session, under lights, in the comparative cool of the evening, on a pitch Paine said had some divots and cracks appearing, so he could really let loose.

“This rare wicket taking prowess has long been underappreciated by the Aussie public.” How many Tests did Starc play in the Ashes? It’s not only the public who under appreciate his wicket taking prowess.

Starc runs riot against rattled New Zealand

I saw one in a Shield game off Peter Handscomb I think that was every bit as good. This one was certainly a pearler

Is this the catch of the year from Steve Smith?

Who writes these headlines? The guys in commentary, all ex-Test players and all good fieldsman, agreed it was not a simple catch. Agreed it needed to be taken but it was far from easy.

Tim Southee can't believe it as teammate spills simple chance

I don’t remember ever hearing this used in Rugby, Rugby League or any other sporting context,jeznez. Not saying it hasn’t been used, but I’ve never heard that.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

Again though I’m not sure there’s a problem that warrants the sort of action you’re suggesting. I’m happy to be corrected but I think the overwhelming majority of “broken” contracts are by mutual consent.

As for compensation, surely that would be agreed as part of the actual release?

Is a transfer window the solution to the NRL’s player contract fiasco?

I wasn’t blaming Warner Pedro,I was saying he was probably in no position to offer any advice,simply because he was standing so wide on the crease

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

RoPo?

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

it takes huge confidence to pay the late cut Jeff, especially against the quicks when they have the slips in.

I remember seeing some footage of Lindsay Hassett playing that shot and the word you used “sublime” certainly came to mind. Great comment.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

In a piece that is essentially a summary of the play yesterday, it’s sad there’s virtually no mention of the good job Burns and Warner did to get Australia off to a start and no mention at all of the incorrect lbw decision against Burns.

There’s also nothing about Travis Head, which is a real shame as he came in and took the scoring pressure off Labuschagne. I hope he goes on with it this afternoon.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

totally agree Matt. Mr Wade was made to look like a complete novice by a piece of world class swing bowling.

Labuschagne channels Smith to save Australia

hi Pedro, I can see where you’re coming from with this comment about negativity, but I’m not sure that’s quite the right word to describe the Black Caps tactics.

The pitch and the nature of the attack meant Williamson badly needed to take early wickets and have his one express bowler going throughout the day in short bursts. Obviously Australia held out for the first hour and Ferguson only lasted 11 overs, so the Kiwis looked at plan B – attritional cricket, drying up the runs and making life hard for Labushagne & Smith to make runs. This made sense especially on a pitch where getting in wasn’t hard, but guys needed to work to get runs.

It’s also important to bear in mind Williamson was a bowler down and couldn’t afford for Australia to get away to a flyer in it’s first innings, which Smith & Labuschagne could have done, hence these tactics

They then went to plan C, when Wagner had an amazing field with almost a long stop third man and plenty of guys on the leg side, to eventually get Smith. That was pretty innovative, IMO.

Yes there were periods where the game was locked up tight, through field placements and bowling to one side of the pitch, but given all the factors mentioned, I’m not sure what other choices Willamson had. If anything I’d call the effort from the Black Caps “dogged”.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

IMO, much depends on how Australia bowls in that first 10 or 15 overs of New Zealand’s innings, Brian. I know it’s probably stating the obvious, but keeping it tight and making early inroads on this Black Caps batting lineup will be vital across the series, I suspect, though if Santne can get a few to spit off a length, Lyon should be able to do the same.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

hi Mitchell, I don’t understand what problem you’re trying to fix?

The only problem I see with player contracts is transparency and there’s opposing views on whether these should be public knowledge in their entirety, or not. This “solution” you’re proposing doesn’t fix that problem.

If I’m a Club CEO, I want to know what players are having conversations, when and with whom, about possible moves into or out of my Club. Transfer windows are not the answer to this, because players will talk any time of the year about possible moves, contract upgrades, etc.

What I don’t want to see if these types of conversations being driven underground because players only a certain window of time to negotiate a transfer, or what ever. Far better to leave things as they are and deal with the occasional Latrell Mitchell type situation as and when it arises.

Is a transfer window the solution to the NRL’s player contract fiasco?

It was great to hear “that pretty handy coach” giving so much positive feedback. Interesting too, that the son already has an excellent stance at the crease.

Ricky Ponting's son has first ever net session and he's already better than you

Slater’s always been an excitable chappie, hasn’t he Bob? As I said elsewhere, I reckon wee Davey did his batting mate no favours with his positioning for that lbw shout. From where he was, that would have looked plumb!

Completely agree with your comments about Dar. He seems to have the respect of the players in terms of their interactions with him, but that can quickly disappear if he gets more decisions wrong. Hopefully that was a one-off for this series.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

As Hussey pointed out about Warner’s positioning for the Burns lbw, he was so far from the pitch, at his angle, that would have looked plumb. Might have been a case where old mate Davey did his partner no favours.

There are two less obvious tough part about being a bowler down, IMO. The first is how it will impact on the Black Caps ability to get Australia out, meaning how long will they have to field in 40 plus degree heat?

The second impact is psychological. The Black Caps knew coming into the game getting 20 wickets was going to be tough but they had the attack to do it. Now with a quality bowler gone, seemingly for the rest of the Test, that makes this task seriously challenging. It must be hard for heads not to droop under those circumstances.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

hi Alex, I think your intentions were right, but I’m not sure you nailed the points you were trying to make.

“It is commonly known that warm weather can affect someone’s physical well-being via heavy sweating, dehydration, headaches, nausea, dizziness, cramps and overall exhaustion.”

You’re right about this to a degree but the real issue is the body’s ability to cool down and that can be affected significantly by humidity for example. High humidity interfere’s the body’s ability to cool itself excess moisture off the skin because the air’s saturated.

Just as the Test was yesterday, I’ve played in 40 plus degrees but very low humidity and was no where near as heat stressed as I was playing in 32 degrees and 75% humidity.

Perth was actually a very good choice for this Test, given Australian summers are hot, regardless where one is. As others who were at the ground have suggested, the heat was manageable for spectators and clearly the players had rehydration well in hand.

It would have been a completely different matter if this game was played at the Gabba, for example – 30 degrees and 70% humidity. Then the points you made about the ground, might have had some foundation.

Why the ground selections against New Zealand are horribly unlucky: Perth edition

Certainly a real shame in the context of an even contest that Ferguson is injured. He didn’t bowl at his best I’m sure but bowled enough good ones to suggest he could be a real handful at Test level. Hopefully he and Boult are right to go for Melbourne, at least.

Black Caps gutted by Ferguson’s calf injury

It’s a shame Labuschgne needs to be compared to anyone, IMO. This guys a good enough batsman, right now, to stand alone. Sure he has elements of Smith, but every batsman who’s played Test cricket will have elements of someone else, to a spectators eye.

You made the comment, the pitch was a belter. I’m not sure it was. I thought some deliveries held up. Santer got more than a few to grip and bounce for example. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays today after another morning of sun.

Labuschagne channels Smith to save Australia

This was a day of good old fashioned Test cricket where two sides, to use an AFLism, had a read hot go. To the Black Caps credit, they held their nerve and never let Australia get away. To Australia’s credit, they batting as the conditions and the opposition allowed but pleasantly, showed patience, something I’m guessing Langer has brought to the table.

My only disappointments were the Black Caps losing Ferguson so soon in the game and the decision by Aleem Dar on Burns. Hopefully Ferguson’s injury isn’t too bad and perhaps he can bowl later in the game.

As for Dar, he’s supposed to be an elite umpires and I realise umpires are only human and will make mistakes, but as Mark Waugh said, this guy had a very ordinary Ashes series and at his first test in this game, he failed. Hopefully that will be his only clanger for the series.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack

So batting for 90 overs, in severe heat, against a world class attack and we’re 4 down for nearly 250, is your idea of laziness? That’ll do me.

Labuschagne shines against impressive NZ attack