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Australia’s most entertaining batsmen

If you ask any young cricket follower in any era who is their favourite batsman is, they’ll be quick with a reply: Donald Bradman, Neil Harvey, Norm O’Neill, the Chappell or Waugh brothers, Doug Walters, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Dave Warner – the list goes on.

you’ve got Gilly covered for sure, that’s bloody hard to do in park cricket Daniel

VOTE: Which expert picked the better Ashes side?

Cummins is a current Test VC isn’t he?

VOTE: Which expert picked the better Ashes side?

what, no name calling or fights, Daniel?

VOTE: Which expert picked the better Ashes side?

“The first things may be for the ICC to take over player payments directly and reduce funding to the administration by the same amount until ZC can show it is willing and able to put funding into the sport.”

Just how much is Zimbabwe funded by the ICC Timmuh? I was under the impression it was each country for itself.

I’m also wondering at what point Zimbabwe’s position as a full member become untenable? Their cricket has regressed, not improved in recent years and they would be cannon fodder to the other teams making up the Test World Championship.

The ICC needs to work closely with the appropriate government & cricket officials in Zimbabwe to foster the game, but above all, they need to make a reasoned assessment about the short and long term prospects for top line cricket. If they think there’s a chance Zimbabwe can return to it’s glory days, by all means support that, but if that’s going to take more than say 5 years, perhaps they need to drop out as a recognized Test playing nation.

The ICC must not let Zimbabwe wither

and Neser’s no mug with the bat either Harvey, though I agree, there’s others with better claims to get a bowl in the Tests before him.

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

hi Nuwan, the final showcased the best and worst of cricket. Two sides absolutely giving it their best and they couldn’t be separated after 102 overs and the home of cricket. It couldn’t get any better right?

So lets spoil that by how the winner was finally decided. The number of 4s & 6s hit? Really.

I’m not talking about the outcome, I’m talking about a ridiculous rule introduced by law makers too lazy to come up with a fair & equitable solution to a tie. This is the equivalent of saying to a Major League Baseball fan, a team had won the World Series because they hit more home runs than the opposition. They’d rightly say you’d gone mad.

Kudos to England for winning and to the 22 guys who all performed their parts in a wonderful game, but shame on the lawmakers for being so lazy about determining a winner.

The World Cup final cricket needed

Excellent summary Ronan and your right, this series should be a cracker.

Much will depend on how Australia does against England as well, both individually and collectively. If the side falls in a heap, the Kiwis should become favourites, assuming they play half way decent cricket against England. If Australia battles out a close series, or wins the Ashes, it should be “game on” in the that First Test.

Hopefully both sides will have a full compliment of troops to call from as well.

NZ can beat Australia this summer

“In terms of squad balance, Marsh and Labuschagne both have to be there.” Why is that Scott? Why MUST we include 2 guys who have seriously underperformed at Test level? Neither average above 27 in Test with the bat and this year, Labuschagne averages over 38 with the ball in County cricket

You’re working on the premise we need 5 bowlers but to me, that assumes our front line 4 aren’t good enough to get out an England Test team that seriously struggled last time out against the West Indies. I can’t see anything to suggest we NEED 5 bowlers, yet you’re suggesting we weaken our batting, which is the main area of concern, to strengthen our bowling, on the off chance the front four can’t take 20 wickets?

For mine, MM is no chance to make the squad and Labuschagne only does so if he makes lots of runs in the trial games. If not, another batsman and bowler are chosen in their places. As for the Test side, Labuschagne comes out and whom ever bats best in the trials gets a run. I’d love to see Patterson retain his spot, he’s done nothing wrong, but certainly needs more runs.

Unlucky seven: Who will miss the Ashes - and what is Australia's best XI?

so how did you guys decide who’d choose first?

VOTE: Which expert picked the better Ashes side?

That’s funny, Carlin, I thought it was the other way round! Interesting how people can see two XI’s and think the opposite.

VOTE: Which expert picked the better Ashes side?

hi Pierro

I agree Carey is a lock to make the Test squad but then I think Warne & Waugh have been a bit presumptuous, deciding he should also play in the first Test. Carey batted out of his skin in the ODI series, no argument, but this was against guys using white Kookaburra balls, totally different field conditions, etc. I the Tests, he’ll be facing guys used to bowling with the Dukes ball and if conditions are right, they can make that sing.

I don’t know, nor do Waugh or Warne, whether Carey is up to the task in terms of his technique, because it hasn’t be tested in England in long form cricket. lets see how he goes in the upcoming trial games, then see how he stacks up against other contenders, bearing in mind he, Patterson, Wade and co are all playing for ONE Test spot.

Alex Carey should not play in the Ashes

Is my comment silly because you say so, or silly because you don’t understand it?

How many players have had to leave the game entirely because of ONE tackle? The average playing career for an NRL player is less than 50 games and I can guarantee many HAVE to finish due to injury and most of these are not head injuries.

You clearly have no understanding about the damage things like crusher tackles or chicken wing tackles can do to a player, otherwise you would not refer to this as “stretching an arm” If this was such a harmless thing to do, why was it banned by the NRL?

Why all the hate for Cameron Smith?

there is a massive difference between being an adjudicator for a set of rules already agreed by everyone prior to a match starting and a bloke having the front the media where there are NO rules and certainly none a ref might either agree to or understand.

In any event, as others have rightly pointed out, why is Rugby League the only sport where this sort of idea is even considered?

Proposed NRL rule changes fail to address the real problem

heard of a guy named Steve Folkes. What did he suffer from thanks to playing Rugby League? Heard of CTE? Name me one player who caused that, knowing it came from repeated knocks to the head? It’s the same thing yet you can’t do name anyone either?

I’m really embarrassed for you, mate!

Why all the hate for Cameron Smith?

agreed Peter. I actually thought they had a better chance first time round but this appears to be clutching at straws for sure.

Jack de Belin's lawyers set for court appeal

way up north

Cam Smith made 400, but is a triple-ton against adversity worth the same?

it did, but they used to film the big games, eg the Tests and Grand Finals, then show them later on at the cinemas. Back in the days when you were there so long and saw so many shows, they had to have half time!

Cam Smith made 400, but is a triple-ton against adversity worth the same?

yep, those two badly need a few more quid!! Thanks for clarifying Jason, is out-of -towners appreciate this sort of background.

Cam Smith made 400, but is a triple-ton against adversity worth the same?

nah that was colour at the time, from memory. I vaguely recall seeing this at the cinema a few months after it was played.

Cam Smith made 400, but is a triple-ton against adversity worth the same?

I’m not clear on what happened Jason, not living on the east coast so we don’t get all the NRL happenings where I live.

Cam Smith made 400, but is a triple-ton against adversity worth the same?

if conversations were as civilised as that and the resulting article reflected the words used, then sure, SOME of what you suggest could work.

The problem happens when loaded questions are asked like the one you posed, “but you cost em the game”.

What ref in the world is going to answer “yes” to a question like that and if they don’t answer, or say no, the headline would be something like ” Referee Insider denies decision caused loss” or “Referee Insider refuses to acknowledge bad decision caused loss”, with a follow up article absolutely nailing that ref.

In other words, exactly the same as we have it now.

Proposed NRL rule changes fail to address the real problem

exactly right Adam.

Sorry Ricky: If the game is to be safe, we need send offs

“At the very least, a testimonial tribute is in order. It’s something the NRL should coordinate for all 300-gamers.”

I agree with the sentiment but this should be part of the Dally M’s perhaps and kept short and sweet. If individual Clubs want to do more along these lines, go for it.

Cam Smith made 400, but is a triple-ton against adversity worth the same?

“the most capped Rabbitoh played skipper in the club’s only trophy captured on colour film.”

You might want to have a look at the Youtube footage from 1971, Jason

Cam Smith made 400, but is a triple-ton against adversity worth the same?

I thought by the time an appeal got to this stage, JdB’s solicitors have to prove the presiding judge made an error in law. I’m also led to believe they can’t submit new evidence, only evidence that supports their believe she made a mistake when applying the law to the facts presented to her. That’s very, very hard to do.

In one way, I hope he get’s off, not because I’m a Dragons fan, but because the NRL has handled this whole situation appallingly from the get go.

If he is allowed to play, that could prove even more of a problem for a struggling side. People will think JdB should be the answer to the Dragon’s woes and for sure he isn’t,

Jack de Belin's lawyers set for court appeal