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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.

so assuming Australia was playing at Old Trafford against this English attack, what would you consider to be a par score for the Aussies if they bat first, bearing in mind the comment you posted above, Jay? In other words, on a complete road, how many should our guys make against this attack?

Hosts under pressure to deliver in window of dominance

they’ve given up at least 10 points to the Cowboys and Doggies, Steven. Do you really think they can do that and still win against the Chooks? I have no time for either side, but credit where it’s due, the side playing the best footy in attack & defence, right now, is the Roosters.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

hi Joshua, England cannot do more than they have in recent times at ODI level and that is to win series. That said, their performances, to an outsider, seem unbalanced. They play some outstanding cricket in some games and follow this up by some very ordinary cricket in others.

The squad England has named is obviously very strong but totally predictable and this, to a degree, plays into the hands of other teams because sides know exactly what they’re going to get, having been dealt the same method for the past 2 years. Teams are in a far better position now to combat England’s methods, assuming your side doesn’t self destruct with one of it’s recent batting collapses. That said, it won’t be easy for any team as the method your batsmen uses so effectively is obviously hard to counter.

The reality of the 2017 Champions Trophy is what England needs to deal with if they’re to win the Cup. In effect, England won that “series” pretty comfortably, but they lost the game that counted because of the knockout nature of the event. All sides making the finals have to reset and be able to refocus. If your boys can, they’re a real chance to win. If not, as Pietersen said, it could be carnage.

Hosts under pressure to deliver in window of dominance

sorry Peter, I’m not sure how either of them could be kept on, great contacts or not. Both are supposedly the heads of Rugby League and neither has done a lot recently to justify their positions.

If either are kept on in a lesser role, isn’t there a danger of white anting, something some politicians have become quite adept at doing?

'It's Mabo. It's the vibe': The NRL's Federal Court defence

does he still have a few faces to slap in Newcastle?

After this decision, it wouldn’t surprise at all to see Brown come back to the Dragons if he does no good at the Knights. Obviously a favourite son trumps being able to coach a team to a premiership.

Dragons re-sign coach McGregor until 2021

or if the balls hoops around a bit, David, as was the case with Pakistan in that Final in 2017.

Hosts under pressure to deliver in window of dominance

I wouldn’t discount the Kiwis or Pakistan, both have a habit of lifting for these big tournaments

Hosts under pressure to deliver in window of dominance

There’s one simple point to take from this article – Greenburg and co are not up to the task of leading the NRL and we need to find people who are.

I’d suggest if the NRL loses the JDB challenge, Greenburg should fall on his sword, as should Bettie, though I doubt wee Peter would have the courage to admit he should never have taken on his current role.

'It's Mabo. It's the vibe': The NRL's Federal Court defence

Such a bad move. There can be NO justification for making this decision after 5 rounds of the current season. Mary has to prove to everyone, Board, players & fans, he has fixed the issues that have dogged the Dragons over the past few seasons, the main one being the late season meltdown. If the same thing happens this year, what does he care? He’s been signed up for another 2 seasons.

Totally ridiculous

Dragons re-sign coach McGregor until 2021

Save some of this for the World Cup, Mr Warner.

Warner and Bairstow star once again in IPL

This article is right on the money, David. The pressure on England is huge and the nature of the tournament, a knockout, means the pressure is increased enormously.

Recent form suggests to me the England line up has become more hit & miss. They made some enormous scores in games in the Windies and smaller but still very impressive totals in Sri Lanka. They’ve also struggled on a few occasions, barely making 130 in Sri Lanka and only making 113 a couple of months ago.

This side could potentially sail through the first 9 World Cup games undefeated, either making or chasing scores in excess of 300 – 350. They then get to the semis and are knocked over for under 150 and they’re chances of winning are gone. Of course the same can happen to any team, but the English approach lends itself to that happening, more so than with India or Australia, for example.

As Pietersen said it will be carnage if they don’t win.

Hosts under pressure to deliver in window of dominance

I think the status quo will remain for another 20 years, ie TV channels will still pay to broadcast AFL & NFL, at least until watching everything on the internet becomes a dominant method of communication, then watch the money dry up.

NRL expansion needs to start soon

Que?

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

sorry Dwanye, I didn’t mean to suggest people will watch it for free, but the viewing audience will change substantially. I’ll give you an example. I’ve spent considerable time in SE Asia and you can go into many bars and they’ll have 20 or 30 TVs on the walls, all streaming different sports through the internet. While there, I could have watched sports from at least 40 or 50 countries, on the internet, in my home.

Right now, the popular way to view sports is still TV, so TV broadcasters pay to produce the images we see. In future, the NRL might take over that role and companies in America, China, Europe, etc would pay to edit & stream the games via the internet, not only to Australian homes but world wide. They in turn would make their money back from some Australian advertising, but the bulk would come from international sources.

The maths then becomes simple; who knows about Aussie Rules versus who knows about Rugby League? The AFL is trying to make up the gap but League has a 110 year head start!

NRL expansion needs to start soon

hi Scoot, there’s one team at the moment going like a an F18. There’s another team that’s going like a DC3, getting off to slow starts, having to claw their way back into games and generally doing just enough to get across the line against sides like the Bulldogs and Cowboys.

As the Yanks would say, the Roosters are going to put a hurting on the Storm tomorrow night.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

ain’t going to happen Peter. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Storm fail to score a try

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

hi AJ, just on the Broncos, I’m not suggesting they need to do what other Sydney teams do, but a game at Ipswich or Toowoomba, assuming they have grounds that can hold 20,000 would not hurt them. I think they have a responsibility to spread both the NRL & Broncos brand away from Brisbane and in my view, they’re falling down in this area.

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

I’m no fan of either side, but I think it’s a huge laugh you guys have all selected the Storm to beat the Roosters, when Easts put the cleaners through them with 12 and half guys the last time they met! Imagine what they’re going to do with 12 and a fit Cooper Cronk!

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

how many WA players? I reckon the selectors would kill for a fit and in form James Faulkner. Marcus Stoinis wouldn’t rate a mention.

Selectors can’t rid themselves of the Marsh habit

hi Dwanye, I totally agree about your premise around what television channels are prepared to pay, but this has only been an issue since 1978 and I suggest it will not be as much of an issue within another 20-30 years.

More and more people, especially young people, are streaming programs to their computers via the internet and this is already happening with the watchNRL.com programme. I’d suggest it won’t be long before we will not use TV as our main source of Rugby League. The faster that happens and the more people who abandon free to air or cable TV in favour of apps, the less money the broadcasters make, therefore the less money they have to give to the game. In time, the broadcasters may cease to broadcast to television and focus entirely on apps (just putting it out there) and if that happens the revenue stream for both would disappear, but who would that hurt more?

Right now, the AFL appears to be a big market – if you look at who’s watching it in Australia, but if you look at viewers around the world for League & AFL, Rugby League as a product, has a substantial lead and this is only going to get bigger.

IMO, Aussie Rules is in a precarious state financially, because it’s Australia centric. I have no idea where they’re going to get the type of money broadcasters are currently paying, if/when TV dies out as an entertainment source.

NRL expansion needs to start soon

I often get the impression that Greenburg thinks only his or an existing NRL executive member can come up with sound ideas, Peter. It’s a real pity because the other impression I get is he the rest of his crew seem devoid of ideas…. well, good ones anyway.

North America is the future of rugby league

fair enough, Mushi. I don’t think he has a leg to stand on personally, but so far we’ve only had trials by media & social media. No doubt the law will have it’s turn soon enough.

At least the ARU did something before issuing that intent to terminate letter. Not like Greenburg and co in the NRL who hadn’t passed the regulation to stand down JDB before going to the press and telling them he couldn’t play?

The NRL has allowed worse than Folau to play

I understand your comment Jarumain, but don’t accept the reasoning. There are two teams that play within 90 minutes drive of each other and these sides have to play games at Suncorp, Christchurch & Bathurst. There’s another two teams that play within 90 minutes of each other they play exactly one “home” game at a different venue – that’s the Titans & the Broncos.

On nearly any given weekend, one of these sides will be playing a home game so diehard fans who want to see a game can get their fix. In the meanwhile, the onus for promoting the game by giving up their home grounds, falls to other Clubs. Even one town teams like the Storm & Raiders give up home ground advantage to play a home game at a different venue.

I’m also wondering why, if the Broncos are in an under-supplied market, aren’t they filling their ground every time they have a home game? They get good crowds for sure, but it’s rare the “house full” signs come out.

I think they’re a protected species and I agree, another team might force them to do a lot more they currently do outside Brisbane to get people interested in the game.

Start saying goodbye to watching NRL at suburban grounds

hi Phillip, two months ago, I’d suggest the bulk of people thought we were no chance in the World Cup, even if Warner & Smith played. Now we have a few guys in form and the selectors have gone down a path that means we’re a chance – a much better chance than we were 8 weeks ago, but that’s it.

The reality is, we’re not top dogs, we have 9 tough games to get to and we have to get the very best out of the guys chosen for 9 games, which is a huge ask.

I for one won’t be disappointed if we don’t win it, assuming these guys give it their best and come up short. There are at least 4 other teams who are genuine chances and in a knockout obviously anything can happen

The cost of Smith and Warner's inclusions in Australia's World Cup squad

“If the NRL doesn’t act on expansion, it could get left behind and not be able to add any teams”

Can I suggest you might be better off researching and explaining what happens if the NRL does nothing about expansion, both in the short and long term? I’m sure there must be more points to be considered, apart from the one I took from your story.

This wishlist doesn’t add a lot to the debate about expansion, hence my suggestion.

NRL expansion needs to start soon