The Roar
The Roar

Andre Leslie

Roar Guru

Joined February 2017









Gower had a pretty tough gig going up against Lara… but I guess Brian had to win that one.

Not left overs: Lefties XI

Thanks for crunching the numbers Peter85! The point I was trying to make … and which pops up on here every now and then… was that averages alone don’t tell the story of whether one player is better than another. Miller’s biography certainly mentions a number of times he put in heroic, selfless efforts with bat or ball – which didn’t pay much attention to his averages, but which may well have swung a match.
With Stokes I think it is fair to say already that he has the ability to win a game through a one-off performance – albeit mainly with bat in hand at the moment. Let’s see if he manages that with the ball too in the remainder of this series.

Ben Stokes on course to match it with one of Australia's greats

Good to hear from you Paul. It’s a good point about England’s bowling stocks – none are truly in the class of Anderson and Broad … yet. I do believe that Archer has what it takes to be a consistent bowler for England for a considerable period of time. But, I guess only time will tell if batsmen work him out. I agree that this will have some bearing on whether Stokes can really focus on his batting.

Ben Stokes on course to match it with one of Australia's greats

I’m really enjoying watching Paine grow into this role and I hope he holds onto it for a few years yet. After all, it gives all of us an important lesson: you never know when you are going to be confronted with a challenge that could act as a lifeline for your career. So, take every opportunity you can!

The most important job in Australia

A wonderful player.. but time for us and him to move on I believe. Now is the perfect time to give a young (or not so young) Indian player a decent chance in this keeping role. Yes, they will always be compared to MS – but that’s how it has gone for years for Aussie keepers in the wake of Gilchrist leaving the Aussie team. It’s never easy following a great player.

Celebrating 39 years of MS Dhoni

Good on you Stephen for taking the time to mark Shane Tuck’s life. It’s been so very sad to have lost so many great Aussie athletes over the last few weeks.

Hopefully it will cause sports fans to pause and realise that every player that takes to the field is a person too, with feelings and challenges that they are dealing with.

Vale Shane Tuck

Hi Train… I understand that business approach, of course. It’s a bit like the hotel or restaurant that doesn’t bother to open during COVID-19, because it knows already that it won’t be able to balance its books. Still, I figure the NRL could have put its hand into its pocket and offered some assistance here for its main feeder leagues. They were obviously partially involved in the decision to shut down the comps. Maybe their financial situation – or if Channel 9 is to be believed, their financial discipline – didn’t allow it.

Second-tier competitions forgotten while NRL rolls on

I also hope he gets to make that debut soon, Michael. You are very right to point out the ramifications for the young players’ livelihoods and finances. It’s something I glossed over a bit in the article above. These young players are yet another segment of Australia’s sporting scene that have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown.

Second-tier competitions forgotten while NRL rolls on

The statement above is from Luke Ellis from the NRL.. basically because it summarises the background of the move … but the decision to cancel the comps came from the NSWRL and the Queensland Rugby League. The statements went out on their websites first and they are pretty clearly taking responsibility for the decisions.

Second-tier competitions forgotten while NRL rolls on

A very interesting read Jon – thanks for putting in all this research

Kings of country: the top non-metropolitan cricketing birthplaces

A great read.. and nicely presented too. Keep these long reads coming!

Des Hasler: Kooky, mad and perfect for Manly

Interesting thoughts on making these competitions more appealing. Thanks for the history lesson too.

A conference model for the NSW Cup

Great deep dive this one… bravo

The disconnect tugging at Sydney cricket's grassroots

Interesting idea and I get the logic, but I don’t like it. I think to change a major building block of one format of the game is too disruptive. I think I would just properly enforce these Sub player entries onto the pitch. On club level it’s related to getting a drink, injury or gear change – but even then an opposition skipper or umpire can and does refuse it. No constant glove changing or new chewing gum or other similar tactic is really tolerated,certainly not more than once. How hard is it to crack down on that on intl stage? Just take some player matchfee percentages – that will quickly focus a few minds. But, if they do it … it has to be consistent and explained to players.

A simple change could get rid of one of cricket's pet hates

Great analysis Denis. Very thorough. After watching the Revierderby last night, it does seem that the league have put in a number of matchday safety measures. What the players are doing behind the scenes is another matter though, I guess.
I really felt that the match was lacking a bit of its usual bite too, but I suppose that’s expected.

The Bundesliga’s back with a bang, but at what cost?

Do you think Zampa could step up into Test spin duties if Lyon were to be injured? I am quietly impressed with his cool head these days, probably after all that T20 play.

Nudie balls and inswingers: A tribute to Steve O’Keefe

I had thought for a while that Smith should not get the captaincy back… because he had been strong as a batsman, after just having that gig to focus on. But, I think that I could be turning…

If one of the captain selection criteria is stability, I’m not certain any other batsman is a long-term fixture (aside from Head, if he can cement his spot) and I don’t think strike bowlers make great skippers (sorry, Pat!). So that really leaves Smith as the best option – however, let’s not rush Paine out of the job just yet. He’s doing a pretty solid job.

Why Steve Smith should be the next Australian captain

Thanks for your feedback Paul.

I notice that young off-spinner Arjun Nair wasn’t offered a NSW contract last summer, but did play for a NSW XI against the England Lions in Feb & March …and he got a bowl. They could be considering giving SOK’s place to him, but I’m not sure.

Nudie balls and inswingers: A tribute to Steve O’Keefe

His bag of wickets in that 2017 Indian Test would suggest that he had what it takes at the very top level. His unwavering accuracy certainly made him a more than competent first class player.

Nudie balls and inswingers: A tribute to Steve O’Keefe

Agree that there is an art to playing short-pitched bowling – but our Aussie batters are still working on their skills at facing swinging deliveries and quality spin. One thing at a time please!

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

Thanks all for the comments… keep ’em coming. Have tried to respond to a few. It seems Mr Wagner is as polarising as I thought he was.

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

I often use this test too… what if everyone did it? In this day and age of fitter, stronger and taller athletes who can devote all day, every day to weights and gym work…. it’s possible that we could see bowlers being picked for their ability to do this and then employing this tactic way more often. That’s why cricket needs to stay vigilant on this issue.

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

All very valid points.. although the boundaries at the MCG are still substantial even when they bring in the rope!

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

Fair enough David… I was really wanting to just point out both sides of this debate. It’s not as easy as “ban the guy” and I really can see that his skill and fitness levels are impressive. I just feel that people aren’t talking about the limits he’s pushing almost every over.

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

I think Australia has been close to doing it a few times over the last 6 months. But I think that’s your point.

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling