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The team is in dire straits on the basis of last night’s showing. They looked as bad as Manly the week before against Penrith. Presumably if they could free up some of that Milford money in the future, they may be able to build a stronger team across the park in the future, a little faster. I heard Gus Gould talking last night about the benefits of someone like Karmichael Hunt making a return to the Broncos – presuming it’s possible, what do people think about that?

The Broncos must make radical changes, starting with Milford

Gosh… a lot to unpack here. Rellum, you should put together a longer piece explaining how this might happen. I’m intrigued.

Five things we learnt from the final round of the Sheffield Shield

Hi qwetzen.. I remember from previous articles that you are not a fan of Mr Starc. I can also see his limitations – especially when he is in the form he is in at the moment. Here, I’m just paraphrasing my last article, but saying that things are now starting to go downhill. Give us a break.

Also, FYI we can’t all do CricViz deep dives on every sentence we write. If you are so adamant that Starc is a myth – both in his clean up jobs against the tail and his new ball impact – why not jump into the data and write a meaty analysis piece yourself. I’d be keen to read it… Go for it!

Five things we learnt from the final round of the Sheffield Shield

That should have just read “domestic cricket” generally, my bad. After all, this article focuses on Shield performances primarily. Looking across the board he has had four Sheffield Shield sticks in the last month where he failed to reach 50 – plus another three in the Marsh Cup where he also didn’t reach a half century. That’s 7 innings. I’m not surprised that he may have been a bit over-confident though, after the month he had before! I am definitely not saying he shouldn’t be picked for Australia ever… merely, that he still has work to do. I think he’s a great talent… but after the Greg Chappell selector years I’ll always remain hesitant about picking youth in Test teams, just because you can.

Five things we learnt from the final round of the Sheffield Shield

Touché Max, touché.

Five things we learnt from the final round of the Sheffield Shield

Surely Jackson Bird could get a start “if it’s a bit green”. He’s shown again this season that he can capitalise on good bowling conditions, because his control is so good. And his batting seems to be getting better with age!

Starc's Sheffield Shield flop puts Ashes spot at risk

Seems a few people are thinking the same way on this, Ronan. I mentioned it in my article and Munro Mike also wrote on the same topic – all off the back of that last Shield round. Thanks for crunching the numbers here too – Starc’s numbers don’t make for great reading. I’m sure he’s aware of that. I agree with much of what you have said here, except for your view that at 31 Starc is “likely approaching the end of his Test career”. I think there has been plenty of evidence of older pacers performing well recently – I’m sure I don’t need to name the pairing in England that still seem to be doing ok!

Even in past decades older the really top quick bowlers have at times reinvented themselves, to increase their effectiveness in old age – thinking Lillee and Hadlee. I’d love to see Starc go back to the drawing board on his action a little. I can’t believe how low he gets at delivery these days – he’s crouching through the crease. If he stood taller he may be able to produce a bit more of that Courtney Walsh effect of bringing it down from such a height that reading the length (and therefore scoring fast) becomes much harder for the batsmen.

But I’m sure he’s got enough coaches around him giving him tips.

Starc's Sheffield Shield flop puts Ashes spot at risk

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

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