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Andre Leslie

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Joined February 2017









Yep.. a lot of this is very true. So many ex-players just get there on the basis of their reputations…. but are nowhere near as good as the best technical coaches. Then the argument comes up “well, you can’t do this job unless you have played at this level yourself”. I call bulldust.

It’s funny… because so many ex-pros are always saying how important “the process” is in coaching and playing sport. If it’s all process driven, then surely it doesn’t matter whether the coach is a super-experienced player himself or herself … or not, right?

Does being a club legend make you a good manager?

I also think the biggest moment was winning the 2015 Asian Cup – nothing like a bit of silverware to get everyone excited.

Australian football highlights of the decade

All of the batsmen had to deal with Wagner’s short-pitched bowling – it’s his MO against basically everyone in Test cricket, as the format allows him a fair bit of room to move on bowling short.

Steve Smith solves New Zealand short ball riddle

Yep..that looks like a shepherd to me.

Marika Koroibete scores tremendous individual try against Samoa

I missed this… but that sounds pretty awesome. He will have to put that moment out of his mind.
It feels like his whole career has been about proving someone wrong – so I think he’ll manage to.

Lampooning Lyon: The folkoric charm of crowd banter

Let’s see how he goes over the remainder of the Test – but I think both of our sets of comments have held true already. He’s shown a bit of X-factor at times already (with ball and bat) and at the same time, he’s given more runs away than he should have.

I did notice that he got the wicket of Ben Stokes though. I’m sure you didn’t miss that either, being such an astute cricket observer.

Mitchell Starc should play in the fourth Test

Yep.. pretty good stuff from Tim Tszyu.. But how about that Tayla Harris? Top effort!

WATCH: Tim Tszyu claims big win in Sydney

I reckon this article needs a comment… just for the headline alone. Great SEO too, by the way.
Pretty awesome sentiment and well backed up above. Bravo Subrasub!

Hazard was the closest thing to Messi the EPL will ever see

Eden Park will be tough to crack.. but I’m backing the Wallabies!

Why Australia's Bledisloe Game 1 wonders are unlikely to be repeated in Auckland

I reckon if any of those derelict Athens 2004 stadiums had had a cricket pitch inside them, they would still be being used. Just a gut feel…

Why cricket should go Olympic - this time for real

I take your point with T20 cricket developing in up-and-coming nations, to the exclusion of other formats. But, having played a long time in an Associate cricket nation myself, I know that T20 is easier to market locally and gets people interested. It is a major way to grow the sport… or it just won’t get a foothold. The teams themselves still play One Day format too, in most cases, because they know T20 isn’t the full monty.
As for the creation of cricket grounds in non-cricketing nations… if I know expat cricketers as I do, these facilities will be greeted with open arms, no matter how remote they are positioned. This has been the case across Germany at least, after departing British troops left cricket grounds behind for the locals. In my experience, South Asian cricketers’ enthusiasm and willingness to travel to play cricket matches in far-flung places literally knows no limits. Especially if they’re guaranteed a good playing surface.

Why cricket should go Olympic - this time for real

Love this move by ICC and Comm Games organisers. Hopefully the start of something bigger!.. Hang on, that gives me an idea.

Women's T20 confirmed for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Historic points well made. I’m hopeful that the extra experience of S Waugh and RT Ponting over the last few months has made the Aussie team are more stable unit. Let’s see what happens!

Australia must shed overseas yips to win the Ashes

Two greats, who both showed plenty of respect to each other, despite a hard-fought encounter. What a showpiece for the sport.

Djokovic saves two match points to beat Federer in epic Wimbledon final

This sort of move has pluses and minuses.
I watched on in Germany as the DFL company (an entity co-owned by Bundesliga clubs) became a big player on the German Fussball scene. They eventually had huge bargaining power with their TV rights negotiations, and because it was their core business, they made it an art form.
At the same time, I thought it created the potential for more disagreements between club and natl team – but I suppose this is happening in world sport everywhere.

Professional league independence brings excitement and challenges

Hopefully Aussie selectors have realised that cricketers need to specialise on formats… unless they are next level performers (think Starc, Cummins, Warner & Smith).

Picking Carey in the middle order would certainly be a mistake. It’s time to develop long form cricketers there who can bat for days and days. In time, I’m sure he will be a major candidate to replace Paine anyway.

Alex Carey should not play in the Ashes

One of those comments that hasn’t stood the test of time too well. We’ve all been there!

It’s no surprise to lose to England these days

Hi Paul… to answer your question: I was surprised that England lost that group game to Australia. But their “full throttle” cricket tactics mean that sometimes they will miss their mark and Australia played strongly that game too. Australia played more conventionally this World Cup and it worked well for them (much better than many thought it would) but if England hit their mark, they were always going to beat the Aussies there. That’s what happens when you have 7 top batters and 4/5 strike bowlers.
The main point I was making anyway was that the trend is going in a certain direction, it’s not just about specific games. Also, I’m with Paul too… I wouldn’t be too certain on England giving up on Test cricket. Good planning and selection means that they should be ready for the Ashes come August 1.

It’s no surprise to lose to England these days

Hmm… it’s an interesting idea, but I think football doesn’t need to change. There’s a reason why they call football ‘the world game’ – it does have universal appeal that shouldn’t really need to be artificially boosted.

That being said the A-League is struggling here, no doubt. I think the issue for the competition is access to the coverage for fans and allocation of sports grounds and sponsorship money streams plus and the intense competition of the other ‘footy’ codes. Somehow, I think it will pull through though in time.

In contrast, as much as I love cricket, for many people it was JUST TOO BLOODY LONG… and that’s why they couldn’t get into it. Splitting cricket into 3 formats has caused its fair share of confusion and resentment among die-hard fans, but it has won over families and some new demographics, definitely.

Would a football “Big Bash” pique interest in the sport?

Having top-quality backup for the same position isn’t a bad idea I don’t think, especially if Sydney want to put in a good showing in the Asian Champions League. Obviously, a bit of depth can help a team perform better in those mid-week games. The question always is: is one player prepared to play second fiddle behind the other? Baumjohann doesn’t strike me as that sort of guy.

Either way, A-League team performances last year in the ACL were really poor, so it would be nice if one Aussie team found a way of getting some results in that comp!

Baumjohann's move is a win for Sydney and the A-League

Thanks for the feedback. Where have you heard that he has a bad attitude? Or did you observe this yourself?

Baumjohann's move is a win for Sydney and the A-League

I think Dhoni’s judgement when batting/chasing totals is impressive but I’m not sure that his on-field captaincy decisions were always the best. Probably cos he was darn busy keeping wicket.
From memory he used to be a mixture of highly conservative and really quirky. I don’t feel like Kohli is tactically too weak in the field, although – as mentioned – he sometimes lets his emotions get the better of him. But he’s a player that thrives on emotion.

Time for Gayle and Dhoni to hang up the gloves

It feels like “going out on one’s own terms” is slowly becoming a thing of the past… as sports team turnover seems to (subjectively at least) be getting quicker.

I think what is interesting about Dhoni is the fact that he used to be a lower order batsman and he has made his way up the order – all this while Indian cricket has been booming. It’s a strange development in a land that churns out so many good batsman.

Time for Gayle and Dhoni to hang up the gloves

Thanks for clarifying the numbers. Now I can finally have my facts right when I drop this at the next dinner party 😉

The title's finished, but you have to admire the way Hamilton ended it

It’s a shame… I would have liked to watch Jason Roy bat. He sounds like an exciting prospect. But it’s going to be a cracker of a game either way!

Roy ruled out of World Cup clash with Australia