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Andre Leslie

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Some telling stats at the top. It certainly is clear that the English are in a purple patch at the moment.

Hosts under pressure to deliver in window of dominance

Some great points here, Stephen. Well argued.
White really is the forgotten man of Aussie cricket.

What now for Cameron White?

Pattinson’s inclusion on the CA contract list also surprised me. He hasn’t played for Oz for years.

I think trying to understand the A squads, the central contract lists, and then those players being monitored in County cricket is (with all respect) a waste of time.

It’s clear that they want to keep a bunch of options open as the Ashes series draws near… and they also want to have injury backup nearby for the CWC.

I guess the World Cup squads can be added to when someone is deemed badly injured too.

Joe Burns on the outer for Ashes

It’s been interesting to see modern, bankrolled clubs in the Bundesliga… like Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig etc.

They started at the top level with pretty uninspired fan bases who barely came to games. But as they established themselves and enjoyed some success, their fans certainly have become more vocal and more bold.

It shows that … sometimes …money can buy fans.

Do Man City have the most fickle fans in football?

It’s noticeable how high the averages are for our One Day players… when you then compare it to their Test averages. I guess it is an average difference of 5-7runs for most players.

I think there are a few factors:
I think that the white ball doesn’t swing for as long or as late… and that does mean run-scoring is easier. Also, pitches are prepared in One Dayers to be good for ‘entertainment’ … (ie. easy batting) but not to last 5 days.

Finch books World Cup spot with matchwinning ton

This was a tough presser to watch. On the morning ahead of the RA statement, and still trying to support their (former?) teammate, these guys didn’t have a lot of space to move.

'It makes it difficult': Hooper on the idea of taking the field with Folau

Finch has really turned it around – no doubt. Credit to him for getting through a tough phase.

He has done well in England before, but I’m still concerned about him dealing with the new ball there during the CWC. He’s been very susceptible to the inswinger onto his pads and stumps recently…. although it sounds like he has adjusted his technique a little.

What do people think?

Finch books World Cup spot with matchwinning ton

A great result. Let’s see how the UAE goes. Finally.. selectors seem to have a headache of the best kind!

Aussies salute in India, perfectly timing World Cup charge

I’ve worked as a journo covering alpine skiing myself and I can say first hand that Shiffrin is tougher to talk to than Vonn, as I’m sure you’ve also seen in interviews etc. Yes, she is likeable enough and says the right things, but she is very focused on her goals and her training, and doesn’t really have that X-factor that Vonn brings to the sport. It’s a bit of a tough comparison, I admit… a bit like Djokovic versus Federer I suppose. Both are pretty pleasant – but you know who you’d rather sit next to at work!

I hope that Shiffrin relaxes a little and expresses herself a little more. She is undoubtedly the biggest talent out there at the moment, despite her tender years, and I’m also sure that she will pass Vonn’s record. Let’s hope she stays fit and shows what she can do.

More than just Tiger’s girl: Vonn ends skiing career as a sporting icon

Yeah.. can’t agree with this. Plays a crucial role keeping the team on the rails and his batting is pretty good. Sure, it’s not Gilchrist level, but then again… not many are. Carey will have his time eventually.

Put Tim Paine in the Order of Australia, but not the Ashes squad

I understand that it’s just a few games, and the realities of the modern cricket business sort of dictate they should just play a bit of BBL… and that this is a problem for all players around the world from the top nations.

But I really feel that in order for Australia to be ahead of the curve in Test cricket (which is curving down in regards to batting) it’s time for us to think differently. If we aren’t bold in how we let our Test cricketers prepare… we will always be playing catchup from now on.

Test players shouldn’t rush back to the Big Bash

It’s strange, isn’t it? I grew up batting with a helmet (at Mosman coincidentally) but was still taught by all coaches to watch the ball and weave out of the way just as if I didn’t have one…. and I’m no more than 10 years older than these guys. I’m not sure it’s as easy as “have helmet, bat carefree”

I think there was some general confusion from players on both sides about avoiding the short pitch balls at Manuka. I think that the pitch was pretty true, but when balls were short only Starc really had the pace for the ball to go well over head height. Otherwise, it sort of just came through right at throat height!

Batsmen must realise helmets are not impregnable

Woah! Tough.. but fair.

Greg Chappell saw the writing on the wall, and hopefully the mess his panel has made this summer

Good to see Favre doing well. During his time at Hertha he showed patches of clever tactical thinking, but Berlin never really challenges for the title… because of about 1200 different reasons.

I would wish him success this year, but one can’t really write off Bayern. Those shirt sales bring in a lot of money, and the squad is deep.

Familiar foes headline the first true post-Klopp Bundesliga title race

Wow… they really are antics.

Indian umpire puts Billy Bowden to shame with next level antics

Looking forward to the match.. Fans’ commitment tested once again with the middle of the night kick off. #SocceroosLife

Mission Impossible: Can Arnie take us all the way in the UAE?

It looks like they may just have found their mojo at last, the Mariners side. Let’s hope the new players don’t detract from the overall team dynamic… which seems to be improving.

Mariners set to boost struggling squad with triple transfer

I’ve been a Maxwell fan forever… but I’ve gotta say, you make a convincing argument. He’s not shone recently and he really did have the situation made for him in these last ODIs to show us what he could do.

I still think he is good enough to make the World Cup squad though, and I would use him as a middle order batsman and occasional spinner.

Is Glenn Maxwell the Big Show or a no-show?

Fair enough. But if the poor form continues until March, he probably still wouldn’t be given his marching orders.

I actually think that our World Cup performance in May will be a big acid test. If we really flunk it there – a tournament we have done so well at over the years – his job security could become wobbly.

But, as you say… these are unique times in Aussie men’s cricket. The women, meanwhile, are killing it!

Seven months in, what’s the verdict on Justin Langer?

Jules… good to hear from you, hope you are well! Yeah, it’s strange with Ponting. You get the feeling he taking his options in the coaching and media landscape pretty carefully… the Aussie coaching job is more than full-time these days, with a lot of travel and is also a bit of a thankless task.

Like SR Waugh, as a former Aussie cricket captain, he can pick and choose what he wants really. I’m hopeful he may get some more coaching experience under his belt and then go for it in a couple of years.

Seven months in, what’s the verdict on Justin Langer?

“Crossing the Line” from Gideon Haigh was a cracking book. Essential reading if you want to hear about behind the scenes at CA.

Australian sports books of 2018

I’ll tell you who wouldn’t waste the new ball… P Siddle.
He was, after all, in the Test team before this series began.

Mitchell Starc must be dropped for the second Test against India

I would love to see Canberra United get a spot in the expanded A-League. It may seem a silly reason to some, but I believe a country’s capital just really has to be part of its football league. It also means Melbourne and Sydney don’t become too dominant… just the same as why Canberra was picked as capital in the first place.

If they don’t have the player base there now, I’m sure they would attract the necessary up-and-comers once they got started.

D-Day arrives for A-League expansion clubs

I’ve always said.. sports stars aren’t there to be likeable. They need to abide by the rules (in cricket’s case, laws) of the game and should try to be good role models. Otherwise, they really are just in the public eye because they hit or bowl a ball well!

Do Australian cricket fans really understand Virat Kohli?

Well said. Test cricket really throws up perfect storylines, like no other sport… except for 4-day golf tournaments perhaps.

So, that's why we love Test cricket