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Ben Pobjie

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Ben Pobjie is a writer and comedian whose promising rugby career was tragically cut short the day he stopped playing rugby and had a pizza instead. The most he has ever cried was the day Balmain lost the 1989 grand final. Today he enjoys the frolics of Wallabies, Swans, baggy greens, and Storm.

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But as Barry said, if Mitchell was responding to “niggle”, then his act was deliberate and he should’ve copped more weeks.

Million Dollar Man: Latrell Mitchell needs a cooler head - and to stop attacking other players'

Ian Chappell’s average is irrelevant as he wasn’t claiming to be a legend himself: only that Langer wasn’t.

There’s no set definition of “legend” of course, so the argument is fairly moot. Langer was an important part of a great team, but certainly not as great a player as McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist or Waugh.

He was not as good a batter as Matt Hayden, though both Hayden and Langer benefited from their peak years being in an era with little great new-ball bowling: the partnership plundered many mediocre pacemen. This is why I rank Mark Taylor as a better bat than Langer and at least equal to Hayden: his whole career was spent in the age of great pace bowlers; he had to face Ambrose, Walsh, Donald, Wasim and Waqar in their prime. Langer and Hayden were both unable to nail down a place in the team in those years. David Boon’s average is well below Langer’s too, but I rate Boon as better than JL.

I should conclude by saying I don’t want to denigrate Langer, who was a very very good cricketer. But Chappell has a point: in that great early-2000s team, he was not in the highest bracket.

'Not in their category': Ian Chappell takes brutal swipe at 'legend' Langer comments

I wonder if Michael Vaughan has ever, even for one second, considered whether his advice is wanted?

'Don't do it at a pub': Vaughan lifts lid on Cummins' secret summit in days before Langer's downfall

Don’t know who you are, Prince Symbol, but I like the cut of your jib.

The toxic, cancerous culture of Australian cricket

It was very humble of him to apologise for being too wonderful a person.

'Going out on a high': 'Grateful' Langer reveals resignation letter, explains why he walked away

I accept your apology.

Put down the pitchforks and everyone calm down about Justin Langer

Well I was disappointed

Put down the pitchforks and everyone calm down about Justin Langer

Very possibly – but his playing experience still isn’t relevant to that.

‘Disgraceful he’s had to put up with this bulls--t’: Ex-skipper and Healy rip into CA over Langer saga

Kim was a test captain before there was such a thing as a national coach. So his experience is irrelevant.

‘Disgraceful he’s had to put up with this bulls--t’: Ex-skipper and Healy rip into CA over Langer saga

And the coach definitely should NOT be a selector.

‘Disgraceful he’s had to put up with this bulls--t’: Ex-skipper and Healy rip into CA over Langer saga

Cummins and Finch aren’t underlings. In cricket the captain outranks the coach.

‘Disgraceful he’s had to put up with this bulls--t’: Ex-skipper and Healy rip into CA over Langer saga

Kim Hughes may not think the views of the captain are important, but they matter a hell of a lot more than what Langer’s besties reckon.

‘Disgraceful he’s had to put up with this bulls--t’: Ex-skipper and Healy rip into CA over Langer saga

No Diablo. I’m not saying anything. I’m asking a question: why do you reckon there are different competitions for men and women in football? You most certainly have not answered it. And it’s a pretty simple question. Currently in football there are separate competitions for men and women. I would like to know why, in your opinion, that separation exists. That’s all.

Muslim AFLW player stands down from GWS game after refusing to wear pride jersey on religious grounds

I have no idea why anyone would think this was not in the spirit of the game. People just like feeling angry.

'Absolute dog move' or 'very smart'? Cricket world reacts to Sixers' controversial final-over ploy

Diablo, it is perfectly fine for you to say you don’t want to answer the question. Why do you reckon there are different competitions for men and women in football?

Muslim AFLW player stands down from GWS game after refusing to wear pride jersey on religious grounds

Why do you reckon there are different competitions for men and women in football?

Muslim AFLW player stands down from GWS game after refusing to wear pride jersey on religious grounds

Why do you reckon there are different competitions for men and women in football?

Muslim AFLW player stands down from GWS game after refusing to wear pride jersey on religious grounds

Obviously

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

Bless you PaineWarne

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

“The Hundred has been a success” isn’t much of a retort. Root wasn’t complaining that the Hundred had failed.

'Laughable': Root's blame game starts civil war with Morgan, 'perfect' Ponting wanted as England coach

Being England captain is a tough gig, but you get the rewards in the end: in ten years Joe Root will be getting well paid to write articles about why the current England captain must be sacked.

UK View: 'He must resign' - Root wants to carry on but knives are out after 'ghastly', 'pathetic' surrender

So nothing will have changed.

BRETT GEEVES: Warne doco needed more Waugh, less puff piece to match MJ's Last Dance classic

He does need to do work on his technique, but sending him to the Big Bash is unlikely to be the way to get that work into him.

Future star or not, this is why Cameron Green should be dropped for Hobart Test

See, again, you seem to be describing games Australia lost as good ones. I’m confused.

Remembering the greatest Boxing Day Ashes Test, back when England actually showed character and fight

Bit of an inconsistency here. The author claims to be describing “the greatest Boxing Day Ashes Test ever”, but the game he then describes is one Australia lost. Whoops!

Remembering the greatest Boxing Day Ashes Test, back when England actually showed character and fight

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