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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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Ryman, this is a comment left per the email I’ve sent you highlighting the formatting/rendering issues for multiple-par comments.

This is the second par of the comment.


And this is the third par. This par has also been bolded.

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Agree, love this. Great addition..

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Yeah, all really good points about perceptions and the length, Timmuh. Certainly, the fact we’re a way away from the Finals would be a factor, and the mid-season lull is a good way of describing it..

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

Yeah, great individual innings, certainly Head’s ton and Weatherald’s ton in the Final. Both memorable games, too (when I eventually remember them!)

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

But your ‘T20 is cancer’ comment is instructive, and your hope the competition fails is an interesting reflection on you.

Because what you’re effectively hoping for is the death of cricket in Australia.

Make no mistake, the BBL pays for state cricket in Australia, and without it, the game would be struggling. Now there’s a reasonable argument that the game is struggling currently anyway, but at least CA can look at ways of structuring the domestic game so that it may serve it’s purpose: to ready players for international cricket.

Of course if this doesn’t happen, then the Australian teams suffer, and revenues will drop across sponsorship, broadcast, crowds, everything.

This is effectively what you’re hoping for.

By all means, criticise the structures in place (or not), and the effect that is having on the game. I’d probably even be inclined to agree with much of it.

But wishing for something to fail? Nope, that’s all on you. And it’s pretty sad.

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

It’s a great, albeit deliberately loaded question, Sheek, and it’s loaded for two reasons:

1. You don’t want any thought going into the answer, and
2. You’ve known for years – because I deliberately explained it to you – that I’ve never really focused on T20 results anyway, rather just watching the individual ball v bat contest six time an over…

So I couldn’t give you five anyway, becuase of the way I watch it. And certainly, they all blend into each other in the end. You might remember individual innnings or bowling spells, but not results.

The same absolutely applies to ODI cricket, for what it’s worth…

But here’s some game that did come to mind:
– The Sixers and Perth played a Super Over game in Sydney back in season 1 or 2, and I don’t think we’ve had a finish like that since
– Brisbane set a BBL record score of about 210 in season 2 or 3, then watched Hobart chase it down
– The Final of the fourth season (which was in Canberra, so it stands out for familiarity), where Perth won after Brett Lee bowled pretty much the worst over in the competition’s history,
– and the 80,000 crowd for the Melbourne Derby in 15/16 (I think) is another one. The Stars chased down a decent total inside 18 overs from memory.

So there’s four. And I did think about it, but you’ll just have to live with that…

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

Yeah, which day of the weekend probably isn’t important Christo, and they would definitely have to be paired up with the ODIs, too, otherwise you’d be in the situation where you’re asking teams to play on consecutive days.

They’ve been clever this weekend, with the ODI yesterday, and in the end, we’ll see all 8 teams in action within about 28 hours:
SAT: ODI
SUN: THU-STR > REN-HEA > SCO-SIX
MON: STA-HUR

Then come Tuesday, there’s another ODI, meaning the Sixers-Renegades can play in Sydney on Wednesday, and both teams have had two days between games..

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

Perceptions are everything, Mr F, and they’re undoubtedly being driven by the now. This time last year, with the Ashes just wrapped up on home soil, I can’t recall too much talk at all about he length of the BBL to that point.

The only difference one year on? The Australian team isn’t going great, therefore Australian cricket isn’t going great, therefore the BBL has issues too.

But that all said, none of this means a smarter and ideally more condensed BBL schedule isn’t a good idea. And now that we’re about to hit the halfway point, the perception and narrative will soon have a decent amount of truth to them..

BBL triple treat has to be the future of scheduling

I only had his Shield scores Mark, so I’m only adjusting the Shield average.

The Ian Healy example is a good one, so too the Philip Hughes example that’s been made below. This needs to be very careful…

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

And perhaps your very last point there BA is the key point. In the grand scheme of things, after the summer the side has had, this really isn’t the time to be throwing a promising 20yo in the deep end.

But now that they have, they can’t just let him drown…

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Yep, really good post Paul. I’m with you on this…

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Yeah, agree on Handscomb, Christo, I think he’s been royally done over.

And he made clear adjustments for Sydney, which appeared to have been very effective against the Indian spinners. Was Labuschagne’s 37 so much more compelling than Handscomb’s 37, or did the 0/75 at 4.7rpo make the difference?

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Which is my underlying point, Bushy. They’ve picked him well before his time, so he needs to be backed more than any other player now..

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

An interesting (and repeated) take, Kopa.

Take out his lowest Shield score and he averages 80!

And he’s batted three times in state one-day games, which screams ‘new player’ to me…

Will Pucovski must be a two-year commitment, not a two-Test thought bubble

Must admit I can’t recall seeing a post from you before Rissole, which is not a slight on you, but it did mean the sarcasm didn’t register with me at all..

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

Exactly. People are carrying on like he’s just been added and is set to play…

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

Siddle’s been in the squad all summer!

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

Siddle and Tremain were both in the initial 14-man squad for the first two India Tests, with Tremain then being released back to Victoria. Siddle has essentially just held his place in the squad. And with Starc and Hazlewood still there (and Cummins), you’d think injury is the only way Siddle plays…

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

by adding two Queenlanders and a Victorian to the Test squad in place of two Western Australians and a Victorian?

Three changes confirmed in new-look Australian squad to play Sri Lanka

Christo, I can’t think of a better way of solving a batting crisis!

If an experienced but inconsistent 35yo can’t sure up the middle order, why not throw a largely untested but hugely promising 20yo who’s yet to play a full First Class season in there? 🙄

Reports: Will Pucovski set to be selected against Sri Lanka, both Marsh brothers dropped

Lynton, I’m not sure Seven should just be “given” the BBL games that they had no interest in showing in the first place, just as they had no interest in the ODIs in this broadcast deal. The current broadcast deal doesn’t prevent every BBL game being shown, Seven’s lack of interest prevents it.

CA tried to play hard ball with Ten, screwed them over, and this is the price they’re paying…

It's time to refresh the BBL

Christo, for one thing a full country season won’t be possible, given the World Cup runs deep into July, and Carey will be part of the Australian squad there.

And I think his game has already come on really well in the last year or so he’s been involved with the national set-up, to the point that he was quickly preferred to Paine after the ODI series in England last year.

So that’s where I’m coming from, that the opportunity to be in and around the Test squad on a long tour could be really good for him – even if he doesn’t play a Test. There’s a Aust v Aust A tour match before the First Test, and then tour games before the 2nd and 4th Tests (I think that’s the timing)..

Ashes questions have to dictate Brisbane and Canberra selections

Oh yeah, these suspensions and fines sure are solving the slow over rates. Having a huge impact.

Penalise teams on the scoreboard where they’ll really feel it, and end this charade properly…

Faf du Plessis handed one-Test suspension by the ICC

Ryan , I’m with you on the Sixers, and remain entirely unconvinced, yet now they’re beating decent teams away. From 1 to 11, never mind 12 to 18, it’s just not a squad to get enthusiastic about.

But they’re now second overall. And they won’t lose key players a la several teams below them. Which means it’s entirely possible that Hobart and the Sixers will open up a lead on the rest of the competition during the ODI period..

The ODIs are set to ravage an already weak BBL, plus week four BBL power rankings

Yep, I’ve noticed this too, Cad. And early in overs, almost as if they’re whole planning is around hitting a boundary in the first two balls. Makes no sense..

BBL batting isn’t great, and Twenty20 cricket might be to blame