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Waratahs fan from way back was a Norths leagues fan until they got done. Follow Shellharbour Sharks in group 7.

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Marnus is having a lean time but nothingf will be done as there are no tests until November. All we can hope for here is that he plays Shield cricket and gets runs before the next test. Smith is not an opener, Renshaw or Bancroft should have been looked at for the Windies tests. The selectors have dug a hole for themselves. They can’t drop Green and put Smith back to 4, Green is doing just too good.

Long time to go before next season but Head may be one who needs to improve in test cricket. He bats well in an attacking style but he has been getting himself out playing the wrong shot at the wrong time. In 16 innings he has passed 50 twice. Only bringing this up because the other option, on form, is to drop Smith or to move him down the batting line up to 5. Intersesting times ahead but I don’t think the selectors will change anything.

Test Mortem: Aussie aura living rent free in Kiwi minds, Marnus officially in a form slump, DRS needs review

Agree. A couple of earlierr penalties in the same area and all it was was another penalty. Should have been a yc.

'Didn't happen the same way': Were Tahs stung by double standards on HJH yellow card?

Thedre are problems with the top order. Marnus is out of form but Smith has not been great either as an opener. Yes, he scored a 90 against the Windies but his other scores as an opener haven’t been great. Nothing will happen this series, the selectors will keep the status quo. But changes need to happen in the future. Three of our bowlerts are wqell into their 30s with Cummins being 30. Smith and Uzzi are well into their 30s as well. Playing Smith as an opener was a mistake. Players with a few years in front of them would have been a better choice. This would have been the perfect time to give a couple of our young quicks a start.

COMMENT: Horrendously out of form or not, Australia would be mad to ditch Marnus now

Maybe but whatr about the good will in playing the Windies.

Australia vs New Zealand Test series deserves greater fanfare than a March through autumn clash with footy codes

I think its more to do with the ICC than Australia. Personally, I would have preferred this to have been played earlier and like the Windies, a crying shame it is only a two test series. These should be dcone away with and series should be a minimum of three tests.

Australia vs New Zealand Test series deserves greater fanfare than a March through autumn clash with footy codes

It was on Nine/Gem this morning, live.

The NRL is sleeping on the World Club Challenge - it could be one of their most profitable products

That is where this system is so wrong. What is wrong with the ref asking the bunker for a decison. “I can’t see if it has been scored or not, please check” or simply “try or no try”.

'Lying is a sin': To'o takes aim at Wardle, referee 'making assumptions' with contentious try as Wigan upset Panthers

Can’t see it. There are presently nine Sydney clubs out of `17 clubs in the NRL. That is more than half the sides are in Sydney. So no way will the NRL include another Sydney based side. Ideally, existing Sydney sides should look at relocating but this won’t happen. Would Glebe consider coming back in as an interstate team? Not from what is above.

Twist in NRL expansion debate as powerbrokers say ‘Aloha!’ to Dirty Reds return bid

I don’t think it is a case of the referees being too timid but more that they don’t want to appear to be affecting the result but inb not playing to the rules, they are affecting the result. Ideally, if referees and touchies just did their jobs as per the rule book and not on what the NRL or bunker want.

NRL News: Field goal rules changed, Sticky fires up over 'inconsistency' in All Stars ban, Wigan prop out of Panthers duel

To be fair to Eddie his comment ““You look at those Welsh players. They play 30 games a year. They’re hard and tough players. They can just stick at it. They know they’re going to do it.” is spot on. SRP plays 15 rounds, there are 12 teams, perhaps if we had full home and away. I do think what Jones was getting at was tghe NH players play much more rugby than we do. Like the premiership in England, 10 teams but full home and away for a 18 round comp plus finals. Thenm the URC on top of that.

'Stands out like dog's balls', 'set up for failure': Wretched Eddie-Slips moment that explains World Cup disaster

That was one decision out of twenty surely that can’t be the reason for a 434 run loss. Chasing runs with well over a days play to come in the second innings, one stupid run ourt and three LBWs for players trying to sweep. Stupid is a word that comes to mind.

For Stokes to blame the “umpire’s call” and the third umpire is just trying to shift the blame from his team to the officials. Yes, that decision was close but England have had their share of these close call that went their way and no outcry then. Poms just becoming a laughing stock.

'Take away umpire's call': Stokes bleats about DRS after India thrash appalling England by record margin

Rebels fans are complaini9ng they can’t get tickets to AAMI Park but with over a million dollars owed on ground rentals, I think they will be lucky to see a game.

CONFIRMED: Rebels CEO made redundant and coaches have contract cuts as hopes of Super Rugby survival fade

A few years back, I had thought the decision to drop the Force and keep the Rbels was the wrong decision. Haven’t changed m,y mind opn that.

CONFIRMED: Rebels CEO made redundant and coaches have contract cuts as hopes of Super Rugby survival fade

Doesn’t seem that long ago where the ref could just ask the TMO “try or no try”.

Six Nations: Late penalty decides England-Wales thriller, Aussie ref in strife after denying Scots winning try against France

Sorry but England did not chase bravely. They played sosme poor shots and deserved to be beaten.

'The technology has gone wrong': Stokes laments DRS in England defeat amid LBW drama

Or as Richie Benaud once aid, don’t pick up the ball, that’s the fielders job.

'Get a grip': Broad fumes, cricket world erupts as Poms cop hugely controversial wicket in U19 World Cup

I do think there is a lack of red ball cricket for both us and touring sides. How much better could both Pakistan and the Windies have been with a few warm up games. There is far too much unnecessary T20 and ODI only tours (plus IPL). As shown above we will be looking at three white ball tours (two away and one home) before the India test series. Throw in BBL and when do the test players play red ball cricket and when do the Shield cricketers get a chance to show their wears against these players. That is how we will find replacements not picking and hoping as is the case now.

To help teams out of the big 3 there needs to be more tests and fewer white ball games. To help support these sides assistance from the ICC is needed (both financial and test cricket). Will it happen, doubtful.

Test Mortem: Green’s golden status fading as batting unit becomes fragile, Windies need help to kick on from Gabba glory

Bazball? Not really. Great score from Pope scoring off nearly 280 balls. Indian batsmen weren’t too far from a similar rate. The difference was in Pope’s tactics which worked a charm, though he did give chances. His tactics even saw comments from some Indian commentators that what he did was agaiaanst the spirrit of the game which is rubbish, just a case of pope working his opposition out and taking advantage.

Bazball 1-0 in India! Hartley takes seven on debut as England produce 'greatest triumph' under Stokes in epic comeback

This team plus probably Renshaw, Boland.Morris and Murphy looks like likely squad for the NZ test series. Smith has a maximum now of five innings to show form otherwise he should go. As a younger player, I’d give Green more time. Problem is that with India ouring next summer there will only be couple of Shield games to show form for aspiring openers. CA should canthe ODI tour to England.

Aussies face huge call over batting experiment with Smith and Green failing again as Windies turn Test on its head

England should pack up and leave.

'How dare you?': India accused of being a 'pathetic disgrace' as England spinner's visa blocked

Nothing really to do with the BCCI, it’s the government.

'How dare you?': India accused of being a 'pathetic disgrace' as England spinner's visa blocked

Khawaja had the same problems too.

'How dare you?': India accused of being a 'pathetic disgrace' as England spinner's visa blocked

No problems with the day but it is for whenthe first fleet arrived in Sydney Cove to set up a penal colony. If they want to get rid of it, Federatyion Day should be it.

'Choose a better date': Cummins wants Australia Day moved as CA chief sledged for 'bizarre' trainwreck interview

No. If they were going to do that then he should have played at 5 or 6 to start with. Head is doing well at 5 and Marsh going well at 6. Green already got the nod becvause Smith was moved to open leaving his spot there for Green. After 25 tests with 1 ton and half a dozenb 50+ scores he shouldn’t need the team being rearranged for his benefit.

On other players moving up the order, Smith was originally selected as a legspinner not a batsman so obviously he had to move up the order. Ponting played three tests at 5 or 6 then moved to 3.

Travis should Head up the order until Green proves he’s four-midable enough to earn important spot

No issues with playing the Windies except it should be a three test series not two.

COMMENT: What's the point in playing the Windies? Only the future of Test cricket itself

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