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Agree completely. I was simply making the point that it would nice if commentators found a middle ground – criticise when necessary, praise when appropriate.

Referees get it right and the commentators misread the room - again

She might not have said it overtly, but you can’t deny she strongly implied it.

Referees get it right and the commentators misread the room - again

“For many of these commentators rugby league is their livelihood. It is the game that has given them so much. And yet, they do very little to talk the game up and promote it.”

Oh, you were doing so well up until this point! No, it’s not the job of commentators to “talk the game up”.

Referees get it right and the commentators misread the room - again

I think the main problem is that the expectations of the deregistration was that that was it for Flanagan’s involvement in the NRL. Yet just 12 months later he’s welcomed back into the sport.

Doesn’t really pass the pub test, does it…

NRL opens door for Shane Flanagan to coach again

1. This is why players’ opinions doesn’t really get taken seriously.
2. Even if Neale’s opinion is technically true, the vision clearly shows Greene making unnecessary contact with the head/eye region.

As others have stated, the only astonishing thing is that the Giants thought they could appeal successfully.

Still suspended: AFL appeal denies Toby Greene

I disagree that they had to try. The next time anyone from the Giants talks about ‘the spirit of the game’, the rest of the footballing world will have every right to laugh them out of the room.

Having said that, the AFL made a rod for its own back in not coming down harder on Greene earlier. If you’re going to ‘punish’ players by handing out lightweight fines, then of course they’re going to keep going with that behaviour.

Still suspended: AFL appeal denies Toby Greene

Possibly. But you read the bit about Hayden, Langer and Rogers all still playing until 36 or 37 years old?

But let me re-work my question anyway – if Warner gets selected for the next domestic Test series because of his domestic Test record, why was he selected for the Ashes series just finished? It’s not like his Test record in England was any good…

David Warner can still dominate Test cricket

OK, if we’re selecting him for the upcoming series in Australia purely on his domestic Test record, then equally he shouldn’t be selected for the next Ashes series in England, for the very same reason.

Yes?

David Warner can still dominate Test cricket

How did he cheat during this series?

England win despite stunning Matt Wade ton

“Technically…” exactly!

Now if he’d scored that century in the first innings of the last Test…

England win despite stunning Matt Wade ton

If only Wade could score a ton when it actually mattered…

Apart from Smith and Labuschagne, the batting has been terrible. And lots of catching practice over the next few months please!

England win despite stunning Matt Wade ton

Warner is clearly mentally shot. Literally anyone else would do better. Personally I think Bancroft was dropped too quickly, so I’d bring him back. And Dropping Head was just ludicrous – bring him back.

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

Bat first, bat second – does it really make a difference with this lineup? I think not.

Warner and Wade’s continued selection is a disgrace.

Archer and Curran rip through Australia

Yep, imagine how Smith would go if he came in at 2/150 or so!

Ditching Lehmann's pace obsession won Australia the Ashes

Not that I necessarily disagree with the sentiment of the article, but I reckon the current bowlers would be the same if Lehmann was still coach. Cummins, Starc and Pattinson are still pretty quick! It’s just that they’re accurate as well.

Ditching Lehmann's pace obsession won Australia the Ashes

I’m so glad Tim Paine has now got this on his CV. A fantastic captain, in the true sense we of the word.

Bravo to him and his team!

Australia retain Ashes in a thriller

Yeah, I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and suggest that old mate hasn’t actually spent one cent on any of the above.

Manly's home final in doubt due to Lottoland asbestos

Sounds like the A-League could really benefit from studying the MLS experience (in all sorts of ways). Probably a more like-for-like situation than looking to Europe?

As usual, a bit of give and take on both sides generally results in a better outcome for all concerns. Hopefully it can be sorted out and increased numbers and better atmosphere will be the result at A-League games over the next few years.

Better policing will help improve A-League atmospheres

He hasn’t shifted the goal posts in the slightest. What he has done extremely well is put context to the raw data. Unless you want to try to argue that runs scored in a second innings of a dead rubber are as good as those in the first innings of a live game? Of course, if you do that, then you don’t really understand cricket.

Warner has lost the plot – and his off stump

You say Bancroft has real technical issues, but the premise of Ronan’s article is that Warner has one now too. We can’t be dropping some players for having technical issues, but allowing others with technical issues to play. Can we?

Warner has lost the plot – and his off stump

Except that he’s never performed particularly well in England.

Warner has lost the plot – and his off stump

As you point our Ronan – this is not a problem that will be easily sorted out quickly. if he manages a reasonable score in the second innings it will involve a lot of luck. Much like his one decent score so far in this series.

And this highlights the problem of hoping that someone will just somehow turn their form around…’coz…experience. In this case there’s a flow on problem as the only viable solution is to bring back either Bancroft or Khawaja, who I’m sure are not exactly full of confidence either due to just being dropped. We now have zero in form and confident openers.

Warner has lost the plot – and his off stump

That’s a good point. So I guess the question the selectors were asking themselves at the start of the series – has Bancroft done enough to prove unequivocally that he was a better option than Harris? If the answer to that is yes, then I think you need to back that decision a little stronger than just two Tests.

Marcus Harris deserves this chance at Usman Khawaja's expense

Openers thrive in stable partnerships. Chopping and changing every couple of games isn’t a good selection strategy. And why does Warner get a free pass but everyone else’s head seems to be on the chopping block?

Marcus Harris deserves this chance at Usman Khawaja's expense

No wicketkeeper is perfect, so I would stand by my description.

And let’s be honest – if he had gotten one review decision right (the last one), he would now be an Ashes winning captain. It’s a very fine line between success and failure sometimes!

Usman Khawaja axed for fourth Ashes Test