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David Lord

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David Lord spends his waking hours keeping abreast of what’s happening in the world of sport around the world and is one of the pre-eminent voices on sport in Australia. David has been deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - with World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. In those early days of WSC, David was managing Jeff Thomson and Vivian Richards. Withdrawing “Thommo” from the original WSC ended up in the High Court of England, described by David as “not a top tourist resort”. In 1983 he signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles every four years.

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Loosehead, a loose comment, the 20-19 RWC final will be between the All Blacks and Ireland, the two best teams by the length of the straight.

Michael Cheika can't win, even when the Wallabies do

Don Freo, the last time Steve Smith, David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, and Usman Khawaja played together, they played against Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, and Vernon Philander – now none of them are playing for various reasons. How’s that for a think?

Why is Michael Cheika constantly hammered, while Justin Langer is blameless?

Totally agree Fionn, and I’ve always been a strong Kurtley supporter. I’ve put it down to that ill-fated stint at 10, and Israel Folau on the wing, both play better at 12 and 15. Let’s see what happens against Wales.

A woeful calendar year for the Australian ODI side and the Wallabies

Don’t agree Big Daddy, while Gail Kelly and Katie Page are highly-qualified commercial directors, cricket more than any other sport needs a cricketer in the chair, and Belinda Clark is that person in a “horses for courses” situation. You are spot on in other areas as times are changing, and for the better, although I doubt you predicted Yvonne Sampson would be the very best presenter on Fox’s dedicated rugby league channel when there’s a galaxy of internationals on the books? Yet Yvonne is not only the best, but the only woman to host the Dally Ms, and host of the first all-woman sports panel – League Life – with Lara Pitt, Jessica Yates, and Hannah Hollis, one of the station’s highest rating shows because they all know their rugby league.

The answer to Cricket Australia's shattered image was there all the time

Paul, not in a million years would Cricket Australia consider a woman in the chair, it’s a closed shop for men. But my point is there’s a proven trio now as Prime Minister and Premiers to open the eyes of the sport’s governing body in Australia. Belinda would be great in the chair, she’s accomplished a lot more for cricket, on and off the field, than anyone left on the current board, or anyone else so far suggested as chairman.

The answer to Cricket Australia's shattered image was there all the time

Don Freo and jameswm, you are both right on the money, that’s why I wrote that Cricket Australia, by sheer accident, came across Belinda Clark as a genuine potential for the big chair. Of course the high performance director should be abolished as another flaw in the 2011 Argus Review that also suggested the captain, and coach, should automatically be national selectors. So forget the high performance job, and move Belinda straight to the big chair.

The answer to Cricket Australia's shattered image was there all the time

Nine has the tennis contract for five years – 2020 to 2024.

Will Channel Seven's new cricket contract ever match its spectacular Melbourne Cup coverage?

Kangas, Nine never missed a home international in four decades, but Seven will miss seven before they cover their first. And for some reason, editorial slashed the commentary team numbers, so I’ll repeat them because that’s the point of the column.

Seven will have Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Allan Border, Jason Gillespie, Brad Hodge, Bruce McAvaney, Tim Lane, James Brayshaw, Lisa Sthaleka, Mel McLaughlin, Abbey Gelmi, and Alison Mitchell and with so many new to commentary Seven can’t afford to give Fox a seven-game start.

Fox’s lineup – Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Mark Waugh, Allan Border, Kerry O’Keeffe, Brett Lee, Mike Hussey, Brendon Julian, Andrew Symonds, Darren Lehmann, Mitchell Johnson, John Hastings, Mel Jones, Isa Guha, Jessica Yates, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Megan Barnard, Alex Blackwell, and Neroli Meadows, with Graeme Smith, Harsha Bhogle, and Russel Arnold on standby depending on the series.

Fox has a dedicated channel and no ads, Seven will have plenty of ads.

Will Channel Seven's new cricket contract ever match its spectacular Melbourne Cup coverage?

You’ll never get the message Christo, I know exactly what I’ve written. My original strong belief was Mark Taylor for chairman was in the best interests of the sport, not himself, but when he knocked it back two days later to concentrate on the media where he’ll be less hamstrung, and more at ease, Tubby will be better placed as an individual to help cricket get back on the right track.

Tubby pulls the pin on Cricket Australia

The board doesn’t select. Judging by the selection of David Peever, and Kevin Roberts, it’s just as well.

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

How on earth could Kevin Roberts be appointed James Sutherland’s replacement after a worldwide search by highly-skilled and experienced companies taking months? That’s total rubbish Christo.

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

A lot of words Christo, but nothing definitive, at least I have an opinion which you describe as rubbish. I haven’t seen you write about David Peever, what qualifications did he have to be chairman, nor have you written anything about the other 36 chairmen, with the exception of Sir Donald, or didn’t he meet your criteria either?

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

How can you say that with such conviction? You don’t know, and I don’t know, but it’s quite conceivable Mark Taylor and Michael Kasprowicz, the only two Australian cricketers on the board, have been outvoted 7-2 on matters cricket by the corporate sector. That doesn’t make them ineffective, it’s what a democracy is all about, there weren’t enough cricket numbers on the board. The makeup of the board is the fault of the states voting.

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

You criticise every author Christo, but never come up with an alternative. Mine is Mark Taylor for Cricket Australia chairman, what’s yours, and why?

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

Don, you have touched on one of my long-standing beliefs that no cricketer should hold an administration position, and be in the media at the same time. As soon as Mark Taylor became a director of Cricket Australia, he should have given up Channel Nine commentary, and fronting television commercials. Mark Waugh when he became a national selector, should have given up television commentary, trying to avoid selection questions he was bound to not answer. Don, as for your comment Taylor was surely complicit in the whole decline of Aus cricket, only his co-directors know what happens in the board room, you can only surmise.

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

Mark Taylor’s a proven leader where it counts in the cauldron of Test cricket. There are six other corporate type directors on the board who can talk business strategy, but obviously none of them know what happens in the middle, or cricket administration wouldn’t be in the toilet as it is now. With Taylor in the chair, he will stop the chain being pulled.

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

Jim, to “family”, and “journey”, I’d have to add “moving forward” – if I hear, or read. that another time, especially in the current cricket crisis, I’ll throw up. On a far more serious note I reckon you, and your twin brother Stuart, were the last wingers to feed lineouts in a Wallaby jumper and with a bowling action, no less. You two were far more accurate than the modern day hookers who would find it difficult to hit an elephant on the backside from five metres.

Cricket Australia cops a major uppercut from the independent review

Totally correct Paul, point taken I didn’t repeat my six months earlier comment that the bans were manifestly unfair compared to the other ball-tamperers who copped a wet lettuce bashing.

Cricket Australia cops a major uppercut from the independent review

We differ Relum, but I respect your reasoning.

Cricket Australia cops a major uppercut from the independent review

Great post Jim, with plenty of excellent points as I’d expect from you. Sadly the corporate sector has taken over in far too many sports. For example, Geoff Lawson described Cricket Australia as business running cricket instead of playing cricket – brilliant. There are only two international cricketers on the nine-strong CA board, the other seven are all corporate heavies, and I count managing director of Rio Tinto as a corporate giant. And I couldn’t agree with you more about the long-standing sporting journos being inducted into the Hall of Fame in their sports like EW Kann, Norm Tasker, and Jim Webster in rugby, Bill Mordey, Ernie Christensen and Alan Clarkson in league – and coaches like Rod Macqueen, Bobby Dwyer, and Alan Jones in rugby, Wayne Bennett, Jack Gibson, and Tim Sheens in league. Jim, it’s never too late to correct those wrongs.

Cricket Australia cops a major uppercut from the independent review

Henry, I can only judge people as I find them. At all times James Sutherland has been upfront with me over 17 years. I have nothing but respect for him on a one-to-one basis, and he wasn’t the bully in pay dispute.

We had it out over the Pat Howard appointment, which was disgraceful. Howard was a former Wallaby who not only made a hash of exactly the same job at the ARU, but his cricketing knowledge could fit comfortably on the top of a pin head. And still does.

Sutherland said Howard would prove me wrong, but he didn’t by a long shot, and I agree Howard needs to go yesterday.

Nonetheless, I appreciate your comments Henry as I have over the last 40 years, but in my book James Sutherland has been a CA plus, not a minus.

Cricket Australia cops a major uppercut from the independent review

Matey, I have never blamed Michael Hooper for loosing, not even for losing???? I contest his continual selection as the second best seven to David Pocock, and the third best captain to Pocock, and Will Genia.

Welcome back, Samu Kerevi

Interesting comment Fionn, comparing Ben Smith, and Israel Folau, as fullbacks. Both have been nominated once for the World Rugby Player-of-the-Year – Smith in 2013 when Kieran Read took out the honour, and Folau last year when Beauden Barrett won for the second successive year.

Welcome back, Samu Kerevi

DaveR, when June next year arrives I look forward to this backrow leading into the Rugby World Cup:

6 – Angus Cottrell – 191cms, 105kgs.
7 – David Pocock – 182, 115.
8 – Isi Naisarni – 195, 110.

Bench – Jack Dempsey – 191, 108.

Michael Hooper – 182, 101 – in the squad.

Michael Cheika continues to ignore the obvious

Kane, Hooper’s peers voted twice – Pocock 262 votes for the John Eales Medal from eight games, Hooper 80 votes from 12 – and Pocock as the best seven among the 2018 Australian Super Rugby teams. Conclusive and comprehensive.

Michael Cheika continues to ignore the obvious