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Dem Panopoulos

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Joined June 2018







Forever riding the sporting rollercoaster of emotions. Put some WAFL reviews together for The AFL Record and occasionally say a couple of words on 91.3 SportFM. Twitter: @dempanopoulos



This is the downfall of any team in any sport. The moment the mindset is more about holding on or being competitive, the quicker the inevitable negative outcome arrives. Biting the bullet and going for it is the best way to approach this test, and Ferguson over Southee is exactly the right move.

Lockie Ferguson is New Zealand’s only chance to win the first Test

Thanks for reading Paul. NZ’s deep bowling attack means Ferguson can be used in short, sharp bursts and be more effective, as mentioned. His average of overs per innings is perfectly reasonable in first class cricket, although it has certainly increased in recent years.

Regarding the World Cup, Ferguson was the most impressive bowler. People expected Starc to rip through the opposition, particularly lesser nations, and if he didn’t, there’d have been more headlines questioning him.

Ferguson put his nation on his back, with many opposition fanbases not knowing much about him, and he nearly pulled them over the line. I think his ability is easily transferrable to this first Test and the rest of his career.

Lockie Ferguson is New Zealand’s only chance to win the first Test

Thanks for reading Dave. I certainly think NZ batsmen are susceptible to that short stuff, as written, they tend to enjoy playing that hook shot and it can get them in trouble with extra pace and bounce. Even worse, if they decide to put the shots away, they may get stuck.

I think 2019 has been a stunning year for NZ, as the overall progression of cricket in the country has certainly reached a height not seen in over a decade. Constantly putting together good performances in all forms of the game, nearly winning the WC and destroying England, this has been the best period of cricket we’ve seen in years.

Lockie Ferguson is New Zealand’s only chance to win the first Test

Thanks for reading Riccardo! Think the heat itself gives a big advantage to Australia, given the importance that has been placed on building a good fitness base. The likes of Warner won’t be affected by the Heat.

Hopefully NZ can get their players up and fit, short, sharp bursts from Ferguson could be destructive if used properly. I definitely think Ferguson is a must-play for NZ, not sure about the headline itself necessarily.

Lockie Ferguson is New Zealand’s only chance to win the first Test


The Melbourne Renegades announced two international signings this morning, affecting their early season XI.

Aaron Finch
Marcus Harris
Shaun Marsh
Tom Cooper
Sam Harper
Daniel Christian
Faheem Ashraf (first eight games before being replaced by Nabi)
Jack Wildermuth
Kane Richardson
Cameron Boyce
Usman Shinwari (first five games before being replaced by Gurney)

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Smith is criminally underrated in T20s, with his field manipulation the key reason for his ability to dominate. It’s harder for him in ODI cricket with the huge variety in game situations and the field restrictions tend to place more pressure on him, but having an average of over 30 and a reasonable strike rate around 125 is exceptional work.

Leaving Marcus Stoinis out of the Australian T20 side is a mistake

Thanks for reading Paul.

Stoinis finds himself in a unique situation for me, where I think he is purely a T20 player, and definitely a top order player at that. His World Cup performances only further solidified this pre-existing opinion I had in mind, but he is yet to really get his shot in a more natural situation on home soil in T20 cricket.

While batting at three isn’t necessarily the position for him to replicate the BBL form, I truly think it’s the best chance he’d get to show his worth.

This series would have been perfect to back Stoinis in – if he dominated as I’d expect, we’d have the top order settled for the World Cup and if he failed, he got his opportunity.

Again, I think Australia wins these games easily and all of this is swept under the carpet, but Stoinis certainly has that x-factor at the top of the order to be a key player.

Leaving Marcus Stoinis out of the Australian T20 side is a mistake

Richmond was hardly a top team at the time, their wins were completely unconvincing and that six-week period had everyone talking them down, given they were outside the top 8. The Cats have had good periods no doubt throughout game since then, but Round 6 was a complete domination against the reigning premiers.

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Thanks Neel, reckon we’re in for a treat this World Cup and a couple of surprises!

Five certainties for the Cricket World Cup

Many thanks!

Five certainties for the Cricket World Cup

It is reverse ladder order and given the close percentage between multiple teams in the bottom 10, it’ll be tight. I’d say Essendon’s interest in Gault will be high as of today with Draper’s injury, so if they finish below the Hawks, they’ll pounce.

The WAFL stars deserving of a mid-season opportunity

Typo related to Mayo, thanks. Always thought Deluca was unlucky not to play more, his size and the fact he’d probably be a small forward once again if re-drafted probably has him low on my mid-season rankings. Delahunty im a huge fan of, most Subiaco players chose not to nominate for the draft however which is unfortunate for the potential senior exposure, but great for the club!

The WAFL stars deserving of a mid-season opportunity

Appreciate the feedback Keith. My view is that if you aren’t a proven high performer in the last two years, you cannot be treated as such in the present. IPL runs are great in a different format of the game and it will likely give him confidence for the future. However, Australia has chosen to stick with a largely settled ODI series, and squeezing Warner in for the hope can recapture his form from when he wasn’t quite 30yo. The team is volatile enough as it is, not sure now, when there’s a semblance of stability, is the time for this selection.

Why Warner cannot represent Australia at the World Cup

Very keen to hear your thoughts on the issue!

Why Warner cannot represent Australia at the World Cup

Hey Ronan, love reading all your pieces.

Longer term yes, he was accepted to be one of the most damaging batsmen going around. In the ODI matches before the proverbial hit the fan, however, there were vocal critics due to his and the team’s failures, rightly or wrongly.

I disagree with the notion of many that citing his form from some 24 months ago and before then is the key reason behind his re-inclusion, when we’re talking about a 32-year-old who hasn’t played under the pressures of international cricket for a long time.

Why Warner cannot represent Australia at the World Cup

Warner is coming off a year where he hasn’t played any cricket, which followed a mediocre year where he was barely in Australia’s best handful of batsmen in the format. It’s naive and ultimately misguided to suggest a 32-year-old coming off his last two years is all of a sudden Australia’s best ODI batsman.

Why Warner cannot represent Australia at the World Cup

Needing to bat second is hardly a strong tactic, as it’s openly admitting that when Australia bats first, they’ll lose. Your point in mentality though, that’s where all this is at. Australia is too rigid, and the messaging is clearly inflexible. Let players be themselves and play how they want. It would change the entire perception of the team immediately.

As for the 5th bowler, sure Maxwell could get carted, but that’s where fluid captaincy is required. He bowls 3 overs and goes for 20, throw the ball to Stoinis. Stoinis goes for 20 off 3, throw the ball elsewhere. There are enough options to find 10 overs.

Overall, rigidity is the killer of freedom and creativity. It’s why Maxwell’s success in the T20 was so appreciated, he wasn’t hindered by constraints usually placed around him.

Australian cricket needs more flexibility

Absolutely, she was an absolute gem on the weekend. Tweeted a fair bit about her efforts but she has that perfect mix of height and genuine athletic ability. Will be a handful for opposition defenders.

What AFLW Round 3 taught us

I tend to agree, the expansion is happening too quickly and may create a situation where the gap between the best and worst stays large for a number of years. Don’t see the need to rush, but it’s going to happen, hopefully the positives outweigh the negatives.

What AFLW Round 3 taught us

Macca, I’m happy to be purely analytical and unpack Collingwood’s inefficiencies in attack and the issues with the tactics in future articles, but the purpose of this piece is to highlight what came out of the weekend’s games.
In terms of positivity and negativity around the reporting of AFLW, there is a difference between analysing and producing a piece on why teams are playing poorly, or certain trends league-wide that are concerning, versus what a fair portion of “haters” on social media discuss.
Everyone knows that the league will continue to improve, it’s still in its infancy. This notion of positivity and negativity stems from an individual’s agenda – are they happy that AFLW exists and are keenly following it for not only the entertainment, but the societal importance and just want to see the product at its best, or are they plain and simply against women’s footy and the mainstream coverage it gets creates an unhealthy necessity to complain on social media.
Personally, I know what camp I’m firmly in and will continue to watch, analyse and write about what I see, which is the same in every sport and every situation, whether it be viewed as positive or negative.
I very much appreciate you reading the piece and providing discussion because everyone here is excited for what the future holds and the inevitable, continued improvement, even though more clubs coming in may create a situation where the near future sees a larger gap between the best players and the rest.

What AFLW Round 2 taught us

I think not having Short in the final squad is a big mistake, him simply as cover for S.Marsh is a waste of his talent. Overall, the squad is reasonable, interesting to see how the bowling goes with the Richardson boys as the main strike weapons with Cummins and all-rounders.

Ultimately, I still think Australia is a level below the Indians and don’t think it’ll be a particularly close series. However, when it comes to the World Cup, Ponting’s influence is going to be huge. I can see us being another dark horse for the tournament, purely through the genius he can provide us.

The lead-up may be tough, but I think as time goes on and we approach the WC, we’ll be alright.

Why New Zealand is a certainty to win the World Cup

Thanks Paul, I really like the limitless potential of New Zealand, and feel the hot-and-cold nature of a team like this is lessened if they find early form. The opening fixtures and naturally impressive numbers of their players in the UK has me excited about their chances. Lock it in!

Why New Zealand is a certainty to win the World Cup

Based on history, that’ll also be the attitude of the selectors. Spare a thought for the likes of Callum Ferguson at this moment.

Kurtis Patterson is a long-overdue smart selection

Thanks for that James. You’re right, the injuries must be frustrating and obviously have an impact. Starc, to me, has always been a bowler that can be attacked and our reliance on him is dangerous.

Hopefully hitting that pace in short, sharp bursts instead of being the main go-to is what eventuates, because that’d certainly help him return to that peak form.

You’re right about Johnson and Starc, maybe the brilliance mixed with the erratic nature of their bowling is what makes them spectacular. But with our current batting, we need Starc firing.

Time to face the Starc reality

It’s the game’s most popular format domestically. Given Australia is having issues developing talent like no other country, using the T20I team to bring new talent in can be extremely beneficial. Theory is based on development. Sri Lanka are doing just fine for themselves.

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