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Think you’re on the money here, Ronan: Jadeja should be in the Indian side. Some are saying he shouldn’t be because of all the lefties in Australia’s XI, but Jadeja actually has a better average against left-handed batsman (22.8) than right-handers (23.8).

All-pace attack would be a mistake for India

How about a Christmas email instead?

The FFA have made the right decisions on A-League expansion

Nice article Chris. Uncalled no-balls tend to disadvantage both the batting and bowling team, by costing the batting side runs they deserve and increasing the risk of bowlers overstepping when they take a wicket. Whether it’s by getting the third umpire check or by having the on-field umpires pay more attention, it should be an easy fix.

One thing worth considering is whether on-field umpires have become more gun-shy after Richard Illingworth incorrectly called Doug Bracewell for a no-ball when he dismissed Adam Voges back in 2016. There’d surely be a few who are nervous of a repeat incident.

When are international umpires going to start calling no balls again?

Yes, having lived in Wollongong for a few years, I’d love to see a team there, but I’d prefer to see Canberra first – get well away from Sydney and Melbourne with the next two teams.

More A-League teams for Sydney and Melbourne: Did the FFA get their A-League expansion decision right?

Agreed, Ryan. Give him some time, and hopefully he’ll deliver. Certainly looks to have the talent, and unusual techniques haven’t always been a sure sign of an ineffective Test batsman.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

Conditions, in all likelihood. It was 40 degrees or thereabouts during the first two days – that would have taken it right out of all the bowlers.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

Hard to argue with much of that, Bucks, but I’d say it’s a bit harsh to drop Handscomb after one Test back in the side. The guy’s clearly talented, he needs a decent run in the XI to have a proper shot at establishing himself as a Test batsman.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

Top Test indeed Jason. We’ll be in for quite the summer if the rest of the matches live up to this one.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

I’d certainly hope so, given The Roar is an opinion site.

Mitchell Starc must be dropped for the second Test against India

Yes, had a bit of a shocker with those few paragraphs Peter. Have since corrected them.

Australian rugby dealt massive blow with Izaia Perese set for shock code switch

We’ve just been given the players’ pact as a product of the player-led review, Matt H.

The results of the review itself were passed onto The Ethics Centre for the organisational review.

Cricket Australia release cultural review findings: 42 recommendations put forward in wake of ball-tampering scandal

No worries at all!

Folau to 13 confirmed as Wallabies make a number of changes for Bledisloe 3

Coleman is indeed injured, Ed. Official word on him is he’s out with “groin soreness”.

Folau to 13 confirmed as Wallabies make a number of changes for Bledisloe 3

Jay, these contributions of yours are always a highlight of the AFL season. This was a pleasure to read and edit.

Destiny makers: How the Eagles re-wrote their story and seized the premiership

Hi At work,

We’ll be reinstating the subscribe to comments function in the not-too-distant future. If you have any other bits of feedback about the new site, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be sure to take it on board.

Cheers

2018: The year rugby league turned on Buzz Rothfield

Thanks for the piece Paul. Always enjoy these historical contributions

Mothering the Matildas: The trailblazers who kickstarted Australian women's football

Thanks for sharing your story, Jai. Some important messages in here every Aussie bloke would do well to read.

Footy: The gift that keeps on giving

Hi Atawhai Drive,

That was an editing error on our part – comments were accidentally disabled on ‘Can the NRC live up to its potential?’. That’s now been fixed.

The Roar has relaunched! Welcome to a new Roar

It seems an awful lot like you’re saying referees shouldn’t be offside or knock the ball or break any of the laws they’re paid to enforce. You know, if you’re comparing referees making a mistake to a policeman driving while using his phone.

Think you can be pretty sure Matt Cecchin hasn’t thrown too many forward passes as a ref.

Referees do have a better knowledge of the laws than players. That doesn’t mean they’re going to get every call 100% correct. They’re human. They try their best, but they’ll make mistakes.

But if you just think they should be perfect all the time, so be it. All the logic in the world won’t change your mind. Maybe have a crack at refereeing a game yourself, though. It’d give you a better perspective of what a tough job the pros have.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

You’ve missed the point completely. All I said was players, just like referees, make mistakes. For some reason, you seem intent on ignoring mistakes by teams and only focus on those made by the refs. That’s the exact attitude we need to change.

Player mistakes can absolutely lead to opposition points, whether directly (a missed tackle on the try-line, a careless high tackle right in front of the posts etc.) or indirectly (gifting good field position, costing the offending team a scoring opportunity of their own). Don’t pretend knock-ons and other errors don’t impact the scoreboard.

I’ll ask the question again: why should we blame one refereeing mistake when the losing side are guilty of making errors themselves?

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Well said Geoff. It’ll be quite fascinating to see how rugby progresses r.e. attitude to referees in the next five years or so given the frustration we saw during the June Tests and following few weeks in Super Rugby.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Big fan of the captain’s challenge. For all its faults, the similar system in place in cricket has done a good job in lessening umpire-blaming. I think it’d have a similar effect in rugby league.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

In regards to the Sharks-Warriors game, you’re implying that nothing before the last try and accompanying missed forward pass mattered. I’m saying it’s unfair and toxic to blame one refereeing mistake at the end of the game when the Warriors made seven errors, had a worse completion rate than the Sharks, and missed 36 tackles throughout the match. If the Warriors hadn’t made all those mistakes, they probably would have won. So why should we blame a missed call when the losing side was a long way from perfect themselves?

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Now that’s a sanction I can get behind.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love

Yep, not wanting to focus on crowd behaviour here – although it certainly can improve here and there. But, as I said in the piece, sport is passionate, and that passion is going to be directed at refs, distastefully at times.

It's time to fix our sporting culture and give the referees some love