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Where's my moral outrage?

It’s dark out here beyond the circle. There air is sweet with smoke and sweat. Angry eyes all wet and vacant. Teeth glint off burning lanterns. Hey, what’s going on in there? I clench my pitchfork all the same. Tonight, they seethe, there’s witches afoot.

In order, our innings durations were:
1st test: 98.4, 119.5
2nd test: 108.3, 93.2
3rd test: 66.5, 89.3,
4th test: 104.5

Based on this worst-ever series batting results, and assuming a Normal distribution, the probability of surviving less than 100 overs is around 55%. But this is (a) with 6 batsmen and not 11, (b) not just batting for time, and (c) losing the toss three times.

Pulling the goalie: why Australia should play eleven batsmen in every Test

Cheers. This is how I see it…

If your opponent bats for 250 overs there would be a maximum of 200 of overs left in the match. Assuming you don’t make the follow on, and they enforce it, each of your batsmen would need to survive around 55 balls per innings for earn a draw. This is a fair bit less than the expected value. The probability of all your batsmen surviving less than their long term average, and twice each in a match, is very low. And that’s not even considering the low probability of any team batting for 250 overs to start with – regardless of opposition or pitch condition.

Pulling the goalie: why Australia should play eleven batsmen in every Test

At least you’d have a mandatory defence against a worthy challenger. India are clearly gaming the current system – either consciously or not

The Lineal Test Cricket Championship: Get on board!

To continue the boxing analogy – how about treat all non-title-belt series as qualifiers. Teams could play for the right to host Championship series, with all the financial incentive that brings.

Playing on doctored pitches is a problem for all systems, so no loss there. At least it ensures the batton gets handed around a bit. Turns out even Zimbabwe would have held it a few years ago.

The Lineal Test Cricket Championship: Get on board!

Well said. I’m not a huge fan of Kohli as a personality, but love to watch him bat.
I have no issue whatsoever with him carrying on. Good on him. He looks like a bit of a tool, but that’s his business.
If he wasn’t any good no one would even be talking about this.

All this double speak like “we’re australian and we’re above all that, but all power to the rest of them” is sanctimonious post colonial rubbish. One rule for all. Either it’s ok across the board or it isn’t.

The double standard: If Virat Kohli can show passion, Australia can too

Ignoring, or choosing not to compete in, the sharp mental side of the game is a disadvantage. To deny its importance it is akin to ignoring leg spin, or the cut shot, or not training players to dive in the field.

Granted, there is a line between being competitive and being abusive, and that line is pretty pretty clearly defined in general life – don’t use vulgar profanity, and don’t make personal attacks. The rest is fair game.

The author points out that “good hard cricket” has been difficult to define. Well the same argument applies to “good polite cricket”. If the way the team conducts themselves isn’t the sole responsibility of the team and management, then how is it anyone else’s business?

Australian greats can't see the 'good hard cricket' lie

Thanks for the feedback.

My point is that the behaviour of the Australian team was entirely consistent with our national culture and values.

To hold them to higher account than any of other cultural reference points – be they national sporting teams, personalities, institutions, or otherwise – is unfounded.

Our hubris and fake outrage at the ball tampering incident speaks more to our misplaced self image than to anything else.

The culture within our cricket team was a microcosm for our wider national identity. Like it or loathe it.

Aspirations versus reality: Cricket and our national culture wars

Thanks. Well constructed and entertaining. However, I have to disagree with your main thesis – and suggest that attempting to intellectualise both (a) a largely irrelevant boxing match, and (b) Anthony Mundine, is a bit rich.

Re: “The fight certainly will encapsulate not only a great sporting event but one that will challenge the very social fabric of a nation which is still to reconcile its history”.

That maxed out my histrionics gauge. Suggest you could submit this on The Conversation.

Good read though.

Anthony Mundine agitates 'the man' and leaves them on the Horn of a dilemma

I like your optimism. But, unfortunately, from what I’ve seen I feel a lot of our ‘development’ type players aren’t yet at SR standard. I’m certainly no coach – but it would be helpful to have them develop around a few key players…like, say, Liam gill and James slipper. Or will Genia and maybe later Campbell Magnay.

The 2018 roster looks very light and very green. How many rebuilding years can we justify?

I’m sorry Reds. But it’s not me, it’s you

Sorry if you’re offended. But, for the record, I didn’t place a value judgement on the profession of a scaffolder. That was all you mate ????

I’m sorry Reds. But it’s not me, it’s you

Ha. Cheers mate. Did they not teach satire in your school of the hard knocks?

I’m sorry Reds. But it’s not me, it’s you

Cheers. We can only hope they’ll be a bit more competitive. But the squad looks weaker if anything

I’m sorry Reds. But it’s not me, it’s you

I think that’s the most sensible outcome. Maybe a provision like “…unless the attempt did not make contact with the head, and effecting a conventional tackle would not have reasonably been expected to prevent a try in a try scoring position.”

This would bring it in broad agreement with the tackled in the air rule.

Billy lives: Thank god that’s over

I genuinely don’t see an issue. He was charged based on an unforeseen technicality and was able to use another one to make it right.

Grand final bound! Billy Slater free to play NRL decider

I hope you never see me waiting in a loading zone and attempt a citizens arrest mate

If Billy Slater plays on Sunday, I won't be watching

I don’t think anyone’s actually arguing he should play simply because he deserves a fairytale. To suggest this is slow witted at best, and disingenuous at worst.

Most objections regard either (a) it wasn’t strictly a letter-of-the-law shoulder charge, or (b) the citing is an unintended consequence of introducing the rule.

To fit your speeding analogy – Slater was clocked on a private road.

Why Billy Slater isn't entitled to his fairytale ending

‘The rule was never intended for this’ is the argument

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

You’re the first person I’ve ever heard to defend mobile speed cameras.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

That whooshing noise is my point flying over your head.

Ask (a) was it a play that we intended to eradicate, then, if not (b) since rules and interpretations can be change at any time, why not now?

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Similarly, the wet lettuce Mitchell copped was farcical. The chooks have dodged a few bullets already. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander – let them all play.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Categorically disagree. If we applied rules in a vacuum there would be no need for a tribunal.

That’s the unreasonable cop approach.

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

But surely that wacky interpretation will be amended in the offseason. Why not now?

Context, monkeys and bananas: Why Slater should be cleared

Could not disagree more JN. I can’t see any difference between the Chambers tackle and the Mitchell one. Both were dangerous. Both were coached maneuvers. Whether Dugan was legitimately hurt or not is inconsequential. If Mitchell plays again this year that will amount to a gross inconsistency. Punitive measures should be applied regardless of whether its Round 1 or a GF.

Six talking points from Sydney Roosters vs Cronulla Sharks NRL qualifying final

Thanks for the input. I’d say a one tackle optional advantage (union deliberately knock on or kick it away), and if the defending side cynically infringes – they lose one to the bin and the mark is advanced.

I just get frustrated seeing a break out play that gets nullified by a cynical infringement.

The precious lesson league can learn from union

Cheers.

Two point tries is an interesting thought. I remember in junior league a dummy half try was worth less. Similar situation I guess – trying to encourage more thoughtful play.

I like that they’re dropping the interchanges in a couple of years too.

The precious lesson league can learn from union