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Gary Labas

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Nice summary, there are indeed quite a few surprises this season, most notably for me PSG not dominating! Such a shame a tight season finish like this won’t have fans, most likely. Do you think the Covid-19 affected season has influenced why we’re seeing different contenders?

Dare I say it: European football title races are, well, exciting

Test, or embarrassment? Maybe I’m too pessimistic but I think the tournament would have just showed how far off we are.

Socceroos forced to withdraw from Copa America due to scheduling clash

It’s not that hard to fix. The domestic season can run a little into April and start in September like it does already. Have two blocks of Sheffield Shield and one-day domestic cricket either side of the BBL. Go back to a full home-and-away 10 game per state one-day cup.

Finch wants domestic one-day cup review

New Zealand seem to be trying to put women’s cricket in the spotlight. The NZ v England women’s ODIs get the primetime spots this weekend on Friday and Sunday.

When does Aaron Finch’s form become a World Cup worry?

I don’t know all the ins and outs of how the finances are split, but what are you proposing? I don’t think it’s possible to split revenue evenly among all 12 ICC full members. It will always be slanted towards the more successful countries and those that bring in more revenue. At least the WTC is equal based on series. I think big series like the Ashes will always be 5 tests, can the West Indies handle series longer than 3 Tests, both financially and on-field performance wise? I wish a day will come where they will and we’ll even see the Aussies make a big 4 or so test series to the Caribbean. It is more the T20 leagues that is making it tough for the Windies right?

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

Yes I have thought the same thing! The World Test Championship is supposedly in the name of “context”. But this series technically still has no context, neither team can make the final. With two divisions and promotion/relegation there is much more context across all positions, not just at the top. Ideally when Afghanistan and Ireland have some more Test cricket under their belt a top 6/bottom 6 split would be ideal, you can still have some cross-overs to ensure the bottom division doesn’t get cut off.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

Great read, very pleased to get a bit of a feel for the series from your summary as I unfortunately didn’t see any of it.

The Test series that flew under cricket fans’ radars

Maate the global cricketing calendar is a mess. Where to start? Test championship with 9 teams who only play 6 opponents, what about the other 3 test playing nations? A ridiculously complicated points system because The Ashes must be 5 Tests but we’ll only give two to teams like Bangladesh. ODI Super League with 13 teams but each only plays 8 opponents, yet there is still a bunch of cricket outside of these leagues because the “big three” want to play each other more.

I’ve scratched my head thinking for a long time what needs to change and it’s not easy finding a solution. T20 leagues almost year round don’t help the problem. I think at the core of the problem the ICC needs to run cricket more like FIFA does football. There need to be set windows for T20 leagues, Tests, etc and member countries have to follow. BUT if that happens the “big three” will probably leave and make their own alternative governing body and everything will be a mess.

Australia and South Africa should co-host their next Test series

I think it can still be done. The “New Year’s” Test doesn’t always start that early in the year anymore to ensure it is played over the weekend. For example 3 January 2023 is a Tuesday. The New Year’s Test could start on say Friday the 6th. That would be a week since the end of the Boxing Day Test, no different than teams in the Rugby Championship playing one Saturday in SA and then the following Saturday back home right?

As for the warm-up games that is the plus of a potential Southern Hemisphere 4 nations tournament, the conditions are relatively similar for all countries so hopefully it shouldn’t be a big issue. But doubtless it would be blamed as a reason if the visiting team loses. I suppose it would be interesting to hear from an international player’s perspective on the feasibility of it.

Australia and South Africa should co-host their next Test series

That is a decent alternative. But I think it makes Australia’s white ball summer too thin. We still need ODI and T20 games with so many World Cups around the corner. Also that would be going quite far from CA to basically give South Africa our home games. The following summer South Africa is again scheduled to play 3 ODIs in Australia after the three Test series. So basically my idea is in place of those ODIs play one more Test match.
It’s not explicitly listed by the ICC but based on this current WTC being 6 series, 3 at home and 3 away, I assume the next WTC for Australia based on the Future Tours Programme is:
home: England, West Indies and South Africa
away: Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India
So technically my proposal is losing “half” a home series for Australia.

Australia and South Africa should co-host their next Test series

It was an amazing match! I’ve been waiting for the changeover of the young generation finally toppling the big three and indeed it may have begun. It was amazing to watch and try to work out what slipped in Nadal’s game, I really don’t know. That’s what makes Tsitsipas’ comeback all the more impressive.

Passing the baton: Tsitsipas conquers Nadal - the king of comebacks

Thanks James. As Australia and South Africa are already scheduled to play a series in the 2021-23 WTC cycle, I think this is actually the easiest solution in order to not mess up the WTC. If South Africa and Australia play an extra series that means all teams don’t play the same number of series and we have the awkward percentage of points again, or the series just doesn’t count to the WTC which sort of decreases the value of those tests then.

Australia and South Africa should co-host their next Test series

Cheers Jim!

I agree I think it was the right decision not to tour now, but we still need to get the tour done. Australia would be one of the highest income generating visiting teams for other countries. Imagine if India or England pulled out of touring Australia… that would kill CA’s coffers. We’d be desperate to reschedule something. CA and CSA need to work together to come up with something, not just a indefinitely “postponed” series as this likely will turn into.

Australia and South Africa should co-host their next Test series

I agree with almost everything you have said including the ideal summer schedule. But there are 3 World Cups in the next three years in October-November. That squeezes our summer and makes the tests have to spill over into January, cutting the chance for a BBL window.

How I’d Improve the BBL

Fair, but it’s only been 10 years. It takes time for people to care about these “franchises”. I think kids growing up now will care in the next generation. Even I myself am starting to grow an affinity for the Melbourne Stars. I guess I just feel at home with a mega team failing in finals (I’m a Collingwood fan).

How I’d Improve the BBL