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NRL, AFL and cricket tragic who supports the Raiders, Crows and the Australian cricket team. I've been following sport for over 50 years.

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You are in with a great chance HY – the Storm look vulnerable to quality teams this year

Eight talking points from NRL Round 23

Totally destroyed the game as a contest and a spectacle – in front of 20,000 fans – luckily there was a close finish otherwise it would have been a complete dud

Eight talking points from NRL Round 23

So who do you suggest? Apart from Labu who has played about 3 tests.

Warner? I don’t think so after sandpapergate or Smith. Head? Too young and still trying to establish himself. Wade? Lucky to be in the side. Khawaja? No. Doesn’t appear to have any leadership skills. Cummins? Maybe in a year or two. Labu? Ditto.

So that leaves us with Paine – surprise, surprise. The side seems to be functioning pretty well with him at the helm.

Marnus Labuschagne could be the player Australia have waited for

Labuschagne would be wasted at 6. I guess the selectors will have to persist with Khawaja at three even though he is infuriating at the manner in which he just gives his wicket away at time with loose shots outside the off stump. But a middle order of Smith, Labuschagne and Head looks promising. Pity that Tim Paine has been out of form with the bat in the past two tests but people wishing him out of the team need to think who would replace him as captain. Not sure that we are ready for the return of Smith and I just don’t see any other options.

Marnus Labuschagne could be the player Australia have waited for

I actually thought Harris looked quite compact and solid against some pretty good bowling from the English quicks until he got an absolute beauty first up from Leach. And at least he was looking to score unlike Bancroft who was just looking to survive. I’d be happy for the selectors to stick with him.

Marnus Labuschagne could be the player Australia have waited for

Yep – been there done that. Was a big fan of Southport and Seacliff when I lived in Adelaide – and Maslins back in the day when I was a bit younger. But seriously when compared with beaches up and down the east coast there is no contest. I get bored when there is no surf.

Australia's new 'Big Three' demolish England

He’s got some really nice shots too. That first off drive to the first ball he faced from Leach was a beauty. And he’s really good through mid wicket. Some of his shots remind me of Kim Hughes in his prime when he danced down the pitch to the spinners.

A middle order of Smith, Labuschagne and Head looks promising.

Khawaja still worries me at 3. Just gives his wicket away too easily.

Australia's new 'Big Three' demolish England

Warning bells should have been ringing after he bowled 44 overs at Lords bowled by 17 overs here is the first innings. Very poor management of their new prized asset. Mind you the captain and coaching staff wouldn’t have been expecting him to bowl again so quickly after England capitulated in 28 overs.

Australia's new 'Big Three' demolish England

England’s chances? Buckley’s and none

Australia's new 'Big Three' demolish England

Yeah but its England chasing not us – back in those days a score of 130 was too much for Australia

Australia's new 'Big Three' demolish England

Mate – turn it up – I lived in Adelaide for 30 years – there are a lot of good things about it but the beaches are horrible compared with the East coast

Australia's new 'Big Three' demolish England

That was borderline – looked to have hit him just outside off stump to the naked eye on impact

The bizarre, totally village way Marnus Labuschagne's fighting knock was ended

When it changed to Duxtons the new owners took over the whole corner and Flatheads went out of business (they didn’t renew the lease). No fish and chip shop for about six years! I was devastated. Crumbed fish and chips was one of the family’s regular take away meals. They’ve reopened a new version of Flatheads in the past couple of years (probably due to pressure from the locals) but its not a patch on the business that that pommy bloke ran for years.

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

I used to go to the Pot Belly a bit in my first stint here – not sure about the Lighthouse in Belco.

I don’t head out much these days unless its to a concert in town at the Canberra Theatre or Playhouse, Street Theatre or Smiths Alternative. Seeing Lloyd Cole and Gomez in Nov/December. Should be good.

Duxtons (or ALL Bar Nun as it used to be known) is my local down at the O’Connor shops. Have the occasional feed there on a Saturday or Sunday. Scene of one of Tod Carney’s infamous incidents that landed him in hot water back in 2008. Glad I wasn’t there for that! They get good turnouts from Brumbies games so probably more a union pub than league. Gets a huge turnout on Melbourne Cup day.

Canberra gets a bad rap. Can think of worst places to live.

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

I like Belcompton – sort of sounds a bit more upmarket – maybe we could apply for a name change

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

Obviously the work contract sentence wasn’t long enough to get the finer details correct. Still thought it was pretty funny.

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

Look I can’t name them all – but when you see him on 100% Footy you agree with half of what he says but then he goes on about getting rid of the bunker (why? if the vision is there use it), how the game has gone soft (so we should tolerate shoulder charges, stiff arm tackle to the head etc), ball players don’t need all the protection they are currently getting (so blokes like Sam Burgess can just have a free licence to smash halves as soon as they release the ball) etc etc.

Gus is a mass of contradictions – mixing up some good insights one minute with some pretty outdated observations the next. He’s a bit of a dinosaur who seems to yearn for the good old days where anything went – are we worse off for having video evidence, banning shoulder charges, having HIAs for concussion? I don’t think so. Surely the game is better off for these changes – but maybe others have a different view – I’ve only been following the game for about 20 years.

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

Now come on – it can’t have been all bad – sounds as though you’ve seen some of the major attractions

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

How is Gus’s Broncos making the top 4 prediction looking right now? Laughable.

For a bloke who seems to make a lot of sense on some issues he has a pretty poor record in predicting winners. Rarely sniffs an upset or where the momentum is heading.

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

Brilliant spruce moose :thumbup: – you sound like a local
Ricky should pin this up in the locker room and the boys could belt out a tune to it at the start and end of a match

A laughing stock no longer, the Raiders are coming to beat you

About his only tactic in the field in the Second Test was throw Archer the ball and keep him going. Root completely lost it in Australia’s second innings of the First Test. He looked clueless and it rubbed off on to the rest of the team.

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer

As Ronan said in an earlier article Headingley tends to reward nagging accuracy and a bit of nibble so I’d expect the selectors to retain Hazlewood and Siddle with Cummins providing the firepower. They just need to hold their flamin catches. Perhaps Archer may not be as menacing on this pitch. Will be interesting to see what they roll out.

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer

Labuschagne couldn’t have been more impressive in th second innings and was very very unlucky to be given out to what looked like a catch to Joe Root that hit the turf first. Labu looked like he could have gone on and made anything. And I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Travis Head’s resolve even though he still worries me with those wafts outside the off stump and his knack of getting out to bad balls. But I guess that’s where he scores a lot of his runs. Now if only those peanuts who are opening the batting could take a leaf out of their approach we are in with a great chance.

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer

Agree Matt – so much depends upon the opening combination and how the rest of the batters respond to Smith’s absence. They can either drop their bundle or show some resolve. And the fielding has to improve dramatically. Peter Siddle would have been furious at the manner in which he was let down after creating a number of chances.

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer

To be fair Stokes rode his luck at Lords and was lucky not to go cheaply. I can imagine Langer and the rest of the coaching would have been conducting some pretty intensive fielding sessions in the past few days. If the bowlers keep creating chances and the fielders support them by taking chances we are right in this.

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer