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Considering i nicked off every single time I faced out swing bowling this year, which is what I bowl, I’d rather not. The others, though, the pies…well…

Bradman: The man, the myth... the keeper?

Tim David is an interesting option. Tbh, I haven’t followed his career as closely, perhaps, as I should have. I’d love to see some real consistency in the BBL first.

What would an Aussie cricket side for Los Angeles 2028 look like?

There you go. finally a cricketing fact I didn’t know.

What would an Aussie cricket side for Los Angeles 2028 look like?

Yeah, possibly. But I’d say it’s possible that someone like Starc or Smith could still be near their best at 38/39 years of age. I think Smith will hit a point where his hand/eye gives out and his form will just fall off a cliff. Starc, I think, will probably retire in the next 2-3 years from long format cricket and thereby still be at or near his best at 38. Cummins still being around at 35? That’s a decent chance. Ellis at 34? Let’s see how he develops in the next few years, but I think he might still be around.

I haven’t heard of any up and coming 16 year olds or 17 year olds (and I looked) who might be there or thereabouts. Plus, it’s always hard with them to know if they’ll stick it out (or if they’ll get screwed over by the selectors, like Matty Renshaw). I reckon that there’ll probably be 3-4 spots available in this squad come 2028.

What would an Aussie cricket side for Los Angeles 2028 look like?

They can always not go to one of the many T20 tournaments around the globe.

What would an Aussie cricket side for Los Angeles 2028 look like?

How do you know they won’t have ICC status? If the ICC is preparing a bid for the IOC, why would those matches not count as first-class matches?

What would an Aussie cricket side for Los Angeles 2028 look like?

Of course! How could I forget Inglis, the only bloke who’s scored runs in all 3 formats this summer? He’d come in for Carey for mine.

What would an Aussie cricket side for Los Angeles 2028 look like?

So, basically, your summary is as follows: “Use the Olympics as an opportunity to protest whatever form of injustice is on your mind at that time.”

My problem with that is that it doesn’t fit into the spirit of the Olympics. It’s not about protest. It’s not about making a point. It’s about coming together, despite our differences and our diversity, and celebrating one of the things that connect us in the world, sports. Ariarne Titmus embracing Katy Ledecky after Ledecky won the 800m final. Kyle Chalmers embracing Caeleb Dressel despite the latter having just out-touched him for gold. It’s Cedric Dubler, the Boomers posing with 3 flags (and not just one); it’s Nicola McDermott, Allyson Felix, Eliud Chipkoge, all the Olympic skateboarders who were just as thrilled for their friends who medalled as they were disappointed that they did not.

That’s the Olympic spirit. It’s not Raven Saunders making an X above her head. It’s not athletes kneeling, being asked questions about their weight or anything like that. If they want to make a stance, that’s fine. Make it on your own time, on another platform. Do not make it at the Olympics which seeks to unify the world and celebrate achievement through sport.

The protest Games: Tokyo 2020 draws to a close against the backdrop of a changing world

This is absolutely the issue with playing 3 formats of cricket. You can be on song in one format and totally off in another. It’s different charging in bowling 4 overs or bowling 20 in a day looking for swing and keeping runs tight.

I’d prefer to see Neser given a proper go if Starc isn’t fully fit. He did great things last Shield season and has been the “nearly” mean of Australian cricket for awhile now.

Will the real Mitchell Starc please stand up?

A bowler with a better strike rate than McGrath and others who takes them at an average of 26 is nothing to be sneezed at. He’s done well the last couple of matches in WI he’s done well, but I’m hoping he finds form again in the Shield.

Will the real Mitchell Starc please stand up?

He took 6 wickets at plenty in the second half and barely played in the first half. So, yes.

Will the real Mitchell Starc please stand up?

I loved continuous cricket! It was just that little bit extra that I needed. Mind you, I was rubbish at it, constantly got out and all that, but it was still a fun tweak.

The radical change needed to fix Australia's T20 middle-order problem

I think staying in the UK was the best decision for him and for Australia in general. He’ll learn way more over there than on a pointless T20 tour to WI.

The radical change needed to fix Australia's T20 middle-order problem

I like the suggestion, Ronan. I’d like to see something similar, but have Labuschagne in the side instead. He’s been good in T20s in his limited exposure so far.

The radical change needed to fix Australia's T20 middle-order problem

Even with the players who are absent, Australia’s biggest problem is that they lack a proper T20 finisher. In their current squad, they have too many openers and not enough middle-order bats. Someone like Labuschagne or Smith would be helpful in that regard. Give Ashton Turner a run as a finisher or Dan Christian. They both have the credentials to do it. Also, until Game 3, Starc really had not shown the best version of himself. It seems to me that he’s seriously overthinking his game. Cummins will help, but I’d love to see Behrendorff and Swepson come into the side as well.

Aussie cricket's next step forward isn't in players, but coaches

Maybe not a handover but maybe a penalty? That’d stop it really quickly.

The two on one strip and other NRL rule changes I'd like to see

Well said, Mary, and well written. You make your point very clearly and concisely. Having been a single bloke with “urges”, I understand where Gal is coming from. At the same time, there are much, much greater sacrifices that have been made that ought to be applauded more highly. You can’t live without sex for 2 weeks in an Origin camp? You probably don’t deserve to play Origin anyway. The poor West Coast Fever coach who had to leave her 17-month-old at home must be worried sick about the poor kid! Having a kid the same age, I know I would be. If there is a way to prioritise families during this time, then that should be explored. Well done to the NRL for also moving players’ families up into the bubble as well.

Lockdowns are hard for everyone, not just single footy players with an 'urge'

Factor in BBL, IPL, Shield, County, PSL and everything else, some have played heaps. Others, not so much.

Aussie selection wildcard that could cut down the West Indies

I’ll be watching and supporting the Aussies.

Will fans support an Olympic Games clouded in controversy?

Loving the push to include Swepson in here. He was one of the key reasons as to why QLD won the Shield final this year and why the Heat caught fire (metaphorically speaking) at the end of the BBL season. I’ve rated Swepson for a long time. Nice to see him getting recognition.

Aussie selection wildcard that could cut down the West Indies

Best lineup by a long way! I rate Matty Wade as a T20 batsman (he did well in my BBL fantasy side last year too), and McDermott is a smokey, I think.

Aussie selection wildcard that could cut down the West Indies

Is there a priority? Seems rather like another pointless short-form series with very little relevance to either side. No wonder the players complain of fatigue…

Aussie selection wildcard that could cut down the West Indies

My family always used the Hiace. Plenty of room in there.

Origin eligibility rule change that could fix vexing issue

As I said above, I think there’s still scope for the NRL to step in and rule on eligibility in these scenarios. These situations are still very much the exception, not the rule.

Origin eligibility rule change that could fix vexing issue

My heritage is part Hong Kong Chinese. I could theoretically represent them in many sports, but I choose not to (mainly cause I’m not good enough). A rather major issue, if you ask me. Hahahaha.

Origin eligibility rule change that could fix vexing issue

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