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Glenn Mitchell


Joined October 2012







Glenn spent over two decades as a sports broadcaster on both radio and television with the ABC, commentating at four Olympic, four Commonwealth and two Paralympic Games. He called over 200 international cricket matches, covering 13 overseas tours, and has commentated over 1100 games of AFL & WAFL football, along with myriad other sports. Since mid-2011, Glenn has been freelancing in both the electronic and written media. He tweets from @mitchellglenn and can also be found on his website -



“In other words, Paine would need to replace Lyon with someone from where ever who was first and foremost a bowler.”

Does that mean any bowler … can Lyon be replaced by Starc or does it need to be a spinner? Again, it is up to the referee’s interpretation. Personally, I would be removing any ambiguity by saying the 12th man is the substitute.

Not sure about getting a player from the other side of the country in just four hours … that is how long the flight is perhaps.

Not much good to a team that loses a player at midday on day five whereas the tourists would likely have 5-6 players in the change rooms.

New concussion rule will give the ICC a headache

Or would Labuschagne be allowed to replace Lyon as I queried? The ambiguity, for mine, is too great and open to one person’s interpretation.
And in the example of a Test in Perth you would have a limited choice if the the Sheffield Shield team is playing interstate. You would likely have to source a player locally who may be a long way from ever playing Test cricket otherwise.
Simply say there is a ‘team’ of 12 named and that’s it. No questions, no determinations required. Similar to soccer, you have pre-ordained substitutes on the bench once your team is named. In cricket, it would be the 12th man. No confusion, no questions to be answered and both teams no where they stand from ball one as to what happens should a player need to be substituted.

New concussion rule will give the ICC a headache

I would say the ICC referee’s decision would primarily be based on whether or not a team will receive an advantage with regard to the substitution. There would be none if your top performer was replaced by a player of a lesser quality. There is ambiguity in the rule as to what ‘like for like’ actually means. As it stands it is simply up to the discretion of the match referee and as the ICC has stated it is totally up to him as to whether or not he will approve a replacement.

In regard to more than one concussion case per team I would simply write the rule that the 12th man is the only substitute. If a second player was concussed you would simply have to play one short.

New concussion rule will give the ICC a headache

It is not a case of just recent form, since the start of the RSA tour in March last year Khawaja has played 12 Tests for an average of 35. His lack of exposure to the red ball in the lead-in is a concern to me. He will definitely play however so you can rest easy. It is only my opinion.

Sure things and surprises in my Aussie Ashes team

DaveJ, the point re Dawad Malan is he has the second highest aggregate in division two behind Labuschagne. It was a comparison of runs scored not averages.

Sure things and surprises in my Aussie Ashes team

I know he said that and I fully expect he will play but this is what I would do.

Sure things and surprises in my Aussie Ashes team

Thanks for the correction Jeff, wasn’t aware that was the game he was injured.

Sure things and surprises in my Aussie Ashes team

The wonderful thing about The Roar is that anyone can write a column.

Perhaps you should give it a go Qwetzen and share your accumulated wisdom.

Selectors must opt for Siddle over Starc in first Ashes Test

I am not too sure where you get the idea that Siddle “leaks too many runs” when you look at the economy levels in Tests:
Pattinson 3.4
Starc 3.4
Bird 3.2
Siddle 2.9
Cummins 2.8
Hazlewood 2.8
As I have said, I think it should be a horses for courses selection this Ashes series. On pitches that are seasoning I would prefer to have Siddle in the line-up.
Also, pace is not the only determinant in tying batsmen down. McGrath managed it quite successfully and was a long way shy of express and Murtagh last night ran through ENG on a seaming pitch at around 120-127km/h.

Selectors must opt for Siddle over Starc in first Ashes Test

In that case Deano, it probably wasn’t worth your while reading the article or bothering to comment ????

Mitch Starc may retire as Australia's greatest ever ODI bowler

Another point to remember Harvey is since McGrath retired team scores have escalated significantly.

In his day, 270 was often seen as a par score while nowadays in so many games that would be under par, sometimes considerably. Someone like Rohit Sharma has three double centuries.

I very much doubt that McGrath’s ER would be the same if he was playing now given the far more atttacking style and higher scores.

Mitch Starc may retire as Australia's greatest ever ODI bowler

The opening sentence sums it up Bush …

“Mitchell Starc is building a body of work that may soon see him as Australia’s best one-day bowler of all-time.”

Also what needs to be factored in is the change in the way the game is played nowadays. Since McGrath retired, team scores have gone up significantly.

270 was once seen as a very good score. In a lot of matches nowadays that is considerably below par so comparing economy rates is tough. I doubt McGrath’s ER would be similar if he was playing now.

Mitch Starc may retire as Australia's greatest ever ODI bowler

Depends how you equate economy rates to strike rate … Starc gets his wickets every 25 balls to McGrath’s 34. If Starc is capturing key wickets at that rate it goes a long way to offsetting the difference in their economy rates.

Mitch Starc may retire as Australia's greatest ever ODI bowler

Bush, he doesn’t need to get overly close to McGrath’s wicket tally to be considered the number one.

Despite the fact Dennis Lillee captured 355 wickets in 70 Tests to McGrath’s 563 in 124 matches, many would still have Lillee at number one as far as Australians are concerned.

If Steve Smith never played Test cricket again – 64 Tests, average 61.4 and 23 centuries – how would he be viewed against the likes of Ponting, Border, S Waugh etc who played around 100 Tests more?

Mitch Starc may retire as Australia's greatest ever ODI bowler

At 29, Starc has a good few years yet to add to his record. If his current trajectory was to continue he will have McGrath covered … but continuing his form is the big question.

Mitch Starc may retire as Australia's greatest ever ODI bowler

If Starc continues on this trajectory his record will be significantly superior to Warne.
I think McGrath with his average and ER is the one that will contend with Starc at the end of the day.
Warne also had only the one five wicket haul throughout his 194 games.

Mitch Starc may retire as Australia's greatest ever ODI bowler

Yes Paul, “at various times” is what I said.

You have chosen to interpret that to mean that I believe that is the case at this World Cup.

It isn’t.

Groundhog Day all over again for the Proteas


I never used the word ‘choke’ with respect to the current RSA side or its performance at this World Cup.

Groundhog Day all over again for the Proteas

Get in the cue Ronan!

The Roar’s Cricket World Cup countdown: The day Australia's streak was broken

Thanks Ronan.

You’re not alone. It will be arguably the most intimidating venue in the sport when it is near capacity.

The Roar’s Cricket World Cup countdown: The day Australia's streak was broken

What do you have against Usman Khawaja?

James Faulkner: Australia’s forgotten man

David, Taylor is the longest serving current board member having been there for more than ten years. Was he a dissenting or ignored voice around the board table or did he believe that CA was being governed and administered well and the spirit of cricket was being upheld? If it was the former and he felt the game was heading in the wrong direction and his voice was not being heard he should have resigned as Bob Every did recently when he had major issues. If it was the latter, is it simply a matter of rearranging the deckchairs?

For mine, I would appoint Dr Lachlan Henderson to the position. He was chairman of the WACA until he took up a high profile business position in Victoria. He came onto the boards of CA less than two months ago as Every’s replacement. He is well respected in cricket circles, very successful in the commercial world, au fait with the machinations of the CA board but given his very short tenure he is not tainted as many of the others are.

Mark Taylor must be the new Cricket Australia chairman

Isn’t Jye Bolton currently playing for Claremont in the WAFL?

Time to end the AFL's salary cap speculation game

Why be on a waiting list if the football is as poor as so many keep telling us it is?

All we hear nowadays is how bad the game is. We have had ad nauseum law and rule changes in recent seasons and yet we keep hearing the game is in crisis in certain parts of the media. So, their solution, let’s make further changes.

We still have constant debate/criticism re the interchange:

We have gone from two reserves to two interchange players to three interchange players to four interchange players to interchange players & substitutes to doing away with substitutes to capping interchange numbers and then reducing the cap …. and still there is continued talk about making further changes … less rotations, fewer interchange players …

At which point do we draw a line in the sand and simply let the game evolve without all these modifications?

Richmond’s average home crowd from 2016 to this season has gone from 41,115 to 54,895 … I reckon that is because the team is winning and not because its brand of football is so dramatically more attractive than any other team.

Conversely, Carlton’s home crowd has dropped 2,000 on last year … I wonder why.

There are so many brilliant individual and team performances each week and yet the focus is too often on the negative.

Back in the days of ‘The Winners’ on the ABC we were treated to the best highlights of the weekend. There were plenty of so-called ‘dud’ games back then but not every single game was shown on TV. They were all pretty much played at the same time on a Saturday afternoon. We only saw the edited highlights and best quarter. Nowadays, we can see every game. Of course there will be ordinary games. There always has been and there always will.

That’s life when it comes to sport and we all need to accept that and stop trying to reinvent the game every season.

State of the game? It's the state of the football media that's the problem

No sport in the world changes its laws as often as Australian Football yet there is still constant calls for more changes. For a sport so often categorised in the media as being in ‘crisis’, spectator numbers show otherwise.

When compared to the same time last year, crowds are up 2.0 per cent.

And, at the same time last year when compared to 2016, crowds were up 6.7 per cent.

Too much media space is focused on negative aspects rather than celebrating individual brilliance and outstanding team performances but, as we know, bad news sells.

State of the game? It's the state of the football media that's the problem