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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 - glennmitchell.com.au

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I think most people who have woken to the latest news out of South Africa will be concerned about the fact that Lehmann has no case to answer. It does not quite add up for me.

Australia's on-field leaders have been banished, but this is just the beginning

I tend to agree Christo.

Australia's on-field leaders have been banished, but this is just the beginning

Dan, I would have thought the due process related to the involvement of others.

I doubt there is any needed with respectt to Smith as he has admitted total guilt and that is why the headline is as it is.

Steve Smith must be sacked as captain

Harry Taylor is a dual All-Australian … hard to call him over-rated.

The AFL's most overrated players

When specifically was that and what did he do as I didn’t note anything more from him than anything untoward and it is the first time I have seen anywhere that claim coming out of the Durban Test.

Get your money on Mitch Starc for man of the series

Paul,

I don’t think cost is really an issue.

General admission tickets for the first three days are AUS$10 and AUS$9 for days four and five.

What does South Africa's poor Test attendance mean for the format's future?

Totally concur Ryan, it is an amazing venue.

I have to declare that I did spend some time working there, acting in the government’s communications role, just before it was handed over to operator, VenuesLive, also the operator of the Olympic Stadium in Sydney.

I was lucky to travel to many brand new stadia around the world while with the ABC and have seen all the major stadia in Australia and without a shadow of a doubt it is the finest sporting venue I have seen. Yes, there were some teething problems especially with respect to the food and beverage outlets but that will be rectified.

The train system will be less strained when the footbridge over the Swan River is completed. Modelling indicates that around 14,000 spectators in a capacity 60,000 crowd will use it.

As far as the venue itself is concerned I doubt there would be anything other than praise. It has many Australian firsts.

With respect to the dimensions, in AFL mode it is 165m x 130m. In comparison, Subiaco Oval is 175m x 122m and the MCG is 160m x 141m.

I only know as I am going to be a tour guide there from next week. A nice new hobby!

Optus Stadium lives up to the hype, and goes beyond

To further back up your thoughts Spiro, the latest ICC Test rankings have been released.

Following Steve Smith’s double century in Perth he has moved further ahead as the number one ranked batsman. He now has 945 points which is second only to Sir Donald Bradman’s 961.

In his present vein of form you would no bet against him reaching that mark.

Superbat Smith clones the Bradman method to become Australia's next-best batsman

Spruce is correct.

Mark Waugh is NOT a Test selector.

He is a selector for the T20 side only.

Time for Cricket Australia to bite the bullet over selectors

Thanks Anindya, interesting insights.

Good luck with the book.

It's time to bury the Kolkata follow-on myth

A team has to lead by 200-plus to be able to enforce on at Test level.

It's time to bury the Kolkata follow-on myth

Thanks Ryan … a thorough piece of work, as usual.

The most overpaid players in the Australian cricket team

I asked these Qs on your previous article but you may not have seen them.

“The main indicator will be balls batted, bowled and fielded – with balls fielded divided by ten to ensure we’re not giving players too much credit for standing at fine leg.”

Ryan, where did you obtain the stats for how many balls each player fielded?

And when you factor in the involvement of a wicket-keeper and how many times he takes the ball in a match, are you able to quantify the impact he has on the game (aside from simply dismissals) with respect to his dollar value given it is his primary role in the team?

The most overpaid players in the Australian cricket team

I am bemused by it WB.

It is a further devaluation of the importance that CA places on the Sheffield Shield. Recalling a man who has averaged 19 across the last four summers, has one century (11 years ago) and has kept in only three Shield matches since the start of last season seems bizarre.

Last season he was not chosen for Tasmania until round eight of the season despite being available earlier. Likewise, he was overlooked for the opening round this season and has played only one game this year for 0 & 71no.

I hope, for Australia’s sake, he is comes off. But I think such a selection opens up a tin of worms heading into the future.

If Shaun Marsh is the answer, you have to wonder what the question was

“The main indicator will be balls batted, bowled and fielded – with balls fielded divided by ten to ensure we’re not giving players too much credit for standing at fine leg.”

Ryan, where did you obtain the stats for how many balls each player fielded?

And when you factor in the involvement of a wicket-keeper and how many times he takes the ball in a match, are you able to quantify the impact he has on the game with respect to his dollar value given it is his primary role in the team?

The most valuable players in the Australian cricket team

Right. Which is what I was saying. I cannot see on what grounds the Supreme Court would really come into it. Thanks for your help though and clarification Rick.

WATCH: Will this high contact cost Trent Cotchin a grand final?

Thanks for your help Rick. I don’t understand what you are getting at though.

WATCH: Will this high contact cost Trent Cotchin a grand final?

The thing I am confused about is the call by Eddie McGuire and others that Richmond will take this to the Supreme Court. I am nots sure what grounds they would do so.

It did happen in 1996 when the Swans’ Andrew Dunkley was granted an injunction through the courts and he played the grand final. Afterwards he faced the tribunal and copped a three-week suspension.

But that circumstance was very different.

Dunkley was bizarrely charged on WEDNESDAY on video evidence for striking James Hird in the preliminary final. Sydney appealed to the Supreme Court on the Thursday ahead of the scheduled hastily scheduled tribunal hearing and were successful with the judge ruling that Dunkley had insufficient time to prepare a defence prior to the grand final and no time to have an appeal heard had he been found guilty.

Cotchin’s case is very different. The MRP will announce its decision on Monday. If he is handed a sanction he can take it to the Tribunal on Tuesday and appeal that decision if not happy and have it heard on Thursday.

I am not really sure on what grounds you could ask the Supreme Court to provide an injunction.

WATCH: Will this high contact cost Trent Cotchin a grand final?

I think the strength of The Roar is it caters for all tastes. There are various ways of telling a story or exploring an issue and this website has the ability to allow those different styles to be presented. The reader has a choice as to which type of column or writer suits their needs.

Given the success of The Roar it is clear that there is space on such a website for various styles of column – from those that provide instant comment to the more measured, contemplative pieces. If everything on this website was formulaic in its structure and tenor it would be the poorer. Some folk will always prefer takeaway to fine dining and vice versa. The Roar has found a way to cater for all tastes.

Hence, we should celebrate the fact that it is a website where all are equal – fans, readers and authors – and as such it provides a wide choice for those who wish to consume, and add to, its content. Long may it provide such universal offerings.

Why I secretly love being part of footy's bad hot-take media

Hearty apologies Giri. Auto correct does have a mind of its own.

Nathan Lyon: From near zero to hero

Girl, the headline ‘zero’ relates to the fact that he was close to going back to square one last summer by being omitted.

Nathan Lyon: From near zero to hero

Good article Ronan … shades of Sri Lanka last year Ronan and other performances on the sub-continent. AUS often makes early inroads and works itself into a strong position but is unable to deliver the killer bliwZ

Australia fail to capitalise in Bangladesh

Chris, Sam Whiteman is in doubt for the entire summer following complications after finger surgery. He suffered a break while keeping to Mitchell Johnson in the BBL final. He missed the remainder of the summer having undergone surgery. He is weighing up whether to go under the knife again as his finger has not recovered as hoped and he is still experiencing considerable pain.

Cartwright should play, but not for Khawaja

Agreed Ronan. Some jittery collapses early in the first Test may reopen old wounds. Partnerships and supporting Smith are key. The batsmen have to be patient and an build innings and as Smith has said, bury the ego.

Australia's credibility on the line in Bangladesh

Truly saddened to hear of Betty’s passing. One of my most treasured memories from decades in the media was interviewing her for a Hall of Fame series for the ABC about 20 years ago. I visited Betty’s house in Mandurah, south of Perth. She was an athlete typical of that era – gracious, giving and not one to use the cliches and patter so much a part of the modern sporting world. After a 45 minute interview she asked if I would like a cup of tea. Shortly after she emerged from her kitchen in her wheelchair with a tray on her lap containing cups of tea and biscuits. We chatted for another hour. She was a truly wonderful lady, totally unaffected by her fame.

She leaves us with a record that may never be matched as the only athlete to win gold at the Olympics over 100m, 200m and 400m. The original “golden girl”. She will be missed but leaves a legacy as great as any sportsperson this country has produced. RIP.

Australian Olympic legend Betty Cuthbert dies

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