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Best advice I ever heard; You learn nothing by talking. Your opinion only gets stronger when you consider another side of the topic. Anything less is just adding insult to injury.

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One way the Aussies differ from other nations; they can take sledging.
Congratulations to CA for creating the atmosphere for opposition spectators to provide workplace bullying for the players. If the penalty had been commensurate with the ICC, these guys would have been back at work after a couple of games, like those players who actually physically tamperered with a ball, who’ll be playing at the World Cup.
Great stuff CA, at least you have the moral high ground, which seems to be the only important thing for sporting administrators in this country now.

The sandpaper jibes have started as Fosters release pre-Ashes cricket commercial

Great read, befitting Boof’s attitude to the game.

The Roar's Cricket World Cup countdown: Namibia Gets Boofed

Spot on, admins learned sometime ago that spectators hoping they could have a chance at a catch every other over would bring in more revenue than cricket fans who love the too and fro of an actual contest.

Does anyone still care about the bowlers?

Great observation! It’s interesting that if a team can’t post a score, dig in and make a contest, the ICC steps in and calls a pitch unplayable or not fit for the format. I know we’re a long way from uncovered pitches, but we also have batsmen with unprecedented training time and facilities. That seems to be spent teeing off for six hitting, not countering the element of the game which the environment can alter. Of course that will continue while rule makers are encouraged to focus only on batsmen. It is also interesting that spectators admiration for a bowler now only seems to be displayed when they look like pulling off an improbable win. Not to mention now that players have more time to do fielding training, it is less relevant! They may occasionally athletically leap over the line to haul in a catch or save a boundary, but that’s rare in the context of today’s slogfests.

Does anyone still care about the bowlers?

Of course the top order are expected to shoulder the majority of the run making, but as Bevan and Dhoni have so ably demonstrated teams pick 6 for a reason. That reason isn’t simply to swing with abandon when a score of 400 is in the offing. Six and seven have made valuable contributions to maximise the overs to get scores to 220 – 250 on tough wickets where the bowlers have something to defend in the context of that match. Sure Maxwell is making a few behind an in form top order, but a park cricketer should do that. The real value for Australia in a tournament against top sides every couple of days on different tracks is a middle order who can pick up the pieces when an opposition bowler has a day out against the top order. Once the ball inevitably deteriorates and the hot bowler has no overs left a savvy 6-7 rebuilds and sets new targets. Nobody has ever said Maxwell is capable of that, apologists always blame the top order and say he was left too much to do. Let’s hope in the WC when a game comes along when a number 6-7 is needed to post a competitive score Maxwell plays his straight drive and uses the overs available, rather than playing like a 9 with delusions of grandeur unable to assess the situation at hand.

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

The top order failing isn’t a number 6 or 7’s fault, but they shoulder as much culpability for a loss as as all other batsmen. It’s a team sport.

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

A shot career?

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

Shaun Tait won a World Cup too off the back of a purple patch in an ordinary ODI career too.

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

That argument doesn’t wash mate. As the Aussies have ramped up in the last couple of months, Maxwell has had a purple patch coming in behind centuries by Khawaja & Finch. Australia has benefited with wins from the team consistency that Maxwell has contributed to over this short period, but he wasn’t winning games for Australia when the top order failed, Buttler has batting in a similar spot in the order. That’s where he’s been found wanting over his ODI career.

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

Stats tell the story of a players ongoing worth to a team, impact tells the story in a series or tournament. Grant Elliott had an impact on the last WC, just as Maxwell did. Andy Bichel had an impact on the 2003 WC. As for their careers……nah!

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

Except Maxwell has been found wanting over a similar number of ODI’s.

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

An Aussie side with Lee & Tait bowling at 160 wasn’t a guarantee of a walk in the park and they had more experience than the Pommie duo. I like the thought of the selectors picking Archer & Wood though. I hope they have a day out now and again, but pace is no guarantee of bowling a side out, just as a cameo of 40 off 15 doesn’t.
I’m just hoping for a few contests and as the Aussie v NZ game last Cup showed, team contributions even in games where 150 – 250 is the target have fans on the edge of their seat far more than a 350+ flogfest.

Jos Buttler is the new MVP of ODI cricket

Fair enough, good chatting with you!

James Faulkner's gaffe demonstrated a lack of awareness

It’s a fact that people have beliefs and act on them.

McGuire and Folau: Sins and punishment

Maybe if you read the responses Ethan, you’ll realise everyone didn’t interpret ‘the wrong way’. Apart from the vast majority who simply didn’t care or thought it was an in joke, the only ones who took it the wrong way were the minority who all too often in Australia now have the media on speed dial to force their agendas regardless of fact or honesty. The media chasing sensationalism and ‘my by line first’ are all too eager to publish, attribute blame elsewhere when wrong and move onto the next muckraking topic in pursuit of grist for the 24/7 media mill. Ironically it’s why more people are looking at electronic feeds rather than traditional media. This disgrace hasn’t won any readers back to the Mainstream.

James Faulkner's gaffe demonstrated a lack of awareness

Feminists aren’t interested in equality, they are advancing women at all costs.

James Faulkner's gaffe demonstrated a lack of awareness

Surely the point to this JN is not Faulkner having to be more careful about him talking about his own life in his own way, knowing he’s talking in a publicly viewed domain, but for viewers and readers to determine context before THEY make pronouncements publicly and then flay someone because THEY were wrong. Surely with increased social media the lesson has to be that YOU have to be right before you comment. Or at the very least lighten up.

James Faulkner's gaffe demonstrated a lack of awareness

Not true Ryan, read the article for the answer.

The three unluckiest cricketers in history

One more than Shield highest runscorer Jamie Siddons got.

The three unluckiest cricketers in history

If only the ICC could devise a consistent policy which governs the World Cup and then leave it alone. I felt confident of where cricket was headed when Namibia and Kenya showed real promise. Of course they struggle with a shallow player pool, just Ireland and Afghanistan do, but the self interest in ICC controlling countries is self defeating, as Australia is now well and truly finding out as India dictates the format of Australia’s home international schedule. You can only imagine the frustration of an affiliate trying to grow their game to full member status.

When Namibia held their own against England at the World Cup

You should’ve taken your own advice below and stopped talking.

Maxwell thriving under a skipper that finally gets him

You just knew someone in the media would ‘unpack’ a diatribe about how it was fair and reasonable for their profession to be exonerated from responsibility for lack of professionalism and then take the extra jump to sneering at Faulkner for no sensitivity and awareness.
Mary here believes Faulkner isn’t allowed to use words she has decided the meaning of, at the same time as using the word unpack in a way 95 percent of Aussies don’t use.
Then she wants third party explanations as to why Faulkner believed it a joke. Mary like too many others has lost her sense of humour in pursuit of awareness campaigns.
Surely it isn’t a large stretch to being an in joke amongst Faulkner and his housemates families that the 30 something’s sharing a house for 5 years have an in joke about them being a couple? The only real mistake is posting that in joke publicly where people like Mary think they’re entitled to an explanation of an offence they’ve taken for something that has no sinister connotation other than those already in the minds of the being offended on behalf of others brigade.

James Faulkner's gaffe demonstrated a lack of awareness

Chill out Pete, you’re drawing a very long bow to be offended on behalf of others. Not to mention, every other day now we have calls for sporting administrations to sack people who have different opinions. It’s time for sporting administration to catch up with the 21st Century and be stopped from devising policies which gag sports people from having public opinion. Everyone knows a sports person posting on social media is talking for themselves and their comments are treated as such. Sports admin is acting like every other bureaucracy and trying to exonerate itself from a culpability that no adult ascribes to them. They then overstep and become heavy handed meting out a punishment which doesn’t fit the ‘crime’.
Every Aussie has a right to free speech and we know who to hold accountable.

"I am not gay": James Faulkner clarifies Instagram post as CA issues apology

The problem with posting in jokes on public social media is it then can be construed as some form of invitation to readers who think they have a right to an explanation.

"I am not gay": James Faulkner clarifies Instagram post as CA issues apology

Not sure why Faulkner is copping a serve, surely he’s allowed to talk about his own life, anyway he chooses! But you’re right Ronan, another low light for Aussie media who’re making a habit of using each other for corroboration rather than doing their own due diligence. CA is no better.

"I am not gay": James Faulkner clarifies Instagram post as CA issues apology