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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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He broke down before he could get on the park!

Slim pickings: Test cricket's 'Slender XI'

Garner and Irfan certainly weren’t slim in their playing days.

Slim pickings: Test cricket's 'Slender XI'

A streamlined heirarchy is our best outcome.

Cricket Australia names Nick Hockley as interim CEO after Roberts' departure

Exactly, coulda played a 2 Test series this past February and actually had some live international cricket in Australia.

Cricket Australia's treatment of Bangladesh is an insult

If you’re born in Australia you’re an Aussie, mate. But as an Aussie with Irish ancestry, I want CA to treat the Irish Test team with respect too. Nearly 2 decades for Bangladesh without a Test is a bloody disgrace. The big 3 will pontificate at ICC level about the need for expansion and a strong body of members, but apparently only want to play each other ‘for financial reasons’. It’s hypocrisy and flies in the face of attempting to get a World Test Championship off the ground. Countries like Bangladesh will have no chance of being competitive members of that program if they are looked on as second class Test nations and excuses made not to have them tour.

Cricket Australia's treatment of Bangladesh is an insult

Well said, spot on.

Change could kill the BBL golden goose

I guess country Australians will need to hope for a government which pushes decentralisation, then the technology services might be adequate enough, albeit not cost effective, to enjoy the national sport. In relative terms there isn’t enough of them to matter to advertisers anyway.

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

There was a business site article only a fortnight ago which talked about Foxtel’s inability to compete with streaming services and that they are going to launch a streaming service called Binge to try and wrest back some local share of the market from the more affordable options. So Foxtel, while grouped with Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc is part of the broader argument versus FTA, but in a local sport viewership argument, isn’t a major consideration. Unless Amazon Prime or a cost effective global sport streaming option offer dedicated cricket channels, then cricket on an expensive small market pay tv option like Foxtel won’t get wide enough exposure to maintain local viewers.

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

Agree Paul, the problems for small or country clubs of most organised sports have just been highlighted too. A country AFL development officer based in a Victorian Murray River town said to me the other day that the problem for country footy next year is participation numbers. This ‘hiatus’ has given some parents an insight into not spending their weekends ferrying kids to games, then having the Club ask Dad to fill in the Two’s as they’re short, man the gate or either parent spend time in the kiosk of either junior or senior. He said he’d played golf over the river in NSW (as that form of exercise was banned by Dan) with a few mates normally called on to play a few dew kicker games and they were ecstatic at the freedom of a relaxing morning with their mates and reckon THAT will be the ‘new normal’. Yet to be seen, of course, but as Shounak mentioned, England’s large population can only muster 232,000 participants for at least one game, what does that do for a country our size, especially in cricket without the same FTA exposure of AFL to stir the competitive juices?

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

Unsure if CA had the same thought process as the ECB had back in 2005, but it’s tv rights greed. Pay tv looks at the heightened interest generated by the national team success and believes by throwing money at boards they’ll tempt them. That certainly happened with the POMS, but Sutherland stuck around to do the last deal for CA and crucified the sport, knowing full well the participation and viewer drop offs in England over a decade. Yet he still went ahead with a deal which meant 90% of Australians couldn’t readily watch their reigning world champion ODI team play that format in their own country. It’s always about the short-term money grab, Bob, that’s why spin doctors are so prominent in society.

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

Comprehensive and thought provoking. The true test of streaming with whole days of cricket is highlighted by the author’s example from NZ. Consumers pay for internet connections just as they do for pay tv, so a consumer has to increase their allowance – at a higher ongoing cost – to see a days cricket but then the poor quality transmission and speeds become the issue. You can imagine if rural NZ has that issue, that rural Australia’s expanse blows that away. The only way the pay option works is with massive global operators like Amazon seeing an advantage in local markets, but if they are reticent then FTA becomes the most logical option, especially as participation is the basis for growth.
There’s an old saying; ‘Take care of the cents and the dollars will take care of themselves ‘. If national bodies – and by extension the ICC -don’t ensure the maximum exposure inside nations with a cricketing history to maintain interest, then every dollar spent in non traditional countries is wasted.

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

Very well said, it was my observation too. As you say, Les, professional sport is about winning. The Australian Cricket team was Number One in the world in Test & ODI under Steve Waugh, winning a record 16 Tests in succession and winning a couple of ODI World Cups. I’d suggest that Steve Waugh doesn’t care what Shane Warne thinks of him and I certainly don’t care if Waugh was a hard taskmaster, unliked by some players either at the time or in hindsight. We certainly saw enough of Warne celebrating hard from those successes, but we have also seen a legacy from Waugh who lead by example by playing tough, uncompromising cricket and demonstrating that was a template for the ultimate desire of every professional sportsman…….winning consistently. So much so it is the template being used by the Indian cricket team at the moment and what has taken them to number one under a Captain with the same ‘faults’ as a Jordan and Waugh.

What a dance

Yep, that’s why the powers brought in the degree of flex amendment, claiming the slomo was bringing too many actions into question. I’d argue slomo was merely showing what was actually happening, like every camera.

What makes a great cricket umpire?

The last sentence is the important one here. The best umpires are the ones you don’t know. Having said that, Hair was shredded. He called Murali and he had to have remedial work done on his action. Woulda thought that meant Hair was right!

What makes a great cricket umpire?

Gotcha.

The Calendar Ashes: First Test, April

Has to be Panesar in for Tufnell surely? 167 @ 34 isn’t brilliant, but has to get a game over 120 @ 38! Both atrocious fielders though.

The Calendar Ashes: First Test, April

You certainly have some incredible knowledge Tiger. They’d give a few sides some problems.
I don’t remember seeing in your article, who you thought the captain should be? Or do they rotate through an 11 game series?

An XI made up of captains who skippered just one Test

O-kay…..it just read like you were suggesting Wagner for Boult. No offence intended.

The fab four of fast bowling

Our author made his criteria clear; all 3 formats. Wagner doesn’t qualify.

The fab four of fast bowling

Class will show out regardless of the format and number of opportunities to play, as amply displayed by this list and their respective averages. Their strikerates are all fairly handy too.

I do get irritated though when pundits make claims like; “……He is just four years old in international cricket and experts are beginning to consider him as one of the best bowlers of this era…..” , regarding Bumrah. It’s tiresome.

The fab four of fast bowling

Ponting was ordinary in India, leave him out?

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

Sure Paul, although I will say Australian captains are known for leaving the door open to a loss to strive for victory. Proven reliability like Warne & McGrath in providing wins doesn’t come along every generation, so you work with what you have. Lee was the shock to Warne & McGrath, just as Johnson was to Harris’ dependability. Although Johnson was more likely to run thru a side than Lee. But sure, debate is often about agreeing to disagree, it’d be a boring world of pushing ‘like’ buttons on whoever published the idea first. Can’t expand your mind with that!

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

I think we need to put an asterisk next to your post! You don’t fluke a triple century! Ive never understood devaluing records when a player goes out to play the opposition selected against them. Even if a runner has 2 contrived pace setters to slingshot them to break the 4 minute mile…….they still broke the record!

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

There’s a place for Johnson’s x factor in this, or any, side with Warne, McGrath & Cummins. I understand the partnership idea with McGrath – Gillespie, but this side is enhanced by an unpredictable wicket taker.

The greatest Australian Test XI this century

Hussey for Clarke.

The greatest Australian Test XI this century