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I felt overall India were more disciplined with the ball. Starc’s figures read well but his leg side byes/wides almost account for the final deficit. India’s paceman should be commended, easily the most fittest and committed trio that we’ve seen bowl on Australian soil – prior to day 1 I thought that was where we had them covered, not to be.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

Fabulous Test. So many what ifs for Aussie fans but the big one…if we just had someone capable of a Pujara-like dig.
When it’s all said and done though, India just have too much class with bat and ball. I reckon Perth will suit them and Australia will do well to once again get close.

Australian batting woes, Mitchell Starc's form, India's potent attack and more: Five talking points from the first Test

“pork sword of justice” – wow, better than Usman’s screamer!!

India thought they were batting in India. But they were not. It was Adelaide

Which of the 2 should be on winger money?

Cook re-signs with South Sydney until 2023

You won’t see a Manly fan in a hatchback, especially ’97…plenty in Newcastle but

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Marsupial!! Kinda like Tony Greig under the Advance Hair hat.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Agree, his attack most definitely underrated, a real handful off his left foot. Yeah, he was guilty of charging out of the line and leaving a hole but like his wayward high shots it was a facet that improved over time.

Down the track, I really hope he makes an appearance with his teammates at premiership reunions.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

I recall that too, Bill. From memory it was a major reason why he almost joined the Warriors.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Haha. I want to see you interviewed by Vossy on The Fan.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Gee, you blokes are harsh. Can you find a place for him in your 10 best centres from 2006-17?

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Manu has plenty of tricks, I really enjoyed his battle with Latrell in the Auckland Test. Similar skills and both held the advantage for one half.

Not sure we’ll see another like Jamie Lyon again. Far removed from the modern NRL buff but with the skills to compensate – there’s probably a message there.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Haha. Good form, good form BA !! Bozo fans are dwindling but Arko still leads the pack.

The best thing about Nable is that I can like him and still laugh at ripping comments like yours. It’s the likes of Nable, Matai and Bozo that maintain the code’s credibility.

I bet you can name 3 similar from your favourite club (Parra?) who i’d equally despise.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

I like your genes Haradasun.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Yep, except punch drunk Buzz was the target.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

2005 Ascent purchased second hand in 2007. Considered a good luck charm with Manly making the GF then cracking 40 in the same game a year later. Despite the kids out growing the back seat and demanding an upgrade, I just couldn’t let it go. Then the Eagles got up in 2011 and DCE pinched the Churchill in 2013…by then it was cramped teenagers whinging about small cars. Still got it, more reliable than an Unbreakable Hilux. My eldest is now on the road herself…so there’s 2 Corollas in the garage. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Gday Paul, but the rate of cheap shots decreased with time…his shot for the Kiwi’s on Gasnier was one of the worst. His execution improved over the years without losing his fear factor. His absence at Manly remains to be plugged.

Wazz sounds good to me, clear without forcing the issue, likes a sly laugh.

The best thing is that all the commentators are different. Plenty sledge Matt Nable but I enjoy him for all the reasons people dislike him – key is, he only covers one game a week so there’s no overdose.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Thanks Emcie. I like your last line. NRL360 was a real drag over the closing months, same old topics everyday made everyone look silly.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

Cheers BA. Hey, it’s the off-season, nothing wrong with a little stretch.

I just wanted to highlight how players are remembered and the fact tv can distort the truth.

Matai was as polarising as he was unique. One of my favourites. However I reckon if I was unlucky enough to follow another club he’d top my most dispised list.

The perfect Skivvy blindside to a television makeover

That twin-scoop, big heavy lump, was it a Hurricane?

Roll on summer of cricket, roll on

Great read. Memories flooding back from a great day I spent in the Lillee Marsh stand.
I just assumed the hat-trick ball thudded off Jimmy’s hip so I was late going up with the players and fans. It was a full house that day although a thousand or so were still outside while McGrath ran amok.
Bing was also sharp that day. I recall Hinds ducking a bouncer that flew off his helmet, bang, one bounce into the site screen.
I went to every day of the Test, Australia won their 12th in a row – a record at the time. Great days.

Some people have all the luck Ronan, I was also at the Gabba for Siddle’s hat-trick.

How I ended up just metres from the WACA for Glenn McGrath's hat-trick

With the Morris boys siding for what could be the last time together I’d like to see Canterbury call their bluff. I still can’t separate the twins and I’m convinced they’ve played in each others jumpers over the years.

Time for the Doggies to get one back and have both run out with the #2 on their backs.

What I wouldn't give to see this before the NRL season's out

Well played Bazz – white noise eliminated, sobering.

Thank you or farewell?

EmBarrettsing.

Ten talking points from NRL Round 23

I’ll pay that. You can race Johny and Baz for the other ticket.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 22

No good. I can’t copy and paste it here – is there a simple alternative?

Eight talking points from NRL Round 22