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The Gabba will always host an Ashes Test. Day-1 of an Ashes series in Brisbane a must, it’s the only long form game Queenslanders mark on the calendar.

Manuka Oval’s Test debut 95 years in the making

Thanks Stephen, nice wrap. I’ll get on board.

The growth in cricket podcasts

For a utility with the skills of Watson I don’t reckon his contract should be aligned to the dollars of a specific position. I’m not a fan of ‘fullback and centre money’. Like Radradra would earn more on the wing than just about any fullback. Some players are better value on the wing than fullback…horses for courses.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

cheers mate. I forgot about Dugan as an option, I still prefer him at centre. Also probably a bit late in Johnson’s career to switch – hard to believe he’s been around so long, played in the 2011 GF.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Hey Nat, do you reckon Johnson could cover fullback if Moylan ever shifts back to 5/8?

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Nice list Larry. I didn’t realise Boyd had 3 to go. I’d be surprised if he gets through another two.

I wouldn’t classify Elgey as a big name but as an Eagle I sure hope he finds his shoulders.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Fair play Sports, Salmon’s performance is critical to how Parra settle on a line up. Lot of pressure on him and I’m not sure Arthur has worked out if Gutho adds more value from 1 or 6 – he really needs two of him.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Haha, Emcie has you covered. Yep yep, I recall the talk now that you mention it. Cheers guys.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

I expected to see more of him at the end of last season. His impact off the bench brings so much energy. A smaller version of Dave Taylor, hopefully he makes full use of his unlimited potential.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

And alongside Sam Williams there’s not much to be inspired out. Be interesting to see how the recruits go about covering the potency void left by Austin and Rapana.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Staggs a ripper, what do you reckon his best position is?

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

That ability to develop a passing game from not much to elite across his career is awesome in itself. I’m glad he is back assisting at the club, hopefully that killer instinct rubs off on the current group.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Great call BA. French goes missing in his own 20, Fergo will earn his money trying to make Bevan look good.

I guess Brown intends on making Watson his permanent #1 but he’ll fill gaps for sure. Nothing wrong will making your name as utility either, didn’t hurt Craig Wing.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Spot on Emcie, I agree. Injury aside, centre is his only option and that is reliant on Bird playing elsewhere. I’d much rather Bird closer to the ball where he has more of an impact. The longer he is starved the more disinterested and lethargic he looks.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

G’day JB, he’s already surprised me with his beard – Chuck Norris I tell ya.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Snake won’t fade from my memory. As physically imposing as Tom Turbo is, I reckon Snake’s superior acceleration and positional nous has him in front.

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Where does Corey fit in?

Deliver or bust: Five big NRL names at a career crossroads in 2019

Agree. The Aussies had a blessed run for so long. Your Usman point is a perfect reminder of how tough and taxing Test cricket must be. Even through the latest turmoil, for me Test cricket still remains compulsive viewing.

Australia v NZ Black Caps, Boxing Day Test: An early preview

Good fun mate. I ventured to the MCG Test the other week and had a chuckle at the Trevor underarm poster on the bottom level. Made up for the day-3 Aussie collapse.

I was a sunburnt tacker in the outer the day Dyer grassed Jones. I didn’t understand all the fuss until catching that night’s evening news.

Speaking of sub-fielder blinders, Labaschagne held a ripper 2-3 years ago at the Gabba…seems a world away now.

The 1989 touring Ashes side was labeled the worst to visit England, it’ll be interesting to see what the Poms have to say about the current mob. I can’t see another miracle taking place, they look mentally shot.

Australia v NZ Black Caps, Boxing Day Test: An early preview

Are you right, Geoff? You Kiwi’s certainly love the smell of blood. If slamming the Wallabies on a weekly basis isn’t enough, now you’re picking strips off the cricket carcass!!

Well good for you, next you’ll be telling us Greg Dyer unfairly claimed Andrew Jones at the MCG too!!

If you’ll let me back in through the door of reality, you’d have to say the well oiled Kiwis are MCG favourites. Well balanced and play to their strengths – our blokes could take some tips.

Australia v NZ Black Caps, Boxing Day Test: An early preview

Yeah, funny how it works Brett. My son and I were in agreement the other night that Tye’s tricks were being picked apart more regularly than last season.

BBL batting isn’t great, and Twenty20 cricket might be to blame

Confusion against leg spin a major factor. I for one miss the ball flying over the fence like previous years but watching the leggies cast spells over bamboozled targets is still pretty exciting too.

BBL batting isn’t great, and Twenty20 cricket might be to blame

Meditation, you watch Bancroft now. It’ll be a key finding in the next Aust Cricket review.

Tough love pivotal to Australia’s batting revival

I didn’t forget anyone, the list is too long for one article. It’s a given, the good ones always get dropped and the hungry return better.

Tough love pivotal to Australia’s batting revival

There’s processes in place to ensure the same logic should apply. There are more specialised coaches these days and many make use of County cricket.

The effectiveness of each process at present is questionable or the current crop simply aren’t up to it.

I reckon the talent is there, Australia’s best batsman have all the strokes, what they lack is the temperament. It’s almost at the point where heart should be picked ahead of stats.

Tough love pivotal to Australia’s batting revival