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Starc for the first three tests . What a first ball of the series! And for the way he lead the attack when Cummins was unavailable for the second test. He was on point, bowling beautifully when the series was on the line. Great work, given the doubts that were in the press about Starc. Cummins and Travis Head tied for second with Boland next. Great work from all four of them!

Head edges out unlucky Boland to win Ashes player of the series award

I’ve got to say, I agreed with this point: “ Considering the seam and pace on offer at the Wanderers, a slow medium-pacer like Shardul Thakur might be redundant. Apart from being ineffective on a hard and bouncy wicket, Thakur has a high economy rate of 3.46 across his five career Tests.”
At 5-43 at this point It appears that Shardul Tharkur is proving us wrong. This is what is great about this Indian team, the depth ability to fight and win in Australia and now in South Africa.

India need to get tough with selection to continue amazing Johannesburg record

Belcher and Gene Miles were also playing among others. But that’s not my main point. Main point is that the careers from the BRL from the pre Broncos days should at least be acknowledged. Bennett lost two BRL grand finals as coach before winning in 1985. It’s part of great career and should be acknowledged.

'Bright, shiny but lacking emotion': The inside story of 'ridiculous' Grand Final they want you to forget

Also here’s an article about Wayne Bennett’s forts grand final in the BRL:

'Bright, shiny but lacking emotion': The inside story of 'ridiculous' Grand Final they want you to forget

Here’s Wayne Bennett’s first grand final victory as a coach in front of 35,000 people at Lang Park. Two immortals playing Mal Meninga and Wally Lewis. I think it counts as his first premiership. I think if people don’t count that they are not Rugby League fans.

'Bright, shiny but lacking emotion': The inside story of 'ridiculous' Grand Final they want you to forget

Thanks for the great article! Go Queensland !!!

A guide to the 2020-21 Sheffield Shield final

Great article. I agree. I think Alex Carey has a great chance of success. Great technique and experience as an international cricketer. Well worth a go ahead of Head, or in reserve for Head’s position. Not denigrating Head, or other batters , I think this article is mainly pointing out that Alex Carey is up for the opportunity.

Alex Carey could play as a batsman in the Ashes

Great article thinking of how to squeeze Flintoff and Mark Taylor in based on epic series performances in England.? Also I’m wondering if Gilchrist in England was the best , but his below average is better than the others above average performances and what’s the alternative ?

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Don’t forget stats from the BRL pre- broncos

Cam Smith, the most extraordinary ordinary player of them all

Well said . A true champion !

Cameron Smith finally announces retirement

So true and always instrumental in Easts wins. The dummy, step and dash through the gap were unforgettable. Would have played well for Australia given a chance !

The could-have-been Kangaroos: Part 1, backs

Good point. Specially about Des Morris. I’d add Wayne Lindenberg to this group. Underrated halfback/five eighth who played for the east tigers.

The could-have-been Kangaroos: Part 1, backs

Great article! Great to see that the pathway is there from regions to the National team.

The Constellation Cup is a chance for Cara Koenen to make her Diamonds debut

Flintoff and Snow is a great addition.

England’s best Test side of the last 50 years

Favourite moment was the ball Ashwin spun past Stokes in the first innings of second test. The set up was amazing with that ball 10 km/hr slower , a bit shorter and perfectly placed. Great series to watch !

India vs England: Highlights from the first two Test matches

Agree that the shield is critical but not just flat decks. Need a mixture of bouncy tracks, flat tracks, turners, seamers. This may not be practical now because of COVID but we need our first class cricketers to get the experience in all conditions. Post COVID first class experience in England and the sub continent needs to be pursued too.

Bubble or not, the Sheffield Shield must be Cricket Australia's priority

Cricket is a funny game . India still have some batting talent there.

Brisbane decider is biggest Test in Australia for 17 years

Great article, great research. Something in this for all fans of the old BRL. My favourite fact that I enjoyed was two of my childhood heroes winning the 1977 Rothmans medal together. 1977 – Alan Currie. 1977 – Wayne Lindenberg (Q) (Courier Mail Best and Fairest). The article couldn’t be any better, well done.

History of Brisbane Rugby League: The clubs

Thanks for another great article Matt. Looking back, now, the mid eighties would have been the prime time to start the truly national competition. If I could turn the clock back would have put 4 super teams out of the eight BRL clubs and merged up into a true national comp with the NSWRL teams. A north Qld team too. 1984 easts and Wynnum joined together, straight into the NRL semis ????. Oh well, hoping at least Redcliffe can join the NRL. To me they will be a representation of true BRL tradition.

History of Brisbane Rugby League: Going out with a bang (The 80s part one – 1980 to 1986)

Great article , great memories! Sunday afternoon was all about the BRL game of the day on the ABC. My heroes from Easts were Des and Rod Morris, John Lang, Alan Currie and the amazing Wayne Lindenberg. I was lucky to see the 1978 grand final as an 11 year old, was a packed Lang Park. The BRL was a great competition in its own right and to me in the 70s it was rugby league. The 70s was such a great base for the Queensland State of Origin success in the 80s.

History of Brisbane Rugby League: Warning signs, 1970s

Great choice picking Joe Burns. He’ll repay the faith shown. Selectors need to stick with him for a while though.

Burns earns shock recall as Australia names Test squad