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“…….he would have fell with the rest.”

Sorry, but how could you possibly know ?

He has played responsible innings in the past. In India he scored 104 off 185 balls.

Australia collapse to waste Finch and Khawaja's good work

“There will be better players that miss out because they won’t enrich the team the way others will.”

This concept of preferring players with intangible qualities that “enrich” the team over actual on-field performances worries me.

Based on your comments of the past, I suspect that if you were a selector in the 1930s, you would have omitted Bradman because he didn’t “enrich” the team to your satisfaction.

I would strongly prefer the better players with the superior on-field performances over the lesser players who have “enriching” qualities.

Finch as a Test opener is a mistake

Those commenting on here know more that me. I don’t read the Telegraph and I cancelled my subscription to Fox last year, when their NRL programs became more and more like a television version of the Telegraph.

The only reason I know that something is afoot is because of the little video on the Roar (which I have prevented from playing) that says “Sam Burgess fronts the media but refuses to answer questions on sexting scandal”.

I haven’t got a clue what that means, and I’m not inclined to find out.

Meanwhile, I float through the semis in blissful ignorance.

How Buzz Rothfield's hypocrisy sandwich flew under the radar

“I suspect Gus might have recognised this impending problem early in the piece, and hence why Ivan was let go…”.

I enjoyed the euphemism Albo: “Ivan was let go”. He was sacked ! And according to reports the family regarded it as completely unjustified and deeply hurtful.

That’s why I have found it hard to believe that Ivan would contemplate a return to Penrith to work for Gus again. It’s a bit like a whipped dog returning to it’s master with it’s tail between it’s legs.

I thought Ivan had more pride than that. I still find it hard to believe.

A warning for Nathan Cleary: Playing under your dad isn’t much fun‬‬‬

“ABs fans pour congrats on the boks…..”

A round of applause for the AB supporters.

“……here its wallow in self pity again…and again.”

The way things are going there will be less and less wallowing. Only 14,000 at the match last night, while the AFL had 92,000 at their semi while Souths and Saints had 49,000.

Sadly, in this country, fewer and fewer people care.

Wallabies beat themselves on the Gold Coast

“….its a pathetic argument.”

That’s funny, I thought I was making an observation.

“….what matters is how your team behaves. Even more so for Australia who have in the past, loudly, taken the moral high ground.”

But haven’t the ACB taken the high moral ground ?

Ball tampering - a legal analysis and a call for reform

“The Australian public’s rejection of their team’s behaviour was universal and immediate. The clamorous chorus of strident disapproval was staggering.”

I agree. It’s interesting to compare Australian cricket supporters and the ACB’s reaction to those of other countries when their players are found guilty of ball tampering.

For example, in the recent Sri Lankan ball tampering incident, upon learning of the chaarge, the players refused to take the field for two hours, and their Board issued a statement defending the players.

Ball tampering - a legal analysis and a call for reform

“…..I just turn it off.”

I just turn it down.

2018: The year rugby league turned on Buzz Rothfield

“I would have thought it exactly proves my assertion.”

It’s an interesting point, but I’m not sure that it does. The point is, if it is so much harder to open in England than it is in other countries, then I would expect the difference in the home and away average to be more than 1.4.

When you talk about “most players” having significantly better home averages you might be right. But the first player I thought of to compare Cook with was Graeme Smith. Smith averaged 41.5 at home; away he averaged 55; and, he averaged 67.7 opening in England (although he only played 5 test matches there) .

Your assertion certainly holds true for Hayden. I can’t be bothered checking any more.

Alastair Cook: Good or great?

He averaged 44.7 at home and 46.1 away. A difference of 1.4 runs. This doesn’t really support your assertion.

Alastair Cook: Good or great?

Agreed. He is much better than average.

I’m not sure how define a great batsman. You probably need to average over 50 to achieve that. I would say that he falls just short of greatness, but is a very fine player.

I would add that it is all very well asking if Cook is a good or great player, but it would be nice to add a few definitions to guide us. (I suppose if the author added his personal definitions we would simply argue about those.)

Alastair Cook: Good or great?

“Our own Don, stood his ground in his comeback test in 1946 after appearing to be clearly caught at second slip.”

Is this an example of Bradman violating the spirit of cricket ?

He was clearly caught in the slips, but Bradman thought he was caught off a bump ball. The umpire agreed and gave him not out.

If a batsman does not believe he is out he is entitled to leave it to the umpire. If the umpire agrees with him, then what’s the problem ?

How the 'Spirit of Cricket' misses the mark

Chris, the fact that everybody (except Adam Gilchrist) cheats, does not justify the act. It may be the norm, but it’s still cheating.

The batsman feathers the ball to the keeper and stands his ground, or the bowler thinks he’s just missed the outside edge, but appeals anyway. These are all forms of (accepted) cheating.

Everybody does it, so it becomes accepted. Some commentators lament the pressure it places on umpires, but that is what they are paid for, so who cares.

There are degrees of “cheating” and this is at the lower end, but it is still cheating.

Is Virat Kohli a cheat?

“…I’ve always wondered why finger spinners fare so poorly in Australia…”

I always assumed that visiting finger spinners lack of success in Australia was because our pitches don’t turn much (if at all in many cases) and have very little natural variation (the same ball, landing on the same spot, will behave exactly the same).

As a consequence, Australian batsmen treat finger spinners as slow straight-break bowlers.

However, Australian pitches do have bounce (usually) and its no coincidence that bowlers like Nathan Lyon bowl with a lot more overspin to exploit the bounce in the pitch. The overspin also gets the ball to dip, with the intention that batsmen, when coming forward to drive, are not to the pitch of the ball, and hit a catch in front of the wicket.

What makes a great offie?

“I know that I’ll always have a whinge, probably even at my own funeral…”

Love your sense of humour Birdy – but then we WT fans need it to stay sane.

Tigers hang on by the skin of a referee as Warriors go whack

“if West’s get anymore control over the tigers or the name itself dissapears……”.

What have you heard to make you think that might happen ?

I understood that Wests Ashfield had been quite accommodating towards Balmain – paid their debt to the NRL and gave them two seats on the WT Board, even though Balmain are no longer making financial contributions to the JV.

I can’t believe that Wests Ashfield would be so stupid as cut the WT’s associations with Balmain, given how important the rusted-on Balmain supporters are to the JV.

Tigers hang on by the skin of a referee as Warriors go whack

“There is a third theory floating around that teams are taking their home advantage to a whole new level by giving the visiting teams flat wickets ahead of a Test series.”

Giri

This might well be true. Certainly when Australia toured England last they played two warm up matches on absolute roads. This was not good preparation for playing on the green seamers that they were about to face when the series commenced.

It was suggested that the state of the pitches was not a conspiracy by the ECB, but simply a desire by the two counties hosting the matches to maximise the gate by ensuring the matches went the distance.

Certainly in the old days test squads played many lead up matches against full strength sides. I recall reading that each time Bradman toured England he scored over 1,000 runs before the end of May. In other words, he scored 1,000 runs against the counties before the test series started. The modern batsmen will never have that luxury.

Is lack of practice games the reason for poor overseas performances?

“The best footballing athletes in Australia do not play union, but AFL or League.”

Yes, and you can add basketball to that list.

When Ben Simmons was carving them up in the USA last season, I was thinking how useful he would have been in the Wallabies; (perfect size and skills for a lock) and I wondered if he would have played Rugby as his second choice.

The answer is no. He revealed in an interview that his other passion is AFL.

Spiro notes that Whitelock: “…was a “hugely talented” basketball player as a teenager, according to the New Zealand Rugby media release, before he concentrated on rugby.”

I think we can safely assume that if Whitelock were an Australian he would be currently plying his trade in the NBA earning millions of dollars with Ben Simmons and all the other Australians playing in the USA.

Therein lies the problem for Australian Rugby.

The Wallabies had Plan A. The All Blacks had Plan A and B

“These batsmen I believe are far better and handling pace and bounce…”

Possibly, but if the pitches resemble those of recent years, there won’t be much pace and bounce to be seen. Four roads can be expected.

Given that, I can see plenty of runs being made (especially by Kohli).

I think it will be the Indian bowling under the microscope at the end of the Australian series. You recall the Indian attack failed to take 20 wickets in any test match last time they were here.

India need to overhaul their Test side before heading to Australia

Anderson’s record is simply outstanding, no doubt.

I have read a number of England commentators lamenting the fact that the conditions and the ball in England are so specific that England is developing a generation of bowlers that struggle to be effective outside England.

Comparing Anderson and McGrath illustrates this point. For example:

Anderson’s test record in England is 349 wickets at 23.47;
In Australia, Anderson has taken 60 wickets at 35.4 – a significant difference.

By way of contrast, McGrath’s test record in Australia is 289 wickets at 22.43;
In England McGrath took 87 wickets at 19.34 – quite outstanding.

McGrath has a superior record in both Australia and in England. If I could only have one of these bowlers for a test series in England or Australia it would be McGrath.

Anderson or McGrath? Who cares?

“Believe what you wish..”.

I’m not really wishing for any outcome here.

When people in the public eye make categorical, unambiguous statements such as: (a) “I have not received any offer from the Panthers, nor have I asked the Wests Tigers for a release”; and “…. I intend to honour this contract”, I’m inclined to believe them.

The reason is that smart people don’t tell deliberate lies if there is a chance they will be caught out. They certainly don’t tell barefaced lies, which the above statements would prove to be, if he intended to take up a coaching position with the Panthers in 2019.

That’s why I’m inclined to believe him.

September 2020: Panthers and Tigers finally settle their Cleary battle

“Lots of wishful thinking …”.

That’s a bit rich Albo. You accuse others of wishful thinking while you yourself heap speculation upon speculation.

As Kent was breaking the Cleary-is-a-done-deal story, Cleary was addressing his players telling them not to believe what they read, he was not going anywhere.

On Saturday, 5 days after addressing the players, he made a public statement that he hadn’t received an offer from Penrith and he would honour his contract with the Tigers.

Using your special powers you have discerned from his demeanor that; (a) Penrith made an offer; (b) Cleary accepted the offer; and (c) Cleary will commence coaching the Panthers in 2019.

You have a gift !

September 2020: Panthers and Tigers finally settle their Cleary battle

“Who can forget the game at ANZ last year with major errors by him that handed the game to the Broncos.”

You are overlooking Klein’s most egregious performance of them all. In the Tigers v Broncos match earlier this year he gifted the Broncos the game by awarding them a penalty in front in extra time.

The decision looked outrageous at the time and this was confirmed by the referees boss the next day, who said the decision was incorrect and that the marker was not offside at the ptb.

Two competition points to the Bronos as a result of a referring error. It was a most undeserved win – In 87 minutes of football the Broncos did not manage to score even one try. (It was a dour match).

The Roar's NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 23

“We’ve signed the most under rated forward in the game for next season in Sue …”

Sue has been outstanding in the Tigers recent run of wins. Unfortunately, the difference between his best and his worst performances is quite substantial – he has turned in many underwhelming performances over the years.

On balance I’m sorry to see him go and wish him well with the Dogs.

Your NRL team sucks. Here’s why

“Gould has already fired Ivan once – is Big Phil really that charming that he can persuade a man to come back and risk being sacked by the same man twice in the space of a few years?”

Ivan’s brother-in-law was quoted in the press last week saying that Ivan would not go back to Penrith while Gould was there.

At the time I took this as a de facto statement from Ivan – given how tight their family is, I couldn’t imagine his brother-in-law saying this without Ivan’s approval.

September 2020: Panthers and Tigers finally settle their Cleary battle