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JimmyWP

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Learnt early on my sporting talents are on the spectating side of any game. Love watching and thinking about sport.

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The only thing more embarrassing for Collingwood than the report saying systemic racism exists and not acknowledging it, is to say it is a proud day. Clearly the culture of the club is set by the leadership: a president who responded to the Adam Goodes controversy with racist overtones and then excused himself because of tiredness, who did something similar when suggesting a female journalist should be left underwater, a coach who broke quarantine rules to play tennis. If the players don’t take note of that then that would be very surprising. The sad fact of the matter is that if Collingwood don’t lead on this issue, beginning with an apology to Heritier Lumumba, and an examination of culture, then the whole AFL suffers. After all it was only a couple of years ago that Adam Goodes was being booed and too little was done too late. Time for Gil to step up, and the AFL board too. And congrats to the authors of the report for not shirking the issue.

Eddie McGuire's trainwreck of a spin job only reinforces damning Collingwood report

Thanks Ben for this analysis. It’s interesting to see the idea of balls faced being valued. In recent series the batters that have scored heavily have often been those scoring between 30 to 40 runs per hundred balls, rather than at faster strike rates. This trait becomes more important the better the opposition. Easy to score at a good clip against poor attacks, harder to do so against good attacks. Interestingly the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis, about baseball’s evolution towards statistical analysis, delves into this idea (something the movie skips over). In short one of the parameters the Oakland A’s valued highly in rating players was pitches faced. The more pitches faced the better as this tired out pitchers and forced opposing teams to bring on weaker pitchers earlier in games or series. Pujara’s batting managed something similar albeit in a cricketing context. At the end of the day what a wonderful test series, down to the last few overs on the fifth day of the fourth test of a series. BBL does feel a little less dramatic now. Well played Pujura and India.

Pujara's version of a Don Bradman stat won India the series