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Joshua Kerr

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Joshua Kerr is a sportaholic and has been a sportswriter since 2019. Whether it be motorsport, cricket or something different, Josh is always armed with opinions in his articles and in the comments section. Despite being an English Aussophile, he has so far been unsuccessful in his attempts to get interested in the AFL or the NRL. At least he gave it a go. "My mantra is: put your brain into gear and if you can add to what's on the screen, then do it; otherwise, shut up." - Richie Benaud.

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From what happened with England when this happened this summer, those who have a Test contract will be off to South Africa and the rest will be off to New Zealand (which gives the chance for the selectors to debut some players, who may then find themselves keeping their place in the side).

It is what it is. It can be dealt with. The T20 side may not be at completely full strength but Test cricket is what’s more important. It’s about time the Test players stopped playing as much T20 cricket as they do now anyway.

More fixture chaos for Cricket Australia as men's side gets double-booked

I’ve just taken a little break from writing whilst I sorted some stuff out but I’ll be back, don’t worry!

More fixture chaos for Cricket Australia as men's side gets double-booked

If England could deal with it, so can Australia. Hardly ‘more fixture chaos’ if you ask me.

More fixture chaos for Cricket Australia as men's side gets double-booked

That’s where the Australian national side are quarantining Micko.

South Australia to host Sheffield Shield hub

That’d be great for ADP. He’s championship winning material for sure. He’s only been in Supercars for what, two years? So plenty of potential from such a young talent.

Supercars The Bend SuperSprint talking points

Before Covid, the tyre allocation at Bathurst this year was as follows: a pre-marked allocation of 8 hard tyres intended for warm up runs, an event allocation of 52 hard tyres and 28 wet tyres.

https://www.speedcafe.com/2020/02/06/supercars-confirms-increased-tyre-allocations-for-2020/

Supercars The Bend SuperSprint talking points

I get it if they have to stay away from their families for international and state cricket – that is part of the job. But competing in the IPL is an optional extra in my eyes and, as such, it is my opinion that if you want a rest and some family time then you don’t go to the IPL. Simple.

The central contract salary is sizeable enough to live comfortably on. Go play domestic cricket in between the internationals whenever possible to keep your match fitness in check, obviously, because that is also part of the job, but these T20 leagues are not part of the job. (Excluding if you just play T20 cricket but my argument still stands in general.)

Aussie cricketers face Christmas without their families

I also wouldn’t regard Whincup’s move on McLaughlin as a ‘desperado move’. The gap was there but Whincup just didn’t have it under control under braking and that’s where the contact was made.

Supercars The Bend SuperSprint talking points

It should be the normal tyre allocation for Bathurst. Gee, limited sets for a 1000km enduro would be a hard slog!

Supercars The Bend SuperSprint talking points

It was actually Heimgartner making the move on SVG up the inside and, as SVG went to turn in, he tagged Heimgartner’s left rear and spun him around. SVG should have accepted that the move was done but I wouldn’t describe it as a desperado move.

Tyres for Bathurst should be the same as normal, by the way.

Supercars The Bend SuperSprint talking points

Stoked that, depending on whether he can get the government approval, Scotty is going to make his IndyCar debut at the Grand Prix of St Petersburg. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last year in Supercars. Scotty has said in the past that he doesn’t want to stay in Supercars and rack up the wins and championships but explore other racing series instead. If he does clinch his third title, I think he’ll be content enough to say goodbye to Supercars and move to America to tick off the next item on the bucket list. Good luck to him.

Supercars The Bend SuperSprint talking points

Even in world champs, I haven’t been noticing Australian athletes. That could be because the BBC will obviously focus on the Brits – who knows? Equally, it could be on me. I’m still in my late teens and fresh out of school so I had to prioritise the sports I wanted to watch to balance alongside the studies.

Athletics deserves more attention in Australia

I enjoy watching athletics although I don’t watch absolutely every meeting that’s on TV. When I do though, I don’t really notice any Australian athletes. That could be part of the problem in terms of athletics getting coverage in Australia. If there aren’t home athletes to cheer on the world stage, broadcasters may not be keen on acquiring the rights.

Mitch, you have a real good opportunity here to take the baton and run with it (to use an athletics analogy!) and give athletics the coverage you think it deserves. Great article 👍

Athletics deserves more attention in Australia

Cheers Paul.

The slog over long-on is a good example. One day, you’re going to find the man at long-on and be back in the pavilion but, on another day, you’re going to get a six.

You say that people aren’t as emotionally involved in Smith and Root because there’s the expectation they’ll come in and get a decent score. Well, that’s probably the same reason why people get emotionally involved in Maxwell because they expect him to come in and blast it here, there and everywhere and when he doesn’t (because he’s not Superman), people pick up on the shot that he got out to. Those critics then forgetting that shot could have got a boundary in an alternate universe.

So what you’ve got to do is wait. Could be the end of a series where you make your judgement. I don’t care, as long as you don’t go ‘ah typical Maxwell’ when he gets out to a loose shot. Just watch those same people go ‘ah isn’t Maxwell bloody brilliant’ when he scores a century the next match using the same attacking style and flair that he did in the innings beforehand when he got out for let’s say 20-odd.

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

I mean England have been good but they haven’t been that good! 😂

A little bit of resilience goes a long way for Justin Langer's men

Ah Paul if only there were more people like you and I who aren’t quick to judge when we see the busts. Have patience and those booms that people comment so positively about will come again.

What standards should we judge ultra-high risk batsmen by?

Only 5 years!

A little bit of resilience goes a long way for Justin Langer's men

In the UK, there’s an FTA highlights package for every home England international and the ratings for those are decent. So why doesn’t this happen in Australia? Because as long as people have some form of access to it, they’re not really bothered, they have the choice of whether they’d like the full kit and kaboodle on Sky or listen to the game on the radio and watch the highlights on the BBC later. It’s a system that works (not saying that it’s the best).

The bottom line for me is Australians still have access to more hours of FTA cricket than Brits do.

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

No worries!

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

Is this in reply to Spruce or myself, Ryan? These long threads can get a bit confusing.

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

Spruce, you confirming how the anti-siphoning laws actually work is all I needed to hear. Thank you.

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

Australians are still fortunate to have the amount of cricket they do have on FTA TV, compared to the far lower amount on FTA TV here in the UK (although it has got better this season).

What sort of super strong international comp are you dreaming of?

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

Who are you feeling pretty sad for Dwanye?

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA

To quote The Roar’s article:

“The anti-siphoning laws do not ensure exclusive rights for FTA networks, nor oblige them to purchase or broadcast the rights for listed events.”

Also, the article is right because it has been updated to reflect the changes.

Seven refuse to pay full broadcast price to CA