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Kris Swales

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Giving the Walkers the 20s five years ago with a view to the coaches/players graduating to firsts from there would’ve been some interesting long-term thinking. If they weren’t primed for a tilt by now, they’d at least have an identity and be entertaining to watch.

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

After all the wringing of hands about Uzzie batting at 3, both openers finally fail and we see why he’s there. Superb from him, but Carey – wow, just the supreme confidence of the bloke from the moment he takes guard means you know we’re never out of it.

Carey has gone to another level

Zampa’s run of wicket-taking form in India owed a lot to Lyon keeping things tight at the other end as well. If there was a ‘dead rubber’ before the semis to pick them both it surely wouldn’t hurt to take a look.

Lyon and Behrendorff offer Australia better balance

Wallace was doing the same last year and has earned his selection on merit but I feel he’s too sluggish to make any impact against a rushing D, which tends to come and go in NRL but never stops in Origin unless you turn it around with an aggressive running game.

Queensland Maroons player ratings: Origin 2

Wallace and Glasby are solid NRL-standard toilers at best, and Wallace’s lack of impact has been shown up multiple times at this level.

Doesn’t help when your starting props combine for less running metres than the Blues’ Origin rookie Saifiti. Papa playing the James Graham-esque distributor role on his first stint was just weird. Get him running hard Kevvie! Then the offloads will come.

Queensland Maroons player ratings: Origin 2

If it did they would surely sell out Dolphin Oval, though perhaps that’s not thinking big enough?

NSW women make perfect start to Origin weekend

Was interesting to hear so many squeals whenever a half-break occurred, definitely a different energy in the crowd with so many young girls there! Good vibe in the joint last night, and some decent footy in the end after a pretty stodgy opening 20 minutes – Brigginshaw and Studdon are both crafty operators, and Tungai a genuine excitement machine.

NSW women make perfect start to Origin weekend

First it was Bozo pulling the selection strings, now Gus – as a Queenslander, looking forward to the day that Gal steps into the mentoring role and selects himself to ‘do an Alfie’ aged 52.

Did Gus Gould play a hand in Latrell Mitchell's Origin 2 omission?

Australia coming into the tournament with the form ODI batsman (Uzzie) and form IPL batsman (Warner by the length of the straight) is a nice position to be in. Hopefully our bowlers don’t have too many cobwebs to blow out before they hit their stride.

On that front, South Africa look the biggest threat with Rabada single-handedly bowling Delhi into the IPL finals (at last!) and Imran Tahir also on a tear. Think their batting is too shaky to win it though.

Best thing to come out of the endless summer of #AUSvIND is that our bats got a good look at Kuldeep/Chahal and no longer fear them. But Bumrah/Bhuvi/Shami are the form pace trio in the world and will be formidable.

Still, I’m going to lay a short-term investment on the Windies, who have the same bash and barge tactics of England but with none of the pressure facing the hosts. Hopefully England rack up an early loss or two so the press piles on.

Some late nights incoming!

The Cricket World Cup is wide open

Handscomb desperately unlucky.

One good innings aside, Steve Smith has looked very scratchy in the IPL and is struggling to middle them.

Digging the side otherwise. Just need Stoinis to rediscover his mojo.

Australia's 2019 Cricket World Cup squad: Expert reaction

Geez, the Dogs were atrocious – surely something outside of the back-ended contracts debacle has impacted recruitment/retention there?

While trying to distract myself from tearing my SuperCoach squad apart for the 147th time before the Storm-Broncos game, I put together this 17 of blokes named in jerseys 18-21 who would give the Dogs a decent shake…

1. Ben Hampton
2. Gideon Gela-Mosby
3. Gerard Beale
4. Enari Tuala
5. Anthony Don
6. Jake Clifford
7. Sam Williams
8. Herman Ese’ese
9. Mitch Rein
10. Matt Eisenhuth
11. Keegan Hipgrave
12. Chris McQueen
13. Shaun Fensom
14. Karl Lawton
15. Josh King
16. Kyle Turner
17. Lloyd Perrett

Five massive overreactions and scorching hot takes after Round 1 of the NRL

Top day out! And being the only Aussie fan in the entire eastern stand, with my first name on the back of my jersey (thanks for that one, Mrs Swales!), I enjoyed minor celebrity status for the day. How actual famous people deal with it is beyond me…

Aussies salute in India, perfectly timing World Cup charge

Think you’ve nailed it, James. Finch is a lock for the C so Smith/Warner have to be fit in around him.

I see Starc/Richardson/Lyon rotating through two spots in the starting XI, pending conditions. Has been slightly overlooked in all the excitement that the GOAT/Zamps partnership had the edge on Jadeja and Kuldeep last night, and with the quicks essentially cancelling each other out that ultimately proved the difference.

Aussies salute in India, perfectly timing World Cup charge

“Facing India away is one of world cricket’s toughest tasks, and in front of frenzied crowds Kohli’s side sense blood better than most.”

That the Aussies took the Delhi crowd – a feral, unwieldy beast, albeit friendlier than your average local traffic jam – out of the game for large swathes of yesterday’s match was admirable. When the beast awoke during the Bhuvi/Kedar partnership I started to fear the worst, but Cummins/Richardson held their nerve and iced it with style.

On a personal note, after witnessing 7 losses in India/SL it was great to be in the stands when we actually jagged one – and a series win to boot! Might have to tap out while I’m on top, or at least until the 2021 Test series…

Aussies salute in India, perfectly timing World Cup charge

Really like the balance of the 11 that lined up tonight. Surely Smith and Warner have to blitz the IPL to squeeze their way back into it after the way this unit has pulled together and scrapped a series win from the brink of oblivion.

Australia stun India with 3-2 series win

After losing 8 of their first 10 games by 6 points or less, Ricky Stuart sacks himself as Raiders coach but straps the boots back on to play a Cooper Cronk 2018 GF type role alongside Jack Wighton.

The Raiders continue losing games, but Stuart ends the season with the most kicking metres in the NRL.

Five fearless predictions for the 2019 NRL season

Whatever the end result of all this politicking, I think we can all agree that Daley taking down Alan Jones on his own radio show this week has made it worthwhile.

Football is the biggest loser from Sydney's stadium debacle

Agreed, have always thought Cadee was a good 6th man at best. Actually prefer Gibbo in the starting role, much more level-headed and offers more to the team than points if he’s not on the boil.

The Bullets and Kings just weren't up to NBL championship standard

Bullets season unfortunately fizzled out exactly as I predicted, but I think this is a season where making the playoffs was enough. Hopefully Lemanis can pull a more well-rounded team game out of his hat for next season, particularly if Lamar doesn’t return – and especially if he does, given how one-dimensional we looked in the clutch,

The Bullets and Kings just weren't up to NBL championship standard

Wish I shared your optimism Chris but I feel the Bullets rely too much on individual brilliance to give this a real shake. That said, if two or more of Lamar, Bairstow, Gliddon and Te Rangi (who’d have put him as a danger man when the season started!) catch fire two games running we’re half a chance.

Either way, just great to have my team back in there! And the Kings-United series could be something special.

Genuine four-team race for NBL championship

A Nine reporter writes in a now Nine-owned paper that ratings are down without noting that it’s in line with a general dip in FTA and there was no Fox, Kayo or Watch NRL app (which I watched on from OS) simulcast of the same game two years ago.

I notice the tag saying he’s a Nine reporter is now removed from his column with SMH under the Nine umbrella. Who needs transparency when you’ve got watered-down media diversity laws!

Would be interesting to see streaming figures from the trials on the weekend. The production was variable in quality from game to game but the NRL are clearly readying for a post-FTA future.

The NRL has enough problems without media-manufactured crises

Thanks Anidya! I could probably do Finchy and the boys a favour by staying at home, but who would the local fans heckle in the stands? It’s my civic duty to take one for the team. Plus the match falls in Delhi’s six weeks of pre-summer pleasantness so you’ve got to make the most of it while it lasts.

How I learned to love watching Australia lose in India

Haha well we’re 2-0 in trials so that must make us early premiership favourites! Very pessimistic about our chances, especially after how many points we’ve leaked against the Eels and Dogs full-strength teams so far. But the Raiders always perform best when expectations are lowest so I live in hope. Fortunately I’ve got the perennially awful Delhi Daredevils and Dynamos to frustrate me in the flesh until I get back to Bruce.

How I learned to love watching Australia lose in India

And not before time – how India’s mobile phone heavyweights have stayed solvent without dropping a commercial between every over bowled in anger is beyond me. Almost as excited to learn about the newest triple-selfie phone release as I am to see the matching trophy!

Australia and India to end marathon, 37-day break between fixtures

This move enthuses me. The Raiders are usually either pitied or admired by rival fans, so some lessons in being unlikeable merkins from the master can’t go astray.

Michael Ennis will make the Green Machine mean and clever