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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe and now Broncos. also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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It’s been so long between drinks for the Eels, i thought you were talking about the original Moses, who helped Parramatta to victory by the parting of the Red V

Crash and burn time: 'I can't imagine the trauma of being one of the Blue and Gold faithful'

The poor Warriors. Nearly two years of major chunks away from home. If they can’t make the semi’s maybe they should call it and go home. I wouldn’t blame them one bit.

NRL Round 20 teams: Storm load up for blockbuster, Panthers licking wounds

There are a number of comments here that show exactly why mental health is still a hidden epidemic and that sometimes the first we hear of it is tragically when it’s too late. If you’ve never had personal experience with mental health issues, maybe consider yourself not qualified to judge on the issue. Imagine what a goose you’d look like if you came on and said ‘that broken ankle didn’t look to bad to me (although I’m not a doctor and have never broken my ankle). she’s just soft’.

And if, as one poster said, this is the “Worst thing I’ve ever seen in sport”, that person hasn’t watched much sport. Even last night a Croatian put an underwater punch to his opponent’s groin in water polo. That made me wince!

Update: Biles out of individual event 'to focus on mental health' after dramatic teams exit

Maybe the lesson to learn here is that it’s okay to be impacted by mental health issues, just that same as a physical injury and we need to accept that.

Update: Biles out of individual event 'to focus on mental health' after dramatic teams exit

You have no right to be told what her mental health issue is, you also have no right to decide it’s not real. People fall to pieces ‘out of the blue’ for exactly this reason, that mental health is not taken seriously and they feel they can’t disclose it, especially when they are in the spotlight and people under the cover of anonymity can take ill-informed pot shots at them.

Update: Biles out of individual event 'to focus on mental health' after dramatic teams exit

Dear oh dear.

Update: Biles out of individual event 'to focus on mental health' after dramatic teams exit

Yep, just throw it open and see who applies. There will be some NRL players who defy the ban, then there is QCup and NSAWE Cup and Aussies in the ESL.

Taumalolo is in! Huge plus as Tongan star commits to World Cup

You are going to have some editing challenges from now Tony. After yesterday a great Australian sporting moment is now going to be called a _____ Yeah! Maybe we need to call is a ‘McKeown’ or maybe a ‘Caboolture’ to get through the censors.

Money ballers: These 23 off contract stars are the value buys in NRL player market

And also a player that had not impressed on his multiple previous tours of England.

Test XIs we should have had: 1985 Ashes

Mick Taylor was one of the best players of the era not to get a test cap.

Test XIs we should have had: 1985 Ashes

The great mystery is why, with a tour to England on the horizon, no offer was made to Terry Alderman.

Test XIs we should have had: 1985 Ashes

My brief look at Targa’s numbers above says you really only have Brendan McCullum as an option and he didn’t keep all the time either.

'The ground screams grandeur and tradition': The honourable Lord's XI

Off contract Average Joe’s?

Money ballers: These 23 off contract stars are the value buys in NRL player market

Can someone please volunteer to introduce Tyson Gamble to his centre? Brisbane’s greatest not-Haas strike player is catching frostbite each week as Gamble runs himself, throws a short, generally forward pass to the lead runner, or holds the ball so long looking for his own way through that he gives Staggs nothing to work with.

Big boppers, two wrongs and a one-eyed play: NRL Round 19 talking points

Hard to argue with a lot of that. Brilliant analysis. I would suggest that Botham’s great comeback at Headingly may have stalled if Jim Higgs had been available to bowl to the tail. But not even bowling Bright or Chappell was madness.

Test XIs we should have had: 1981 Ashes

That was a send off every day of the week.

Good effort by Brisbane from that point. If Croft hadn’t decided to throw a forward pass instead of reaching out to score that could have got very interesting

'I don't know what you've got to do to get sent off': Unconvincing Panthers deny Broncos

The stats I have used here are wins, so these are the captains whose teams won. Renato’s analysis of Trumper goes far beyond the basic batting average but it’s still based around his numbers , just diced in a more nuanced way

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

And yet in terms of series and test wins snd draws home and away, his team was not as successful as I thought it would be.

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

Strength of opposition is a massive factor in these types of comparisons and I effectively put it in the too hard basket and awarded equal points for all tests and series. For the likes of darling and Noble, they only got to face England, the leading nation of the day. no padding of numbers home to Zimbabwe for them.

Ian Chappell was a definite top 10. Benaud came in 20th and suffered due to a high number of draws in his era and also his teams did not fare well when losing the toss, winning only 6 from 17. Plus Benaud did not get a bonus for improving the team compared to previous results. He followed Ian Craig, who had a 605 win rate compared to Benaud’s 42%.

Kohli is like Waugh to Ganguly’s Taylor. Took a very good base and made them even better.

Imran Khan came in 63rd with a 52.2% score. This ranked him around 6th for Pakistan, behind Inzamam, Misbah, Miandad, Waqar, Mushtaq Mohammad and Saleem Malik in terms of pure results. But none of that considers his amazing personal performances, which will be a focus in my next article. This also only covers test cricket and so ignores his greatest achievement, coming from nowhere to win the 1992 World Cup.

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

It was just poor editing on my part, the numbers aren’t correct, although the concept is. the ACTUAL number is 108.5/198 = 54.8%

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

Just some extra info. top 3 for each country:

Australia – Armstrong, Waugh, Ian Chappell
England – Jardine, Brearley, Hutton
West Indies – Richards, Lloyd, Worrell
South Africa – Pollock, Cronje, Graeme Smith
India – Kohli, Wadekar, Ganguly
Pakistan – Malik, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Mohammad
New Zealand – Williamson, Howarth, Coney
Sri Lanka – Jayawardene, Jayasuriya

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

Okay so here you go:

1st phase from 1984 to February 1989:

– 39 tests, 7 wins. Captaincy score 31.6%. this places Border at 119th, between Billy Murdoch and Ross Taylor, still a comfortable 8.6% points ahead of Kim Hughes.

2nd phase from 1989 away Ashes

– 54 tests, 25 wins. Captaincy score 72.5%. this would put Border at 15th, just behind Mark Taylor and just in front of Kane Williamson. Not only does this show a massive improvement for Border, it slightly dents Taylor’s legacy, with a captaincy score just 0.5% ahead of Phase 2 Border.

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

FYI, here are the scores for those you mentioned:

Hassett – 18th with 69%
Jackson – didn;t captain in enough tests to qualify but would have come in just above Ian Chappell.
Darling – 40th at 59.1%
Trott – didn;t qualify but would have been well down the list at 51.8%
Benaud – 20th with 68.2%

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

Kim Hughes – 140th place with just 23% of available points earned. to put this in perspective his nearest neighbors either side are Kiwi’s Lee Germon and John Reid.

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

Bradman came in 12th with 73.2%
Fleming 56th at 53.9%

Creating a single measure to rank the world’s greatest Test captains

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