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Cricket and Aussie Rules enthusiast. All-round sports follower.

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Great article! The AFL should have global expansion higher on their agenda.

How the AFL can go global

Good point but if you add another Victorian or NSW team there will be more derbies so it would have to be a team from another state. Say it was Gold Coast, that clearly didn’t work when they were in the league. If you go to SA, Adelaide United only had 7,138 members last year and an average of 8,326 attendance at games. Perth had an attendance average of 8382 and 10,278. There’s a chance you could go there but it’s costly. To add a team anywhere right now is costly especially with Covid-19 and having just brought in Western United. At this stage, I wouldn’t add another team for the next 5 years at least. It also risky. Spend the money on what the league already has and try and strengthen that. One area the league should focus on is maintaining lists so they don’t change as frequently each season.

Where should the A-League expand to next?

I don’t think the A-League really needs to expand now? I think its better off the way it currently is. More focus needs to be put on increasing interest in the competition rather than bringing in a new team.

Where should the A-League expand to next?

In that situation you could just do a traditional coin toss if both teams aren’t playing home.

Cricketing quirks: The coin toss

Yes, if it happened, it could spark an outburst of disappointed cricket fans but in our imagination, if more test match were closer as a result of the change I think fans and even players would prefer that over keeping the coin toss. I’d just give it a try for a bit and see how it goes.

Cricketing quirks: The coin toss

Time to allow the touring team to chose whether they bat or bowl first in test matches. My only worry is that it may take out the fairness of the game but hey, the game would only be better for it with a greater chance of having more closer test matches, I think. Let’s at least give it a go for some time.

Cricketing quirks: The coin toss

Also a handy golfer I hear. There’s a chance of him featuring in the third XI.

The AFL’s cricketing second XI

Nice article! You raise a brilliant point as to why professional sportspeople must find an interest and place outside of playing their sport. It is important they do this for their health and wellbeing as well as everyone’s around them.

How athletes can lead the community through the pandemic

Alex Carey is unlucky not to qualify for selection. He played in GWS’s expansion side in the TAC Cup pathway competition as a captain who also won the best and fairest. He, however, was surprisingly not picked up on the GWS list resulting in Carey going back to Adelaide to pursue a cricket career.

The AFL’s cricketing second XI

Hahaha. Nah all pure talent Josh. Dw, there’s even more representation in the Second XI team.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

Correct. Good call. His first-grade debut at Melbourne Cricket Club was as a wicketkeeper at the age of 15. Pretty incredible to have achieved that. He also shared the gloves as a keeper in the under-17 Victorian state team.

The AFL’s cricketing second XI

Good pick up. According to the Herald Sun, Nick O’Brien is a wicketkeeper although from thoroughly researching about his cricket, he was a fast bowler. Tom Clurey is the best option in this side to take the gloves. There has been a lack of wicketkeeping options out of the AFL’s recently retired and current players. It would be good to hear if there are some wicketkeepers around.

The AFL’s cricketing second XI

Yes, I’ve written about it in the second XI lineup released today.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

Just proves how good test cricket can be. Far from dead in the world of sport. If it can figure out how it can be run best it’ll be unreal. That’s a tough task for the long form game though. The test championships idea is a step in the right direction in my view.

The results are in! These are Roar readers’ bucket list sporting events

Obviously you are not going to compare the men and women’s game from 30 years ago because it wasn’t the same back then. Things have changed for the better now and there are more sporting opportunities opening up for females to play professionally. It is a nice thing now that both the men and women have 3 formats of domestic and international cricket to play each season. Both get the opportunity to partake in all three formats of the game. Any female can now achieve an award in any format of the game just like a male can. Achievements in the male and females games can fairly be compared. The tide is changing and we are heading in the right direction.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

That’s a different way of looking at it. In regards to achievement and experience in their careers, I’d choose Duffin. The better cricketer would probably be Keath. In saying that, I will make mention that the women’s and men’s games are at different stages of existence and development. To go off the better cricketer is not a fair way of looking at it.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

It’s up for debate. From looking at achievements and experiences, I’d pick Duffin just, over Keath. I would love to see a poll of who people think should be captain under the criteria of experience + achievement and out of current and recently retired AFL players.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

A few nice candidates being mentioned for the second or third XI, potentially. Great to hear of these AFL players having good careers in cricket as well.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

That’s a fair point. You got to find the balance. Duffin played over a hundred games for Australia while Keath played seven first-class games and five BBL games.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

Jess Duffin has worn a baggy green and been apart of Ashes and World Cup victories. For that reason, I couldn’t go passed her for captaincy.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

Thanks Roberto. Glad you enjoyed it and the little story at the end.

The AFL's cricketing first XI

What a sporting year! Thanks for the reminder David. Nice read.

2016: The year of the sporting miracle

No Chris Gayle!!! 🙁 I would of thought that he’d open the batting over McCullum

My all-time T20I XI

Quarantine hubs bring a good opportunity for the game to head over to the smaller footballing states but if they are going to be in three different hubs, I’m all for having a hub in Victoria. As mentioned in the article, the facilities are close to each other. The article didn’t mention Goschs Paddock, Melbourne’s training facility which is also close to the MCG and the Richmond and Collingwood training grounds. So in total, a hub in Victoria will have three training facilities plus the two stadiums in Marvel and the G. It will be an appealing option on paper. Plus, the cases of COVID-19 have dropped over the past two weeks but it’s better to leave that side of things to the health experts to decide whether it is safe or not in Victoria. If it is safe, I can’t see them not using Victoria for a hub.

Gillon McLachlan says Victoria is a quarantine hub option

Totally agree Les. Particularly in regards to what you mentioned about the holding the ball interpretation of the last five or so years. Players nowadays are able to drop the ball in a tackle and get away with it. This should never be the case. Players should either have to keep it with them or dispose of it correctly. Players also seem to be getting too much prior opportunity which is causing greater congestion with more stoppages and crowded passages of play. Go back to how the rule was years ago. If a player was caught, dropped it, and had prior opportunity, it was holding the ball.

Stop messing with the rules