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Great idea Gecko! Big picture thinking – I agree with the sentiment. I’d even move to that island.

AFL should be a saviour, not a victim in difficult times

If a nurse or supermarket worker contracts COVID-19, the individual is quarantined or self-isolates, but will the hospital or supermarket close or go into lockdown? I doubt it. Nor should AFL clubs if a player contracts it. Let players choose individually but the show must go on.

The AFL show must go on

If only she were our PM

Into the unknown: A 2020 season preview

Great summary. I expect Cats and Bombers to fall, Dogs and Demons to rise, and Eagles, Tiges, Pies to be favourites (in that order), with Dogs and GWS fighting each other for 4th spot. Fingers crossed Carlton linger at the bottom again. ????

Into the unknown: A 2020 season preview

Article in Herald Sun today says there are “elements of the CA hierarchy” who “felt Maxwell could have delayed his elbow surgery and tried to soldier through the tour of South Africa using injections”. That is mind-numbingly dumb view – surely the priority should be to get his elbow healed for the T20 World Cup. It just goes to show you what Maxi is up against internally. He’s continually badly treated. No wonder the bloke battled mental health issues – he’s not only lacking support from CA but they’re actively undermining him. CA should find out who made those comments to the media and sack them. And if anyone else is questioning his commitment and professionalism they should have their position reviewed. This childish, bullying, intolerant-of-different-characters leadership culture in CA needs to be overhauled!

Six young guns to watch in the Sheffield Shield

Article in Herald Sun today says there are “elements of the CA hierarchy” who “felt Maxwell could have delayed his elbow surgery and tried to soldier through the tour of South Africa using injections”. That is mind-numbingly dumb view – surely the priority should be to get his elbow healed for the T20 World Cup. It just goes to show you what Maxi is up against internally. He’s continually badly treated. No wonder the bloke battled mental health issues – he’s not only lacking support from CA but they’re actively undermining him. CA should find out who made those comments to the media and sack them. And if anyone else is questioning his commitment and professionalism they should have their position reviewed. This childish, bullying, intolerant-of-different-characters leadership culture in CA needs to be overhauled!

Glenn Maxwell's injury exposes Australia's dearth of middle-order batsmen

Crazy decision to recruit Jenkins. The recent trend of successful flag sides only works with two power forwards if at least one of them is very agile and mobile – last 4 premiers had Jack Riewoldt (twice), Josh Kennedy and Zaine Cordy, who were all capable below their knees and able to compete when the ball hit the ground and they create defensive pressure on the opposition running the ball out. Jenkins and Big Tom are both slow moving trams who become a liability when the ball hits the ground or the opposition have the ball. And Jenkins isn’t exactly an aerial threat either. Crazy decision for Geelong to recruit him.

Geelong 2020 season preview: Like clockwork, finals are on the agenda again at Kardinia Park

I hope GWS don’t waste everyone’s time again. They have been gifted a fantastic list yet continually fall short. What a disgraceful, pathetic effort in the GF. The competition would be better off if they drop out of the 8.

Geelong 2020 season preview: Like clockwork, finals are on the agenda again at Kardinia Park

I think top 4 players still need to average minimum 85% strike rate to be considered great. Kallis was a great value ODI allrounder but was too slow with the bat most of the time – a contributing factor why SA cant win World Cups. Warner scored heavily in last years World Cup but struggled when it mattered. Warner’s poor form in ODIs when it counts most is masked by his good form when it doesn’t count. England, NZ and India were the other 3 best performed teams at the 2019 ODI World Cup and the teams I consider the best test of a player’s mettle. In the SF against England, Warner made 9 (off 11) and Finch 0 (we lost). Against NZ, Warner made 16 (off 23) and Finch 8 (we won). Against India, Warner made 56 (off 84 balls – very slow) and Finch 36 (we lost). Against England, Warner made 53 (off 61) and Finch 100 (off 116) (we won). For Warner, across those 4 crunch games he averaged 33.5 with a strike rate of 75%. Its not good enough. He needs to do much better in big games to be considered a great.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

I’d like to see Maxwell, Marsh and Jye Richardson back in the squad too. I’d also add Stoinis as cover for the openers and Marsh – he’s been in good form domestically. I’m not convinced we should have 5 frontline bowlers in our T20 best XI, Agar has not persuaded the public that he is an allrounder.

Three players Australia must select to tour South Africa

Fair points HR. Ive just had a look and I think the evidence supports my memory. England, NZ and India were the other 3 best performed teams at the 2019 ODI World Cup and the teams I consider the best test of a player’s mettle. Crunch games. In the SF against England, Warner made 9 (off 11) and Finch 0 (we lost). Against NZ, Warner made 16 (off 23) and Finch 8 (we won). Against India, Warner made 56 (off 84 balls – very slow) and Finch 36 (we lost). Against England, Warner made 53 (off 61) and Finch 100 (off 116) (we won). I’d rate that an overall resounding fail from both of them. For Warner, across those 4 crunch games he averaged 33.5 with a strike rate of 75%. He needs to do much better in big games to be considered a great.

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

I thought the same General. And Finch and Maxwell are apparently good mates, so Finch is obviously towing the company line. A poll of the public would have Maxi as one of the first chosen in our ODI best XI.

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

Totally agree Scotty

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

Warner made lots of runs in the 2019 World Cup but, not unlike Michael Clarke, his ODI record is overstated because it fails to highlight the pressure he constantly puts his teammates under with his slow strike rate in crunch matches against the top sides.

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

Is Maxwell the only proven power hitter in Australian cricket? Is there anyone else with a high strike rate capable of destroying international sides in the last 10 – 20 overs? We need Maxi back in the side (he should be one of the first picked), plus another player capable of sharing the responsibility – vacancy open.

India thump Australia to claim ODI series

Haha … you’re full of it. 😂

Toby Greene among three inclusions to GWS leadership group

Essence, you must have been watching a different video of the Bont bump on Haynes. Delusion is all yours.

Toby Greene among three inclusions to GWS leadership group

And Bont’s was a football bump. It was nothing untoward, but unluckily for Haynes (and Bont) it caused a freak injury. Very different to karate-kicking Dahlhaus in the nose while receiving a handball, punching Daniel in the head from behind and eye-gouging Bont while he was defenceless under a pack. To even compare the two individuals shows serious misjudgement (or more likely just toyful, silly provocation) on your behalf.

Toby Greene among three inclusions to GWS leadership group

Says a lot about GWS’s club culture that they endorse a person for leadership, who has a seriously poor onfield behaviour and disciplinary record, and has committed cheap-shot actions that most of the football world deems despicable – I would be appalled to have him installed as a leader at my club.

Toby Greene among three inclusions to GWS leadership group

They’re doing great; but for me, rating a ODI career needs to focus on World Cup performances and stepping-up at clutch moments in these big games.

I thought their form at last year’s World Cup was reasonable but not great. From memory, Warner’s slow run rate against the better teams put too much pressure on teammates – Maxwell, Stoinis and Carey had to makeup for slow, cautious starts. M.Waugh, Gilchrist and Hayden all performed well at critical times in World Cups, taking the attack to the opposition and launching foundation for others to follow.

Warner and Finch becoming all-time great combo

Pretty harsh on Ronan. I love his articles and always find them well argued. He uses stats to support his case. People can disagree with his views but don’t play the man. His job is to write articles that engage the readers and he does that really well, consistently.

Star Indian bowlers being exposed by Australia

Get him into the national team in all three formats. Support him and give him a proper chance at test level. In the 2019 ODI World Cup, the pressure on him was totally unreasonable and it understandably got to him – he was the only player capable of exploding and the docile strike rate and inconsistent performances of his peers left to much expectation on Maxy’s shoulders. Support him properly, everyone do their part and then Maxi will be an international superstar. But he needs to be viewed as the unpredictable ‘bonus’ and inconsistent destroyer, not the consistent, reliable anchor / launcher / recoverer.

Glenn Maxwell's ODI axing could boost Australia's World Cup hopes

Very well said Rob.

Why Glenn Maxwell should go to Bangladesh

In fairness I think the whole industry was slow to recognise the putrid racism directed towards Goodes. Some of Goodes actions (e.g. the spear-chucking dance at the crowd or allegedly staging for frees) confused matters and were initially viewed as provocative, rather than as a celebration of indigenous heritage. I think we’ve all got a lot to learn and need to improve as a nation. Yes, Gillon is leader of the AFL but I don’t think it’s fair to sheet home blame to him. We’re all guilty collectively. MacLachlan has always been respectful and supportive of our indigenous people.

Seven big questions for the AFL in 2020

Thanks Josh. Richmond were deserved premiers in 2019 but that insipid opposition on GF day must go down as one of the worst ever performances and effort from any team on the big stage. They were like witches hats. The saying goes that premierships are won, not given, but GWS there doubt at that. Changing topics. I think Gillon MacLachlan has been outstanding.

Seven big questions for the AFL in 2020