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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

Lloyd Pope is an emerging future star.

New Zealand batsmen have embarrassed themselves

I no longer like him. But Marnus is alright. 😊

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

Stokes just gained more respect from Aussies. ????

Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad fire up in heated post-wicket confrontation

Hazlewood was exceptional in The Ashes.

New Zealand batsmen have embarrassed themselves

Great article and well argued. I’d never heard of Wagner before this series but I like him. He’s doing a great job. I don’t think he should change a thing. I wouldn’t call it negative bowling either – it’s aggressive. In terms of constraining the stroke play, a lot of bowlers attempt that, just with different deliveries and field settings. Wagner is providing a great contest and challenge for our batsmen so kudos to him.

Neil Wagner on song, but needs policing on short-pitched bowling

Spot on Ronan. I can’t recall our fast bowling stocks ever being as good as this. Throw-in the injured Hazlewood plus guys who deserve a go like Nesser and Jye Richardson, and we really are blessed. In fairness to NZ batters, very few meaningful centuries have been made by batsmen against our bowling lineup in the last 18 months, apart from one memorable exception by Ben Stokes. But I agree the Kiwi batsmen can’t be considered as great or even ‘good’, until they can shine when it counts against the world’s top bowlers.

New Zealand batsmen have embarrassed themselves

Faf du Plussis and Vernando Philander were whingeing after play that Archer’s second no ball for consecutive beamers (both slower balls executed poorly) was cancelled, because the rules would have meant Archer was disqualified from bowling for the rest of the test. Du Plussis even put in an official complaint to the match referees. This South African side and administration are sanctimonious hypocrites. 18 months ago they successfully had Rambada’s suspension overturned on the grounds “it’s in the public’s best interests to see him playing”. The same leadership condoned via their silence the cowardly, disgusting actions of mass public bullying and denigration of an Australian player’s wife (including one of the officials participating). I travelled to South Africa this year and met a lot of lovely people but it’s very hard to respect their cricket team and administration. They need an overhaul of its leadership, similar to what Australia did.

England chasing 255 to pull off Test win

Jimmy Anderson always seemed like fodder in Australia but very good in England. And he was a surly, unlikeable character (e.g. he abused George Bailey in a very Warner-like nasty manner, yet Bailey got criticized by the media for his response). I’ve got higher regard as a bowler for Broad than Anderson (but I don’t respect either). I’m surprised to see any Bangladesh player here and Watling. Are they really our best allrounder and keeper of the decade? Pretty poor decade for those two positions. What about Dhoni?

No room for Joe Root or Kane Williamson in my World Test XI of the decade

Did Josh get sacked? I must have missed that. Maybe it was due to too much focus on North. 😛 But I enjoy your articles Josh, so keep ‘me coming.

Sacked SOS will watch the success he set up at Carlton from afar

I’m not convinced SOS has done a good job yet – too many blokes on the list with good junior reputations who haven’t impressed consistently at AFL level. Time will tell. But he’s definitely been good at getting the better of trade negotiations consistently and not bucking to media pressure. Yarran, Gibbs, Marchbank, Setterfield and Martin were all great transactions by SOS and not giving away too much for Papley was also sensible.

Sacked SOS will watch the success he set up at Carlton from afar

If the rumours are true that SOS only learned about Carlton’s overtures to Papley after it occurred (and accordingly cracked it at being left out of the discussion) that suggests some pretty strong disconnect.

Sacked SOS will watch the success he set up at Carlton from afar

Paine should have declared when Warner was on 299. Apart from that, he’s doing a brilliant job.

Tim Paine must go

They all had an off day yesterday. Can’t really blame them for feeling complacent and just going through the motions when the game was dead and buried on day 2.

Starc hits form for blockbuster Tests against New Zealand

Pretty sure the captain and bowler sets the field though, so it’s not Smith’s fault if he wasn’t standing where the ball went.

Starc hits form for blockbuster Tests against New Zealand

I didn’t see the missed stumping but the drop at short leg wasn’t really dropped. He didn’t get a hand to it and would have taken exceptional athleticism and reflexes to stretch for that in time. I’m at the ground (day 3 and 4) and Lyon looks unthreatening. Laberschange is in his 11th test and has a better bowling record in that period than Lyon. With Nesser, Pattinson and others in the wings, I think Lyon should have a rest in Perth (although you wouldnt believe it, Lyon just took a wicket as I typed this 😁 ).

Starc hits form for blockbuster Tests against New Zealand

Labuschange looked more threat evening than Lyon. Tailenders were swatting Lyon with contempt consistently. The only clear dropped catch was off Labuschange’s bowling (by himself).

Starc hits form for blockbuster Tests against New Zealand

If Martin sees out his contract then all that matters is his average annual salary (which if he is still on their list in 5 years, it suggests he’s been ok value). The risk for Carlton is the growing trend of players across the AFL seeking to exit their contracts. If Martin wants out after 2 years, then they either keep a disgruntled demotivated player or part ways with him after paying an exorbitant frontloaded contract. I still can’t see the sense in Gold Coast not accepting a 2nd round pick for him (and denying Carlton that pick). Very poor, foolish, sooky-lah-lah management by GC.

Martin and four others find new AFL homes in 2019 preseason and rookie drafts

Great article Ronan. Based on these stats it’s hard to see how any of these batsmen have made a strong case for selection, apart from Wade.

Tough Gabba pitches have prepared Burns for Test cricket

Great summary of the collective threat and dynamic offered from these three high quality fast bowlers. Starc definitely deserves a crack in the first two tests but he needs to prove he is reliable, consistent and not wayward. Otherwise I’m happy to see what Nesser offers, or bring Jye Richardson back (he was super impressive last year before he got injured) or Pattinson. Not so long ago we would have been happy with Nesser, Richardson and Pattinson as our three frontline bowlers!

Australia's Test attack looks ominous

I grew up in the 60’s as well and I still call a spade a spade, but I learnt as a child to respect people from all walks of life and to be a gentleman but not a chauvinist (or sleezebag – not saying you are – but jokes with women are safer and more respectful if you remove gender from the equation and imagine them as a person, say family). I was never concerned with being abused in sport (my older brothers gave it to me daily in the backyard and it always made me feel good because I knew it meant they were desparate) but I can’t see any legitimate defence for it.

Pattinson suspended from first Test following 'serious slur'

We should just pick 10 players in the first Test – that’s all that deserve it. Or add a 5th bowler to make 11. Because take your pick from Burns / Harris / Bancroft, they’re all likely to be dismissed for single figures (and Warner too, looking at his recent red ball form). Nesser would contribute more with the bat than this lot combined.

Burns, Head and Neser deserved their Test call ups

Wade’s received personality is a bit on the nose, more so than his age. If you’re unpopular (just ask Glenn Maxwell, Handscomb and Finch) then as soon as your performances stumble you’re on shaky ground.

Patience needed with young middle-order picks

I think selections need to be earnt, not just picked on potential. Otherwise it’s unfair on people who are mounting a strong case via performances but not being selected. Nothing wrong with being required to perform to be selected and continue to perform to hold your spot. Maybe we should just select 10 players for the first test! 🏏

Patience needed with young middle-order picks