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Rhys Adams

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High Performance Cricket Coach, PE Teacher, S & C Coach, sport tragic. Twitter: @rhysads21

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Great pick up – and certainly wasn’t my intent to write an elergy of Australian Cricket!

I think most bowling captains under bowl themselves for that very reason. It’s certainly the case at local/premier level. You would hope that at Test level, it’s more about team performance, but you could be on the money with that point. I hadn’t really considered Cummins captaining himself.

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

That’s a good point. Certainly a challenging one – but I still go back to the ability to delegate and trust in the leaders around him.

I would imagine it would be similar to if he was at cover/mid off – still not the best of angles and he would still require a conversation with the WK and bowler. Something he can still manage to do no matter where on the field he is.

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

That’s what i’ve suggested. Are we a victim of our own history? Why can’t Cummins change all this?

Shaun Pollock was selected captain in a team of Kallis, Kirsten, Gibbs etc.

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

Thanks for reading Barry. I agree that Richie would be considered a bowler, but my thought was ‘fast’ bowlers. The argument seems to be around Cummins not being able to captain after a particular difficult spell charging in.

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

It’s hard to know whether it’s been logic or perhaps circumstance. Have the previous captains been far and beyond the best option at the time, or was there a fast bowler over looked? Is Cummins a best captain option than McGrath/Gillespie/McDermott ever was?

O Captain! My Captain Cummins!

There hasn’t been a tie before, but in principal it could work. The panel award 5,4,3,2,1 votes to each player. So if there is a spread of votes amongst the panel then it is possible. I’m not actuallly sure who or how many are on the panel this year?

With Sam Walsh winning last year suggests that they view a consistent impact over flashes of brilliance. I thought Connor Rozzee last year was similar to Rankine in that he turned some games based on some unbelievable skill but Walsh was consistent in the midfield and had a greater impact over the course of the year. Lots of similar traits between Wals and Serong.

The rise of the Rising Star

It’s a good point you raise. There is every chance they believe his 5 games were better then everyone else’s season. Would be a remarkable achievement but very possible

The rise of the Rising Star

I’m leaning that way. Really consistent, played every game etc. great achievement.

The rise of the Rising Star

I like the idea of during the school holidays. Could also be a way of bringing crowds back to the CBD – especially in Melbourne, if all goes well next year.

The AFL's Goldilocks decision

Good question. I agree the quarters go back to normal so will be tough to get 4 day rests to be ticked off.

Or persist and increase the size of the list. If tv rights deal like it then it might get traction.

The AFL's Goldilocks decision

I appreciate you running your eye over the article. I’ll send my next draft your way.

What’s your thoughts on the festival of footy?

The AFL's Goldilocks decision

Thanks for the conversation. It’s the wonderful side of Sport that captivates us, the unknown. Just talking to Football fans this week, most are excited that either side getting through to the GF will be great. Some other side then Hawthorn.

The great unknown of how much of a loss will Steve Johnson be? Can Roughead match up against Mumford? As Dave commented, does the two weeks of constant Grand Final conversation impact the Giants?

There are many connotations for the GF to take and certainly many ‘good stories’ to potentially come:

Giants vs Cats – Steve Johnson
Sydney vs Giants – All Sydney final
Dogs getting to the final after their challenging year

Can’t wait.

Do you get behind the under-Doggies or Giants?

Thanks Brian. You obviously missed the sentence explaining that the female draw has already been set in stone, which I then suggested it be a thought for future years.

Bye bye, bye? How to solve the bye dilemma

I can see your point Bob and it’s obviously something you feel passionate about, however, there isn’t a huge amount of downtime for a Footballer. You made it out to be a lot more simpler then what it really entails. These days with media commitments, community visits and the requirement to be at the club from 8 – 5 with only one day off a week, it’s a challenging environment.

I think it’s more then just the physical rest that’s required. Professional football (amongst other pro sports) has become more demanding. The spotlight never moves and yes, I know it comes with the territory and the money, but there needs to be some give and take. We can’t expect the best players to be available week in, week out for the entire year and expect them to play at a high standard, so there does need to be some support.

Bye bye, bye? How to solve the bye dilemma

Interesting idea Dan. Although very hard to imagine given the AFL licences and the cost of operations, but it would certainly keep clubs on their toes to ensure best practices to avoid relegation and would definitely prevent tanking.

Should the AFL adopt the EPL format?

Some fantastic suggestions and certainly gives the WC of Tennis more credence when you break it down like that.

I feel if it was a big enough tournament with good publicity and only every 3/4 years, the best players would play as it would be the only chance to represent their country. in Australia, we only really get a chance to see great tennis once a year. But the thought of a World Cup held in Australia at some point, is really quite exciting.

How about a world cup of tennis?

Thanks for reading Chamilla. As I mentioned in the article, finance and resources are certainly a hurdle within the system, however, Cricket is ingrained into the culture of Sri Lanka and if there was more support, then no doubt they would be more successful.

Sri Lanka's beach cricket heroes