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Defence was fine in the first half. It fell apart after they got tilted by the forward pass calls and let the floodgates open.

That suggests a problem with mental strength rather than technique to me.

Wallabies vs All Blacks: Bledisloe Cup Game 1 live scores, blog

Apart from the lineout and the scrum which have obviously been a disgrace, I think the Wallabies have been alright. All Blacks are just better, and have a vastly superior pack.

I would also suggest that the complaining about the refereeing is probably justified. Forward pass calls in particular seem inexplicable, but better the officials get this out of their system now than at the World Cup.

Wallabies vs All Blacks: Bledisloe Cup Game 1 live scores, blog

Lehmann fostered a team culture that has resulted in the players thinking it’d be okay to cheat.

It doesn’t matter if he knew about it or not, he’s the coach and therefore responsible.

Six players that Australia must ban from the fourth Test

I’m not old enough to remember Greg and Trevor Chappell’s moment of infamy, but this has surely got to be right down there with it as one of the darkest days in Australian sports history. You have to wonder what kind of culture they cultivate in the team that would lead them to think that this is okay.

You are absolutely right, Lehmann shouldn’t be left out of this conversation if it happened under his watch.

Australia left without a team to love after Smith cheats the game

Smith has to go. Bancroft has to go. Anybody who knew about this beforehand and went along with it has to go. That side of it at least seems straightforward to me.

What seems a little muddier is who knew what and when. The ‘leadership group’ seems like an awfully vague term to me.

Six players that Australia must ban from the fourth Test

I reckon the Terriers could hold Barca on their day! 😉

Pocock upset with Force decision

Hooper? Where?

Pocock upset with Force decision

The Reds style of Rugby may suit him more as well. Although, I suppose we can’t make assumptions about how McKellar will want to have the Brumbies playing in the long term.

New Reds signing to provide fullback cover for Hunt

Not quite sure what the issue is here. Are you upset that Margaret Court Arena might be renamed, or are you upset that Margaret Court was the subject of abuse?

Thing is, neither of those has anything to do with free speech.

The people who own Melbourne Park have the right to name their arenas whatever they please. It’s their property, their branding. If they were to rename MCA to something else, that’s 100% their prerogative to do so. It’s not about punishment or reward, it’s simply a business decision; ‘do I care that a person associated with my brand is expressing X opinion?’. If the answer is yes, then maybe they rebrand. But that’s up to the owners.

As to Margaret Court being the subject of abuse, I agree that it’s disappointing that people can’t discuss things politely, but the same applies to her doesn’t it? Well, she used her free speech to insult and diminish gay people. So as far as I can see, what went around came around. If she’s gonna dish it out, maybe she should also be prepared to receive it.

Margaret Court's legacy is about more than opinions

It’s not often that a player who gets hyped up as much as Cummins actually goes on to exceed expectations. He’s the real deal, for me the penny dropped when watching him bowl in India.

Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 5th Test, Day 5

Wonderful thing, technology. Fixed all the things that were broken, and now it’s fixing things that weren’t.

Should cricket umpires make way for more technology?

Not to mention a certain S. R. Waugh who had a career average of 37 with the ball…

Australia needs a fifth bowling option but it ain't Mitch Marsh

What a strange world we now live in when visiting captains choose to bowl first in Adelaide and pundits argue over which part-time spinner to take to the WACA.

Australia needs a fifth bowling option but it ain't Mitch Marsh

Yes, but if they kept doing that they’d run out of umpires.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

Stranger things have happened, although I can’t remember when.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

Anybody can have a bad game. The trouble is people rarely tend to forget your mistakes, particularly if you’re an umpire.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

It could be argued that the source of the sound was something other than the ball hitting anything.

Not saying that I believe that, but it’d be hard to disprove.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

Yes, you have to feel poor old Chris Woakes has been robbed of a maiden century this afternoon.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

Barmy army seem to have gone very quiet now. They have done a wonderful job of lifting their team up to now, though, so good on ‘em.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

I don’t think there’s any controversy so much as there is doubt. An England fan could argue that the snicko noise could have come from some other source.

In any case it was given out on field, so with no DRS it would still be out.

Australia vs England: Ashes cricket live scores, blog – 2nd Test, Day 5

Q: Why did Stoneman drop that catch?

A: Because he had hard hands!

Thank you, I’m here all week! Try the veal.

Australia vs England: The Ashes live scores, blog - 2nd Test, Day 1

Wow.

Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket highlights, live scores, blog – 1st Test, Day 4

One of the things that the DRS has trampled over the top of is the benefit of the doubt going to the batsmen. It’s not really a thing anymore.

Australia vs England: The Ashes cricket highlights, live scores, blog – 1st Test, Day 4

Whoa, that’s very sharp. Best wishes to Joe Root, glad to see it doesn’t appear to have done any major harm.

Australia vs England: The Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 1st Test, Day 3

The latter, I’d say. It will be bad for Australia if they concede an eighty-run lead, but disastrous for them if England get to bat on this wicket for 50+ overs today.

Australia vs England: The Ashes highlights, live scores, blog – 1st Test, Day 3