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Ruairidh MacDonald

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Do you his recurring back injuries had something to do with that? Or would it have been from assuming more responsibility and deciding not to throw his wicket away?

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Nice call indeed, those legside flicks and wristy pull-shots were very sweet

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Now you mention him I’ve heard about Bedi, he does indeed look very smooth and serene.

What a shame about Uzzie, we all thought that innings would be a turning point. Hopefully he can get back to that sort of form

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Sounds like some more youtubing for me, thanks for the names!

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Unfortunately I was juuust a bit too young to watch Donald, but what I’ve seen on youtube he does look pretty smooth. And good call on Kaspa, I’d forgotten about him. I wonder what he’s doing nowadays

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

The two Shanes, Bond and Warne, certainly entered my thoughts, they wouldn’t be far away from my teams.

Gough, Reid and Walker were all before my time unfortunately. And with Akram, I might be in a very unpopular minority here, but I don’t think his action looked that nice. His leap at the crease was just a stottering shuffle really, and everything was a bit choppy in his movements. Still, not a bad bowler 😁

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Haha sorry, I don’t think I’ve ever watched Martin Crowe bat unfortunately! I’ll jump on youtube to have a look.

And with Ponting, I agree with the other commenter, I never thought him particularly stylish. Obviously his pull shots were just dominantly impressive, but he had such hard hands with his off-side drives

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Yep Lara is my 12th man, really close to getting in.

And Tendulkar I’ve never actually thought looked stylish or beautiful – technically just flawless of course, but not really attractive. Perhaps he was almost too compact?

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Yeah I agree Cook is certainly not pretty, quite plain, but for me he’s not outright weird

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Oh dear, I just watched that video. If only I knew beforehand

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

Haha love the alternative Paul Adams description! And Thommo did pop into my head, he’d be very close to my second XI I think. Unfortunately most of the others I haven’t seen, perhaps just a few snippets of ‘Tangles’

A stylish XI versus an awkward XI

I love this idea, although of course worried as everyone else is about the real-world chances of it ever happening. It’d be a swing back in favour of the bowlers, which I’m a fan of, and I don’t think it would necessarily mean more load on bowlers, if they adapt properly. If they learn to manage their effort and construct an over instead of blasting away they could be fine. Really illuminating figures about how much time is lost changing ends

A simple change could get rid of one of cricket's pet hates

Love the idea, and great analysis! I think as others have pointed out, it also shows how poor Australia’s first class competition is in terms of depth. It’d be fascinating to see what would happen if this were applied to all the other teams

An uncapped Australia versus India Test match

re Abbott, I suppose I’m looking at general cricket form, not just Tests. I can’t remember his stats from county cricket but they’re seriously impressive. I agree thought that he’s got good competition behind him, Wagner would be next for me

you’re right with the Windies, we’d certainly do fine without them at the moment, but who’s knows in the future with south african cricket not looking overly healthy

World Test match: North versus South

You’re right, the location would be crucial. I’d definitely not pick Warner either if it’s in the UK.

I suppose with Jofra I feel like we haven’t seen him for long enough, in Tests particularly. A lot of his hype comes from his performances in ODIs, which of course he could translate into Tests, but he simply hasn’t had the time/opportunities to do so

World Test match: North versus South

Oops I obviously haven’t done my homework, I didn’t realise Perera gave up his keeping so long ago. I was wondering how to get a Bangladeshi player in, seems like Rahim is the perfect fit there. With Tamim, I thought his form has not been quite as impressive in the last year or so, but he’s not far away

World Test match: North versus South

yeah true, it gets really tricky when you get down to clothing and apparel. i suppose i’d just want to make sure that there’s no significant advantage between competitors, and i’m guessing you could mostly assume the governing body’s laws deal with that, as you said. also it could be easy to impose tighter restrictions for this idea, where the athletes aren’t specialists in that sport, and so might not be as committed to a particular brand or type.

Which country is the world's best at sport?

yep totally, which my idea can’t really account for. that link I put in at the end deals it with much better, they adjust their points by population. interestingly Norway comes out on top with their calculations

Which country is the world's best at sport?

Yep I agree, they’re incredibly athletic those Finns, their Nordic skiiers are insanely fit

With those sports you mentioned which have just a few dominant countries, that’s exactly what I tried to adjust for by making each fixture more than one sport. So yes USA would smash anyone in gridiron, but they’d still then have to play the other country’s dominant sport, hopefully evening it all out

Which country is the world's best at sport?

Interesting choice! Why do you think India?

Which country is the world's best at sport?

Surely the obvious one is Northern Territory / Top End? There’s bucketloads of talent, Indigenous especially, and as we see from Melbourne’s home games plenty of genuine support too.
It could be a fantastic opportunity to really focus on indigenous talent, as well as use all the resources of an AFL club to boost all the community benefits which come with sport.
Choose either Alice Springs or Darwin to be the base, or split them between the two, and also play a couple of home games in Cairns, Townsville or any other major centres.
Call them the Top End Dingoes, or Crocs maybe, and give them a fantastic Indigenous jersey to wear year round

Where should the 20th AFL team be based?

fairly certain that’s a grubber, not a chip?

Mitchell Moses tears the Broncos apart with brilliant solo chip and chase

i like the format, and i feel like it leads to more logical conclusions than just going with instinct (your collingwood and gws tips particularly). if only this was around in the regular season for my tipping!

Tips and thoughts: AFL finals Week 1

Nah it’s definitely Handscombe…oh wait, we didn’t pick him

Australia vs Afghanistan: 2019 Cricket World Cup preview and prediction

You also mentioned starting positions at centre bounces as another considered option, were there any more details about that? Just my thoughts, seems like the silliest idea of the lot. You can demand set positions at the bounce, then right after that everyone can just go where they want. Anyway, we kinda have that already, teams generally have 6 backs, 6 mids and 6 forwards at centre bounces

If AFL rule change is inevitable, don't be hasty