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Scott is one of The Roar's assistant editors and live bloggers. He has written over 2400 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket.

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Before my time, but it sounds scary.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Very good point.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Trent Copeland is way off the mark, given experience at Test level is the sort of experience we should be talking about.

I’d prefer to see Richardson, but it’s hard to see the selectors not picking Siddle at this point. At least you know what you’ll get – consistent lines and lengths – which could be enough to grab some poles against Sri Lanka.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Reckon that’s a bit harsh. There is some talent in the Sri Lankan squad, and certainly, with Chandimal and Mendis at 3 and 4 plus Karunaratne at the top, there are runs which should be scored, although, if The Gabba plays like it’s supposed to, conditions won’t exactly suit them.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Why Tommy? I mean, I agree he shouldn’t be VC yet, but he didn’t do much wrong in a tough debut series against India.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Absolutely. It boggles the mind he was left out when the squad was originally named, but there is only one reason he has been brought in, and that’s to play.

I think it’s a real risk playing Pucovski, given his relative inexperience and what he has been through this season. Surely he is there to just get some experience around the squad.

Further, I’d love to know your thought process behind leaving Harris out?

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Look, if I was picking the team, Siddle wouldn’t be there, but he has been on the sidelines all month. If I’m predicting what the selectors are going to do (and that’s kind of the point), then he is playing in Brisbane at the very least.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

All fair comments, but I think it could be reasonably said the Aussie batting line-up is brittle, given there are few who have been setting the world on fire at either Shield or Test level. Untested is a fair way to go though.

Comprehensively is a must. Sri Lanka shouldn’t get close in these conditions.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Yeah, agree. There is talent there with Lakmal and Kumara, but they are going to need to get off to a good start while that pink ball is new or there will be real problems.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

Pucovski is there for experience and experience only… Surely. He won’t be in the XI.

If Australia lose, there is going to be outrage. Simply put, a lot would need to go wrong for it to happen.

Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test preview and prediction

You’d think so, but not really. Basically, the day off at Wimbledon just ends up meaning all Round 4 matches are played on one day, rather than two, as you see at the other grand slams.

By that stage, there are only 16 matches across the entire tournament anyway.

Matches played at ridiculous times in the early morning hours must end

BA – I guess Wimbledon get through all their matches in such a timely fashion because grass courts play quicker, points are shorter and generally speaking (again, exception being Isner-Anderson or Isner-Mahut all those years ago), normal matches are shorter.

It means that, even with rain, they can plough through things and catch-up quite easily.

The other advantage Wimbledon has in case of rain is the day off on middle Sunday. Play is pretty rare there, but if they do get enough weather, they are more than happy to get a few matches playing on that day (as they did a few years ago… 2016 at a guess.)

Matches played at ridiculous times in the early morning hours must end

While some of the players complain, most would actually prefer to get it out of the way instead of coming back for a day session match the following day after being up late anyone wondering if they were going to play.

The other issue with playing the day session match the following day is that their recovery time is actually shortened to the next round (i.e. no day off).

Then there is the issue of refunds. Of course, not many people hang around until stupid o’clock, but that’s the tennis. It’s not going to change anytime soon either.

The only reason Wimbledon has the curfew of 11pm is due to neighbouring residents and council, rather than it being a tournament rule. If they could, they would go to the small hours as well, although, with the exception of last year’s semi-final where Anderson and Isner went literally forever (trust me, I know, I blogged it), they have never needed it.

Matches played at ridiculous times in the early morning hours must end

Mary,

My biggest problem with these semi-finals is that it’s being played on a Saturday morning/afternoon… When most cricket fans are involved in the game. Whether that be playing/coaching/umpiring/supporting the kids, it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

Not making excuses, but I think the crowd will be lower simply because people can’t get there due to other commitments within the game – for a lot of junior associations in Sydney, tomorrow is the first game back after Christmas.

Why it couldn’t have been played on Sunday is beyond me.

WBBL semi finals - get to Drummoyne Oval!

I’ve got the Dragons as top four, but really don’t know what sort of campaign they will be able to mount come finals time.

Dragons look for NRL premiership in 2019

Great article Richard,

Absolutely agree that it shortened Murray’s career, but I guess, at the same time, that 2016/early 2017 run was what defined him.

I never loved watching Murray play, but you have to respect what he has been able to do for the sport and game. In another era, he might have been a lot more successful, but it’s tough when you run into a trio of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal over and over again.

I think there are lessons to be learnt for the next generation though. Someone like De Minaur. He plays such a physical brand of tennis and needs to be careful he doesn’t end up in the same boat. Playing tournaments like Sydney a week before grand slams need to be the first to go.

Andy Murray's herculean run to no. 1 ultimately led to his downfall

Absolutely agree Maddy that 12-12 is the right number for a breaker in the final set.

Playing it at 6-6 just doesn’t feel right.

Although, I was completely against tiebreakers at all in the fifth until I called Anderson-Isner last year on The Roar. That match was the deciding factor for me in deciding a breaker at 12-12 was the right move.

Australian Open: Why a 12-12 deciding set tie-break would have been better

For reference James, he was picked twice.

Revealed: Australia's Test XI to face Sri Lanka (as chosen by the fans)

Bravo to whoever it was that picked Steve Smith to open the batting!

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

Without giving too much away ahead of the results article tomorrow, Shaun Marsh is not doing very well.

VOTE: Pick your Australian XI to play Sri Lanka

Thanks Ronan, appreciate it – and enjoy your comments and insights as always across the series as well.

I didn’t think I was trying say Bancroft looked outstanding against England – more that he was gritty like Harris and got starts, like Harris. Point taken though.

Six talking points from Australia vs India fourth Test

I get what Clarke and Cowan were saying, but these umpires know what’s up. If it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous.

Six talking points from Australia vs India fourth Test

Khawaja isn’t an ordinary cricketer. Head has done some good things. Think this is pretty harsh.

Six talking points from Australia vs India fourth Test

Absolutely Conks – could have been 4-zip.

This Sri Lanka series has to be testing the water for those blokes. Can’t keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

Six talking points from Australia vs India fourth Test

Rain in this Test and no Jadeja in Perth. Could have been 4-0.

Surely Marsh can’t be selected. I just don’t understand how it can be justified anymore.

Absolutely. Pitches weren’t good, but I reckon India made them look worse and Australia better than they were.

Six talking points from Australia vs India fourth Test