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Massive cricket and Rugby Union fan. Aussie and New Zealand cricket teams, All Blacks, NZ Warriors, Kiwis, Crusaders, Hurricanes. Chiefs, Blues and Highlanders. Casual follower of other sports. Aspiring journalist and looking to contribute more to this sports forum.

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Oh for the DRS and Glenn McGrath not getting injured in the warm up. If only he didn’t get injured James.

My ten favourite Ashes moments

100% mate. I remember also, Flintoff’s brilliant 1st over at Edgbaston to Ponting and Langer. That over was brilliant. Flintoff was near unplayable in that particular over.

My ten favourite Ashes moments

Haha. That’s funny mate.

My ten favourite Ashes moments

Losing McGrath for that 2nd Test was huge Jeff. Still Australia were only two runs away from victory. Ponting might not have been criticised as much for his decision to bowl first, if Australia won that particular Test. Anyways, easily the tensest Test match from collective memory.

My ten favourite Ashes moments

Thanks Jero. That’s an interesting comment. You guys were lucky to watch Lillee. He was the ideal fast bowler.

My ten favourite Ashes moments

Yeah, definitely Pope. Flintoff was a bit ordinary as a captain in that series and the English team overall, were just dismal. The Steve Harmison wide and that final day of Amazing Adelaide summed up the English Test squad at that stage.

My ten favourite Ashes moments

Thank you so much Paul. I appreciate it. Yeah, Amazing Adelaide. I couldn’t believe the Aussies made a match of it. From that moment onwards, there was a feeling that Australia would whitewash England. And it happened. Warnie was instrumental on that day.

My ten favourite Ashes moments

Steve Smith. World Class batsman. Amazing attitude, grit, and fight displayed by Smith. This knock along with that knock against India in Pune on a rank-turner are his best tons in his career.

Steve Smith once again saves Australia from Ashes embarrassment

His deliveries would test the patience of batsman. They take forever to reach the batsmen. Anyways, the guy shows great passion for the game. Love the effort.

European Cricket League delivers one of the more bizarre bowling actions you will see

I reckon they might go Ferguson for the Australia series. His express pace will be really beneficial for the Blackcaps on Australian pitches. New Zealand do have their task cut out against Australia. We don’t do well in Australia in Tests. We haven’t won a series in Australia since 1985/86, when Richard Hadlee has a blinder of a series. New Zealand have a good leader in Williamson, but the rest need to lift. We are ranked no.2 but Australia in Australia (well pretty much anywhere) is always a tough ask. New Zealand will really need to be at their best to win that 3-match Test series later this year

The Blackcaps' rollercoaster World Cup campaign

Ricc, it was disappointing to see that the batting didn’t fire consistently besides Williamson. I would love to see Conway and Young get a crack anytime soon. Young might get a spot in the team next year, as I still think he is recovering from that shoulder injury he suffered in the Australia warm ups. What do you reckon of George Worker? Should he get a good run in the ODI team or no? Who would open with Guptill because I don’t see Munro in the ODI lineup. Worker, Young, Siefert maybe?

The Blackcaps' rollercoaster World Cup campaign

I am really proud of the way the whole team conducted themselves. Unfortunate what happened in the final but I cannot fault their effort.

The Blackcaps' rollercoaster World Cup campaign

True about Williamson, Paul. I do not reckon any other player in world cricket would have been that composed. I don’t understand how he smiled through all that. The guy is an amazing player and a wonderful role model for young cricketers to look up to.

The Blackcaps' rollercoaster World Cup campaign

Reminded me a bit of his brilliant double hat-trick against South Africa in 2007. Malinga is a Sri Lankan great. Had one of the best Yorkers I have ever seen. So hard to get away. Enjoy the retirement. You did a lot for Sri Lankan cricket.

Lasith Malinga dishes out two scorching yorkers in ODI farewell

A few Kiwi-born players of Pacific Island origin in that backline Matt. A few players from the 2000s era as well. This team evoked a few nostalgic moments from my childhood. From, memory, didn’t Adrian Morley put a hit on Villasanti after Villa hit Freddy?

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter V

Great piece as well Tim. These are the type of articles any NRL fan would appreciate.

CNK's honesty makes all the cold pies totally worth it

Probably the buy of the season so far. He has been outstanding. He can play three positions. I knew he was going to do well at the Raiders. The few games I watched him play at the Warriors, he impressed me and man, the Warriors keep letting good talented players leave.

CNK's honesty makes all the cold pies totally worth it

Kohli learnt quickly how to adapt to English conditions after that horrid Test series he had on 2014. Last time India went there, he was India’s standout player by a big margin. He did have his fair share of luck via England’s dropped catches, but he made the most of his chances and had a great series with the bat last time around one England. Smith and Warner along with Head might prove to be the key batsmen for the Aussies in the upcoming Ashes series.

Kohli's words of wisdom may ring in Aussie batsmen's ears ahead of Ashes

Geez, that’s powerful.

Jorge Taufua tries to send young Eel into next week with huge hit

I’m not a fan of Djokovic but I got to give him credit where it due. He is such a quality player. I wouldn’t be surprised if he overtakes Federer. Absolutely brilliant player and it’s a blessing to witness three of the all-time greats of Tennis playing in the same era.

Can Djokovic overtake Federer's 310 weeks at Number 1?

Greatest night of sport ever, Ric. Unfortunately for the Blackcaps, the result didn’t go their way. The British Grand Prix was epic as well. I wonder whose idea it was to stage all three major sporting events on the same day? Bloody hell, nearly gave me a heartache.

Djokovic saves two match points to beat Federer in epic Wimbledon final

Exactly what I thought. I don’t think any of the female tennis players would have lasted for 3 hours, let alone 5 hours and too at the same intensity as well as skill set that Djokovic and Federer displayed.

Djokovic saves two match points to beat Federer in epic Wimbledon final

No. This might be the final season for Paul McGregor as the Dragons coach.

Is McGregor the right man to coach the Dragons?

I don’t think you are alone mate.

Is McGregor the right man to coach the Dragons?

Worrying to see Australian Rugby in this situation. Hopefully, things change sooner as a competitive Wallabies outfit makes Rugby better to watch.

Just how bad will the Rugby Championship be for Australia?