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Chris Love

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I could totally understand them resting him after the World Cup. He looked cooked towards the end and was way off his best. But in saying that, 1 test at most. It’s not just his wickets also. Lyon in the second innings to right handers struggled without his usual foot marks.

Australia in control despite Josh Hazlewood's injury

Can you imagine some of the firebrand quicks over the years that could bowl 150km plus but were liabilities at times not being able to pitch the ball where they wanted? If the substitute rule came in, players going for 5rpo would have captains coming up to them saying “looks like you got a side strain there mate”.

Early observations of the First Test

A little tough on Jeet. That ball from Hazelwood swung a long way and was absolutely perfect.
Wade is a pie chucker. Terrible. Agree on Smith and Labuschagne Working on their leggies and not playing an allrounder at the G.
Wagner is fun to watch. His knuckle ball is quite deceptive and bowled very well.
Yes to the bowling substitute………..only if he’s concussed.

Early observations of the First Test

Is there any way of finding figures for sponsorships of all the clubs combined? If the checks and balances are actually part of the reason for the drop, then possibly the cash that could have gone directly to a player may be going to a club instead?

TPAs getting smaller in the NRL is not a good thing

It’s really hard to pick up on TV under lights with the pink ball but you could really tell the Aussie batsmen today were really struggling with the variable bounce. Some of those slightly shorter balls really reared up off their lengths compared to the first two days. Starc has been superb since coming back into the team with a lot more control.

Australia in control despite Josh Hazlewood's injury

Would have easily had 500 test wickets.

Australia sucked in by myth of spin friendly SCG

I have a theory that this type of association come from mostly shorter players that don’t get the same angle off the pitch that the taller players get. The height of release from a 5’9” player is going to be lower than a 6’3” bowler so while only say 135km/h that speed is projected at a flatter trajectory off the pitch as opposed to being banged into it from a larger angle.

Nothing else makes sense.

Wagner will use Bodyline tactics against Australia

Cronk and Smith are far superior players to Benji in their positions.

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

Imagine if Smith and Conk had made the switch to 9/10 respectively say 3 years back. We certainly would have done better at this last World Cup.

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

Korobotete no chop?

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

They watch league very closely over there.

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

Somehow, for some reason Parramatta seems to have learned a lot from the salary cap fiasco and has gotten quite savvy with their purchases in recent years. Gone are the beau Scott/Watguts over spends. Fergo @500k, Sivo @330k, Matterson@500k, Gutho@750?k Are good contracts . Moses @ 800k looks like overs but had a blinder this year so mostly justified his salary for next year. I think Paulo @ 700k is the only player that’s been overspent on.

Confirmed: Storm star Vunivalu switching to rugby

Exactly. If in 4 years time we have a Bancroft/Burns/Harris etc belting down the door with county runs AND Warner’s form drops off in the 6months to a year before the next Ashes, then sure drop him. but until someone really sticks their hand up and pushes him out of the side he’s probably the second bat picked after Smith with Labs quickly chasing down that second spot.

David Warner deserves more respect

Any knob that is suggesting that the record be corrected needs an uppercut. Shall we go back and award NZ the World Cup for incorrectly counting the over-throws as 6 instead of 5? Should we go back and double check for all the no balls that aren’t called and give them a run even though the balls cannot be bowled again?

He did pass 334 because the Umpire said so.

Turns out David Warner technically didn't pass Bradman's 334 after all

From the ABC.

“ Warner has had notably divergent results: much was made of 17 centuries at home out of 23 total. Most players are more prolific at home, though. He hasn’t skewed his record much more than Greg Chappell (16 out of 24), Matthew Hayden (21 out of 30), Mike Hussey (14 out of 19), Doug Walters (10 out of 15), or Michael Slater (9 out of 14).”

I don’t remember people ever talking about these players being home track bully’s. I have accused him of it at times myself. But based on his class and dearth of high quality opening options I’d pick him for O/S tours for sure.

David Warner deserves more respect

In his last test he made 180 and then wasn’t selected for the Ashes. Which was the next test series after that. What is confusing?

Burns must finally be respected by Test selectors

I actually think in looking for all the reasons in the world to drop an opener who scored 180 in his last test. And in doing so throwing favourites like Bancroft and Harris into the Ashes, they’ve actually done both of them a disservice. Burns has now backed his 180 up with an impressive 97. That will see him play every test this summer barring injury. So that will be another 4 straight tests in home conditions and not against a hooping Dukes ball being flung by Broad, Anderson and Archer.

He’ll be gutted getting out for 97 but should take a lot of confidence from that knock. Some consistency on home pitches should see him rack up a few more scores this summer and go into next years ashes feeling comfortable about his abilities and partnership with Warner. He’d only have to average low to mid 40’s in England next year to make it very difficult for any of the others to push him out of the side.

Burns must finally be respected by Test selectors

Why so much talk about Paine’s successor? Surely Paine still has a very long time left in the test team if his keeping remains stable.

Burns must finally be respected by Test selectors

Umpires have shown they are incapable to consistency get the LBW right. I’ve been saying it for ages. Let the umpire focus on the front foot then the edge only. Leave the LBW to DRS. The DRS LBW referral process can be shortened considerably.

The no-ball rule must be changed

I had to read the article twice and I still don’t understand the point of it. What do you want to change it to?

The no-ball rule must be changed

While I don’t agree with you on the Marriage Advice question making a great leader, I do agree with you that he shouldn’t be the next captain. He has already shown he hasn’t the got the metal or the integrity for it. He was a terrible captain to Lyon early on also.

I wouldn’t mind one bit if Cummins became captain. But my first choice out of the current crop is Nathan Lyon. I don’t care if they haven’t had state captaining experience I think he would do a great job.

The one question that reveals whether someone would make a great captain

Jack Bird is on 800k no?

Why Wests Tigers could be the perfect fit for Latrell Mitchell

I’m of the mind that the contract withdrawal is just cat and mouse to get one of the Roosterers rich backers to come in with a healthy TPD. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Mitchel “begrudgingly” signed a deal to stay at the Roosters mid next year on say 700k but in reality there’s a TPD that pushes him over the million. Uncle. nick knows what he’s doing.

Why Wests Tigers could be the perfect fit for Latrell Mitchell

Teddy is 26 and just won the gong for best player in the game and would be odds on to go back to back. He has 4-6 more years before they’d be looking to move him on if he stays relatively injury free.

Why Wests Tigers could be the perfect fit for Latrell Mitchell

I’d have mental issues too if I had to face Johnson on that ashes tour.

Mental health issues in cricket are not new