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We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

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5th talking point:

Was that the worst commentary effort by channel 9, ever?

I think the highlight was listening to Paul Gallen use the term ad-lib in a sentence at half time.

Four talking points from the NRL grand final

Reckon Gould will now say that he always predicted the Storm to win the comp?

Storm dominate first half, survive comeback to claim 2020 premiership

The bunker awarded a try to Penrith that was a clear obstruction and denied a try based off a non existent instruction

Storm dominate first half, survive comeback to claim 2020 premiership

He’s shred the last remaining vestiges of his credibility tonight.

He’s not even that blinkered during roosters games

Storm dominate first half, survive comeback to claim 2020 premiership

I have family, friends etc…

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll watch a great game a few times, but 20 times requires an urgent revaluation of your life priorities.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Grand final

Yes. He is.

Dustin Martin makes history with third Norm Smith medal

Disappointed to not see the Cats get up, but congrats to the Tigers…just too good. Well earned and deserved.

Anyone who says otherwise is just jealous.

It's Tiger time again: Richmond topple Cats in AFL grand final

Actually, I love AFL. I love NRL.

I’m slightly more open minded than you and can enjoy two footballs.

I also don’t give a fig about state identity which is why I enjoy both.

Contingency plans set up for the Rugby League World Cup

Bugger… looks like a comprehensive tigers win now.

I had such hopes the cats, but you can’t argue with the kiss of death.

Today Richmond are the AFL's bad guys - but the bad guys are going to win

Kindly point out where I said that ODIs are used to build a test team, otherwise give up yourself for goodness sake.

You tell me…you’re the one recounting anecdotes of ODI matches to justify why someone should/shouldn’t be in a test team.

My all-time Test XI of the 21st century

Yes, but think about how much more money you can make if you gamble irresponsibly!

Daily Telegraph accidentally reveals NRL grand final winner before kick-off

What nonsense.

Some of the greatest players to ever play the game didn’t get the chance at ODI’s. Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Ian Chappell, Benaud….endless lists. It’s precisely why the two forms are always separated when making test XI’s. It’s why Bevan is still talked about in ODI conversations despite an average test record.

You are clutching at straws and trying to change the goal posts to suit your argument. At least have the integrity to admit that.

Give up. We are talking test XI’s. Only chimpanzees, or Andrew Hilditch would use ODI records to build a test team.

I’m really done arguing the toss with someone who cheats in their arguments.

My all-time Test XI of the 21st century

Superb. Great timing.

Daily Telegraph accidentally reveals NRL grand final winner before kick-off

lol – considering the projected crowds that would have attended if it wasn’t Covid affected, I’m not sure there will be a big difference.

Nor do I think rugby league looks at the rest of the sporting calendar to dictate it’s world cup slot.

Contingency plans set up for the Rugby League World Cup

You’d pick Johns for the off-season bonding, that’s for sure.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

No JT?

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

Come 107 tests, I guarantee he’ll be compared to Ponting.

My all-time Test XI of the 21st century

Yes – you were watching a one day match. I’d freely concede Kallis is nowhere near a conversation in a one day all time XI.

But then considering this entire conversation and article has focused on Test cricket, I thought we’d both be intelligent enough to focus on test match performances only. Because as we well know, players can clearly be stronger at one mode and not the other. By your absurd chopping and changing of the parameters to suit your fading argument, I could say that Chris Gayle should be in an all time test XI cause of his T20 powers.

Good lord….

My all-time Test XI of the 21st century

Great, great comment.

Analysing Australia’s Test cricket winners: The best of the best

I swear Bichel must hate the fact he was born in Australia.

Any other cricket country and he’d have been a 100 test player.

Analysing Australia’s Test cricket winners: The best of the best

???

Sehwag is an opener for a start, so you trying to compare him to Kallis is ridiculous.

Kallis isn’t in my team because you have to pick one, and clearly Steyn is the pick out of the south africans for balance reason.

You were the one who implied that Kallis didn’t belong in a conversation of the greats and then embarrassed yourself thoroughly by suggesting Hussey was better. 😂 😂 😂 😂

My all-time Test XI of the 21st century

Cause I live overseas, I only get access to clips and snippets. It’s not been great, no.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

Yeah, but…using your love of analogies…they didn’t give Lance Armstrong’s yellow jerseys to the runners up either. Doesn’t mean Armstrong is still the winner.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

He kept England in the hunt in the last world cup as well. No mean feat.

He turned the NZ national team around as well that allowed Kearney to coach them to a 2008 win.

You don't have to like him, but you do have to admit Cameron Smith is rugby league's greatest ever

“OK forget Hussey”…well, at least that’s something.

Test cricket isn’t about strike rates. Using your twisted logic, if it was about strike rates then Sehwag, Hayden and Gilchrists are the three greatest cricketers to walk the earth.

I was telling to start with Karachi…not start and finish with one test like you Hussey people always do. 2007 for the Karachi test. You can also look at the 5 centuries in five tests in the early part of the first decade this century, or his single handed rescue against the West Indies in 1999…you know, a dossier of innings, not just one.

You are watching a different Clarke to the rest of us. He wasn’t a stroke player. He was as turgid as Kallis, but did score faster. He put the stroke playing away when he was recalled. Don’t use those early centuries as examples. He didn’t play like that after 2006.

Dominating attacks in test cricket with fast strike rates has never been the yardstick for quality players. Which is why we still talk highly of people like Boycott, Border, Gavaskar…

Clarke ranks only behind Warner in terms of the biggest disparity between home and away performances (with Hussey just behind in 3rd).

I’m sorry, but I will never rank anyone who cannot perform consistently away from home in the same category as someone who can. Clarke, Hussey, Warner are never making any best of team of mine.

Kallis, Lara, Sangakkara, Tendulkar, Ponting, Dravid will always rate higher than these faster scoring home town heroes. Players who have crafted a formidable record at home and away over a decade plus.

And that’s not just me who says that – that’s the wider cricketing fraternity opinion as well.

The fact I’m having to direct you to Kallis performances instead of you knowing this, AND you keep citing Australian players indicates you don’t follow much beyond Australian shores.

My all-time Test XI of the 21st century