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Disagree. The openers are definitely English.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Nah, Cummins, Spofforth & McGrath as the pacers for me. Yes, I know Fred bowled on uncovered wickets, but that Avg is amazing and a SR second only to MJ!

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Hey matth, another great read, even though I only just got to it now- thanks!

Just out of curiosity, why didn’t you discuss Doug Walter’s bowling? I never saw h8m in action, but those figures demand respect!

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter W

I’m predicting that the “W” team will be hard to beat!

The Australian cricket all-time great alphabet teams: Letter J

How about Dylan Alcott? Surely worth a mention?

Aussie tennis is A-OK: Part 2

Your anti-Federer bias is pretty strong, and quite irrational. You can qualify it and put as many disclaimers on it as you wish, he still has 20 Grand Slams to his name. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will go down as three of the greatest players the game has ever seen, and debate will rage forever on who is the GOAT. I say just celebrate the incredible fact that we witnessed 3 of the GOAT playing at the same time- how awesome for us!!

Novak Djokovic: A champion like no other

This has truly hit me hard. Having 3 young children myself makes my appreciate the terrible loss the family’s of all who died will be feeling. I’m a mad Jordan/Bulls fan, but I always appreciated the extreme talent and dedication that Kobe had. I don’t know what else to say, the whole thing is just unbelievably tragic…

Vale Kobe Bryant, a basketball and Lakers great

Great all round game by the Scorchers. I was particularly impressed with Jhye Richardson- he was very economical while they were looking to up the ante, with a very clever mix of balls. Livingstone and Inglis were brilliant.

Perth scorch clumsy Thunder

Only if the wicket supports it. Otherwise, have Marsh at 7.

Turner and Agar leave the Aussie middle order weak

Not Stoinis, but definitely Maxwell & Marsh.

India thump Australia to claim ODI series

MM needs between 5-10 sighters before he gets going, which is doable, depending on when they insert him. He can bat anywhere between 4-7, so he adds flexibility plus some more-than-decent bowling. He and Maxwell should 100% be included. Who they discard depends upon the pitch, but definitely Turner.
I wonder: do we need both Smith and Labuschagne in the One Day Team?

India thump Australia to claim ODI series

Once again, Maxwell has let us down. Good on ya for calling him out, Dan- this cavalier attitude of his simply must be reined in.

The Liebke Ratings: India vs Australia, second ODI

I agree, that is a strong side that could definitely beat all comers.

Impressive India set up ODI series decider against Australia

Ok, I won’t. 😂

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

I’m super glad the QLD town of Mumbai was spared from the recent bushfires. Nothing worse than trying to watch a cricket match through smoke haze. Ah, who am I kidding- I couldn’t afford to watch the match!

The Liebke Ratings: India vs Australia, first ODI

Was that tongue-in-cheek, IAP?

Australia smash India in record-breaking win

Agreed, and great comment. I absolutely feel for the firies, both paid and volunteers. They’ve basically missed Xmas and NY with their families, dealing with the worst nation-wide fires I can ever recall seeing. Although this is a Sports commentary website, I feel I need to mention my deep gratitude and admiration for all those who put their lives on the line to protect ours, and particularly to those who have lost their lives. You are true Australian heroes, and I will never forget your sacrifice.

Kane tamed: How the Aussies worked out Williamson

Congratulations on a very good International career, Mr Siddle. Thank you for your service to Australian cricket.

Peter Siddle announces retirement from international cricket

He is looking pretty darn good! His batting is exceptionally strong for such a tall guy (who is primarily a bowler). If he can maintain, and possibly even improve, he could be an amazing find for Australia.

Cam Green rescues WA again

He is very much a confidence player, our Warner. He has got it back now, and if he can maintain it, he might do very well against much better opposition in the NZ series. As he said, his defence looks tighter and he is definitely leaving the ball better. I, for one, can’t wait to see how we go against NZ!

Warner reveals key to form turnaround

Just quietly, how abysmal is the Pakistan fielding, particularly Afridi? Just hideous to watch…

The secret to Labuschagne's success

To be fair, the Australian batsmen flattered the SA bowlers. Only one batsman averaged over 40, and none scored more than 223 runs for the series. Four SA batsmen topped that average, and the majority scored more runs. Also, outside Cummins, the rest of the Australian bowlers were between average to poor.

Bearing all that in mind, I think it’s fair to say that Cummins was excellent, at the very least. Whether you could say he ran amok is possibly open to further debate.

Australia's Test attack looks ominous

Ouch…. Hurts even more that it was his brother!

Ashton Agar in a bad way after attempted catch goes very, very wrong

Nice piece, Rohan. I think Burns & Head would be the best call, but who knows what they’ll do. I also agree with several others that Pucovski needs at least a full season of Shield under his belt. He is a great talent, but we don’t need to get him in immediately, let him build up some consistency first.

Five-way battle for two Test batting spots

Steady on, his bowling has definitely improved and he is a more than capable 5th bowler, perhaps even good enough for 4th spot. If he can maintain that form, he could slot in as a genuine bowler who can bat, which will free his mind and could potentially help his batting. That’s my 2c, anyway.

Marsh injury could bring Stoinis into Test frame