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I love cricket so much I once had a dream I was timed out. It was the worst nightmare I've ever had. I also support the Western Bulldogs, which, much like dressing like clowns on the street and scaring people, was weird and depressing for a very long time, briefly became amazing in late 2016 and then swiftly went back to being weird and depressing. I also occasionally tweet about things at @timejmiller.

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Hi guys, this has been fixed & correct points awarded for the weekend. Our tipping comp processor REALLY hates golden point!

Reds rue missed 'moments' as Hurricanes get up in golden point to deny Australia another Super Rugby win

Watch Nic Maddinson and Will Pucovski mow down 380 against Tasmania to get the Vics into the Shield final, Rabbitz!

Joy of six: Lyon dismembers Black Caps as Aussies surge to commanding win, 1-0 series lead

Honestly I think these days it’s less the AFL going soft at the pointy end of the season, and more clubs pulling out all the stops to try and clear their players and the laws not being strong enough to hold up to intense legal scrutiny.

The AFL were desperate enough for Maynard to get two weeks that they literally overruled Michael Christian on it, and the year before Carlton went to multiple appeals to get Cripps off.

At the same time, if the Powell-Pepper-Keane incident happened in the first week of the finals, there’s surely no way known Port would have started by pleading guilty and asking for ‘only’ three weeks.

Monster bump ban confirmed for Port forward - and won't include pre-season match - as Power cry 'scapegoat'

I love Marshall and I think it’s worth noting four of us experts had him in our top 50s quite happily.

Him missing out was more to do with my process than anything else, really – maybe I should make the cut-off three top-60 nominations instead of just the two in future years.

The Roar's AFL top 50 players, 10-1: Why the reigning Brownlow Medallist couldn't even crack the top five

This was my ‘so close! That’s a shape‘ moment and I refused to miss out on it

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest AFL 'speckies' of the 21st century - and #2 wasn't even Mark of the Year!

Missed out on account of being taken six years before the 21st century began 👍

Masters of the Air: The ten greatest AFL 'speckies' of the 21st century - and #2 wasn't even Mark of the Year!

Humour? How insulting to my ‘Ben Manenti to open for Australia’ campaign 😡

Every Australian Test opener option, ranked: Why sending Smith up is a recipe for disaster

Isn’t that the point though qwetzen? One gets the ‘a bit naughty’ defence and the other gets ‘serial grossness’ for their off-field stuff.

By any definition Warne’s indiscretions were every bit as serious as Warner’s, and yet one has his faults excused and the other not so.

And I would strongly dispute that anyone outside Australia thought we were ‘hard but fair’ by 2018 – the team was utterly despised as a bunch of whingeing hypocrites who dished it out but couldn’t take it even before the sandpaper scandal. Look at the glee with which the rest of the cricketing world ripped in when it all hit the fan!

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Thanks Birthday Suit – perfectly summed up the point I’m trying to make. Everyone seems to have their own take on Warner’s career and a lot of it is binary – but like everyone to have ever played sport at the highest level for 15 years, it’s more nuanced than a lot of us give credit to.

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Great comment, Sheek – but those are some pretty harsh markers! Not sure stats are a be all and end all here – I’d have Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting as legends despite averaging 50-55 (Tendulkar too!).

I don’t think anyone argues Warner’s in the all time great category as a Test player, but as an all-format player he’s definitely in our best ever team.

And hit the nail on the head with the Candice Falzon note 👍

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Qwetzen, what if I told you there was a former Australian player who took money from bookmakers, was banned for 12 months for taking a banned substance, was verbally abusive on-field, engaged in countless extramarital affairs… and is the most beloved sporting figure in modern Australian history?

Not to say Warner’s off-field stuff hasn’t been shameful – but there are plenty of Australians, including some big names, who’ve done worse and been far more easily forgiven.

David Warner: the most complicated legacy in Australian cricket history

Sure, but no one would have been questioning any of that had he been making even 2/3 the runs he’s making this year.

The reason people were screaming nepotism, however wrong they were, was because it was the only logical explanation a guy averaging low 20s with the bat and high 30s with the ball was getting so many Tests.

COMMENT: Can we please stop rewriting history about Mitch Marsh just because everyone loves him now?

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COMMENT: Can we please stop rewriting history about Mitch Marsh just because everyone loves him now?

How I’d go as well – they’ll be tempted to go Stoinis over Labuschagne I reckon but like the extra batting and Stoin has been far from ideal with bat or ball this tournament. Plus Head at least showed today he can send a few down tidily enough as a sixth bowler.

Marsh clubs century as Aussies surge into WC semis on seven-win streak despite 'Herschelle Gibbs 2.0' drama

That’s fair and I’m probably in the minority in not liking the par scores.

I’d just rather see a match declared null and void rather than have someone like New Zealand be deemed to have lost it in the manner of Saturday – especially at the most prestigious tournament of all with a semi-final on the line.

COMMENT: It's great for the World Cup - but Pakistan's DLS-assisted win over NZ proves the system needs a rethink

DLS is fine – I just don’t like the par score part of it where a result can be decided from the dressing room.

The draw (or no result) is a time-honoured part of cricket when conditions intervene, and I’d rather see that than have a team undeservingly lose a game like New Zealand did.

COMMENT: It's great for the World Cup - but Pakistan's DLS-assisted win over NZ proves the system needs a rethink

I think this is quite close to what they used to do with it back in the 1980s… until South Africa found themselves needing 22 off 1 ball at the 1992 World Cup and they scrapped it.

COMMENT: It's great for the World Cup - but Pakistan's DLS-assisted win over NZ proves the system needs a rethink

Not suggesting what Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman did wasn’t remarkable – they batted magnificently.

But surely any smaller target than 400, no matter how few overs are required to get it, is easier than climbing the whole mountain – and gives you the freedom to have a dip without worrying *as much* about wickets.

COMMENT: It's great for the World Cup - but Pakistan's DLS-assisted win over NZ proves the system needs a rethink

Blink 99 per cent of that is just your opinion which I’m happy to disagree with, but I can 100 per cent confirm Virat and I have never met.

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

I disagree that ‘every player is selfish’ – lots of players from all across cricket, most obviously guys like Rishabh Pant and Adam Gilchrist, could have made many more runs but didn’t because they got out playing attacking stroke-heavy cricket and put the team first.

And while I’m fully happy to acknowledge that it wasn’t at the cost of the team this time, I disagree completely that Kohli wasn’t putting himself before the team in what he did.

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

This is an incredibly bad faith argument sedz and I don’t know how you’re possibly making it with a straight face.

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

I don’t understand the argument that just because Kohli whacked a lot of fours and sixes at the end that doesn’t make him denying singles entirely selfish.

Making quick runs and batting selfishly aren’t mutually exclusive.

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

Jacko, if you can name one single Australian who has EVER turned down a single to get a century in a one-dayer or T20, let alone five times, I will gladly criticise them too.

Test matches as well unless you’re going to argue that denying strike to a number 11 batter late in an innings is the same thing, which I’d strongly disagree with.

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

You are telling me you have never seen Australia delay a 3rd innings declaration in a test match to allow a batter to chalk up an absolutely meaningless century?

Ed, I just don’t think that’s a fair comparison – the declaration was made and Langer reached his hundred early on Day 4 of a five-day Test, there was zero chance of not getting a result anyway (and not as if Langer was knocking back singles!)

For me a fairer comparison is in Langer’s last Test, as well as Mike Hussey’s a few years later. In the first, Matt Hayden smacked the winning runs away to claim the series 5-0 when he could have blocked out or denied a single to let Langer finish his career with them; in the second, Mitch Johnson wanted to turn down the single but Hussey made him run it through.

There’s just no way known if Dave Warner is turning down singles late in a chase to get himself to a ton Australian fans aren’t absolutely ripping into him, and rightly so.

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

This is literally the first direct criticism in writing I’ve ever made of Kohli (unless you include me saying at last year’s T20 World Cup that the free hit against Pakistan that bowled him should have been a dead ball).

And all of what you say in the second paragraph is correct – he’s completely transformed India into a great and unselfish side where personal milestones have always come second, as I’ve said in the article. That’s partly why it was so disappointing to see him do what he did.

COMMENT: Virat Kohli just scored the most selfish hundred since Boycott - and he should be embarrassed

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