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Tony Harper

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Tony is honoured to be next man in as The Roar editor, having made his debut at the Queensland Times, Ipswich, in 1989 with a column entitled 'That's What I reckon Sport!' Has since worked as a reporter and editor with organisations including Fox Sports, Fairfax, News Corp, AAP, The AP and ACP magazines, covering four Olympics, three FIFA World Cups and WC's in cricket and rugby. Favourite team: Arsenal. Favourite question: 'Did you even watch the game?'

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'Do we really want to risk going to Sydney?': FOUR England COVID positives throw Ashes series into turmoil

Former England captain Michael Vaughan urged Cricket Australia to act quickly and consider abandoning the Sydney Test in favour of another match in Melbourne after the tourists suffered four positive COVID tests within the extended travelling party.–more–> The positive results – for two members of the team’s support staff and two family members – held […]

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BRETT GEEVES: Hobart's cold summer nights are a welcome touch of 'home' for battered Poms

You too KP, should be a fun one!

Rugby World: Folau must 'show values' over 18 months, Coleman's plan to reignite Tahs, SBW's Bok shock

Paul, they’re paid fortunes to make these comments. If Carey drops a few catches and the commentators don’t talk about it then the producers find new commentators who will.

'Silly thing to do': Waugh calls out Cummins for adding to Carey's woes as Gilly backs struggling keeper

Boland MOTM

DAY 3 REPORT: 'That's why we love sport'! - Boland delivers Ashes with insane figures of 6-7

I guess they can just print the same stories again tomorrow…

UK View: England's media laments ‘spineless, woeful, barrel-scraping ineptitude' in team's 'public execution'

The other point here is that a lot of the media – Hussain and Atherton for instance in this story – are actually ex-players who suffered from this themselves.

UK View: England's media laments ‘spineless, woeful, barrel-scraping ineptitude' in team's 'public execution'

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'Do we really want to risk going to Sydney?': FOUR England COVID positives throw Ashes series into turmoil

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Tim Miller is in the press conference for The Roar and will file a story soon!

Ashes Scout: Crawley to open after England's 'brutally honest kick up the bum', Haddin calls for Stokes to captain

Justin Langer has confirmed Marcus Harris will open for Australia on Boxing Day.

“We know how good an opening batsman he is in domestic cricket, and he’s shown glimpses of it in Test cricket.”

Ashes Scout: Crawley to open after England's 'brutally honest kick up the bum', Haddin calls for Stokes to captain

Arsenal unleash their next big thing and Nketiah grabs hat-trick in Carabao Cup romp

The julios are the pretty boys who look good, dress well and care about appearances. The nerds don’t really care (and also include bogans). Fleming and Steve Waugh were nerds. Brendon Julian and Mark Waugh were julios.

There is a bit on it around on the the old google if you want further reading

BRETT GEEVES: Marnus, Smith schtick is infuriating and must be countered by impactful verbals

Might be my age, but that’s exactly what I thought!

Ten All Blacks and zero Wallabies - although one came close - named in fan-picked all-time rugby XV

Great piece Paul. Thanks for sharing it here with us.

'A great toss to lose': A few thoughts on the first Test

You had me in the first half 😂

UK View: England 'on their knees' after Australia's 'brutal, pre-meditated' attack

All g. Just tried to get a couple of space puns in the mix

DAY 2 REPORT: 'It'll be over tomorrow' - Head's brutal counter attack puts Australia on course for quick win

How good is the internet. In the Inside Cricket Mag days that would have haunted me for a month

DAY 2 REPORT: 'It'll be over tomorrow' - Head's brutal counter attack puts Australia on course for quick win

You’re a star. I’m over the moon you picked that up!

DAY 2 REPORT: 'It'll be over tomorrow' - Head's brutal counter attack puts Australia on course for quick win

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Two Wallabies in World Rugby 'Dream Team' dominated by Springboks

Second time in 140 years that a wicket has fallen on the first ball of an Ashes series. 4th time ever on first ball of an Ashes Test. Pretty comfortable with that description.

LISTEN: Whateley, Maxwell, Brayshaw or Gilly: Who had the best call of Starc's iconic first-ball wicket?

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'One less adult in the room': Chappell reveals Steve Smith Ashes meltdown, calls out Lehmann, Waugh over sledging

Should have saved it til the innings break!

'One less adult in the room': Chappell reveals Steve Smith Ashes meltdown, calls out Lehmann, Waugh over sledging

A very good point. Image changed to Aussie jubilation to suit the beautiful words

A love letter to the Ashes: Nothing else can quite lift the spirits and relieve the pains of life

I didn’t delete your comment. Thought it was perfectly valid. Will investigate.

Football has lost its soul in Australia and only the fans can save it now

Thanks that does help. That was not a glitch and the comments were never opened on that story. In some cases, especially involving court cases, we make the decision not to open comments and just post the story for its news value alone. I agree there seems to be an issue with the site in that it gives the impression you can comment on a story even when comments are closed – I will look into that. cheers

NRL 2022 Radar: Flawed signings strategy puts Eels on slippery slope

Because it’s backgrounding – no one is happy to go on the record, but they’ll tell you what’s happening. There are a few reporters all doing the same today, which suggests to me the players have been told and it’s leaking out. It’s the cricket writers’ jobs to find out that information and some of them are very good at it, and many are well connected. Having been on that side, it looks to me like enough people know and it can’t be contained. I understand from your perspective you want it official before you believe it but there are usually leaks in all sports.

'I never forgot how to hold a bat': Alex Carey ready for expected Test debut

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