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The Common-what Games?

“The Common-what games?” This is the response I got from a bunch of ten-year-olds a couple of days ago when I asked if they were excited about seeing Australia’s best athletes competing on the Gold Coast for the next two weeks. Their confusion was genuine.

It’s not exactly an XI that will strike fear into Pakistan is it?
Think the middle order role in the UAE will suit Finch more than opening up, so hopefully he and Head do well. Holland deserves another crack at being Lyon’s partner, has been a proven first class wicket taker and playing mostly at the MCG, he has been taking them at the flatest, most dead wicket in the country. For that reason I’m surprised Tremain didn’t make the squad in the first place, makes things happen when no one else can..

Head, Finch and Holland will play Pakistan Tests

The selectors’ reasoning that Maxwell hasn’t scored enough hundreds just sounds like the latest of their excuses to exclude him. A few others in the squad have made fewer hundreds in recent years than him, and few have a record as good in Asia as him…
Agree with James, I feel his papers have been stamped if they’re not willing to give him crack without the top 3, which is unfortunate for Australian cricket

Glenn Maxwell betrayed by mixed messages

I am worried for the Hammers. Pellegrini has major issues at both ends of the pitch, which were really obvious against Wolves. There seems to be no cohesion or plan as to how they play. Are they a counterattacking side, one that plays proper football? Against Wolves, time and again crosses were coming in from wide with not one West Ham player in the box. Arnautovic looks isolated and completely helpless sometimes. Difficult times ahead!

Lazy and complacent: West Ham's pathetic start to the season

Defensively the Hawks fell apart after Stratton went down. He has had an unbelievable year and was unlucky to miss out on an All-Australian guernsey IMO.
The Hawks fumbled all night when Richmond were clean, missed easy shots, couldn’t hit a target by hand or foot. But all in all, as Clarkson has said, this group wasn’t expected to challenge this year. To get finals experience into Worpel, Morrison, Nash, Hardwick etc puts the Hawks in a really good spot for next year

Five talking points from Richmond vs Hawthorn

Could finally help the A-league draw some attention from Asia. One of the biggest names in Asian football in Australia is a massive coup for the league

CONFIRMED: Melbourne Victory land Keisuke Honda in massive A-League marquee signing

I think they’ve moved away from any notion of ‘deliberate’ or ‘unnatural position’ when it comes to adjudicating handball in this World Cup. There appears to have been a clear directive from FIFA that if the ball clearly strikes the hand in the area, it’s a penalty – no questions asked.
I personally think it was extremely harsh and definitely wasn’t intentional. But looking at the trend of this World Cup, the surprise was not that the penalty was given, but how long he took to give it..

France are world champions, but all the headlines are about VAR

It will be very interesting to see firstly if India picks him ahead of Ashwin. As you say Ronan, I think India still loves Ashwin’s ability to contribute with the bat, and by batting him at 7 it could potentially allow for the second spinner, particularly in Adelaide and Sydney..

If he does play, it will be interesting to see how Kuldeep does in Australian conditions. There was a lot of hype around Yasir Shah two summers back when he was in the top few bowlers in the world and said to be suited to Australian conditions, yet he was whacked all over Australia in those three tests, taking 8 wickets at 84. Not many spinners come here and thrive…

India's mystery spinner is coming for Australia

Well said Paul. The selectors have had a very scattergun approach to ODI cricket, but in this instance there just isn’t the quality to choose from. Obviously the blokes chosen haven’t performed well – Andrew Tye in particular who is a proven white ball bowler but conceded 100 runs in this game – but when the first and second choice bowling line-ups aren’t available for selection, this is what happens!

As for Faulkner, he has one trick with the bat and the ball. A slog to midwicket and back of the hand slower ball, that’s it. International players finally worked it out, and it was a surprise it took so long!

Australian selectors to blame for ODI carnage

I think your last point is the crux of it Kris. VAR was not brought in to re-adjudicate these 50-50 decisions. It’s for the Argentina non-penalty, and for the Sweden penalty awarded the other night. That’s what the technology is for. If it’s obvious from the first replay, change the decision, like you would for goal line technology and offside..

This isn’t what we signed up for

Would have thought inadequate camera angles available to the VAR is imperfect technology JamesH? The VAR under its current technological inhibitions and inconsistent use from one case to another, means it is presently unable to reliably adjudicate on such decisions.
FIFA need to make their minds up as to what they want VAR to be: is it to ensure every decision is 100% correct, or is it intended to remove only major referee errors?

This isn’t what we signed up for

Agar is definitely someone to persist with. ODI cricket these days, if he can snag a wicket or two per game and keep his economy under 6s, that’s extremely good going. Plus he adds much greater batting depth and that clean striking ability is something that England clearly has over us at the moment… He’s the modern cricketer, and needs an extended run to demonstrate his talent..
Also, it is easy to forget how good a white ball player Shaun Marsh is. It’s very easy to be sceptical of Marsh because he can often get out to soft dismissals that belie his talent, but his record is impressive considering the stop-start nature of his career.

Will be interesting to see who is the first choice ODI attack when everyone is fit. Hard to leave out 2 of Stanlake, Tye, Hazelwood, Starc, Cummins, Coulter-Nile etc

Outclassed in England, but there are positive signs for Australia's ODI team

I feel that Glenn Maxwell’s exclusion from the Australia A first-class squad puts a major dent in his test ambitions. Heard him on radio last week saying how he was hoping to be picked for the A tour and press his claims to not only play in the UAE, but also his first test on home soil next summer..

Some serious bolters selected for Australia A

There are so many out there just waiting to strike LeBron down, waiting for the one moment where he shows some sign of weakness.
It doesn’t matter who is better out of LeBron and Jordan. They are the two standouts in NBA history, and who knows if/when we see another like him again. Appreciate the Greatness that is before us now, because he’ll be gone not before long..
Just sit back and admire how when the Cavs inevitably have their backs against the wall in the Finals, LeBron puts them all on his shoulders and leads the way. The way he just look control in Games 6 and 7 was incredible to watch…

It's not about Jordan anymore

Great play by Walt Disney company, expect it to kick a lot of goals commercially..
You build a Marvel superstore at the ground. Kids love all the different Marvel brands, and merchandise is where the money is made. The Marvel stadium will get kids coming to the footy and more importantly, spending more time looking at and getting Mum and Dad to pay for Marvel branded AFL products and merchandise than actually watching the footy…

Etihad Stadium to receive Marvel-ous new name in September

Absolutely, should have been reworded to “we will promote cricket to inspire love for the game, within Australia.” Australia’s history of completely ignoring and blowing off smaller nations is something that is very shameful..
The Australian Cricket Board was very reluctant for a long time to play India when they were a developing cricket nation, but now that they have the big bucks, CA bow to their BCCI overlords!

Khawaja vs Maxwell on Australia 'A' tour

First time an Australian A tour has gathered a bit of attention for a long period of time. Absolutely agree with playing the incumbents of the test line-up to get much needed match practice on the sub-continent. Australia has seemingly put a greater emphasis on preparation leading into series on the subcontinent, last year practicing on dust bowls in Brisbane then flying to the UAE as well for a training camp before heading to India. What a surprise, they played better because they prepared better!

I think the horses-for-courses approach will be relaxed for the short-term with stability the key at the moment. So despite their previous struggles I think Burns and Khawaja both play against Pakistan, while Handscomb can remind everyone of his talent and what got him into the test team in the first place.
Hope Maxwell takes his chance, because he has that something that can win you matches in a moment…

Khawaja vs Maxwell on Australia 'A' tour

Played pretty well last night did Cook. Pakistan pitched it up and he looked pretty comfortable coming froward and driving on the front foot..

Cook is still the rock that England need up the top of the order. With Root moving to 3, Stoneman and Malan still needing to establish themselves, plus Stokes and Buttler coming into the side, Cook is the one constant that can be relied upon

Joe Root needs to stand up for England in Tests

An absolutely champion, so it’s unbelievable she hasn’t been seeded! I hear a lot of the other top players aren’t too pleased about it either…

Unseeded Serena will be very dangerous at Roland Garros

I think Murphy will have retired by the time the Carlton rebuild is completed. But he would be a useful final piece of the puzzle for a side looking to take a swing at the flag next year, potentially Melbourne? High quality midfielder that can drift forward and hit the scoreboard, and add midfield depth. Players in unsuccessful teams like Murphy I think would be more willing to take a paycut to try and actually achieve success…

Should Marc Murphy leave Carlton?

An unbelievable player in all three formats. Probably one of the first to adapt his game to suit tests, odi and t20 cricket. Didn’t matter what the conditions AB always found a way to make runs, a mark of a great player..

Is he available now between December-February? Every Big Bash franchise should be throwing their entire cheque book at him! Best player in the world, and would have fans flooding through the gates!

De Villiers quits international cricket

Love both sports, and this article is brilliant! These comparisons could go on forever…

An AFL fan's guide to that soccer tournament in Russia

“at this stage of our development, with football not being too strong in this country, we should probably be grateful to just be allowed to take part”

Well said. As Australians we love the underdog tag, but even more than that, we love winning! Some realistic expectations and perspective would say that qualifying for the world cup and just having the opportunity to test ourselves against a country as strong as France is reward enough!

The Socceroos draw the World Cup ‘group of death’ again

I dare say if the injury riddled GWS don’t make finals this year, they will have a fair crack at Clarkson. An experienced and proven coach to guide the amount of talent on that list, success would be around the corner..

But if he has no intention of leaving, he can stay as long as he likes at Hawthorn. He has built up so much goodwill at the Hawks having taken over during a period down the bottom of the ladder and building the list up to then win 4 flags, I think it would take one hell of an offer to get him to leave Waverley.
Pretty sure his bronze statue is on order already!

Ducks, drakes and Hawks: What's Alastair Clarkson's next move?

The Socceroos were always going to be up against it regardless of which group we were drawn in! If it’s the world cup, every group should be a group of death!
I think that if we can avoid a belting from France first up, we have the potential to put up a decent showing against Peru and Denmark though if we can defend well. But I still can’t see us finishing higher than 3rd in the group though

The Socceroos draw the World Cup ‘group of death’ again

I read last week that scrapping the toss in County cricket hasn’t increased the winning percentage of away sides.

Scrap the toss to save Test cricket