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Vijendran Jayaveerasingam

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“thru” “IMHO”- sounds like you’re becoming a millennial yourself be careful!

Petty MJ was cringe-worthy in The Last Dance

It’s a bit of a stretch to make link criticism of MJ into an attack on generations isn’t it? Note that my issue with the Jordan portrayed here isn’t things like punching Kerr, bullying Scott Burrell etc, but not being able to let go of small slights, and simply be happy with his success (more than 20 years on from said slights).

Petty MJ was cringe-worthy in The Last Dance

Very true- it was inspiring but also eye-opening, do we value success (ie number of rings over everything else) in sport too much?

Petty MJ was cringe-worthy in The Last Dance

Cheers Peter- yes I loved it, hopefully we get more great sport docos from this…Warnie?

I agree, from the facts we have it does look like Phil Jackson was treaty badly, especially given all the success he had provided for the franchise. But I’m a little uncomfortable with there being no one to speak for Jerry’s side of the story- surely there was more to it than ego making him need to part with Phil? As we saw with his time with the Knicks, Phil isn’t always the easiest to work with…

True on the Isiah aspect, I like how Hehir gave him good screentime to explain his side during that episode to balance things. Also I’m curious as to why Malone refused to speak in the doco, his perspective of that series would’ve made great viewing.

Petty MJ was cringe-worthy in The Last Dance

Great read mate- yeah the NRL is falling behind the other codes, and fast. Cheaper tickets and maybe more afternoon suburban games? The dropped balls are magnified when average teams play in dewy conditions because of night games

Why we don't attend games

My problem with Voges is I don’t like sticking him in to the Ashes based on one good test against the West Indies in a comfortable win. Saying that Chris Rogers showed that coming into the Ashes without much test experience but with plenty of first class experience can still work.

I and a lot of people prefer Mitch Marsh over Watson. But to be a realistic first test option he really needed to play one of the two tests against the Windies I feel- and if he had stayed fit throughout the India series there probably wouldn’t even need to be a discussion over his place.

Solving Australia's Ashes selection puzzle

Fair point- Watson certainly has a lot more tricks in his bag right now. I just feel though that Mitch Marsh has potential to be more of a frontline option, whilst Watson is currently used as a more fill in- 5 overs here and there partnership breaker. And yes this has to be the watershed for Shaun Marsh for sure- if he does get the opportunity in the first test.

Solving Australia's Ashes selection puzzle

Agree with Ahmed- I’m really disappointed he didn’t get a go in at least the 2nd test against the Windies- why not give him a shot? Now if Lehmann wants to draft him into the Ashes he will have to come in untested at test level on the biggest stage…

Solving Australia's Ashes selection puzzle

Disagree with Bailey- he is in the first XI comfortably Clarke or no Clarke. He is one of Australia’s most dependable ODI batsmen and he can provide late hitting too.

Can you pick a better World Cup squad?

Before the whole pull out of India disaster I was thinking that they were a huge chance of winning the whole thing. Will they play as a team though under Holder’s captaincy? Sammy has been skipper for the T20s

2015 Cricket World Cup: The contenders and pretenders

As a Lankan how can I forget 96! Was only 2 at the time but have watched countless replays of the great Aravinda’s final. I said perennial finalists before the T20 world cup win because they lost 4 world cup finals in a row (2 ODI and 2 T20). Definitely a big chance but hope common sense prevails and Mahela opens with Chandimal at 4.

2015 Cricket World Cup: The contenders and pretenders

Thanks Richard, yes every time I watch NZ in any format I think of how its a travesty Ryder isn’t there. A sublime talent. I’m keen to see how they line up when Ross Taylor returns though, as B McCullum opened in the 1st odi and Latham was at 4. Does Latham open and Guptill drop out?

2015 Cricket World Cup: The contenders and pretenders

Yes definitely Vas. I just depends if Australia or NZ lose an early match- Sri Lanka have won I think 3 out of their last 4 completed matches against Australia at the SCG- that could throw things out of whack.

100% agree with the pitches- hoping for at least some with some movement, but not optimistic after the flat tracks laid out for the test matches. I fear that Cricket Australia will request flat tracks to prevent any big matches ending in early finishes with a side being shot out for 100. The NZ pitches should be more exciting though after watching the first ODI against the Lankans yesterday.

2015 Cricket World Cup: The contenders and pretenders

Agree with most but Pakistan have one of their weakest one day squads in years in my opinion. Junaid is class but Irfan and Riaz leak runs. Yasir Shah is untested in ODIs and Hafeez who’s bowling is more crucial than people think has a make or break test to get his action cleared. So I would put Sri Lanka over Pakistan. Also very hard to predict the group standings as teams might rest players if their qualification is assured- there isn’t a big difference between finishing 1st or 2nd in an even tournament.

2015 Cricket World Cup: The contenders and pretenders

Fair comment- yes Australia deserves to start right up there as favourites. But when the tournament pans out- whether they get to the final or not may depend on the quarter final and semi final match ups. They would account for Pakistan pretty easily but defending a total against India would be tricky especially if they play Doherty, And I wouldn’t read too much into the South Africa series as both sides rested their stars. Also Australia doesn’t choke yes, but had an awful 1992 home world cup…

2015 Cricket World Cup: The contenders and pretenders