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henrietta
Posted on: Yesterday, 08:43 AM


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Stark and Smith star again. True champions.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 13 2019, 01:40 PM


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Looks like Aussie investors are quite relieved and buying again.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 13 2019, 09:54 AM


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And then there are low-lifes who steal water ........

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Police are investigating an ­alleged water heist that has robbed a drought-ravaged town in northern NSW of a critical supply.

Thieves allegedly stole 25,000 litres of water from a council facility in Murwillumbah just days before level 2 water restrictions were to be imposed.

The heist comes as the town desperately tries to stave off the possibility of running out of water.

“The act of stealing water during a time of hardship for much of NSW is shocking,” Detective Chief Inspector Luke Arthurs said on Thursday.

“Every catchment in the Tweed/Byron Local Government Area is in drought, and this kind of theft is not acceptable.”

Police believe the thieves drove a water tanker and a Toyota Hilux to Airfield Avenue, Murwillumbah, on Monday night.



On one of our more recent camping trips we noticed locks on isolated farm water tanks.............. sad.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 13 2019, 09:45 AM


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Spare me the details .... please .

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Unlike the other two test flights, Mr Joyce will not be on board, quipping he needed to spend time with his new husband so he wouldn’t divorce him.


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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 13 2019, 09:19 AM


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Mmmm ....... not much of an entertaining spectacle yesterday. I had noticed that the Poms run rate in NZ was particularly low, and after watching yesterday I can understand why.
The Kiwis are bowling very tight lines , placing fielders precisely, and waiting for frustrated batsmen to make a mistake. I've not got a problem with this, so long as the Kiwis don't try to play the "we play attractive cricket" card.
It is a very controlled and controlling tactic, which the Aussies would no doubt be aware of, and it will be interesting to see how they cope with such stifling play. Smith finally couldn't stand it and got out. Fair enough.

Another hot day coming up and I do hope our Aussies can patiently play out most of the day, and put the Kiwis in later.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 9 2019, 09:06 AM


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T , I think it's up tp the women cricketers themselves to change Channel 7's approach. They should be quietly disabusing the TV spin doctors of the idea that women's cricket is a "hit and giggle" affair, as shown by Ch 7 in this latest series. The male commentator seemed to be the worst performer, apparently to applause from Ch 7 producers.

The broadcast really dumbed down women's cricket, and the women should be complaining loudly. To be having comments thrown back and forth as the bowler is running in is as unprofessional as it can get. Reduces it to a circus.

There were plenty of professional cricket efforts happening, by the rather quiet and serious players who seemed by and large to shun the Ch 7 circus.

Good luck to the women, and I hope they demand a more professional offering from the company providing TV coverage.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 8 2019, 09:48 AM


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Yes T, I also was pretty unimpressed with the bowling and fielding standards. You'd think the bowlers could manage at least a couple of good length balls per over.
I cannot bear to listen to the vacuous commentary ........ "mute" is where my control stays. And as for the "star" player who cannot stop her inane drivel for a second, how she managed to get the score she did is a mystery. Her sister's effort was beyond abysmal. Luckily for Brisbane a couple of more mature players saw them home comfortably.

Good luck to Brisbane today, on another uncomfortably hot day. My son and his kids were there yesterday, and going again today .... beggars for punishment !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 7 2019, 05:07 PM


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How to make the opposition happy ......... QLD 6/240 ......... all out for 240 ! sad.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 7 2019, 03:27 PM


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It's all about AFL ............

Will be interesting to see what the groundsman comes up with.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 6 2019, 04:42 PM


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Trenaman is the latest Australian cricketer to step back from the game for mental health reasons this season. Sophie Molineux, the Melbourne Renegades and Australia allrounder, announced last month that she was taking a break which followed the decisions taken by Glenn Maxwell, Will Pucovski and Nic Maddinson.


Rachel Trenaman is the latest cricketer to take a break for mental health reasons.

What's going on ??

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 5 2019, 07:43 AM


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Bob Willis has died. Gave a few Aussie batsmen a bit of curry, and won the test for the Poms at Headingly with 8/43. Seriously good bowler.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 3 2019, 10:21 AM


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I’m still waiting for the next Garfield Sobers......... Australian, I hope.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 2 2019, 08:02 PM


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I agree that Warner isn't up there with Smith, Tendulka, Lara, Kohli ......... but he's better than most. He failed in England, but then Smith has has "failed" against Pakistan. They're different, but I'm sure that any opposition team would be happier if either of them wasn't playing. ( I imagine the Poms were pretty happy that Stark only got one match in England!)

I sure hope they both fire against the Kiwis !!!!

That reminds me ........ I was so happy that Paine made Pakistan follow on ........ always do what the opposition would least like.

I find this link absolute gold for cricket stats ........ everything you could possibly want.

http://howstat.com.au/cricket/home.asp

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 2 2019, 02:18 PM


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Great plan by Paine ( or whoever) to bowl down the leg side this morning. Pakistan score freely and bowlers get tired and frustrated. Whoever dreamed up that tactic should be sacked for gross stupidity.
Paine should be sacked for persisting with such a bizarre plan.

Pakistan batsmen shake their heads and help themselves gleefully.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 2 2019, 10:23 AM


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In his first innings after taking time out to concentrate on his mental health, Pucovski batted bravely for his 82 but was stumped by Peter Nevill off the bowling of Steve O’Keefe in the second over following a four-hour rain break.


So just where is this leading?

Will we soon see options for extra players in the team, who will have full playing rights, just so the weak and infirm can be included ?

Pucovski is undoubtedly a talented batsman ( sorry, "batter" ) , but it used to take much more than talent to be included in a test team. A test player has had to have huge talent, great dedication, exceptional health and fitness and incredible strength of mind and character. A test player has had to be able to cope with up to five days of pressure ........ a not inconsiderable task.

A lot of aspects of test cricket will come under pressure from sponsors and administrators who want to please sponsors, and for whom the essence of "test" cricket is not as important as the commercial considerations.

Tough cricketers are under threat : potential crowd pleasers will be what's wanted.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 2 2019, 07:37 AM


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ABC boss David Anderson candidly told The Australian back in October: “We’re facing an ABC of the future that has less people.”


Wouldn't you think that the boss of the ABC would know when to use "fewer" and "less" ?

Guess not.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 1 2019, 03:48 PM


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Well, there you go ...... two wickets in two balls !! wink.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 1 2019, 02:41 PM


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Seems like it's Yasir Shah's day. Put Stark back on for goodness sake.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 30 2019, 09:58 AM


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The quality of TV coverage just seems to diminish year by year, in almost all sports. In cricket I guess sponsors want their five days worth, so groundsmen are pressured to make pretty benign pitches ..........too bad about the standard of cricket.
Commentators are pretty ordinary, although Ricky Ponting seems to try to be insightful and fair. Don't know what happens on Foxtel.

It will be interesting to see if the Aussie quicks can get any life out of this Adelaide pitch. If they do, then game over pretty quickly.

As far as Warner is concerned, I think he was just musing on what it would have been like to face Pakistan's best. I don't think he meant that he would have been able to handle them necessarily.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 29 2019, 04:48 PM


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Oh well, we just pi....d away $85m for an aircraft that didn't get off the ground in the USA. Now we'll have 11 instead of 12, and the Defence people " weren't aware" of the conditions of sale. Unbelievable!

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The head of Defence’s aerospace division, Air Vice Marshal Greg Hoffman, said it was “very unfortunate” that no compensation was available for the loss of the aircraft, which was provided under a contract with the US government.

“When we lost the Growler, we were not aware of the detailed commercial arrangements,” Air Marshal Hoffman said.


Isn't it wonderful how careless and carefree you can be when it's just taxpayer money ( read "limitless" apparently.)

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 29 2019, 10:13 AM


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Good start by the Bananabenders. Khawaja seems a bit keen on batting second ..........

Fingers crossed for Adelaide.
Kiwis going OK in NZ.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 28 2019, 07:52 AM


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By the way, I think it's great that George Bailey has been appointed as a selector. He's experienced, good tactician, knows present players in all form of the game, totally fair and unbiased.

Excellent appointment.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 28 2019, 06:17 AM


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Justin Langer describing Marnus Labuschagne as among the most "coachable" players he has been involved with does not sound particularly special unless it is placed in the context of the vexed role for coaches over cricket's long history.


Says a lot about Langer . He obviously wants only players who fit his ideas. Great coaches have different methods for different personalities, recognise the strengths and weaknesses, find ways to get the best from the most talented players.

Langer is a "method" man. Short may he reign.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 24 2019, 06:45 PM


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Paine

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Tim Paine says the Australian camp was surprised and relieved when Mohammad Abbas was dropped for the first Test.

In a shock selection, Abbas was left out when Pakistan decided instead to reward Imran Khan’s good form in the Australia A game in Perth.

“Yeah, I was pretty happy he didn’t play to be totally honest,” Paine said after Australia won the first Test by an innings and five runs.

“He probably would’ve been a handful out there.”


I wonder if he (Paine) thought about how relieved the Pakistani batsmen were this morning when he didn't give Stark a bowl until after the drinks break ??

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 24 2019, 05:03 PM


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Interesting stat in The Australian ....

The leading strike rates of Australia’s top 12 wicket-takers has been updated, and we have a new leader:

Mitchell Starc 49.4

Mitchell Johnson 51.1

Glenn McGrath 51.9

Dennis Lillee 52.0


I wonder if Stark will now be "rested" for the Adelaide match ......... nothing would surprise !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 24 2019, 04:56 PM


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Well, we got there eventually. Took quite an effort on a pretty tame wicket for the Gabba, but the new ball cleaned them up. Still very unimpressed with Paine's captaincy ............ he's lucky he has 4 top bowlers at his disposal.

And now on to Adelaide, where the pitch will probably also be fairly tame. Congrats to the Aussie team, and well played Pakistan in pretty trying conditions. Didn't hear any whinging at all.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 24 2019, 10:47 AM


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After 27 overs, Stark has bowled 4, and has 2 out of 3 wickets. I’d love to hear Paine’s reasoning.
And now that the new ball has been wasted, and the batsmen set, will Mitch eventually get a bowl? Apparently Paine has a plan.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 24 2019, 10:12 AM


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And now Paine opens with Lyon ...... Pakistan batsmen cheer silently. Is this Payne’s bizarre idea, or Langer’s ?
How does a captain justify ignoring a fresh bowler who has two wickets in two overs?
Paine has NFI., but no doubt Langer and Hohns think he’s brilliant.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 23 2019, 05:39 PM


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What is Paine doing?? Stark has 2 wickets in three overs, so he takes him off and gives Hazelwood 6 overs for no wickets. Needs a good kick in the nuts !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 22 2019, 05:44 PM


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Almost perfect day for the Aussies. Burns was gutted when he was out on 97, Warner rode his luck but played really well, and Labuschagne was very positive to get his half century. Hard to see the Aussies not winning this test.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 21 2019, 06:40 PM


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So now we have a New Zealander for a CEO of Australian Rugby, and we also have a New Zealander as the Wallabies coach.

Great to see our Rugby in good hands. weirdsmiley.gif

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ps Kiwis must be pi....ing themselves laughing.
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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 21 2019, 06:09 PM


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First test in Brisbane again. Pitch looked flawless, and slightly green. Proved to be very true and not a lot of life. We ended up getting the Pakistani's out for 240, after not getting a wicket in the first session. Aussies will be OK with the day, bowlers went pretty well, Burns took two good catches at first slip, don't know why the controversial OUT call wasn't called a no-ball.

We should hit up a decent score tomorrow ......... but who knows.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 19 2019, 07:16 PM


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Quite an unbelievable end to the Vic vs SA one day game.
Chasing a good score of 4/322 by SA, the Vics, on the back of Finch , got to the end of over 44, needing just 42 from 36 balls, or 7 runs per over. They were only 5 down, so decent batsmen were in.

They managed to get to 321 ........ could only score 40 runs off 36 balls. Maybe a swab should be taken !!!

Must have just given up after Finch was out. Pathetic.

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ps I see that one of the Vic batsmen was only 17, so why didn't they send Siddle in to help him through, instead of another young bloke?
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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 19 2019, 06:55 AM


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The Poms are playing NZ this week.

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Partly this is down to the 13-hour time difference which pulls a veil over much of the action as far as the UK is concerned, but also because the venues for these Tests in Mount Maunganui and Hamilton, as is now the norm in New Zealand for Test cricket, are smaller than many — “boutique” is the word used here — designed to avoid the bad look of sparse crowds at the big stadiums in Wellington or Auckland. The atmosphere at both will be akin to out-ground matches in the County Championship and first-class cricket can be all the better for that. Cricket was not designed to emulate football.


Happily, my son and grandson are able to go to the Mount Manganui test match, as they are living in Tauranga ( and absolutely loving it ) at the moment.
Good that regional grounds are getting a go in some places.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 18 2019, 03:43 PM


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Turnbull ......... just another self-deluded politician .

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Malcolm Turnbull tells Christopher Pyne podcast ‘no doubt’ he would have led Coalition to victory



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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 18 2019, 10:15 AM


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With the hundreds of opinions being published over Pattinson's indiscretion and subsequent banning from a test match, can't you just see overseas teams rubbing their hands with glee as they try to devise ways to convince umpires that they've been "offended".

If they can get Smith, Stark, Cummins, Warner and anyone else they'd like to be out of the team to be charged then you beauty, and suck it up you stupid Aussies.

Pity the poor umpires who will be deluged with "appeals". How the hell are they going to react? No doubt the umpires have been to PC training sessions, and will have CA approved "guidelines". Forget about concentrating on what happens cricket-wise.

I think a scale of fines would be more appropriate. Losing a match fee isn't a lot of fun these days.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 18 2019, 06:59 AM


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A start would be getting Jason Gillespie as head coach.

ps my hand is up for a cap !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 17 2019, 01:39 PM


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Does anybody understand this idea that Mitch Stark is not a front line bowler ?? Is Langer in the business of letting batsmen get themselves out, eventually, and not interested in fast left-arm bowlers taking quick wickets?

I'm beginning to think that Stark is not a great fan of Langer's methods, and he will pay the price. I can just imagine the bemused joy of the Pakistanis if Stark is not opening the bowling, especially at the Gabba.

I see that Pattinson has been bad and he's been put in the naughty corner. How about a fine, wouldn't that be sufficient ? Our cricket administrators seem to be following the "popular" trend and reacting to every little incident .

Back to the women's cricket for me !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 17 2019, 06:58 AM


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Just looked at Ellyse Perry's T20 record this season, as captain of the Sydney Sixers.

81, 27, 39no, 45no, 87no, 2, 70no, and 81 . Last night's 81 should also have been a "not out", but she tried for an impossible extra run off the last ball of the innings.

What a player !!

Nice to see M. Stark at the ground, on the grass, watching his partner's game. Alyssa Healy is really going well, as batter and wicketkeeper, with scores of

42, 13, 27, 11, 105no, 5, 39, and 40 .

The Sixers will be tough to beat, but I think Brisbane beat them in last season's final.

Good competition, good to watch, some forgettable commentary and last night's 'miked-up" bits were cringe-worthy. Where is the producer to cut short the rubbish?

Also enjoy watching the women players getting on with each other on the field, looking as though they enjoy the game and not wanting to kill each other.

Hope the up-coming test matches are as entertaining.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 15 2019, 07:55 AM


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Does anyone else remember, back in the good old days of Jo Bjelke-Petersen, how Jo once was championing a Queensland inventor who was proposing a "hydrogen" powered car ?

The idea was derided as totally wacky by all and sundry. The idea of a car running on hydrogen, obtained from just water, was definitely ahead of its time. One of Jo's better ideas, in a sea of appalling decisions.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 14 2019, 01:20 PM


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Each and every batsman in the Adelaide match averaging 66 ............ I suppose the cricketing powers that be will be delighted. Pity the poor bowlers.

Hope the first test at the Gabba produces a typically lively first day pitch.

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Posted on: Nov 14 2019, 08:12 AM


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And "The Australian" sports reporter Will Swanton is proved to have absolutely NFI.

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Will Pucovski will not be picked to play the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane next week.
Sadly, the young Victorian has requested not selectors not pick him, admitting to struggles with his mental health in the middle of an Australia A game in Perth which was the last chance to impress before next week’s match.


Pity poor Pucovski, because it must absolutely gut him that he can't play.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 13 2019, 08:31 PM


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Bet our three miscreants wish they lived somewhere else .......... WI for instance.

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West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran has been banned from his country's next four Twenty20 internationals after admitting to tampering with the ball.

The 24-year-old was caught on camera using his thumb to scrape the ball and seam during the final match of the 3-0 one-day series win over Afghanistan.


Our blokes never even managed to mark the ball .......... and got 12 months !!!

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Posted on: Nov 12 2019, 07:57 PM


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If you look at Pucovski’s last dozen innings, he has one century, one half century, and six scores under 10, with an average of 25. Hardly “ must be picked” figures. That doesn’t include today’s forgettable performance.
He’s just another talented batsmen, but yet to prove himself.

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Posted on: Nov 12 2019, 07:31 PM


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Will Stanton, sports reporter for The Australian, claims that Will Pucovski is a “ must “ for the first test. He couldn’t come up with any compelling reason for such a dogmatic statement.
He also opined that making runs in the present game , or not, didn’t make any difference ........ Pucovski has to play. He seemed to totally ignore Pucovski’s lack of runs in the Shield competition, and also ignore other batsmens’ legitimate claims to selection.
Don’t know what his problem is, but the article is an opinion piece, not “reporting”.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 05:50 PM


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My personal view is that the Earth's climate is always changing, to warmer or cooler, and it's extremely vain of humans to think that they can do much about it. Every tiny bit of "evidence" of "global warming" is leapt upon by the activists to show that they are right, but any research numbers showing cooling or ice increasing is conveniently ignored. I'm fairly sure that between about 2000 and 2015 temperatures were pretty stable and ice caps actually increased. Since then temperatures have increased a bit and ice has retreated, the usual ebb and flow of temperatures and weather.

The global hysteria from all walks of life is just incomprehensible. I can understand politicians wanting to be seen to be concerned and "doing something", but to hear leaders of large corporations jumping on the bandwagon is mystifying and disturbing. Are they that worried about loud people at the AGM's ?

To my thinking the world has gone mad in this headlong race to be seen to be "concerned, and doing something about it". In my more cynical moments I wonder if there's some evil plan to de-rail all western democracies by getting them to bankrupt themselves wasting money chasing impossible "targets", instead of steadily improving the lives of their citizens.

Perhaps I'm 100% wrong and we are indeed on the road to destruction of the Earth ............. but I think we are rather foolish to think that we can make massive changes to the Earth's climate / weather. At the moment, every change in weather sees more headlines about global disaster, rather than a more circumspect report of " we're in for a few hot days".

If I'm hit by lightning tonight, you'll know that I got it badly wrong !! biggrin.gif

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Posted on: Nov 10 2019, 08:34 AM


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re Renshaw ....... all is revealed in today's Australian.

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Former Test opener Matthew Renshaw returns for Queensland after missing the game against WA due to gastro issues. Queensland are missing skipper Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns and Michael Neser because of their Australia A duties. Jimmy Peirson will lead the Bulls in Khawaja's absence.


Hope he scores some impressive runs.

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Posted on: Nov 8 2019, 08:06 PM


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Pakistan scored 3 runs from the last 16 balls, mostly complete misses. Are they really ranked No1 in T20 cricket ???

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Posted on: Nov 7 2019, 12:15 PM


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But wait ...... there's more ....

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Mickey Mouse from the Mickey Mouse School of the Blind, Namibia made it through onto an official list published with a major article in BioScience on Tuesday.

After the statement had been submitted to the journal, claiming the support of 11,000 world scientists, Mickey was joined on the list by Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts.

The first signature on the online list was Araminta Aadvark, professor of Zoology at University of Neasden, UK. Neasden University does not have a zoology department.


And finally a bit of sense .....

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But consulting geologist, Marc Hendrickx, who highlighted the errant signatures said “legitimate researchers passionate about the scientific method do not do science by social media”.


Dodgy bunch of losers !

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Posted on: Nov 6 2019, 08:45 PM


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Aren't the climate emergency proponents just so tricky ........ when one set of "alarming figures" fail to materialise, they just conjure up another drama ....

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Global surface temperatures are not sufficient to measure climate change, which should instead be tracked by a scorecard of population growth, meat consumption, forest loss and the use of air transport, a new declaration by ­scientists says.


And the so-called "Greens" will no doubt lap it up fervently.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 5 2019, 06:29 PM


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Usman couldn’t find a way to get Green out ......... in either innings . WA get away with a most unlikely draw.

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Posted on: Nov 5 2019, 06:51 AM


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Queensland in with a chance today, with a few more quick wickets.

I notice that Matt Renshaw isn’t in the team, and wondered if he’s injured, crook, or other issues. New opener scored a century, so he’ll be a very happy boy.

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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 11:40 AM


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Usman might be having second thoughts (too late) about sending WA in to bat after winning the toss at the Gabba. WA have gone from 7/170 to 8/326, and still scoring !! sad.gif

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Posted on: Nov 3 2019, 11:28 AM


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Tonga XIII create history, stunning Australia in Auckland


Any team that picks Daly Cherry-Evans will lose more games than they should.

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Posted on: Nov 2 2019, 07:05 AM


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Steve Waugh has some sympathy for Maxwell, and others.

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Steve Waugh has applauded Glenn Maxwell for taking a break because the cricket great can now recognise that 1980s teammates had mental health issues that went untreated.

The decorated former Test skipper said candidly that cricket’s old-school culture would once have made it impossible for a player to take mental health leave even when desperate.

“He (Maxwell) has done the right and courageous thing. I applaud him 100 per cent,” Waugh said in Brisbane. “In the past, we’ve seen it as a sign of weakness if you’re on tour, you’re struggling and the pressure has got to you or you’re homesick. ‘Guts it out’ was always the call.

“I look back at the 1980s and think of players who definitely had issues, but it just wasn’t talked about because there was a stigma attached. Realistically, cricket has always had players who had mental illness and just weren’t recognised or didn’t have an outlet to have it dealt with.”

Cricket Australia announced on Thursday that star allrounder Maxwell had been granted indefinite leave on mental health grounds. His thrilling 62 from 28 balls and fielding masterclass in Australia’s T20 thumping of Sri Lanka in Adelaide last weekend exuberantly masked his troubles.

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“It just shows you that you can sometimes hide things on the field where you feel most comfortable … you’re free,” said Waugh, a 168-Test regular for two decades from 1985.

“It’s away from cricket where the situation gets harder. It’s a good thing he’s done what he’s done. There is the support around the side today and it just goes to prove that cricketers are normal like everyone else without some superhuman ability to overcome everything.

“Players are under enormous pressure these days and if you’ve got anything going on away from cricket with the mental side of things then you do need a break.”

Waugh, in Queensland for his Captain’s Ride cycle event that starts in Toowoomba on Monday, recalls long tours of India and Pakistan in the ’80s where some hotels had only one operator-controlled telephone.

“You might queue for a call, have the line drop out and not get to speak to home for three days,” Waugh said. “I know I went through a period where I struggled with stuff but somehow I got through it while there were some dark, troubling times for others.”

Maxwell’s former Australia, Victoria and Melbourne Stars teammate John Hastings said on Friday it was always just a matter of time before the star allrounder took a mental health break.

Hastings revealed he urged him to quit social media five years ago after a barrage of abuse left the allrounder shattered.

“I remember sitting next to him up at the Gabba after a Stars game a few years ago and he said, ‘Have a look at this’,” Hastings said. “It was absolute abuse that he copped and I was like, ‘Mate you’ve got to get off social media, you’ve got to stop worrying about this stuff’.

Maxwell woke up at 3am last Monday and checked Twitter to discover he had been drafted by Shane Warne’s London Spirit to play in The Hundred competition in England next year.

While Maxwell will earn $235,000 for the six-week tournament, it will also further eat into a calendar year where he already has a Twenty20 World Cup and is likely to return to the Indian Premier League.
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So, what's with our Aussie cricketers these days? Maxwell needs a break from cricket for mental health reasons, young Will Pucovski has had a couple of "breaks"( but still seems to be in the running).

Is a professional life so hard ? Are our players more fragile ?

How can any of these players even be considered for the tough test arena, where physical and mental toughness is paramount?

I just don't get it. You'd think that players would be busting their gut to get in the team ....... not taking mental health breaks.

Puzzled.

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G'day B

re "unless they expect a really flat wicket "

Unfortunately most Australian wickets are flat, maybe the Gabba the only exception , now that WA has changed. It's a great pity, and does Australian cricket no favours. I can't help bur feel that the people in charge have mistakenly thought that all Aussie cricket fans want is runs and more runs.

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Renshaw still not enough runs, but at least the Bananabenders managed to scrape home, after going from 0-47 to 5- 54 ........ ratbags !!

Labuschagne looking the goods, so now we have three batsmen for Aus ......... three to go.

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My man Renshaw is holding his slips catches it seems ........... just needs to start getting big runs !!!!!
Stark got some wickets so that's a positive. Maybe he's just running up and bowling fast again.

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Shaun Marsh 101 n.o., so I guess we'll see him back in the test team again ........... sad.gif

Good to see SS get yet another century, but other hopefuls faltering in the straight.

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We recently spent some time in Canberra visiting friends. To say that I was gobsmacked by the facilities offered would be an understatement.
Canberra has every possible known amenity, plus many not even thought of in "average" communities.
Having also spent many weeks traversing the country, including much of the outback, I can sympathise with country folk who claim they don't much of a deal.

Canberrans are very, very spoilt. Their only problem is the crappy weather !!

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I just love all these movie actors and sportsmen, once they've made their hundreds of millions and are quite comfortable thank you, suddenly becoming concerned experts on how to save the planet.

Uneducated, hit-seeking , self-opinionated, smug, fools.

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Hardly anything left to worry about in my case Mick !!

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Ron Clarke was another great runner, but not a great racer. All fantastic achievements, but in different ways.

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Leaves me with a bit of an empty feeling about it, after reading how artificial the conditions were. Waiting for the right weather, an army of pacers who shielded him as well as maintained the correct pace ( constantly monitored electronically), riders to supply drinks so no slowing down .......

The runner who can get under the 2 hours in genuine race conditions will be my champion.

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You are correct ....... freezing wind today, but a lovely lunch!

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And they will happily buy our coal mines as well. We really are dumb and near sighted.

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And I’m heading to Canberra on Saturday!! sad.gif

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Gnaw, just for a minute.

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Oooh Nipper, I did have to think about that one for a while !! biggrin.gif

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Yep, B , it was an unholy mess. Don’t know if Payne made the decision himself, but he has to take the blame. In the end we were lucky to retain the Ashes.
So, if Pucovski, Renshaw and Burns can fire in the first few Shield matches, they should be able to crack the team. There’s certainly a few places up for grabs ......... of course they will have to bend to Langer’s will in order to have any chance.

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Well , thank goodness Marsh got some wickets, because nobody else seemed interested. Watched the first session, and it was absolute torture. Really hope the team can pick themselves up from this low and set a decent first innings score. Payne, Warner and Smith looked like the Three Stooges for a while.

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Well, we seem to be trying really hard to make it a level series. Drop Head and Stark, bring in Marsh and Siddle. Win the toss and bowl first. Have they lost their minds completely?
Unbelievable!

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Travis Head out, and Mitch Marsh in ............ there's a surprise ....... not.
Dear old Mitch gets yet another chance ....... it must be so good to be somebody's favourite. Head of course only has himself to blame, as he hasn't scored enough runs. Warner gets a final go, so I do hope he can put the Broad bogey behind him. A blazing century by Warner in the first innings should see the Poms wilt terminally.

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And in the women's version of the game Ellyse Perry is grinding the runs out again, with her second one-day century. Her test average is 78 ( admittedly from only 8 tests),
Her ODI average is 52.9. As well as plenty of runs, she usually opens the bowling, where she has 31 test wickets and 149 ODI wickets.

Between Smith and Perry we have a couple of quite exceptional players at present.

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Well done Tim Paine and company. They cleaned England up nicely on the last day, very nearly not needing their second innings.
I would leave the team as it is for the last test, even though Warner doesn't warrant a place, as they have given us the Ashes, and should be there to savour the moment.

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I've been thinking about the Aussie cricketers , some doing well, others out of sorts. Nothing unusual in that. But I just wonder if Langer's approach is a problem.
I get the feeling that he tries to change or influence the way our players approach the game. I don't think Boof ever tried to change anybody, just offered support and probably gave advice when asked, but generally just organised the team rather than trying to change players.
Langer can't help himself, and he's very intense. I really don't think that works, except for a very few. I think a couple of old hands have tried to counsel him a bit, but he really can't change his personality.
Maybe Boof would have been able to nurture young players like Renshaw, Burns and Pucovski who all have tremendous talent, but need some help and encouragement to do things their own way successfully.

I worry about Stark .......... is he being forced to change his style, and therefore his thinking? You'd think that the selectors would simply pick the players best suited to the conditions and opposition, and leave the players to work out for themselves what they should be doing.

Is Smith going so well that he might consider just batting, and leave the captaincy to someone else? Paine is doing an OK job, but I don't think he's a permanent test captain.

Now back to the present ......... can we get them out? You bet we can, and I do hope that Stark and Lyon figure prominently and have the job done by tea.

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Could it be that Serena is just a tad obsessed with herself ??

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“I believe I could have played better. I believe I could have done more. I believe I could have just been more Serena today,” Williams said.

“I honestly don’t think Serena showed up. I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.”

“All of it honestly, truly is super frustrating,” Williams said. “I’m so close, so close, so close, yet so far away.

“I don’t know what to say. I guess I got to keep going if I want to be a professional tennis player. And I just got to just keep fighting through it.”

“I’m not necessarily chasing a record. I’m just trying to win Grand Slams,” she said. “It’s definitely frustrating, but for the most part I just am still here. I’m still doing what I can do.”


Not partial to gracefully congratulating the winner, and departing the scene.

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Malinga makes a mess of NZ in a 20/20 game .......... 4 in 4 balls. Life in the old boy still.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19386/c...-sri-lanka-2019

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That man Smith will be giving Root nightmares for a long time. What a great innings, and really helped by the lower order. Bowlers did well ( batting ), and it was great to get the new opening hope out cheaply.

A quick couple of wickets, preferably to Stark, and we'll be on the way.

Great stuff Aussies, and a memorable innings from Smith ........ again !!

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Khawaja is out and Pattinson is having a “rest”. Smith and Stark come in. Not a bad selection, and I think they should give the Poms a good run for their money.

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OK, on to the next Ashes test. Who will the selectors pick?

My team would have Stark and Smith to come in, with Siddle and Khawaja to have a rest. Will the selectors see it my way ....... I doubt it very much !!

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Jasprit Bumrah improves his bowling figures with 6 for 16 off 9 overs against WI. The calypso boys are in deep doo-doo.

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Khawaja is very selfishly occupying the crease for about 1 run per over, Marsh not doing much better. Disgraceful waste of a practice opportunity.

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I see in today’s “Australian” a reference to LGBTIQ+. ............ what is “+” ? Is that a catch all inclusion? I also note that the letters IQ are there ....... I wonder about that.

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India defeat West Indies.
WI second innings looked a bit sad at 5 for 15 ........... but they managed 100.

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Got up at 4am to go to the loo, couldn't resist having a look at the computer ......... didn't get any more sleep . sad.gif

Stokes had a big day and is a classy cricketer. We had our chances and fluffed them, so it will be very interesting to see the make-up of the next test team. Will Usman keep his place as Australia's worst performing number 3 batsman in history?

Congratulations to the Poms and Stokes in particular.

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Sun shining, beautiful day apparently. Trust our bowlers can spoil it for those Poms !!!

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Marcus Harris in for Bancroft ?

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I think Bradman’s average is more memorable because it is so close to 100. And ending with a “duck “ , for the best ever batsman, is priceless, and gives every batsman since, some hope.

Have just read Paine’s article in The Australian. It is fascinating, although I question the wisdom of our captain writing media articles during a test series.

We drove to Leeds on Monday tired, still excited about the Lord’s Test but keen to get the third one starting tomorrow.

There is a special feeling among this squad.

It’s an odd thing to say when you didn’t win the match, but we didn’t lose it and that was a victory in itself. There were a few things we know we could have done better, but we were all so happy about how we got through the game.

Paine’s article in The Australian

You can’t always be on top in Test cricket and things don’t always go your way, but the reason I was happy and the squad was in such good spirits is we found a way to limit the damage and hang on.

Sometimes you have to make sure you live to fight another day.

One of the things we have talked about since we arrived is finding a way when the game seems loaded against you. We are determined to dig in and defend when under siege. We know that a bad session can cost you a Test or even a series. There will be an hour when the other team has the ascendancy but you have to find a way to stop that. You can be bowled out in a session in England so you have to slow the other team’s momentum.

There was a young player in this game who did just that when called in at short notice.

We lost our best batsman, Steve Smith, we were batting in half light and we were facing some serious bowling on a pitch that was challenging. There’s plenty of things we got wrong. Our catching was bad and our use of the DRS was worse but there is a character in this group that refuses to give up and I am proud of that.

Winning away has become the hardest thing in Test cricket. To get to the third Test with a win and a draw is an achievement and one I think any touring side would take.

Everyone was talking about Steve after Edgbaston because of his centuries and they were talking about him for other reasons after he was ruled out in this one. He showed great courage to go out and bat again after being hit. It would have shaken anyone up but he just wanted to get back out there and keep batting. I guess that’s what he does.

And then everyone was talking about Jofra Archer and why not? It’s fantastic to see a young cricketer with so much talent come onto the scene and it was a bit of a buzz to face him at Lord’s. He’s fast for sure, but in Australia we’ve been brought up facing guys of his pace. Every time we have a net we have Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson coming at us like we are the opposition.

It’s going to be fun for everyone to watch how Jofra’s career turns out. People of his talent are why we play Test cricket. You want to face the best, you want to be on the extremes challenging yourself and putting into place all the things you’ve learned over the journey.

I can’t get over how well Marnus Labuschagne went when called in at extremely short notice. If I was giving votes for that game I’m giving them to him, but I might be a bit biased. He went to bed on Saturday night planning to have an early net session and that’s what he did. The guys not playing often leave ahead of the team so they can get a hit in.

When we realised Steve wouldn’t play we knew we had to get a message to him and we also knew he would be training and not looking at his phone. So I got into a car and headed to Lord’s. I know he is one of those guys who will train himself into the ground and I didn’t want that. He was in the nets on the nursery ground when I arrived and I went over and said “Take it easy, mate, you are batting today”.

I wish you could have seen the look on his face. Some players would panic, or get anxious about what lay ahead, but he just broke into this smile. He loves cricket like a kid loves Christmas. We might rib him about his endless enthusiasm and his constant chatter but he is one of those people who energises a group.

I hope people appreciate what he did in that innings. To replace Steve who had been concussed and to wear a nasty blow second delivery you face when you get out there would unsettle most players, but not Marnus. He revels in that stuff. It’s the sort of craziness that marks a special cricketer and he has the potential to be that.

The other thing that was so satisfying about his innings was that it further confirmed our belief that it takes a squad to win a series. You can’t rely on a Steve Smith or a Jofra Archer, you have to have depth and I believe we have that in our batting and bowling.

David Warner hasn’t hit his straps yet and I notice people getting a bit trigger happy on that subject, but I am not worried. We are 1-0 up in the series and he hasn’t got out of the blocks. He is a match winner and the sort of player who comes up with an innings that takes the game away from the opposition. He is also the most mentally tough cricketer I know. He is due a score and that is a dividend I am looking forward to.

This Ashes series is shaping up to be one of the best of all time. It’s a quick turnaround to the third Test but I am as keen for it to start as I was when I was a boy staying up late at night in Tasmania watching David Boon and Ricky Ponting take on England.

I’m hoping this series is one that will live in people’s memories a long time. It’s shaping up that way.


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Has anyone noticed the new ICC Test match points rules ?
Teams which play a 2 match series get the same points as teams playing a 5 match series. This means that the 5 match teams get 24 points per match for winning, and 2 match series get 60 points per match.
You have to win 5 out of 5 to get the same points as 2 out of 2.
Seems ordinary to me.

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I think the selectors will stick with what they have, maybe a bowling change ..... maybe not, but it would be tough to leave Pattinson out. I'm sure Stark would love to have a go, to show Archer a thing or two.

Can't see any batting change because so many have under-achieved. A case of crossing fingers I think. Warner is the key, so hopefully he will get some time at the crease and start causing some havoc.

Fascinating, isn't it.

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Well, it seems that Jofra Archer has blown yet another Langer theory out of the water. Line and length doesn't beat raw pace and aggression after all ......... quelle surprise !!!

We were lucky to get out of that last day with a draw, but the future doesn't look so good. I wonder if Stark might get a gig after all? Batting looks very brittle with no one in form, and Smith most likely not available for the next test.
Paine and Langer will have some serious discussions I imagine.

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Just by the way, do you think the Aussie quicks will give Archer some curry?? smile.gif

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Regarding booing, it's always a few drunks who are the most boorish ....... everywhere. Don't think our Gabba hoons would be any better late on a Saturday afternoon.

Don't think the selectors will change the team except for fast bowlers perhaps. Our batting is very fragile, but then again the Poms are faring no better. Maybe it's just difficult conditions for batsmen , what with the Pommie pitches and weather.

Bit put out that Smith didn't reach his third century ..... he deserved it.

Should be an interesting final day.

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World holds breath as Smith falls


A slight exaggeration perhaps?

Game is poised nicely for an interesting final day. Aussies have the luxury of being satisfied with a draw, so no need for unnecessary heroics.
Could Warner finally find some form and belt a winning innings?

Test cricket can be so entertaining .

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Tennis ..... Krygios ........ why is he still allowed to play?? So he gets what looks like a large fine, but I'm sure it will be one of those fines with all sorts of riders attached so that the real consequence is minuscule.

Good that he abused so openly the "bathroom break" rule, so that tennis authorities are shown to be gullible fools ........ bathroom breaks ....... for crying out loud ..... should only be available once, after 2 hours of play.

Tennis authorities seem to pander to every player's little whim, to the great detriment of the sport in general.

When the current top players retire, I wonder how much interest there will be in this indulged sport.

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Khawaja actually didn't seem ready ..... had a little daydream maybe ...... but a terrible miss which destroyed Australia's momentum. Trouble is, you can't ever make up for bad misses.

Pretty even contest thus far, so let's hope we can get a big first innings . Usman needs a hundred.

Bancroft's catch was spectacular, and a real morale booster.

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Won the toss and decided to bowl. Goes against the usual practice, so we'll see how it pans out. Better bowl and catch well !!

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Could have been called Hot Dog and Pussy, but probably not as successful with serious pet owners I guess. smile.gif

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Bancroft's last four innings ...... 8,7,33,7

I guess the 33 will be enough to keep him going in a "winning" team. I would drop him.

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Cricket Australia launches transgender, gender-diverse policy


My guess is that this initiative will cause a lot of grief, for very little gain. Nice for the boardroom types, but a nightmare for the vast majority of cricket clubs.


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One of the best and most respected fast bowlers. His figures are exceptional.

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Pretty impressed with Head’s performance in both innings.
Openers will need to do better. A first innings score from Usman would be useful.
Smith ...... brilliant.
Looking forward to Warner and Smith taking them apart in the next test.

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Another accolade for the incomparable Ellyse Perry. Best ever ?????

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/273...arlotte-edwards

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ABC ?? Don't think the luvvies there are interested in sport mate.

Fantastic innings by Smith, and Siddle also stepped up magnificently. The rest were woeful .
England might struggle if Anderson can't bowl again, so I do hope our new look bowling line-up can deliver.

English crowd were very unfunny boofheads, not at all like the Barmy Army I've seen at the Gabba. Do hope Warner and Bancroft can get some runs in the second innings and really piss them off.

Interesting , and fairly even match so far.

Umpires didn't have a very good day at all. Interesting to see the bit about where the batsmen can and can't take strike ......... I had thought they could take strike wherever they liked.

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Posted on: Jul 31 2019, 11:57 AM


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And they are telling our naive universities what to do as well. We will regret this lack of foresight.

Meanwhile, it seems that nobody in business wants Bill Shorten, so he has to start making unwanted noise in parliament again.

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Bill Shorten says Labor’s surprise election loss was “very disappointing for the nation” but has vowed to remain in parliament, arguing it is time for the party to move on and challenge the government.


Very disappointing for the nation .......... is he kidding?

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 31 2019, 11:13 AM


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The newspaper talk is that Stark will be left out .......... I hope they are kidding, and it's just feed for gullible reporters.

I would imagine that England would be delighted. What ever happened to the good old rule of cricket ..... do what the opposition would least like you to do.

Seems like the selectors are going with whatever suits their plans, so we'll see what happens. How many times has Stark come good when needed and got a fivefor ?

The other bowlers did well in the practice match on a very favourable pitch for bowlers. How will they go on a less favourable pitch?

Will be fascinating cricket.

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Posted on: Jul 30 2019, 07:48 AM


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Yes Mick

She's right up there with Jacques Kallis and Sir Gary in the all-rounder stakes.

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Posted on: Jul 28 2019, 06:40 PM


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Shayna Jack ........ I wonder if she will swim again.

Ligandrol is used to build muscle mass and strength. If she has taken it inadvertently, then her coach has some questions to answer.

What a shame, and a disaster for her.

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Posted on: Jul 25 2019, 07:52 AM


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Poms didn't look too flash at all, and the Lords pitch didn't seem too bad.

Our great experiment has been a joke, not that anyone will admit it. The only positive is for Mitch Marsh, who Langer loves anyway, and he will no doubt get the nod ........ with a test average of 25 and bowling strike rate of 76 !!!! The Poms will be trembling.

If we don't get the right players into the first Test team, we can kiss the Ashes goodbye. Will the selectors pick the best team or will they pick their favourites and hope for the best?

Sadly, I have zero confidence in Langer ....... he's a whacko !!

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Posted on: Jul 21 2019, 07:44 PM


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A successful politician in India has just died. With the name, Sheila Dikshit , I wonder how successful she would have been in good old Oz ? smile.gif

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Posted on: Jul 20 2019, 02:13 PM


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Does anybody else think that this Southampton match between two Australian cricket teams, to help selectors in naming a test squad I assume, is a massive mistake and a cheap cop-out for the selectors? Can't see any benefit for the cricketers at all. Why can't the selectors just name a squad, and change it later if needed. Is this just more Justin Langer wackiness, or selector wimpishness?

So we have bowlers trying to knock the heads off the batsmen, probably injuring themselves and some batsmen as well, batsmen with totally undue pressure being heaped on them, and in the end, Langer and co will choose who they want anyway.

What a misguided farce !!

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Posted on: Jul 11 2019, 08:47 AM


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The inquest also heard from Simon Coffey, the director of Q-dance Australia, which runs the Sydney Defqon. 1 dance musical festival, the largest annual dance music festival in Australia. Mr Coffey said he had been “abso­lutely devastated” by the deaths of Diana Nguyen, 18, and Joseph Pham, 23, who died of MDMA overdoses at the 2018 festival.

He said Australia’s harm reduc­tion approach had failed young people by “demonising” and “panicking­” them at festivals, where they would be forced to walk through a “wall of police” and sniffer dogs. In countries such as The Netherlands, police had no involve­men­t in drug law enforcement, Mr Coffey said.


..... or ....... if you take illegal drugs you might well die, and it will be entirely your own fault.


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Posted on: Jul 11 2019, 12:03 AM


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Kiwis crush a billion Indian dreams. Would be nice if we can join them in the final.

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Posted on: Jul 10 2019, 05:48 PM


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As the Folau saga drags on, Izzy's wife also came under scrutiny, but at least the netball association shows a little common sense.

Did have a little smile to myself when I read this comment from England player Geva Mentor...

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Posted on: Jul 8 2019, 05:39 PM


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Indeed Mick, Alyssa is also pretty handy.

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Posted on: Jul 8 2019, 09:06 AM


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Elysse Perry's figures in yesterday's one-dayer in England : 10 overs, 4 maidens, 7 for 22.
Any chance she could join the men's team ?

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Posted on: Jul 7 2019, 10:57 AM


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The Australian gets a little over-excited ........

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Aussies rue disastrous loss


The South Africans had a good day, and we nearly got there ....... hardly a "disaster". And playing the Poms might just be better than playing the Kiwis , who always grow extra arms and legs when playing Australia.

Semis should be great games.

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Posted on: Jul 5 2019, 04:35 PM


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ECX says this today, as it sells off Graysonline and areyouselling.

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Alongside the sale, the company said it was progressing its simplification program including resizing its cost base, resetting its corporate debt facilities and establishing a defined strategic direction.


Eh ?? weirdsmiley.gif

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Posted on: Jul 5 2019, 08:44 AM


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D-Max towing an Ultimate camper, and a very handsome chap !! biggrin.gif
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Posted on: Jul 5 2019, 08:01 AM


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I look forward to seeing you "out there" some time Mick. It's a great country to explore ...... slowly !!!

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Posted on: Jul 4 2019, 05:37 PM


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But there has to be a service network..........

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As for sales distribution, Rivian says it plans to mirror Tesla's business model: not have a traditional dealer network and instead sell to customers directly.




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Posted on: Jul 4 2019, 05:27 PM


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Hey Mick, that 4WD is absolutely awesome. I really didn't think I would be impressed by an electric 4WD for some years ....... but here it is, and in RHD as well as left .
I wonder which Aussie dealerships are lining up to sell them here? My only concern is that they are big ....... and that can be a problem in the bush.

Roll on 2021.

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Posted on: Mar 16 2019, 07:22 AM


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A car colided into a pedestrian which led to a bloody altercation using an axe.


and

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The 75-year-old driver who was known to the pedestrian, was later taken to Liverpool Hospital for an unrelated medical condition before returning back to the police station early Friday morning.



Our intrepid Australian young journalist's articles could improve with some proofreading.

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Posted on: Mar 14 2019, 09:02 AM


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A most unlikely series win B .......... but very sweet for the Aussies. The bowlers were very good ( who's our bowling coach now?), and Usman had a truly outstanding series.

Kohli will be seething !!!

We should have a pretty competitive side when up to full strength . Will be interesting to see who makes a full strength team, with a couple of very disappointed players no doubt.

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Posted on: Mar 11 2019, 07:34 AM


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Must admit that seeing India 1 for 200 I gave the Aussies no hope. Very happy surprise this morning. Turner looks good ...... wonder why he didn't play the previous two games?
Usman has found his mojo and scores pretty much at a run a ball, which helps his batting partners no end.
Finch is a problem with one decent score in a series of failures. Maxwell is always a worry for the opposition, and has scored pretty consistently.
Marsh hasn't done anything, but then he doesn't have to.
Cummins has been brilliant, with 4, 3, and 5 wickets in his last three games.

Last match of the series will be interesting.

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Posted on: Mar 6 2019, 08:51 PM


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interesting to see Sean Marsh getting a gig in the one-dayers ......... just what we need .... not !!

Langer's Luvvies are looked after.

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Posted on: Mar 2 2019, 08:23 AM


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You have to be a bit careful with these venomous bites ........ bees, snakes ....... as the effect is usually cumulative, and the reaction gets worse each time you are bitten.
I remember Ram Chandra, venom collector, gradually deteriorating and eventually dying from numerous taipan ( and others ) bites.

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Posted on: Mar 1 2019, 05:24 PM


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Langer's problem is that he seems to have a "formula", which includes "types" of cricketers, and he does not like cricketers who don't conform to his plans ..... eg Maxwell, Renshaw.

He's still trying to "prove" his ideas , even though they had very limited success in WA. Langer is proving to be a problem for CA, who of course won't do anything, especially if it means admitting they got the coach call very wrong.
I'd give Jason Gillespie a go, but perhaps he wants to get a bit more experience.

I have also noticed that Langer's pets get an extraordinary amount of leeway as regards performance ......... others get a quick boot.

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Posted on: Feb 10 2019, 11:02 AM


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Anantha Narayanan has produced a very interesting and probably controversial set of statistics about test cricket. It's a bit hard to disagree with him as he has really come up with some useful statistical tools.
Here's the link

http://www.espncricinfo.com/cricket/story/...ls-test-cricket

Will try to paste in the article as well.

Enjoy the read ....... might fill in some time for you Mick.

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ps Have tried to paste the article, but the tables become all jumbled.
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Posted on: Feb 4 2019, 01:05 PM


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And Usman drops yet another .......

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Posted on: Feb 4 2019, 08:54 AM


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Good to see Stark showing some form. IMHO all he needed was plenty of overs in match conditions, not being wrapped in cotton wool by the coaches. I like the look of Jhye Richardson, who might do well in England.

Usman Khawaja produced some meaningless runs when his test spot was on the line, and added yet another very poor missed slips catch, but I guess he'll get to England where he'll make one decent score and miss a few vital catches ..... very cynical of me I know, but Usman drives me to distraction !!

Pretty happy with our bowlers now, a good all-rounder would be handy if we could find one with some consistency ...... maybe Matt Renshaw !!!! He's getting a few out ( well actually only one ) in T-20 with his dodgy nothing balls !!!!!

Wonder if we can finish off the Sri Lankans today without too much trouble. Should be able to, but it's always a funny game isn't it.

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ps Greg Chappell leaving the scene I see. Not a great loss as a selector in my opinion.
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Posted on: Feb 1 2019, 06:02 PM


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Does not sound right, and I like your version better. Too many words between "can't" and "read" .

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Posted on: Feb 1 2019, 05:14 PM


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Great to see Joe Burns and Travis Head do well today. Sri Lankans didn't do themselves any favours in the field, and looked pretty ordinary. Usman got himself out again in very slack fashion and has to be ready for a demotion.
Great day for Canberrans, who looked as though they enjoyed themselves.

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Posted on: Jan 30 2019, 04:20 PM


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And a "thumbs up" to The Australian journalist who got this right ......

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The trio was released pending further investigation, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said, adding that the complex investigation stretched back to August and involved allegations of corruption in sport.


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Posted on: Jan 30 2019, 11:53 AM


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The US will shiver this week in a once-in-a-generation deep freeze, forecasters warn.
The most extreme arctic blasts, caused by a spinning pool of cold air known as the polar vortex, could bring temperatures as low as -53C (-64F).


Where we lived in Alberta ,Canada, it was unusual, but still happened regularly in winter, that temperatures dropped below -45F and the propane would solidify in gas tanks.
Problem was that the propane was primarily used to heat the homes/ house trailers. Lighting fires under the propane tank was not advised, but still happened !!

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Posted on: Jan 30 2019, 11:16 AM


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Our "would be" pollies have a distinctly minimal grasp of our language ....

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This morning, Mr Yates said Mr Frydenberg had failed to take action on climate change. Mr Yates said the Treasurer should not be given credit for trying to get an emissions policy through the Coalition partyroom when he was environment minister.

“If he has tried to do it he has succinctly failed,” Mr Yates told ABC radio.


Sigh.

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Posted on: Jan 27 2019, 09:52 AM


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R Chase, 8/60, crushes England. Didn't get a bowl in the first innings. Good to see the Poms being messed up a bit ......... maybe we have some small hope in the Ashes ??

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ps Great to see Pat Cummins do well, although I feel he was overbowled in yesterday's heat. Jhye Richardson also bowled really well for his 5 wickets. What the poor buggers might get at Canberra might be a bit different. Gabba pitch gets a pass mark, but nothing like the pre drop-in pitch used to be.
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Posted on: Jan 26 2019, 07:39 AM


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Great navigator and sailor, died young at 40 after 6 years in prison because of the France/England conflict. What a waste !!
Suggested the name " Australia".
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Posted on: Jan 25 2019, 10:05 AM


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Apparently about 14 -15 thousand there at night ........... bit better.

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Posted on: Jan 24 2019, 05:44 PM


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I really just don't know what the problem is triage. Maybe the rather dead drop-in wickets, maybe the QLDers are too smart to go out in the midday sun ( fierce today I can tell you) , we've all run out of money, I just don't know. Plenty at a 20/20 game which was actually a very disappointing game.

Were the Indian games well supported? I can remember seeing some pretty vast areas of empty seating. The Adelaide game seemed to average about what the Gabba first test used to get.

Maybe a few are just fed up with cricket, disappointing cricketers, disappointing cricket administrators, odd selections. The game really needs a shake up to restore some enthusiasm.

Actually T I just don't have a clue, but it is a worry.

Maybe a test win, Starc getting wickets, new batsmen scoring runs will get some interest back.

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Posted on: Jan 24 2019, 10:34 AM


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A fast, bouncy deck and an opposition he has historically dominated may be the ideal scenario through which Starc returns to better rhythm.


So why would there be a fast bouncy deck? The great old Gabba deck has long gone and replaced by the usual placid drop-in. Might be some movement through the air, as it's a bit cloudy here ..... at least it is on the Gold Coast !!

Do hope it's an entertaining game.

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Posted on: Jan 24 2019, 10:15 AM


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There have been 20 reported fatal drownings in Victoria this summer


Begs the question, "What is a non-fatal drowning?"

Sigh.

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Posted on: Jan 19 2019, 05:30 PM


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Be nice if the men had an equivalent to Ellyse Perry ..........

She just finished off the Melbourne Renegades in the women's semi-final with a 6 in the super over ........ after scoring 50+ and taking wickets, catches, run-outs for a Player of the Match performance.
She debuted for Australia before her 17th birthday, also played soccer for Australia in the Matildas, and has played in World Cups in both soccer and cricket. Back to cricket ......

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/257...on-ellyse-perry

Have a read of this article about her not yet finished season in the WBBL ........ extraordinary !! If you check out her overall performances in cricinfo her stats are impressive to say the least.

Now, where's the male edition of Ellyse ?

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Posted on: Jan 18 2019, 02:08 PM


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As Khawaja and Marsh limp along at 50% strike rate, the pressure will build on the next poor batsmen. Finch fails again. Aussies in trouble.

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Posted on: Jan 17 2019, 02:21 PM


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“Finchy’s not far off from making some runs,” Langer said.

“He is working so hard and just needs that little bit of luck to turn things around.”


I'll bet some other Australian cricketers wished they would get the same lenient treatment.

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Posted on: Jan 15 2019, 08:34 PM


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Wonder why Maxwell isn't getting a bowl at this stage ??

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Posted on: Jan 15 2019, 08:00 PM


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Yes Mick, Marsh has an average of 40 in one -dayers, and has performed. My concern is that he is 35+ and we need some younger batsmen coming through.
I see that Usman was successful with his latest catch, so hopefully he can continue.

Would be a turn-up if we can beat India today, but it's a tall order.

Finch not performing at all ...... that's a worry.

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Posted on: Jan 12 2019, 08:36 AM


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Are Khawaja, Marsh and Handscomb our best batting prospects in one day games ??? Heaven help us !!

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Posted on: Jan 11 2019, 03:42 PM


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Disappointing (very) night after all, as far as the cricket was concerned. Not much skill on show, just lots of noise. Not sure if I'll bother again ...... maybe if my grandson wants to go !!

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Posted on: Jan 9 2019, 08:50 PM


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Meanwhile, I'm off to the Gabba for a BBL game tomorrow night, with my son and grandson ........ happy days !! biggrin.gif

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Posted on: Jan 9 2019, 02:09 PM


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So, our next intrepid band of tourers has been announced. The interesting inclusion is Will Pucovski. His "record" (8 first class matches) includes 2 centuries and a half century. He has a double century in that. His average is a respectable 49. His average without the double century is a less remarkable 31. Will has had several concussions and time off for mental issues. Seems like an ideal candidate for the Australian test team. Matthew Hayden must be laughing ........... or at least shaking his head in wonder.
We also have Burns and Renshaw back, so I do hope they make the most of their well earned chance.
The Marsh boys were very lucky to have the matches they played.

Another interesting time ahead.

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Posted on: Jan 5 2019, 08:50 PM


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Here's our rather sorry batting average performances so far .....

Harris, 36.5
Head . 33.8
Khawaja, 27.7
S. Marsh , 26.1
Paine , 24.8
Cummins*, 23.2
Handscomb* , 19.2 ( 17 after 2 tests)
Finch , 16.1
M Marsh , 9.5
Labuschagne , 38 ( one innings)

Obviously a very uncompetitive effort. Khawaja has one decent score, Harris has been OK, S Marsh has failed again, Paine is losing confidence, Cummins is an all-rounder, Head has done OK but also losing confidence. Handscomb is world's luckiest cricketer recalled with an average of 17, Finch should be left out of test cricket at the moment. M Marsh not up to it but still loved apparently. Marnus Labuschagne also extremely lucky, but at least made some runs first up.

Is this really the best set of batsmen we have ??!!

Mitchell Stark seems lost .... no enthusiasm, no consistency, no life. Did he get a decent preparation ??

Can't see anything improving until the selectors and coach are changed.

Tough being a cricket tragic at the moment.

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Posted on: Dec 30 2018, 07:37 AM


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Aussies humiliated again by a very good Indian team. We shouldn't be that far behind.
As I see it, we have two problems ........ selectors with agendas ....... Chappell and Langer.

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A classic " It's not my fault !!" WA's cricket chief makes very weak excuses for the very weak Bancroft. He has no toughness if he can't say no to cheating if he doesn't want to do it.

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Bancroft cheated to ‘fit in’: WACA chief



Hope he can do well again, but I don't see him in the baggy green again.

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That would actually be "no one" ........

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The SEC had also demanded oversight of the mercurial Mr Musk’s social media use. But he said in the interview that noone was proofreading his tweets.


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Tasmania Police say there is a “zero per cent chance” the pilot of a twin-engine plane that crashed in the state’s rugged wilderness this weekend survived the horror ordeal.


I rather think that "horror ordeal" is quite a bit over the top. I guess that "crash" would not cut it in today's thirst for hyperbole.

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The bloke who coined " virtue signalling" writes an interesting article.
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Despite ‘virtue signalling’, words tend to fail the Right
JAMES BARTHOLOMEW


When I coined the term “virtue signalling” in an article for The Spectator, it never occurred to me that the phrase would take off. At first there were just a few mentions of it in the British press — sometimes with acknowledgments to me, sometimes not.

Then it became used more and more. Next it leapt across seas and boundaries. It appeared in India and South Africa. Then it appeared in a mainstream American newspaper — The Boston Globe, I think. I subscribed to Google notifications. At first I was delighted at each individual mention. Now there are too many to follow. They come from all across the English-speaking world every day.

For those who have not come across the phrase, it means saying something to indicate that you are a good, moral person without actually doing anything at all.


Often this is done by expressing anger and outrage. So people will say “I hate Trump” to indicate that they are the right sort of person who abhors things that Donald Trump has said and done. I saw a poster at the front of a house recently saying “Love Trumps Hate”. Implicitly the householder believes in love and opposes hate. Which means they are declaring themselves to be a good person. But note that they have declared their goodness without doing anything.

The term has really annoyed some people. The phrase is not necessarily against the Left but left-wing journalists have been particularly irritated, writing invectives against the phrase and the concept. They say it is a weapon of the “far Right” to dismiss moral behaviour and legitimate protest.

They choose to ignore the fact the original article distinguished between true virtue — such as looking after a disabled husband through the last 10 years of his life — and statements intended merely to boast of virtue without doing anything. The anger is revealing. It shows that some on the Left feel stung. The phrase has provoked them because they realise that they have taken a hit in the silent conflict you could call “word wars”.

These are continuing conflicts and skirmishes over the language we use. They take place without anyone having declared war. They are, in effect, attempts to change the way we think about things by altering the language we use.

There are many fronts on which these wars are fought. Sexuality, for example.

It was a great triumph in the war of words when those who are attracted to the same sex named themselves “gays” rather than any of the earlier disparaging and insulting words.

Race is another battleground of words with acceptable words for different races changing over time. But let’s stick to politics.

In general, the Left has been overwhelmingly more successful in word creation, starting with “socialism”. The word is based on “social”, which is a friendly sort of word. It’s vastly more companionable than the term “levellers”, which some people in Britain with a desire for more equality were called in the 17th century.

The phrase “social justice” was a clever victory for the Left, too. It brought together that friendly word “social” with “justice”. How could anyone be opposed to that? But, in fact, it was always a device to make left-wing policies sound as though they were merely a matter of justice.

Another big coup was when, in 1962, a group of sociologists got together at a conference in Britain. The poverty that existed before World War II was decreasing year by year. The statistics clearly showed more people owning washing machines and televisions, having indoor toilets and so on.

The sociologists wanted to shock people — or you might say they wanted to keep themselves in business — and they came up with the brilliant idea of redefining poverty. Eventually they decided that someone was in poverty if they had only 60 per cent of average earnings. Bingo! Poverty was back!

In fact, it would continue forever because there would always be people on less than the average income unless the government ­determined all incomes at a level rate and ownership of property was banned.

In other words, unless something akin to communism was imposed. Their great success was to persuade governments — and then international institutions such as the OECD — to accept their redefinition of the word.

Just occasionally, the Right has won a battle or two. Margaret Thatcher did well by calling for “free markets” and “free enterprise” rather than using the term capitalism — a word that Marx and tens of thousands of university lecturers around the world had succeeded in besmirching.

More recently, the Right has done pretty well with sarcasm, using the term “social justice warrior” or just “SJW” for short.

In these wars, many terms are created but most don’t catch on. Tom Switzer, the director of the Centre for Independent Studies, tells me he was once insulted as an “RWNJ”.

Mystified? So was I. It is meant to stand for “right-wing nutjob”. But it is pretty difficult to say those letters, so I guess the abbreviation will be left behind on the field of battle as an ineffective weapon.

The Left is now trying to label those it doesn’t like as “fascists”. I suspect that this, also, is a bridge too far. It relies on the public being totally ignorant of history and not realising that Mussolini, Franco and Hitler were dictators and that however loathsome Trump may or may not be, he can be removed by the American people in two years at the next presidential election.

Similarly, if you call Churchill a “fascist”, how come he was fighting Hitler?

Long ago, though, the Left pulled off a great trick in getting most people to think that fascism was right wing.

Fascism’s roots were, in fact, overwhelmingly on the Left and closely connected to trade unions, particularly in Italy. The full name of the Nazi party was the National Socialist Party. It was “national” socialist to distinguish itself from the international socialists in the Soviet Union.

And so the word wars continue. The Left generally has had the upper hand. But there are many more battles to come.

James Bartholomew is a British commentator and author of The Welfare of Nations who is visiting Australia as the Centre for Independent Studies’ 2018 scholar-in-residence.
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You're right T, today was pretty pathetic. I tried to get my ancient radio working but failed to get AM working, so watched a bit of Ch 7. Yesterday was better.

Must get the radio working again !!

We'll need a minor miracle, but where there's life ..........

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Well, thank goodness we have finally reached the point of no return, because now we can all just relax, not worry about trying to save the world, we can stop wasting billions a year on futile "climate saving" pursuits, and get on with just being happy little capitalists.

Fat chance !!

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A very good day for the Aussies. The Indians seemed to be a bit wasteful and may rue their rather careless approach early on. Bowlers were pretty good all day, and early fielding was excellent.

I actually started watching and listening to the Ch 7 commentary, and found it not too bad ........ I didn't turn it off, and actually I thought the overall coverage was quite a bit better than I had anticipated.

Preferred it to the recent Ch 9 efforts.

Usman's catch was a ripper. Amazing what a difference being fit can make, plus a touch of luck with the ball sticking nicely. Cummin's run out was brilliant, and should lift the team for the night.

Really looking forward to tomorrow's play.

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Seven confirmed Bruce McAvaney will form part of their cricket coverage, with the iconic sports broadcaster to host a lunch-break show during the Melbourne and Sydney Tests.


Oh Lord, it's enough to make one weep with anguish. It's quite amazing that TV is so bereft of fresh ideas.

C'mon Aussies !!

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Captain Tim Paine has named Australia's XI for the first Domain Test of the summer, confirming Victoria opener Marcus Harris will make his Test debut and batter Peter Handscomb will play ahead of allrounder Mitch Marsh.


Has the Aussie captain named the eleven in the past ? I had thought that the chairman of selectors usually did the team announcement. Mitch Marsh out .... oh my gosh.

Aussies will do well to be competitive, but there's no excuses for our bowling and fielding performance, so the match will be very interesting.

Ch 7 coverage ...... we await with bated breath !!

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We're all doomed .......... again !!

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Climate change: 'World at crossroads'


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Yes Mick, a pretty dismal effort getting 90 after the first three batsmen scored 81 !! The next 8 batsmen managed 5 runs between them !!

Good to see Matt Renshaw in the runs again, if only in grade cricket ....... poor old Wynnum/Manly .

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Matt Renshaw, overlooked for an Australia Test place, has plundered a record 345 in grade cricket for his club Toombul in Queensland.

Renshaw's monumental knock, which came against Wynnum/Manly, took 273 balls and included 38 fours and 12 sixes. It eclipsed the record for Queensland Premier Cricket of 311 set by Wade Townsend, the former Queensland batsman, in 2009-10. He was involved in partnerships of 256 and 206 for the third and fourth wickets as Toombul amassed 4 for 550.


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Posted on: Nov 24 2018, 03:21 PM


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From the Weekend Australian

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Some witnesses struggled, some survived and some shined.


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Posted on: Nov 22 2018, 01:53 PM


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One Mitch Mott in the Adelaide Advertiser

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SA Power Network crews were sent to repair power lines which felled from strong winds or snagged by broken branches across Adelaide, including on Marion Rd, Mitchell Park and Seaview Rd next to Henley Beach Hotel.

Sand bags were being distributed to properties and SES volunteers were kept busy as the night unfolded.


I know that predictive text can be to blame, but doesn't anyone ever read these reports before publishing ? " as the night unfolded" ??!!

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Matt Renshaw doesn't even make the test squad ......... so much for topping the Shield in runs scored. Looks like a Matt Hayden scenario again.
In fairness to selectors Renshaw hasn't scored the runs, but I do get the feeling that coach Langer doesn't like him.

Hope he makes plenty for Queensland while the Aussies are touched up by the Indians.

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No worries Mick, we romped home .

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So what changes to be made? My guess is that they will go with that winning?? combination from the last series. Marsh boys have done enough to stay, although failing miserably in the last series. Henshaw is out of luck and form at the moment. Usman was wise and didn't play in the SS games lately, so he'll be right for the series.
More of the same ........ and same result probably. Crap.

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Asked whether the scenes of devastation had changed his view on climate change, Trump said: "No. I have a strong opinion. I want great climate and we're going to have that and we're going to have forests that are very safe."


The Donald is more powerful than we all thought !! wacko.gif

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Greg Chappell as a selector is also a problem. Has never been able to have an unbiased approach.

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No, T , he doesn't, and shouldn't be opening in this game either. I don't know if this is coach Langer's idea, but it's a bad one. If they are trying to protect Head he shouldn't be in the side.

Tell you what, I think the Langer as coach idea is going to bring misery to quite a few players before CA admit they got it wrong, and that will take quite a long time. Pity the players who don't fit Langer's little schemes. The WA team did well for a season, but not so well the next season. Time will tell.

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It's a bit bizarre Mick. It's also bizarre that he has been here since 1990's but hated our society. It's also bizarre that the Somali community regards his family ( I assume including him) as well respected.

Haven't read of any outrage or complaint about his behaviour from the Muslim community.

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Posted on: Nov 10 2018, 09:06 AM


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"wants" should be "went".
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Thank goodness Chris Lynn wants nuts for an over. It was enough to get the Aussies over the line in the end. Hope they enjoyed the after match drinks and the "winning" feeling.
Saffas will be fuming. tongue.gif

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Posted on: Nov 9 2018, 04:53 PM


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Well, well ,well ...... things are looking up for Australia. We damn near batted out the 50 overs, and scored over 200 runs. Adam Zampa has undoubtedly earned himself an opener position in the batting line-up. Hazelwood deserves promotion as well.
Dale Steyn has to be forgiven for going to sleep in the field when he did ...... must be tough trying to concentrate out there.

Look out Saffas, the Aussies are coming for you here in Adelaide.

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Posted on: Nov 8 2018, 07:35 AM


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Ah yes, you do have to be a "celebrity" to rate a mention. The name of the game is video or sound bites, no real news or research required or wanted.

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Posted on: Nov 7 2018, 11:22 AM


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All that may be true, but we're absolutely number one in AFL ........ wacko.gif

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Posted on: Nov 5 2018, 07:17 AM


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Mitch Marsh has scored some runs so he's safe for the next series.

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6 for 66 ....... that's better . sad.gif

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Aussies going well at 3/8 ............

Glad it's not on free to air tele !!!

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Responding to Mr Yunes in an open letter, the migrants said the governor's decision to withdraw his offer to help transport people hundreds of kilometres was unacceptable.


The "refugees" heading across Mexico to the US.

Don't you love these people who "demand their rights" as soon as they enter a free country.

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Posted on: Nov 2 2018, 01:36 PM


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I'm sure they'll be storing all that energy in a battery somewhere.

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There you go, Peever has resigned !!

Hope the players with test ambitions can get going this weekend. There are a few who need some good figures from the next couple of games.

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Simon Longstaff's review of Australian cricket seems to hit the nail on the head.
He seems to say that the "culture" of winning at all costs wasn't just the players, but also in the arrogant CA administration. He sheets most of the blame to CA, and
recommends wholesale changes in admin positions.

Can't see that happening ........ sack myself? I don't think so !!

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Cricket Australia ball-tampering review scathing of leadership, emphasis on winning, arrogant approach


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Posted on: Oct 27 2018, 10:11 AM


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Rod Marsh: The Complete Illustrated Autobiography is published by Affirm Press ($45).

In the Weekend Australian, Gideon Haigh talks with Rod Marsh, and what Marsh says makes perfect sense to me. What a pity he left the selection panel.


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Posted on: Oct 26 2018, 05:14 PM


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And now this in today's news .....

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Will Pucovski, the highly-rated Victoria batsman who made a double-century in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield, will take an indefinite break from the game for treatment on a mental health-related illness.


Poor bugger. Hope he gets well and enjoys his cricket again.

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henrietta
Posted on: Oct 23 2018, 12:12 PM


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Will Swanton ( The Australian ) , who should know better, is giving Will Pukovski huge wraps and reckons he's ready for test cricket.
What about giving the state bowlers a season to test him out and then see how he goes in the following season. He does seem to be a great prospect, but I wouldn't be rushing him into international cricket without some more first class experience. Perhaps wiser heads than Swanton's will encourage Pukovski, while letting him get more experience.

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Posted on: Oct 21 2018, 08:59 AM


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And obviously Shaun [Marsh] and Mitch [Marsh] haven't had their best series, but we also know they're good cricketers who have had a tough time.


Ah well, that's OK then Justin. What about the "good cricketers" who don't even get a chance? Roll on WA Inc.

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Posted on: Oct 19 2018, 08:18 PM


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It will now be very interesting to see what Langer and the selectors have to say. They obviously won't say that they got it terribly wrong !!!
Feel sorry for Usman, going well and fit. Will probably provide yet another lifeline for one of the sainted Marsh boys.
None of the new boys did very well really, but will probably benefit from the selectors' reluctance to admit they got it very wrong.
Well done Pakistan, played to the conditions much better than the Aussies ........ note the Pakistan wickets by fast/medium bowlers.

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henrietta
Posted on: Oct 17 2018, 08:09 PM


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Apart from dropping straightforward catches and not bothering to ground his bat in the crease, Marnus is doing well. Marsh brothers continue to set the world alight with batting prowess.
Selectors deserve all the rubbish they get.

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henrietta
Posted on: Oct 15 2018, 02:00 PM


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According to The Australian, Renshaw is to be sent home , with other extras, to play Shield.
Seems like the WA boys are in control.

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Posted on: Oct 13 2018, 08:25 AM


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Google gets it wrong ........

I asked, "does Mothers Naturally Black affect paint", and Google wrongly admonished me with

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Did you mean: does Mothers Naturally Black effect paint


with "effect" emphasised.


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A very gritty effort by the Aussies, and top marks to Paine. Usman has finally been a match saver on the continent, so hopefully he can continue .
I hope Renshaw returns to the side next test, but who will make way?

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Posted on: Jul 7 2018, 09:36 AM


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Grace Collier , in The Australian , gets a bit worked up.

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One of the most depressing things I learned from my time in the labour movement is this: the union movement is a hotbed of hatred. People within an individual union hate each other, then as a union they hate all the other unions, and in their ALP activism they hate all the people in their faction only marginally less than all the people in the other factions.

Then, if the union movement is a hotbed of hatred, the ALP is the mutual hate society, and the only thing all of these haters have in common is that they hate the bosses, the Tories, the Liberals and their stooges slightly more than they hate each other.

And this week, the present king of this gargantuan, putrid heap of steaming hatred just revealed himself for what he really is.


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henrietta
Posted on: Jun 5 2018, 11:39 AM


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Yikes!! Ordinary people have "rights" too .

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The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple in a much anticipated decision which upheld the need to respect religious tolerance over claims of discrimination.


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The carbon dioxide load from volcanoes is taken up by oceans and plant growth.

Climate scientist Michael Mann said “unless there was a dramatic upsurge in volcanic activity, it doesn’t contribute (to climate change) at all”.


But apparently carbon dioxide from electricity generationis rejected by plants and oceans...........

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