Paxter

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  1. Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    First we had a Family First senator (Gichuhi) and an independent defector (Bernardi). Now we have a Family First senator (Bernardi) and an independent defector (Gichuhi). As Albo said: "1+1=1"
  2. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    Congratulations to Younis Khan on becoming the first Pakistani to make it to the 10,000-club. He's eclipsed the likes of Javed, Inzy and Yousuf to become Pakistan's highest test run-scorer. He also boasts the highest test average of any Pakistani batsman (just shading Javed, who admittedly played in a less batsmen-friendly period). And together with Misbah, he propelled Pakistan to the top of the test rankings, despite not playing a true home test in nearly a decade. Pakistan cricket won't be the same without him.
  3. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    ithanos! Nice to see you around these parts; hope you're well. I'm not much of a war novels reader, but the last book I read in that vein was The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Not an ANZAC book, but still worth a read, especially for the diverse range of perspectives (an Australian doctor, a Japanese general, a Korean soldier). I'm so disappointed! This was on my to-read list for May, I might bump it off now.
  4. Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Haha fair call K. Liking it so far! I'm only two weeks in. The people are great and it's pretty interesting work; I'm working on foster care reform.
  5. Aussies LXV - what choices have we?!

    Just a bit of a drive-by post to point and laugh at Turnbull's attempts to defend the changes to the citizenship test. What a joke. In some personal news, some of you will be pleased to know that I've finally ditched financial sector regulation and am now working at NSW Dept of Family & Community Services.
  6. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    Finished Greenwell's debut novel What Belongs To You. I'm not sure this quite lived up to the hype, but I enjoyed the unique setting (modern day Sofia), the insights into a culture I know little about and the beautiful prose, especially the lyrical descriptions of post-Soviet Bulgaria. I also finished the latest volume of Saga. Now turning to some local fiction: Hannah Kent's Burial Rites (written by an Australian, set in 19th Century Iceland!)
  7. Deadwood

    Thanks for that update, I was otherwise beginning to fear for this project! It would be a cruel blow if it didn't go ahead now that fans have their hopes up.
  8. I enjoyed the first two seasons. I thought that the relatively 'low stakes' Jimmy sequences were balanced nicely with Mike's narrative, which tended to be more suspenseful and in keeping with the higher stakes of BB. I'm looking forward to the two storylines (hopefully) coalescing in this season, as Jimmy begins to move outside of the narrow bounds of 'elder law'.
  9. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    The lack of immediate response to your post probably tells a story! I tend to agree that this summer's Ashes will go Australia's way. England and Australia's recent tours of India suggest that Australia is the better side, particularly in the bowling department. It's likely that the fast-bowling contingent of Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Pattinson, Sayers and Bird will expose an England batting line-up inexperienced in Australian conditions. Batting wise, Australia's captain is in a rich vein of form, while the likes of Warner and Khawaja will provide a lot more backbone to Australia's batting than was on display in India. Having said that, I think there a few factors that might work in England's favour: This may be the first Ashes tour in decades not to feature a WACA test. The venue for the third test remains unconfirmed and will depend upon whether the new Perth stadium is completed in time. If this occurs, England will avoid having to play on a pitch on which they have historically struggled and may instead enjoy more benign conditions on a drop-in wicket. The Adelaide test will be a day-nighter. While Australia has been quite successful in this format so far, I think that England's bowling could be a tricky proposition under lights, especially if there is some movement in the air with the pink ball. Someone like Jimmy Anderson could really enjoy those conditions. Australia was comprehensively beaten by South Africa last summer and showed some vulnerabilities against Pakistan. Despite the impressive recovery after the Hobart test, there were quite a few instances in which a fairly young, inexperienced Australian side was placed under pressure, even by a misfiring Pakistan team. As always, the first test at the 'Gabba will be an important barometer for the series. If England can at least get a draw there, or even put up a strong fight, the remaining pitches should provide more opportunities to attack the hosts. It (hopefully) won't be like the India tour, during which England drew the first test only to wilt over the remaining matches.
  10. April Reads: What, fool, are you reading?!?

    I finished Thinking, Fast and Slow. Kahneman (a Nobel-prize winning psychologist) provides an insightful and comprehensive overview of human biases and decision making. As Isk mentioned earlier, he writes in a light-hearted and accessible manner, transforming what could be quite a dour subject matter into something that is both challenging and worthwhile. My only criticism relates to the final section on memory and the concept of 'self'. While it was very thought-provoking, it felt a little out of sync with the previous material and probably deserves its own book. Now for a change of tack: Greenwell's What Belongs To You.
  11. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    Yes - visiting them. But India did not host a single test against Bangladesh until February 2017. Bangladesh have been playing tests since 2000. Just took them 17 years to earn the privilege!
  12. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    In a predictable move, Cricket Australia is now lobbying for the planned tour of Bangladesh to be a strictly limited-overs affair. I hope the BCB hold firm on this - every other side in international cricket (even India!) has done Bangladesh the courtesy of playing them in test matches in the recent past. But Australia still seems to consider themselves above doing so. I for one would much rather see whether Australia's batting can hold firm against Bangladesh's test attack than watch yet another irrelevant and insipid ODI series!
  13. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    My heart goes out to the Black Caps; South Africa were undeserving winners on that tour. New Zealand showed a lot of fight and displayed impressive depth in their squad. It's been interesting watching the fallout from Australia's narrow defeat in India. Most pundits and fans seem to fall in to one of two camps: Australia is still pretty terrible in subcontinental conditions, but Smith played the series of a lifetime to maintain competitiveness; or Australia has really improved in subcontinental conditions and has moved on from the whitewashes against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India over the last few years. I'm squarely in camp 1! But I'm also squarely in the 'biased against Australia' camp :P. One thing is for sure: this is a far better Australian team than the one that lost to South Africa at the start of the Aussie summer. ETA: One thing people don't seem to disagree with (and I don't either): neither team covered themselves in glory in that series in terms of playing in the spirit of the game.
  14. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    Jeez. De Kock already in at 60/5! Would be an amazing victory if NZ can pull this off. Meanwhile, Pujara has been disastrously run out at Dharamsala...
  15. Cricket 30: World Twenty20 and beyond

    The problem for NZ is South Africa's batting depth - De Kock coming in at number 7 and averaging over 50 is pretty daunting. Almost reminiscent of the Australian line-up that had Gilchrist at 7. That was some innings from Williamson though.