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  1. Jeor

    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    I agree De Kock will have an uphill battle with the captaincy given the current state of the side. Captaining across three formats while also keeping wicket is virtually unheard of - Dhoni did it for a while, I guess? I would have thought the steadier choice would be Elgar given his greater experience and he has been interim captain on a couple of occasions. Maybe they could have made Elgar the Test captain while having De Kock as ODI/T20s captain. But Elgar's recent form hasn't been great so maybe that scared them off.
  2. Sad that Holden goes - or more correctly, sad for the jobs that go along with it. But if it was only getting by on government subsidies, no point in drawing it out to a long death. I see Ken Henry and the NSW Treasurer are having a bit of a go at the federal politicians for the lack of tax reform. There has been a distinct lack of appetite for reform in any area in the last 20 years (carbon tax the exception) - a far cry from the Hawke, Keating and Howard days where some bold economic moves were made.
  3. Totally agree with this. I'm really hoping that once the Democratic nominee is decided, people will really focus on the fact that it's this nominee (whoever it is) versus Trump. Simple binary choice there and while some Democratic voters will throw their toys out of the pram and take the third option of not voting at all, I'm hoping they're a very small group. However, if it's Bloomberg who gets the nomination, I can see Sanders supporters downing tools simply because he's a billionaire who will have been seen to have "stolen" or "bought" the nomination out from under Bernie's nose. Never mind that Bloomberg would still be miles better than Trump. If he does win the nomination (still a long way out now), Bloomberg will probably need to nominate a strongly progressive VP. If he can keep the progressives on board, along with his money and his ability to attract centrists and moderate Republicans, Bloomberg would be a formidable opponent for Trump.
  4. In some ways it's a blessing in disguise for the Coalition. They can now do whatever they want and blame the lack of surplus on external factors like coronavirus, and to a lesser extent (as some may blame them for the severity of them) the bushfire season. Essentially they're off the hook.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Yes, of the 8 BBL teams, the Melbourne Stars and Hobart Hurricanes are the only sides not to have won it all, and the Stars have reached at least the semis in 8 out of the 9 seasons, which seems incredible. Babar is going to become the next leading Pakistani batsman if he isn't already at 25. The problem for Pakistan is that they only seem to be able to produce one of them at a time...Miandad, Abbas, Inzamam, Misbah barely overlapped and if they did it wasn't when they were at their peaks. I guess Saeed Anwar, Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and to an extent Imran Khan provided some batting strength at various times too, but Pakistan never seem to be able to pull together a cohesively strong batting lineup with several reliable performers back-to-back. They never seem to have trouble putting together a bowling attack, so it's really been the main thing preventing them from ever becoming a major Test power.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Well, at least they got on the field for the BBL final, even if it was a 12 overs-per-side slugfest. The Melbourne Stars are really attracting the label of serial chokers. Just can't chase a total and if Stoinis and Maxwell don't fire, their batting collapses in a heap. Stoinis and Maxwell are also far better at setting a total rather than chasing it. The Sixers deserved to win it - they beat the Stars 3 times out of 4 this season, including twice in the finals now. Glad they managed to do it in a game rather than by default.
  7. I think it should also be pointed out that Australian crowds are generally quite cynical. So this is a major generalisation, but Federer is made for the Wimbledon crowd; his style of play is romantic and at least appears effortless (in comparison to Nadal and Djokovic's more visible strenuousness). Though French fans can be notoriously fickle and favourably inclined to booing, they have embraced the fellow Western European in Nadal. Australian crowds? Well, they're just generally hard to win over. They love an underdog (which Djokovic is never one at the Australian Open) and they don't need much excuse to turn on players, especially if they're good. Tall poppy syndrome is a pretty big thing in Australia.
  8. My understanding is that although the actions taken to award the grants was perfectly legal (all projects approved were eligible) it was the process of their selection that was under scrutiny - according to some ranking system, a lot of projects scored highly and didn't get funding while lower-scoring projects got funding (being in marginal electorates). While the minister is not bound to go by the rankings advice, and thus decisions were not corrupted in a strictly legal sense, it's still not a good look.
  9. I think it's pretty clear that, globally speaking, Djokovic has less of a fanbase than Federer and Nadal. So on that basis the organisers would probably have wanted a better marketing outcome. To be fair it was probably more an issue with the women's draw. A Barty-Halep match-up would have been a dream final of two top, top players - the Aussie hero and World No. 1 versus another former World No. 1 who's still playing very well, near the peak of her powers. And Halep is one of the most popular players on the WTA in her own right. So to miss having both of them in the women's final would have been a shock and no doubt a letdown to the tournament organisers. Thiem will be able to hang in some of the rallies with Djokovic, but Djoker will just be too good. Thiem's weak serve will also be a problem, as I think Djoker will be able to tee off on it. He has a phenomenal record in Australian Open finals and it would be a big shock if Thiem put any sort of dent in it. I'm calling Djokovic in straight sets. If Thiem plays really well, maybe he'll stretch it to four but I doubt it.
  10. I am a big Halep fan and it's a shame she lost...this would have been a pretty open tournament for her and she was a big favourite. Australian Open organisers must be tearing their hair out. The home hero Barty is out, Halep is also a big draw and she's out, and with Federer and Nadal both out that leaves the most unpopular of the Big Three (Djokovic) as the only big name. Tennis lovers will know about Kenin, Muguruza, and whichever one of Thiem / Zverev gets through, but for the occasional punter who tunes into the tennis it's a pretty low-selling lineup.
  11. Poor Barty. But she's only 23 - there are bound to be plenty more opportunities. In other news...I wonder if this coronavirus stuff is going to hit here much. NSW schools have already asked students to stay home if they've visited China.
  12. I assume once the ramifications of Brexit get ugly there will be a slow drip to a pro-EU movement. Of course, having done Brexit in the first place, I can't imagine they'll get concessions like the pound again.
  13. Jeor

    Football: Better Call Raul

    Yes, in theory that works. However, I think a DoF at United is really in a Catch-22. If they do have the authority and staying power to implement a long-term vision, then United will have trouble attracting top managers as the DoF will be seen as the real power. If they don't, then the position is kind of defunct and relegated to a "chief scout" position and you get none of the benefits of having a DoF. That being said, now's as good a time as any to appoint one with an inexperienced manager like Solskjaer at the helm. Plus, simply by appointing one, Woodward would be able to insulate himself from any accountability for on-the-field performances.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    Confusing, but I sort of like the format. Unlike other knockout/playoff formats, this does at least reward you for your final position on the table and doesn't treat places equally. That being said, it is a bit ridiculous that they played a gazillion matches this season just to eliminate three sides and five still stay in.
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    Cricket 38: Ashes Openers Crash and Burns

    I always wondered why Foakes hasn't been given a look. He's the right age (26), Test and First-class average around 40, and unlike Buttler and Bairstow he's actually a real wicketkeeper. Perhaps his batting isn't as pyrotechnic as those two, but it's clear that neither of them are in good form for Test cricket.