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  1. Linda Reynolds is toast, I don't think she'll be able to survive those comments. Porter might have a bit more of a chance in the court of public opinion, but I wouldn't be surprised if he takes a sabbatical of some sort or gets reshuffled to a quieter ministry.
  2. And it's not that much of a surprise that the Cabinet member accused of rape some thirty years ago is Christian Porter. There have been rumours of him being a bit of a philanderer with young interns etc although obviously this is a case from a very long time ago. It's a difficult one as his accuser has tragically committed suicide and I don't know whether they'll be able to investigate or uncover very much more. While victim accounts deserve to be believed (and culturally this is something that society always struggles with), Porter has not been charged with anything by the police and I think ending his political career at this point seems premature. I suspect voters at the next election might make that decision for him. However, in the current moment I do think his position as Attorney-General specifically is untenable. The public allegations may cause people to question his impartiality and you don't want a lack of confidence in the ability to apply the law fairly from the highest legal officer in the land. So in the coming days I expect he might have to stand aside from that office, even if his parliamentary career as a whole isn't necessarily over.
  3. Terrible review by Bairstow there. With the instant review, he must have thought he had hit it (when he had just hit his shoe instead) but that was stone dead plumb. Looks like it could be a good match!
  4. Yeah, pretty simple win for Djokovic. He's clearly holding up the best of the Big Three (and is also the youngest, which makes sense). To see him going up against Nadal on clay at the French Open (assuming it goes ahead - still a few months for France to get on top of it) would be interesting, though.
  5. I guess part of the difference also is that guys like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are essentially going to be retiring at the top, or close to it. Previously players would at least have the common decency to decline as they aged, so that the transition was gradual...whereas now, it will just be a new look all around.
  6. The men's game will have a vacuum not just from a Slams and experience point of view, but from a charisma point of view as well. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are known worldwide and even by non-tennis fans. There's no one with that name recognition and superstar sort of status left after them. Someone like Kyrgios (who I don't like) might have the potential to do it, if he were to become a bit more consistent and become a genuine Top 10 player. Maybe I'm doing them a disservice - in the absence of the Big Three, it may be that we hear more about and get to know Thiem, Medvedev, Zverev more and they break out in the public imagination. But this is likely to be the biggest generational break in a while. In the 90s there was a fairly consistent line where the No. 1 mantle passed but players stuck around. You had Becker/Edberg initially, then Courier, then Sampras and Agassi - but they all had quite a bit of overlap and played each other lots while still in the Top 10. There was an "orderly transition" as players retired and new players came in but not all at once. Other players like Thomas Muster, Michael Chang had long careers and there were people like Pat Rafter who popped up from time to time. There was a little bit of wilderness before Federer came along - Lleyton Hewitt sort of filled the breach for a bit.
  7. Yes, Serena's lack of lateral movement is her biggest weakness and that's her age coming into it. She can still hit winners and aces when the match is on her terms, but her defensive tennis is no longer there. In her prime, Serena could chase down balls and still hit big, scrambling but quickly turning rallies from losing positions into winning ones. Against lesser opponents, it's not so obvious, but when the ball is coming at you at the high-octane speed that Osaka is hitting, it really exposes Serena's declining defensive skills.
  8. Women's tennis has changed a lot since the serve-volley Jana Novotna and Steffi Graf's slice backhand. Osaka and Williams are absolutely pounding the ball at each other. Looks like Osaka will take this, though - her game (big serve, big groundstrokes) is like Serena's except 16 years younger.
  9. Well the circumstances combined for an unexpected Serena win. she was in good form and Halep was uncharacteristically off-colour with quite a few errors, especially at key moments. If Serena plays like this she still has a decent chance of winning the title, although I think defeating Osaka and then potentially Barty is going to be a harder ask. Djokovic takes out Zverev in a tight tussle. I think it's fairly obvious that while Djokovic is certainly suffering from some injury, it's not as bad as it's made out to be. As I think Andy Murray said, if you have an actual abdominal tear, you really can't play properly. He looked good at times against Zverev and I wouldn't count Djoker out, the Australian Open is his baby. I do wonder if Nadal has slipped under the radar a bit this year, though, with Djoker and the new guard (Thiem/Medvedev/Zverev) being the focus. Nadal might just have No. 21 in him as well.
  10. Looking forward to the matchup between Serena Williams and Simona Halep tonight. Serena has a 9-2 record against her but you have to think Halep has the edge on a 39 year-old Williams, who she defeated in the Wimbledon final 18 months ago. Then again, the Australian Open is one of Serena's favourite Slams and doing it without a crowd might be one of the better chances she has of equalling Margaret Court's record.
  11. Strong performance from England. Take a bow, Joe Root. After long having had the knack of getting out for pretty 50s, he's well and truly gone big with scores of 228, 186 and 218 in his last three Tests.
  12. Yep, AJ Tye's wide robs Vince of his century. To be fair the boundary off the previous over by the other batsman was also just as culpable for robbing him of his century, but it's easier to understand that wasn't deliberate (more a reflex pull shot) and he did block out the rest of the over.
  13. Once again it seems Australia has dodged the bullet with virtually zero community transmission again, but I really don't know how long this can hold. The vaccination of the quarantine workers would do infinitely more to protect us, I'd go so far as to say more than all the domestic restrictions are doing right now. A few articles have come out (generally conservative media outlets) insinuating that Albo's in trouble as Opposition Leader. He's in a difficult position because the crisis situation gives ScoMo plenty of airtime and as long as ScoMo doesn't stuff it up, it means Albo is starved of oxygen. I feel like pushing for reform, while needed, also doesn't really resonate at a time like this when people will feel a lot has changed already (not necessarily in terms of government policies, but more in terms of their lives). For the federal government I think the biggest risk is the unwinding of Jobkeeper and how the vaccination program goes.
  14. Yes I think it's crucial to get all the quarantine workers vaccinated. Once we do them, that should give us a pretty good layer of initial protection and we can then go onto vaccinating the rest of the population.
  15. What an amazing win by India and a richly deserved series victory. That they managed to do this without their best batsman (Kohli), best fast bowler (Bumrah), best spinner (Ashwin), best all-rounder (Jadeja) and at least their next few fast bowlers (Shami, Yadav) and down a bowler during the match (Saini)...what an effort. Pant was the hero at the end but the Fourth Test victory was set up by so many other efforts. Gill's 90-odd got things started, Pujara's iron man innings in the middle held it all together. The first innings partnership between Washington Sundar and Shardul was what enabled it all in the first place. And a second-string bowling attack took 20 wickets spread between them - Siraj took a five-for, Shardul took 7 in the match, everyone else got a few. And this Australian team is not meant to be a weak one. It boasts two of the best batsmen in the world (Smith, Labuschagne averaging 60+) and a third (Warner) who also averages 60+ when at home albeit he wasn't playing every match. The bowling attack boasted Pat Cummins (best in the world) and Hazlewood and Starc are also in the top 10 for ICC rankings. Plus Nathan Lyon on the verge of 400 Test wickets. So no excuses for the Aussies against a depleted Indian side.
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