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  1. Bernal came into the Tour with a back injury, so it may be that he's just not up to full fitness and it might be bothering him. Once he was no longer in contention, no need to keep going I guess.
  2. That was a crazy game and a fitting end to what has been a rather bizarre series. Lots of topsy-turvy stuff with England loseing two wickets from the first two balls, recovering to post a big total, then Australia reduced to 5/73 chasing 300+, and then recovering, and then having a last minute stutter. Maxwell has such low consistency, but when it comes off, no one can live with him. Seven big cow-corner sixes. Mitchell Starc must have some sort of record for "immediate impact". His first two balls of the match were wickets, and then his first ball as a batsman he hit for 6.
  3. Some of the greatest matches are choke city. Glad for Thiem to have pulled off a Grand Slam win for once. He's 27 so still has a few good years left but you don't want that monkey on your back for too long. Zverev will get plenty more chances, he's only 23.
  4. I went to bed thinking Australia were well on track to restricting England to a nice, gettable total. Turns out I was correct, but underestimated the capacity for Australia to do their best collapsing impression of the 90s England sides...
  5. That was a good final, Osaka taking it in the end. Very hard-hitting game, it's very small consolation for Serena, but based on this match I find it hard to believe she would have been able to take on Osaka and won. Now for the men's final tomorrow - I want Thiem to win. Poor guy has been a finalist in three Slams so far without winning one.
  6. Serena's out. Must have been very disappointing for her given this was her best chance of getting to 24 with other big names like Halep and Barty out, and the draw proving a relatively gentle run-up to the challenge of Osaka in the final. She did have a few three-setters before the semi, so she wasn't in top form through the tournament but you just got the feeling she'd hit her straps and make a memorable final against Osaka. Well done to Azarenka for the win. Apparently the first time she's beaten Serena in 11 Grand Slam matches, and for all the talk about Serena doing this as a mother, Azarenka also is a mother and had a custody case with her ex, so she's had to fight through a lot in her personal life too. Glad to see her back in the middle of things. Osaka will be heavily favoured in the final, but I think Azarenka still has an outside chance.
  7. I think a default was the correct decision. I don't actually know why there were long and hard negotiations about it. I don't think intent can really come into it for an unnecessary action like this, being so hard to judge. If a ball is shanked off a racket in the middle of the rally and hits a person, that could be viewed more leniently as that happened during the course of play. But in a case of an unnecessary action being taken once play is over (hitting the ball to dispose of it), I think it's the end result that matters. Even in cases where people have smashed a ball in anger, it would be hard to argue that they actually intended on that ball hitting the person; I think the issue was that they hit a ball when they didn't need to and this endangered the officials.
  8. Aussies definitely look out of shape and out of practice. Game 1 could have been forgiven as a collective brain fade in the final 6 overs of the match - up until then everything had gone pretty well. But Game 2 they were behind from the start and never recovered.
  9. I didn't get to watch the game, but does look like it was a massive choke on the highlights and on the scorecard. Needing 39 from 35 with 9 wickets in hand is a win 99.9% of the time.
  10. This article is a couple of years old but suggests: So yes, it seems that broadcasting is a fair chunk of the revenue. Wimbledon is known for at least trying to keep tickets reasonably affordable, and also for being very exclusive with sponsorships (trying to keep the ambience of the place very clean and free of advertising; and as someone who's been there in person, this really does make a difference to the experience). Based on those 2017 numbers, it seems ticket revenue is 16% for Wimbledon and 36% for the US Open, with broadcasting rights being the lion's share of revenue.
  11. Pakistan made a big score in the T20, racking up 196. England have started well in the chase, so it could be a good match. EDIT: I have apparently cursed England who have now just lost their first two wickets in consecutive deliveries...
  12. Well that was an eventful first stage. Lots of crashes, and a surprise winner (Kristoff, I didn't know he was still around and kicking). Just had a look at the course and goodness there's a lot of hilly stages, and Day 2 is a medium mountain stage. The race organisers really didn't want the sprinters to get much of a look-in on this one.
  13. Le Tour going to start up soon. Who knows whether they'll get through the thing - the COVID-19 situation in France is a bit dicey, and if I was one of those cyclists preparing to push my body to the absolute limit for three weeks I'd be getting pretty worried. Bernal the favourite, I think, followed by Roglic. Dumoulin, Landa and Alaphilippe podium contenders and outside chances for the title. I think Quintana and Porte are probably past it.
  14. Hah! It does seem a tried and tested way to get the best out of Broad. Kudos to Anderson on the 600. Like @ljkeane, I thought it would be tough for a fast bowler to go past McGrath's 563, with the lengthy career and avoidance of injuries that entails. But he's played an unbelievable 156 Tests and been a consistent performer throughout, and England's most reliable bowler for the past decade. He doesn't quite have the menace and unrelenting accuracy of McGrath across all conditions, or the sheer pace and hostility of a Dale Steyn, but you'd have to say that in English-type conditions when the ball's moving, Anderson is arguably the most dangerous bowler in world cricket.
  15. Sadly I had always thought some sort of sexual misconduct or scandal was behind this. Happened too late but at least he suffers some consequences and his reputation will be stained from now on.
  16. Looks like a damp finale and another draw. Still, England thoroughly deserve the series win, Pakistan were a bit flattered by the final result and would have gone on to lose here. A bit of a shame the last two Tests were basically never going to get a result, given the First Test was thoroughly entertaining!
  17. I agree Andrews is going to be conservative about when to ease the lockdown; I'm guessing perhaps a few tweaks here and there but largely staying put all through September. NSW has fared well so far. Talk about the superannuation increase being held back - I think this is silly. The increase has been flagged well in advance and to be honest, I don't think a 0.5 or 1% increase is going to be such a massive drag on businesses. To postpone it due to COVID-19 is a bit disingenuous given that there are other supports for businesses in place, and the short-sightedness of allowing people to dip into their super needs to be countered by this increase going ahead.
  18. Yes, I think this was where Pakistan really tripped up. When you get a 100+ run lead, you really have to ram it home but Pakistan let England back into the game with their poor second innings and this is where they lost the game. Great job by Buttler and Woakes to guide England to victory.
  19. If England won every time @Hereward expected them to lose, then I'm pretty sure they'd be world champions several times over by now!
  20. Abbas gets an opener LBW, call me surprised. It did look quite high, though...when you get hit on the thigh pad you reckon it would be going over.
  21. Of course! Forgot about Prior more recently. This is shaping up to be a very good Test match. Will be a good day's play today!
  22. Abbas is an excellent bowler for English conditions. Not too quick, but he's accurate and lands the ball in the right places, and he gets just a little bit of nibble and movement off the seam. Sort of like a poor man's Glenn McGrath, although his statistics so far look amazing. This wicketkeeping problem for England has dragged on so many years. If you pick Bairstow and then Buttler for their batting, and they only give you a 30 average, then that's clearly not working. They've had plenty of chances. I still think Foakes should be selected as more of a "pure" keeper and it's not as if they're getting much batting out of the position as it is (plus Foakes' batting record isn't really that bad). Historically, England have probably been a bit spoilt by having Alec Stewart who regularly provided a lot of batting from the wicketkeeper position, and then conversely they might have been scared off wicketkeeping specialists by the Chris Read experience.
  23. NSW is pretty lax to be honest. Everything is still open - pubs, gyms, restaurants, churches, schools, etc - just with restrictions on numbers and enforcing distancing etc. I'm very surprised we've managed to keep track of the virus so far, but all it takes is a couple of mystery cases that spread for things to go very pear-shaped. I think it's only a matter of time before we lose track of the virus and harsher measures are needed. I'm carefully stocking up on a few things to prepare for what I think is an inevitable lockdown, ordering more masks (I have three re-usable as well as about 10 disposable ones in my car, but I think I'll double that just in case) and now you've just reminded me I should get my hair cut...
  24. Yes, Arsenal has become a cup side. The success is fantastic, especially considering the gauntlet that has to be run and the level of competition in the later rounds of the FA Cup, but the lack of league or European success or even the semblance of it is disappointing. I'd happily take the FA Cups, but I expect most fans look to them as a stepping stone or something to tide them over until "proper" success returns to the club.
  25. The lockdowns we've had so far have been relatively light, as @Impmk2 notes. In Melbourne, it was basically no going out of the home unless it's for exercise, caregiving, shopping for essentials or work - but those four reasons could be stretched pretty far (especially the work one). Schools were only partially shut down - older students were still being taught at school (Years 11-12) while the younger years were getting online teaching at home. The lockdown measures just announced are much harder and basically pin people inside their own homes and don't allow movement outside the home except for very strict reasons. It's much closer to the types of restrictions employed elsewhere. In Sydney, we're basically open right now after having been in a stricter lockdown situation before. The strategy is to keep everything open but impose capacity limits and social distancing. So I can still go out to a restaurant with friends (maximum booking of 10 per group, with restaurants having a max of 1 person per 4 metres squared), I still go to work (I'm a teacher though), can still go shopping not just for essentials but for general retail as well, I can have dinner parties at my home (limit of 20) and so on. Life is "normal" except for some people working from home, social distancing measures, and the need to book things in advance. If the Sydney cases creep up, I expect they'll start shutting down high risk businesses again (gyms, pubs and restaurants are allowed to open if they take precautions).
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