June 2013

How can the AFL allow Jobe Watson to play tonight?

It is ridiculous to think that Jobe Watson will run out onto Patersons Stadium in Perth tonight at the captain of the Essendon Football Club. The AFL has abrogated its responsibility in allowing the Brownlow medallist to continue playing. On Fox Footy’s On The Couch program on Monday night Watson admitted to one of the […]

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Jobe Watson’s admission guarantees sanction for Essendon and its players

For the first time in the Essendon doping saga a player has come forward and confirmed that he was administered the banned drug AOD-9604. And it is not just any player. Reigning Brownlow medallist, club captain and son of a Bombers’ legend, Jobe Watson made the stunning admission on Fox Footy’s On The Couch last […]

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Australia must get Ric Charlesworth in wake of Arthur sacking

Australian cricket continues to lurch from bad to worse. The axing of national coach Mickey Arthur just a fortnight out from the first Ashes Test is the latest in a string of controversies to beset the Australian team. After a competitive home summer where Australia pushed the world number one South Africa before conceding the […]

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Can Australian cricket turn things around in three weeks?

Australia entered the Champions Trophy as the titleholder and bowed out without a whimper. It now has three weeks ahead of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on 10 July to try and turn around the nation’s cricketing fortunes. It is a Sisyphean task and recent history does not augur well. There are two […]

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Warner should be on his way home

David Warner is a man with issues – serious ones. His off-field behaviour of late has been fraught with immature acts and senseless shenanigans – behaviour that has effectively ruled him out of the opening Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on 10 July. Twice in the space of three weeks he has been called upon […]

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CA’s new broadcast deal moves us closer to day-night Tests

One of the key tenets of any business is to grow your client base. The same principal should automatically apply to elite level sport. With that in mind, Cricket Australia – and more particularly its CEO James Sutherland – has been leading the charge towards day-night Test cricket. The recent signing of a $500 million […]

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The fast-tracking of Ahmed is a concern

Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed’s qualification to represent Australia has been a mini version of that which surrounded Zimbabwean-born Graeme Hick’s qualification to represent his adopted England in 1991. Hick, of course, had a far more imposing first-class record than Ahmed’s by the time he debuted. And, unlike Ahmed’s situation, there was a finite countdown to […]

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Clarke’s injury casts a massive shadow over Ashes prospects

The news could not have been any bleaker for Australia upon its arrival in England with the fact that skipper Michael Clarke has again had a flare up of his back complaint. After nursing his way to 92 consecutive Tests by carefully managing a condition he has had since his late-teens he was finally forced […]

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