October 2015

Do we need to know if AFL players are taking drugs?

I have never drunk, smoked or used illicit drugs and when it comes to the latter I abhor the practice. So what follows is by no means supportive of young sportspeople using drugs. However, I do have issues with the AFL illicit drug testing policy. It is not necessarily the alterations to the way penalties […]

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Should the day-night Adelaide Test go ahead?

Cricket’s pink ball Test, scheduled for Adelaide on 27 November, continues to divide the cricket world. Many of those in the frame to participate in the historic maiden day-night Test continue to voice their concerns. In the aftermath of Friday’s Prime Minister’s XI pink ball fixture against New Zealand, Adam Voges and Peter Siddle questioned […]

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What will be Australia’s top six at the Gabba

You have to go back a considerable way to find a time when Australia’s Test batting line-up has been in such a state of flux. With the Bangladesh tour having been postponed due to security concerns the selectors head into the summer with only two players truly confirmed in their positions in the top-six – […]

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This is looming as Mitchell Starc’s summer

Mitchell Starc has swapped the white ball for the red. After devastating four opponents in the Matador Cup the lanky left-armer is in Sydney as part of a two-day camp ahead of the first Test of the summer against New Zealand. Earlier this year Starc was feted as the Player of the Tournament in the […]

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Cricket Australia’s latest idea has been a disaster

Cricket Australia thought it would be a good idea to include a team of young men in this season’s Matador Cup. The result has so far proven to be a chastening experience for those thrown into the fire. In its first two matches in this season’s domestic 50-over competition the Cricket Australia XI has been […]

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Could Alastair Clarkson become the best coach of all-time?

Come Saturday evening Alastair Clarkson may well be a member of a very select group of men to have coached four VFL/AFL premierships. Through 19 decades just 11 men have notched up four or more flags. Collingwood supremo Jock McHale leads the way with seven, Melbourne great Norm Smith won six while Frank Hughes (Richmond […]

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