January 2016

Do players even care about Twenty20 internationals?

Steve Smith’s dismissal at the Adelaide Oval the other night sent social media into overdrive. It was neither the shot selection nor the quality of the bowling that had people’s fingers tapping furiously on miniature keyboards. The thing the audience found irksome was the fact that Smith was wired up with a Channel Nine microphone […]

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The AFL must not abandon the WADA Code

In the wake of the Essendon bans the AFL Players’ Association has called for the AFL to break away from WADA. At this point, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has said that is not on the commission’s radar. The AFLPA has been vehement in its view that the ‘Essendon 34’ received an unjust result. The Association’s […]

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Essendon let them down, but players only have themselves to blame

Let the floodgates open. Following the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to ban the ‘Essendon 34′ for 12 months, we can expect a raft of legal actions against the club. CAS found there was sufficient evidence to indicate the players were administered the banned substance, Thymosin Beta-4. The reaction on social media […]

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Steve Smith has shocked us all

Steve Smith has been a revelation and I wonder how many people picked it. Just two years ago he was pottering around in Sheffield ranks with New South Wales. And his record at the time showed that is where he belonged. Heading towards the end of the 2012-13 Shield season he was carrying a batting […]

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Ah sport, we still love ya

Some of the biggest sports in the world could borrow from the Queen’s phrasebook and use annus horribilis to describe their 2015. FIFA and the IAAF – the world governing bodies of football and athletics respectively – have both limped to New Year’s Eve. The reputations of both have been sullied by scandal of the […]

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