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    The yips - and how to fix it?

    We all know that Hipwood, Cameron and McStay have the yips at present and it can be a momentum killer - essentially no reward for effort. Not to mention that against the better teams, we have been slaughtered on the rebound resulting in a 2 goal turn around on the score board. Does anyone else...
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    Long Term Strategy

    Ok team, I was shattered after last night, but I agree that we need to adopt a Growth Mindset, inspired by TheBrownDog mature response to last nights devastating loss and also seeing Zorko's attitude in that last quarter. To that end, I'm wondering if a thread where a long-term strategy of...
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    Honourable losses aren’t good enough

    We are 0-3. All 3 games have been “honourable losses” But the fact is that game after game, year after year we continue to have these. Often it’s because we have the youngest players showing signs of potential but not going on with it. Or, they leave. This time around it’s because Zorko...
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    Would it have been better to...

    Would it have been a better approach by Cricket Australia / Bancroft, Smith, Warner, Lehmann and co to just blanketly come out openly and admit what happened, cop the ICC penalty and then say "as a law abiding team, we accept the ICCs penalty" and just move on?
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    The Line

    When it comes to cricket, as we have heard countless times, the Australian cricket team play the game hard and tough but apparently don't cross "the line" Of course, other teams don't seem to have much of an idea where "the line" and seem to cop a lot of penalties and reprimands as a result...
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    Game Day Do we play Etihad better than the Gabba?

    Just something I've noticed - we seem to play Etihad better than the Gabba. Just watching the highlights of the games against the Saints and Dogs earlier in the year (and of course the Dons!) - it seems Etihad is narrower and seems to straighten us up a bit (and seems to reduce the impact of...
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    The Mankad rule

    Sometimes cricket makes life difficult for itself. The Mankad rule is one such example. Why in the world does this rule have to be a 'grey-area' rule? Why don't we just say: if the non-striker is out of the crease before the bowler has bowled the ball, they can be run out, at any time...
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    Fitness for cricket and bowlers breaking down

    All these young bowlers breaking down has got me thinking. Is there too much focus on "general fitness" (gym/bodybuilding type) in cricket these days? should the focus be more on "cricket fitness"? and could it be contributing to bowlers breaking down? By "general fitness" I mean lots of...
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    Who are the top 6 batsmen in the country

    I think all the discussion about rotation policies, the need for all rounders, looking for wicketkeepers who can bat, 'blooding' youngsters is making things very confusing. So let's simplify it and make a list of the top 6 bats in the country in Tests and ODIs. Here are my thoughts - I've...
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    Dragging away opposition players from melees

    I've noticed that in the AFL (and to an extent Cricket and Soccer), that when there is a dust up between opposition players, the other players tend to try and calm / drag the opposition player away from the melee rather than their own team-mate. Is there a reason for this? I would have thought...
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    The Aussie appealing today was worse than the Indians

    How about the Aussie appealing today? Disgraceful. Carrying on like pork chops. You guys reckon the Indians are bad, the umpire intimidation going on today was disgusting. Among other things, pressured the umpires to giving an LBW that had come flush off the bat. Good thing there was a...
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    Jayawardene's hissyfit

    Carrying on like a pork chop - disgraceful. Shouldn't have carried on like that - just a case of venting out his frustrations at what seems like his own side's poor fielding on poor umpire Oxenford. I thought Oxenford carried himself with class - he shouldn't have to put up with that kind...
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    Does anyone think....

    ....that the whole Monkeygate affair could have been avoided if the ICC had taken action when Glenn McGrath called Sanath Jayasuriya a black monkey? Instead, it was just swept under the carpet and no action was taken. Just like the bookmaking issue spiralled out of control after Mark Waugh and...
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    I'm calling it early....

    I'm calling it early - in a couple of years, Australia will have a pace attack as good as the Windies greats of the 80s. Pattinson, Cummins, Hazlewood, and one of Starc/George. The only question is, if there's no clear choice for a spinner, do you play 5 bowlers? One line of thought is...
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    Indians at the MCG booing Ricky Ponting

    Disgraceful. Especially considering the wonderful reception that Tendulkar and other overseas batsman get from the Aussie crowds. I'm not a fan of Ponting but that behaviour by a section of the crowd was a disgrace. Imagine the hysteria if it were the other way around and Aussies were...
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    Are there any disadvantages to batting out of your crease to fast bowlers?

    Are there any disadvantages to batting out of your crease to fast bowlers? I can't think of any. You take LBW out of the equation. Sure if the bowler is bowling 160ks it might be an issue. But other than that, are there any disadvantages? If not, why don't ALL batsman do it ALL...
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    Steve "Stumper" Rixon

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-new-zealand-2011/content/current/story/542321.html What's the deal here? Has Steve "Stumper" Rixon quit? Do you think he'll be back? Personally I think he should have been head coach with Gregory Stephen as his assistant.
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    why do we continue to draft ruckmen with our early picks?

    why do we continue to draft ruckmen with our early picks? we've done it over and over again with no obvious rewards. Wood was hyped up early but was a disaster. Leuey while being good at times, in fairness hasn't lived up to the hype (remember we picked him over Selwood in an epic draft)...
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    Fair reflection?

    Is this a fair reflection of where teams are at? For teams that are grouped together, the order is of no great concern, any one of them could beat one another - depending on luck/conditions/where the game is played. Collingwood Geelong Hawthorn Carlton Essendon Sydney St Kilda...
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    Investment Property Loan

    Hi all, Several years ago, I bought a house for $350k. I lived in it for about 8 months then had to move out. At that point, I rented it out and it became an investment property. The bank has valued the house at $450k I rang the bank and they said I'm allowed to borrow up to 95% of the...

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