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  1. Thanks for the birthday wishes folks. Here's hoping everyone has a great Easter
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    The Poms are lucky they won the toss in the first Test and batted which was a massive advantage on that pitch. The Indians weren't taking any chances in the next three Tests by taking the toss out of the equation. Good luck to the Indians preparing pitches to suit. The greedy CEO's here want Tests to last five days and serve up roads which reduce the home advantage. The problem with 2 & 3 day Tests is that the broadcasters get pissed off and it may affect the value of broadcast rights so these things tend to autocorrect over time.
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    Yep - they have already penciled in collecting the Ashes in 12 months time
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    Not sure two day Tests are a good way to promote Test cricket. That said always happy to see the Poms lose (even to Indians). The Indians will be playing on absolute greentops in the return series mid year so enjoy it while it lasts
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    Sign me for six weeks of slavery for $USD 2.5 million.
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    Maybe. Google has agreed to pay for news content to at least three separate news organisations in Australia (including Murdoch's News Corp). Facebook is digging in and the Australian government isn't for budging. The move appears to have widespread support across the political spectrum in Australia including from extreme left parties like the Greens who would close down News Corp in a heartbeat if they ever got their hands on the levers of power. Google and Facebook earn 80 cents of every $1 of digital advertising revenue in Australia so shelling out $100 million for access to news each year is peanuts on the $10 billion revenue they are grossing down here. You can expect others around the world to follow - it is on the radar in Canada and the EU and already in place in the UK
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    IPL owners are clueless. Good luck to Morris et al getting massive overs
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    Ever since CSA refused to tour Australia in peak holiday season tours to SA are an afterthought for CA now. They were never going to come and it surprises me that CSA really thought they would - all the goal post moving should have been a red flag even for a shambolic organisation like CSA. I personally think they should be forced to tour or be fined a significant amount (something like $USD5 million - the ICC can deduct it from future distributions). The arguments that players like Steve Smith hasn't seen his wife in person since August 2020 (the ODI tour to England) until after the India test series has finished is flawed - the wife can join the bubble or Smith can opt out of things like the IPL - he certainly doesn't need the money. Unless the ICC stomps on the big three this shit will keep happening - of course they won't because the ICC is a plaything for the BCCI and CA and the ECB are their bosom buddies. The other nations need to get together and refuse to tour the big three and more importantly refuse to release their players for T20 leagues (of course the players will be pissed) - I think the big 3 will fold pretty quickly.
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    I think 70 odd homes have been lost now but thankfully no loss of life. I live 3kms north of the Perth CBD so are nowhere near the fires (which are 25kms plus away) but we are getting a lot of ash from the fires in the pool etc. A friend of the family lost their house at the place called Gidgiegannup. People want to live in the bush with tree canopies over their houses and then wonder why they get burnt to the ground and blame everything other then commonsense for the outcome. A number of these greenie types refuse to back burn or maintain fire breaks so they have no chance when a fire comes. That said some of these fires get so hot that jumping a 100 metre fire break is not uncommon (or high winds carry burning ash)
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    Should be but this virus will be around for awhile - closing down everything with limited exceptions for a few cases is not sustainable in the long run. Massive resources are being poured into contract tracing - everywhere you go you check in with QR codes so it should be a simple process of identifying close contacts and testing and isolating same when there is an outbreak - worked well in Sydney recently. Might all be different by September when we all have had the jab (assuming it works - I see the UK strain has mutated again) Cricket Australia need to write CSA a cheque for expenses thrown away - they can afford it and have a moral obligation to support financially struggling boards - $2-3 million is chicken feed to CA. If the tour was to India I suspect all the Covid issues wouldn't get a run. My view is that CA should go on all scheduled tours or go on none of them. This picking and choosing is not a good look. Fit males in their 20's are not at risk even from mutant strains of Covid 19 and would be forced to fully isolate for 14 days when they get back to Australia so their families are not at risk either. In the words of the immortal Chopper Read "harden the fuck up"
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    And we here in Perth are in the middle of a five day hard lock down following one case of community transmission (the first in ten months). Talk about nervous nellies.
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    Pulled the pin now on the tour. Over here we refer to the virulent South African strain of Covid19 - the pampered princes would prefer to stay in their harbourside Sydney mansions than tour (some will go to NZ now)
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    Couldn't be as bad as T Paine. Good fight back by the Pakis
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    There are a few in that school. I think he needs to stick to the white ball stuff. Australia needs a swing bowler rather than three tall seamers
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    Biden's first act will be to get himself 11,000,000 new voters for his re election (plus all those on their way to the southern border now)
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