Hammy-watch: the call on Clarke needed sooner rather than later

Michael Clarke and his hamstring: coming to a news update near you. Image: ABC Grandstand

Michael Clarke and his hamstring: coming to a news update near you. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: As the one-day train rolls into the Nation’s Capital today, and with new players coming into the Australian squad for the last three games of the series against South Africa, our off-field attention is being taken up by one of the biggest quandaries in Australian cricket.

And no, I’m not talking about the Glenn Maxwell quandary. Though I did anticipate my first cricket column of the summer would be about the annoyingly mercurial Victorian, I am actually talking about something much more important than a flaky allrounder.

I am, of course, talking about the new sport gripping Australia: Michael Clarke’s hamstring-watch.

The skipper’s hamstring has become a national concern, and with it has come a flood of opinion and armchair doctorage as every cricket fan around the country has their say. And now, so have I

The ‘what if’ moments of 2013

Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale slips while taking what could've been the match-winning penalty goal attempt on Saturday night. The Lions prevailed 23-21 in front of 52,499 at Suncorp Stadium. Image: ABC Grandstand

Wallaby fullback Kurtley Beale slips while taking what could’ve been the match-winning penalty in the first Test of the Lions Series. How different might the Wallabies year have been if he didn’t slip? Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: The odd hypothetical rugby question has been put to me in the last few months, and it’s always an interesting exercise to go through because it almost certainly changes your thinking of some fairly crucial events.

Another curly one was posed of me a fortnight ago, and it’s had me thinking about similar moments ever since.  So ponder these, if you will…

  • What if the Australian Crime Commission found no links to athletes?
  • What if Kurtley Beale’s foot didn’t slip in Brisbane? And..
  • What if everyone handed their homework in on time in India?

Check it all out, and the resulting discussion today, over on The Roar

Cheap Seats Episode 10: It didn’t start well…

The Wallabies, Blues, and our cricketers feature in the milestone Episode 10..

Ryan and O’Connell and I are in a celebratory mood for the milestone Episode 10 of The Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode, me and Ryan contemplate what – if any – highlights could’ve been used if this was a clip show, while Ryan is unsure what my view from a media box on the opposite side of ANZ Stadium to where he was would’ve been like.

Episode 10 talking points: The Lions series decider post-mortem, and the end of the Robbie Deans reign; SOO3, and why things don’t look flash for NSW; the latest from the Ashes Tour, and this week’s Splash & Dash on British sporting success and Mark Webber.

Cheap Seats Episode 9: A very typical Shane Watson 90

Watson, Watson, and Horwill get the Cheap Seats treatment in Episode 9.

Ryan and O’Connell and I are back on deck for a cheap shot-laden Episode 9 of The Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode,I become slightly swamped by my schedule and had to relinquish the hosting duties. Unsurprisingly, Ryan happily picked up the baton and all the opportunities for ridicule that come with it.

Episode 9 talking points: Jobe Watson’s stunning admission that he was injected with a banned anti-obesity drug in 2012; Rugby’s Blues launching a raid on Benji Marshall, and what that might mean for Wests Tigers and the NRL; the latest cricket developments from England; the Second Wallabies-Lions Test from Melbourne, and this week’s Splash & Dash on Mark Webber and Bernard Tomic.