Wallabies Sekope Kepu (L) and Nic White are the latest to annouce post-RWC departures. How many more to follow?
Ryan O’Connell and I have finally returned from the Christmas/New Year break in Episode 59 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
A good spattering of #AskTheCheapSeats questions over the break included topics ranging from the Great Wallabies Exodus, the right number of Mitchells in a World Cup squad, to whether Bradman or Jordan was the greatest sportsman of all time and all sports.
Cricket-wise, we take a look back at the Australia-India Test Series, the current Tri-Series one-dayers, AB de Villiers outrageous 31-ball century, and the pointy end of the BBL.
And no, we don’t gloss over “the whole sledging debate”, with the general consensus being that while much of the debate is overblown, David Warner still needs to pull his head in.
The token wrap this week includes the NRL All-Star teams, the Asian Cup quarter finals, and the confirmation of the Super Bowl combatants.
Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!
the Cheap Seats podcast: Ryan O’Connell and I are BACK! The hiatus is over, with the return in Episode 57 of the Cheap Seats podcast. In this episode, Ryan’s business attire and breakfast choices are duly outed, while Brett may or may not have referred to a Taylor Swift song.
Nathan Lyon is mobbed in Adelaide after bowling Australia to victory last week. Image: ABC Grandstand
Episode 57 talking points:
Stuff we missed in more than two months off
#AskTheCheapSeats: return of the Ninja Turtles, Cheika’s two caps, DRS, and runs for Ed #Cowmentum;
First Test in Adelaide: an epic finish to an emotional Test, with stirling performances from Virat Kohli, David Warner, Steven Smith, Nathan Lyon, and Michael Clarke in various stages of fitness;
We’ll be back for the Christmas edition of the podcast next week, where we’ll wrap up the year and look to relaunch our ill-fated attempt at awards last year, The Cheapies. Nominations welcome!
Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap.
Steve Smith’s lovely salute on reaching his hundred, just after Lunch on Day 2 in Adelaide…
With the morning session stagnated by rain breaks on Day 2 in Adelaide, the Guerilla Cricket often found themselves ‘padding’ through periods of no play. With Lunch taken early, and a highlights package completed, I came to the guys’ aid as play resumed after the break.
But not for long, admittedly. We were able to talk Steve Smith through to his hundred, and Australia’s total to 408 (Phillip Hughes’ Test number), but with Michael Clarke batting again and on 97 not out, the rain returned.
So here’s the Lunch chat with the Guerilla gang, and here’s hoping this rain does finally clear..
George Bailey celebrates as English opener Michael Carberry is bowled through his legs by Ryan Harris late on Day 3. Image: ABC Grandstand
Test Match Sofa: With England still five hundred and plenty behind, and with two wickets already back in the shed, there may not have been a better time for me to make my debut with British internet-based cricket commentary, Test Match Sofa.
Dubbed “the alternative cricket commentary”, the Sofa team have been calling England’s Test series for several years now, and have gained something of a cult following around the world. They have an affiliation with Australian website The Armchair Selector, who also host the Cheap Seats podcast, and it was through this association that their people contacted mine.
You can find Test Match Sofa via the Tune In radio app, at their online home of thecricketer.com, and also on sportstonightlive.com. On Twitter, you can find them @testmatchsofa. Check them out, they really are very entertaining, and maybe even more so when England aren’t doing so well!
And before you settle into enjoy the Day 4 action, here’s how we wrapped up the Day 3 action on Stumps last night: