Brisbane: First day collapse par for the course

Clarke, Warner, Smith: part of the Australian collapse, as seen by my mate and ECB Multimedia man, Barney Douglas on the boundary yesterday. Images: @ECB_Cricket via Twitter.

Clarke, Warner, Smith: part of the Australian collapse, as seen by my mate and ECB Multimedia man, Barney Douglas, on the boundary yesterday. Images: @ECB_Cricket via Twitter.

The Roar: The middle order collapse from the Australians was less than ideal yesterday, but it tends to be the way Ashes series start. More importantly, it doesn’t automatically mean this Test is lost.

First day Ashes collapses seem to be the way of the world in recent series.

Back in 2010, England lost 6/63 to be all out 260 in their first dig (which was excellent), and then salvaged a draw and major series momentum by declaring one down for 517 in their second innings (which wasn’t so much).

At Trent Bridge in July, England lost 6/35 to be all out 215 in the first innings. And still won the Test. So this Test is far from over…

Cheap Seats Episode 21: A big off-season for refs and their guide dogs

Happy Rooster, happy Wallabies, and a naughty David Warner..

Episode 21: Happy Roosters, happy Wallabies, and a naughty David Warner..

Ryan O’Connell and I are in a Grand Final celebratory mood for the ‘coming of age’ Episode 21 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode, Ryan tries to rain on my moment in New Zealand, I accuse Ryan of being a bandwagon-jumper with a hangover, and we combine for our best Splash & Dash segue yet.

Episode 21 talking points: the NRL Grand Final wrap, and will SBW stay in league or return to rugby; the Wallabies return to the winners circle in emphatic style (but for how long); Buddy Franklin joins the other Sydney AFL club; some token cricket chat, and this week’s Splash & Dash, featuring Steve “Harmy” Harmison and the return of the A-League.

Stay Cheap, peeps…

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 4: A high point in Twitter rants

Blowouts, omissions, and teary Eastenders all get the Cheap Seats treatment in Episode 4..

Ryan O’Connell and I have unbelievably been asked back to do another episode of The Cheap Seats Podcast. By who, we’re not sure.

In episode four, we discuss Ryano’s breakfast habits, Small Man Syndrome and favourite Spice Girl, while Brett outs a prominent Australian athlete as a ‘knob’.

Episode 4 talking points: David Warner’s Twitter rant; A strange weekend of results in the NRL and AFL; The 25 man Wallabies squad for the Lions tour; Football superstar David Beckham retiring, and this week’s ‘Splash & Dash’ on Wendell Sailor and the V8s, along with Adam Gilchrist’s first – and last – wicket.