Cheap Seats Episode 85: Salary cap relief

Ryan O’Connell and I have been given permission to negotiate with other clubs in Episode 85 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

#AskTheCheapSeats tackles a heavy backlog of cracking questions, on topics including 4-day Tests, Robert Craddock, Wallabies Rugby World Cup selection, and NRL favouritism.

It's been a far from fairytale end to Test cricket for Michael Clarke...

It’s been far from a fairytale end to Test cricket for Michael Clarke…

The major sporting development in the last little bit is the surprise NRL news that Wests Tigers have given favourite son, Robbie Farah, “permission to negotiate with other clubs”, despite having two years to run on a contract. We again ponder Who’s This Week’s Premiership Favourites – but now with double the fanfare.

In other news, we wrap up the ill-fated Ashes series, worry about a lack of Wallabies hookers, and declare the AFL top 8 done and dusted.

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Cheap Seats Episode 83: Over-reaction week

Ryan O’Connell and I are culling batsmen and halfbacks left, right and centre in Episode 83 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

A cracking #AskTheCheapSeats this week on topics including Wallabies halves, designer stubble, and just what kind of preparation the Australian cricket team undertook.

Wallabies' scrumhalf Nick Phipps didn't have the best game on Saturday, so logically, he should never be picked again...

Wallabies’ scrumhalf Nick Phipps didn’t have the best game on Saturday, so logically, he should never be picked again…

The Wallabies wrapped up The Rugby Championship with a wonderful win over the All Blacks in Sydney, in a game that will cause headaches for both coaches either side of the ditch. And what awaits the Wallabies in Auckland this weekend? And Wallabies fans are still calling for some players to never be picked again though!

In other news, The Ashes have been surrendered, and the witch-hunt is well underway. Michael Clarke has announced his retirement, but was he pushed? Do we have new NRL Premiership Favourites? Prepare the fanfare just in case. Plus the weekly wrap up of the Cheap Seats Tipping League, including all of Ryan’s enthusiasm.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod, on Soundcloud, iTunes, and the TuneIn radio app, and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

ABC Grandstand: Tri-Series Final preview

Michael Clarke made 51 for Western Suburbs in Sydney 1st Grade yesterday. Image: ABC Grandstand

Michael Clarke made 51 for Western Suburbs in Sydney 1st Grade yesterday. Image: ABC Grandstand

ABC Grandstand Digital: The Tri-Series has taken a bit of a back seat in recent days, with all the focus on the Socceroos run to the Asian Cup Final last night (which they won), and everyone wondering if Michael Clarke’s hamstring would survive a club game in Sydney yesterday (which it did).

Nevertheless, Dan Lonergan and I did preview the Final in Perth this afternoon between Australia and England on Grandstand Breakfast this morning, as well as touching on all the other talking points of the week..

 

A look ahead: my Australian Cricket World Cup squad

Clarke, Maxwell, Bailey: one of these three miss out in my Australian squad for the World Cup...

Clarke, Maxwell, Bailey: one of these three miss out in my Australian squad for the World Cup…

The Roar: Funnily enough, Michael Clarke’s extremely long odds of leading the Australian side in the 2015 Cricket World Cup actually make the 15-man squad a little easier to name.

It’s always felt to me that the 15 would be split pretty evenly – seven bats, seven bowlers, and a ‘keeper; Brad Haddin probably. Batting and bowling allrounders – think Mitch Marsh, James Faulkner, maybe Glenn Maxwell – would take up a spot in their respective dominant fields.

I think the squad used for the South African series gives a pretty strong hint to the World Cup squad, as will the squad for the Tri-Series with India and England. With the possible exception of someone like Ryan Harris, I can’t see anyone coming in for the World Cup who we haven’t yet seen in the coloured gear..