BIG!! Very big! And not coming back…

Dan Christian's reaction after his epic six landed on the 'Gabba roof last night. Click the image to see the massive six properly..

Dan Christian’s reaction after his epic six landed on the ‘Gabba roof last night. Click the image to see the massive six properly..

CLICK IMAGE FOR VIDEO: There’s no two ways about it, Hobart Hurricanes’ allrounder Dan Christian’s six onto the roof of the ‘Gabba in Brisbane last night was… HUGE!!!

117 metres huge, in fact, and Christian’s reaction says it all..

The still-smouldering Joe Burns question

Joe Burns’ celebrates his maiden Test century in Brisbane last week. But why was he ever out of the squad? Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: The end of the lost Ashes series in July was always going to bring with it selection angst for some players, and indeed, the Australian selectors.

Largely, retirements negated the need for tough calls. Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin would surely have had trouble featuring in any ongoing future plans had they not retired, while Ryan Harris’ knee made that decision for him before the previously unthinkable was contemplated. Michael Clarke pulling the pin as he did came as something of a surprise, perhaps, while the rapid vacation of so many senior players has probably extended Adam Voges’ career for now.

Joe Burns won a recall for the First Test in Brisbane last week, and the stylish Queenslander repaid that faith in spades. His first innings 71 was backed up with his maiden Test century in the second innings, and his spectacular start to the summer has left me with one fairly big, nagging question

Australia, ‘Gabba cleaners the big winners in Day 5 rout

The Australian players celebrate their First Test win in Brisbane on Monday, with few people more than just that obscured security guard in attendance. But this is hardly a new thing.. Image: ABC Grandstand

The Roar: Australia won the First Test by 208 runs at the ‘Gabba yesterday, and head to Perth for the Second Test starting Friday full of confidence.

But the biggest question coming out of the traditional Brisbane opener of the international summer was not of what happened inside the boundary, but rather who was sitting outside it.

If a team falls in a heap before lunch and no-one was there to see it, did they lose the Test at all?

Cheap Seats Episode 58: The Cheapies!

Ryan O’Connell and I have rolled out the red carpet in a glitzy star-studded event as part of Episode 58 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

In this episode, Ryan and I have quite the unresolved debate about where a debutant batsman should bat, and BOTH of us are surprised by the news Ed Cowan hasn’t been batting first drop for Tasmania.

Episode 58 talking points:

  • Asking who has the worst Auckland Nines jersey is like asking which is the worst STD to contract. Image: NRL.com

    Asking who has the worst Auckland Nines jersey is like asking which is the worst STD to contract. Image: NRL.com

    a bumper final edition of #AskTheCheapSeats, with Wallabies departures, shocking NRL jerseys, selection conjecture, and an NBA question that I left the room for;

  • The Cheapies! The boys hand out the gongs that matter, and several others that don’t for the sporting year of 2014;
  • Second Test wrap: a comprehensive review of Australia’s win inside four days at the ‘Gabba, including Josh Hazlewood’s impressive debut, the stupidity of firing up Mitch Johnson, and several blokes now under the pump. Plus Queensland top order bat Joe Burns will debut on Boxing Day in Melbourne – but where will he bat?

Thanks so much to everyone who tuned into the Cheap Seats all year. We’ll be back in January with more misinformed analysis and pointless debate from the world of sport.

In the meantime, get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats.

Merry Christmas, a very happy and safe New Year, and stay cheap!