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People who watch Channel 7 for the cricket along with me; do you find yourself just pulling your hair out at the commentators observations?
The moment it really hit me was when Marnus got out. Instead of praising the fact that he made 108 runs, which any average cricket pundit knows is more than you can ask for from any batsman; and yet, all I heard was slander from the commentators.
“Marnus was in; he played a selfish shot, and Australia really needed 160 from him, not just 100”
Are you kidding me? The amount of effort and focus it would take to even make that many runs when NOBODY else in the team even got close to that many runs, he scored almost 1/3 of our runs. How can you just slander him when he’s walking back to the pavilion? I get it was a disappointing dismissal, but seriously; we all saw the rain forecast. Australia had to be aggressive, and he scored at nearly a run a ball once he got past 50.
Meanwhile, nobody except Wade is being criticised. The guy that opened, got pushed down the batting order, still made runs, and has realistically probably been our second most reliable batsman to at least hit his average in a very lean batting lineup for us. They praise every aggressive shot; but as soon as he gets out on 45, he gets absolutely shat on. Considering our openers are complete dog shit, and he’s usually good for an 80 or so run partnership, why is he copping it? He’s doing his part. Paine makes 30-50 and gets media praise for playing his part. I’m sorry, but not every number 5 batsman can be Mike Hussey and average 50. Wade is just a scrape goat for our batting woes... which by the way, aren’t that bad! We made 370, and it’s because our tail always wags.
You never hear the praise for our tail either. Never any criticism that we basically start 2 wickets down every innings, and cross our fingers that Smith and Marnus make half our runs, and the tail wags. Without it, our 330-390 run innings would be more like 280.
I’ve only got one comment on what Warne and Symonds had to say. Marnus is already a more accomplished batsman if he drops off the face of earth tomorrow than both of them, and he’s only 26. If you couldn’t do what he’s doing, don’t comment on it.
The worst part is, when they actually try, every commentator is very technically competent. Especially Ponting. He only talks about what the game would feel like being the batsman on the pitch at the time; it’s great listening. I apologise for not remembering exactly who, but there’s... keep reading on reddit ➡
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Yesterdays post on why fridges have gotten so expensive during the pandemic, triggered a discussion on the state of supply chain and logistics in Australia and across the world. I will try to keep this as Australia-centric as possible, but when talking about these issues its usually a overseas stone is thrown and the ripples effect Australia.
Mods: I hope this meets the submission guidelines, almost everything below has had an effect on the economy, and I think it might make for a meaningful discussion about the stability of supply chains in Australia.
There are some fairly serious issues plaguing Australian supply chains and this has led to record high freight prices over time and that is causing some serious hurt on importers, and as such the consumer. I thought I would order these in a way that I think is most chronological:
At the start of the pandemic, we're talking January 2020, there were orders in the pipeline that were disrupted because of China's sudden transport lockdown in Wuhan. Wuhan is THE logistics gateway in central China, located on the Yangtze river, its where the trucks go to consolidate their finished goods onto barges and feeder vessels that then go down to the large international ports like Shanghai, Ningbo and Nanjing etc. This process also happens in reverse, so raw product comes up from the international ports into Wuhan and distributed out to the producers.
Just like in Australia though, there were exceptions to the lockdown for essential reasons. The flow of goods and cargo was an essential reason but it was hindered by red tape and extermely high levels of bureaucracy and corruption. Also, like Australia, China wasnt prepared for this, so it wasnt immediately apparent who was or who wasnt essential; could a trucker from outside Wuhan deliver cargo? Could a feeder vessel enter and leave? Could a worker go to work?. This slowed... keep reading on reddit ➡