Summer Scoop – Week 11

Cricket, cricket and more cricket with a tiny bit of footy of course. This week’s Summer Scoop –

Quote of the Week –

“Selectors wanted the drummer in the band rather than conductor of the orchestra”

Jason Gillespie weighs into the selection of wicketkeeper Matthew Wade over Peter Nevill for the Third Test. This is a good observation from Dizzy,  but doesn’t every good cricket team need a calm head as well?

Tweet of the week –

After quite a spiteful Test Series, it is good to see South African fast bowler Dale Steyn does have a good sense of humour.

The hero
Normally the ABC do not partake in advertising of any sort, but this broadcast with Gerard Whateley and Chris Rogers commentating from the top of the Adelaide Oval roof is something to be heard. A great endorsement for the Adelaide Oval, the city of Adelaide and day-night Test cricket. Take a listen below.

The villain
Lewis Hamilton is a world champion, a brilliant driver and a good athlete, but his attitude after winning the season ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but losing the World Championship to teammate Nico Rosberg was nothing short of shameful. The chances of the result going any other way in the closing stages were slim and Hamilton’s stubbornness saw him slow down and defy team orders in order to give Rosberg and Mercedes a guaranteed win. Lewis, this is ordinary and you are better than that.

The prediction
Cricket Australia want it. SACA want it. There will be a Day-Night Ashes Test match at Adelaide Oval in 2017. It is hard to see it going any other way. Right call.

Crow Call Summer
Adelaide got it right, they must have with every other club also passing on drafting Ben Jarman in Friday’s Draft in Sydney. Some Crows members still want to tear up their memberships because they believe it was the wrong decision. Good riddance you uneducated baboons. Jarman should be secured now through the Rookie Draft.

We all pretend that we are an expert on who our club drafts on Draft Night, but the truth is that we have no idea, nobody really does. Adelaide needed to get some midfielders and they appear to have done that. I am calling that a successful draft. Time will tell how successful.

The Scoop
Just when you thought things were turning around for South Adelaide, the AFL comes a knocking and some big holes could be about to open up. Brett Eddy, Emmanuel Irra (Port Adelaide) and coach Brad Gotch (Collingwood) headline the departures from the club. It is a big blow for South Adelaide who looked the goods at times this year. West Adelaide faced a drain on their talent at the end of last season and are yet to recover.

Turn it up

Out – Jordan LEWIS and Sam MITCHELL

In – Mitchell Lewis

Out – No 5 and No 3

In – A player who wore number 53

Only at Hawthorn.

Extra scoop
The broadcasting rights for Australian cricket are about to head to the negotiating table. It is believed that Seven, Nine and Ten are all interested, but for the first time the Big Bash might be a more expensive product than Test cricket. Either way, with ratings of nearly a million people for the day one night session of the Adelaide day-night Test, expect this product to be high on television executives want lists too.

Seven’s rumoured bid seems more of a ‘we do not want it, but we do not want anyone else to have it’ deal given their schedule is pretty busy with tennis during the Summer months. Current rights holders Nine and Ten the front runners to retain you feel with perhaps a hand from Fox Sports.

And by popular demand…

The Adelaide 36ers can match it with the best. A bit more of this and the sky really is the limit.

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