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Regular readers of this blog will know that I love a good sporting analogy and that I often compare sporting situations to real life situations.

As I watched the cricket into the early hours this morning, I was reflecting on the fortunes of the former Australian captain and vice-captain, Steve Smith and David Warner.

Both returning to the test team after lengthy bans following the ball tampering scandal, it was always going to be interesting to see how both would perform under the glare of both the English crowds and the English media not to mention the English bowlers.

Smith was ridiculed by many for his tearful press conference and it was obvious to see how much the scandal hurt him. Warner, who it is widely believed was the architect of the scandal, also appeared hurt, but perhaps less so.

As of this morning, Smith has averaged 147.25 in the series, almost double that of the next best from either team. David Warner on the other hand has averaged 11.28. 

They say you can often judge a person by how they react under adversity and Smith has shown that no matter what you think of him for his part in Sandpapergate, he is a true champion batsman who has shown his true character under the greatest pressure imaginable.

If Australia wins the series or at least retains the Ashes, they can thank Steve Smith for saving them.


Good luck to the Lorne Dolphins featuring on grand final day tomorrow. The senior side in football as well as the under 18 netballers and B Grade netballers are  into the last game of the season. Best of luck to all involved.


James Worssam                                                


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