Yes, and welcome back viewers following the Christmas/New Years break. As always, there’s been plenty of Australians involved in sport around the world.
1. Australia wrapped up the Border-Gavaskar Trophy when they drew the Boxing Day Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. Australia though, are now down to their final Mitchell after Mitchell Johnson was ruled out of the fourth Test with hamstring soreness, he’s replaced by Mitchell Starc. David Warner also said that maybe the sledging should be turned down in the upcoming Test. In related news, Warner is being checked for a concussion.
2. The summer of tennis has kicked off with the Hopman Cup and Brisbane international beginning in the lead up to the Australian Open. Female tennis’ equivalent of Shane Watson, Samantha Stosur, was again bundled out in the first round when she let slip a 5-1, match point lead, in the third set. Very Shane Watson-esque of her.
3. Meanwhile in the round ball game, Australia’s squad has assembled ahead of the Asian Cup which starts later this week. With plenty of A-League players making the cut, Tim Cahill will be relying a lot on Mark Bresciano to supply him with good ball.
4. Still with football and evergreen keeper, Mark Schwarzer is heading off to Leicester City from Chelsea, preferring to actually play than sit on the bench and watch a kid half his age stand between the sticks. The 41 year old also enjoys a challenge and says that playing for Leicester will remind him of playing for Australia at the 2010 World Cup.
5. For the AFL and NRL, their public relations teams are breathing a sigh of relief after getting through the holiday period without an incident. It probably helps the NRL that Todd Carney is no longer affiliated with them and hasn’t been caught with his pants down… again. I guess full credit has to go to the boys, they’ve given 110% and made it through that tough period, now they just have to finish off strong as they complete the toughest pre-season ever.
6. In the Big Bash League, former legends are showing they’ve still got it, youngsters are making a name for themselves and ahhh Glenn Maxwell is being ahhh Glenn Maxwell. The no longer big show managed to embarrass himself when opening for the Melbourne Stars when he backed away and left a ball that cannoned into middle stump. The Big Bash League just isn’t ready for Glenn Maxwell’s antics.