Irish Times – The rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney is no myth.


  • In 1901 the constitution specified Melbourne would serve as the capital on a temporary basis and the permanent one should be located in New South Wales but at least 100 miles from Sydney.
  • This week we learned Melbourne spent more on its New Year’s Eve fireworks than Sydney – it appears it felt it necessary to compete.
  • As good a witness as any about Starc’s virtues is England’s Mark Stoneman, who has opened the batting against him in three Tests.
  • For all the England players there remains plenty to play for, not least because the squad for the two Tests in New Zealand starting at the end of March will be named soon after the game.
  • They battled away in Melbourne and they seem eager to do so in the final Test, where they hope Crane can give them a lift … Yes, it’s been a long tour.

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