Peter Costello has a useful analogy going:
In cricket there are endless arguments about whether bowlers or batsmen win matches. In politics, there are endless arguments about whether oppositions win elections or governments lose them. I can’t settle that question. But I do know one thing. The Government is batting – they are in. And the Opposition is bowling – they have to get them out. To do that they need a few strike bowlers.
What Bill Shorten needs is a Mitchell Johnson who can keep the Government on its toes for the well-pitched delivery, yet send down enough hostile deliveries to have them ducking and weaving. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen rather fancies himself for the task. But his previous ministerial career has been a disaster – first in immigration and then an ill-fated spell as the (real) treasurer. He needs to learn about line and length. A little bit of humility about his previous form and a little bit of respect for his opponents would suit him well.
As captain, Tony Abbott still needs a Dave Warner who can crack a big innings or a Brad Haddin who can step up to the crease and deliver when the top order has fallen over. Hockey and Cormann come to mind but there are other accomplished performers, like Bishop, Morrison and Dutton, looking to build big careers. The best teams bat down the order. Abbott would do well to nurture his young talent, including those who are not yet in the first XI. This game is going for a while. Sooner or later the bowlers are going to get into their stride. Someone will play a poor stroke. Something always happens in cricket.
Then there is this gem:
If politicians were funny, television ratings for parliamentary Question Time would be a lot higher than they are. There hasn’t been a moment of wit in that place for a long time. Narcissists and stern feminists are not a recipe for sitcom.
Whoever could he be talking about?