In case you haven’t heard, the cricketing world has been turned on its head in the past few days after after a number of Aussie cricketers including captain Steve Smith were caught and then admitted to ball tampering.

What’s the solution to this problem I hear you ask? Forget about the cricket and come and put all your sport-watching passion into the A-League instead.

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There are a few similarities between cricket and football so if you’re having a hard time letting go of the ‘gentleman’s game’ as it is so accurately referred to, then there’s a few familiar elements that you’ll enjoy.

Just like cricket has the Decision Review System, the A-League also has a fancily named review system called the Video Assistant Referee but unlike all the issues cricket has with the system, the VAR it has pretty much seamlessly become a part of the game with little to no controversy and is making games free of refereeing mistakes.

The A-League also had a ball tampering scandal back in round 17 when Marco Rossi grabbed a handful of Jason Hoffman’s tackle and twisted in a manoeuvre affectionately known as the ‘squirrel grip’.

Far less came of the incident compared to the current crisis as it seemed to be considered a bit cheeky by the FFA and didn’t warrant any repercussions unlike the hullabaloo we’re seeing seeing at the moment.

Speaking of the FFA, unlike Cricket Australia, football’s governing body in this country is widely respected by fans and sets a high standard for others in world football. Never has there been a claim of favouritism, incompetence or naivety from fans or the media alike.

And now we look at what sets the beautiful game in Australia apart from cricket.

Unlike the farcical footage of Cameron Bancroft caught red-handed with the incriminating piece of yellow tape, we’ve never seen a laughable incident involving tape in this country that would turn Australian football into a laughing stock.

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Don’t know if you’ve noticed but cricket also has all sorts of in your face sponsorships like the Magellan Ashes, KFC Buckethead Army and Official beer Partner XXXX GOLD. They’re ridiculous!

The FFA however would never see themselves involved in this level of selling-out or involving the game in cheap gimmicks like naming a round of A-League matches after a sci-fi movie series or changing the national team’s name to include a multinational petrol corporation. They just wouldn’t do that to the beautiful game.

Finally, unlike the likes of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell the A-League has no problems with players who consider themselves bad-boys, divide opinion completely and can often chuck tantrums to the point you think there’ll never play the game again.

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So there it is, if you aren’t convinced by these compelling reasons to come and watch the A-League then nothing will make you leave that player tantruming, cheap gimmicky, ball tampering, video reviewing, tape abusing sport called cricket.

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