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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:48 am    Post subject: Cricket Reply with quote

Who is a follower? I certainly am, and I watched Australia smash New Zealand yesterday. Smile

I know the Americans won't be, but I'm sure there are some Poms (still pissed off about the Ashes) or Aussies on here. And some Kiwi's.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We now have two cricket subjects, I made one. I don't watch it now, England became crap again.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the greatest sport on earth.i hope the poms out there are looking forward to getting smashed next summer(our summer).i predict a 3-0 scoreline.ponting to score a hundred in each test and vaughan to carry on his shocking form to rub salt into the wounds.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

too slow for me. I like the set up and the strategy, but can't bring myself to watch and antire game... Snooze
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 5:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like watching One Days' better. They are faster.

Has anyone seen Gilchrist? Man that guy can bat. And he plays for Australia. Razz
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Gilly is a frickin legend.not too keen on warney-hes a great player but i met him in melbourne a couple of years ago in a club and he comes across as pretty arrogant.tests can be great depending on who we are playing i.e england, india and south africa but one dayers are brilliant all the time.being from tazzy i have to put a special mention in for Boony-52 tins of lager in 20 hours and he still walked off the plane!LEGEND!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

England have let themselves down a little bit. I thought they would be stronger after the Ashes win but it seems that the Assies are stronger after.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

australia in danger of losing to Bangladesh!! after thrashing the proteas this is rather strange to say the least. maybe Gilly will produce some fireworks. he needs to!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems like England are just losing. Australia have been the better side since the Ashes and England have just become bad. I bet Australia can't wait to take the Ashes back...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this is an old thread but I do like keeping an eye on cricket.The latest news is the appointment of Kevin Pietersen as the new english captain. After losing the series to South Africa I suppose it was time for Michael Vaughan to stand down and leave the control of the team to a fresher face.We shall see if he can change the fortunes of the team as they have The Ashes coming up next year and winter tours in India followed by a tour to West Indies.A south afican leading a english team do you think its a good appointment Question
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm this is a risk because of his lack of experience but he could easily rise to the challenge because he is talented enough. England need to be more consistent as a team, players like Bell and Sidebottom need to be more consistent with their batting and bowling. I would have preferred Strauss as captain.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think had Michael Vaughan been in better batting form, he would've carried on until the next Ashes series and that's no bad thing. England were very unlucky to lose the series; if not for the catch that never was and the questionable pad/glove call it could've turned out very differently.

I'm not sure about Pietersen's appointment, for me it's a bold and quite risky move by the ECB. I think KP will either thrive on it, become a slightly more conservative batsman and a very good captain, or he'll struggle, we'll lose tests and his batting will be adversely affected, which would be absolutely the worst possible outcome for England. Personally, I would've gone for Rob Key, he's proven as an excellent County captain and is good enough to bat internationally, even if he's not going to be the first name on the teamsheet. I think he could've done a job for a couple of years until Ian Bell is ready to take over. Strauss would've made a good Test captain, but as soon as they announced that they wanted the new man to take over the Test and One Day captaincies he was out of the running.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the majority of the England team have been inconsistent recently with batting and bowling. I would also blame selectors for choice of team as well. KP has not proved to be a captain, he is not even captain of his county team,
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit I've been surprised with Sidebottom's dip in form, you expect it from sombody young like Broad but I thought we were going to start following the Australian model of only bringing players into the Test side when they're about 28, which works very well for them and promotes consistency.

Some prior experience of captaincy would certainly be an advantage, but it's probably more important that the captain is a real thinker about the game, a good cricketing brain is a phrase that's been used a lot. Michael Vaughan never captained at county level either and he's been one of the best England captains, only his personal form let him down.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im sure Sidebottom hasnt recovered from his injuries,Broad needs to develop more into a better bowler.Mind you Pietersen innings of 100 was great but was outshone by Harmy hitting 49 Big Grin
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a bit of a soft spot for Broad as he's from my home town and I know his dad, Chris, who also played for England. I hadn't seen Stuart for a long time until a couple of years ago, it was like he went from being a child to being 6'7", so I still double take when I see him. He's a nice kid, very quiet and not someone likely to fall for the trappings of fame, quite a strong contrast to Pietersen really! I'm disappointed he moved from Leicestershire to Notts though, that's the equivalent of going from Celtic to Rangers where I'm from!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Broad did well in the test in the Oval didnt he QuestionI m not sure if he is in the one day squad but he is definetly up and coming player and is young enough that he can develop as a better player.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally, a good decision by England. Harmison has returned to the One-day squad. That should give England some fire in bowling.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Finally, a good decision by England. Harmison has returned to the One-day squad. That should give England some fire in bowling.
Harmison didnt do too badly today but Broad 5 for 23 against South Africa today was awesome or were South Africa very poor Question All out for 83 and England didnt even lose a wicket. I think Peterson is lucky to have all his strike bowlers on hand at the same time Vaughan didnt have the same luck.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See if Broad can play like that all the time then will be better off but he will not be doing that again. Told you Harmison would deliver, best decision binging him out of retirement.
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