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NEWS FLASH,,,, MELBOURNE TEST RESULT IN DOUBT,,ENGLAND HAVE NOT WON THE ASHES!!!!!!

NEWS FLASH,,,, MELBOURNE TEST RESULT IN DOUBT,,ENGLAND HAVE NOT WON THE ASHES!!!!!!

Old 12-30-2010, 01:55 PM
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Default NEWS FLASH,,,, MELBOURNE TEST RESULT IN DOUBT,,ENGLAND HAVE NOT WON THE ASHES!!!!!!

HA HA
ONLY JOKING
YOU GUYS GOT YOUR ARSES KICKED


Sorry, had to rub it in considering there were no mention of the ashes when Australia loses
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Old 12-30-2010, 02:21 PM
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Got me.
New Year's resolution: don't feed the troll.
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Lol, I think most people would be too embarassed by the on-field behaviour of our team. Ponting's blatant disrespect of the umpires, Johnson's pathetic gestures towards the press box in Perth.....

I don't like the team losing , but they simply don't deserve to win.
In Perth, the Poms tripped over themselves, gifting the win to us.
After the first innings, they should have finished the job off , but didn't.

They have a class side, with good direction and strategies in place.
Australia on the other hand, appear rudderless. One or two indiviuals cannot win the match by themselves.

Watson, Hussey and Haddin are the only batsmen to have gone well.
Bowling cabinet is a bit bare though, simply can't bowl a side out

Anyhow, congrats to England, deserving series winners
Maybe a tiny bit of pride can be salvaged in Sydney. maybe....
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That headline is more likely to happen than this 'POMS Stop Whinging'
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Originally Posted by MICHAEL BROWN View Post
Watson, Hussey and Haddin are the only batsmen to have gone well.
Bowling cabinet is a bit bare though, simply can't bowl a side out
It doesn't help when the batsman are batting in the wrong order. Haddin I've seen bat as high as 4 in 1st Class games for NSW. When both he and Smith play he bats ahead of Smith. I don't understand why he is being wasted at 7 in the Test side.

The team composition is screwed up too. We have an all-rounder: Watson. If he wasn't opening he'd be batting at 6 probably, would it then make sense to pick Smith to bat at 5? No, of course it wouldn't. 2 all-rounders is stupid when our batsman are performing as badly as they are.

4 pace bowlers and Watson is also mind-numbingly stupid. The only variety has been that Johnson is left-handed. I'm not a big fan of Andrew McDonald but if you really believe you can't find a spinner then at least pick a bowler like McDonald who does something different.

I've played cricket in both England and Australia, and I reckon I can tell you why we can't find a spinner. Go to a park in England and there is a public turf pitch (at least in Summer) it's hard to find a set of nets, but turf pitches are everywhere, here they are painted concrete or astro-turf. Kids who try spinning in Australia get no encouragement from concrete pitches at all.

As far as the spinners we've got at 1st Class level (not talking limited overs where Doherty is doing well), the best performers in the last 3 years have been McGain and Hauritz. McGain is the only specialist spin bowler to have an average in the 30s in Australian 1st class cricket continuously since 2008, they rushed him back from injury and then discarded him after 1 bad game, having decided he's too old. Hauritz is adequate at best, but when he's making a stack of runs and performing at his best in the Sheffield Shield that's a stupid time to drop him.

Having decided that McGain is too old and they should be planning for the future, the selectors then picked Harris (who as a selection I agree with), but whose doctors say has one or two seasons tops left in his knee with no hope of fixing it with surgery after. How is picking Harris then being consistent in trying to plan for the future?

There is now talk of not picking Katich again when he is fit. The guy has averaged 50 since coming back into the team in 2008. I'd like it if Hughes was given an extended shot at the top of the order he's one of the more promising young batsmen we've got (when Watson isn't running him out).

Katich should be picked in the middle order. That's where he batted for years for NSW, that's where he was batting to score a record number of runs in a Sheffied Shield season to force his way back into the team. Ponting's justification for not bowling Katich more often is that he pulls up a bit sore, which isn't ideal when he's opening the batting. Katich has the best Test bowling average of any Australian spinner since MacGill retired it's a waste not to bowl him more often. Pick him at 5 or 6 it worked for Wilfred Rhodes.

I've also seen the result of Katich and Haddin captaining NSW, both of them are far better tactically than Ponting. Ponting started off as a terrible captain and slowly improved so that he is average. He still lacks any imagination though. The sooner we find someone with imagination to captain the side the better.

Cricinfo is filled with Indians talking about how Chappell the selector is ruining the Australian side like he did in India. They conveniently overlook that the selectors made most of these rubbish decisions before Chappell came on board, he's just stuck to them basically. As far as I'm concerned the whole selection panel is rotten, and until we start again there the team isn't going to get any better.

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This might sound harsh, but one of the biggest problems at the moment is Watson!

The guy is barely a test cricketer, let alone an opener, yes our batsmen have been letting us down, Watson has at least been getting runs, but as an inform batsmen, his continual lack of concentration once getting a start is out of control (shouldering arms to reverse swing once at 50...Give me a break) Not to mention the runouts of Katich and Hughes. It's test cricket FFS, a run out is piss poor.

The other guys are out of form, there form can return, but I'm afraid Watson will not change, put him at 6 where he belongs
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Originally Posted by MICHAEL BROWN View Post
Lol, I think most people would be too embarassed by the on-field behaviour of our team. Ponting's blatant disrespect of the umpires, Johnson's pathetic gestures towards the press box in Perth.....

I don't like the team losing , but they simply don't deserve to win.
In Perth, the Poms tripped over themselves, gifting the win to us.
After the first innings, they should have finished the job off , but didn't.

They have a class side, with good direction and strategies in place.
Australia on the other hand, appear rudderless. One or two indiviuals cannot win the match by themselves.

Watson, Hussey and Haddin are the only batsmen to have gone well.
Bowling cabinet is a bit bare though, simply can't bowl a side out

Anyhow, congrats to England, deserving series winners
Maybe a tiny bit of pride can be salvaged in Sydney. maybe....
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The ashes are not lost until the poms go 3-1, if we win (maybe a big if) the series is drawn and the old dart only retain them which seems to be lost to most ppl
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Originally Posted by Mugenville View Post
The ashes are not lost until the poms go 3-1, if we win (maybe a big if) the series is drawn and the old dart only retain them which seems to be lost to most ppl
hahah twist it, turn it, squeeze it, even pull it, how ever way you want to look at it, England retained the Ashes this last test. so ummmm, they won Dude......
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hahah twist it, turn it, squeeze it, even pull it, how ever way you want to look at it, England retained the Ashes this last test. so ummmm, they won Dude......
To win you need to be beaten, a drawn series is a no win to either
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