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Old 29th Dec 2012, 09:58   #541 (permalink)
 
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On the back of the loss of Greigy, Mike Hussey has announced his retirement.
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 10:16   #542 (permalink)
 
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Very sad news re the death of Tony Greig. As a straight talking and knowledgeable person he will be hard to replace. Many of the other commentators are either straight talking OR knowledgeable, but very few are both.

RIP Tony Greig
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Old 29th Dec 2012, 12:05   #543 (permalink)
 
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Tony Greig, you will be missed. Thank you for all you shared with us.
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Old 31st Dec 2012, 09:00   #544 (permalink)
 
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A superb tribute to Tony Greig, written by Mark Nicholas, is on Cricinfo. Insightful, amusing and informative it is a tribute that anyone would be happy to have.

Tributes : Mark Nicholas on Tony Greig: Cricket's greatest salesman | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 14:39   #545 (permalink)
 
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So soon after the passing of Tony Greig now another superb broadcaster has fallen victim to cancer.

Christopher Martin Jenkins, more usually referred to as CMJ, was quite laid back in his commentaries but always easy to listen to and his knowledge of cricket was immense

RIP CMJ
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 16:10   #546 (permalink)
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CMJ, vastly overated I have to say.

I used to read his reports in the Telegraph. He had a habit of "picking" the England team and his choices were invariably biased.

E.W. Swanton was bad enough when it came to being biased towards the Southern Counties, and disparaging towards the rest...CMJ took up the cause thereafter.

I once did an analysis as a small part of a stats. assessment I was doing for my Degree. I compared his report to that of Mike Selvey for the same day / match.

The former wrote 880 words I recall, in contrast to 550...the difference was the latter reported on the match, not the state of the rhodendrons and the menu for dinner and just about any other superflous issue.

His son was quite useful for Sussex though.
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Old 1st Jan 2013, 19:23   #547 (permalink)
 
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From the BBC Cricket pages another very caring tribute to someone who was clearly very well respected by those he worked with.

BBC Sport - Christopher Martin-Jenkins - Test Match Special pays tribute
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Old 2nd Jan 2013, 07:56   #548 (permalink)
 
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E.W. Swanton was bad enough when it came to being biased towards the Southern Counties, and disparaging towards the rest...CMJ took up the cause thereafter.
Did you ever read the columns that Dennis Compton used to write in the Sunday Express? Basically he would go through everybody in the Middlesex team who wasn't playing for England and explain why they should be.

In the 1970s I used to play for the colts at a club where Mike Brearley's dad, Horace, was still playing for the 2nd XI and he used to pin the articles to the noticeboard.
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Old 2nd Jan 2013, 09:33   #549 (permalink)
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" Did you ever read the columns that Dennis Compton used to write in the Sunday Express? Basically he would go through everybody in the Middlesex team who wasn't playing for England and explain why they should be.

In the 1970s I used to play for the colts at a club where Mike Brearley's dad, Horace, was still playing for the 2nd XI and he used to pin the articles to the noticeboard.
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Thankfully, no, I never had this misfortune regarding the first paragraph. Only as I say, the equally similar utterings from Swanton and CMJ.

I would have been inclined to position the articles in one of two places...the toilets, or just short of a length outside the off stump on the wicket.
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Old 2nd Jan 2013, 13:18   #550 (permalink)
 
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"CMJ, vastly overated I have to say."

Utter tosh, as the tributes from all and sundry of the cricket world confirm. His only crime is to be from the south in your eyes. As for his writing, it was beautifully crafted. I suppose you would prefer if TMS only reported on the action and never drifted into the realms of cakes, pigeons etc.

After the demise of Tony Greig this is yet another blow to the world of cricket.
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Old 18th Jan 2013, 12:46   #551 (permalink)
 
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I am in shock, disbelief and bewilderment, the BBC Cricket online has an article suggesting that Englands ODI squad is missing none other than Ravi Bopara

Who in their right mind would go back to a guy who flunks his lines every time he gets a starring role?

With young bloods like Bairstow, Hales, Root, Buttler, Taylor etc to put in the team we do NOT need to return to a failure from yesterday.

Please tell me this is not an article leaked to soften up the public to his selection, but is instead the misguided opinion of a feckwit journo.
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Old 18th Jan 2013, 17:23   #552 (permalink)
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" the BBC Cricket online has an article suggesting that Englands ODI squad is missing none other than Ravi Bopara "

Ah, the siren calls have begun early this year then.....the author was probably an Aussie !
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Old 5th Mar 2013, 03:19   #553 (permalink)
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now we know why they call it the "Baggy Green !!!"
its stuffed with syringes and little bottles.

surely the Aussie spirit of winning at all costs has gone too far now.
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Old 5th Mar 2013, 04:10   #554 (permalink)
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Ah, the winter hibernation is over for this thread then.

Alas, the above post has blissfully missed the rather salient point about the Aussies in the not too distant past....the one called collective talent and ability which nobody, with a scintilla of a brain, could dispute.

Moving on. Before the usual suspects accuse me of the totally unfounded allegations of being biased.....here's a little suggestion mooted in the media recently....delete Broad ( no tears in the Southern Hemisphere please not that I would shed any for different reasons anyway ) and insert Finn.

As the former has been riding along as a pax for some time, this seems a rather logical suggestion.
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Old 6th Mar 2013, 18:09   #555 (permalink)
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interesting that you've deceided that you posess that scintilla of brain to be an expert on the lot.

what other skills and atributes do you have ??

the playing fields are the most level in recent years, with any team able to win on a good days cricket (scintillating brainwork ??)
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Old 6th Mar 2013, 19:55   #556 (permalink)
 
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Krystal FFS

WHY did you have to awaken the resident dysfunctional racist?
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Old 8th Mar 2013, 07:55   #557 (permalink)
 
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Well played New Zealand.............. now we can all enjoy media calls for Ravi Bopara to be flown out to NZ

What has happened to the new young Aussie bowling attack? India seem to be finding life quite easy against these new young guns.
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Old 8th Mar 2013, 08:16   #558 (permalink)
 
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Indian flat wickets. Oz playing only one spinner.
England ran through the whole Indian side , so did Pakistan - they had quality spinners , Australia haven't been able to find one after Shane Warne.
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Old 9th Mar 2013, 10:22   #559 (permalink)
 
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So has Compton, now that he has scored his maiden Test ton, got what it takes to become the regular opener alongside Cook?

He seems the real deal for Tests from what I have read, anyone seen enough of him in action to be able to comment?
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Old 11th Mar 2013, 16:05   #560 (permalink)
 
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Flipping heck!! Had to check that the BBC Sports report about Watson, Johnson, Khawaja and Pattinson wasn't on the Friday Jokes thread!!

So now being a top class Test cricketer is all about the strength of your power point instead of how you power it past point

Absolutely astonishing. Cannot believe Arthur is so thin skinned and insecure that he has felt it necessary to send the players into isolation for such a misdemeanour. Wonder if he will last to manage the Ozmates in the Ashes games later in the year?
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