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Old 9th Dec 2011, 12:12   #41 (permalink)
 
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Are they like Raina and play the short pitched ball with the logo on the helmet?
Has he been coached by "the brown nosed dwarf" ????

TC, it's a shame that Cummins will miss the Tests against India.....I was looking forward to seeing how the ageing Indian batsmen handled him (and Pattinson,Starc etc) on some good old Aussie greentops.
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Funny article from Richard Hinds in the SMH.......loved the bit about the relationship with Lara Bingle

All crash, no wallop: Hughes horror show ends in familiar fashion
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Old 9th Dec 2011, 17:01   #43 (permalink)
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Dear Australian's,

Given the recent selections made by the incumbents of CA, I have to ask if some form of off-set deal has been arranged, or short term loan of course, as the Englsih version has, seemingly, inherited many of the attributes you hold so dear and indeed, are enshrined within the core values of CA.

Anwers, on a post card please.

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BBC Sport - England pick Monty Panesar and Ravi Bopara for Pakistan series

One name in particular stands out....as he will be... for very little in return.

Mr Bairstow can wait however..he has time on his side and the potential to fill the slot left by Prior at a time to suit all parties.
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Old 9th Dec 2011, 17:53   #44 (permalink)
 
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Doubt it.......I have it on good authority they are just one trick ponies.
The voices in your head don't count as "authority", Grumpy

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Are they like Raina and play the short pitched ball with the logo on the helmet?
Hah! These are Bombay Boys we're talking about; we don't duck!

*notices own username. hits palm on forehead*

Krystal, I can't see England replace Matt Prior in the foreseeable future in the test team at the least. And SURELY there is a better bat than Bopara in the county circuit?!

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Funny article from Richard Hinds in the SMH.......loved the bit about the relationship with Lara Bingle
Seriously, Hughes is turning out to be a one-man comedy show from a non-Aussie point of view. And I'm not really amused, especially since Simon Bloody Katich should have been in that spot in the first bloody place
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Old 9th Dec 2011, 23:42   #45 (permalink)
 
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Since I had no idea about the pitch/conditions, I raised an eyebrow when I saw the headline "We're quite happy with 150" as quoted by Brownlie.

At 58/5 with everyone of note but Clarke gone... ah, that kinda conditions. So easy to backfire on the hosts!
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Clarke's dismissal had me in stitches. It didn't just clip off stump it cartwheeled it. There is something special about a cartwheeling stump and shouldered arms

Its not that bad BD, seen worse on an overcast day in England. A bit of seam but its really just p*ss poor technique and bowling in the corridor of uncertainty.
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Old 10th Dec 2011, 01:28   #47 (permalink)
 
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Just watched the dismissal replays.

Hughes angled bat 2ft outside off giving slips practice at training. A Joke.

Warner caught WK trying to hit the cover off the ball. Cowboy.

Khawaja a good ball had to play. Unlucky.

Ponting walking so far across his stumps playing forward his back leg is 15inches outside off, squared up playing around his pads, a straight ball hitting half way up middle. Abysmal/Joke.

Hussey leaving a wide ball at the last second and the ball clips the toe. Abysmal.

Haddin spooning a catch to mid off. Abysmal.

Clarke leaves a ball arrow straight at off stump. Abysmal.

Peter Siddle is now 22 just playing the ball on its merits. Untroubled.

Summary: Poor technique. If England can't do this mob 5 nil at home something is wrong. If India can put its act together they should win this summer. Then let the executions begin.
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If you serve up such pitches it will be a comedy of epic proportions. Sehwag, Gambhir, Laxman, Dhoni can't play a moving ball. Laxman has a great record against you guys but it's always been in conditions where the sideways movement has to be made by the bowler off the pitch. That leaves Sachin and Dravid with ageing reflexes (Dravid has started dropping catches in the slips which is a bad sign). Tendulkar did once score 240 in Aus without hitting a single ball through the covers but that was nearly a decade ago. And that leaves number 6 - even if Rohit Sharma is picked, and I think he's got technique, one batsman does not a team make.

At this moment bowling firepower seems to be roughly equal - Zaheer looks like he is fit (played two domestic games) and Ishant and Umesh Yadav will like your bouncy pitches. And any spinner we serve up will be better than Lyon
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Old 10th Dec 2011, 12:04   #49 (permalink)
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BD....you misunderstood me.....I was not for one minute suggesting England replace Prior....only that, although Bairstow has been left out this time, he has the potential to replace Prior in the future and thus not being included will do him no harm at this stage.

In answer to your other question......next door's cat would make a better attempt than Bopara ever will.....he's fine on the county circuit...that's as far as he goes !.
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Old 11th Dec 2011, 22:58   #50 (permalink)
 
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Remember that old joke about Englishmen thinking their opening batsman was named "Atherton B McGrath"?

I don't think "Hughes C Guptill B Marting" has the same ring to it. Four out of four innings, same dismissal.

Hughes, the batsman, remains a joke.
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 02:54   #51 (permalink)
 
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Well done New Zealand - victory by 7 runs!

From Cricinfo:
The hosts' chase of 241 had been guided expertly by David Warner, but Bracewell's removal of Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, all on 159, left Australia a nervous 5 for 173 at lunch, and on resumption the remaining five went down for a mere 60. In all it was a collapse of 8 for 74, Warner left marooned on 123 when the last-man Nathan Lyon was bowled by Bracewell.
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Wonder if this might be a "coming of age" for Warner?


Maybe he might start believing if he keeps his head down and picks the balls to hit rather than try and thash a 6 every time he will be considered a "reasonable' player.........................
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Hey Grumps

Are you prepared to reconsider your views on T20 players transitioning to Tests?
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 03:16   #54 (permalink)
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" Remember that old joke about Englishmen thinking their opening batsman was named "Atherton B McGrath"?


Alas, BD, your days on this earth are numbered !....you are blaspheming one of Valhalla's finest mes enfant !......

True, he did not actually fare very well against Mr McG, but that is irrelevant in the overall context of his ability.....not that I am biased as you know...
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Good knock by Warner, but still to early to say if he is a genuine Test batsmen or a tip and run specialist. Great fielder so would love to see him go on with it at test level.

Geebus I can't believe we got beaten by the kiwis, is this an all time low.

I was excited about the Indians coming but unless our batsmen lift it will be a bloody whitewash.

C'mon boys aim up.
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Old 12th Dec 2011, 06:13   #56 (permalink)
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great stuff kiwi's. Bracewell should have been man of the match for his 9.
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Are you prepared to reconsider your views on T20 players transitioning to Tests
Will reserve judgement.......one swallow does not a summer make.
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Now say the same for Pattinson.... come on, you know you want to

That said, Warner and Pattinson are the only persons I'm feeling sorry for right now. Hate to use a cliche but they came out with their heads held high and all that.

And what a match for Bracewell - just his third. In fact, four of the playing eleven made their debut this year. Maybe NZ can finally turn things around, no need to keep going back to Sinclair, Bond and O'Brien regularly.

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And what a match for Bracewell - just his third. In fact, four of the playing eleven made their debut this year. Maybe NZ can finally turn things around, no need to keep going back to Sinclair, Bond and O'Brien regularly.
But they're crap so I have heard

You really do have a firm grasp of it don't you BD
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They have been crap so far, over the last decade. But hey, four new players, that's almost a new team!

Maybe you should look up the meaning of the word "maybe", Grumps. Heck, I could do it for you!

Yes, I do have a firm grasp of reality. If you need any help, all you need to do is ask!

And one swallow does not a storm make, as a wise person once said.

No, wait, that was you. I'm torn now...
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