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Old 21st Dec 2011, 08:17   #81 (permalink)
 
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Progress is being made TC
Dropping Khawaja whilst retaining Hussey, they should be f*cked and burned
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 12:54   #82 (permalink)
 
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And they dropped Khwaja for Marsh. Sigh
Hussey was the one to go.

When Australia won the Test at Wanderers to square the series Khawaja walked into bat at 1/0 third ball of the day, when he walked off with Australia's top score of 65 he was the third wicket down for 141.

Against NZ he was runout (by Ricky) for 38, 0n.o., 7 and 23

Hussey against NZ 15,8 and 0.

WTF is going on at CA? Why are that ponce Clarke and Wildebeeste Fornicator Arthur selectors?

I hope Sharma and Zaheer at at full noise on the 26th. I want Ponting, Hussey and Haddin on the mat. Its been fun boys but you are just uneducated (nothing to fall back on professionally) greedy cnuts padding your wallet.

Anyone know what Cowan's professional background is (to study at Oxford)?
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 15:05   #83 (permalink)
 
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I just hope Zaheer is even 75% fit. He's become a smarter bowler over the years.
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 15:32   #84 (permalink)
 
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Read the news re the Ozmates squad at work but couldn't get on here until now to check the blood pressure of our Australian contributors.

Nurse they need their medication now............. and the best medication wud be the instant removal of the CA Selectors!!!
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 16:14   #85 (permalink)
 
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Nurse they need their medication now............. and the best medication wud be the instant removal of the CA Selectors!!!
We gassed the old selectors! These are ALL brand new ones with the addition of the wildebeeste f*cker and Clarke.

We only played the young quicks because of injuries to Johnston, Bollinger and Harris.

I reckon Ponting, Hussey and Haddin have 'shared' the photo shoot of the CA CEO commencing with the esteemed one walking into an Afghani goat pen in a neglige whilst carrying a cucumber in his mouth.

Khawaja should follow Doug Brownlie to New Zealand, screw playing for these clowns.

O' cricketing gods please have Sharma and Zaheer at 100% on Monday

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Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey remain part of the Test team despite poor displays in Hobart and advancing years, Inverarity speaking of their value to the dressing room as a critical factor in their continued retention.
I'm a funny bugger in the dressing room as well, pick me. At almost 50 I'm not much older and can't bat for sh!t anymore either. But I will be cheaper!
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"They've both been wonderful cricketers, they are wonderful cricketers, and terrific men and provide a lot for the side," he said. "We all on the selection panel are keen for them to do well. We're hoping they have a breakthrough in the next week or two. They offer a tremendous amount to the side."
You have to be kidding. He admits they are passengers.
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They offer a tremendous amount to the side."
Its not runs or youth.
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 18:21   #86 (permalink)
 
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So maybe Khawaja may get a recall if he makes a big 100 next Sheffield Shield game. Oh wait...

The 4th and last test is January 24th-28th in Adelaide and NSW next Sheffield game is 6th February in Hobart, 9 days after the Test series is finished. Which, hopfully, India has won 4-0.

Australia's next test after India is Bridgetown Barbados 7th April.
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 18:49   #87 (permalink)
 
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Nurse the medication isn't working too well for TC so best you hide the knives and all sharp objects!

As an innocent bystander I will admit to being totally bemused by the way the Oz selectors appear blind to the fact that Ricky and Mikey are both going down hill fast.................... but hey in the past it has been the ECB and their forebears who have done the same thing to our stars of yesteryear.
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 20:08   #88 (permalink)
 
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My dad's made a pertinent observation: the game will be won or lost by the Indian slip cordon. If Dhoni, Dravid and Laxman can take what's offered to them - the latter two are 39 and 38 years old - then India stands a chance of winning. Which also means he thinks highly of our dodgy pace attack. Odd. But he's rarely wrong...

I must say, TC, I found the concept of no Sheffield Shield games for three/four months in the MIDDLE OF THE BLOODY SUMMER to be the daftest frickin idea in the cricketing world. You couldn't make this crap up.
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 22:19   #89 (permalink)
 
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Dropping Khawaja whilst retaining Hussey, they should be f*cked and burned
No argument here, TC. It's only the sponsors keeping Ponting and Hussey in the mix for now.

The progress being made was bringing in Cowan rather than bringing back the batting (only) all-rounder.

Have to question Watson's future, given his propensity for ongoing injuries. If he can't bowl, he's only one of a number of useful batsmen available.
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Old 21st Dec 2011, 23:01   #90 (permalink)
 
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Have to question Watson's future, given his propensity for ongoing injuries.
In this day of T20/IPL/BBL, all-rounders are going to have a horrid time. All-rounders that open the batting even more so - I'm actually surprised Jacques Kallis has lasted this long. Watson didn't do himself any favours by doing really well in the IPL with Warne's team for a couple of seasons.
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 01:03   #91 (permalink)
 
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Didn't hurt his bank balance though BD.

And there lies the nub of the problem.
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 03:55   #92 (permalink)
 
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I 100% agree with Cooda's, BD's and SN's (yes the medication is NOT working) comments above.

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I must say, TC, I found the concept of no Sheffield Shield games for three/four months in the MIDDLE OF THE BLOODY SUMMER to be the daftest frickin idea in the cricketing world. You couldn't make this crap up.


Can you imagine the English doing that? If they want to play this silly tournament, how about the month of October? 30 days to get this crap over.

The selectors actually said that you can force your way into the Test side from 20HAG*, you know those Test characteristics of build an innings and concentrate for hours on end ala Alastair Cook or Dravid. Very prevalent in 20HAG.

If anything this re-affirms my view that I hope Australia gets shellacked...for the greater good.

*20HAG = 20 Over Hit And Giggle.
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 07:23   #93 (permalink)
 
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TC,
when John Inverarity was made chairman of selectors I did say that it wasn't the best choice. Coupled with the tatooed bogan and Rod Marsh (Bichel is Ok) what can you expect. If only they had picked "Henry" as the chairman and Rixon as coach we might have had the team we need.
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 08:08   #94 (permalink)
 
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Gents

I can't wait for boxing day I bloody love test cricket.

I am still not convinced by Warner, he will either get plenty or nothing. If he goes cheaply bang we are under immediate pressure. He is a brilliant fielder and would love to see him as a genuine test opener. I hope he is not ruined by stupid bloody T20.

As for the rest I am in total agreement with TC and Cooda.

I have given up on hoping selectors select the best possible players available, regardless I will have an early swim Boxing Day then settle in for the rest of the day on the couch rising occasionally to top up on left over trifle. A great bloody day.
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 11:14   #95 (permalink)
 
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Lucky for you, adsyj - I plan to have a Christmas afternoon nap and settle down with a book, a duvet, maybe a glass of wine and the match... at midnight!

I've promised myself a propah full English breakfast if I last till 7 AM
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BD I hope that the full English includes Black Pudding, Pork Sausages, thick cut back bacon, mushrooms, fried eggs, tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans and fried onions all washed down with a good mug of tea. That is a bare minimum requirement

Hopefully the cricket won't give you too much indigestion.

Well I am just back in England for Christmas and wish all the contributors on here a very Happy Christmas and look forward to a New Year full of good cricket and good discussion on here.
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 12:13   #97 (permalink)
 
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The fridge belongs to the landlord, I don't have that much space I would have loved to go out and sit at a cafe but alas, it would be Boxing Day and everything would be shut, I suspect.

Oh well, beans and toast it is.

(no, not really...)
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 22:13   #98 (permalink)
 
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beans and toast it is
While I sit down to barbecued meats and prawns with a fresh garden salad, washed down with a crisp white wine and the view of a tropical sunset from my balcony; replete in the knowledge that another miracle has happened at Christmas time and Australia is on top after day one.

or, if the Bureau of Meteorology is to be believed,

I'll still be hunkered down in the cyclone shelter, having missed the cricket while Cyclone Grant tries to blow us into 2013.


Back to cricket, I guess Christian will miss out now that Marsh has confirmed his place with 99no off 50 deliveries in last night's hit'n giggle. Or will they be brave enought to drop Mr Cricket?
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Old 22nd Dec 2011, 23:21   #99 (permalink)
 
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Cyclone Grant
Yikes! Just looked that up. Stay safe, mate. I won't begrudge you the odd shrimp... er... "prawn on the barbie" if your house and you survive!

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now that Marsh has confirmed his place with 99no off 50 deliveries in last night's hit'n giggle.
This should be a line in a stand-up comedian's routine, not a factual statement.
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Old 23rd Dec 2011, 04:24   #100 (permalink)
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[I]" Black Pudding, Pork Sausages, thick cut back bacon, mushrooms, fried eggs, tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans and fried onions " [/I


Alas, SN, it would appear that your culinary misconceptions rate alongside your accuracy in predictions....Black puddings ( from Bury, of course...where else !! ) but then, erm, see underlined......and not one mention of fired bread I note....Sussex is indeed a different world it seems....

Tha, needs to come Up North BD......
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