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#3361 Brendon

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:57 PM

My point was Strauss was never going to make a difference. No amount of field positions can cover poor fielding. Facing Australia in Australia is a bit more difficult than facing Pakistan in England.

And Fletcher has alway put Giles ahead. Monty played under Strauss. But wasn't Giles injured back then? And didn't Fletcher say Giles would walk back into the Test team when he was fit.

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#3362 zxb

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:51 PM

Originally posted by Brendon My point was Strauss was never going to make a difference. No amount of field positions can cover poor fielding. Facing Australia in Australia is a bit more difficult than facing Pakistan in England.


My point is that if Strauss had been captain for the 2nd Test, we would proably have played Monty, and that could have made a difference.

And didn't Fletcher say Giles would walk back into the Test team when he was fit.



No, he said he apparently said that he could come back into the side. Big difference, however the relavent bit isn't even quoted so he might not have even said that.
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#3363 Brendon

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 07:09 AM

Originally posted by zxb
My point is that if Strauss had been captain for the 2nd Test, we would proably have played Monty, and that could have made a difference.

No, he said he apparently said that he could come back into the side. Big difference, however the relavent bit isn't even quoted so he might not have even said that.



You think he (Strauss) would have played Monty. But so far as that is concerned, it is all just rumour and conjecture. Fletcher hasn't openly said he opted for Monty. Its just press talk. And the only reason Monty played under Strauss was because Giles was out injured.

But would it have made a difference? It wasn't just Warne. All of Australia's bowlers on the last day played great. Lee, McGrath, and Clark all bowled impeccably. And Australia batted great. Really, the Aussie team had a day out. Could Monty have changed that by himself? I don't think so. Warne only made the difference because the rest were bowling great.

There would have been only one difference if Strauss was captain: the knives would have been out for Strauss instead of Flintoff. And thats the problem right there. Thats what I'm talking about. There seems to be no team comraderie except when things are going right. If Fletcher leaked to the press to protect himself he is a disgrace. And because he has not openly refuted the rumour (AFAIK), he is a disgrace.

My sentiments :kowt:
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#3364 Agnostic

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 07:58 AM

Hayden bashes umpires

At this rate, umpires will need special insurance.:wonder:

Today's paper says that 40% of Australians are willing to abstain from sex if it means winning back the Ashes.

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#3365 Agnostic

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 04:55 AM

One over, one maiden, one wicket.:kowt: :Party: :viva: :Obmar: :rockon: :cheers:

Throw Giles into the dustbin of history.

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 04:20 AM

Monty takes 5 for 92. Now all the Poms need is someone to bat as well as Monty bowls...:bolt:
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#3367 Brendon

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Posted 16 December 2006 - 01:28 PM

Monty looks the goods. Got a long way to go though. He struck Gilchrist in full flight today.
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Posted 17 December 2006 - 01:39 AM

Stunning innings by Gilly. More please (but not against us, obviously:D). And good to see to soon to be great Mike Hussey in the runs as usual. I think that is 9 50s/100s in 11 innings now. :cool:
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#3369 Agnostic

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 04:53 AM

Un-effing-believable. :devil:
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Posted 17 December 2006 - 07:59 AM

Now all you Poms require is a century stand between Cook and KP.:cheers:

This test will prove KP's mettle.:respekt:
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#3371 Brendon

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 10:12 PM

Originally posted by Agnostic
Un-effing-believable. :devil:



New South Wales and Victoria are both vying for his services in the upcoming 2007/8 Shield series; based on his bad language alone. :angel:
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#3372 Brendon

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Posted 17 December 2006 - 10:19 PM

Can the Poms do it?

The wicket is tame as can be. But the England tail is long. It may be Flintoff's moment of truth. KP has the mettle. The Aussie side is bowling brilliantly with no luck. But they are oldies. Can they do it two full days? Don't write England off yet.

I was stunned when Ponting declared when he did. Last year the hapless South African side made a huge score in the last innings here last year. And the English team is a superior side to the Proteas IMO.
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#3373 Brendon

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 04:14 AM

Warne just got the wicketkeeper out. Thats a pair for this match.

No-one to stay with Pieterson and Warne and McGrath are unplayable at the moment. Flintoff and Pieterson were carting the other bowlers all over the place. Then Ponting did a tactically brilliant thing: he put on McGrath and Warne. Who would have thunk it?:rolleyes:

Game over.

At least Pieterson and Flintoff had a bit of a dip at this morning. Then Flintoff lost his confidence, then his wicket. That guy is down.
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Posted 18 December 2006 - 06:10 AM

Australia... you beauty..

On top of the Cricket world once again!

This will never erase loosing The Ashes last year,

but winning back The Ashes 3-nil

certainly is something very special nevertheless.
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#3375 Agnostic

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 07:36 AM

Precisely why the rest of the world roots for England.

You damned convicts win every time you take the field.Pullhair
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#3376 Brendon

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 01:45 PM

Originally posted by Agnostic
Precisely why the rest of the world roots for England.

You damned convicts win every time you take the field.Pullhair



Nevermind. Warne and McGrath can't last forever. :cheers:
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#3377 Agnostic

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 02:12 PM

Good day and well played, mate.

:cheers:

McGrath is Superman and every aspiring Indian schoolboy fast bowler's hero.

The Poms are an inexperienced young bunch with a poor excuse for a coach. Maybe they need someone like Beefy as coach.:wonder:

Meanwhile, we Indians win a match too.

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#3378 EZland

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 12:27 AM

bery inportant stuuffff

http://news.bbc.co.u...rem/6188413.stm

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Everton want Mourinho retraction

Everton and Johnson want an apology from Mourinho (right)
Everton have called for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to retract his comments about striker Andrew Johnson.
Mourinho branded the England striker "untrustworthy" following a challenge with Chelsea keeper Hilario on Sunday.

An Everton statement said: "To query a player of Andrew's integrity is wholly unacceptable and possibly defamatory."

Everton are thought to have taken legal advice over the matter and the statement added: "We ask Mr Mourinho to immediately retract his allegations."


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#3379 Agnostic

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Posted 19 December 2006 - 11:42 AM

Football on a cricket thread?

BLASPHEMY

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#3380 Brendon

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 12:01 PM

Warne announcing his retirement
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