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#1341 zxb

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Posted 08 November 2003 - 03:39 PM

WI 207/9. 6 overs remaining. Need 166 more for victory but this would require incredible bowling ineptness by Zim. Price has completed his 10 wicket haul. :)
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Posted 08 November 2003 - 03:56 PM

WI have held on for the draw. Looks as if the freak incident when a ball was stuck in the pitch wasting 90 minutes of play has allowed WI to survive. Just.
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Posted 09 November 2003 - 01:00 PM

It seems the Aussies have taken the 70s-80s Windies style to a new level; in tests and one-dayers. As the rest of the world tries to emulate, they can't quite catch up. I think eventually that a new style may develope, but who's going to invent it? And what will it be? Will someone come out with a 4 prong spin attack? Underarm bowling the norm? Aluminum bats? Heavier balls? Lighter balls? Smaller balls? Shorter bails? More TV umpiring? More men, less men? 8 allrounders, 3 batsmen? Rotating wicket-keepers?
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#1344 zxb

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Posted 09 November 2003 - 01:04 PM

"Will someone come out with a 4 prong spin attack? "

Not recommended. a 3 prong spin attack has been tried and the opposition put on over 900 runs in the first innings alone.

To counter Australia the best strategy would be to produce some better players of our own. :)
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Posted 09 November 2003 - 01:30 PM

I reckon you're on the way to doing that z. But first, the Poms will have to rid themselves of the "Sheffield Wednesday" mentality of social cricket and get down to professionalism. Not quite so serious in the Gatting style, but with a little flair and fun (albeit with a 'go-for-the-throat attitude; i.e. Botham/Lamb era.
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#1346 Agnostic

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Posted 09 November 2003 - 02:43 PM

zxb,
The only way to counter the Ozzies is by making pitches in our own countries as fast as the one at Perth and practising with bowling machines which bowl from 18 yards. Four spinners is a extravagant, three is a luxury, but if the opposition's feet dont move, pick 'em.

It is not impossible to beat the Ozzies. It is difficult, but not impossible. Blighty has done it and India has done it.

trav,
Ridley Jacobs of Antigua saved your Jamaican pal the blushes.:)

BTW, you beat the Kiwis by 44 runs.
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Posted 10 November 2003 - 01:44 PM

Well, our second ODI has just finished and Flinty has done it again. 70no. That makes 125 ODI runs without being dimissed. :)
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#1348 Agnostic

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 03:30 PM

New York's new love: Cricket


Tuesday, 11 November , 2003, 16:53

London: Move over baseball, it's cricket that's taking centrestage in New York. Believe it or not, New Yorkers have been bowled over by the sport.

An increasing number of baseball gloves in the city are being swapped for pads, especially after the opening of a 17-acre state-of-the-art cricket centre in Spring Creek Park, Brooklyn.

The area has traditionally been a breeding ground for basketball, American football and baseball.

"Cricket is the fastest-growing sport in Brooklyn," The Sun quoted Julius Spiegel, Spring Creek Park boss, as saying.

According to him, the craze is being fuelled by Asian and Caribbean immigrants. So what's more? Well, a second pitch overlooking the famous Manhattan skyline is already being built. I



Civilization - at last!!!
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#1349 traveller

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 01:55 PM

Aussies set a big target for Sachin et.al. Most of the team will be well rested, too

Ag, I won't travel to NYC to pad up, we have a team at MIT of Currymunchers and a Windies team in Milton.:D
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#1350 zxb

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 03:54 PM

The Ozzies seem to have tried to recreate the World cup final. India are putting up a good show but I don't expect they will be able to pull off the biggest run chase in ODI history.
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#1351 traveller

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 10:46 PM

Flintoff again , what's that now 177 runs NO?
My Argie friend just asked who's the best and what's the rankings now? my picks:
Aus
Eng
Ind
SA
NZ
Pak
SL
Zim
and the rest...........
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#1352 Agnostic

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Posted 13 November 2003 - 11:51 AM

I'd go with that ranking.
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#1353 zxb

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Posted 13 November 2003 - 04:02 PM

"Flintoff again , what's that now 177 runs NO?"

Something like that. 3rd consecutive MotM award, and man of the series, and has smashed Bothams record for ODI Sixes. I read that he is now the best ranked all rounder in the world. Rated 6th in bowling and 20th in batting (surprised it isn't the other way round actually!). We love him! :)

Well, here are the official rankings for Test playing nations

1 Australia 130
2 South Africa 111
3 England 104
4 New Zealand 104
5 Pakistan 98
6 India 95
7 Sri Lanka 91
8 West Indies 83
9 Zimbabwe 57
10 Bangladesh 0 (:()

Surprised India is 6th though, below Pakistan, and WI are 8th. For ODI's though it is worse for India.

1 Australia 135
2 South Africa 118
3 England 108
4 Pakistan 107
5 West Indies 106
6 Sri Lanka 105
7 New Zealand 105
8 India 104
9 Zimbabwe 63
10 Bangladesh 0


I have generally regarded India as a stronger ODI unit than us pommie sinners. The Natwest series final 2001 seemed to prove that.
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Still, when you beat the Ozzies I'm sure that'll change. :D
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Posted 14 November 2003 - 10:54 PM

I saw in the official rankings flintoff is also englands no.1 batsman and no.2 bowler.

Yeh I would go with those rankings - aus way out in front, then south africa, then eng, nz, ind, pakistan all pretty close and then the rest.

How did the poms do against the south africans in the last one day series - i cant remember.
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#1355 zxb

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Posted 14 November 2003 - 11:57 PM

I remember that we easily won the first match chasing 260 odd with a double ton 1st wicket stand. Of 6 SA wickets to fall, 5 were bowled and the other run out. :)

According to channel4's scorecards we disgustingly lost the next match by 7 wickets after putting on 223/7. :(

In the third match SA made 198/9, despite being 104/7. We prevailed by 4 wickets. :)

In the forth match (and Natwest series final) we did what we should have done in the third match and happily wiped SA out for just 107 in 32.1 overs. Top score 19. In the end we won by 7 wickets. Strangely the best batters in either side in the series (Kallis and Trescothick) both went for ducks. :)

So, all in all we did quite well. Low point of that series was losing to Zimbabwe, but take the rough with the smooth. :cool:
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Posted 15 November 2003 - 12:53 PM

Wow! India 352/5. Apparently Dravid can score quickly when he wants to. :)
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Posted 16 November 2003 - 05:27 AM

Winning by 145 runs is quite a victory. Time to puff our chests out with pride.:D

"...India discovered that Rahul Dravid has the ability to score more quickly at the death than the scorers can keep pace with..."


A different Dravid
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Posted 16 November 2003 - 01:17 PM

If we go by the last matches of India and Australia we could be in for a very high scoring final. :)
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#1359 traveller

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Posted 19 November 2003 - 03:46 PM

Can't stop the aussies! Harvey rips through the tail:D

Read it in the Buenos Aires Herald this morning between Mendoza and BA. Grretings to all from
Argentina;)
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Posted 20 November 2003 - 11:37 PM

The ozzies seem to be fairly impregnable right now. I'm sure that England will be the dominant team again one day. :)

Talking of England what are the odds of us making over 88 against Sri Lanka tomorrow? :confused:
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