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#1361 Agnostic

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 11:59 AM

The Ozzies have a team but no superstars and they click when it matters the most. India has superstars but not a cohesive team unit and we often falter at the last hurdle. Maybe they need a team psychiatrist/psychologist to tell the boys that they are being watched by a billion folks out there - just the Eden Gardens stadium where Oz won accomodates a hundred thousand people. Some guys take their places in the team for granted and others sneak under the radar and join the team because they have powerful godfathers backing them.

A pitiable state of affairs.

PS. Can anyone tell me what has happened to Pravda? It is so difficult nowadays to get into any forum and see the day's posts at 20 per page or whatever. And the Religion forum has been removed from the front page.

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Posted 21 November 2003 - 08:37 PM

restructuring the front page it seems. religion is now located at the top of here of course.
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#1363 zxb

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Posted 22 November 2003 - 02:31 PM

WI are joining the mammoth score club. 347/6, Gayle153*.
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#1364 Agnostic

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Posted 24 November 2003 - 04:07 AM

Thanks Exa. I thought they were closing shop and I was getting sentimentally attached to this place.:D

zxb,
Did you see the Windies being shot out for 125? Zim has levelled the series.
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Posted 24 November 2003 - 02:26 PM

Didn't see it, but followed it. WI seem prone to collapsing under pressure like South Africa.
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#1366 zxb

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 10:59 AM

Steve Waugh has announced his retirement after the India series. A sad day, though it had to happen some day. :(
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#1367 Agnostic

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 02:05 PM

He will always be welcome anywhere in India, Kolkata in particular. He is the role model of millions of Indian schoolkids.

Cricket needs more people like Tugga.
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#1368 traveller

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:09 PM

Waugh will indeed be missed. He learned his grit from Border and the fierce killer instinct from Taylor. He's proven to be one of the most shrewd and tenacious captains ever. I venture to say in the same ranks as Clive Lloyd!
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Posted 26 November 2003 - 03:42 PM

Perhaps better than even Lloyd. His win percentage as captain is far better than any other captains. Or so I'm led to believe. Can Steve go out with a bang? :)
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#1370 traveller

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Posted 26 November 2003 - 04:13 PM

He only needs 515 runs to overtake border as the most prolific in history! A little over 100 runs per test, yes he can do it:D
Sorry Ag, don't think Sachin et al. can stop that!
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Posted 26 November 2003 - 08:04 PM

No. Waugh won't get that many runs. Only a 4 match series remember. If he could get a double ton in the first test, then I might change my mind, bu it doesn't look to promising right now, despite the good form he's been in.
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#1372 Agnostic

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Posted 27 November 2003 - 11:07 AM

Trav,
Sachin et al wont stop him. Nobody can stop Waugh when he is in the mood. Sachin will waltz past Waugh's records in a couple of years at the most.
He has done more than anyone else to counter the impression of the "ugly" Australian.
FYI, he has started giving guest lectures to management students in India on leadership skills.
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#1373 traveller

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Posted 27 November 2003 - 01:08 PM

Ag, there are no 'ugly' aussies (unless you count one of my wife's deceased old Italo-Yugo aunties, he he)

Management skills, maybe could help with the Indian and Paki govs, but managing 11 players over 5 days is a little different than a billiion + people, I reckon;)
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Posted 27 November 2003 - 01:15 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to you all....Putting the bird on the barbie now. Have a cold one for me as I will raise one for you guys!
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#1375 Agnostic

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Posted 28 November 2003 - 06:14 AM

Will do, Trav. Hope all cricket fans a great Thanksgiving.
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#1376 Agnostic

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Posted 30 November 2003 - 02:58 PM

"IT was October 1998 and the first ICC Champions Trophy
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#1377 zxb

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Posted 03 December 2003 - 11:17 PM

I think we all know about the third Test against Australia at Headingly, 1981, and about the second Test in India in 2001, also against Australia. These were the second and third Test matches won by a side forced to follow on. I bring you the lesser known first ever Test match won by a side that followed on, way back in 1894. Although I don't know for certain, it does seem likely that the 586 made by Australia is the highest first innings score made by a side that has proceeded to lose the match.

And if anyone can provide an explaination of the fact that all these 3 matches have been lost by Australia, I'm willing to listen.

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#1378 Agnostic

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 11:04 AM

Beats me, mate. Probably the Ozzies have some kind of jinx?:confused:


I wonder how we guys are going to do out there.

"....Ganguly
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#1379 traveller

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 02:36 PM

Oz cruising along nicely 262/2 in only 62 overs:D

SL giving the poms some grief...Flintoff hasw an off day:confused:
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#1380 zxb

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Posted 04 December 2003 - 08:47 PM

If the Ozzie continue like this, S Waugh won't get over 500 runs that he needs, because he wouldn't need to bat at all. Something I didn't foresee. :D

SL are not giving us grief. Our chucking opponent chappy is though. 7/46. Why can't we produce decent bent spinners?!? :)
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