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Old 08.12.2010, 10:35
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Beware a wounded Australia. England need to keep their feet on Australia's throat and crush the life out of them.

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Well, they are playing down under...

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Re: Build up to the Ashes

A propos nothing, i'd just like to say how much the Ashes is, well, brilliant

A) Loving the greeness on the tele, its like an anecdote to the greyness outside

B) Loving the fact that KP seems to have come of age, there was so much chance that he was going to do a "Flintoff" and be all style and no substance

C) Shane warne on commentary

D) Australians not winning
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Old 08.12.2010, 11:16
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Bruce was in his primary school class when the teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up; fireman, policeman, salesman, etc.

Bruce was being uncharacteristically quiet and so the teacher asked him about his father.

"My father's an exotic dancer in a gay club and takes off all his clothes in front of other men. Sometimes, if the offer's really good, he'll go out with a man, rent a cheap room and let them have their way with him."

The teacher hurriedly set the other children to work on some colouring and then took Bruce aside to ask him, "Is that really true about your father?"

"No," said Bruce, "My father plays cricket for Australia, but I was just too embarrassed to say"
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Old 16.12.2010, 15:30
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Oh dear me, Aussies skittled for 268, and only got that many thanks to a tail-end comeback. Another big failure for Ponting, Clark etc. I don't think the England team is anything special, but they do seem to have a good spirit and have done their homework. The Aussies, frankly, are awful at the moment. Shame .
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Old 16.12.2010, 15:44
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Oh dear me, Aussies skittled for 268, and only got that many thanks to a tail-end comeback. Another big failure for Ponting, Clark etc. I don't think the England team is anything special, but they do seem to have a good spirit and have done their homework. The Aussies, frankly, are awful at the moment. Shame .
By the standards of many English teams, it's a pretty good one at the moment. The batsmen have all matured . . . even KP stayed in for a big score, there is depth to the bowling selection (we've continued to succeed without Broad) and our fielding has been superb.

I would like to see how we'd do against India.
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Old 16.12.2010, 15:58
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By the standards of many English teams, it's a pretty good one at the moment. The batsmen have all matured . . . even KP stayed in for a big score, there is depth to the bowling selection (we've continued to succeed without Broad) and our fielding has been superb.

I would like to see how we'd do against India.
Yes, sorry, I should clarify my statement. I do think this is the best England team I've seen since 2005, but you're right, test series against India and SA would be the true tests of a "great" team. Incidentally, India and SA kick off a 3-test series today, Sehwag gone for a duck already....
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Dhoni manages to loose all the important tosses. It looks like a difficult pitch to bat on and we are already 2 down. Am just hoping Sachin and Dravid stitch a good 100+ partnership.
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Old 16.12.2010, 17:00
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Old 16.12.2010, 17:03
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Awesome! Was looking for this on YouTube, but didn't find it. Nice find PH.
Oh yeah; Punter's face afterwards. Classic!
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Old 16.12.2010, 20:33
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It's about the only thing Colly is good at

The Aussie team are looking very ordinary.
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Old 17.12.2010, 10:34
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Gone quiet in here......
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Old 17.12.2010, 10:36
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Has a bit. Bloody Mitchell Johnson. Bowls a heap of tripe as Brisbane, gets dropped, then comes back with a 50 and a 6fer. If it weren't for him.....
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Old 17.12.2010, 10:41
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

It's going to be a very long three days for England. Or maybe two.
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THIS is the best catch ever seen, or one of them, the other ones are all caught by Swampy too. Except the ones caught by Rodney.




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Old 17.12.2010, 10:46
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Eyup, Finn's just got Hughes and Punter......
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Old 17.12.2010, 10:56
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Eyup, Finn's just got Hughes and Punter......
I see the nightmare possibility of England facing a lowish total (250?) with two days to get it . . . and failing.
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Old 17.12.2010, 11:04
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I see the nightmare possibility of England facing a lowish total (250?) with two days to get it . . . and failing.
You could be right about the chase, Clarke gone....
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Old 17.12.2010, 11:18
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

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Question for cricket fans---how come whenever I hear about this sport, it's always national teams playing? Like Australia vs. England or India vs. New Zealand. Why do I never hear that the Manchester Jaguars played the London Redcoats?
Whereas football is an urban game and hence based around cities, cricket was predominantly a game of the countryside, which means that in England teams are based around counties.

Test matches between national teams are played in a format that doesn't exist at the county level: the five day match (some tests are shorter).
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Old 17.12.2010, 11:49
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

What a great cricket match, Mitchell Johnson seems to have unfortunately rediscovered his mojo and brought Australia back into it.
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Old 17.12.2010, 11:53
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Re: Build up to the Ashes

Interesting fact came up on Cricinfo, in the last 4 test matches at the WACA the team batting 4th has scored more than 300 runs...
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