The Ashes 2013

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Matthew Turner » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:00 am

(older) Cricket fans might enjoy this episode of Hancock's Half Hour

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007k456

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Mick Norris » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:46 am

England leave out Finn and Onions, bring in Taylor to cover Pietersen, plus Panesar and Tremlett

Interesting
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/23481370
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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by David Robertson » Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:30 pm

If I were Australia, I'd go for broke: open with Watson & Warner; play two spinners; and crucially, bat first. Then I'd send out the openers with a mandate to attack. If they hit their straps, it could be 150-0 by lunch.

Watson, Warner, Khawaja, Hughes, Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Agar, Siddle, Lyon, Harris

Nah...that line-up doesn't scare me either

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Richard Bates » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:33 pm

David Robertson wrote:If I were Australia, I'd go for broke: open with Watson & Warner; play two spinners; and crucially, bat first. Then I'd send out the openers with a mandate to attack. If they hit their straps, it could be 150-0 by lunch.

Watson, Warner, Khawaja, Hughes, Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Agar, Siddle, Lyon, Harris

Nah...that line-up doesn't scare me either
Which are the two spinners?

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by David Robertson » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:38 pm

Clarke & Smith of course

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Paul McKeown » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:34 pm

David Robertson wrote:Clarke & Smith of course
Haha! The best one could say about that is that Clarke is a batsman burdened by leadership, whilst Smith is a batsman unburdened by talent!

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:50 am

Can't believe they have managed to get play started today, weather up the road here has been miserable and wet since yesterday afternoon

And Cook out, 0-1 and wastes a review too :roll:
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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:56 pm

I've got tickets for the fourth day. Hoping Jimmy and Bres dig in tomorrow morning and there'll still be something left in the game.

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Paul McKeown » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:37 pm

Geologically speaking, that was schist.

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:24 am

I was hoping for rather longer than 10 minutes.

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:27 pm

That was fun

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:29 pm

Jonathan Bryant wrote:That was fun
Fabulous watching the highlights, so must have been great to be there

You should go more often :D
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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Paul Robson » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:32 pm

A bit like Death Race 2000 driving past the ground yesterday but the Aussies in Durham city make a pleasant change from students .

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by Paul McKeown » Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:12 am

3-0 now puts Australia below Pakistan in the ICC rankings.

Oz just doesn't have the players. They've got their opening pair now, Warner and Rogers - just lock Warner in the storeroom overnight as Geoff Boycott has suggested - and why they "forgot" about Rogers is a mystery. Clarke is superb. Harris and Siddle are excellent bowlers. That's five who are up to the standard, but the rest are mediocre, at best.

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Re: The Ashes 2013

Post by MartinCarpenter » Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:02 pm

Haddin isn't doing badly either and Watson's bowling at least has been very useful. Basically all of their bowling has been good - you don't get as many quality bastmen as there are in Englands line up spontaneously out of form without good reason. Even Lyon did just fine this match.

Australia definitely aren't awful right now and have some chances for the return series in Australia. What'll happen when Harris/Clarke/Rogers/Haddin all go (soon after that you'd imagine) may be another matter.

With Rogers, the Australian selectors have a spent a while trying to produce miracles, as per their spinners. It isn't smart behaviour long term. Odd to see how totally the English/Australian attitudes to this have turned round from the 80's/90's. We're very much more systematic about things now.

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