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Old 10-19-2008, 06:49 AM   #196
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Siddle's a bit of a gun, the new McGrath?

White's bowling has never improved, he'smore of a batsman now.....not a specialist spinner by any means.
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Clark is the gun for me. We are struggling big time. White's shit, get Hodgey or Davey in there!
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:27 PM   #198
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Play stopped yesterday while the umpires ordered all the batsmen and fieldsmen to lie flat on the ground to avoid being stung by bees.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:46 PM   #199
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Kumble's retired, Ganguly retires at the end of the fourth test, Dravid looks over the hill, and there's a number of emerging Indian bats, headed by Gautam Gambhir. Australia looks to be on the proverbial downhill slope just at the minute (with regards to its bowling). A very interesting time in test cricket.
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The rise of Bangladesh.....they really pushed New Zealand in the recent test series....were unlucky not to win the series
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Anyone want to run a pool on how many sessions this test will last, or an over/under pool?

I'm going to call nine sessions. Weather dependent, of course.
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If that.

They were smashed by a quarter-strength NSW team.
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Could be a very revealing summer for cricket in Australia. The sport in it's true form is on it's knees......20/20 is the future, but it's just not cricket if you ask me.

Is the end nigh?
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What the HELL happened yesterday?!?! I've never even heard of half of this team and all of a sudden we're all out for 214! Been some very good umpiring so far. Last ball before lunch, Symonds bolwed to this Flynn bloke I think, ball very close to the bat, but it flicked his pad, not the bat, and despite a monstrous appeal from the Aussies, Rudi Koertzen ( ) said not out.

Hopefully 20/20 doesn't take over. I agree inte. It's not cricket. That New Zealand's side is significantly weaker because players have deferred to ICL and IPL is not good for the game. Test cricket will always be the ultimate form
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test cricket IS the ultimate (and only) form, but that doesn't guarantee it's prosperity and it's favourability in the sporting public's eyes.

For younger kids growing up, the game they will come to know cricket by will be 20/20, while test cricket painfully drifts off into obscurity, a relic of times past..
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test cricket IS the ultimate (and only) form, but that doesn't guarantee it's prosperity and it's favourability in the sporting public's eyes.

For younger kids growing up, the game they will come to know cricket by will be 20/20, while test cricket painfully drifts off into obscurity, a relic of times past..
Sadly, I can't help but agree with this. The kids these days are too into their smashin' and their hittin'. With the abundance of 2020 matches now it will become the most popular form, which is quite sad.

I can barely consider 2020 a form of cricket. Very often I find it worse to watch than test cricket.
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Don't care how it ended yesterday.
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New Zealand screwed themselves over with some very ordinary first-innings batting, when they should have been piling on the pressure they capitulated, and it was frustrating to see batsmen get starts but not go on with it. Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor look quite good, though, but Redmond, How, Elliot, look pathetic. They really need Oram, and with Bond you'd be up there, but he's been tempted.

Interesting to note that immediately Watson has been dumped, Krejza has been reinstated, and Symonds was out on the piss last night with the rugby league boys. The selectors need to follow the 88/89 mould, pick a bunch of players, stick with them, and stop this revolving door crap. No, we don't have any great spinners currently, but we're never going to find one if we keep rotating them and looking with contempt at their Sheffield Shield averages.
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The Award for Best Instance of Suffering Defeat in the Face of Victory 2008

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ENGLAND! v India in Chennai DEC 2008

I think India will win the next test as well

Monty Panesar was poor in 1st test
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A new cricket fan

England are massive chokers in most sport.

Mitchell Johnson now becoming a top class bowler, just needs to develop that ball that swings back in to the right handers
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