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Old 04-14-2009, 01:46 AM   #466
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the most obvious reason for this is that anyone opening for new zealand will suck. if bradman opened for us he'd be shit.
Quoted for truth.

I've maintained for years that New Zealand could have the best team in the world, or at least one of them, if only we could figure out how to have a measure of consistency.

I don't expect us to find that consistency in a hurry.
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I'm convinced there's a bloke standing out on the street with a flying saying, Open for New Zealand?
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:45 PM   #468
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So after last night, Phil Hughes is playing in his 3rd first class game for middlesex.

So far he has scored

118
65*
139
134*

His stats read:

M I No Runs HS Avg 100s 50s
3 4* 2 456 139 228.00 3 1

Anyone still think he's not the genuine article?
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^^^

It doesnt matter - Onions will chop Hughes to pieces
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:47 PM   #470
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It doesnt matter - Onions will chop Hughes to pieces
LOL! Onions is a trundler who took 5 against the West Indies tail. I could dimiss the West indies tail.

Hughes at 20 years and 90 days peeled off TWO centuries in the same test against the best non-Australian bowling attack seen for 10 years. Hughes will leave Onions teary.
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I hope you stick around oh mad one. The Ashes are going to be a lot of fun.

If we had a better bowling attack it'd be hard seeing you winning a test.
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Onions? Is he some player?

Excuse my ignorance.
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I hope you stick around oh mad one. The Ashes are going to be a lot of fun.

If we had a better bowling attack it'd be hard seeing you winning a test.
Stuart Clark will murder them in English conditions. Johnson Lee and Siddle aswell all have the potential to take them out. Add to that Katich, North and Clarke spin options and I'd say our bowling attack is pretty potent.

Look at it this way. We just did SA with hilfenhaus averaging about 50, and McDonald in the team (HA!).

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Onions? Is he some player?

Excuse my ignorance.
Test debut currently against West Indies. Took the last 5 wickets of their innings. He has a first class average in the mid 30's with the ball. I can;t say I'm too concerned.
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That's a good point. And we keep hearing about how Hilfenhaus is the best swing bowler going around in Oz at the moment, and England is the perfect place to exploit those conditions.

It'd be great to see a big series for Lee, and hopefully idiot Ponting will have the foresight to see that Katich is a very handy bowler, more so than Clarke. I'd like them to take Krejza, and McGain too.
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That's a good point. And we keep hearing about how Hilfenhaus is the best swing bowler going around in Oz at the moment, and England is the perfect place to exploit those conditions.

It'd be great to see a big series for Lee, and hopefully idiot Ponting will have the foresight to see that Katich is a very handy bowler, more so than Clarke. I'd like them to take Krejza, and McGain too.
If Krezja or McGain play for Australia again I'll stop watching.

McGain is too old to be even a short term solution, and he was pumped in SA and had no answers. Krezja is highly overrated because he took a couple of wickets in india on a pitch where all the finger spinners were turning the ball square.

Australia don't have the spinner at the moment, so they can't create what isn't there. Make do with getting your quota out of North, Katich and Clarke, surely at least one of them will have a good game with the ball. Either way, they are all in the top 5 spinners in Aus atm anyway.

I notice that Mrs Watson is injured again. No matter how well he plays, they can't take the risk on him, because he'll chip a nail on the first morning of the test and be out for months again.

Test order for first ashes test should be

Hughes
Katich
Ponting
Clarke
Hussey
North
Haddin
Johnson
Lee
Clark
Siddle

That is the most efficient team. Batting line-up is very long with Lee at 9. 4 quicks, all of whom could be very successful in England. 3 spinners to pick from.

basically have 9 bats and 7 bowlers in that team.

I fear the team will look like this

Hughes
Katich
Ponting
Hussey
Clarke
Watson/Symonds (neither deserve another chance)
Haddin
Johnson
Lee
Hilfenhaus (may swing it in England, but isn't as good as the other 4 quicks)
Siddle
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I like Krejza because he could spin it, and McGain actually I take that back. Not sure why I said that.

I really doubt Symo will get picked, but the selectors have proven in the past that they're idiots (Casson!!) and could reinforce that opinion. Watson's too much of a risk yes, but he should at least be on the tour.

I think Hilfy'll go, but maybe only play a test. Or two.
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Dont underestimate Onions, you Aussies are dicing with trouble

And Ravi Bopara is the new Ian Bell....(few good scores, gets lucky, cocky, really he is shit)
I have to show some bravado here as realistically england are a steaming pile of pooh
If they somehow perform a miracle and win, they wont win a test until 2013 as they will still be celebrating (just like in bewteen 2005-2009)

My Ashes prediction - Eng 1 Aus 3
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Dont underestimate Onions, you Aussies are dicing with trouble

And Ravi Bopara is the new Ian Bell....(few good scores, gets lucky, cocky, really he is shit)
I have to show some bravado here as realistically england are a steaming pile of pooh
If they somehow perform a miracle and win, they wont win a test until 2013 as they will still be celebrating (just like in bewteen 2005-2009)

My Ashes prediction - Eng 1 Aus 3
Onions is custard.

The new Bell? scores millions against Bangladesh, hailed as the new Bradman, then can't score a run against Australia?
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New bowlers often succeed against us... but then we work them out and they can't buy a wicket in the next test.

I also completely retract any concerns/complaints/blahblahblah/etc I had about Hughes
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Graham Onions? I almost forgot about that guy, how could I with a name like that. Hope he does well and becomes the next Bradman.


Siddle could be the destroyer. Mitch Johnson can't do it alone. If Siddle fires, Aussies should romp it home, cause of two gun pacemen.

I'd like to see McGain tour cause he's a Vic, but Aussies only viable spin options are to bring Warnie or MacGill out of retirement, otherwise play four quicks. North is a good enough part-time spinner and hes originally from Melbs anyway, so he's cool.

Hodge better at least make the touring party or I'll struggle to support Australia properly. Hopefully Clarke or Katich will lose form so Hodgey can get back in the side. Hussey has been quite ordinary for a while now. Drop him and give Hodge a test or two.
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