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Old 10-05-2005, 10:21 PM   #91
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What are the odds of Gayle and Ntini playing tomorrow? Pretty good, I would think.

I'd be very tempted to leave the Australia squad exactly the same. Don't mess with a good thing.
Ntini in for that poser Ahktar.
Gayle in for Dravid.
Captaincy from Pollock to Vettori.

I think you are using the term "good thing" a little too liberally.
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Timo and I? Nah, because the only Kiwi on the park was the only player worth watching. That Vettori can bowl. :heterodrool:

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I'm sure Australia wishes they could be that good. But considering they've just lost the Ashes and a one-dayer to BANGLADESH ... talk about being at the bottom of the heap!

I think each of the nations represented in the World XI would've done better by themselves.
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Ntini in for that poser Ahktar.
Gayle in for Dravid.
Captaincy from Pollock to Vettori.
I've always thought Akhtar was over-rated.

Vettori = perfect choice for captain, not to mention best player in the team too!
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Timo and I? Nah, because the only Kiwi on the park was the only player worth watching. That Vettori can bowl. :heterodrool:



I'm sure Australia wishes they could be that good. But considering they've just lost the Ashes and a one-dayer to BANGLADESH ... talk about being at the bottom of the heap!

I think each of the nations represented in the World XI would've done better by themselves.
We were virtually unbeatable under Waugh ( ), and even most of Aus was pissed at how bland the game was. Or is that just me who wants it exciting?

Youse haven't started on our incredible fielding last night yet...what gives, boys? Fodder handed right to you all!
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Let's talk Brett Lee


Let's talk Glenn McGrath


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We were virtually unbeatable under Waugh ( ), and even most of Aus was pissed at how bland the game was. Or is that just me who wants it exciting?
The era of Waugh was hardly unbeatable. They still failed to prove they were conclusively better than India & Sri Lanka, they regularly dropped the final game in series and escaped many games on the back of widely criticized favourable umpiring.

That being said, overall they did dominate what Australia saw of the world scene. Many reasons for it, South Africa & West Indies rebuilding from eras of dominance (not unlike Aus in the 80's), short sighted selection policies, drug use and overly favourable home pitches.

When they hype is stripped away and all the evidence is looked at the era of Waugh is overrated. There were many series where they were conclusively outplayed (Sri Lanka 99, India 01, NZ in Aus 01, VB Series 02) and the era also saw a great deal of off field controversy to the detriment of the game.

My final thought on the Waugh era comes from a book "The Hartbreak Years" which discusses the AB's coaching position from 87-99 - evalutating the ability of each. It puts forth the theory for coaches like Mains (or captains like Waugh) who seek out to change the culture of a team the true merit of their leadership will not be seen when they lead the team, but when they leave the team. Look at it now.
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That game would've been over in half the time if Australia could've held the ball in the field. Geez, talk about not being able to catch a cold!

Goes to show how dismal the World XI batting was that they couldn't even win with Australia putting down about every second chance.
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Let's talk Glenn McGrath


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Dont tell me you drool over Glenn? Our trivia team is named after him Speaking of which, do i want to go to trivia tonight? I'm buggered. It's been a shitful day at work. Speaking of the team though, Mat and I were killing ourselves with um...non PC comments on Symond's look last night which mat reckons is to unnerve the batters. I just reckon he looks like a um...

I agree with you, Tim, on Waugh. I'm not on the Waugh support wagon at all. But I dont actually agree on the implication that the off-field controversy rendered him (or anyone) a bad captain. Cricket has had tabloid headlines for ages and it wasn't limited to Boone and Warne and assorted other fatty skips who cannot control their beer or willies. Cronje, for example?

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Looks like Stuart Clark replaced McGrath.

On the other side, Chris Gayle replaces Shahid Afridi.

http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/supe...ry/221098.html

Both moves would seem to be a positive for the World XI.

I wouldn't mind if Gayle was in the starting 11, and Kallis was used as supersub.
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Is there anywhere I can listen to this online?

Neither the BBC nor the cricket channel is carrying this.
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Yertle, can you get the ABC (Australian)?

I like Steve Waugh (and Mark). I think he was a great captain. It was he who developed Australia's belief in themselves (and yes some may call it arogance) to the point that even in games where you would think there was no way they could have won, they came out and either did or got very close. That still exists in today's team. He was a great batsman, not in terms of stroke play(though I think he was brilliant, personally), but because he had the ability to wear down the opposition (Mark got all the style. I heard an interview were Mark was talking about the fact that he hadn't made as many hundreds as was expected of him and he said that he saw his role as an entertainer rather than just a cricketer. An interesting perspective of his game.)

Another comment (Axver and Timothious) your precious Mr Vettori (who is a bloody good cricketer) came out and said that the World XI had 8 bowlers in their side but still couldn't get Australia out. I mean, slag Australia off all you like but lets face it you had supposedly the "top" players on the other team and they couldn't get it together to beat us. (It is wearing a little thin guys)

The football boots idea was interesting, don't think it did much to help with the fielding though.

Not sure if I like the idea of a "supersub" but I like the word

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They'll find a way to still rip into us. The fault is always Australia's. Sorry if I sound bitchy, it's just hard to keep on grinning when the same shit is spewed out over and over and it is supposedly in the name of sport.

I agree with you wholeheartedly on the footy studs, Tania. That is a shitful venue for almost all sports though. That grass looks worse than the weeds the communist planted at the Amityville house I live in. Give it some bloody sun! Sheesh!


Back to Roos, however.
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Yertle, can you get the ABC (Australian)?


www.abc.net.au/cricket if they have the right guests (Harsha Bhogle, Brian Waddle, Jonnathan Agnew) they are one of the best commentry teams in the world.

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I like Steve Waugh (and Mark). I think he was a great captain. It was he who developed Australia's belief in themselves (and yes some may call it arogance) to the point that even in games where you would think there was no way they could have won, they came out and either did or got very close. That still exists in today's team.
Waugh gave them a lot of the arrogance (bordering on contempt) that they carried through that era. But the Ponting effect is already in full swing, I mean on the eve of the last Ashes test Ponting came out and said "Don't Blame Me If We Lose". Imagine Waugh saying that.

Also I can only think of one game in the Waugh era where they pulled it out of their arse and won. It was also his second last game as ODI captain.

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Another comment (Axver and Timothious) your precious Mr Vettori (who is a bloody good cricketer) came out and said that the World XI had 8 bowlers in their side but still couldn't get Australia out. I mean, slag Australia off all you like but lets face it you had supposedly the "top" players on the other team and they couldn't get it together to beat us. (It is wearing a little thin guys)
These are not the best 11 players in the world today. I said it at the beginning of the thread - these are players picked on name and nationality not on form. Is it any coincidence that the squad includes every test playing nation bar Zimbabwe? I disagree with all but 3 of the selections.

Also Pollocks pissweak captaincy (which I criticized even before the game) didn't help the situation. How can the teams best bowler be brought on at over 29 when Australia are in the ascendancy. Pollocks misuse of Vettori cost them at least 50 runs.

Vettori's comments were correct and his articulate way of calling a spade a spade stand him in good stead to become our next captain.

Vettori

Sorry to "spew the shame shit" again but the nation and medias reaction of "Look we are the best in the world again" is frustratingly ignorant.
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We aren't the entire nation, nor the media. You're preaching to the converted, mate.
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