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Old 01-04-2007, 07:04 PM   #196
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Well it's not quite going according to plan. You'll probably still be able to buy breakfast when it's all over.
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bloody hell.
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What an anti-climatic series in the end, after 2005's fireworks, but England were too crap and Australia were too good.

Comiserations especially to those who stayed up late to follow this in the UK.

Punter man of the series, well deserved.

Do they give out player of the series for both sides, by the way, like how Warne got it last time round? Because no England player deserves it. Hoggard, maybe, for at least trying.
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Why even bother? This Ashes series was a total waste of time. Does England actually still have a cricket team?
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at least England battled until th ebitter end
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nwo I have to see whether I ever predicted a whitewash in this thread
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I guess another England Ashes 24 test losing streak had to start at some point

this Aussie summer sounds like a good starting point for me
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Old 01-05-2007, 10:32 AM   #202
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Whats the main reason we lost the ashes? is it coz the Aussies scored more runs? or cos we took fewer wickets?
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Bloody Hell!!! I've just seen some guy on skysports news, a William Hill rep, giving odds for the sport over the weekend, he's just said, "If you want to take out a bet as an investment for your grandkids, The Aussies are 500/1 to keep the Ashes for the rest of the CENTURY,"

Excuse my ignorance of the game compared to some people, but if that happens, I'll bloody well swim from here to Australia!!!
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the optimistic side of me predicts a 5-0 series defeat. Aussies are good enough without giving them extra motivation.
This wasn't a joke when I predicted it in another thread. The pessimistic side of me thought there would be enough few days to fit in a couple more tests.

But congrats to the Aussies. Clearly the better side (perhaps the only side actually playing) won.

I would have thought though that any team with any sort of quality would be been able to put up a decent fight in a list one of the matches and prevent the whitewash. The final day at Adelaide proved to me that we lack something mentally as well as with the bat and ball.
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Well I think some of you are being particularly hard on England, and while I agree, they have some soul-searching to do before 2009, I do think they tried... if only a little. I have a couple of theories about the series...

From watching the Tests, and especially being at one live, the main difference I notice is with the fielding, especially in the outfield. Australia has worked hard in the past decade or more to prevent the opposition scoring runs wherever possible. They run like the wind after potential boundaries and often perform gymnastic-like feats to prevent that ball from crossing the rope. England, however, seem content to chase the ball to the boundary, almost conceding that it will be a boundary the moment the ball leaves the bat. I think this is both a fitness thing and a mental thing. Australia stubbornly pursues the ball and rarely lets it defeat them.

I also think that Australia is stronger mentally in believing that they can turn a game around and win from a seemingly un-winnable position, as was seen in Adelaide. I know it's easier to be strong mentally when you are used to winning, but I think a key part in Australia's success is their self-belief - I would even call it arrogance - that they think they deserve to win and that they WILL win, no matter what. This dogged belief took Australia from behind in many games that I saw during Steve Waugh's captaincy and continues now into the "new generation". England needs sports psychology more than anything! It appears that they don't BELIEVE they can win and with even an iota of doubt in a game against Australia, you are lost at the beginning. Australia appears to sniff out any whiff of self-doubt and uses against the opposition. That, and perhaps a laziness about the game, was part of their downfall in Adelaide.

The true English winner in this series was the Barmy Army, who, as Ricky Ponting said, were a credit to their team and to their country/ies (including Wales) They are a joy to listen to at the games and provide welcome entertainment when the game loses momentum. (Yes, even us Aussies get bored at times, watching Australia do so well!)

It was emotional to see the three (four, counting Damian Martyn) players leave the game, but I'm excited for Australian cricket in the future: it'll be great to see some new young players rise up and become their own.

And personally, I wouldn't be putting any bets on Australia dominating for the rest of the Century... cricket is cyclical and there will be a time when Australia loses strength. Just look at the West Indies from the 70's and 80's... I thought I'd never see them lose to Australia. Our time to step down will come, there's no doubting that. England just needs time. And perhaps, Michael Vaughn

Now I can go read the Survivor thread seeing as the final aired here on TV last night! Ciao.
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You know that joke about the saviour of English cricket being some blonde leg-spinner emerging from Hampshire?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cric...nd/6236469.stm

Turns out they were right after all.

And I do wish Nasser Hussain would just shut up. Botham or Willis talking, maybe not much of a problem. But how many Ashes series did you win, Nass?
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Well I think some of you are being particularly hard on England, and while I agree, they have some soul-searching to do before 2009, I do think they tried... if only a little. I have a couple of theories about the series...
is it possible to be too hard on the first whitewash since 85 years? lol

I agree with all your reasons, but when you look not only at the fact that they lost all 5 tests but also at the scoreline of those tests (except the second test) than England was pulverized in a way that can't even be explained by the difference in quality and every other good reason why England would always have lost this Ashes contest: they really let themselves down, showed no signs of wanting to fight and if I were and English cricket supporter and had bought tickets to see them play in Aus I would be less than impressed to say the least

I think the England team probably is still the second best in the worldand that makes it all the more painfull to see them perform as Bangladesh weaker brother these Ashes
the Ashes deserve more
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I was hoping some of the players would "flog" me, excuse my french!! Who is this new guy, "Stickers"????

PS. Anna, just LEAVE ROOSY ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!
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have you not noticed some of these geezer players??? vaughn? maybe it's time for ROOS to step down from my sig space!
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