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Old 06-08-2009, 09:53 PM   #561
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Spruiking?
It matters to Brett Lee
He was smashed all over the place.

First time since 1992 Aus failed in 1st round of a major international tournament

Should be a day of mourning in Australia today
A national enquiry
Kevin Rudd stepping in as emergency coach
A minutes silence at 12 noon to remember the good times
the flags at half mast
flowers outside every cricket ground in the land
A national appeal for money to find good cricketers
People protesting the streets demanding a decent team
A huge cull of cows to provide the leather for more cricket balls
Homeless people wondering, Where is the next victory coming?

Bradman will be turning in his grave
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Stick around for the Ashes, it's going to be good fun.
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I sometimes underestimate how funny i can be
I must be a godlike genius
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I do mean that, we didn't really have an anti-Aussie here last Ashes.

How the fuck do you think you'll go so well when Pietersen - who isn't even British - can't stand up and big Freddie Pea Heart Flintoff is struggling as well?
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Should be a day of mourning in Australia today
A national enquiry
Kevin Rudd stepping in as emergency coach
A minutes silence at 12 noon to remember the good times
the flags at half mast
flowers outside every cricket ground in the land
A national appeal for money to find good cricketers
People protesting the streets demanding a decent team
A huge cull of cows to provide the leather for more cricket balls
Homeless people wondering, Where is the next victory coming?

We're not really that much into cricket as the media makes us out to be. Most folk don't even know this 2020 thing is on.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:49 PM   #566
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West Indies demolish Australia
Therefore England are better than the West Indies as they smashed them about
Netherlands are better than England as they beat them
Therefore Australia are rubbish and worse than Netherlands

Order of greatness
Netherlands
England
Windies
Aussieland

Hope you see the logic
You left Ireland out at the top of that list... They beat the Netherlands in the ICC world cup qualifying tournamnet a month or so ago, so ireland outrank England by 2 places, even though they poached their best player...

PS the Ireland Bangladesh game has been the game of the tournament so far. The O'Brien brothers are stars.

Someone please give them Test status, and their players back (Joyce and Morgan)
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I do mean that, we didn't really have an anti-Aussie here last Ashes.

How the fuck do you think you'll go so well when Pietersen - who isn't even British - can't stand up and big Freddie Pea Heart Flintoff is struggling as well?
If that happens, then the pride of Ireland, young Eoin Morgan will be their star. Fucking poachers. I hear JJ Atkinson, the young keeper from hong Kong is also looking for a game
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Andrew Symonds is from Birmingham, ENGLAND
Thats why you dropped him
He has been sober for years
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Thats why you dropped him
He has been sober for years
Fair enough reason to drop someone...
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I hope Ireland start really coming along too.

That Canadian bloke who played for South Aus was pretty good too.
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I hope Ireland start really coming along too.

That Canadian bloke who played for South Aus was pretty good too.
Old Jon Davison... he played for the Vics for a while too.

His 100 v the windies on the SA world cup was gold.

I think the ICC need to look at globalising the game more. Twenty20, while it sees the occasional upset, is a fast food game. It isn't going to develop cricket in the better associate nations because they already have sufficient interest and infrastructure to play the proper versions of the game. The best resolution for everyone here is to give Ireland test status, and to hold a major ICC tournament each year with the leading associates (I know there is currently the intercontinental cup, but im talking something higher profile, with TV rights, more money, and more games). The associates need a move towards professionalism.

My proposal would be something like

- Zimbabwae losing test status
- Ireland taking their place
- A major competition each year between the top 4-6 associates (atm Scotland, Kenya, Netherlands, Canada and Afghanistan would compete as there is a talent divide below them).
- Each side would play 2 home and away 'tests' each year against every other leading associate, totally 16 matches a year.
- Additionally, a full test nation will be required to accept a home tour against one of the leading associates every second year. (IE in year one NZ would host Afghanistan, SA would host the Netherlands, India would host Scotland, Australia would host Canada and England would host Kenya, in year two, Ireland would host Afghanistan, Bangladesh would host the Netherlands, West Indies would host Scotland, Pakistan would host (in Dubai) Canada and Sri lanka would host Kenya
- The next tier of teams (Bermuda, Namibia, Tanzania, Denmark, UAE) host their own similar tournament.
- At the end of the season one of the top tier is relegated to the bottom tier, and one is put up in their place. If a team tops the top tier for 3 years straight, they are granted Test status.
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That would be sensational in my opinion, and work very well, but we all know it won't happen.

You should send it to the ICC mate!
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My proposal would be something like

- Zimbabwae losing test status
- Ireland taking their place
- A major competition each year between the top 4-6 associates (atm Scotland, Kenya, Netherlands, Canada and Afghanistan would compete as there is a talent divide below them).
- Each side would play 2 home and away 'tests' each year against every other leading associate, totally 16 matches a year.
- Additionally, a full test nation will be required to accept a home tour against one of the leading associates every second year. (IE in year one NZ would host Afghanistan, SA would host the Netherlands, India would host Scotland, Australia would host Canada and England would host Kenya, in year two, Ireland would host Afghanistan, Bangladesh would host the Netherlands, West Indies would host Scotland, Pakistan would host (in Dubai) Canada and Sri lanka would host Kenya
- The next tier of teams (Bermuda, Namibia, Tanzania, Denmark, UAE) host their own similar tournament.
- At the end of the season one of the top tier is relegated to the bottom tier, and one is put up in their place. If a team tops the top tier for 3 years straight, they are granted Test status.
Good stuff

I had a rough plan similar to this where there were 3 divisions a few years back. Divisions of nine and relegation/promotion every 2 or 3 years or so, but I can't see the ICC implementing it and I can't see there being enough money in some of the third tier teams to travel as much as they would need to. The associates would get well smashed in the early days.

1. Oz
2. Pom
3. Windies
4. India
5. Sri Lanka
6. Pakistan
7. Kiwi
8. South Africa
9. Bangers

1. Zimbabwe
2. Ireland
3. Kenya
4. Netherlands
5. UAE
6. Namibia
7. Canada
8. Scotland

1. Bermuda
2. Afghanistan
3. France
4. Denmark
5. Fiji (Chee Quee)
6. Japan
7. China
8. USA

Bit of a dream because it all comes down to money, and it's just not there to sustain such a logical process of expanding the game internationally. India do have a bit though, but would they invest it in the cricket third-world?
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That's the other side of it... there would be some serious fucking rapings going on in some of the cross-division games.

You know the only, remote reason I'm interested in 20/20? To see sides like Ireland, Netherlands...
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25 fucking days, people. God I'm excited.

And we have functional SBS this time round!! Beers and snags will be had by all.

<-- is starting to think Lee will be harking back to his good old days of carting oranges.
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Windies battered india last night!
Then South Africa beat them today

NZ v Pakistan soon!

Ashes will not have same effect this time in UK as its on SKY
Last time it was on Channel 4 and everyone just stayed in and watched it, great viewing figures and great drama

Its a disgrace how Home tests are not on normal tv
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i called pakistan!

aren't the tests being showed on free-to-air over there mate? that's a strange one.. thank goodness for sbs, they're showing every ball. it's going to be much better than the summer we have coming up, the windies and pakistan i think..

been watching my cricket dvds as the ashes draws closer. bob willis may have been a great bowler for england, but what an irrepresibly boring man he has become.
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nope
As football season has finished we got rid of sky
And as i'm at work there is no point having it as i wont see every ball
Highlights are on Channel 5 which is free
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wow that blows. every single ball from every single game during our summer gets shown live on free to air.

though it just won't be the same this year without richie. means more of mark nicholas. joy.
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Struggling v Sussex i see

Hughes, what a load of tosh!
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