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Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:33 am  

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You get the feeling that neither side is really having a serious go.
At least the result is unclear for a change.
Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:44 am  

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Well after a hard working start they collapse again.
It's totally unacceptable to have a tail that long that CAN'T bat.
They ought to ashamed of themselves and their technique irrespective of decent Aussie bowling.
The management need sacking for presiding over this imbalanced side.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

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Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:32 am  

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http://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/ ... er-cricket

Piers Morgan showing how to do it.
I say good on him. He shot off his big mouth, and no one could have blamed him if he backed out, but he actually fronted up and took his lumps.
More guts than brains, but good for him.
Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:00 pm  

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That is the series in microcosm.
A pathetic effort to challenge a Aussie bowler.
War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

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Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:35 pm  

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Cook out second ball lbw not offering a shot.
That is leaving it.
The man's brains are fooking scrambled.
Bell dropped next ball.
Anderson as a nightwatchman.
I don't think they will make a hundred.
14 for 3
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17 for 4
Disaster.
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23 for 5
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Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:39 am  

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I was down near the SCG this morning and saw some of the barmy army already half drunk at an early opener at 9 in the morning.
You will need to set up a delousing station for those guys when they go back home - they all look like they have been living in the same clothes since Brisbane.

Apparently the game is sold out for the first three days. I was thinking of going on day four. The good news is that i'll probably get in for free if the poms struggle on till the morning of day four.
Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:47 pm  

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155 after such a dreadful start is surprising but totally inadequate in the context of this game.
Two batsmen were out offering no shot to balls on their wickets, showing the crazy defensive, almost cowardly mindset of leaving so many balls as a tactic of survival.
Not the act of trying to score and win, but just survival and the creeping death of two runs an over on average.
Australia have a plan for ALL our batsmen. They have obviously spent hours trawling through videos of the English batsmen and looked at the stats on scoring and dismissals. We have no answer to this targeted, tight bowling, very personal assault.
Contrast this with what England bowlers serve up, which in no way looks thought through and in fact is allowed to continue being done wrongly by a totally feeble unproactive captain.
The whole impression is one of shambolic amateurism coupled with an almost wilful intent not to learn by mistakes ... the SAME mistakes.
Yet this captain is not at risk ...
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Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:36 am  

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Ppfffttt - do you guys know any other games?
Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:16 pm  
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After probably the worst England performance ever, I'm just astonished by the number of so-called experts who are insistent that Cook should be retained as skipper, despite all the evidence pointing to him being totally unsuited to the task.

To judge a cricket captain, you have to ask 3 questions -

1. Is he able to motivate others around him with his captaincy and decision-making?

2. Is he able to change the momentum of a game with his on-field decision-making and to do so with sufficient good timing?

3. Will the captaincy have an positive impact on his own individual performance?

Now, if a captain can answer all 3 of those questions in the positive, then you have a great skipper - Steve Waugh, for most of his reign as Aussie skipper.

Answer 2 positively and you have a good skipper - Mike Brearley fits this bill.... For one positive, you are talking about somebody riding on the tails of a good team, like Ponting did.

Cook, however, doesn't answer a single positive - He is the most incompetent skipper I have ever seen lead England, and that includes Flintoff and Chris Cowdrey - To imagine he can hang onto the job is downright insulting.

Just how poor a job does somebody have to do to be fired??..... Accusations of a click, or a old boy's club, would be quite appropriate if, somehow, Cook remains as skipper.

Personally, I'd look to Broad to take over, ship out some of the dead wood (Anderson, Pieterson, Prior), and look to bed in some younger players in preparation for the next Ashes.
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Re: Ashes - Down Under 2013/14 Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:49 pm  

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Well, thank Christ that's over! No point in whinging about it, a result like this has been coming, and in the long term could be good for England just like the last 5-0 down there. At the moment England have problems in every area. Trott gone, Swann gone, Pietersen, Prior, Anderson, and Bell all in their 30s probably means the next ashes team will look a bit different, it will be interesting to see just how many changes will be made.

As for the Aussies well, I don't think we'll see just how good this team is when they go to South Africa.

As for Cook as captain, I'm not convinced, but then again I'm not sure who else could do a better job at the moment. Broad maybe?
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