The Ashes – 4th test thread (spoilers within… duh!)
So, id you were captaining Australia, what would you say to motive the remaining batsmen?
Shouldn’t that be batsman singular? MJ’s a bowling all-rounder, and the other two genuine tail-enders.
“If you don’t save this, you’ll get Clarke as captain” might do it though.Posted 7 years ago
I’m starting to think the next Aussie captain will be Mr Cricket – despite the fact he’s only 1 year younger than Ponting. Clarke should be being demoted out of the team rather than promoted to captain right now, and there’s a distinct lack of other obvious candidates (unless they think outside the box and recall White as captain).Posted 7 years agomboySubscriber
200 runs required to make England bat again, only 2 wickets to get (assuming Harris can’t bat as he’s being operated on), and there’s only a couple of close catchers for Graeme Swann? 😕
Seems a bit odd! I’d want to make the batsmen so scared to do anything except defend the ball, I’d have them totally surrounded!
Maybe Strauss is trying to give the spectators some value for money and make the game last a bit longer… 😉Posted 7 years ago
How long before the Aussies rehash this one (the whinging amused me no end at the time, so I thought it worth reposting)?Posted 7 years agoyossarianMember
Stayed up till 2am to watch most of the first session, was slightly overjoyed to see Strauss out 3rd ball! The look of anguish, disconsolation and disbelief on the face of the England Captain warmed the cockles of my heart at midnight! You could almost see the cracks appearing in the carefully prepared mental walls, lovely way to start the toughest tour he’ll ever face
Went to bed at 1:30ish with the score at 2-43 I think, wasn’t much happening, though I did think that the batsmen didn’t look all that comfortable with the bounce, but our bowlers weren’t doing much with the ball or off the deck either.
Wake up this morning to find that one of our ‘two average opening bowlers’ had taken a sensational hat-trick, on his birthday no less! Really happy for Siddle, he’s a proper Aussie cricketer, all heart and passion and a real character for the side. He reckon he’ll be our bowling talisman this series, much like Flintoff was for England. To think that the Aussie press and pundits were questioning his inclusion in this team! Idiots… Warne likes him for much the same reasons I do, he’s got the ‘mongrel’ air about him, and that’s what an Australian team needs!
All in, a pretty awesome opening day for Australia, and a much needed reality check for the Englander’s I think: this is not going to be easy for you, you’re in enemy territory now and the natives are hungry!
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What a difference a month makes eh psychle? 😀Posted 7 years agoHounsMember
Yes highlights for me beside the Cricket was Bumble talking about his dad’s and dogs ashes and ripping it out of Vaughns shirt
But 30 odd years of watching English sport has made me think we’ll lose the last test in Sydney 🙁Posted 7 years ago
I’m neither Aussie, English nor bitter. Simply a neutral immigrant (who has always supported England in cricket). I’d say that the celebrations are best left till the series is won. It’s just a comment, that’s all. The English as a nation are probably the most dignified in the world in defeat. Time to show some now.Posted 7 years ago
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