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THE ASHES

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Ryan, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Portly

    Portly Top quality gammon. Member

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    Darren Lehmann has been stirring it up encouraging Aussie fans to give Stuart Broad a hot time when England tour Australia after the famous "not walking" episode.  I think it's a bit rich because for years we have been watching Aussie batsmen not walking when they know they have edged the ball.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/23778598

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann has called on fans to make England's Stuart Broad "cry" over his "blatant cheating" in the first Ashes Test.
    Broad was criticised for deciding not to walk after edging Ashton Agar to slip via keeper Brad Haddin's gloves.
    "I hope the Australian public give it to him right from the word go for the whole [Australian] summer," he said.
     
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    This 'umpires call' shit on the Drs is fucking stupid.

    If you have the technology to show it's cm hitting the wickets then the only way it'd make sense to have the umpires call as a 'decision' would be if the tolerance was half a wicket, which it isn't, it's much much lower, so it's nonsensical.
     
  3. Portly

    Portly Top quality gammon. Member

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    I'm not convinced.  It's only stupid if you believe that the Hawkeye prediction is 100% accurate every time.  And I think it's right for the umpires to retain some kind of authority, otherwise they are just there to count the deliveries and carry the hats!  :D
     
  4. Ryan

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    Watson 78 off 72 balls here.

    I know this outfield is like an airport runway and this Kerrigan chap is bowling up absolute pies, but he's hit some terrific shots here Watson in absolutely no time.

    It's Watson though, it won't last.
     
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    This could backfire on them big style.  Broad's dad would have revelled in this kind of reception and I reckon his son may well do likewise.
     
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    It's stupid because it actually reads worse that it sounded. Still though Broad walking out for boxing day test at the MCG should prove interesting.

    Oh and Clarke looks so out of nick! Best batsman in the world my arse. He's been Broads bunny even though it was Jimmy that skittled him.
     
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    Monster day for Australia. About time Watson really took it to that attack.

    Mind you, this has got draw written all over it now.
     
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    Been waiting for this one.   Here's the view from my bedroom window.....[​IMG]
     
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    Boo-Fucking-Hoo Lehmann - whingeing Aussies. I'd love to see England give them another pasting in the return series.
     
  10. Portly

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    I think the Aussies have shown in this series that far from being the hopeless side that we were led to expect by the journalists (including the Australian ones), they have enough talent available to give England a hard time down under.  I think it will be very close.  :)
     
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    I don't doubt it's gonna be tight Portly, I don't think there's much between the 2 teams but I'll never tire of hearing the Aussies moan about things not going their way :)
     
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    I am not cricket expert but haven't England and Wales largely unperformed during the current series.
    If they were to play to their full potential this winter they would be strong favorites surely.
     
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    Yes it's a fair point - particularly in the batting department.  If the likes of Cook, Trott and Prior can start making big scores again, England can win in Australia.
     
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    I see some of this slightly differently from some of you above. The real point here IMO is that talent alone is only a part of what's needed to be successful in sport. On talent alone I reckon that currently England are streets ahead of Australia. What the Aussies have and have always had, and what made me sceptical all along of the more extreme claims that the current series would be a walkover for England, is their sheer bloodyminded grit. That can take a team a very long way, even against technically superior opponents, if it feeds through into their performance - Istanbul was the glorious proof of that if proof were needed.

    If England are at their best they'll beat this Australian side whether here, there or on Mars. That's always a big "if" though, especially out there in Oz. I still make England favourites, but not by much.
     
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    For a series that started so well, this has been the most boring Ashes series I can remember.
     
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    Yes it's partly down to the weather and partly to England's cautious tactics.  If it hadn't rained on the last day at Old Trafford, Australia might have won and put the cat among the pigeons.  England's slow batting on Friday and the day lost to rain on Saturday has made this last day at The Oval into a non-event . . . . . unless the two camps decide to engineer an exciting day's play through declarations . . . . . which probably won't happen.
     
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    Christ, Swann even advertises the S*n on his BAT!
     
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    Smith whacks a straight drive.  "Great shot!" says Shane Warne gleefully.  The ball is caught comfortably inside the boundary.  :D
     
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    What an intriguing finish. This series has had loads of disapppointing performances and yet it's  been compelling.
     
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    The situation is perfect for Pietersen!   It's the kind of thing he must dream about!  :)
     

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