The Ashes - 2013/14

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Postby NightShade » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:44 pm

Both sides were always going to bat since this morning (over there). The moisture will hang around for an hour or so but after that it should be a decent batting wicket for about a day, maybe two, before going to hell. An important toss to win.

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Postby katarn » Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:04 am

Oh well. Strauss has thrown his wicket away.

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Postby JonB » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:04 am

Trott looks good though!

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Postby NightShade » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:09 am

These two are perfect for this wicket. They're not too worried about run rates, perfectly happy to sit back and accumulate slowly. hopefully they'll set a good platform for... never mind -.-

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Postby JonB » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:11 am

:lol: spoke too soon.

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Postby katarn » Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:03 am

Oh dear, we under-scored by quite a bit there.

Anderson, Broad & Finn need to be absolutely sharp tomorrow or I can see Aus going on and getting 450, eventually winning the match heavily.

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Postby NightShade » Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:49 pm

They'll never get 450. It's a 350 batting track batting first. I don't think we're quite as out of it as some people reckon. Don't get me wrong, expecting a loss (which is a given at Brisbane, it is one of the most impregnable strongholds in cricket, probably sport in general) but I don't think it'll be massive defeat.

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Postby katarn » Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:58 pm

Oh, I agree 450 is over par for this track. I just worry a little bit about our quicks' effectiveness with the kookaburra ball.

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Postby NightShade » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:26 pm

They should be ok. They've been working almost exclusively with them in the nets for the last few months even when they should have been preparing for matches with the Duke.

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Postby katarn » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:29 pm

That's good. I'm interested in how Finn performs tomorrow - he really bangs it in. Could perhaps be a dark horse this series.

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Postby NightShade » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:25 pm

Well... bollocks then. Have to feel for Anderson though. He was ALL over both Hussey and Haddin, edges and pads a plenty but non of them carried or were given. A few of those LBW shouts would have been given if they'd have been able to appeal.

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Postby katarn » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:35 pm

I think it's the 4th Ashes series in a row where the Aussies have hit the ground running in the first test and England have struggled. Some positives though - mainly Finn and Bell (and Anderson being unlucky). I do worry about Broad though...

But yeah, on a different day both Hussey and Haddin would have been out a lot earlier. Score flatters them a little bit.

I think tomorrow's going to be a good opportunity for the England top 6 to show they can bat attritionally over long periods - something which they often struggle to do. It's still possible we could post a little total for them to chase on the final day, but it's unlikely now.

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Postby NightShade » Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:54 pm

The line up should be able to bat long periods out.
Cook is pretty much always a limpit who doesn't care about run rate.
Strauss is more aggressive but can also hold the line for ages as he often did when he was partnering Tresco.
Trott and his little rituals is all about hanging around and guarding his wicket as if it was his life.
KP is well... if he gets flowing he'll rack up a good score quickly.
Colly will excel under the situation as he always does in such cases, in a real crisis he becomes almost Dravid like in his ability to be a wall.
Bell is a more attacking, driving player, but he also knows how to hang around and be quite a defensive genius. Though that never really worked for him at Test level and I think that being in at 6 he'll either be at the end of a lost cause or a recovery, either be best for him to play his natural attacking cricket.

I wouldn't worry too much about Broad. He may not have had the best of spells but his stats are still pretty damn good. Best econ rate out of any bowler in the match by a long shout, he'll build up the pressure considerably by just denying them constantly and sooner or later someone is gonna try to break free to him as opposed to the other end and sky something.

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Postby Eny » Sat Nov 27, 2010 10:54 pm

This ITV4 highlights program is shit - it's Aussies commentating ffs, WHERE'S GEOFFREH? :o
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Postby deetz » Sun Nov 28, 2010 5:00 am

England have responded to the Aussies total of 481 with 238 for 1. Strauss out on 110 and Cook still in with 98. Trott is on 23. Shaping up to be quite a game :D

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