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The Ashes

Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:35 pm

Anyone watching? I know this is only the 1st test and we're playing for the draw but blimey this is agonizing!
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Re: The Ashes

Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:40 pm

I'm loving this. I thought Australia were going to win days ago, never thought it would come down to the last few minutes. A draw is a pretty good result.

Panesar is a genius!

I know time-wasting isn't very sporting but any other team would do exactly the same.

Its all very 2005...
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Re: The Ashes

Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:52 pm

Fantastic finish, it looked like the match would be over before tea at one stage, well done Collinwood, Swann, Anderson and Panasar.
 
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Sun Jul 12, 2009 7:27 pm

Staggering to get a draw from that!

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Re: The Ashes

Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:12 am

So the 2nd test has begun and England have again elected to bat first. No Monty (for Onions) or Harmo in the starting XI which is a bit annoying as I do like them, hopefully the bowlers will produce this test. Annoying that Onions is in rather than Harmo as the wicket favours him more.

Remember hearing that we haven't won at Lords in the Ashes in like, 75 years or something...oh dear.
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Re: The Ashes

Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:55 pm

Well I'm personally glad Monty has been replaced with Onions, selectors have got to go for form and Monty had a bit of a mare at Cardiff and has struggled to find his form in recent weeks. Harmison is only starting to recapture some form so Onions seems a reasonable choice, but only time will tell I suppose.

Looking good at the moment *touches wood*, lets just hope that we don't pick up those stupid batting mistakes as we did in the 1st innings at Cardiff (a la Cook, Bopara, Pietersen, etc).
 
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Re: The Ashes

Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:58 pm

Yeah we couldn't have got off to a better start really. On top of that, Johnson couldn't had bowled any worse could he?

Going into lunch at 125-0 (after 28 overs)* - nice.

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Re: The Ashes

Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:52 pm

Now on 296 for 3. Cook, Bopara and Pietersen out for 95, 18 and 32 runs respectively. Strauss is not out on 117 runs, and Collingwood is not out on 14 runs. We're not doing too badly at the moment.
 
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Re: The Ashes

Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:39 pm

Good start for the Australians...... 10-2 :P

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Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:51 pm

Ponting's face was a picture, on your bike!
 
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Re: The Ashes

Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:26 am

Hopefully England will bat on for another hour this morning, stretching thier lead to around 600, leaving England 5 1/2 Sessions to bowl he Aussies out. Won't be easy, Australia proved that they can bat at the Cardiff Test making nearly 700. I just hope that the other bowlers support Anderson and Flintoff better, if they do they England should win.

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Re: The Ashes

Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:14 am

Strauss declares overnight good decision IMO, we'll find out for sure over the next 2 days though!
 
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Re: The Ashes

Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:09 pm

Good start by the England bowlers.

Australia currently 141/5.
 
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Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:20 pm

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Re: The Ashes

Wed Jul 22, 2009 2:31 pm

Massive blow for England....

Pietersen to miss rest of Ashes

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes series against Australia after undergoing Achilles surgery. The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that the 29-year-old had an operation on Wednesday and will be out of action for up to six weeks.

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Re: The Ashes

Wed Jul 22, 2009 4:26 pm

You are kidding me? Kevin is awesome.




Oh bugger.
 
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Re: The Ashes

Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:26 pm

Watching now as the rain has finally stopped and play has been able to begin.

Can tell the pitch is very quick with Australia getting easy 4s. Good that Swann got that wicket before Katich got 50 and got too settled.

85/1 - Not tooooo bad.

Now let's get lil pricky Ponting out :P
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Re: The Ashes

Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:20 pm

Very good day so far. Good england bowling along side shocking ausie batting ! :D
 
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Re: The Ashes

Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:07 pm

Well the less said about the 4th test the better. Flintoff is supposed to be fit for the final test so hopefully we'll know for sure in the next week or so :) I think we have to drop Bopara for this test as his confidence will be so low, I know dropping him won't help it, but it's such a big game.

I'd go with (in batting order)

Strauss - solid opener, questionable as captain though
Cook - done well throughout the series really
Ramprakash - his test average ain't great but he's on form having hit over 130 on Sunday
Bell - Best replacement for Pieterson tbh
Collingwood - Done alright this series, just collapsed at Headingly tbh
Flintoff - Must have, England not the same without him
Prior - Done well as wicky and proven he can bat
Swann - Only spinner who is consistent enough and he can bat unlike Monty
Broad - Earned his place at Headingly despite the teams crap performance
Anderson - Up there with Flintoff as a must have, lets hope he's properly fit this test
Onions - Done well since he came into the team at Lords. Can't bat but excellent bowler.

My team personally.

Really need the middle order to do miles better and bowlers to perform better. Australia no doubt have the better batsmen, and Clark has been outstanding all series for them tbh, but I think we have the better bowlers.
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Re: The Ashes

Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:25 pm

I'd go with something like what you have got Danza, Bopara has been dismal.

I think the 4th test was a one off, England will definitely improve at the Oval.

Personally, I wouldn't have played Flintoff even if he was passed fit during the previous test, its much more important for him to be fit for the next test.

I'm still confident England can do it.
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