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  • flipside
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    I suspect that Aussie media propaganda about how it was luck or pitch-rigging and they're still a better side and should not have lost the series will be widespread now.At least I hope so. I hope they look at that and the the bare statistical figures.
    Truth is that they lost because they picked sides that suited flat-pitches. Dominating a flat pitch with a good batting side, wins less matches than being the (fractionially) better bowling side in England. As an England fan, I hope the media talks bollocks and puts them off the scent of why England won.
    If they'd picked a balanced bowling attack without the batting consevatism, the Aussies would probably have won.
    That makes it even sweeter.

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  • Cort Haus
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    Originally posted by classical_hero View Post
    The English, always trying a way to make themselves happy, even when their team is terrible.
    At least they didn't exit that tournament quite as quickly as Australia.

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  • Imran Siddiqui
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    Pakistan

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  • duke o' york
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    Yes, now that it is a week away I feel the need to moan about a test beginning on a Wednesday rather than a Thursday!

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  • flipside
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    Originally posted by classical_hero View Post
    Should we start a new thread for the Ashes?
    Yep. That'd be fun.

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  • classical_hero
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    Should we start a new thread for the Ashes?

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  • flipside
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    Originally posted by classical_hero View Post
    The English, always trying a way to make themselves happy, even when their team is terrible.
    Watching in the eighties/early nineties I got plenty of practice.

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  • classical_hero
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    The English, always trying a way to make themselves happy, even when their team is terrible.

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  • flipside
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    It is humping it down in London, with a liquid rate higher than a friday night out.
    C'mon you dumb english weather, give us one of those inexplicable 2 hour windows where it rains and hails everywhere apart from in a quater-mile square region where it is 30 degrees without a cloud.

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  • flipside
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    Originally posted by Dauphin View Post
    I've got some money riding on an India win. The odds weren't that great, but it was just about worth it with the subsidised free bet worth 25% of the stake.
    Picking up on this riff, I'm tempted to put a decent bet on the W.Indies at evens today, knowing that if England win I will not care about losing it and if they lose I'll have profited.

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  • flipside
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    I've had new nails implanted for today's game against W.Indies to replace the quick-chewed stumps that yesterday left me with, so I'm ready to go for this afternoon.
    Don't have a clue if the hopeless England of the S.Africa and Netherlands defeats or the intense, vibrant England of the India and Pakistan wins will turn up.
    There again, I don't have a clue whether the hopeless W.Indies of the early summer or their Twenty20 doppelgangers will turn up either.
    As ever with watching England, I have a weird mixture of hope that they win and forboding that a collapse of the most feeble nature is possible.
    Gayle and Bravo will be key for the W.Indies.
    Bopara and Pietersen for England in the batting.
    I'd rate the English bowling a tad higher and the fielding is more repeatable in it's quality.

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  • Dauphin
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    I've got some money riding on an India win. The odds weren't that great, but it was just about worth it with the subsidised free bet worth 25% of the stake.

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  • flipside
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    Originally posted by Dauphin View Post
    The Netherlands have been playing cricket since the days of Wellington. It used to be a more popular sport back then though.

    Yep. Napoleonic war era.

    Most countries where British soldiers were in the the early to mid 19th centuary have some cricketing heritage.
    The emergence of baseball in the u.s civil war and it's subsequent popularity, as a rejection of cricket as a class-based game that favoured a land-owning elite , as opposed to the advent of professionalism in the cricketing playing nations on the whole as it's response to class-divide is an interesting study; whether you approach it from a baseball or cricket perspective,or as sport as an indication of nationhood,class-divisions or varying responses in leisure to social concerns and identity.

    In the actual game today however, Sri Lanka are having to rebuild against Ireland and protect the tail a bit in todays game.I would be shocked if Ireland hold it together,or indeed have the quality enough, to win, but the major flaw in Sri Lanka's challenge is being exposed. They don't bat deep.On a worn pitch and a good start they look a real challenger to the title. Early wickets and they are vulnerable.

    England vs India is later. If India lose they are out.The rest is up in the air.As an England fan, I don't believe they have a great chance, but an intense performance in the field and some luck is what I hope for.

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  • Dauphin
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    The Netherlands have been playing cricket since the days of Wellington. It used to be a more popular sport back then though.

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