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#1 Speng

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 02:51 PM

Ok it's way past time to start talking smack...

 

I reckon if the Pommies serve up raging turners like they did for the Champions Trophy and go two spinners like they did last year against India that they run thru the Aussies like poop thru a goose. Of course Clarke would score like crazy but the rest would fall. But it's moot as the ECB would never choose such an obviously winning strategy and are likely to serve up pitches that'll suit the Aussie quicks (possibly underrated at the moment) as well as the English ones (likely overrated - except for Jimmy - at the moment), Also England's batting lineup is seeing patchy form at the moment. You reckon, Cook, Trott, and Root are in form but Bell, Bairstow and Pior not so much and who knows which KP will show up.

 

I can't really comment on the Aussie team because i get confused by all the Mitchells. The way I see it is a bunch of young guys who can bash in limited overs but likely to give their wickets away, Clarke who's the star depending on his old man joints, and a bunch of inconsistent quicks who could be better than England's. Spinners??

 

I reckon England 2-1 on the first leg, can't call the rematch yet.



#2 Gouvernail

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 04:58 AM

Blimey!! Is it bloody time for that already ! Grab a pint and find a telly.

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:41 AM

It will be less one-sided that most current predictions.



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Posted 03 July 2013 - 05:39 AM

This is not going to be the same without Evo getting wound up on the fringes.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 07:59 PM

I'd love to make some wildly optimistic prediction - just can't quite bring myself to, there's always the capacity to self-implode....

 

Mind you chaps, how about the Lions series? Pretty tense eh?!



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:38 PM

The deciding Wallabies v Lions game should be a cracker. I'm still undecided as to whether dropping O'Driscoll is really clever or really dumb

 

Re the Ashes, if Clark remains uninjured, Australia are in with a fighting chance. I'm guessing the English will be aiming to prepare wickets that take spin, to exploit their advantage in that department.



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:16 PM

We got nothin.

 

5 - 0 to England.  Unfortunately & I wish it wasn't so!



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:00 AM

Lions test tomorrow should be a cracker!  Don't think dropping O'Driscoll is the right decision, especially with Warburton out.

 

Ashes I think should be fairly easy for England and although I can't see Aus winning a test, I don't think it'll be as easy for England as everyone is making out.

 

Either way, as a Pom living in Aus the banter is always first rate with the Australian types!



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 03:48 AM

Seems there is a bit of a change in confidence in the Aussie dressing room all of a sudden. The batsman are getting runs and the bowlers are getting wickets. Somehow I'm getting the feeling that it's not going to be as easy for England as it's been made out to be.

 

Bring it on is all I can say!!!



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:19 AM

Cricket counts........The Lions tour is the showcase,good luck to all the welshmen when they meet Israel Falau again. i think he has their number.

It will be a pleasant sail tomorrow if I am the one smiling at the expats on the dock we have here.

(if not Ill still be smiling) :D Bring it on....

(its not a hijack ,someone mentioned it first)



#11 Presuming Ed

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

16- 41.

Aha aha aha aha aha aha. 

Lions today. Murray tomorrow. Ashes. Froome.....

 

 

In Affectionate Remembrance of Australian Sport,

which died in Sydney on 6th July 2013

Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances

R.I.P.

N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Great Britain.



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 02:08 PM

Haven't played cricket since I were a lad down under.

Jumped in on a game with a bunch from India in Long Beach. No cricket here otherwise. Can't even find the match on the telly.

Got to cheer for Australia!

#13 The Main Man

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

16- 41.
Aha aha aha aha aha aha. 
Lions today. Murray tomorrow. Ashes. Froome.....
 
 
In Affectionate Remembrance of Australian Sport,
which died in Sydney on 6th July 2013
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances
R.I.P.
N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Great Britain.


Hadn't thought the Ashes started until Wednesday....cricket score in today's game!

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:55 AM

This is not going to be the same without Evo getting wound up on the fringes.

 

Word.

 

RIP Evo.  Miss ya buddie.  Specially at times like this....



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 11:59 AM

16- 41.
Aha aha aha aha aha aha. 
Lions today. Murray tomorrow. Ashes. Froome.....
 
 
In Affectionate Remembrance of Australian Sport,
which died in Sydney on 6th July 2013
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances
R.I.P.
N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Great Britain.


Hadn't thought the Ashes started until Wednesday....cricket score in today's game!

 

Didn't the Lions score more points in one of there warm up matches, than the Aussie cricket team scored runs in their Champions Trophy game, on the same day?



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 12:14 PM

Hey Thieps, all good? Good job the Lions. I reckon we're Jatz crackers for the Ashes.

 

I think I've drunk your bottle of Bundy about 20 times now! I hate that stuff. Vile rum :P

 

I would never have a bottle of that shit if I didn't owe you one.... :wacko:



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Posted 08 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

Hey Thieps, all good? Good job the Lions. I reckon we're Jatz crackers for the Ashes.
 
I think I've drunk your bottle of Bundy about 20 times now! I hate that stuff. Vile rum :P
 
I would never have a bottle of that shit if I didn't owe you one.... :wacko:

 
Farking funny mate....  Keep drinking it mate, it goes to your liver rather than mine...
 
Guilly reckons the aussies will win, McGrath says it will be 5 - 0 whitewash to the Aussies, but Beefy Botham reckons it will me 10 nil summer and winter to Eng - personally I can't see how were ever going to figure out how to win in Perth, but still, he knows more than me....

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 05:28 PM

It will be less one-sided that most current predictions.

 

That's what I'm thinking...  but with a Brit winning Wimbledon what can possibly go wrong?



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:54 AM

The Ashes will go the way of the Lions, Wimbledon, TDF, Olympics etc.

We're on a roll!

 

And if we go down, we'll go down in flames, not without at least some Australian casualties!

 

My prediction?

 

2-1 WIN to Englandshire, and 2 draws.

 

 

I think England have now had summer, and it will piss down with rain from here on in, so plenty of chance s for Australia to snatch the odd draw as a result of rain, rather than any playing ability...!

 

The only comeback from Aussies over hear to a bit of banter about the Lions?

"We'll see about that in 12 years"

good comeback, chaps!



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 09:44 AM

OK buckle up folks we're 15 minutes from the first ball of this battle where actions will speak much louder than the smack talk here.

Poms won the toss and Pattinson & Starc are chomping at the bit to send at least 3 Pommie bastards back to the Pavilion before lunch :ph34r:

Let the Ashes begin.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:51 AM

we've let you have one 'Pommie bastard' early, just to lull you into a false sense of security....



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:52 AM

This is not going to be the same without Evo getting wound up on the fringes.

 

Word.

 

RIP Evo.  Miss ya buddie.  Specially at times like this....

 

second that.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:57 AM

we've let you have one 'Pommie bastard' early, just to lull you into a false sense of security....

 

Oh and what a highly prized Pommie bastard to give away so early.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 10:59 AM

we've let you have one 'Pommie bastard' early, just to lull you into a false sense of security....

 

Oh and what a highly prized Pommie bastard to give away so early.

there's that false sense of security coming out!



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:40 AM

Was that the 2nd sacrificial lamb Derek? Beautiful ball by Siddle.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:42 AM

Root's gone too - for 30.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:48 AM

Sacrificial Lamb???  David Warner is being sent to the A side, touring Zimbabwe!!!!

 

First session totals;

 

10/11  Eng 86/2  (England win series)

09       Eng 93/3  (England win series)

06/07 Aus 109/1 (Aus win series)

05 Aus 97/5 (Eng win series, but Aus won that match IIRC)

 

30 days of cricket, 90 sessions, there is a long way to go....



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:53 AM

still one short before lunch, though!

 

Lunch? Ramadan here... what's lunch..?!!!



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:54 AM

Former Australia paceman Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

"Root looks pretty solid, there's not too much movement there, he's very watchful, there's nothing you can see that's a real weakness and he seems pretty comfortable."

 

Tweet from Chris Harvey;  I just read Glenn McGrath complimenting an English batsman. Isn't that one of the signs of the apocalypse?
 



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:11 PM

Former Australia paceman Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

"Root looks pretty solid, there's not too much movement there, he's very watchful, there's nothing you can see that's a real weakness and he seems pretty comfortable."

 

Tweet from Chris Harvey;  I just read Glenn McGrath complimenting an English batsman. Isn't that one of the signs of the apocalypse?
 

 

That comment was typical McGrath - just lulling you all into a false sense of security - he got uprooted by a beaut ball from Sidds.

 

More like dinner here Derek - washed down by some fine Aussie lager.

 

Fairly even session in the end although would have to sadly give it to England since they almost got to 100 with loss of only 2 wickets.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 12:52 PM

 .....some fine Aussie lager.

 

is that not an oxymoron?!

Certainly the shite you export to the UK ranks alongside US lager as virtually undrinkable!

 

yes, just shy of 100 is not a bad start.

4.50pm here, and a sneaky sandwich under the desk has solved the problem.

The Muslims are working shorter hours, so are just about to clear off home anyway!

relying on BBC TMS feed on the ipad at work.

Home soon for the afternoon session...



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:24 PM

You obviously haven't tried Boags.

I see KP didn't last long after lunch. Honours even now.

 

Edit: And Trott just joined him just short of his 50. Advantage Australia :)



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 04:16 PM

England all out for a dire 215.  Did I mention that we start every series badly?
 
But wait, wait... Finn has just taken Watson, and Ed Cowan in successive balls.... Aus 19 for 2.....

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 04:25 PM

Pup's out for a duck!



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:21 PM

The cool thing about cricket is that it can be engrossing even when the players do a lot of $#!+:

  •  Trott throwing away form once again. I'm not sure if he realises he;s in a purple patch and therefore needs to milk it for all it's worth...
  • practically everybody else lost their wickets to bad strokes.
  • Stuart Broad hurts his shoulder forgetting how to duck a bouncer (possibly the most important thing to happen today).
  • Then Australia come in and do the same thing instead of demoralizing the shortened English lineup.

Funny thing is both teams are scoring at over 3.5 an over which is well fast for a test match in English conditions. The match isn't won or lost yet - big tail wag by Aus or big second inning by either team will determine it but I wouldn't mind having tickets for tomorrow.



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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:43 PM

Blimey, what a first day! Even better, I'm being taken to Lords next week! Can't wait.

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 11:51 PM

Looks like I missed a bit of action after I dropped off to sleep. What a first day. Bit disappointed the Aussies didn't capitalize on the great effort in the field. Should be an interesting second day.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:41 AM

Certainly turning into an interesting game. My missus became an Aussie last Friday- she is having the time of her playing the each way bet. Barracking for Aus when we are doing well and rubbing it in when we're not.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:52 AM

Certainly turning into an interesting game. My missus became an Aussie last Friday- she is having the time of her playing the each way bet. Barracking for Aus when we are doing well and rubbing it in when we're not.

 

Commiserations to your wife. She has our sympathy.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:52 AM

This is becoming embarrassing :(



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:03 AM

Certainly turning into an interesting game. My missus became an Aussie last Friday- she is having the time of her playing the each way bet. Barracking for Aus when we are doing well and rubbing it in when we're not.

 

Commiserations to your wife. She has our sympathy.

Snigger :P



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:05 AM

[Smug grin]

 

Anybody with tickets for Sunday must be feeling a bit twitchy. [/SG]



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:52 AM

Loving Ashton Agar's work - but then again the English bowlers are bowling crap at him and he's taking full advantage. Boof is loving it and so am I.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:23 PM

C'mon Aussie C'mon

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:26 PM

What a come back.Ashes at its best.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:48 PM

the tail's wagging the dog.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:48 PM

Hey Derek - What do you think of Boof's tactics to lull the English attack into a false sense of security by letting 5 wickets go cheaply then play his trump card - Corporal Agar with arguably the best rear guard attack in Ashes history?



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

Agar has got past 87. You fuckin ripper!
150 partnership.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:51 PM

Hey Derek - What do you think of Boof's tactics to lull the English attack into a false sense of security by letting 5 wickets go cheaply then play his trump card - Corporal Agar with arguably the best rear guard attack in Ashes history?

 

There are parts of Sydney famous for "rear guard attack", i've heard....



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 01:57 PM

NOOOOOOOOO,bloody good effort for a young fella.Now to take 5 .

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:09 PM

[Smug grin]

 

Anybody with tickets for Sunday must be feeling a bit twitchy. [/SG]

 

Too true Ed. I'm sure Agar would've wrapped up the match for the Aussies by then :P



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:53 PM

Bloody oath. Not for the faint hearted, this ashes cricket.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 03:09 PM


[Smug grin]

 

Anybody with tickets for Sunday must be feeling a bit twitchy. [/SG]

 

Too true Ed. I'm sure Agar would've wrapped up the match for the Aussies by then :P

 

Bloody tail. Bastards. 

 

(Actually, chapeau to a good knock). 



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:14 PM

Well played Agar, amazing knock! (Said through gritted teeth). This is why we love The Ashes, no?

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 02:04 AM

The best thing about Agar's innings was how much he was just enjoying the moment and having fun. Great to see.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 03:19 AM

Would have to agree with that. Kudos to his parents for instilling that frame of mind, and other influential people in his life to date.



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 07:48 AM

This is going to be a long and abusive series! Game on!
If the young lad doesn't get too starry eyed, Australia have a legend in the making there.
Debuts like that are few and far between, in any sport.

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 08:30 AM

Hey Derek - What do you think of Boof's tactics to lull the English attack into a false sense of security by letting 5 wickets go cheaply then play his trump card - Corporal Agar with arguably the best rear guard attack in Ashes history?

 

There are parts of Sydney famous for "rear guard attack", i've heard....

:lol:



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 11:23 AM

And Corporal Agar dismisses Captain Cook. Like +1000 :D

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 05:57 PM

I reckon England have the upper hand now. Fifty more runs and it's out of reach so I reckon if England can bat halfway through the morning session it should be fairly safe although they may have to coddle Broad bowling-wise.

 

Aggers was going on and on about walking and the "spirit of the game" and all that drivel but umpires are there to make decisions! plus the Aussies have been shitting on the "spirit of the game" for years. I don't believe in walking either.



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 02:37 AM

I reckon England have the upper hand now. Fifty more runs and it's out of reach so I reckon if England can bat halfway through the morning session it should be fairly safe although they may have to coddle Broad bowling-wise.
 
Aggers was going on and on about walking and the "spirit of the game" and all that drivel but umpires are there to make decisions! plus the Aussies have been shitting on the "spirit of the game" for years. I don't believe in walking either.


Wow! See the tradition of whinging Poms is alive and well.

Certainly disappointing when a decision goes against you, but you do have accept the umpire's decision. That said honest batters should walk.

So the Aussies have been shitting on the spirit of the game for years? Do you mean that apart from recently beating England convincingly for generations? Or are you trying g to say Australia invented sledging?

I don't know who invented sledging but I hope it was England. That way we can add to the list of things England invented but now suck at.

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 03:09 AM

bring back Gillchrist.....he's an honest chap



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 04:36 PM

I reckon England have the upper hand now. Fifty more runs and it's out of reach so I reckon if England can bat halfway through the morning session it should be fairly safe although they may have to coddle Broad bowling-wise.
 
Aggers was going on and on about walking and the "spirit of the game" and all that drivel but umpires are there to make decisions! plus the Aussies have been shitting on the "spirit of the game" for years. I don't believe in walking either.


Interesting point of view to find on a sailing site...race with the same attitude do ya?...what if you hit a mark and no one sees you do it do you just keep rolling?...dickhead!!

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 07:52 PM

looks like you're all relying on the teenager to get you through tomorrow...!

 

Anyone with a ticket for tomorrow is going to have a free afternoon, i think!



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:24 AM

 

This is not going to be the same without Evo getting wound up on the fringes.

 

Word.

 

RIP Evo.  Miss ya buddie.  Specially at times like this....

 

second that.

+1



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:58 AM

Tally ho chaps.Should be a rippa.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:58 AM

DG - the fat lady was a bit worried at 160-3 but then a dubious decision went against Clarke & another couple of quick wickets saw the fat lady starting to wet her tonsils but until Corporal Agar is back in the shed she won't be warming up too much.

Oh & btw - if you don't get the Corporal Agar reference Google "F Troop"

Day 5 about to start. Let's go!!

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 11:17 AM

Corporal Ager bowled by Lt Anderson, caught by Captain Cook....,.

 

Australia 220 / 8, two wickets down this morning....



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 11:44 AM

Mmm...make that 3 & I can hear the fat lady clearing her throat from here :(

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 11:46 AM

Aussies, Sphincters flapping like a cricket square mower? (bugger bugger buigger bugger bugger...)



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:07 PM

Go Aussie go.... 30 runs to get there



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:11 PM

Was that a choke I heard from the fat lady? At least we're fighting to the end.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:22 PM

time to sit up and take notice!

just have a scoreline ticking along in the corner of the screen at work...

 

the Fat Lady is getting a pummelling from both ends, i think!



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:35 PM

Fairdinkum for a whitewash this is wicked.C'mon Aussie. 



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:54 PM

time to sit up and take notice!
just have a scoreline ticking along in the corner of the screen at work...
 
the Fat Lady is getting a pummelling from both ends, i think!


So much for getting to bed early after a weekend of taunting my evil liver. C'mon Aussie c'mon.

Would you sit down and have a feed or would you spend the lunch break in the nets keeping your eye in by having your own bowlers give you their best?

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:57 PM

time to sit up and take notice!
just have a scoreline ticking along in the corner of the screen at work...
 
the Fat Lady is getting a pummelling from both ends, i think!


So much for getting to bed early after a weekend of taunting my evil liver. C'mon Aussie c'mon.

Would you sit down and have a feed or would you spend the lunch break in the nets keeping your eye in by having your own bowlers give you their best?

With you on that one.Last thing our boys need is a break.Pretty intense wait I reckon.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 01:10 PM

Please give us some reasonable comentators for this.Pommy mob are a bit hit or miss.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 01:14 PM

time to sit up and take notice!
just have a scoreline ticking along in the corner of the screen at work...
 
the Fat Lady is getting a pummelling from both ends, i think!


So much for getting to bed early after a weekend of taunting my evil liver. C'mon Aussie c'mon.

Would you sit down and have a feed or would you spend the lunch break in the nets keeping your eye in by having your own bowlers give you their best?

Have a Beer!



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 01:26 PM

Soapys win by a whisker/umpire.Crap.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 01:58 PM

4 more of those will make for a great summer of cricket / abuse!

Right to the wire.

 

Well played all round.

Definitely some things for both teams to think about goin gforward.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 02:40 PM

Certainly was fun. More great entertainment for a Sunday night. Great fight by some of the Aussies. Who reckons Cowan will not play in the 2nd?

Looking forward to resumption of sledges for the 2nd Test.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 09:20 PM

Wow, that was a nerve-shredder! 20/20 or One Day cricket? You can keep it! Just hoping day 3 at Lords will be a bit calmer. Not a bad first cricket match to pitch up to!

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 02:20 PM

The rumble continues...

- will Lords be an Aussie home away from home once again?

- Pommy 3rd bowler - Finn, Bresnan, or Tremlett?

- Is Jimmy's arm going to fall off?

- Which Aussie batsman gets dropped?

 

It's on at the home of cricket - Lords, the second round, Thursday, Thursday, Thursday!!!



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

Hopefully a bit less controvercial this time, but I can't wait....

 

I'm sad by the Broad debacle, but I think most if not all of the current two squads would of done the same.  Hat's off to the Gilcrist's of this world who played the game in the best spirit....



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 06:46 PM

The rumble continues...

- will Lords be an Aussie home away from home once again?

- Pommy 3rd bowler - Finn, Bresnan, or Tremlett?

- Is Jimmy's arm going to fall off?

- Which Aussie batsman gets dropped?

 

It's on at the home of cricket - Lords, the second round, Thursday, Thursday, Thursday!!!

Not going to be Tremlett, they've already announced the same squad. I'd say Bresnan but lots of reports saying how well Finn does at Lords so maybe they'll stick with him. Any way you look at, I reckon it'll be another cracker of a match!



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:30 AM

I'd guess Australia will rest Cowan in favour of Usman Khawaja.

I think Tremlett will have been a good choice but I guess England will go with Finn

No idea who will win the test. No idea if any Aussie batsman coming in before no. 7 will make any runs either.

No idea if any of the England bowlers other than Anderson and maybe Swann will take any wickets for that matter.



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:44 AM

Australia, Khawaja in for Cowan, Harris in for Mitchell Starc.

England, Tremlett in for Finn,

 

England win toss, and bat first.  Australia would have batted first too....



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:34 PM

Just back from meetings for first glimpse of a score......

Another case of lulling Australia into a false sense of security, it seems. Eek.

At least there's a bit of a recovery from 28 for 3......

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:16 PM

Well, we made it to 100! Was looking a bit ropey for a while!

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:20 PM

Another topsy turvy day!

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:58 PM

If you're an Oz fan you're hoping to make England rue the cheap first 3 wickets. Cook's off form and Root's getting used to opening and Petersen's his usual mercurial self (or he's just off form but you can never tell because the next innings could be a run a ball 100). Trott's in cracking form but he can't seem to get over 50-odd and last year's Matt Prior is nowhere to be found. England would have liked to have been 300-4 because this really is a 400 pitch batting first. There could be another 100 runs in Draco Malfoy (Broad), Fatty Bresnan, and Swanny but you'd have been more sanguine if an upper order batman was there to escort them rather than Jimmy Anderson.

 

Australia will be looking to winkle them out tomorrow for <320 just after the pitch dries out and put up their own 300-4 on what looks like a smooth pitch with enough life for the batsmen to time the ball. England will look to get toward 350 and hope they can get some new ball swing, some old ball swing, and Swanny turning it. Maybe Smith's spell indicates that but sometimes the leggie gets it to grip while the offie doesn't. Setting up for a gripper but could be a snoozer.

 

Fearless prediction: Unsman Khawaja's not going to get the job done - he's a good looking batsman but doesn't get the numbers



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:35 AM

You go out for one little drink and this happens!
There's nowt straightforward about test cricket!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:04 PM

I think the less said about what's going on at Lords the best :angry:



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:33 PM

Man! What a collapse!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 05:11 PM

Mind you, we seem to have started our 2nd innings in similar fashion!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 07:55 PM



16 wickets in one day.
it's like 20/20!

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Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:24 PM

It's completely nuts! Hoping for some England batting fireworks tomorrow when I am there!

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 05:46 PM

Thoroughly enjoyable day's cricket.....

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 10:18 PM

Whish I was a Kiwi right about now.How embarrassing.

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Posted 21 July 2013 - 12:58 AM

I repeat my last comment. Thankfully there was a bike race going on on the other side of the Channel at the same time so I didn't endure that inept Aussie performance.




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