- Jan 8, 2012
We have the squads for the Champions Trophy now, who do you think will win? Without Pietersen I don't hold England as favourites anymore, instead I think it'll be South Africa.
It as not long ago that England got crushed by ****stan so would not read too much wrt the India result. I think the Ashes will be closer then the media suggests esp. if Pattinson hits form.Alphabet said:Whenever it says "Ryan Harris", I read "Mitchell Johnson has been called up as a back-up" .
It's a far better squad than the army of timewasters we took to India, but we're really going to struggle to win the series in England. Best case scenario we lose 2-1 or 3-2 with some dignity and some good experience for the youngsters to build on and hopefully make a real fist of trying to win them back in Australia.
Pattinson and Siddle can make a difference, but the problem is that Australia might pick Starc ahead of Bird which is wrong IMO. I think the latter can be really dangerous on English pitches.Don't be late Pedro said:It as not long ago that England got crushed by ****stan so would not read too much wrt the India result. I think the Ashes will be closer then the media suggests esp. if Pattinson hits form.
Old Trafford is flat & slow this year. Painful scoring rate, and always good for some rain - you could back the draw now.the asian said:Where are the tests at? If they have matches at Old Trafford and The Oval England should win those 2 unless there is rain.
The Aussies haven't got a worthy spinner in their ranks.
The Oval on the other hand, since it is the last test it should be even more turn than now and look how many wickets the spinners are taking right now between Surrey and Durham. Swann will have a party.Waterloo Sunrise said:Old Trafford is flat & slow this year. Painful scoring rate, and always good for some rain - you could back the draw now.
Sounds an awful lot like a gambling version of Festina...The BCCI president N Srinivasan has said he was shocked at the charges of corruption against the three Rajasthan Royals players, but said it was unfair to call the IPL untenable because of a few "bad eggs".
Shaun Tait was initially implicated but they had no evidence he was involved and did not pursue him. He was talking about legal action for false allegations or some such.Alphabet said:I'm not sure if match-fixing issues should go into the Clinic, but there was a big scandal in the IPL today involving three players, one of whom quite recently used to turn out for the Indian team, Sreesanth. Here's what BCCI chief N. Srinivasan had to say:
Sounds an awful lot like a gambling version of Festina...
He is painful. Sorry that Channel Nine in Australia picked him up when there were already enough good commentators. Put Michael Slater in the same category.Waterloo Sunrise said:Having been out on Saturday, I watched the channel 5 highlights, and was reminded what an irredeemable **** Mark Nicholas is.
That is all.
Holding is fantastic. Probably the best at the moment. Warne is pretty good too when partnered with the right person. Of the English I like Atherton even though many others don't seem to.Alphabet said:James Brayshaw is absolutely hideous as well. The amount of times we heard 'Moises Hen-reeks' in a deadpan Australian accent making no attempt to even pronounce his name in a semi-accurate way (would 'On-reeks' have been so bad?) had me muting the TV and turning on ABC Radio for the commentary.
Nine used to do a pretty cool thing, inviting one commentator from the touring nation, giving exposure to good commentators like Bhogle and Holding, but then Mark Nicholas turned up in 2006 and they decided to make him permanent and scrap the tourist theme.
Yeh I was going to say Bumble but then didn't want to start naming all of them.. Nick Knight.. now I wonder what KP would think of that?hoerpi said:I love Bumble.
Yes better in ODIs but if Aussies get injuries he will be in the Tests for sure. Johnson will be lucky to play another test. He was fantastic in South Africa in his first test series there but never regained that form. He is mediocre these days and when he does bowl well he can only do it for a few overs before he is spraying the ball all over the place or bowling too short.hoerpi said:Starc is a very good one day bowler, shouldn't play in the ashes though.