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Cricket- the sport not the insect

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movingtarget said:
I am really looking forward to the Australia and New Zealand game. Aussies play Bangladesh next. I heard that the next World Cup will only have 10 teams instead of 14. I wonder what the TV audience was for ****stan and India ?

They look the best 2 teams in the tournament at this stage.

I was surprised to hear they are cutting the teams back to 10. I like having the minor nations involved and for me close games like Zimbabawe v UAE yesterday was great to watch, it should be a celebration of world cricket. They already have the champions trophy for the top 8 so no need to make it another version of that.
 
Pricey_sky said:
They look the best 2 teams in the tournament at this stage.

I was surprised to hear they are cutting the teams back to 10. I like having the minor nations involved and for me close games like Zimbabawe v UAE yesterday was great to watch, it should be a celebration of world cricket. They already have the champions trophy for the top 8 so no need to make it another version of that.

Most people are critical and the commentators were critical. No one can understand it. Teams like the USA and Canada play in the World Cup for Rugby Union. It's a smack in the face for the lower profile teams especially Ireland who have some good players although I think Ireland would probably be number 10 on the list. The way the West Indies are going maybe they should be number 9.
 
movingtarget said:
Where to for England ? I have to say that this is the worst England side I have seen for quite a while. Scotland gave New Zealand a much harder game than England did. Who would have thought !

Its an absolute shambles, I honestly think England will struggle against Scotland in their next game. England need to find a win from somewhere.

movingtarget said:
Most people are critical and the commentators were critical. No one can understand it. Teams like the USA and Canada play in the World Cup for Rugby Union. It's a smack in the face for the lower profile teams especially Ireland who have some good players although I think Ireland would probably be number 10 on the list. The way the West Indies are going maybe they should be number 9.

It doesn't make any sense. It means team like UAE and Afghanistan, who are trying to establish themselves will now not have opportunity to show themselves on the world stage.
 
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The ICC obviously don't want cricket to grow. Idiotic really, all we can hope is that they change their decisions and the associates perform well this world cup.
 
Pricey_sky said:
Another great game here this time between Ireland and UAE, just makes the decision to stop associates playing in the next World Cup even more baffling!

Yes I did not see all of the game but it was entertaining and they clearly have something to offer. I hope the decision is reversed. Good to hear the commentators being so supportive as well.
 
A brilliant match between 2 of the best sides in the tournament. Thought Starc had helped Australia achieve the impossible but New Zealand just got home.

Nice to see England score 300 against a decent side but at this stage Sri Lanka are cruising in the run chase.
 
Looks like two great semi finals on the way in the World Cup. Australia and India plus South Africa and New Zealand. I can't see the Windies beating New Zealand. Still can't believe that England did not make the last 8. If England can't pick themselves up they are in for another thrashing in the next Ashes series by the looks of it. Most of the English commentators seem to be expecting as much.
 
Great game of cricket between South Africa and New Zealand. The rain delay really hurt South Africa who were on top before the break and heading for a large total. But after seeing New Zealand in most of their matches I was pretty confident that they would be one of the teams in the final. They have been consistently very good.
 
India thrashed by Australia. Local derby on Sunday between New Zealand and Australia in the final of the World Cup. Should be a very interesting game. Both sides have great bowling attacks and they are playing well. Should be a really good game if their previous encounter was anything to go by.
 
Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from ODIs after the world cup final. Good riddance to the attention seeking idiot, why not just let the game go ahead without saying LOOK AT ME I AM RETIRING. I hope Australia loses so that he goes out with a loss.
 
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seems the barry bonds and mark mcguire era entered cricket, even giving for the new bats. The new bats must be equivalent to the illegal cored baseball bats.

and they must have found Warne on other stuff in 2002, the diuretic was merely masking whatever he was on.

But what ashame, i was really going for NZ. My favourite cricketer was Craig Macmillan of NZ a decade back, a middle order bat of no repute, and a trundling slow medium one-day allrounder with that bowling.

he always used to give it to the australians, and could match them with sledging, so I respected that, cos I really dislike my national cricket team, the australians, insufferable boors the lot.

my favourite player is now KP, the best player with LAra since Viv.
 
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TheGreenMonkey said:
Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from ODIs after the world cup final. Good riddance to the attention seeking idiot, why not just let the game go ahead without saying LOOK AT ME I AM RETIRING. I hope Australia loses so that he goes out with a loss.

thats not just it.

he "sold" the decision as being a gift to the next captain, allowing the next captain the time and the four years to build a side for the next world cup and make it his own.

well, nothwithstanding this 70 in the finals, when they did not have to put the foot down and under less pressure to score with intent and at higher rate, Clarke was the weak link now in this side. I wouldlike to see him go for another 12 months where the selectors choose a team based on their ability, and a starting 11. I think Clarke loses out to Marsh or Bailey. Heck, bring back michael hussey before clarke. heck, bring back michael hussey's brother david. heck, bring back brad hodge
 
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TheGreenMonkey said:
Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from ODIs after the world cup final. Good riddance to the attention seeking idiot, why not just let the game go ahead without saying LOOK AT ME I AM RETIRING. I hope Australia loses so that he goes out with a loss.

thats not just it.

he "sold" the decision as being a gift to the next captain, allowing the next captain the time and the four years to build a side for the next world cup and make it his own.

well, nothwithstanding this 70 in the finals, when they did not have to put the foot down and under less pressure to score with intent and at higher rate, Clarke was the weak link now in this side. I wouldlike to see him go for another 12 months where the selectors choose a team based on their ability, and a starting 11. I think Clarke loses out to Marsh or Bailey. Heck, bring back michael hussey before clarke. heck, bring back michael hussey's brother david. heck, bring back brad hodge

Huh???

Number 1, the media dressed things up this way. They love to write a good story before getting the facts.

2. Clarke has a career average of just under 45 with the bat. Bailey's is high 20's and Hussey is almost 40 and not with the bat. Then there's his captaincy. Apart from an iffy bowling change against NZ in the pool matches it was superb.

Don't like Clarke as a person, but as a cricketer he's one of the very best. Took a team in dire need of leadership and rebuilding and left them as world champs.
 
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re: how he "sold" the retirment. No, I am right on this, he did play it up. It was not the media, it may have been some symbiosis, but Clarke was making it out to be this massive thing, quite solipsistic

i agree 42x16 on his captaincy, tho I have been told by cricketers, his aggressive tactics are not suited to sub-continent where you need patience and need to wait for the game to come to you.

but his captaincy on home soil, and his batting, resplendent.

but I think the one-day game is passing him by, Gideon Haigh has said as much too. Happy for him to lock down crucial middle-order positions in the test team, where it is a significant weakness for the aussies.
 
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42x16ss said:
blackcat said:
TheGreenMonkey said:
Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from ODIs after the world cup final. Good riddance to the attention seeking idiot, why not just let the game go ahead without saying LOOK AT ME I AM RETIRING. I hope Australia loses so that he goes out with a loss.

thats not just it.

he "sold" the decision as being a gift to the next captain, allowing the next captain the time and the four years to build a side for the next world cup and make it his own.

well, nothwithstanding this 70 in the finals, when they did not have to put the foot down and under less pressure to score with intent and at higher rate, Clarke was the weak link now in this side. I wouldlike to see him go for another 12 months where the selectors choose a team based on their ability, and a starting 11. I think Clarke loses out to Marsh or Bailey. Heck, bring back michael hussey before clarke. heck, bring back michael hussey's brother david. heck, bring back brad hodge

Huh???

Number 1, the media dressed things up this way. They love to write a good story before getting the facts.

2. Clarke has a career average of just under 45 with the bat. Bailey's is high 20's and Hussey is almost 40 and not with the bat. Then there's his captaincy. Apart from an iffy bowling change against NZ in the pool matches it was superb.

Don't like Clarke as a person, but as a cricketer he's one of the very best. Took a team in dire need of leadership and rebuilding and left them as world champs.

Yes he has done a good job especially with the younger guys with a lot of help from Lehman of course. He is making the right decision to try and get through another Ashes series injury free and he looks fit at the moment, the way he is fielding. The team has gelled well and it is looking ominous for the English. England are really looking chaotic and could be in for real thrashing unless something happens quickly that can re-energise the team.
 

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