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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:16 pm    Post subject: The Ashes Thread Reply with quote

So the greatest sporting event of the year starts tonight!! Cool Cool Cool Let's chat about the series as it happens here.

Looks like Bell and Harmison have shaken off niggles and are available. What would your 11 for the Gabba look like? Mine:

Strauss
Cook
Bell
Pietersen
Collingwood
Flintoff
Jones
Mahmood
Hoggard
Harmison
Panesar

I think the weak link in the Aussie line up is Ponting as captain. He's obviously pretty good with the willow but I think he's mentally vulnerable as a captian. I mean, putting England in to bat at Edgebaston, what an arrogant decision which probably cost Australia the series. If we can get to him (again) or win one of the first two test in front of their crowds then that's massive and will put him under enormous pressure...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

do you honestly think this is the greatest sporting event of the year?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have Read in in place of Jones as he is the better keeper, and I'm not too sure about Cook yet, hope to be proved wrong.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

markie r wrote:
do you honestly think this is the greatest sporting event of the year?
Yes. It's a close call but I think overall it's better than Kona.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

would like to see Bell at number 2
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

younggun wrote:
markie r wrote:
do you honestly think this is the greatest sporting event of the year?
Yes. It's a close call but I think overall it's better than Kona.


good god i could name any number of events i'd arther either attend or watch on tv before the cricket. personal choice i suppose.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

younggun wrote:
markie r wrote:
do you honestly think this is the greatest sporting event of the year?
Yes. It's a close call but I think overall it's better than Kona.


close but i love the one day stuff a bit better so i would go for the world cup (cricket not footy)then the ashes
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have the king of spain in instead on monty!!! Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LEGS OF JELLY wrote:
I would have the king of spain in instead on monty!!! Wink


no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

Dog, Day, Had, His...

Rearrange accordingly Wink

Plus, lacking match practice which is never a good thing down under, they'll just break you. But a good replacement if Monty cracks under the pressure.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strauss
Cook
Bell
Collingwood
Pietersen
Flintoff
Jones
Anderson
Harmison
Hoggard
Panesar
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nigelh wrote:
Strauss
Cook
Bell
Collingwood
Pietersen
Flintoff
Jones
Anderson
Harmison
Hoggard
Panesar


I'd go with that.

Going to be interesting, shame i'm not at a training camp in Oz at the mo that just happens to be near the game, dreams Rolling Eyes

I was worried, but have been encouraged by the teams performances so far down under. We need to stand our ground in the first test, show any weakness and we won't hear the end of it til the final test is over!!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rofster wrote:
LEGS OF JELLY wrote:
I would have the king of spain in instead on monty!!! Wink


no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

Dog, Day, Had, His...

Rearrange accordingly Wink

Plus, lacking match practice which is never a good thing down under, they'll just break you. But a good replacement if Monty cracks under the pressure.


Monty's fielding is a great concern he is a spanner in the field but on the crease ok. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a cricket fan, but the last ashes series was spellbinding with so many matches ending on a knife edge. More of that please, provided that we can come home with the ashes. As holders, would we retain them if the series is drawn?

So what a sporting year it could be for England. Tim Don, World Tri champion, England retain the ashes and World Cup Rugby glory in France next year.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dale, you must watch a different england rugby team from me. at present, we will do very well to get to the last eight.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dale is right, a drawn Series would see England retain the Ashes. I think it is important to have a good start, the last thing you want to be doing is going one down in four days. Personally, I'll put it on record to be shot down later, I think the series will be a draw (2-2, not saying which match will be drawn)
I don't think Australia have improved in the last 18 months, and the big outfields they have over there will be draining on some of the older players in their team.
My Australian brother in law is in typically positive (arrogant??) mood, and fancies a 4 or 5 nil scoreline Let battle commense, so to speak, and if it does all go belly up, at least its during the night, so don't have to watch!
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