Tears for Australia?

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Tears for Australia?

Joined: October 17th, 2013, 8:44 pm

November 15th, 2016, 12:47 am #1

No chance! Having lost in Perth, I now see that they're 151 for 9 in the second innings at Hobart, still 90 runs away from saving innings defeat.

I'm so glad we're going to copy their structure, with endless T20 right in the middle of the season, with First Class marginalised at either end. In a few years, like them, we won't be able to find one batsman who can play a proper innings and will have to recall Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick, as they did Rogers and Voges - with a degree of success, it must be said.
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Joined: June 4th, 2015, 6:32 pm

November 15th, 2016, 7:36 am #2

I hope they recover soon.

Purely selfish reasons as if their batting continues to be woeful then Jake Lehmann may soon he in their test side and one of our overseas options disappears once again.
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Joined: September 7th, 2015, 9:28 pm

November 15th, 2016, 8:44 am #3

Worrying times I'm sure for Boof and his team but slightly thin evidence to write off Australian red ball cricket due to too much T20.

Voges was a great story but he's been kept on too long and a couple of the players, Ferguson and Mennie, shouldn't be there.

Lets not forget the brilliant SA bowling attack either.
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Joined: June 2nd, 2016, 9:27 pm

November 15th, 2016, 11:02 am #4

No chance! Having lost in Perth, I now see that they're 151 for 9 in the second innings at Hobart, still 90 runs away from saving innings defeat.

I'm so glad we're going to copy their structure, with endless T20 right in the middle of the season, with First Class marginalised at either end. In a few years, like them, we won't be able to find one batsman who can play a proper innings and will have to recall Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick, as they did Rogers and Voges - with a degree of success, it must be said.
An Australian middle order of Voges, Ferguson, Nevill and Mennie must be the weakest they've ever had.
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Joined: October 17th, 2013, 8:44 pm

November 15th, 2016, 12:51 pm #5

They were pretty bloody awful in 1956. McDonald opening, who was a good player, and Neil Harvey at 3, who was considered a great one but he had a modest record in England.

Apart from that it was Burke opening and a very young Peter Burge at 4. His day would come. Then 'Slasher' Mackay at 5; the name was an ironic one for an utterly strokeless and crablike left hander, Katich without the talent.

Miller was a great all-rounder, but had no idea how to play spin. Benaud would make his name later, batting lower than he did in '56, and Archer was a fast-ish bowler all-rounder. Maddocks was a non-batting wicket-keeper.

They were so poor, collectively, that Bradman wrote a book about batting, with particular reference to playing off-spin. The same group had been destroyed by the pace of Tyson and Statham in Australia.

To put things in perspective, this was probably the greatest England bowling attack ever. Interesting that they went into the Headingley Test with only 3 specialist bowlers + Trevor Bailey, who would have been about as quick as Woakes, I would think - though better. No Tyson or Statham, and Wardle and Appleyard rejected in favour of the Surrey pair, which would not have impressed the Yorkshire crowd. This was Laker's great series, of course.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62813.html
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Joined: October 29th, 2013, 3:40 pm

November 15th, 2016, 7:08 pm #6

No tears. Sport is cyclical. How they respond will be the key

Steve
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Joined: November 14th, 2016, 6:05 pm

November 15th, 2016, 9:29 pm #7

Asking on behalf of my father in law if there is going to be a follow up to sweet shires? He very much enjoyed and is a fellow Cambridge graduate like yourself. Now a Headteacher of 2 schools
Poor man’s Tim Bresnan
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Joined: October 17th, 2013, 8:44 pm

November 16th, 2016, 2:36 am #8

Hi Kevin
I've started a second book, tentatively entitled 'Cricket's Empire', which recounts my journeys round the old pink bits of the world, lavishly illustrated with photos, of course.

Writing it will take little time, though it is planned to be 2 or 3 times the size of 'Sweet Shires' (and therefore costly) so I need to sell a few more copies of 'Sweet Shires' first...

Photos will include some of the ones here:https://www.flickr.com/photos/forwardde ... 9144448211 which take us up to New Zealand 2008. It's one chapter per tour.

But it may never happen.
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Joined: September 7th, 2015, 9:28 pm

November 16th, 2016, 8:39 am #9

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh has stood down. At 69, a very good age for most things, he is probably just a tad too distant from the current crop of players.

It will be interesting to see if the bashing the test team, and cricket in general are getting by the Australian press, has a knock on effect on the attendances at this years Big Bash.
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Joined: October 20th, 2013, 8:03 pm

November 16th, 2016, 9:12 am #10

An occasional awareness of the Aussie press makes our 'odious' lot seem a tad less awful.
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