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shit shit and shit.
ps. my first net of the pre-season was a roaring success.
this will be the main interest of my day until Middlesborough do the decent thing and let Spurs complete their set of criminally over rated wingers.
fucking twats. all of you. nice one.
HOLD ON TIGHT, HERE COME THE MID 1990's
Whether I agreed with either in the first place is irrelevant - we've got the (home defence) of the Ashes coming up after a couple of Mickey Mouse series against the Windies (not saying we'll win them mind), and we're gonna just jump in with - who exactly? Vaughan's not in the squad for the Windies so he'll be going in cold, Flintoff can't do everything (as we've seen), will it be Strauss?
There's a time and a place ECB. ECB vs FA - who would contrive to lose the hardest?
They can't give it to Cook. Can they?
he still got a fair way to go as a batsman.
I imagine it will be Strauss, but that basically gives a captain who's got a 50/50 chance at the toss, and adds little else. It shouldn't affect his batting too much though.
I hope not, he's been completely inneffectual as coach, England haven't progressed at all since he took over.
So fucking stupid. Moores is a complete cunt.
how did that useless fuckwit get the job anyways. Give Beefy, Lamby, Smithy and Gowery the job of running the game in this country.
presumably there will be something of a backlash in the squad, kp really seemed to get them going
i can't see peter moores lasting much longer. hopefully there will also be a shakeup of the structure of the ecb
the ECB weren't happy that KP didn't come out and play down the problem in the papers. Hmm.
If KP thinks the training is shite and wrong, as captain surely he's allowed to point this out. Grr.
Please get a combination of the TMS staff and the SKY commentary team to run the squad and ECB from here on it.
Fuck that. Michael Atherton to take charge of the country as a whole.
and perhaps boycott and gower in some chief exec capacity
SO MUCH I CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE THE DOUBLE L'S GO IN HIS NAME ANYMORE. OH, THE PASSING OF TIME/MY MEMORY.
Mullally's batting was a thing of great beauty wasn't it?
They won’t run it until they’ve got more information. They’re still carrying the story that the ECB might force both Pietersen and Moores out.
Everyone’s referencing Sky Sports News on this, even the Guardian’s ticker says it’s via them.
to say just KP is under threat though
What a wonderful morale boost this is. WONDERFUL.
The way would then be clear to have him re-instated.
you think he's a lovable moron but in actual fact he's an evil genius? Thats the south african way isn't it? Give or take the word 'lovable'.
Lolz. I like south africans really.
when he went around the dressing room to basically see whose side everyone was on, Pietersen didn't exactly get a glowing report from everyone in there. So would he be re-instated? I know the idea of a captain isn't necessarily to be the most liked person in the room, but if there are people in the team who aren't happy with it, would they plump for someone else?
the way is paved for Alan Stanford to take over. We can be a shining bastion of missing the point completely. Like Carry On Cricket or something.
And I wouldn’t read too much into his survey. The players thought that Moores had the backing of the ECB and very likely knew what side their bread was buttered on.
you don't want to get on the wrong side of the coach. Mebbe folks were just being non-comittal as opposed to taking sides?
i think Pietersen is just (sometimes justifiably) sure of himself to think that it'll work.
says Pietersen's resigned.
Ski Jump Sandwiches!
Jelly and Handball!
all washed down with a nice glass of Jack & European Under-19 Football tournaments.
You forgot the two second delay that means you know what it tastes like before you put it in your mouth.
Next: Shane Warne announces that he's coming out of retirement to 'fuck up the Poms even more'.
good to see the ECB ripping up the Ashes preparation rule book in the pirsuit of the urn.
Just when the aussies are looking their worst for years, we do our best to completely fuck things up. Although hopefully they may get a decent coach out of this.
He might not be a bad long-term option, better than Ashley Giles as some are mooting. Bring back Robert Croft!
does anyone else still get confused by listening to Robert Croft talk about cricket and think he sounds like he should be discussing Rugby? I know I do. Croft for coach, Key for captain. We're done.
Was it on the basis that he would have selected Vaughan? I was quite surprised how quickly he was brought into the England set up, he couldn't have been retired more than about a year before he was.
I'd rather see a coach come in that has a bit more experience than either of those two. Someone who would kick the players up the backside a bit and bring back some consistency like Fletcher did.
Tom Moody might be a decent coach, he has recent international experience and seems to know the game well. Bracewell is free, but given how he ruined New Zealand, I don't think I'd want him anywhere near England. Buchanan maybe?
i'll eat my cat.
and Ian Salisbury to spin out Aussies!
Pietersen has been tactically average, organisationally poor, and downright inept in his media responsibilities.
while Seb Coe hands him thousands of tax-payers money
this could have been resolved in a much more satisfactory way - ie Moores sacked/persuaded to resign - if Pietersen hadn't decided to have a power trip and issue ultimatums. Now they're both, deservedly, gone, and English cricket is even more of a mess than before.
ANC for captain?
STUPID racial equality objectives ruining Robert Key's career.
he has captiancy experience for england at under 19 level. he can play both forms fo the game (sometimes). if he can step up he'd be amazing...
I'm one of the founders of the I Hate Ian Bell club.
i mean, he sucks, yes, but bless him. Anyone who spends that long at short leg is alright by me.
Save all sorts of selection issues.
he's good. At least sometimes he is. I think he'll be great too.
...and go and play in the IPL.
Then they'd bring back Vaughan as reserve batsman for the WI series.
That would be LOL.
I'm really not sure which way I'm going with this the more I hear. Its a bit like the Israeli/Palistinian conflict in many, many ways.
"Pietersen gave an ultimatum to the ECB saying 'sack the coach or I go', BBC sports editor Mihir Bose told 5 Live.
"The ECB has said 'we value you as captain but we don't take dictation from you'. So they accepted his ultimatum and he has suffered."
Bloody South African double agent...
You can't let the captain have that much control. Who would they appoint instead of Moores? They would need to get KP's say so, which would be silly. Andy Flower is a decent choice for caretaker coach, no idea who it should be in the long term...
Its going to have to be Strauss now, which he deserves really for being so patient over the years - he should have got the temporary captainship over Flintoff.
And for those asking for Croft - you can't have him, we need him at Glam too much!
You heard it here first folks.
Let's get the campaign started.
Trying not to look smug
first 10 to reply to this thread to fill out the first 11, with a wildcard picked by me, the mascot as cheif decission maker.
Good choice of Strauss.
Of course there's plenty of time for the England batting line-up to prove me wrong...