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Let's hope it doesn't go to third slip this time.
HELLO SOCIAL BOARD, I'M BACK! BACK!!! BUT ONLY REALLY FOR THE ASHES
haven't re-oriented my body-clock for nowt y'know
actually I still post to the music board now and then - just felt like I was wasting a lot of time, breath and space on these 'ere wild steppes
BUT IT'S TIME TO MAKE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION, WHEN IT MATTERS
Feel like some sort of time-conquering genius tbpfh
and take a picture of jimmy anderson holding up a sign saying "I am in love with meowington"
i would die and love you forever
just to set the record straight
Is there any way of setting cricinfo up to display the scores on a 9 hour delay?
we may have to start a First Ashes Test, The Gabba thread, mind; this title's a bit short-termist
I think I'll save my sleep deprivation for the weekends.
I'm also a bit scared by how bullish the british press are being. This is Australia in Australia and we have a batting line up that loves a rattled 32 and a strike bowler who can become pretty ineffective if conditions don't suit.
That said, it has all the makes of a top series. But then we said that last time
Completely different beast. England's fast-bowlers are far, far more accurate than they were last time out. The reserve fast-bowlers are arguably even more accurate still, although less penetrating.
England's batting is more my worry than the bowling, but then if I were an Aussie I'd be more worried about the bowling. It genuinely will be close, verging on England favourites. Siddle over Bollinger is tremendously surprising. I rate Siddle, but I wouldn't back that call until he's got a few more overs in him.
Oh wait - bedtime.
Hilfenhaus is their best bowler as things stand; why they haven't fast-tracked Copeland is beyond me. They will after a coupla Tests if things go pear-shaped.
there's no need for Hilfenhaus if you open with an all-NSW pace duo of Copeland and Bollinger
And am just repeating stuff I've read elsewhere.
Is he better than before. Yes most definitely. Is he still a bit toothless if it isn't swinging? IMO, yes. Broad and Finn will need to step up because their bounce will really suit the pitches. I'd also love to see Tremlett given a go. It probably came a bit too early for Shahzad, but I really like him; fiery, fearless and brushes off a bad ball like it ain't no thing - just the kind of man you want facing the Aussies. Maybe next time.
*awaits subsequent essay on why I'm wrong*
at the moment weather conditions most resemble nottingham. it is almost certainly going to swing : )
Someone who backs up my theory that Anderson isn't consistent enough in ALL conditions to be the one to pin all of our hopes on... if it swings, sure, he'll get 5 wickets all the time but if not he'll get all flustered, have a bit of a tizz and go for 10 an over.
Finn needs to have a good series. He is BUILT for these pitches.
Seems strange to say it but England need a Hilfenhaus. Nothing flashy, nothing too quick, just strong, reliable line and length bowling. Onions is THIS MAN but will he ever play test cricket again...?
I'm a huge Hilfenhaus fan. A man who will always take 3+ wickets an innings at reasonable economy. Doesn't make for world-beating stats but, who cares...
Australia needs another good line and length bowler. For a while there Clark was clearly McGrath's heir apparent, but he fell away. I still think he should have been given more opportunity to play himself into form.
Although I do have a bit of a hard-on for dogged, grafting cricketers... (see also Collingwood, Dravid etc.)
We need Matthew Hoggard 2005
The epitome of line and length.
Barring that game where the opposition captain demanded I be banned from bowling for 2 hand on heart incredibly accidental beamers
I used him as an example of that fact just this morning. Hoggard was good in his pomp but he could be erratic when it wasn't swinging...
Gus could be relied to stick the ball in that corridor pretty much everytime. Hoggy, and I think Anderson, both struggle(d) when the ball didn't swing.
Freddie doesn't count 'cos he's an all-rounder. Absolutely meticulous. And he always looked like he was dying upon bowling every ball and trudging back to his marker. And that little towel he used to have round his crotch...
What a hero.
Any man who bowls line and length always gets my vote. I'm with Boycott in getting exceptionally annoyed with bowlers who can't do this.
as he's recovering from an abdominal injury. Siddle's come back from a back injury mind, but he's been handy for Victoria. But I agree that Bollinger is preferable to Siddle if both fit. Siddle is a bit too workmanlike without generating results.
If that's right and he didn't get picked at the Gabba then he might as well have settled in for 6 weeks of carrying drinks
but I've never seen him reap the rewards with wickets. I have a certain amount of sympathy for Siddle, who sometimes ties down one end to watch wickets fall at the other, but in the end I think he'll probably carry the drinks for the remaining tests.
Hope he proves me wrong with a match-winning 10 wicket haul!
got a week off in December to watch most of the third test though
I'd probably fall asleep though as its a little late.
Balls, I thought it was 11:30 so I could try to get an hour in before bed.
Either way I'll definitely watch the first few overs then maybe go to bed with TMS on.
nip in to the tearoom to watch the first ball. If the Poms are bowling, I wouldn't want to miss a repeat of Steve Harmison's wide to 3rd slip a la 2006. (Yeah OK, I know it was 2nd slip).
Seriously though, if you blokes are going to win one over here this is the year. This Australian side is starting to look as shite as the Windies got after their period of dominance. Batting depth is gone, quicks are shit (Hilf's OK, but no matter what Mitch Johnson claims he's completely lost his mojo since his mum and his centrefold missus got into a barney). We can't even settle on a spin bowler let alone find the next Warney.
Anyway the upside of all that is at least it might be the first close series over here for 20 odd years.
given that the pitch is green, the airs damp, and the game is unlikely to get anywhere near 5 days, if you won the toss would you put the other team into bat?
more to the point, do either strauss or ponting have the balls to do that given that it's the kind of decision that can get a man crucified...
the conditions might demand but i don't see either of them making that call. might be a good toss to lose...
Organising sleep patterns, stocking up on supplements and vitamins and getting myself prepared to not miss a ball.
Plus, I'm going out for the Perth test.
and not feel like turd for the rest of the time?
Last time round I felt awful continously as a result of Ashes listening.
Work is proper full on mental at the moment and providing an oppotunity for me to show to people that matter "Hey look, I'm actually fucking awesome when I try" so I need to be a bit more selective about my Ashes consumption
I'm going to say 2-2 England retain the ashes.
I know that's a lot of results but, what can I say, it's a hunch.
with the English victory coming in the final test.
I can't bring myself to predict them regaining the Ashes...
This is going to be fucking aces. Test Match Special, whiskey and an open fire all winter. Fuck off friends and fuck off achievement, its ashes time again.
England slight favourites, impressed with the depth and options we have taken out there this time out. Batting a slight worry but we have a couple of guys who are reliable strauss, collingwood maybe bell, previously cook who has not become a bad batsman over night and will return to form and some fire crackers wo if they come off will go big in Morgan and Pietersen.
Bowling wise I would not be surised to see monty play in at least one test and possibly Tremlett to come in and do well too.
I am fucking excited about this.
you have an open fire...I'll have aircon blasting ..... you put on ya jumper, i'll be in my boardies .... you sip a fine malt ....ill be swiggin icey piss ......love the Ashes!
always pulls odd urchins out of retirement.
My dad is going to the Perth test, with my BROTHER. Who hates cricket. Insanely jealous.
but will probably wake up a bit earlier and listen to the final session.
England's preparation has been nearly perfect in direct contrast to last time where they didn't win a single first-class match on the tour. Australia's has been far more troublesome; out of form batsmen, losing probably their best bowling to injury (Bollinger) and replacing their formerly first choice spinner (let's not forget, Hauritz took more wickets per Test at a better average than England's superhero Graeme Swann in the last Ashes) with a player who has a first-class bowling average of nearly fifty. Mind you, he is a slow left armer which means he'll get Pietersen out at least. BUT Australia haven't lost at the Gabba since 1988. I've has my obligatory bet against England.
Wonder if he'll bring it out in the match?
The only surefire bet on this match is for KP to top score in the first innings. As he always does.
(And to then throw his wicket away on 76 with a ridiculous, ridiculous attempt to batter the spinner out the ground).
As an aside - Nathan Hauritz's causing England's batsmen SO much trouble in 2009 is one of the greatest sporting conundrums of our time. Very, very odd.
TMS! TMS! TMS!
Stiivo's predo: 2-1 to Aus. They'll be incredibly lucky all series.
So hopefully will get back in time to watch the start, similarly got gigs the next 2 nights as well so I will be up and about for the start of the first sessions, mega
england are going to get whomped again aren't we?
Highlights are being shown on ITV4 at 10pm.
did they outbid 5 and 4? weird. and stuck away on itv4 too, i know everyone has it these days but surely they could stick these on itv1 and get some money.
i haven't dared to look who their pundits are..
I think it'll just be Mark Nicholas presenting and the commentary taken from Channel Nine.
See the last sentence:
shits me to tears. Sycophantic tragic. He's a fucking pom, yet the way he fawns all over the aussie players. Nauseating.
is the longest period he's ever maintained an erection.
Being a student i don't really have to adjust my body clock that significantly. Going home tonight to watch the first day with my Dad, the man took Thursday and Friday off just to watch the Ashes, gotta give him some companionship for that.
I'll be on here posting regularly throughout the night/mornings on it.
I was hoping to get some in before/after I sleep.
The key to this series will be GRAEME SWANN - the finest spin bowler in test cricket. If he has a good series we will win The Ashes - book it!
I had Sky installed yesterday, so I'll be able to watch quite a bit of it, as far as work allows.
Cricket highlights are rubbish because the joy is in the waiting for something to happen. Doubt I'll be able to go through the working day without hearing what's going on though. Not sure how much footage my Sky+ box will hold either.
Fast forwarding through lunch will be good though!
Caught about 30 seconds of him interviewing Chris Martin while flicking the channels. Fucking dire. I thought he was banned from Channel 9 after one of his indiscretions. Bloody well should be.
don't know that I'll be around for the first ball.
I caught the first session of the first test 4 years ago and went to bed thoroughly depressed.
Only to find the Aussies had rattled up 360 odd fer 2
the writing was very much on the wall after that.
to make up for it, I did stay up all night and watch Collingwood complete his double century in the Adelaide test. The 9 overs that Australia had to face at the end of the day were absolute hell considering I had to be out at 9am to go and scout wedding venues.
I love Sky's coverage - utterly brilliant. Hussain's a bit of a prick, but when you've got Athers, Warne and Beefy around, you know it's gonna be good. Also, David Lloyd. I wish i'd paid more attention during his time as chairmen of selectors. Awesome.
England 2-1. They'll have no answer for swann, and their spin option is decidedly average.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS.
I don't think it is as good as the BBC's (either TMS or when they did the tests on the telly. Tony Lewis, Ray Illingworth, Boycott, Jack Bannister etc.) or Channel 4's. That said, if you've got Athers and Michael Holding in your armoury you'll be alright. Botham is a bit of a knobcheese though.
TMS all the way for me.
and obviously Benaud was a real A-lister. Athers has slipped effortlessly into cricket punditry; the perfect mix of knowledge and affable eloquence - a bit like me really ;).
the last thing I expected from him as he rubbed dirt across the seam of the ball back in the day was to become one of cricket's most eloquent and respected journalists.
Benaud was like Barry Davies. The beauty was as much in what he didn't say as what he did. Understatement ftw.
He refused to give my mate his autograph once. Seemed like a bit of a bell. *judging someone's character on a one-off incident*.
Don't like Beefy either, he likes to be controversial for the sake of it - annoying. Nasser's alright, and I could listen to Holding all day - "It's a whole new kettle of ideas Beefy".
completely on Botham. When I had Sky Sports, he seemed to be forever getting hot under the collar for no real reason during the lunch or tea break.
it compliments wonderfully Gower's uber-conservative style. Lloyd and Holding are there for giggles, Athers is the voice of reason, and Warne the Aussie equivalent. Hussain is just there to show-off the alarming rate at which his hairline is receeding.
that he's allowed this arrogance because of what he achieved in the game. Baggs isn't quite there yet.
I could sit in a pub with him all day listening to the man bang out anecdotes left right and centre but, for some reason, he irks me when doing the serious stuff...
Jesus. You could have the Aussies all out for 84 and they'd still be moaning alllll fucking day about something or other...
he's the most miserable c*nt ever. He takes about 15 minutes to get the simplest of points across as well.
Yes WE KNOW England's middle order is temperamental, Willis, we know. We still won by 9 FUCKING wickets though so, every cloud...?
For such a fearsome fast bowler to have so little personality is crazy.
Most commentators would've gone nuts upon seeing that delivery (especially from Ashley Giles!) but Benaud gave a beautifully calm analysis instead. That's where his genius is...
:D :D :D
...you've just made me really, and I mean REALLY, miss Simon Jones now... *sad face*
I miss having a fast bowler with a good 'stare'. Broad tries his best but he can't get away from the fact that he looks like a small boy. Not very intimidating.
until I discovered that the TV signal is about 10 secs behind the radio one. Which means you've heard that he's shouldered arms and the ball's gone through to the keeper while the bowler is in his run-up which makes watching the thing seem rather pointless.
just woke up after a forced reset of the body clock. I'm reluctant to make a prediction owing to the fact I can only seem to see an England win, which is way too optimistic for me to note down. Australia look remarkably weak in the bowling department, but conditions will suit them. Steven Finn is the key player in this series, I can really see him thriving on the conditions of the pitches in Australia. If we win the toss, we must bat first. I think we've got the ability in our batting line-up to rack up a big score, and put a lot of pressure on Australia's bowlers. They've got a massive lack of experience when it comes to matches so highly pressured and it's safe to say the Aussie public and press will be quick to turn on their backs if things don't go their way. Take the initiative England, and things will be looking very rosy.
halcyon days. No Sky at the moment, but by my calculations I'll be home for Christmas for the 3rd and 4th tests so I'll be maximising my cricket-watching time then. Apparently the ECB website will have free session-by-session highlights as well as ITV, though.
I'm actually really excited.
as the backing to their historical roundup.
Not sure why, but hey.