The Ashes 2010/11

#1
It's just under 100 days until the next Ashes series kicks off in Brisbane. Is anyone else worried about the complete lack of form from Cook and Pietersen???
 
#2
Yes with regard to Cook. I am not worried about Pietersen as I don't think he should go - he is a one trick pony; a twerp seduced by his own estimate of his own ability - a South African twerp.

I am more concerned about:

the behaviour of our (England's) latest centurion: Broad - splendid cricketer, pity he behaves like a total 'chav' and oik!
 

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#3
Cut him some slack, I think that was a rare slip in his character tbh, mind you 'm well impressed that he finally got a century - though some would say it was only a matter of time (cheers to his dad for that genetic inheritence).

Finn has been a great find, and I think he will prosper on the hard Aussie wickets, and Swann will prove as reliable as ever.

I still feel our biggest weakness has been the lack of a great swing bowler in the mould of Simon Jones, though more robust and less breakable would be nice.
 
#4
I'm not sure Broad's behaviour is out of character - he's got a bit of history on dissent and trying it on.

Agree with Finn. Would love to see Shahzad get a run in the side - he's pretty zippy and a good 'reverser' a la Simon Jones would be nice.
 
#5
Broad hasn't toured Australia yet (has he?). The WACA and MCG should chip off some of his edges, can't wait to hear the sledging develop.
 
#6
He's young, passionate and aggressive.

Time and experience will mould those traits and smooth the edges. I for one do not want a pacified and restrained opening bowler so lets look to the high cap players around him to nurture what is without doubt a great talent.

Finn, I'm very excited about.

KP should travel if he leaves the ego behind, not that there should be much of it left by now...

Cook, needs to find consistency and form. Really needs a good first test otherwise the Aussies will smell blood.

I think we are the better team, but the home advantage is a good leveller. Really, really can't wait.
 
#7
I just hope my Aussie brother in law isn't laughing too much when he's staying at ours over the Boxing Day test..........
 
#8
I actually think the squad (as announced) is not too bad. The fact that they have proper warm up matches and the performance team with them helps. I personally wouldn't have put Monty in (unless he has miraculously got back to his previous form). But the question remains really for Australia. They have a new bunch coming through - but do any of them look like real winners yet?

I would go for England retaining the ashes at the end of this.
 

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#9
Well things look bright down in the Antipodes, the Australia A game has been going well with Bell posting a century in a 198 run partnership with Colly. But best of all Monty took a catch.

I'll say that again, Monty took a stunning catch:

edited, I have found a better one:

Monty Panesar 'catch of the year' video sets Twitter aflutter | Metro.co.uk


Australia A v England XI, Hobart, 2nd day: Ian Bell dominates Australia A with unbeaten century | Australia A v England XI, Hobart, 2nd day Report | Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo
 
#10
Well things look bright down in the Antipodes, the Australia A game has been going well with Bell posting a century in a 198 run partnership with Colly. But best of all Monty took a catch.

I'll say that again, Monty took a stunning catch:

edited, I have found a better one:

Monty Panesar 'catch of the year' video sets Twitter aflutter | Metro.co.uk


Australia A v England XI, Hobart, 2nd day: Ian Bell dominates Australia A with unbeaten century | Australia A v England XI, Hobart, 2nd day Report | Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo
Diving, one handed, who would have thought it?
 

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#11
Diving, one handed, who would have thought it?
Cheered me up no end, I have to say. Lets hope England perform well through the series and retain the Ashes, I need something to cheer me up for I fear Scottish Rugby is going to be somewhat masochistic for it's supporters (again).

Anyone know a good proxy that I could use to watch the Ashes Games live online?
 
#12
Cheered me up no end, I have to say. Lets hope England perform well through the series and retain the Ashes, I need something to cheer me up for I fear Scottish Rugby is going to be somewhat masochistic for it's supporters (again).

Anyone know a good proxy that I could use to watch the Ashes Games live online?
With the start of play for the series at around midnight UK time, and stumps at around 8am, will you be pulling an all-nighter for the first Test and calling the boss with excuses in the morning?
 

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#14
Shameless swiped from the Guardian Cricket feeds in order to sate my growing impatience for the opening Test next week, a little musical ditty:

[video=youtube;NSflRlHPay4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSflRlHPay4[/video]

I say, they seem to be "Throwin'it down'" in the common parlance:

[video=youtube;0iRTB-FTMdk]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iRTB-FTMdk[/video]
 
#15
With the start of play for the series at around midnight UK time, and stumps at around 8am, will you be pulling an all-nighter for the first Test and calling the boss with excuses in the morning?
I will be bunging TMS on the radio, earpiece in when I go to bed, and drift in and out through the night. I'll get the first hour or so till I drop off, probably wake up at 3 ish for 30 mins or so, and again at half four or 5, when I will stay awake until I have to get up at 6. That should give me enough of a cricket fix coupled with (just about) enough sleep.
 
#16
It's just under 100 days until the next Ashes series kicks off in Brisbane. Is anyone else worried about the complete lack of form from Cook and Pietersen???
It's just over two days now and most of the test team have produced the goods in the warm up matches. England are bursting with confidence and the Aussies are looking slightly shambolic.

I hope we don't get a rude awakening on day one of test one. Thank goodness Harmy won't be bowling the opening over!

Come on England!
 
#19
Well Guys,
Not the start I was hoping for, but let's look on the positive side, there are a potential 24 days left in this series!
I couldn't believe it when Andrew Strauss hit it straight to gulley - he normally marmalises those types of delivery.
Well played though to Alistair Cook and Ian Bell, but we really could have done with one of them (or Pietersen) going on to a really big score. I personally would shift Bell up a place, as he inevitably runs out of partners playing at 6 and got himself out chasing runs.
Credit due to Peter Siddle as well,who seems to be carrrying the Aussie attack. Johnson was awful.
Hopefully, I can stay up a bit longer tonight, as I have Friday off! Time for our bowlers to come to the party.
 
#20
what a nightmare confined to bed in a cardiac ward at the PA hospital near the Gabba in brisbane , my 3 room mates are giving me heaps while they are watching the cricket!! cant wait to see the face of the first one to use the klingfilmed toilet, must admit though the hat trick was brilliant
 
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