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oracleslave
6th July 2009, 09:47
<Placeholder> for all the moaning and complaining when the aussies win as well as the glorification of your valiant, plucky team when they win the last meaningless test with the series already over.

cailin maith
6th July 2009, 09:51
<Placeholder> for all the moaning and complaining when the aussies win as well as the glorification of your valiant, plucky team when they win the last meaningless test with the series already over.

Stop winding them up :laugh

minestrone
6th July 2009, 10:01
<Placeholder> for all the moaning and complaining when the aussies win as well as the glorification of your valiant, plucky team when they win the last meaningless test with the series already over.

The amount of times England would win only the last test is pretty staggering, I am sure the Australians just let them win, then the press could go on about "great hope for the future after the last test" stories for 2 years.

I am so excited I have got my Australia ODI top on today.

Gonzo
6th July 2009, 10:02
<Placeholder> for all the moaning and complaining when the aussies win as well as the glorification of your valiant, plucky team when they win the last meaningless test with the series already over.Less of that.

Just so that you know, in January 2005 before the last Ashes series in the UK, I bought two tickets to the fifth day of the fifth test from the Oval website for £10 each (unlike other grounds the Oval sold day 5 tickets in advance, I hadn't entered the ballot for other tickets).

At the start of the series whenever I mentioned this to anyone they just looked at me with a pitiful look, as if to say "You poor deluded fool, there'll be no play that day. Even if there is it will be the humiliating end of another losing Ashes series."

We all know how that turned out.









Not that I am hopeful this time though. :(

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 10:26
2-2 Aussies to retain the urn.

Bloody colonials.

In the town where I was born, there lived a man who was a thief
And he told me of his life, stealing bread and shagging sheep.
So they put him in the nick, and then a magistrate he went to see
He said "put him on a ship, to the convict colony"
You all live in a convict colony, a convict colony, a convict colony
You all live in a convict colony, a convict colony, a convict colony

minestrone
6th July 2009, 10:37
I cannot see England getting more than one win, in fact I cannot see them getting a win.

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 10:48
I cannot see England getting more than one win, in fact I cannot see them getting a win.

Make your mind up.

oracleslave
6th July 2009, 10:50
I cannot see England getting more than one win, in fact I cannot see them getting a win.

It depends how much sledging, gamesmanship, aggro, luck, cheating those nasty aussies employ against our poor victims.

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 10:57
It depends how much sledging, gamesmanship, aggro, luck, cheating those nasty aussies employ against our poor victims.

It'll have more to do with the fact they don't trust the only specialist spinner in their ranks and are relying on the part time spin of a few others.

Stick to rugby OS, you obviously know something about that sport.

oracleslave
6th July 2009, 11:02
It'll have more to do with the fact they don't trust the only specialist spinner in their ranks and are relying on the part time spin of a few others.

Stick to rugby OS, you obviously know something about that sport.

Cyberman has rubbed off on me. Err I mean.... can't I just feign knowledge on all things?

BrilloPad
6th July 2009, 11:03
It depends how much sledging, gamesmanship, aggro, luck, cheating those nasty aussies employ against our poor victims.

Have they ever used less than the maximum?

Jet Setter
6th July 2009, 11:05
I think the series will be close, but I don't see England having the firepower to be able to knock over the Aussies enough to win multiple tests. A lot is said about Australia not having Warne and McGrath, but the biggest loss for England over the last few years has to be Simon Jones. I know I'd be a lot more worried if he was in the side. Promises to be a cracker though...

minestrone
6th July 2009, 11:08
Thank god for sky player, and thank god for this place not banning sites, I might have came down with something 'nasty' this week otherwise.

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 11:11
I think the series will be close, but I don't see England having the firepower to be able to knock over the Aussies enough to win multiple tests. A lot is said about Australia not having Warne and McGrath, but the biggest loss for England over the last few years has to be Simon Jones. I know I'd be a lot more worried if he was in the side. Promises to be a cracker though...

The sides are very evenly matched.

If you add Haurichz (or however you spell it), I'd say the Aussies have the edge. But seeing as they haven't got the balls to play him it's going to be very close.

Edit: I've just seen that Lee is going for a scan on his ribs. That would give England the edge in the first test if he doesn't play.

oracleslave
6th July 2009, 11:17
The sides are very evenly matched.



I don't buy that. Australia on paper are better in all departments.

Jet Setter
6th July 2009, 11:23
Australia would have to be favourites given the recent win against a classy SA line up away from home. It's just with a more inexperienced team, the Aussies can't be guaranteed to deliver 4-5 days of top level cricket. In the home series vs SA they were in a commanding position in every test but couldn't bury the oppo and lost the series. I'm just praying the same doesn't happen here or my departure home may be somewhat hastened.

oracleslave
6th July 2009, 11:25
Australia would have to be favourites given the recent win against a classy SA line up away from home. It's just with a more inexperienced team, the Aussies can't be guaranteed to deliver 4-5 days of top level cricket. In the home series vs SA they were in a commanding position in every test but couldn't bury the oppo and lost the series. I'm just praying the same doesn't happen here or my departure home may be somewhat hastened.

I think Aus have the better bowling attack by some distance. Siddle and Mitch Johnson will take plenty of wickets on the pitches here. Can't see Eng getting the 20 wickets neccessary to win games.

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 11:26
I don't buy that. Australia on paper are better in all departments.


Tosh. If you don't believe me, ask Mike Atherton...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article6619728.ece

If you don't believe him, ask the SMH.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/sport/cricket/flawed-pair-a-perfect-matchup/2009/07/03/1246127689835.html

Evil Hangover
6th July 2009, 11:32
Why England are going to win the ashes ( I hope)

http://betting.betfair.com/cricket/2009-ashes/ashes-betting-why-england-are-going-to-win-the-ash-010709.html

Jet Setter
6th July 2009, 11:36
Athers is kidding himself with that analysis.

Watson hopefully won't play a test so Freddie should be compared with him, rather with Johnson who has both a better batting and bowling average than him.

Looking at the lists, Australia are clearly better man for man (spinners excepted). It's the fact that England should play out of their skins at home and Australia's relative inexperience that should make it tight.

A key player getting injured on either side could shift the series, like it did when McGrath stepped on the f#~king ball before the second test.

Coalman
6th July 2009, 11:36
Like all the pundits say - I think it will be close.

England have the better spinning attack (Swann - NOT Panasar) and I think, if the pitches are prepared properly that this will be the decider. I think that on paper the Aussies have the better batting, but not against spin and hopefully the reverse swing that the England seam attack can generate.

Again it will be very close - 2-1 to England though. No thrashings, all tests going to late in the fourth or fith day.

Come on England!

Platypus
6th July 2009, 12:11
Cyberman has rubbed off on me. Err I mean.... can't I just feign knowledge on all things?

:spel Atw

Surely?

oracleslave
6th July 2009, 12:17
Athers is kidding himself with that analysis.



WHS!

Can't top some of the comments on that dross:

"Of course Atherton knows what he is talking about because after all he never lost a test or a series against Australia. He had all the Aussie batsmen worked out and knew exactly how to score runs against poor Australian attacks of the resent past. His opinon should be treated as gospel............."


Comparisons should be Hughes vs Cook; Katich vs Strauss; Punter vs KP; Clarke vs Bopara; Johnson vs Flintoff; Lee vs Broad. Siddle is streets ahead of Sidebottom, ditto Haddin over Prior.

Aust 10-1

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 12:48
<more tosh>

We'll see.

oracleslave
6th July 2009, 12:53
We'll see.

Why is this dross other than the fact it doesn't include Clark, the best-rated bowler?

Comparisons should be Hughes vs Cook; Katich vs Strauss; Punter vs KP; Clarke vs Bopara; Johnson vs Flintoff; Lee vs Broad. Siddle is streets ahead of Sidebottom, ditto Haddin over Prior.

Aust 10-1

Scary
6th July 2009, 13:01
Test cricket starting on a Wednesday? :grey

Jet Setter
6th July 2009, 13:05
Perhaps the ECB foresaw the recession and realised that people going to the cricket on work days wouldn't be such an issue.:tongue

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 13:08
There's no way the aussies would reject the following;

Flintoff
KP
Swann

The teams are evenly matched. If you hear anybody predicting 4/5-0 to the Aussies you can quote the awesome Aussie Dale Kerrigan:
"Tell him he's dreamin"

We'll see in a couple of months how well matched the teams are.

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 13:09
Test cricket starting on a Wednesday? :grey


Perhaps the ECB foresaw the recession and realised that people going to the cricket on work days wouldn't be such an issue.:tongue

I don't mind it starting on a Wednesday, it's the "being played in Cardiff" bit I don't like.

Doggy Styles
6th July 2009, 13:31
The sides are very evenly matched.

If you add Haurichz (or however you spell it), I'd say the Aussies have the edge. But seeing as they haven't got the balls to play him it's going to be very close. I agree it does look very even.

The England top six batsmen all have a test average of over 40 (ten years ago we only had one, Thorpe). So there's not much in the batting, and not much between the seamers or the fielding either.

The only significant differences are in spinners, where nobody in the game rates Hauritz above Swann or Panesar, and wicketkeeping, where they make Haddin a bit better behind the stumps than Prior (although both make errors).

Cricket is played 90% in the head anyway. We got that right in 2005, but lost it from the first ball in 2006/7. Let's see how both sides handle it this time.

shaunbhoy
6th July 2009, 16:17
When you think of it, all of these sports that the southern hemisphere colonials have taken to so gleefully were just pastimes bequeathed to them by the motherland anyway. I doubt they had the gumption to invent games of their own that did not involve barking at the moon or disembowelling wild animals. Desperate attempts to win some form of acceptance by those of us blessed with being born in these sceptred islands is what it boils down to.
:wink

minestrone
6th July 2009, 16:19
Lee is now a doubt.

Jet Setter
6th July 2009, 16:21
Yeah, just had a look at an Aussie news site and it says he's doubtful for the first 2 tests. I didn't think he deserved a spot in the side before his performance in the last tour match.

Alf W
6th July 2009, 21:30
Oh dear! Phil Tufnell's Ashes 'Vindaloo' (http://www.maxim.co.uk/sport/videos/17047/phil_tufnells_ashes_09_anthem.html).

Moscow Mule
6th July 2009, 22:38
Oh dear! Phil Tufnell's Ashes 'Vindaloo' (http://www.maxim.co.uk/sport/videos/17047/phil_tufnells_ashes_09_anthem.html).

Oh dear indeed.

Filmed at Twickenham cricket club, my wife is in that video.

TykeMerc
6th July 2009, 23:19
Oh dear indeed.

Filmed at Twickenham cricket club, my wife is in that video.

Ye gods that's grim.

I didn't know you're married to a Queen Liz impersonator :smile

Gonzo
7th July 2009, 05:42
It will be interesting.

The Australians I talked to in Australia in April were downbeat about their side's chances and I have never, ever, heard an Australian talk like that.

But there are still some who think it will be a whitewash
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25742561-5001505,00.html (SFW)

Doggy Styles
7th July 2009, 20:58
When you think of it, all of these sports that the southern hemisphere colonials have taken to so gleefully were just pastimes bequeathed to them by the motherland anyway. I doubt they had the gumption to invent games of their own that did not involve barking at the moon or disembowelling wild animals.What about Aussie Rules football?

Hang on, there's no rules so that's not a real sport.

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 09:46
England: Strauss (C), Cook, Bopara, Pietersen, Collingwood, Prior (W), Flintoff, Broad, Swann, Anderson, Panesar
Australia: Katich, Hughes, Ponting (C), M Clarke, M Hussey, North, Haddin (W), M Johnson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Hauritz

Crikey, the aussies are playing their spinner.

cailin maith
8th July 2009, 09:51
What about Aussie Rules football?

Hang on, there's no rules so that's not a real sport.

It's a lot like Gaelic football, I believe (although I can't say I know much about that!) so still came from migrants.

wurzel
8th July 2009, 09:58
Anyone know the best way to keep up with the scores from your pc? Last time round, the BBC did a discrete little desktop widget but it doesn't seem to be there anymore.

oracleslave
8th July 2009, 10:00
Crikey, the aussies are playing their spinner.

You mean Katich? Haritz doesn't actually turn it does he?

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 10:00
Anyone know the best way to keep up with the scores from your pc? Last time round, the BBC did a discrete little desktop widget but it doesn't seem to be there anymore.

Mini motty prob does cricket, but I'm not sure...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/minimotty/

Pondlife
8th July 2009, 10:01
Anyone know the best way to keep up with the scores from your pc? Last time round, the BBC did a discrete little desktop widget but it doesn't seem to be there anymore.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/livescores/5651852/The-Ashes-England-v-Australia-live-scores.html

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 10:01
You mean Katich? Haritz doesn't actually turn it does he?

Supposedly Hauritz does.

Alf W
8th July 2009, 10:33
Anyone watching it on Skyplayer? I had it working, then it went a bit crappy and now I can't get the website at all.

voodooflux
8th July 2009, 10:42
Anyone watching it on Skyplayer? I had it working, then it went a bit crappy and now I can't get the website at all.

Was planning on trying to get it working at ClientCo but I fear the proxy may get in the way. The other option is to try it over my mobile broadband connection, but it would muller my bandwidth allowance.

Cook c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 10, Eng 21-1

cailin maith
8th July 2009, 10:52
Was planning on trying to get it working at ClientCo but I fear the proxy may get in the way. The other option is to try it over my mobile broadband connection, but it would muller my bandwidth allowance.

Cook c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 10, Eng 21-1

:( I have a bad feeling about this!

Bunk
8th July 2009, 10:54
:( I have a bad feeling about this!

I have no feeling about this. I just tried watching about 5 minutes of it and I already want to :suicide:

Jet Setter
8th July 2009, 10:57
Early days though. Flatish deck and England will bowl last with 2 spinners. I'm pleased Cook's gone, but still plenty of wickets to take till we can say we're on top.

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 11:12
Aggers just asked Boycott if he twitters! :rollin::rollin::rollin:

minestrone
8th July 2009, 11:22
Anyone watching it on Skyplayer? I had it working, then it went a bit crappy and now I can't get the website at all.

Yes, it was fine until dead on 11 then it kept buffering so I put it down to medium quality and it has been fine since.

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 11:24
Yes, it was fine until dead on 11 then it kept buffering so I put it down to medium quality and it has been fine since.

BBC are doing TMS with video scoreboard on the red button & website for all you non Sky-subscribers (me inc).

Coalman
8th July 2009, 11:26
Anyone know the best way to keep up with the scores from your pc? Last time round, the BBC did a discrete little desktop widget but it doesn't seem to be there anymore.

cricinfo.com is an excellent site to follow the cricket on.

minestrone
8th July 2009, 11:29
That was out!!

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 11:31
That was out!!

Boycott is adamant, so it must be true...

Alf W
8th July 2009, 11:31
It is now!

Coalman
8th July 2009, 11:33
Bugger!

voodooflux
8th July 2009, 11:35
Bugger!

WHS

Strauss c Clarke b Johnson 30, Eng 67-2

minestrone
8th July 2009, 11:36
Wonder how long I can hide sky player from the management and the grassin' permies? :laugh

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 11:42
Wonder how long I can hide sky player from the management and the grassin' permies? :laugh

7 weeks hopefully ;)

Alf W
8th July 2009, 11:51
Bye bye Bopara.

minestrone
8th July 2009, 11:54
Bopara looked lost out there.

Johnson just upped his game massively in the last 30 minutes, looked really gash for the first part of the day.

Coalman
8th July 2009, 11:54
Oh dear - England all out for about 250 me thinks, just after tea this evening.

Maybe McGrath got his prediction right?

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 12:10
Oh dear - England all out for about 250 me thinks, just after tea this evening.

Maybe McGrath got his prediction right?

Alternatively, KP and Colly do their jobs, each getting a century in the next two sessions.

Coalman
8th July 2009, 12:12
Alternatively, KP and Colly do their jobs, each getting a century in the next two sessions.

I hope so, but not feeling overly confident.

I hope the sun comes out, this will help the batting and hopefully spinning later in the test.

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 12:13
I hope so, but not feeling overly confident.


A bit like our batsmen!!!

oracleslave
8th July 2009, 13:49
A bit like our batsmen!!!

Nice partnership developing. Am still not a colly fan though.

Alf W
8th July 2009, 14:09
Oh dear! Pietersen looks like his achilles is playing him up already.

oracleslave
8th July 2009, 14:10
Oh dear! Pietersen looks like his achilles is playing him up already.

I thought his achilles was a rush of shi t to the head and a wild swipe when going out?

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 14:11
I thought his achilles was a rush of shi t to the head and a wild swipe when going out?

He's cured that recently. If he gets past 50, I expect him to stay there for the rest of the innings.

Alf W
8th July 2009, 15:13
Date I say it but the Aussie bowling attack doesn't seem all that potent.

voodooflux
8th July 2009, 15:36
Date I say it but the Aussie bowling attack doesn't seem all that potent.

Collingwood c Haddin b Hilfenhaus 64, Eng 228-4

minestrone
8th July 2009, 15:58
Interesting.

Straight round the pub in 15 minutes for the final play.

Aus have had a couple of stinking decisions as well.

cailin maith
8th July 2009, 15:58
241 - 5 now

Alf W
8th July 2009, 16:33
Date I say it but the Aussie bowling attack doesn't seem all that potent.




Hauritz doesn't look like he could bowl my mum out...
Sir Geoffrey Boycott on TMS

Oi Sir Geoff! Stop nicking my analysis.

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 16:36
Looking forward to the highlights tonight - looks like the last 10 overs will decide who wins the day.

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 17:14
Looking forward to the highlights tonight - looks like the last 10 overs will decide who wins the day.

BUGGER

minestrone
8th July 2009, 18:09
I left work to get a place showing it for the last hour and could not find anywhere. Feckin hate living here sometimes.

oracleslave
8th July 2009, 18:19
He's cured that recently. If he gets past 50, I expect him to stay there for the rest of the innings.

:laugh:rollin:

Stupid saffa. They're not to be trusted.

Moscow Mule
8th July 2009, 21:08
:laugh:rollin:

Stupid saffa. They're not to be trusted.

He was unrepentant on the highlights program as well. Donut.

PM-Junkie
9th July 2009, 10:45
I was at Cardiff yesterday (not paying I hasten to add...was given tickets by a friend who didn't want to go).

I don't know if it came across on TV, but there was absolutely zero atmosphere there. Whichever dork was responsible for any Ashes test being played at that ground - let alone the first one - should be put up against a wall and shot.

cailin maith
9th July 2009, 10:47
I was at Cardiff yesterday (not paying I hasten to add...was given tickets by a friend who didn't want to go).

I don't know if it came across on TV, but there was absolutely zero atmosphere there. Whichever dork was responsible for any Ashes test being played at that ground - let alone the first one - should be put up against a wall and shot.

I haven't seen any of the TV coverage but I don't understand why it was being played there? It's England V Australia - not Australia V Wales :confused: :confused:

minestrone
9th July 2009, 10:53
I haven't seen any of the TV coverage but I don't understand why it was being played there? It's England V Australia - not Australia V Wales :confused: :confused:


The ECB who are running the show are actually the England and Wales Cricket Board

Moscow Mule
9th July 2009, 10:54
I haven't seen any of the TV coverage but I don't understand why it was being played there? It's England V Australia - not Australia V Wales :confused: :confused:

It's there because the Wales Tourist board paid £3.5M to the ECB to stage an Ashes test.

As an aside, the ECB is actually the England & Wales Cricket Board.

As a further aside, CMON JIMMY!!!!

cailin maith
9th July 2009, 10:57
The ECB who are running the show are actually the England and Wales Cricket Board


It's there because the Wales Tourist board paid £3.5M to the ECB to stage an Ashes test.

As an aside, the ECB is actually the England & Wales Cricket Board.

As a further aside, CMON JIMMY!!!!

D'oh - of course they are.... hmmnnn blonde moment then! Sorry guys :o

Alf W
9th July 2009, 11:00
Right, let's have a quick 50 from Monty to wrap things up.

snaw
9th July 2009, 11:02
D'oh - of course they are.... hmmnnn blonde moment then! Sorry guys :o

There's a place called cheddar?

Jet Setter
9th July 2009, 11:02
Undisciplined Aussie attack is being carted by English tail. This is the big difference between the old Aussie attack and the new one. We used to rely on Warne and McGrath to clean up the tail.

We seem to be more proficient at dislodging top orders than the bowlers.:suicide: Anderson's out now. Small consolation

cailin maith
9th July 2009, 11:04
There's a place called cheddar?

:o Yeah but.... who ever would have thought that a place called cheddar existed?!

Anyway :spank: I'm just having a blonde day!

cailin maith
9th July 2009, 11:41
435 not a bad first innings, eh?

Coalman
9th July 2009, 11:45
Aussies going like a train as well. 26 in the fourth over!

minestrone
9th July 2009, 11:46
Aussies going like a train as well. 26 in the fourth over!


Hughes looks like a run machine. Whacking everything to the boundry.

Alf W
9th July 2009, 13:11
Hughes is heading for the boundary now. Nice one Freddie!

minestrone
9th July 2009, 14:34
At this rate Australia will be batting till tomorrow evening.

Moscow Mule
9th July 2009, 14:53
At this rate Australia will be batting till tomorrow evening.

Are you just trolling or do you understand nothing about test cricket?

minestrone
9th July 2009, 15:14
Are you just trolling or do you understand nothing about test cricket?


We will see.

oracleslave
9th July 2009, 15:26
Are you just trolling or do you understand nothing about test cricket?

You're quite sensitive about this cricket team of yours aren't you?

PM-Junkie
9th July 2009, 15:28
You're quite sensitive about this cricket team of yours aren't you?
...and you love winding people up, don't you?

Moscow Mule
9th July 2009, 15:33
You're quite sensitive about this cricket team of yours aren't you?

Not really, you can say what you like about Monty. He's bowled shite all day.

If we don't see a wicket this session then I'd be inclined to agree with the Soupy Aussie.

PM-Junkie
9th July 2009, 15:37
Not really, you can say what you like about Monty. He's bowled tulipe all day.

If we don't see a wicket this session then I'd be inclined to agree with the Soupy Aussie.
Good value watching him bat though! He reminds me of Tuffers...though he has yet to walk out to the middle without a bat!

oracleslave
9th July 2009, 15:37
...and you love winding people up, don't you?

:tired

minestrone
10th July 2009, 09:42
600+, declaration at the back of 5 please.

Let the English openers come in for the last hour and see them crap their pants.

The Lone Gunman
10th July 2009, 09:48
600+, declaration at the back of 5 please.

Let the English openers come in for the last hour and see them crap their pants.Sounds about right.
Weather might take this one out though so an early declare and skittle England if they want a win.

Alf W
10th July 2009, 09:53
Latest odds

England to win 8/1
Australia to win 21/10
Draw 8/15

Seems good odds on an England win? A few quick wickets this morning and it's a one innings flip of a coin match. Might have some of this.

Moscow Mule
10th July 2009, 09:54
600+, declaration at the back of 5 please.




Seeing as we're asking for things, 7 wickets before lunch please. :tongue

Katich "There's still a lot of hard work to be done".

That's the thing about these Aussies, they're HARD, but FAIR.

minestrone
10th July 2009, 09:56
SKY are saying tomorrow looks buggered with the weather, think this is going to be a draw.

Now that they are both on their centuries I expect them to up the run rate after the first few overs, think it will be a decent morning of cricket. Just wish Gilchrist was still in the team.

The Lone Gunman
10th July 2009, 10:14
SKY are saying tomorrow looks buggered with the weather, think this is going to be a draw.

Now that they are both on their centuries I expect them to up the run rate after the first few overs, think it will be a decent morning of cricket. Just wish Gilchrist was still in the team.With the weather report as it is the Aussies are in the driving seat. They can have a proper go at spanking it all over the place. If they get a big enough score they can declare and use the remaining time to get England out. If they end up on the receiving end they can then use the second innings to settle for a draw.

If I were the Aussie captain I would tell the boys to have a lash.

Moscow Mule
10th July 2009, 10:24
If I were the Aussie captain I would tell the boys to have a lash.

The Aussie captain is in the middle, so he can do it himself when he's ready...

Moscow Mule
10th July 2009, 10:53
YES

minestrone
10th July 2009, 10:55
YES

I now can see that sky player is about 1 minute out.

Moscow Mule
10th July 2009, 11:00
I now can see that sky player is about 1 minute out.

I'm WFH so I've got the radio on...

minestrone
10th July 2009, 11:12
SKY's coverage is a bit naff, there is no statistical analysis that you would have seen with the BBC or C4. It would be interesting to see how the run rates have changed over this innings, it's just very superficial

Moscow Mule
10th July 2009, 11:22
SKY's coverage is a bit naff, there is no statistical analysis that you would have seen with the BBC or C4. It would be interesting to see how the run rates have changed over this innings, it's just very superficial

Put the BBC video scorecard on as well then.


Oh, and YES

voodooflux
10th July 2009, 11:45
Ponting b Panesar 150, Aus 331-4

Coalman
10th July 2009, 11:48
Good morning for England - one more wicket before lunch?

oracleslave
10th July 2009, 11:48
Ponting b Panesar 150, Aus 331-4

Rubbish ball but they all count. Aus having a bit of a wobble and batting last may be a problem.

FiveTimes
10th July 2009, 11:58
What is with all this "Punter" stuff on bbc live text ? Why is ponting called that ?

oracleslave
10th July 2009, 12:10
What is with all this "Punter" stuff on bbc live text ? Why is ponting called that ?

It's his nickname as he fancies a flutter

Alf W
10th July 2009, 12:16
WTF is David Gower wearing wound his neck?

minestrone
10th July 2009, 14:25
435/4

Run rate has shot up in the last ten minutes, hopefully they can get 5 for the last 35 overs.

oracleslave
10th July 2009, 17:59
At this rate Australia will be batting till tomorrow evening.


Are you just trolling or do you understand nothing about test cricket?

:rollin::rollin::rollin:

minestrone
10th July 2009, 18:13
:rollin::rollin::rollin:

:banana:

I was actually being deadly serious on that post as well, so it seems I know quite a lot about test cricket considering I am a sweaty sock. :laugh

I know this game is 90% a draw but it looks very bad for England if you ask me, their 2 much vaunted spinners get 1 wicket for about 160 while Australia's supposedly crap spinner gets 3 for 95 on a much less favourable wicket for spinning.

On batting Australia just look miles more experienced. Men against boys.

As I said at the start of this thread I cannot see England winning a test and the last three days completely confirm that.

PM-Junkie
10th July 2009, 20:18
:banana:

I was actually being deadly serious on that post as well, so it seems I know quite a lot about test cricket considering I am a sweaty sock. :laugh

I know this game is 90% a draw but it looks very bad for England if you ask me, their 2 much vaunted spinners get 1 wicket for about 160 while Australia's supposedly crap spinner gets 3 for 95 on a much less favourable wicket for spinning.

On batting Australia just look miles more experienced. Men against boys.

As I said at the start of this thread I cannot see England winning a test and the last three days completely confirm that.
Might know a lot about test cricket, but clearly know zip about cricket grounds. Cardiff has never hosted a game lasting more than three days, so it is sacrilege that it is hosting any sort of test match yet - let alone an Ashes game. It was always either going to be all over inside three days, or you wouldn't get a result if you played for a week.

Guys at the ground were talking about a draw even on Thursday. I thought they were having a laugh....clearly they knew more than I did.

What a waste of a test match. Had this been Lords, England wouldn't have picked monty....Australia would have probably won anyway (they usually do at Lords), but at least the series would be off to a flier. This is just boring I'm afraid.

minestrone
10th July 2009, 21:21
Might know a lot about test cricket, but clearly know zip about cricket grounds. Cardiff has never hosted a game lasting more than three days, so it is sacrilege that it is hosting any sort of test match yet - let alone an Ashes game. It was always either going to be all over inside three days, or you wouldn't get a result if you played for a week.

Guys at the ground were talking about a draw even on Thursday. I thought they were having a laugh....clearly they knew more than I did.

What a waste of a test match. Had this been Lords, England wouldn't have picked monty....Australia would have probably won anyway (they usually do at Lords), but at least the series would be off to a flier. This is just boring I'm afraid.

Au contraire my leetle Eenglish friend.

I am aware that the Glamorgan team regularly use 3 spinners and that they have had trouble from the authorities for 'producing' a spinners wicket.

This pitch was meant to be England's opening gambit and it failed miserably.

Just so you know I am not on a Jock Land Vs England thing I lived in Australia for a considerable time.

PS: I agree hosting it in Wales was a stupid mistake.

minestrone
10th July 2009, 21:49
Anyway If I was Ponting I would be saying smack the ball around until lunch, try and get 200+ quickly, high probability England are going to bottle it

Coalman
11th July 2009, 06:30
Anyway If I was Ponting I would be saying smack the ball around until lunch, try and get 200+ quickly, high probability England are going to bottle it

Horrible feeling you are right, at least it looks like there will only be about 1-2 hours play today so England should hold on.

:ohwell

minestrone
11th July 2009, 10:03
Do the English team not have a clean set of whites?

Anderson just came out in the trousers he was wearing Yesterday.

minestrone
11th July 2009, 10:21
I'm going to develop an application that registers the English comentators name drop the last time they won a sporting cometition. I will call it...

www.timesWeMentionTheLastTimeWeWonIt.com

Currently I think SKY mention 2005 about 15 times an hour during the cricket where as in football we get about 12 mentions of 1966 an hour.

Seems to be little mention of 2006/2007.

oracleslave
11th July 2009, 10:34
Seems to be little mention of 2006/2007.

The 5-0 bitch-slap has been psychologically suppressed and erased from the commentators memories. Quite a good skill to have for the players I would have thought.

minestrone
11th July 2009, 13:12
Tosh. If you don't believe me, ask Mike Atherton...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article6619728.ece



I bet he regrets writing that now, I bet you regret posting that now.

minestrone
11th July 2009, 14:29
:banana:

minestrone
11th July 2009, 14:34
:banana::banana:

Moscow Mule
11th July 2009, 17:14
I bet he regrets writing that now, I bet you regret posting that now.

Not at all. It's a 5 match series and you haven't won this one yet.

moorfield
12th July 2009, 10:21
KP gone. All over now. :suicide:

minestrone
12th July 2009, 11:05
It's amazing how selective Sky are with showing hawkeye replays, at least 3 good shouts for LBW today but we don't get to see anything, I have seen the bopara one about 20 times which was only half an inch out it seems. I though the KP LBW was out.

minestrone
12th July 2009, 11:28
Not at all. It's a 5 match series and you haven't won this one yet.

I would like to refer you to his "There are no bad Australia cricketers, but it is hard to see Hauritz giving England's batsmen sleepless nights"

He is giving the batsmen the round around out there.

minestrone
12th July 2009, 12:22
I think England will survive today, but it has really been brutal to see the English cricket team taken apart.

Oh god, here comes another 2005 video montage.

Evil Hangover
12th July 2009, 12:50
Our 'heroes' - Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook will join members of the Aussie team in an exclusive joint signing session tomorrow

Monday 13 July 2009 3.30–5.30pm

Entrance is absolutely free at the adidas Sports Performance store, 415–419 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2PG.

They should all be able to catch the early train / coach back to London at this rate

minestrone
12th July 2009, 13:34
Our 'heroes' - Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook will join members of the Aussie team in an exclusive joint signing session tomorrow

Monday 13 July 2009 3.30–5.30pm

Entrance is absolutely free at the adidas Sports Performance store, 415–419 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2PG.

They should all be able to catch the early train / coach back to London at this rate

I was looking to get the Austrlian team sweater yesterday, the dark green one with gold stripes, zip up front. ebay and cricinfo don't seem to have it so went to adidas.com, worst site I have ever used, cricket is not even under other sports. Obviously have no interest in selling cricket merchandise, just want to have their brand on the TV.

Alf W
12th July 2009, 13:37
sh1t!

shaunbhoy
12th July 2009, 14:09
Minestrone,
just curious as to why you would want to buy Aussie Cricket gear? I am only a mild supporter of Cricket, but unlike some other sports, when it comes to Cricket I have no issues with wanting England to win, despite being a proud Scot. I take it you feel otherwise?

minestrone
12th July 2009, 15:18
Minestrone,
just curious as to why you would want to buy Aussie Cricket gear? I am only a mild supporter of Cricket, but unlike some other sports, when it comes to Cricket I have no issues with wanting England to win, despite being a proud Scot. I take it you feel otherwise?

I lived in Australia for some time and was very close to emigrating, things just got in the way. I am currently wearing a 1999 ODI Austrlia top which I bought whilst living in Sydney and have a few others in the wardrobe. Even though I have had a season ticket at parkhead for years I have to admit that I am much more intersted in cricket as a sport. I do not really have anything against England as many Scots do, ironically I got my ticket to australia paid by placing 600 quid on England to beat Scotland at hampden at 6/5, I booked my flight 2 days later with the cash. I Jumped in the air when Scholes scored.

And the top looks class.

BrilloPad
12th July 2009, 17:25
Oz will have to Bat again : England now 6 runs ahead. Max 6 overs left. Its going to be close.

shaunbhoy
12th July 2009, 17:39
Battling display. A draw will almost seem like a win for England all things considered. Not long now.

minestrone
12th July 2009, 17:46
Getting coaches to run on with glove changes was a disgrace, still that was England's favourite pitch, they just managed to get a draw and the fans are screaming with joy. I can see them getting mugged next week.

PM-Junkie
12th July 2009, 17:47
Two clueless captains, two average attacks and a terrible wicket for test match cricket.

How to kill off test cricket....

PM-Junkie
12th July 2009, 17:50
Getting coaches to run on with glove changes was a disgrace, still that was England's favourite pitch, they just managed to get a draw and the fans are screaming with joy. I can see them getting mugged next week.
England's favourite pitch???

Now I know you are on a wind up. NOBODY wanted to play a test match in Cardiff. Not the players (of either side), not the coaches....only the muppets who run the ECB and the bloke who wrote the cheque.

Evil Hangover
12th July 2009, 17:51
Last day was great entertainment. That's what it's all about at the end of the day

PM-Junkie
12th July 2009, 17:54
Last day was great entertainment. That's what it's all about at the end of the day
Er, no it isn't actually. Entertainment over the other 4 days is quite important too otherwise people won't pay to watch.

I was there on day one, and it was an atmosphere-free zone. If I hadn't known better and someone told me it was an ashes test match, I would have thought they were lying.

minestrone
12th July 2009, 17:54
Two clueless captains, two average attacks and a terrible wicket for test match cricket.

How to kill off test cricket....

To be honest that shows how little you know about the game, in the eyes of the public that was a classic.

BrilloPad
12th July 2009, 18:05
Well done England :yay:

PM-Junkie
12th July 2009, 18:07
To be honest that shows how little you know about the game, in the eyes of the public that was a classic.
Well, we'll see shall we? I guarantee that ponting will be torn to shreds by his press, and rightly so....and strauss has been equally rubbish - though whether the british press picks up on that is another matter. When the dust settles and people look at how both teams played, the summary won't be "what a great game, didn't both teams play well". Australia batted superbly against some decidedly average bowling...that's about it.

And like I say, I hope someone is hung out to dry for playing the game there in the first place. But I won't hold my breath.

minestrone
12th July 2009, 19:29
Well, we'll see shall we? I guarantee that ponting will be torn to shreds by his press, and rightly so....and strauss has been equally rubbish - though whether the british press picks up on that is another matter. When the dust settles and people look at how both teams played, the summary won't be "what a great game, didn't both teams play well". Australia batted superbly against some decidedly average bowling...that's about it.

And like I say, I hope someone is hung out to dry for playing the game there in the first place. But I won't hold my breath.

I doubt that very much, Ponting has the full backing of the country and they respect the fact that he is bringing a young team to the series. The fact that his team batted just once and nearly won the game will be recognised and his perfect timing of the declaration which was pin point when you look at where the game ended up.

I can also say that I have and watched many hundreds of test matches far more dull than that.

oracleslave
12th July 2009, 20:02
Well I thought that was a thoroughly entertaining last day. On the one hand I am thrilled that England managed to hang on for the draw as that sets up the remaining four games nicely. On the other hand I wouldn't have minded England getting the hammering they somewhat deserve. The noise coming from the press, players, supporters and general public about what a good chance they have, the constant reminder of 2005 ( which if Mcgrath had stayed fit throughout would have been very different) and the refusal to accept that in the interceding years since 2005 England have been ordinary at best is pathetic. What on earth made everyone think they were world beaters and favourites to beat the number one team on the planet is beyond me. Hopefully (although I have my doubts) they approach the next test with a bit more respect for the opposition and their own recent modest achievements and some reality sets in. Having said that I hope England somehow find a way to sneak the series but I can't see it happening at this stage.

Edit: Well played Paul Collingwood. I wouldn't have picked you for the series, I was wrong.

dozer
12th July 2009, 22:34
id be interested to know exactly what ponting was supposed to have done wrong apart from not taking the last wicket? wtf was the physio and the 12th man doing on the field? and please please stfu about 2005.

bodnobal
12th July 2009, 23:16
If that was what you call a game of Cricket, 20/20 will be all but left of the game in 20 years time.

Shameful excuse for a game called sport that match.

shaunbhoy
13th July 2009, 06:37
I was there on day one, and it was an atmosphere-free zone. If I hadn't known better and someone told me it was an ashes test match, I would have thought they were lying.

Yeah, but it was probably down to the fact that it was held in Wales, and that allowed your petty "Little Englander" prejudices to kick in, much the same as they do when Andy Murray plays tennis. Thankfully nobody takes your rants very seriously.

Mich the Tester
13th July 2009, 06:52
Well done Monty and Anderson for rescuing England's batting order. I don't really understand why Ponting left two spinners on to bowl the last few overs; surely if there's one thing a tail ender hates it's facing a spinner at one end and a quickie at the other?

PM-Junkie
13th July 2009, 07:40
Yeah, but it was probably down to the fact that it was held in Wales, and that allowed your petty "Little Englander" prejudices to kick in, much the same as they do when Andy Murray plays tennis. Thankfully nobody takes your rants very seriously.
Try not to be a moron all your life eh? Exactly how is agreeing with the view that the first ashes test should never have been moved from lords, or the fact that I, like a lot of people, can't stand murray exhibiting "petty little englander prejudices"???

Morons like you who scream racism at the drop of a hat are a pain in the neck.

PM-Junkie
13th July 2009, 07:41
id be interested to know exactly what ponting was supposed to have done wrong apart from not taking the last wicket? wtf was the physio and the 12th man doing on the field? and please please stfu about 2005.
His choice of bowler for a start!

Mich the Tester
13th July 2009, 07:53
wtf was the physio and the 12th man doing on the field?Sledging, hopefully.

oracleslave
13th July 2009, 07:55
Well done Monty and Anderson for rescuing England's batting order.

They were brilliant weren't they? Such character, skill and bravery. Really showed those aussies. Give them both a knighthood I say. :rolleyes:

Mich the Tester
13th July 2009, 07:56
They were brilliant weren't they? Such character, skill and bravery. Really showed those aussies. Give them both a knighthood I say. :rolleyes:
No need to be sarky about it. The tail enders did a good job; just a shame that the established batsmen didn't.

shaunbhoy
13th July 2009, 08:13
Morons like you who scream racism at the drop of a hat are a pain in the neck.

Methinks he doth protest too much.
Nuff said.

PM-Junkie
13th July 2009, 08:27
What are peoples' thoughts on the England selection for Thursday?

I reckon Broad and Panesar will be make way for Harmison and Onions, and I would like to see Cook replaced with Stephen Moore...though I suspect the batting lineup won't be changed.

I think England will still struggle though...

dozer
13th July 2009, 10:05
the fact that england need so many changes and australia are going in unchanged speak volumes. the psychological scars of just scraping a draw will also play heavy on england in the next test. the captain being a 4th choice and being outplayed will also feature.

Moscow Mule
13th July 2009, 10:26
the fact that england need so many changes and australia are going in unchanged speak volumes. the psychological scars of just scraping a draw will also play heavy on england in the next test. the captain being a 4th choice and being outplayed will also feature.

You won't know what team the Aussies are playing until the morning of the test.

I'd say the scars of failing to knock over either of Englands crappest batsmen in nearly 12 overs would bear heaviest on Ponting's mind.

I think the crap-ness of England's attack was more to blame than the brilliance of the Aussie batting for the 600+ in the first innings. That needs to be addressed.

Alf W
16th July 2009, 10:00
England: AJ Strauss (captain), AN Cook, RS Bopara, KP Pietersen, PD
Collingwood, MJ Prior (wkt), A Flintoff, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, G Onions.

Australia: RT Ponting (captain), PJ Hughes, SM Katich, MJ Clarke, MEK Hussey, MJ North, BJ Haddin (wkt), MG Johnson, PM Siddle, NM Hauritz, BW Hilfenhaus.

Ponting lost the toss. England to bat first.

dozer
16th July 2009, 10:03
they would have wheeled flintoff out if they had to, they may still have to...

Moscow Mule
16th July 2009, 10:08
I've discovered this;

http://pulse.timesonline.co.uk/pulse/times/#game

Which is better than the BBC video scorecard if you haven't got a sound card at work...

Alf W
16th July 2009, 10:31
Mitchell Johnson bowling some right rubbish :happy

The Lone Gunman
16th July 2009, 10:32
Have we congratulated the English ladies for retaining their version of the ashes?

dozer
16th July 2009, 10:33
'same pitch as 2005..' please please stfu.

PM-Junkie
16th July 2009, 11:01
...like I said last time - two very mediocre bowling attacks.

Jet Setter
16th July 2009, 11:21
Frustrating number of pies being bowled by Johnson. Especially annoying when Stuart Clark is sitting in the stands.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 11:29
Cook's on 50. :yay:

Moscow Mule
16th July 2009, 11:32
Have we congratulated the English ladies for retaining their version of the ashes?

Not formally...

Moscow Mule
16th July 2009, 11:34
Cook's on 50. :yay:

Good lad. He needed that.

What he also needs is a ton, but "achievable targets" and all that.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 11:36
Aussie commentator on TMS asking Phil Tufnell for advice on spin bowling. New for me.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 11:45
101-0

Pigs spotted on air traffic control radar.

The Lone Gunman
16th July 2009, 11:46
101-0

Pigs spotted on air traffic control radar.Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

DS23
16th July 2009, 11:54
4.33 an over!

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 12:40
The cakes have arrived, much to the pleasure of Blowers and Aggers.

voodooflux
16th July 2009, 13:20
Ouch - sounds like Hauritz has dislocated his finger. Shame...


...we were getting a good few runs off him.

Moscow Mule
16th July 2009, 13:22
Ouch - sounds like Hauritz has dislocated his finger.

Serious ouch.

That ball must have been flying to make his finger do that...

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 13:23
Ouch - sounds like Hauritz has dislocated his finger. Shame...


...we were getting a good few runs off him.
Woofter. Shove it back in and get on with it, yer big Aussie whinger.

Moscow Mule
16th July 2009, 13:27
Woofter. Shove it back in and get on with it, yer big Aussie whinger.

It's going to be pretty hard to spin the ball if his fingers are strapped together!!!

Moscow Mule
16th July 2009, 13:31
1418: Eng 155-0 Hauritz has reappeared on the Aussie balcony, sweat pouring down his face, his finger taped up and deep in a cup of ice, his face paler than his shirt. If he looks back over his shoulder he'll be able to catch Sky showing the incident using Hot-Spot technology. It's like a flare has been lit where his middle finger should be.

Ouch.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 13:33
It's going to be pretty hard to spin the ball if his fingers are strapped together!!!He wasn't turning it anyway.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 13:50
Cook LBW

Alf W
16th July 2009, 13:55
A fluke straight ball that was actually on target. Johnson's next ball was back on track - wide and misdirected.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 13:58
What on earth is Blowers on about now? Cutting down trees, eminence grise, view from the ground blindfolded and so on.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 14:12
Tufnell has just told Aggers he'd give him the clap!?!?!?!?!?!:eek

LBW Bopara

The Lone Gunman
16th July 2009, 14:14
The start of another famous England collapse?
Best first wicket stand followed by most spectacular cave in?

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 14:15
The start of another famous England collapse?
Best first wicket stand followed by most spectacular cave in?
Wouldn't surprise me.

Moscow Mule
16th July 2009, 14:15
What on earth is Blowers on about now? Cutting down trees, eminence grise, view from the ground blindfolded and so on.

Probably the stand opposite the members at Lords. They refused to allow the stands to go higher as it would obscure the view of the trees behind.

Mich the Tester
16th July 2009, 14:47
Harmison's bowled 8 overs 7 maidens 1 for 1 for Durham this afternoon. England may regret omitting him.

voodooflux
16th July 2009, 15:15
Pietersen gone for 32.

shaunbhoy
16th July 2009, 16:09
311 for 4. Could have been better but I'd have taken that at start of play.

shaunbhoy
16th July 2009, 16:21
330 for 5 now. Sheeeeshhh!
:eyes

stackpole
16th July 2009, 22:21
364-6 at the close, but on the evidence of both innings at Cardiff, England's best batting is yet to come.:D

I make it 1.5 sessions each, but there are more wickets in that pitch than the Aussies took today (dropped catches, cr@p bowling), so I'd give England the edge in this.

Mich the Tester
17th July 2009, 07:04
364-6 at the close, but on the evidence of both innings at Cardiff, England's best batting is yet to come.:D


No they've dropped Monty Panasar.

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 10:09
Oh Cock.

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 10:17
Triple Cock.

Looks like we're buggered.

Can't see pictures but sounds like the pitch has got some encouragement for our bowlers this morning. We'll be bowling before drinks...

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 10:18
Oh Cock.

Indeed - Hilfenhaus is on fire this morning, he's just bowled Broad as well :(

That's one wicket per over so far today. 378 - 9

PM-Junkie
17th July 2009, 10:24
Indeed - Hilfenhaus is on fire this morning, he's just bowled Broad as well :(

That's one wicket per over so far today. 378 - 9
I'm not watching...but if the conditions are like they are here I am guessing that Anderson will enjoy himself when he gets the ball in his hands. 380 could prove to be a good score?

Mich the Tester
17th July 2009, 10:43
I'm not watching...but if the conditions are like they are here I am guessing that Anderson will enjoy himself when he gets the ball in his hands. 380 could prove to be a good score?
There's a bit of heroism from the tail end again.

snaw
17th July 2009, 10:49
http://www.freedocast.com/forms/embedplayer.aspx?fid=5320428A31D42137109A&ftype=stream

good streaming link ...

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 10:50
http://www.freedocast.com/forms/embedplayer.aspx?fid=5320428A31D42137109A&ftype=stream

good streaming link ...

Legend!

cojak
17th July 2009, 10:58
I'm enjoying this at the moment - the tail-enders are doing stirling work.

cojak
17th July 2009, 10:58
..oh, they're just out now.

Mich the Tester
17th July 2009, 10:59
Legend!
Switched it on just in time for last wicket. Cock!

cojak
17th July 2009, 10:59
Still, these conditions could favour England's bowlers...

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 10:59
Glad to get out now - want to get bowling before it warms up and the ball stops swinging.

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 11:01
Glad to get out now - want to get bowling before it warms up and the ball stops swinging.

425 all out. Tenth wicket partnership of 47.

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 11:05
425 all out. Tenth wicket partnership of 47.

2nd highest!!!

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 11:09
2nd highest!!!

Aye, doesn't say much for our middle that does it.

Flintoff is warming up.

The Lone Gunman
17th July 2009, 11:11
Aye, doesn't say much for our middle that does it.

Flintoff is warming up.Opening partnership was best at Lords since 1927 or something and the closing was the best at Lords too.

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:14
Opening partnership was best at Lords since 1927 or something and the closing was the best at Lords too.

shame about the rubbish in the middle... :eyes

The Lone Gunman
17th July 2009, 11:16
shame about the rubbish in the middle... :eyesOften seems the way in English cricket. 1 or 2 outstanding performances let down by poor show from the rest.
Aussies seem capable of a 50 per man + 2 outstanding over the years.

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:17
Often seems the way in English cricket. 1 or 2 outstanding performances let down by poor show from the rest.
Aussies seem capable of a 50 per man + 2 outstanding over the years.

OUT!!!!

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 11:18
OUT!!!!

That's what I'm looking for!!!

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:20
Hughes for 4...

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 11:20
OUT!!!!

Get in! Sorry, I mean out! :yay:

Anderson is having a great morning :happy

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:21
Aussies teeth are being rattled..

The Lone Gunman
17th July 2009, 11:23
Aussies teeth are being rattled..I would love to see England do well against the Aussies (or anybody come to that), but they rarely manage to put together any kind of performance even after moments that should inspire them.
It is usualy and outstanding performance from one man when we do do well.

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:25
I'm enjoying Aggers and Tuffers as much as the cricket..

Discussing Queenie's lunch.. :laugh

Coalman
17th July 2009, 11:26
I'm enjoying Aggers and Tuffers as much as the cricket..

Discussing Queenie's lunch.. :laugh

Turbot (Aggers pronounced it Turbo) - nearly coffee on screen moment!

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:39
PONTING OUT!!!!

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 11:39
Woot!

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:40
Australia 10-2

(Bat hit the boot...)

DS23
17th July 2009, 11:41
who cares!

DS23
17th July 2009, 11:41
gum man is gone!

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:41
Aussies will be very upset by that...

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:42
But sounds like it should have been LBW anyway...

DS23
17th July 2009, 11:42
yes. would have been lbw if not caught.

Coalman
17th July 2009, 11:43
Aussies will be very upset by that...

Oh shame ....

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 11:44
PONTING OUT!!!!

Woohoo! I may have just shouted loudly in the office :o

cojak
17th July 2009, 11:54
Flintoff is on good, confident form..

(I'm a bit surprised by that, tbh...)

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 16:04
:yay: Katich c Broad b Onions 48, Aus 108-3 :yay:

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 16:20
:yay: Hussey b Flintoff 51, Aus 111-4 :yay:

This we like :D

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 16:23
And another!!!!!!! :banana:

:yay: Clarke c Cook b Anderson 1, Aus 111-5 :yay:

DS23
17th July 2009, 16:24
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

Coalman
17th July 2009, 16:25
Its like 2005 again (am I allowed to say that?).

dozer
17th July 2009, 16:32
Its like 2005 again (am I allowed to say that?).

no.

Coalman
17th July 2009, 16:43
no.

Anyway.

Flintoff bowling as well as he ever has, Anderson making life very difficult for the Aussie batters.

Moscow Mule
17th July 2009, 16:53
Jesus, I'm going to go for a nap more often!!!

Coalman
17th July 2009, 16:56
1750: Aus 139-6 WICKET North bowled Anderson 0

Possible follow on?

voodooflux
17th July 2009, 16:57
1750: Aus 139-6 WICKET North bowled Anderson 0

Possible follow on?

I hope so on this wicket.