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A more creditable defeat?

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by The_One (U6788617) 12 January 2007
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Is that possible? I suppose it is given the thrashings we have had but a defeat is still a defeat.

The batsmen contributed this time but the lower order didn't but it would have been difficult for them at such a late state in the game.

The problem is mainly with the bowlers. I believe we have a bowling coach but where is he/she/it??? I heard his name was Kevin Shine (I'm being sarcastic) but let's face it if you performed this badly at work you'd be sacked and it's time this Kevin fella went!

Troy Cooley was excellent but he is an Aussie and obviously wants to coach them so do we need a good Englishman who was a great bowler? Beefy? Willis? They are the only ones who spring to mind. Outside England then I can only see Lillee or Donald.

What suggestions do you have?

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posted Jan 12, 2007

spiff get with the program, england hopes are sunk against far superior opposssion - us

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posted Jan 12, 2007

As a somerset supporter Blackwell. Although injured for most of last season hes back in fine shape in the close season. Hes played at the level before and will want to porve himself after some iffy displays. Great replacment for KP and maybe if back in form provide options for the world cup

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posted Jan 12, 2007

bring in either Cook for practice or foster a real wicketpeeper

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posted Jan 12, 2007

My mother-in-Law... what a bat she is!

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posted Jan 13, 2007

I was born in the UK but have spent all my adult life in Australia but have always supported England. Having watched thousands of hours of Australian cricket in both test matches and one day internationals there are a number of reasons why they continually perform to such a high standard.

Australia have a fantastic first class competition and cricket is encouraged, developed & passionately played all the way down to the grass roots level.

But one thing that Australians excel at is maintaining confidence in themselves, their own ability and that in their team mates. They have the ability to knuckle down and change game plans quickly and successfully when things go against them.

Any side that has come over here and performed well is because they've matched Australia equally when it comes to playing with determination, aggressively and taking the game to the Aussies with good, hard positive cricket. Australia don't like playing sides who take the game to them as was evident in the 2005 Ashes series when England played with the highest amount of confidence, that was missing this year and was from the firs ball Harmison bowled.

Australia also don't like losing control of any game and don't like playing under consistent & constant pressure. England showed signs of it this Ashes series but couldn't sustain it and Australia fought back and wore them down each time.

Team selection and good players alone will never beat Australia, England have to again build up their own confidence over the next few years till 2009 and really believe in themselves, Australia are arrogant cocky gits which can prove to be their undoing.

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posted Jan 13, 2007

Cant argue with that! Our self belief drags us through the tough times but can also be our enemy when we are on top..Thats when a little complacency sets in ala 05 Ashes build up.

Good to see we are adding a ruthlessness to this cockiness this time round.

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posted Jan 13, 2007

I hear Jordan is capable of coaching the English Bowlers, implants and all

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posted Jan 14, 2007

kiwis by 50

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posted Jan 15, 2007

The McGrath's in more recent times come from Tipperary. It's my Mum's maiden name and her sister is tracing our family tree and she is stuck in Tipperary coz that's they all come from!

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