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Nail-Biter at the SCG

One-day internationals England
by wykhamist (U7111323) 11 February 2007
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England batted well today, although the three run-outs and Lee's sensational catch left us 30 runs short of where we should have been.

Collingwood was the pick of the batters again, with Loye making a strong case for selection in the WC.

McGrath got an affectionate send-off and it was sporting of Nixon to give him a wicket on his last ball.

Normally you would say 247 was quite attainable. However the loss of two wickets before the lights have even come on has given the edge to England now.

Unless Hussey comes up with something special its hard to see Australia salvaging this one.

As I write Oz are 39 for 2, behind on D/L. The rain is coming down and its hard to see Australia getting 50 overs in.

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posted Feb 12, 2007

To some extent, I agree - any team that gets on a roll can win by momentum. Pakistan were not the best side in the 1992 World Cup but they played above themselves and peaked at the right time - good on them.

I do see this trophy as a flash in the pan though - you don't just become good overnight. Remember the 5-0 Sri Lanka handed out and Pakistan were tired and let us come back to 2-2 last year.

It'll be a shame if we won the WC without Trescothick, but I think he's had his day. All sympathy to him for his condition - but it shouldn't be forgotten that he was on the India tour (and pulled out) and was originally on the Ashes tour (and pulled out). Both times it disrupted things and in-between he had a poor summer at home.

As I say, he was a fine player and it's a shame (and an indictment to the ICC) that he's gone because of burnout - but we can't allow that kind of disruption again.

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comment by spiff (U6804656)

posted Feb 12, 2007

Its ok saying England dont just become good overnight........................ according to many of the none cricket fans who appear on here England became a poor test team overnight............................. so why not become a good ODI team overnight....... February 2004 they were an average test team ......... April 2004 they were awesome............Some consistancy needed with our comments chaps and chappesses...........

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posted Feb 12, 2007

I agree with RobM. It is total naivete of Graveney to request apologies for the biggest Test shambles of all time. Yes, congrats to the lads for fighting back and winning the triangular series but can we ever forget the total incompetence which led to the delayed selection of Panesar and the wicketkeeping shambles which still continues. Lest we think Nixon is the answer here are his scores since he was selected : 0, 15, 9, 6, 4, 49 (dropped 4 times), 4, 11 no, 9 (average 13.4) so Fletcher has been proved wrong again and the wicketkeeping saga continues. What has Read done to deserve the humiliation he has suffered ? But the team can go back with their heads held high. They deserve their moment of triumph. As for Fletcher, the jury is out. Lets judge him in September.

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comment by BernieL (U7462058)

posted Feb 12, 2007

I don't think you can lump Mal Loye in with Gavin Hamilton and Tim Bresnan! Although i'll accept he is not an oustanding fielder in comparison to others in the team i do disagree that he is a one dimensional player. His record demonstrates that is not the case. He along with Freddie and Dominic Cork are the only players to win young/senior Professional Cricketer of the year. He should be given a chance with a place in the world cup squad.

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posted Feb 12, 2007

Yes were all sorry for criticising the team for losing 5-0! How silly of us to expect england to do more i mean they are only ranked 2nd in the world.

doh

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posted Feb 12, 2007

England are not as bad as what the fans make them out to be but they are not that good in onedayers either!

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posted Feb 12, 2007

It seems people are not looking at the whole picture but only the fact England lost 5-0, yes; very poor and embarassing..but Australia played well..what more motivation do you need that your playing in your own back yard. England won 2-1 here, Australia 5-0...on a subcontinent pitch i wouldnt hesitate to say either team could won 3-1. England played poorly but Australia played fantastic.

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posted Feb 12, 2007

I agree, the real margin between the teams is 1 or 2 key players (bowlers). McGrath & Warne, well supported by Clark & Lee simply outplayed our bowling unit. Yes Fletcher made a couple of selection howlers, but simply we got beat by the better team - this time. Fletcher (& Hussein) was instrumental in putting some backbone into the team, but the reality is England do not have the strength in depth to cover injuries to key players like Simon Jones and a loss of form from Big Steve. Do not always blame the coach, look also at the structure of the game at home and internationally that sees players exhausted by too much mickey mouse cricket - what next the world beach cricket 15/15!

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posted Feb 12, 2007

i agree with BernieL on Mal Loye. should have been playing international cricket for sometime now. anyone who can sweep brett lee for six certainly is not one dimensional. but of course i suspect the negative comments made are by arm chair cricketers, who have no real idea what it takes.

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posted Feb 15, 2007

new to this but have greatly enjoyed the comments posted over the last few months.Have followed cricket for years now and find it amusing that people want change immediately something goes wrong have faith!.With the right selection and Vaughny captain we wouldn'y have lost the ashes so badly so wait till '09 let's now see what the world cup brings

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