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Australia must win the ashes now

The Ashes Australia
by kooldudej (U13714301) 08 June 2009
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Aus was kicked out of the T-20 world cup after going down to Sri Lanka with an embarassing performance.Could it be a blessing in disguise for the aussies as they get a lot of time to prepare for the Ashes..They won't have to play any 20-20 which is obviously very different from the longest format of the game.

But England are thru to the next round.They are still in the 20-20 mode which means they will get less time to change into the test cricket mode.

So IMO any scoreline other than 5-0 to the aussies would be called a below par performance from the aussies, taking into consideration the current situations of both the teams.All the best aussies.

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posted Jun 9, 2009

"I am going to be a complete philistine and suggest that the Ashes have little meaning now. Furthermore, test cricket in general has no meaning either because they changed the rules to allow all sorts of cheating. Take for instance allowing bowlers to bend their arms 15%. What a farce, and done so they could accomodate a certain spinner from a developing nation and expand the range of credible competitors. Well, goodbye cricket. My last hope is the football world cup in South Africa next year. It yet may have a shred of credibility."

Murali's action is perfectly legal. Look at him closely and you'll notice his arm is slightly bent at the elbow because of a birth defect, but the crucial point it doesn't straighten when he bowls. The spin is imparted using his wrist and fingers.

As for ludicrously claiming the purity of football, I'm heartily sick of tired of the parade of diving, moaning prima donnas, screaming at referees when they know they're in the wrong and the pointlessness of the EPL where you've got the big 4 and the rest just relieved not to be relegated. Much as I enjoy football as a sport, the EPL is all about who can service their debt more effectively to buy success.

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posted Jun 9, 2009

No its not a blessing in disguise at all. This Australian cricket team has lost its superstars and is nowhere near the team it was. And nobody can blame them for that. They had some of the greatest players ever playing at the same time. That said, they can prepare all they want for the ashes. We are going to stuff them.

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posted Jun 9, 2009

The Australian preparation will now resemble an old style international tour where the team is in the country for a month or so before playing a Test. The lack of this what most teams/fans complain when , as so often happens, an under-prepared team loses the first Test.
There will be no excuses on that score now.
Obviously winning form is good form but at the moment Aust is all at sea in the 20/20 format ... but this bears little or no relation to Tests. Was at the Oval on Sat to see a 20/20 game live for the first time and it struck me that it is a completely different sport almost to normal cricket. 50 over games are recognisable in tactics and approach to a Test fan but this new version ..... different game completely.
Slightly tiresome hearing how Australia have lost their Champions (really ? thanks for pointing it out!). Its a new team and life goes on. Obviously its lesser without the likes of Warne, Gilchrist etc but they have just won in SA. Am looking forward to seeing the new faces like Johnson & Hughes and a great series.

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posted Jun 9, 2009

Andrew Symonds could have posibly made the difference for the Oz!

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posted Jun 9, 2009

I think that once again the Aussies are going to be rattled this summer, it's a close one to call and it will be a fantastic series but I do see England pinching it.

Yes Australia they were knocked out of the T20, deservedly so, but I do think they were unsettled by the circumstances of Andrew Symonds departure.

Even though there is class in the Aussie team, they are no-where near as strong as they have been in recent years with the likes of Warne, McGrath, Langer and Gilchrist.

It's going to be another fantastic summer!

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posted Jun 9, 2009

The Aussies will roll the English test team over in the Ashes. The weather may lead to a draw or two ofc, but England will get crushed (this is what I truly think...I normally try and be more diplomatic).

I've watched all the English and Australian test series over the last couple of years, more relevantly ofc, the latest series for both teams.

The 20/20 team is very different to the test squad. So those that want to draw a bead between 20/20 form and test form are misguided.

I'm also a little confused for the amount of vitriol Punter attracts. He said plainly in the post match interview last night that Australia didn't play well enough and SL deserved the win. That isn't sporting enough for the detractors?

Was he supposed to stand there for 10 mins and waffle on about "taking a lot of positives - out of this crushing defeat" lol.

I suppose a lot of you guys are just so happy to see the playing field more level these days that any excuse to go ape on an Aussie captain is good enough for you.

I'm happy to watch the rest of the 20/20, without the Aussies in it, as I don't really care who wins it....20/20 is a whore for advertisers, not a lot else....I sit there most of the games disgusted at the plethora of sponsors rubbish covering every facet of the game. It's hard to find the cricket under the ads.

This shows what 20/20 is all about. But there are a lot of talents playing, so it's worth it (just) to attempt to ignore all the ads shoved in your face to watch the current stars of the game playing.

And those that think the Aussie bowling attack is weak are failing to see the key reason the Aussies failed so badly in the 20/20....

...Johnson and Lee were bowling like they were in a test match, not a 20/20 game.

SA will win the 20/20...and good luck to them.

Then after this advertising carnival is over we can settle down to some good, hard test cricket I trust.

BTW...for another dose of honest opinion, England won't get to the semi's in the 20/20...those diehard optimists among you...well...get ready to turn on your boys and put in the boot as you routinely do. lol.

;)

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posted Jun 10, 2009

Ponting is going to be the first Australian captain to lose the Ashes twice on English soil. His resignation is sure to follow.

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posted Jun 10, 2009

Roasted toe,
Maybe you are an Australian fan and you're probably miffed at the way Australia went out of the tournament. And maybe England did relish Australia's exit. But that still does not mean England won't make it. I am not an England fan - I am an Indian fan. But I see any team having a chance here. The format of this game is whacky and it has a higher degree of unpredictability.
If you ask my opinion - Pakistan or SL have as much of a chance of making as South Africa!

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posted Jun 10, 2009

Actually Kooldude raised a good point. England should really watch this more carefully as a Test series would be of a higher priority.

The loss gives Australia extra 2 weeks for Ashes preparation.

I think that can be very very handy. Acclimatisation is always a key factor and this can only help the Australians.

On the other hand for the players who are into both the 20/20 version and Test format would have a bigger challenge to get into Test mode in the shorter time they have.

BLESSING IN DISGUISE ?? I think so.

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comment by Kubali (U13723610)

posted Jun 10, 2009

'And those that think the Aussie bowling attack is weak are failing to see the key reason the Aussies failed so badly in the 20/20....

...Johnson and Lee were bowling like they were in a test match, not a 20/20 game.'

Oh whatever, that is such a lame excuse. If Johnson and Lee can't alter their bowling style for 20/20 then they should not of been playing! When you guys lose the Ashes please don't pull out some excuse about your team bowling or batting for 20/20 and not a test series. lol!

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