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The Ashes are here!!

The Ashes England
by ard_as_nails (U11267504) 06 July 2009
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I can't believe it. The Ashes are nearly here. It seemed like only a short while ago I read "100 days to go".
whether your aussie or pom, its gearing up to be a bonza of a summer.

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comment by trebell (U9277532)

posted Jul 7, 2009

"This England team is patently weak in all aspects of the game. Of course they talk tough but can they do the walk, to boot? I doubt it!
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Do you guys ever show any humility?

silly question.. it's not in the psyche is it.

None will matter when they get underway tomorrow.

You'll either be proven righ or look silly. Either way, it'll be the players that do it, no forum warriors.

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comment by Vegas (U1772654)

posted Jul 7, 2009

This could prove to be as close a series as 05. Probably one of the greatest modern series of cricket..

I like the look of Englands bowling attack. But I feel that the Aussie attack is being written off a bit too early. Lee is a big blow, but all that means is another hungry seamer will get a chance..

I feel englands real weakness is Prior. Don't get me wrong, the lad is a decent bat. But he is a clumsy and untidy keeper. This area is one of the most underated positions on the pitch. Matches are won or lost behind the stumps in many cases.. Prior needs to take his catches and get his byes down..

A close series though, and i am predicting 2-2. I really can't seperate the teams..

p.s. watching the first ball live tomorrow at Sofia.. should be a cracking atmosphere. And to the poster who asked why its in wales? in the name of god, don't say that in cardiff...!

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posted Jul 7, 2009

Just over 15 hours and all the talking will stop and the dogs of war will be unleashed.

The 2009 ashes really is the start of a new era of cricket for both australia and england, so many young players in both teams the tone for future series could well be set on wednesday never mind the one that lies at our doorstep.

Heros will be made, dreams will be realised and to be honest i cannot wait till the first ball.

Some say 2005 was the pinnacle of cricket and the standard it was played at was special, but like 4 years ago there is not a lot to choose between the teams so whose to say we cannot see a equally great series?

My prediction 2-1 england, my real prediction hold onto your hats because its going to be one hell of a ride.

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posted Jul 7, 2009

"Matches are won or lost behind the stumps in many cases"

I know this goes against received wisdom, but no they're not. Maybe a piece of wicketkeeping brilliance has won a test match (though I'm trying and failing to think of an example), but can anybody genuinely come up with a case of one being lost through a wicketkeeping error?

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posted Jul 7, 2009

Ah well, it was cricket 20/20 hype, U21 hype, it was Murray hype and now Ashes hype. Living in the UK for now more than 10yr, I cannot remember when the British Media did NOT hype, especially English football, rugby and cricket.

Oh forgot the Lions hype. They lost too. Please just for ONCE, instead of claiming you can 'win it'; 'go all the way', just say you want to do your best.

Your perpetual hype of every sporting event, is a main reason why other Europeans cannot stand especially the English in sports. I would support Iran and North Korea against England, if it was a sporting even; for that very reason.

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posted Jul 7, 2009

Oh forgot the Lions hype. They lost too. Please just for ONCE, instead of claiming you can 'win it'; 'go all the way', just say you want to do your best.
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Whats the point in competing if we're not going to try to win it??

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posted Jul 7, 2009

aforeigner (U4648357)

"Living in the UK for now more than 10yr ..."

So why the hatred expressed in the rest of your post ? Should you not move someplace else ?

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posted Jul 7, 2009

Foreigner!

You and your likes are fee to find another country to live in if you find England that intolerable! And do you think we are going to lose sleep over your intent to support Iran or N. Korea over England?

Immigration, please revoke this intruder's visa!

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posted Jul 7, 2009

<laugh>

MAGIC

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comment by Vegas (U1772654)

posted Jul 13, 2009

I know this goes against received wisdom, but no they're not. Maybe a piece of wicketkeeping brilliance has won a test match (though I'm trying and failing to think of an example), but can anybody genuinely come up with a case of one being lost through a wicketkeeping error?

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For me, the amount of dismissals that go to the keeper means that's your bread and butter. Jones, in the last home series, nearly cost us that with the amount of drops he had.

Gilchrist - Match winner with the bat and also a very accomplished keeper. As was Healy.

Talking in hindsite now obviously, Prior had a decent game behind the stumps to be fair to him. I hope that continues. What would happen if he drops Ponting early (or misses a stumping, he has very few of those..) and then RP goes on to score heavily again??!

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