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England v Australia official day one thread

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by betting_guru (U1779520) 07 August 2009
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After a chaotic build-up - England were woken up in the middle of the night by a fire alarm, Matt Prior almost missed the match with a back spasm and Andrew Flintoff's injury sees him replaced by a bowler in Steve Harmison - the fourth Test is under way with Andrew Strauss extremely lucky to survive an lbw appeal first ball.

How do you see it all going? I'm not at the match today, so will be dipping in occasionally to comment and also using twitter if it actually works (twitter.com/bbcsport_oliver)

Cheers!

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posted Aug 7, 2009

Aussies backed into a corner responded brilliantly today, selection was spot on and you have to think only two results from here are Australia win or a draw. Clark is the key bowling line and length can see Australia easily taking 10 wickets in 2nd innings supported by the other three seamers. As regards umpiring if the sky sports team who have spent the entire series focusing on 2005 ashes whilst completely ingnoring 2006/7 whitewash admit that England have had rub of the green decision wise then its hard for even the most partisan of England fans to disagree. Two wickets at Lords which shouldn't have been were the catalyst for collapse which won the game and another two dodgy decisions at Edgebaston nearly caused a repeat. Clarke escape today is more than merited for Australia!

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posted Aug 8, 2009

With a bit of luck most of the Barmy Army idiots that booed Ponting yesterday will be back watching football today. What a classy bunch of yobbos they have become.
As for the cricket, why is anyone surprised by yesterdays performance. England were awful in the first test, got saved by the rain at Edgbaston, and made a test score lower than this one recently in the West Indies. Strauss and his merry muppets are one of the worst examples of professional teams in world sport at the moment. The English womens side have more quality and integrity about them. Strauss just leads an overpaid, over-hyped, and over-arrogant bunch of schoolchildren. The Aussies will wrap this one up by day 4 at the latest. Then they can play out a draw in London to keep the Ashes and return the favour Vaughan played out in 2005. "Simples"

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posted Aug 8, 2009

Well a few lessons can be learned from this situation. Firstly, don't ever play football again before a test match - totally irresponsible and I thought that practice had been stopped. Secondly, let everyone on these postings and in the media who was criticising Stuart Broad and saying he should be dropped go and eat a large quantity of humble pie, immediately. Thirdly, never ever give interviews either at the beginning or in the middle of a test match - just red meat for the press to pounce upon, like the vultures they are. More than time that there was a permanent press officer to field any interviews at such times.

Fourthly - Flower and Strauss should invoke the spirit of Marshall Foch:

'My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat. Situation excellent, I shall attack'.

Go England, and don't give up. The Aussies don't, why should you?

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posted Aug 8, 2009

Ok so I stuck it too prior during the first test I eat my words. He has prob been one of the most consistent players in the team. I also stuck it to Bopara and cant believe he is still playing. He has been pathetic with the bat and that catch he dropped in the 3rd test sums it up really. What are the selectors thinking, or am I giving them too much credit for actually thinking at all. Need Anderson, Broad, Harmy and Onions to get stuck into the ozzies today if we to turn this round.

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posted Aug 8, 2009

The conditions are a major advantage to the bowlers! If Australia bowl well, I can't see England putting on more than 200 in the second innings. Clearly, good bowling was getting wickets yesterday, and that's what England lacked in the afternoon.

The urn is staying in Australia! smiley

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posted Aug 8, 2009

I would just like to add my congratulations to Mr Geoff Miller and the rest of his blazered colleagues for prostituting English cricket to anyone who pays the most sheckles, and for investing said sheckles into the youth development scheme. I feel sure that the current despondency of English cricket lovers will be overcome with the upcoming plethora of young, talented, cricketers, with balls of steel and hearts to match, filled with pride and passion to pull on an England shirt.
Your work here will then be done!!

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posted Aug 8, 2009

Looking at this whole thing it has surprised me that no-one has noticed that this is the first time since the first test that Australia has had the best of conditions, I noticed especially in the second test that England had the best overcast bowling conditions and then sunny for batting. Now they are getting what Australia has had and the cracks are showing. That said I still think both teams are close to even when they get the right conditions. But go Aussies, we need a win here

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posted Aug 8, 2009

Nice day or rainy day, headingly is headingly and the ball does a bit on day one. Many Tykes would have put Aussie in and they should know.

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posted Aug 20, 2009

we have just been sat down by our MD, who calmly tols us that we are not aloud to spend the next 2 days listening to the cricket and actually do some work. there are not many times that i blatently ignore my MD, but the next couple of days will be one of those times!! COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

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posted Aug 20, 2009

Matthew Hayden is a great TMS member.Areal asset. He is charming and intelligent,and funny.I enjoyed his comments about life in Australia as a young boy and his knowledge about the wildlife etc. Hope he will be a regular when we play the Australians.

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