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England is the home of the game and I doubt if its inventors/codifiers ever expected it to be exported and taken over . Same as all the sports invented in our great nation ie all sports bar basketball. But if you want to succeed playing cricket in the home of cricket you have to be able to play with a Duke on green wickets under cloud. Can't do that, you will lose. Simples.
By the way, I thought that Graeme Swann's player ratings were harsh on the Aussies, so here are mine:Clarke, Watson, Haddin, Nevill, S Marsh 5; Voges 6; Lyon, Johnson, Starc 7; Warner, Hazlewood, M Marsh 8; Rogers, Smith, Siddle 9...
The 2015 Ashes will be remembered for an England win and the wild inconsistency of both teams.Player ratings (England): Lyth, Buttler 5; Ballance, Bell, Stokes, Wood, Bairstow 6; Moeen 7; Cook, Anderson, Finn 8; Root & Broad 9...
One thing I wondered was if any of the players' poor performances (on either side) was due to the fact that there is so little time now between tests. With all the showbiz, hype and media spotlight, test matches now seem to be more mentally demanding in a lot of ways than they used to be. Maybe increased time to relax and rest in between tests would aid the concentration of players.
WE WON THE ASHES YES
This is aside from the theme of the thread, but I think it needs to be said. Apologies for the digression:In response to the death of Arthur Morris, BBC cricket has published an article containing the following: "From the archives: In the company of a legend: BBC Sport meets Arthur Morris in 2011." I think it was pretty damn mean of the BBC to deny Tom Fordyce the by-line.
I see that Bell still has an England future according to Strauss it is easier to stay in this side than get out of it.
@298 Gideon, Wish all SA grounds were fully packed in all forms with folk, like in India, Australia and England!
@297 and 296 So in your mind as test cricket supporters you agree this series was disgracefull first to the game and secondly to you as not just test supporters but also english supporters? I ask this as a South African btw i love to watch the ashes but have to say the last 3 ashes series was woefull.
@ 296That is becoming a self fulfilling prophecy. *I* want test cricket, played with proper application over four or five days. There is nothing more exciting. The day it becomes two days and one innings each is the day I stop watching - and there are PLENTY of people who agree with me.I'm utterly bored to tears with 20/20 and back of the hand slower ball bouncers outside off stump.
As entertainment I thought it was rubbish this ashes series. I look for a contest in sport Not knowing who is going to win by the second day as one team or another collapse.Both sides were poor in truth. I do not think the public want test cricket. Today's supporters want a quick thrill not interested in playing a long game. I give test cricket 5 years at most. Then it will be 2 day 1 inns each.
@294 I sincerely hope you dont mean what's won is won surely you want to win an important series like the ashes in a manner worthy of the price both countries have been contesting that urn for years. Both countries treat that urn almost like a world cup and i bet Aus is fuming at them selves for not putting up a fight when it matters most What i want to know is whether the English feel the same
What's won is won. We have the Ashes. More important is what's next, v Pakistan & v SA. Controversially, I might well persist with Lyth; I don't see Hales or Compton or Ali seizing a number two spot and holding it down. On Rashid, maybe he deserves a cap for patience, but as a spin bowler he's awfully expensive. I see no Swann, Underwood or Laker around the current county circuit, mores the pity.
@291 Thats what i dont understand from you guys and Aus the ashes has been going on for ages one would think by now each team will play like there is no tommorrow with all the history between the 2 countries and produce cricket of the highest order but what i see is a fiasco down under last time 5-0 this time 3-2 where both teams just give in no fight no pride no honor.True fans cant be happy
@288IslandJB: "Root is not class good on his day maybe." Hahahaha - seriously mate what planet are you on? Care to name me a better test batsman in world cricket right now? He's ranked Test world number 1 for a reason. He's scoring runs at important times against a good Aussie attack on pitches that do plenty. Go back to the footy pages or WWE whatever moronic sport you're into.
287 gideonThree wickets were in Englands favour, two in Australias. Guaranteed next time out, all five will be in Australias favour. Nobody should feel a shred of remorse about it.England wont trouble SA though, you wont ever see a post from me predicting that. The batting remains a mess.
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