Monday, October 23, 2006

Round one goes to the Aussies, after they unleashed the full force of their pace attack against a hapless England one-day line up to devastating effect.

Australia's rout of England in the ICC trophy group stages has prompted grumpy old Geoff Boycott to call for Duncan Flecther to annouce his retirement plans in his Daily Telegraph column. Boycott ridculed Fletcher and Flintoff for batting in-form Paul Collingwood at number 6. Collingwood replied that '"You cannot set the batting order expecting to be five down after 10 overs."
Are there any positives to come out of Saturday's defeat? Perhaps there are a few if you look closely.
Firstly test batsmen Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood all looked in good touch. Collingwood will probably miss out in the first tets if everyone is fit, but should there be an injury expect him to be raring to get after McGrath and Co. Bell especially has looked a different man recently than the nervous youngster who froze and padded up to a Shane Warne slider last year. Bell will probably bat at number 5, between Pietersen and Flintoff, and should bring a nice balance to a sound-looking middle-order.
Secondly Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting has continued his run of low scores. Punter has been in terrible form throughout both the DLF Cup and the ICC trophy. Matthew Hayden has been bitten by a dog and Dennis Lillee is worried about the number of Aussie's on the wrong side of 35. Forsaking Pontings second innings century at Old Trafford only Justin Langer batted well against Harmison and Co. last time around. Hussey will probably start this time around, but should the old dogs fail again in the first couple of games expect Aussie calls for their blood.
Thirdly, young speedsters Sajid Mahmood and Jimmy Anderson, both contesting the third seamers position, took top-order Aussie scalps on Saturday. Hopefully Harmison will get his radar back with the new red ball and Flintoff will be ready to bowl at 100% come November 23rd.
Maybe things aren't all that bad after all. Young Alistair Cook looks like he is made of the right stuff, Trescothick will be back and so will Hoggard and Giles and Panesar in the bowling department. This could leave us with the biggest selection problem England has had since the Thorpe/Pietersen conumdrum before the last ashes series; Ashley Giles or Monty Panesar?

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Anonymous raincoaster said...

Boy them kricet players sure pull some funny faces! Your photofiles look like Madame Tussaud's nighmares!

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Philipa said...

Maybe he's just seen someone clamp his car.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Steven_L said...

And how would you know what Maddam Tussaud's nightmares look like? You haven't even got a passport you hillbilly!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous raincoaster said...

We-all gots some of them-thar wax figures heer 2. We call ours Barbara Amiel and Belinda Stronach.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Wayne said...

It's gotta be Monty! Whatever happens, I'm sure we'll perform a hell of a lot better in the Ashes than some of the abject capitulations in India...

3:18 PM  
Anonymous raincoaster said...

I think Steven's asleep!

7:45 AM  
Anonymous raincoaster said...

I think he may be dead. How much money did he lose, anyway?

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Anonymous raincoaster said...

He'll be mad he missed Lindsay Lohan; he thinks she's a hottie!

10:12 PM  
Anonymous newmania said...

Well Steve I looked in to have somthing intelligent to say to my colleagues and what do I find but Raincoaster all over the place . Raincoaster believes the ashes are a place where you grow a phoenix.
Your words of Wisden have been passed to the reviewing squad for dissection .
You seem absurdly up beat to me An adorable little puppy wagging its tail on the way to be put to sleep.

4:20 AM  
Anonymous newmania said...

Where are you ? I see I was so so so right about our chances as was my commentating chum.

Too pissed off to bother ?

Hope all well

Cheerio

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