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1st test: West Indies vs Australia (Jamaica)

Discussion in 'Cricket Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, May 23, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Australia : 232 / 3 in 63.4 overs (RR: 3.64)
    Overs left for the day : 26.2

    Ricky Ponting (c) 124 no
    Brad Hodge * 23 no

    http://www.vcricket.com/Full/default.aspx?team1=West%20Indies&team2=Australia&matchdate=05/22/2008
     
  2. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Katich chokes again, surprise surprise.
     
  3. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Katich did not choke. He tried to hit a wide ball out of the park and was taken in a very good catch.
     
  4. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Who would you have in there if not him Clon?

    Remember he is batting out of position.
     
  5. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    What do yo call getting out for 12, when you have been left in test wilderness for 2 years and finally get a chance to come back into the game against 3 of the worst quick bowlers in the game (check their averages) on an excellent pitch.

    I call it choking.

    Fro, anyone. Katich is a good domestic player against domestic players. He just doesnt have what it takes to play at test level. Never has, never will.
     
  6. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    same thing was once said about Matt Hayden Clon
     
  7. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Hayden looks like his hammys are shot so someone will have to step up as an opener. I will not write Katich off yet - he did break the Sheffield Shield record this year and that is no mean feat. Time will tell. (Though of course you are always right) ;)
     
  8. The Gronk

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    I rate Katich.  He scored just about the best 80 I have ever seen at the SCG against India about 5 years ago. 

    Dominated an attack that was turning it sideways. 
     
  9. The Gronk

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    FYI Clon, Katich 113 in the second test.  ;)
     
  10. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Katich scored his third test century. Not bad for a player who doesn't have what it takes. Does Clon want them to pick Hodge or that pretender opener from WA?
     
  11. clontaago

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    I dont rate Hodge at all either. A good knock from Katich however 1 inning doesnt change my opinion.
     
  12. Canteen Worker

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    Who would you replace him with Doug?
     
  13. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Matt Hayden :)

    But I agree Katich is a far more refined bat than when he last played tests.

    opening Bats around the country should be putting in a big off season training effort because there is going to be a spot open there very soon.

    And as CW mentioned Rogers does not have it, economy of movement is very important, and he wanders around everywhere.
     
  14. Canteen Worker

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    I don't think Jacques has fully established himself either. He has had his good moments but isn't a Hayden or Langer as yet. I would love to see David Hussey in the test team but the middle order is pretty settled.
     
  15. Fro

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    yep CW, Jaques hasnt cemented a spot, in fact if Hayden recovers from his injury and Katich goes well in the next little while and Jaques doesnt, might make things interesting.

    Yeah we have 4 million middle order bats, but opening is harder so there are less that are good at it.

    Shaun Marsh and Phillip Hughes are my 2 young men to watch over the next 2 - 5 years.
     
  16. Canteen Worker

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    I note that Shaun Marsh was top scorer in the IPL. Watson also had a very good tournament.

    I wonder if odds are shortening at Warnie playing the Ashes series next year. I have a mate that reckons he is a special to do so.
     
  17. clontaago

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    Magill has officially retired from international cricket afetr turning up late for the second test. Warnie's odds must be shortening!!

    I would have no hesitation in giving D Hussey a shot at opening. He is too good to not have in the side. Michael Clarke could also open, with M Hussey moving to 4 and D Hussey in the middle order.
     
  18. Fro

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    Yes CW Marsh was top scorer, on a contract of about 50k

    Watson got the official player of the series. and I reckon it will be the making of him.

    Clon Clarke is far too loose technically to succeed as an opener, but is devastating where he is.
     
  19. The Gronk

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    Clarke isn't a test opener.  If you were going to put someone up the order it would have to be M Hussey.  He played his entire state career at opener. 
     
  20. Canteen Worker

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    My thoughts exactly Matt, which is what happened when Katich didn't bat in the second innings of the current test.
     

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