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Shades of the 80s

Discussion in 'Cricket Forum' started by Matabele, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I watched a fair bit of it yesterday and I can't remember an Australian side playing like that since the mid 80s.  It had that same feel - 5-6 genuinely good players that deserve to be there propping up 5-6 blokes who are reasonable Shiled players but don't deserve to be at Test level.

    I reckon this series is already gone, the only consolation is the Indians are about to have the heart ripped out of their batting line-up too.

    The Black caps are not much of a challenge so I'd expect the Aussies will take that series, but if their current form continues the series against the Saffas is going to be competitive.  (For the record I support Australia over the boers in cricket.  Didn't play the game much over there so have no great emotional attachment to the Proteas). 
     
  2. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    The problem is heightened by the fact that 2 of the key players in Hayden and Lee are not doing their jobs. and Clarke with the bat to a lesser degree.

    this series was always going to be difficult, especially with the elder Indian bats you touched on wanting a last hurrah.

    Test cricket is in a lot of trouble in the next few years
     
  3. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I would suggest Lee has returned to his true form of flat-track bully.  He's only had one decent (Indian) Summer to justify all the hype.  Siddle looks reasonable, might be time to put a broom through the bowling ranks too. 
     
  4. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Its the broom that has been put through the bowling ranks that is the problem, do the names McGrath, Kasprowicz, Gillespie and the irreplaceable Warne ring any bells?

    Lee will come good, his life outside the game is falling to bits and that can be hard for anyone to deal with.

    Agreed that Siddle looks a likely prospect, hopefully he comes on better than Hilfenhaus
     
  5. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Less is 32, has always relied on pace to blast out tail enders to boost his figures.  He is goooooooone.  McDermott he ain't (though hopefully he's a bit smarter in the investment stakes).
     
  6. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    McDermott is the biggest peaheart to ever don the baggy green, without exception
     
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    If McDermott's heart is the size of a pea then Lee must have a pin head. 
     
  8. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    I'm certainly not Lee's biggest fan but McDermott was pure garbage, conveniently breaking down and going missing when up against it. over rated rubbish he was.
     
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    McDermott is a long way from being our best fast bowler but he did have to bowl against much better opposition than Lee and could at least get top of the order wickets.  But the bowler with heart in those days was big Merv.

    Interesting to see Ponting giving Lee the flick over night.
     
  10. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    yeah by bowling full bungers at Richie Richardsons head....

    that was Reminiscent of Border and McDermotts little tiff back in the day :)
     
  11. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    If i was picking the team today - i'd go with:

    1. M.Hussey
    2. S.Katich
    3. R.Ponting
    4. M.Clarke
    5. D.Hussey
    6. A.Symonds
    7. B.Haddin
    8. B.Lee
    9. B.Hilfenhaus
    10. S.Clark
    11. D.Bollinger
     
  12. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    without injuries, I wold like to see

    Jaques
    Katich
    Ponting
    M Hussey
    M Clarke
    D Hussey
    B Haddin
    B Lee
    M Johnson
    S Clark
    B McGain
     
  13. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    What about Hodge.

    McGain is out for 6 months and at his aged you'd have to think it's over for him.  I wonder if McGill could be lured out of retirement?
     
  14. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    I have never rated Hodge - I would prefer to go with D Hussey who is on the rise. 

    Didn't know McGain was out for six months.  Can someone please send Warney a text and ask him to come back?
     
  15. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Warne can't reply to an SMS anymore.  His key pad is all stuck together.
     
  16. SilentBob

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    I'm scratching my head with White in the side when they need to take 20 wickets, no good having a long batting order if you can't bowl them out.

    That's just one of the problems.
     
  17. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure which is in worse shape - Australia's spinning stocks or Australia's front row.
     
  18. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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      I reckon he has to be making plans for the Ashes - though you'd think he'd need to play the Aussie summer for match fitness.
     
  19. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

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    There aren't any stand out spinners, but they could at least give one of them a decent run to prove they are crap, everyone knew White was a horrible bowler already.
     
  20. The Gronk

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    yeah just pick someone who can turn it. 

    At least then they might occasionally bowl a threatening delivery. 
     

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