Austrailia v England ODI Series

 
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Here's a column where Gideon Haigh gives Cricket Australia a spray:
Cricket Australia, look at yourself

A short excerpt.
If we're going to start talking judgements, in fact, it's best not to look too closely at Cricket Australia's. Test match watchers this summer would have been forgiven for drawing the impression that CA is now a marketing organisation that dabbles in cricket on the side. The barrage of idiotic distractions, the desperate attempts to look hip and youthful, the overexposure of the fading Doug Bollinger, the involvement of players in customer-friendly rigmarole - hitting balls into the crowd, shaking babies, kissing hands etc - all of them have added up to a sense of a cart so far ahead of the horse that no one has noticed the horse turning into a three-legged, one-eyed camel. Players can just get away with being advertising billboards when they are winning. When they are losing, so are the products. To paraphrase Bjorge Lillelien: "Commonwealth Bank! Vodafone! Betfair! Colonel Sanders! Can you hear me Colonel Sanders? Your boys took one hell of a beating!"

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
That entire article by Gideoan Haigh is excellent. There is no bgetter writer on cricket.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Myapologies to Gideon for the typo !
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Mike Hussey ruled out of the World Cup with his very serious hamstring injury.
Sean Marsh included in his place.

Brad Hodge, did you take Andrew Hilditch's daughter out, or fail to bow when he walked past, or some other sin?  You appear to be deeper in the brown stuff than any other cricketer I can remember. Sorry old son, it just doesn't matter how many runs you score, you ain't getting a guernsey.
"Valvegear"


I just cannot believe that Hodge isn't being considered, even as a replacement. What more does one man need to do to get picked?

Shaun Marsh's figure for this season are almost as unflattering as D Hussey's. I'm going to head out on a limb here and say that D Husseys' selection in the World Cup squad as being one of the most ridiculous I've seen. Followed closely by Smith.
  LadyGunzel Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne's south east
Well I went to the first one dayer at the 'G and to be honest thought we were goners at the end of the English innings. As our innings picked up, so did the crowd, and the atmosphere was ELECTRIC!!! So glad I went!!
"LadyGunzel"


Where abouts were you sitting? I agree with you about the atmosphere as the game drew to an end, was thrilling. Especially when you're the only Aussie that went with a large group of Poms


Oh and lastly:
He bowls to the left,
He bowls to the right!
That Mitchell Johnson,
His bowling is shi.te!
"tardis142000"


In the Great Southern Stand, Bay N10 I think from memory which was second tier, at a 45 degree angle to right of the pitch from that end. Where were you?

That would have been fun going with a group of Poms, but you would have had the last laugh in the end Wink Did you catch the train to/from the game? It would have been funny if we'd walked past each other at some point without realising  Laughing Did you get one of those commentary radios? They were pretty good, albeit a bit exy  Confused

As for Hodge, as mentioned before, he won't get back in the side. He's peed someone off royally and will never get back. Silly selectors.
  tardis142000 Chief Train Controller

Location: Sandhurst, Victoria
Well I went to the first one dayer at the 'G and to be honest thought we were goners at the end of the English innings. As our innings picked up, so did the crowd, and the atmosphere was ELECTRIC!!! So glad I went!!
"LadyGunzel"


Where abouts were you sitting? I agree with you about the atmosphere as the game drew to an end, was thrilling. Especially when you're the only Aussie that went with a large group of Poms


Oh and lastly:
He bowls to the left,
He bowls to the right!
That Mitchell Johnson,
His bowling is shi.te!
"tardis142000"


In the Great Southern Stand, Bay N10 I think from memory which was second tier, at a 45 degree angle to right of the pitch from that end. Where were you?

That would have been fun going with a group of Poms, but you would have had the last laugh in the end Wink Did you catch the train to/from the game? It would have been funny if we'd walked past each other at some point without realising  Laughing Did you get one of those commentary radios? They were pretty good, albeit a bit exy  Confused

As for Hodge, as mentioned before, he won't get back in the side. He's peed someone off royally and will never get back. Silly selectors.
"LadyGunzel"


N8 I was in, about 13 or 14 rows from the front. Yeah I caught it both ways from East Malvern, but went into town for a short time afterwards. I was wearing a Chelsea shirt and a black cap, would've stood out a bit.

If Aggers was still here on the ABC I would have bought a pair, but wasn't overly interested
  LadyGunzel Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne's south east
I was decked out in an Australian cricket shirt from a few years ago (when it was predominantly yellow in colour) as well as a yellow Aussie cricket cap. That was about as retro as I could find for the day!
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
I wish they would bring back the canary yellow! Looks much better than the current dark green kit that looks like Pakistan's outfit. I mean Bangladesh's outfit. Or is that South Africa's?
  slug48 Chief Train Controller

Location: Running around in ever decreasing circles!
I heard on the ABC news last night an interview with Shaun Tait that describes the Australian World Cup bowling attack as the best in the competition.  I read the list as: Johnson, Lee, Tait, Bollinger.  I guess with luck we'll draw Scotland and Canada early, scare the pants off them and run into a little form?  

For the Hilditch 'fans' amongst us, I came across this article when looking up the squad competition:

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/latest-error-increases-pressure-on-hilditch-20110119-19wnf.html

Slug48
  tardis142000 Chief Train Controller

Location: Sandhurst, Victoria
I wish they would bring back the canary yellow!
"simont141"


Canary yellow? That's Australian gold my friend and don't you effing forget it! Canary yellow indeed.....
"Bill Lawry"


For some reason, they changed it around and made the yellow the away shirt. Why not just stay with the yellow? The green is very close to the green the real South Africa use as well

LadyGunzel, did you get your free green and gold headband as well?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Since we're being all fashion-conscious, I should announce that I was neatly clad in sea boots and lanyard.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
I wish they would bring back the canary yellow!
"simont141"


Canary yellow? That's Australian gold my friend and don't you effing forget it! Canary yellow indeed.....
"Bill Lawry"


For some reason, they changed it around and made the yellow the away shirt. Why not just stay with the yellow? The green is very close to the green the real South Africa use as well
"tardis142000"


Was hoping someone picked that up Mr. Green
  tardis142000 Chief Train Controller

Location: Sandhurst, Victoria
I wish they would bring back the canary yellow!
"simont141"


Canary yellow? That's Australian gold my friend and don't you effing forget it! Canary yellow indeed.....
"Bill Lawry"


For some reason, they changed it around and made the yellow the away shirt. Why not just stay with the yellow? The green is very close to the green the real South Africa use as well
"tardis142000"


Was hoping someone picked that up Mr. Green
"simont141"


Tell me you wouldn't have done the same thing if you were in my position.....
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
Since we're being all fashion-conscious, I should announce that I was neatly clad in sea boots and lanyard.
"Valvegear"


Anything else???    Laughing
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Not until heaps of people started looking at my anatomy and commenced to crack up all over the place.
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
This bloke wouldn't do too bad a job as coach I reckon.  How much can one person fit into their life?

Ric Charlesworth for coach!

(not that I would normally agree with Peter Roebuck but Charlesworth couldn't do a worse job that the incumbent surely)
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I'll reiterate Ian Chappell's question, " Why do we need a coach? By the time you get to Test level, you're expected to know what you're doing."
  wrongroad Deputy Commissioner

Location: Grafton
Valvegear, that is very true...... I aslo beleive that Greg Chappell made a similar statement once ( I'll stand corrected if he did not) but soon jumped on a jet to coach overseas.
I don't hear too many stories of coaches in Formula one, maybe they exist?
Regards and respect.
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Coaches are a part of life now.  They used to have a team manager who did a lot of the general work.  In the good old days of amateur cricket when Chappelli played you could get away with it.  Also in those days natural talent would get you through.  I can recall reading Neil Harvey's autobiography from waaaay back and he was complaining then (things never change) that players "these days" (early 70s) spent too much time on fitness - "a good player is always fit".  I think if the fitness training involves a hell of a lot of fielding and running between wickets practice rather than gym work then it is appropriate.

The good old days are gone and ain't coming back.  No professional team would be without a coach now.  I don't think they need a separate coach for ever facet of the game though.  "Left arm orthodox spin coach" etc.

Back in Tassie, Australia is batting and is 2/21.  Watson and Haddin gone.  Clarke pottering around like he's got 100 overs to bat.  Hope White gets stuck into it.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Australia 4 for 35.
England looks like having to chase 80 to win.
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
After a brief recovery they are going down faster than the first cold tinnie at the butchers' picnic.  Now 8/142 with only Marsh working - has 59*.  Smith hopeless.
  jcouch Assistant Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a commuter train
Marsh, plus a bit of Dougie Bollinger, somewhat saved the day. All out for 230. Pretty good given the previous score...
  3801_95 Junior Train Controller

Marsh is now on standby to replace Hussey or any other player for the WC
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
I'll reiterate Ian Chappell's question, " Why do we need a coach? By the time you get to Test level, you're expected to know what you're doing."
"Valvegear"
Looks like they could get some kid from Geelong...
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Old Tiger Bill O'Reilly reckoned "any well trained collie dog could captain the Australian team as well.

Lucky some of these guys weren't administrators or selectors!

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