Summer of Cricket 2013/14

 
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Great Start ! Rogers runs himself out in the second over.ūüė≥
Could someone tell him it's a five day game - we don't need all the runs at once.

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  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Fairfax have a radio stream now as well - you can listen to it at http://www.cricket.com.au/live/audio-stream or on your radio if you're in the right places.

Going to give it a shot I think, but shame about the ads. Lineup includes Tim Lane, Bruce Eva and Karl Langdon. Expert comments from Mickey Arthur, Ian Chappell, Damien Flemming, Greg Blewett, Tom Moody, Harry Blofeld and Gladstone Small.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
And now, Watson - bog standard dismissal . . . front foot plonked down the pitch, and a hard-handed push at the ball - caught at second slip. He should do the Australian team a favour and injure himself again. For reasons known only to Inverarity and Co, Watson is drop-proof. To think that the number three spot has been the preserve of Bradman, Hassett, Harvey, Chappell, Boon, Ponting et al, and now Watson's there. The mind boggles.
  MC3801 Train Controller

3/107 at lunch.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
And 6/326 at stumps. Revival lead by Smith -103 no - and the ever reliable (ATM) Haddin. Good to see Johnson amongst the runs again - bodes well for him bowling well again.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

And 6/326 at stumps.   Revival lead by Smith -103 no - and the ever reliable (ATM) Haddin.   Good to see Johnson amongst the runs again - bodes well for him bowling well again.
Donald
Yep.  I don't quite know I dare say this yet, but the Ashes look like they are coming back here where they belong!

England bowled too short today.  Not the first visiting team to do that at the WACA.  But boy did Smith make them pay!
  Fireman Dave Chief Commissioner

Location: Shh, I'm hiding
And now, Watson - bog standard dismissal . . . front foot plonked down the pitch, and a hard-handed push at the ball - caught at second slip. He should do the Australian team a favour and injure himself again. For reasons known only to Inverarity and Co, Watson is drop-proof. To think that the number three spot has been the preserve of Bradman, Hassett, Harvey, Chappell, Boon, Ponting et al, and now Watson's there. The mind boggles.
"Valvegear"


Or maybe concentrate on batting practice. His only concern coming back from injury was that he'd be ok to bowl. Why does a number 3 think they need to bowl, isn't that what 8-11 are for?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Or maybe concentrate on batting practice. His only concern coming back from injury was that he'd be ok to bowl. Why does a number 3 think they need to bowl, isn't that what 8-11 are for?
"Fireman Dave"
The short answer is that Watson should not be batting at No 3. He's just not good enough. Figures of 89 innings, 3 centuries, 21 fifties and an average of 35.56 is not test no 3 standard in anyone's language.
Smith showed how it's done. He left alone many deliveries which were too wide or too high, he hit the bad ones, and defended the good ones. He was an object lesson in patience and concentration. What went through Bailey's mind, only God knows, because I'm sure Bailey doesn't. You do not play wild hook shots a head-high deliveries. If you hit the ball, it must go up because you can't get over it at that height. He seems to believe the nonsense spouted that one-day form is good form for test selection. He needs to learn, as a matter of urgency, that in test cricket you aim to bat all day, and be not out at stumps.
The whole top order, excepting Smith, seemed to be batting to a preconceived plan of very fast scoring, for reasons which escape me.
Haddin again did an excellent job, and has been the standout. He has not failed once, and Australia would be in a fearful mess without him.
  MC3801 Train Controller

Australia finally get the breakthrough. Score now 1/85.
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
First incorrect decision I think, Root wasn't out there. Wasn't a howler though like the ones in England.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Poms all out for 251. Warner gets a hundred, Rogers a 50 and the Aussies 3/235 and 370 or so in front. Bat until lunch tomorrow, 450 in front, and roll them by lunch on Monday?
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

Poms all out for 251.   Warner gets a hundred, Rogers a 50 and the Aussies 3/235 and 370 or so in front.   Bat until lunch tomorrow, 450 in front, and roll them by lunch on Monday?
Donald
Yep.  Boring as smeg.  It's such a shame because the two sides are - IMHO - pretty evenly matched.  But in these two Ashes series we're likely to have both decided by game 3 Sad.  And the games have all been pretty one sided for the most part .

I must say though - I *love* the result!
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
I think this is the best ashes win I've seen in my lifetime, after losing 3 ashes series in a row plus the 2005 ashes, this victory seems that much more sweeter! Very Happy
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
I think the difference between the 2 series this year is the ball.

The swinging Duke ball in England suited the English bowlers and their batsmen can cope with it better, but out here the speed and bounce of the pitch with the non-swinging Kookaburra turned their bowlers into second rate trundlers, 140 km/h as a top speed - that is Johnson's warm up ball.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

I think this is the best ashes win I've seen in my lifetime, after losing 3 ashes series in a row plus the 2005 ashes, this victory seems that much more sweeter! Very Happy
bowralcommuter
Yeah, but you're only 11 years old.  You never saw 1989.  I remember leaping out of my arm chair at the Gatting ball in 1993.  Or the Aussie comeback in 1997, with Mark Taylor scoring a 2nd innings hundred to save the game, the ashes and his career.  Steve Waugh getting a century in each innings on a greentop at Leeds IIRC.  That series was in the balance till game 5 IIRC, with game 6 a dead rubber.
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
Yeah, but you're only 11 years old.  You never saw 1989.  I remember leaping out of my arm chair at the Gatting ball in 1993.  Or the Aussie comeback in 1997, with Mark Taylor scoring a 2nd innings hundred to save the game, the ashes and his career.  Steve Waugh getting a century in each innings on a greentop at Leeds IIRC.  That series was in the balance till game 5 IIRC, with game 6 a dead rubber.
djf01
Correction: 21 years old Wink I only started taking an interest from about 1999 onwards, so the 98/99, 2001, 02/03 and 06/07 series didn't as much to me as the team won so often!
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
As a matter of academic interest, Australia has not yet won the Ashes. Let's wait; it's not over until until the fat lady sings. Imagine if England batsmen strike some form and Johnson or Harris get injured and can't bowl.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

As a matter of academic interest, Australia has not yet won the Ashes. Let's wait; it's not over until until the fat lady sings. Imagine if England batsmen strike some form and Johnson or Harris get injured and can't bowl.
Valvegear
One chicken, two chickens, three chickens, ....

I concur actually.  It's highly unlikely given England have only played 5 specialist batters with Prior so badly out of form and Broad unlikely to bat, but ... England chasing down a 400+ total is not out of the question on the WACA, as the St Africans showed a few years ago.  Once the batting side gets on top, the score can just race along and it's very hard to stop, even with cracks in the pitch.  It would need two of their players to get big hundreds - or more likely one of the Aussie bowlers to fall injured.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I don't think England would chase down a total, but a draw could happen.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
I notice the usual 'The Ashes' topic has not surfaced on RMWeb, anyone here who is a member want to start one to ask why not?
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
The short answer is that Watson should not be batting at No 3. He's just not good enough. Figures of 89 innings, 3 centuries, 21 fifties and an average of 35.56 is not test no 3 standard in anyone's language.
Valvegear
Yeah????? Now what do you have to say?

And Captain Cook out for a Golden Duck, Hah!
  MC3801 Train Controller

Hopefully Australia will win the ashes back by tonight.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Yeah????? Now what do you have to say?
"TheBlacksmith"
Exactly what I said before. One flash in the pan doesn't make a blind bit of difference.


And Captain Cook out for a Golden Duck, Hah!
"TheBlacksmith"
And in his hundredth Test, too. He's the first to get a Golden in his 100th test, and it was his first golden duck of his Test career.
  MC3801 Train Controller

England 5/251 at stumps.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Anyone taking bets as to what time the Ashes are back in the hands of the rightful owners?

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