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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2015, 01:29 
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So what's the pick for today's semi-final?

Australia ought to win on past form and on their recent meetings with India. But India have looked on a lot better form here than they did in the Tri-series and Australia have been showing some difficulty playing the short ball that they are likely to face from India's bowlers.


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2015, 10:00 
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I'm hoping for India and guessing it will be the Aussies... Joanne, yes we need to step up for the final.


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2015, 11:15 
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Looking more like it will be the Aussies now - I guess I'll find out in the morning as I'm off to bed now!


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 26 Mar 2015, 14:56 
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:( ah well, it should be fun at the MCG on Sunday!


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2015, 01:54 
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yes indeed! I can see we are going to have a late night here :)


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2015, 02:04 
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So...what's the result going to be on Sunday?

NZ are in fine fettle but came home with a bit of a scrape. The numbers in the semi-finals make Australia look the more convincing side but belie the problems that India caused them. And NZ have already beaten Australia in this competition.


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2015, 10:28 
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I really wouldn't like to call it. We know NZ are capable of beating the Aussies but that doesn't mean they will. Just going to have to wait and see...


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 27 Mar 2015, 13:22 
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I agree, Joanne. I think the Aussies are probably the favourites and it's being played at the MCG but the Black Caps are going well currently and it is a possibility. Can't wait! :)


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 29 Mar 2015, 22:25 
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Well, that was disappointing :( . But it's been a great tournament and the Black Caps have done very well over all. And now we can get to bed earlier most nights (except when the super 15 rugby games are on :D ).


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2015, 13:39 
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It was but the Black Caps far out-performed expectations and I am very pleased with the team! :-) Congrats to the Aussies - well played final!


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I just heard the sad news that Richie Benaud died. A great player and commentator and a true gentleman.

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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 10 Apr 2015, 12:07 
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The Today programme had lots of tributes this morning - available on i-player, I think...

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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 03 May 2015, 22:34 
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Well, that's a thoroughly disappointing result in Barbados.

The West Indies deserved their win but this doesn't bode well for the upcoming NZ Test never mind the Ashes.

I wonder whether Graves will carry out his threat and make some big changes?


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 03 May 2015, 23:37 
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Victoria wrote:
I wonder whether Graves will carry out his threat and make some big changes?


Tough to know who he'd drop from the players. Trott obviously, and one of Stokes and Jordan (potentially both if we were to bring in a spinner and a different type of pace bowler), but I struggle seeing us do that if we stick with the standard four man pace lineup plus a spinner. Potential to possibly drop Jordan and Ali, and bring in Plunkett and Rashid? It lengthens the tail slightly, but Plunkett's also pretty handy with the bat, and Ali's not yet flourished as a test batsman. Gives a batting order of:

Cook
Lyth/Hales (I'd personally prefer Lyth as he's an established four day opener)
Ballance
Bell
Root
Buttler
Stokes (feel Buttler should bat ahead of Stokes - he's got the skills without a doubt)
Plunkett
Broad
Rashid
Anderson (I'll admit, I don't know what Rashid's like with the bat, and based on current performance, you could put Broad in last and it wouldn't be the dumbest idea ever).

Staff wise, if Moores doesn't succeed slightly vs NZ, I can't see him being kept much longer. He's hardly done a fantastic job, although India wasn't too bad...

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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 03 May 2015, 23:50 
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My team is looking something like Butler, Ballance, Anderson, Jordan, Stokes, Broad, Root, Rachid, Vince, Wood and Hales.

Root as captain, Ballance to open and Buttler moved up the order. I'd keep Jordan as he's so good in the field.

Cook's been making some very flaky decisions as a captain so I think it's about time he went. Bell really doesn't make the runs any more. Trott - well, I think that's obvious why he's going; his comeback hasn't worked out. Ali is another one who hasn't delivered with either bat or ball, and who actually seems to have a number of weaknesses

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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 22 May 2015, 14:44 
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I don't like to be too pessimistic but I can't help feeling that England's apparent strong middle-order performance has more to do with NZ bowlers having just got back from IPL commitments and that those bowlers are going to get better over the series.


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 22 May 2015, 15:53 
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And today, England's bowlers are not doing much either ...

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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 22 May 2015, 21:14 
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Definitely not a good day for the England bowlers. It's all very well Boycott saying this is a 400 pitch - the way New Zealand are going it's going to be a 600 pitch.

Somewhat better news for me with the Birmingham Bears beating Worcestershire - a result that looked pretty unlikely for most of the match!


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 23 May 2015, 00:35 
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Why do Warwickshire call their T20 team Birmingham Bears? This seems to exclude the rest of the county! I suppose Birmingham Bears sounds better than Warwickshire Bears, but if I lived elsewhere in Warwickshire I think I'd resent the implication that the only people represented by the team are from Birmingham!

( I'm a supporter of Gloucestershire Gladiators!)


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 Post subject: Re: Cricket
PostPosted: 23 May 2015, 14:17 
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This was actually discussed on the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio coverage of the yesterday's match. If I remember correctly, it was the most popular choice on a vote by fans.

I must admit that I was expecting an explanation involving the badge of the Earl of Warwick and alliteration.


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