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Hi Aug. 25th, 2013 @ 10:40 pm
Does anyone still post here?

Also, anyone watching the last Ashes test?

Probably for the best that this place is so empty these days... Feb. 8th, 2012 @ 01:10 pm
...given that I'm going to write about the just-completed Pakistan series from an English perspective! Not at very great length, however, as it's almost unbearably depressing.

It used to be that England had plenty of strength in depth in the batting department, but precious little when it came to the bowlers. Now, it seems to be the other way round. With the possible exception of South Africa's, I think our bowling attack can go toe-to-toe with any Test bowling line-up in the world. It says something that we can lose players of the calibre of Bresnan and Tremlett and not look weak.

The batsmen, of course, get no such favours. Between them, numbers four to six averaged under 12, the worst overall performance by an England Test middle order ever in a series of three matches or more. Pietersen hit the odd emphatic shot and then got out; all right, that's what he usually does. Bell looked a shadow of a shadow [sic] of the man he was against India last summer. And Morgan is not good enough, full stop.

Strauss, Cook and Trott didn't do very well either, but at least they looked as though they knew which end of the bat to hold, and Cook even managed to get close to a century. Prior played fairly well, which puts him head and shoulders above most of his compatriots. I continue to believe that he should be batting at six, with Broad told to apply himself a little harder to becoming a genuine all-rounder.

So, changes for Sri Lanka? There ought to be -- you can't play this badly for three successive matches and expect no consequences -- but will there be? After all, the only reserve batsman on tour is Bopara, who doesn't convince me either, and England have usually been reluctant to blood youngsters in circumstances like these. It comes back, as I said, to a lack of strength in batting depth.

Mind you, James Anderson's belief in his own batting ability seems well-founded. After all, he scored more Test runs, at a higher average, than the man (Bell) who batted at five...
Current Mood: discontentdiscontent

Mar. 1st, 2011 @ 11:28 am

It's the world cup, guys! This community's wayyy too quiet for that. Let's try and jolt some life back into it yeah? How do you think it's going so far? Any favorites?

I'm just stoked I finally got to go to a world cup match...photos over at my journal. :) 



Feb. 28th, 2010 @ 10:36 pm
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Beware of the parochial South Australian... Dec. 13th, 2009 @ 11:31 pm
(Originally posted in my LJ but thought I might stick it here, too.)

Okay, so I've held off since the last Aus/WI Test to properly develop my thoughts, but nope, not changing. Still makes me grit my teeth, narrow my eyes and start a fire in my stomach.

This was my OvalCollapse )

Tradition is a big thing in cricket, you must understand, and possibly even more so at Adelaide Oval than the rest of the country. Commentators, players, officials, ALL of them comment on how gorgeous the Adelaide Oval is. Everyone ranks it as the most picturesque cricket ground in the world, with only Newlands in South Africa, which I'll admit has a pretty stunning aspect with Table Mountain behind it, being mentioned in the same breath. I promise you it's not only home bias saying this, Adelaide Oval is beautiful. Les Burdett, the curator, is well-known enough in this city that he's been on a beer ad. We are so bloody proud of our oval. People rarely ever have nice things to say about Adelaide (because, let's face it, we have bugger-all and the eastern states hate us), but the Oval? That's one thing we have got. Where the rest of the country has faceless, generic stands around boring stadium grounds, Adelaide Oval has beauty and character.

However, this is my OvalCollapse )

And this WILL be my OvalCollapse )

This new development is shit. It's going to destroy everything I love about my Oval. The only reason commentators and players are going to talk about it now is to lament it. I could handle it if it was just the members stands that were changing. Just. But none of it is going to be left. The Bradman Stand's going, and it's only about 15 years old. Members stands already gone. All but the tiniest corner of the Hill, where the scoreboard is, will remain. You won't be able to see the Moreton Bay figs behind it, or the cathedral, or little kiddies playing cricket on the Family Hill section with mum and dad on a picnic blanket. I'm so glad I've taken my camera to pretty much every match for the last four years or so, because all that is as good as gone.

... Winamp as scarily fitting as ever.
Current Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Current Music: city of light restrung ~ hilltop hoods

Nov. 9th, 2009 @ 12:16 am


It's Binga time - Brett Lee is possibly my most favorite cricketer of all time, and since it's his thirty third birthday today, I'm celebrating with a mega picspam. :)



COMPAQ CUP: IND vs NZ Oct. 10th, 2009 @ 12:30 am

Pictures taken by me, Minaali, on their tour in Sri Lanka.
follow the fake cut--->

Oct. 6th, 2009 @ 12:04 am
More pictures of my favorite NZ guys...these make a lot more sense than the earlier ones and include pics of them at a practice session.

follow the fake cut--->

Blackcaps in Sri Lanka Oct. 4th, 2009 @ 02:51 pm

Yay for the New Zealand victory! And while I'm celebrating...

Pictures taken by me, Minaali, on their tour in Sri Lanka.
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Split innings in ODI's? Sep. 4th, 2009 @ 02:16 pm
I think this idea put forth by Tendulkar is a lovely idea. It might just save 50 over cricket.

England team for South Africa? Aug. 26th, 2009 @ 09:48 pm
Sigh... it doesn't say much for the health of this community when a close-fought (even if not classic) Ashes series produces total silence for three weeks. Still, let's give it a go: in spite of the somewhat pointless and certainly overlong one-day stuff still to come against the Aussies, I've been thinking about a possible England team for the first Test against South Africa this winter and come up with this:

1. Strauss
2. Cook
3. Pietersen / Trott
4. Trott / Pietersen
5. Bopara / ?
6. Prior
7. Broad
8. Swann
9. Rashid / Sidebottom?
10. Anderson
11. Onions

Cook has a good temperament, so I'd stick with him at least for now. I don't really agree with those who say that Pietersen shouldn't bat at three - it's the hardest place to bat, so the best player should go there. But if he really doesn't want to move, then I think Trott has shown - even after one Test - that he can cope with the pressure. Bopara gets the nod ahead of Bell and Collingwood: Bell is, I say with reluctance, finally running out of chances, while Collingwood's form has deserted him and his bowling is now almost an irrelevance. The ? implies a punt on an in-form player, as happened with Trott: Carberry might be a good one, but he's just ruled himself out for the season with a broken finger.

Prior had his best Test series so far, so is a dead cert behind the stumps, Broad and Swann have to play after their recent efforts, while Onions was unlucky to be dropped for The Oval anyway. The number nine spot is a hard one: I would like to see Rashid, as we can't say "he's not ready yet" for ever and I'm not sure the later tour (Bangladesh) is the right place to start; Bell suffered from making such easy runs early in his career. Otherwise it's hard to see where to turn: Harmison overseas is a huge risk, so it might be Sidebottom almost by default. Anderson is not that good when it doesn't swing, but we may not have anyone better.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

The long and short of it ........... Aug. 5th, 2009 @ 08:52 pm

The Ashes so far:

If it's swinging,
the Aussies got no fight;
if it ain't,
the English got no bite.

Weirdness all around ........ Jul. 30th, 2009 @ 06:16 pm
What's with Edgbaston and last minute mishaps? Haddin's broken a finger *after* the toss - and thus Australia have lost not only their wicketkeeper, but also a batsman in excellent form.

And they refuse to pick Clark, in spite of Johnson and Siddle leaking runs like nobody's business. Can't they see that they missed an economical bowler in all the 3 tests they lost (2 in the Ashes in 2005, and 1 this time)?

And opening with watson, instead of moving Hussey or North up - all rather weird. Let's see how this test goes.
Current Mood: Bewildered

Pietersen fears for Test cricket's future Jul. 22nd, 2009 @ 02:43 am
The money in T20 is, as you'd expect, the reason he gives. Story, and a short segment of his interview, at Sky Sports.

On the other hand, Andrew Strauss doesn't agree.

Who's right? I know who I want to be right, but that's another matter!
Current Mood: curiouscurious

522 Jul. 18th, 2009 @ 10:52 pm
If England declare overnight, that will be Australia's target to win the game. It's over 100 more than the highest successful fourth-innings chase in a Test, yet a surprising number of people are fretting about whether the Aussies might just do it, pointing to that 674/6 declared at Cardiff. The fourth innings is a very different beast from the second innings, though: frankly, if the Aussies can break a world record by that margin then England might as well hand over the Ashes right now. England should not be tempted to bat on tomorrow, especially if (as seems likely) it's overcast.

This discussion has, though, brought up once again something that bothers me a good deal, which is the increasing prevalence of 500+ scores in Tests. This Cricinfo article about Murali points out the advantages batsmen have been given in recent years: powerful bats, flat pitches and small boundaries, not to mention two-faced bats, which I personally think should be banned in the way aluminium bats were, rather than accepted as part of the game as vast tennis racquets have been. Two-faced bats are sensationally ugly, anyway!

The ICC have been discussing the future of Test cricket, and have concluded that it is in real danger of dying out. It's hardly surprising when it's ceasing to become an even contest between bat and ball. A 600/4 pitch is every bit as poor and unfit a playing surface as a 100 all out pitch, and those venues which provide the former should be penalised just as those who provide the latter are already. I'm slightly, if cautiously, encouraged by the ECB's recent pronouncement that Test venues will no longer be selected simply according to the size of the cheque they can wave, but this needs to go further: it should be made absolutely clear that chief executives who place going the full five days above providing a sporting surface will not get any days of Test cricket.

I've enjoyed the Lord's match so far, partly for obvious partisan reasons (seeing Ponting drop an absolute dolly today has been the icing on the cake) but also because it hasn't been bat over ball the whole way, and good bowlers have had a chance to be the stars. We need more of this, otherwise the already noticeably thin ranks of world-class bowlers will shrink even further and we'll end up with a sport where all that matters is how fast the batsmen can thrash boundaries. That prospect leaves me cold.

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
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