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England Cricket Tour Of Australia - The Ashes 2013/14

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Scritty, Oct 31, 2013.

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Who will win the 2103/14 Ashes

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    So today it begins. England taking on the chairman's XI at Perth and really struggling.
    Finn, Tremlett and Rankin getting some serious tap on day one.
    Joe Root and his occasional off spin is the tidiest bowler of the day.
    23 year old Chris Lynn (who has one of the longest faces I've ever seen on anyone not being ridden in the Derby) scores a ton.

    369/4 at stumps on day one. OUCH England OUCH!

    Is this just "early tour nerves"? Did England mis-read the pitch and 3 6'6" bowlers were wasted on a dead track? Have Australia unearthed some new good batting talent?

    All three!

    Scritty
     
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    crazy4warez Well-Known Member

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    Was it regular Perth pitch? I haven't heard Perth pitch to be so batting friendly. If the track was anywhere close to what I've heard it to be, they must have batted seriously well and visitors' bowling must have been wayward too.
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    These are early days, but I think there is a significant improvement in Australian squad since last Ashes. I see Johnson and Bailey coming in for them and with home advantage, it would be tough for England. However, England too has one of the most balanced lineups and it is going to be interesting battle this time around.
     
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  3. Scritty

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    Bailey has got to be a test consideration hasn't he? If he had just one really classy spinner I think Aussies might be up in the current bilateral against India. They have workmanlike spin, but not the extra class and fizz you need.
    Batting looks much improved over the past 6 months, seam bowling (if they stay fit) looks good. Spin looks like the missing piece of the jigsaw for me.
     
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    A specialist spinner may have helped Aussies, but I don't think the scoreline would have been different primarily due to two reasons: Indian batsmen are all wonderful players of spin; The dew would have made the ball difficult to hold making spinners ineffective. You can see how Indian spinners were treated in all the games. I think an extra quick bowler, someone who can clock 150 kmph regularly might have made the difference in the series actually. Shaun Tait or maybe Peter Siddle? Johnson has troubled the Indian batsmen. Hasn't he? I wonder why Siddle, Ryan Harris or Lyon aren't picked for ODIs.
     
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    England 270 for 2 in reply to the Presidents XI's 451/5 declared

    Seems like a pretty flat track - 721 runs for 7 wickets in 2 days shows a reasonable run rate and a wicket every 103 runs on average.
    Still concerned about England's bowling although finding that Chris Lynn has been censured for a tweet regarding an unsavoury incident with a Rugby player and a girl.

    Blimey, still in the warm up games. The chief trouble maker Pietersen is not playing, neither is "rent-a-joke" Swann, "snick-it-and-stand" Stuart Broad or skipper Cooke. If there was any controversy before the Ashes proper I'd have bet on one of those 4 being at the centre. That none of them are even playing and seem to be keeping their vocal powder dry is not what I expected at all.

    3 weeks till the first test - and this is already getting exciting.

    Paul Rone-Clarke
     
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    Third day and fourth day didn't turn out to batsmen day. Maybe there was something in it for the spinners. Pietersen, Swann and Cook can make a hell lot of difference to any side on any surface. Looking forward to Australia A vs England XI at Hobart and of course for the Ashes main. Things are going to be pretty exciting!
     
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