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    McGrath targets 2009 Ashes


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    What he said
    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.

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    I suspect it is a 'gee-up'.


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    It's possible. He was bowling as well as he ever has between the tour of India and the Ashes, and if he comes back in the same vein I can't see why he wouldn't be able to play for 2-3 more years.

    Hadlee played until he was 40, and they're fairly similar bowlers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    Hadlee played until he was 40, and they're fairly similar bowlers.
    Thats true, if he drops ODI cricket after the world cup who knows, he may well & play to 40..

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    It's possible. He was bowling as well as he ever has between the tour of India and the Ashes, and if he comes back in the same vein I can't see why he wouldn't be able to play for 2-3 more years.

    Hadlee played until he was 40, and they're fairly similar bowlers.
    No disrespect to NZ, but you blokes have a rather deeper talent pool.

    Obviously it's possible, but he's got a lot of miles on the clock &, even if he gives the one-dayers away, he'll have a lot more come 2009.
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    I'd like to laugh it off but you know barring serious injury...

    It's not like he relies on pace...

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    Knowing McGrath he'll probably do it.

    The health of his wife, may be the only thing that stops him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    Knowing McGrath he'll probably do it.

    The health of his wife, may be the only thing that stops him.
    yea i'd agree he is supremely fit, pretty much the fittest fast bowler i've seen other than Walsh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    It's possible. He was bowling as well as he ever has between the tour of India and the Ashes, and if he comes back in the same vein I can't see why he wouldn't be able to play for 2-3 more years.

    Hadlee played until he was 40, and they're fairly similar bowlers.
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    Thats a lot of very sensible posts.
    Last edited by SJS; 24-08-2006 at 10:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    And that was your
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    Thats a lot of very sensible posts.
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    No disrespect to NZ, but you blokes have a rather deeper talent pool.
    No doubt, but Hadlee's performance didn't really drop off. He took 5 wickets a test at an average of 23 in his final year, though he was actually 39. Basically his only bad year was '89, when he only played 2 tests. Aside from that, he didn't average over 25 for a single year after his 30th birthday.

    McGrath is quite fit, relies more on consistency than pace and has an easy action. If there's any guy in the world who is going to still be good enough to command a test place on his 40th birthday, it's him.

    Well, maybe Murali and Warne too.

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    He is still bowling good but i feel he needs to stand back and let the young players get some more experienced eg Shaun Tait

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    McGrath is obviously just talkin himself up. He always talks **** in the media before a series. There's no reason why he couldn't do it though. Players today are a lot fitter than say 30 years ago. Cricket is their job and they train hard and maintain a high level of fitness. Back in the day they were basically amateurs. Think of how far "sports medicine" and training/fitness techniques have come. Playing to 40 these days with the knowledge we have of how to correctly train and maintain your fitness is probably the equivilant of playing till your early to mid 30's back in the day.
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