Tendulkar = the most overated player EVER!!
Beckham = the most overated footballer EVER!!
Vassell = the biggest disgrace since rikki clarke!!
Either way, you can have your opinion. Check out the SA bowling averages for that series too though - it's on statspider, cricinfo, howstat, or in the dictionary under "mediocrity".
Anyway, that's about enough from me on this topic, time to move on - as I've said, if that series is really what you consider to be our batsman being wrapped around the fingers of opposition bowlers, then I look forward to more finger-wrappin'!
As far as Gilchrist is concerned, it aint poor form when you you struggle and get out in similar fashion every innings, its called being worked out.
Let's take them one by one. NZ have never beaten a full strength Australia. They would get a draw in Adelaide - as we should have done - and lost the rest. In the case of WI and SA we have last season's evidence. 3-0 v WI and 5-0 H and A v SA. Don't think those two have improved in a year. Pakistan away from home have three batsmen - see the summer of 2006 for evidence - and would need their full-strength bowling attack to have a chance. SL have Murali - but his record in Australia is poor. The only team that might have done better than scrape the odd draw is India - with an expericened batting line-up, good spinners and the fact McGrath is a bit below his best (and they always coped well with Warne). There is evidence to back me up. The only team to win a "live" Test in Australia since the Boxing Day Test of 1996? India (Adelaide 2003).
Ian Botham, Freddie Flintoff, Kevin Pietersen, Brian Laudrup, Gazza and Daniela Hantuchova....a fan of you all FOREVER!!!
Can't wait to see Australia field a crap leg-spinner like Hollland or Hohns again.....
Congratulations to Daniela Hantuchova on her 3rd career title....
Bob Woolmer 1948-2007..farewell to the best coach England never had...
Arise Sir Beefy....
Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb...
As far as your argument is concerned, there was no difference between Hodge going out there and scoring 26 and Hodge going out there and scoring 500*. When you get that situation, you know your agument is flawed.
As as far as his dropping is concerned, he wasn't dropped in favour of Symonds any more than he was dropped in favour of Brett Lee. Symonds was in the team as an allrounder - Hodge was dropped for Damien Martyn in favour of Hayden, Langer, Ponting and Hussey. He was dropped because it was obvious there were flaws in his technique that opposition teams were being to discover and work on - he wasn't dropped because he had a bad series.
Whenever someone does make a match-winning contribution though, you write it off as an anomoly anyway, so it wouldn't matter.Originally Posted by tooextracool
Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
At the end of the day its not like the Australian batting is all that brilliant either.
Harris already looks a class above Petersen, Boje, Adams and everyone other spinner that has played for SA since their return in 92.
Did you actually watch him bowl or did you just read the scorecard? He's better than Petersen, yes, but hell even I'm better than Petersen. I'd still take Boje or Botha over him any day of the week if I had the choice. The pitch suited him perfectly and he was ineffective for the most part.Originally Posted by TEC
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