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    3-1 Australia.

    There was a lot of optimistic nonsense floating around the English press when the Aussies were struggling in India. What pretty much every person who gloated in the Aussie's suffering didn't seem to pick up on was that the Australian batting hadn't been the problem.

    I reckon James Anderson might have a great series for England, I'd expect Flintoff to be good if fit and I reckon Pietersen will have another 50+ series, but I've no confidence in the England attack in general to be able to limit Australia to sub 350 scores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    3-1 Australia.

    There was a lot of optimistic nonsense floating around the English press when the Aussies were struggling in India. What pretty much every person who gloated in the Aussie's suffering didn't seem to pick up on was that the Australian batting hadn't been the problem.

    I reckon James Anderson might have a great series for England, I'd expect Flintoff to be good if fit and I reckon Pietersen will have another 50+ series, but I've no confidence in the England attack in general to be able to limit Australia to sub 350 scores.
    Depends on the pitches. England's bowling is still their stronger suit for my money, especially when they play Flintoff at 6. In English conditions you'd be a fool to underestimate an Anderson-Broad-Flintoff-Swann attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inferiority View Post
    Had they played Prince instead of McKenzie, they probably would have won the first test without a doubt but probably not the second test. SA lost the series rather than Australia winning it.
    In no way have you taken consideration of the flow of the first test. Dropped catches cost SA a chance in the match, nobody was going to make alot of runs on that wicket. Given a life, Ponting went on a dominated the attack and a lack of information on North was also a big advantage. Regardless of who opened: SA would have been bowled out for under 250 in their first innings and would have been outrageous odds to win the match from their position, given we made 466 in the first innings.

    Drunk on dead rubber fumes it would seem?

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    4-1 to Australia, like in the good old days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inferiority View Post
    Had they played Prince instead of McKenzie, they probably would have won the first test without a doubt but probably not the second test.
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    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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    Went for the tie - England to level the series at the Oval when it doesn't matter.

    There hasn't been a tied series since 1972, must be about due.

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    Looking forward to the contest between MJ and KP. My money is on Australia and I have a feeling Hughes might play a big role in the inevitable Oz win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    Went for the tie - England to level the series at the Oval when it doesn't matter.

    There hasn't been a tied series since 1972, must be about due.
    Or, alternatively, they might be a thing of the past.

    Remember, there were 4 in a decade finishing with said '72 series.
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    A drawn series would be so bittersweet - at the end of the day it would actually be a good result, but dammit I want those Ashes

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    When there's a trophy at stake in a Test series, a draw is almost - almost - as bad as a loss for the non-holding team.

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    5-0 Aus weather permitting. If there is a way to have a more shambolic series than in 06/07, England will find it.

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    Although I'd not go so far as to suggest five-nil was impossible, not at all, Australia of '09 should be considerably, considerably weaker than Australia of '06/07.

    And whether England will be bad enough to let batsmen like Andrew Symonds and bowlers like the Brett Lee of '06/07 do as well as they did is another question. I really would hope not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    When there's a trophy at stake in a Test series, a draw is almost - almost - as bad as a loss for the non-holding team.
    Well yeah, but a draw would probably be a sign that we had played okay

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    Although I'd prefer OK to utterly terrible, he who said "in a two-horse race, a close second is last" wasn't far from the truth.

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    Yep, true

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