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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I probably missed the bits where England were on top. I'm not being cheeky, I mean I genuinely missed a lot of them.

    More to the point though, I'd say England played poorly because there's not a single contribution you'd be particularly happy with. Cook? Let's not go there. Strauss? Didn't score enough runs. Bopara? Looked like getting out, then got out. Colly looked solid, then lost his concentration when he could have been on for a big one. KP looked worse than I've ever seen him, but did well to get into the 60s before playing the most horrendous shot I've ever seen. You really want something more substantial from Prior and Flintoff.

    Anyhow, I can only call it as I see it, and Australia definitely looked the better side to me. So it's a bit surprising to look at the scoreboard at the end of the day and see England in such a strong position.
    Shades of Australia 2005, being outplayed but still being in it. Could it be that England are becoming (gulps) a GOOD TEAM?! Maybe not - still fun to watch though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Alfresco View Post
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    At least tipping Katich for leading run-scorer doesn't look too bad .
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    Well, today it's fairly clear that normal service has been resumed.
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    Bit defeatist.

    I can only point to South Africa's position last summer after three days of play. They'd just been made to follow on 400 runs short of England's first innings total. Their much-hyped attack had bowled horrendously and been plundered for runs for two straight days, and a hopeless batting collapse had seen them rolled for 200- which could have been much worse but for Ashwell Prince. Faced with batting out 7 sessions to win the match, England were massive favourites for the match and series.

    South Africa eventually won the series at a canter. England won't comfortably beat Australia here, but it does show that you can't lose a five-match series in three and a half days. Every bit of pessimism, hopelessness and abuse of their team that England fans come up with this evening has been matched already by South African fans on the third evening at Lord's.

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    South Africa were clearly the superior side on natural talent at the start of that series. England had vastly overperformed in order to get into the position they did - batted really well on a flat deck then bowled actually quite brilliantly to knock the SAfricans over (along with one piece of luck when the only ball all match that misbehaved knocked-over SA's best batsman, Smith).

    Here, Australia have underperformed and England have still come-out miles short. Australia are likely to get better; England might get better or might stay as bad (or even, heaven forbid, get worse). The only way things are going to be turned around is if England get better and Australia fail to, which is really rather unlikely, though, obviously, not impossible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Well, today it's fairly clear that normal service has been resumed.
    Indeed it has, but surely its been apparrent to quite a few on the forums that Broad was not the finished article (which is the bare minimum to survive Australia these days), Panesar was way off colour and should not have even been in consideration, whilst Swann has yet to show he can destroy a line up wirth any nous against spin, and was a big ask.

    Alas perhaps ins some convoluted way picking Hauritz the Aussies caused England to forget just how much prep work their own attack needed, to dismiss a batting line up of Australia's calibre.

    having sid that, if KP, Collingwood, Strauss and Co, actually knuckle down as well as Katich and co demonstrated they should, England actually pick 4/5 bowlers who can be talked of as finished articles and they perform this series could still at the very least be more competitive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    South Africa were clearly the superior side on natural talent at the start of that series. England had vastly overperformed in order to get into the position they did - batted really well on a flat deck then bowled actually quite brilliantly to knock the SAfricans over (along with one piece of luck when the only ball all match that misbehaved knocked-over SA's best batsman, Smith).

    Here, Australia have underperformed and England have still come-out miles short. Australia are likely to get better; England might get better or might stay as bad (or even, heaven forbid, get worse). The only way things are going to be turned around is if England get better and Australia fail to, which is really rather unlikely, though, obviously, not impossible.
    It's not that I don't agree with you, it's just that all of your pessimism was matched and more by Saffas last year and that one turned out okay. There's still a long, loooong way to go.

    I'll take exception to the suggestion that Australia have underperformed, because i find it hard to conceive of a better all-round batting performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    It's not that I don't agree with you, it's just that all of your pessimism was matched and more by Saffas last year and that one turned out okay. There's still a long, loooong way to go.
    Difference between well-founded pessimism and unfounded pessimism, I guess. We'll see whether my pessimism is well-founded, but it was in 2002/03 and it was in 2006/07. Turned-out not to be in 2005, but I doubt anyone would be expecting that series to be repeated any time soon.

    What I'm saying is that a poor start to the series for the underdog is generally disastrous; one for the favourite is not neccessarily a problem.
    I'll take exception to the suggestion that Australia have underperformed, because i find it hard to conceive of a better all-round batting performance.
    Me too, but the bowling of Johnson and Siddle was way below what can be expected of them for the rest of the series - or at worst, a good deal of the rest of it. Good batting is only half of the job, and even if Australia don't bat this well again for a while (quite likely), they might well still put in a better team performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andruid View Post
    Indeed it has, but surely its been apparrent to quite a few on the forums that Broad was not the finished article (which is the bare minimum to survive Australia these days), Panesar was way off colour and should not have even been in consideration, whilst Swann has yet to show he can destroy a line up wirth any nous against spin, and was a big ask.
    Me included, should be noticed. I can't say I've ever been shy of saying I-told-you-so, even though I rarely predict anything much.
    having sid that, if KP, Collingwood, Strauss and Co, actually knuckle down as well as Katich and co demonstrated they should, England actually pick 4/5 bowlers who can be talked of as finished articles and they perform this series could still at the very least be more competitive.
    Trouble with England picking four-five finished-article bowlers is you can't pick something which is not available. The fact that Broad and MSP are in contention at all shows how thin England's resources are. The best hope is a wholly unknown quantity in Onions. There is also some hope for someone who has in the last year of lack of fitness become something of an unknown quantity in Sidebottom.

    As for knuckling-down and saving this game, it's possible, but while replying to 450 is far from a tea-party, batting for a day with eight wickets left and 250 behind is considerably more difficult again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Bit defeatist.

    I can only point to South Africa's position last summer after three days of play. They'd just been made to follow on 400 runs short of England's first innings total. Their much-hyped attack had bowled horrendously and been plundered for runs for two straight days, and a hopeless batting collapse had seen them rolled for 200- which could have been much worse but for Ashwell Prince. Faced with batting out 7 sessions to win the match, England were massive favourites for the match and series.

    South Africa eventually won the series at a canter. England won't comfortably beat Australia here, but it does show that you can't lose a five-match series in three and a half days. Every bit of pessimism, hopelessness and abuse of their team that England fans come up with this evening has been matched already by South African fans on the third evening at Lord's.
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    South Africa were clearly the superior side on natural talent at the start of that series. England had vastly overperformed in order to get into the position they did - batted really well on a flat deck then bowled actually quite brilliantly to knock the SAfricans over (along with one piece of luck when the only ball all match that misbehaved knocked-over SA's best batsman, Smith).

    Here, Australia have underperformed and England have still come-out miles short. Australia are likely to get better; England might get better or might stay as bad (or even, heaven forbid, get worse). The only way things are going to be turned around is if England get better and Australia fail to, which is really rather unlikely, though, obviously, not impossible.
    The comparison to South Africa last summer looks somewhat more apt now. England have got what surely must be their worst performance of the summer out of the way in the first game and go into the next match on level terms- and, one could argue, with plenty of momentum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    The comparison to South Africa last summer looks somewhat more apt now. England have got what surely must be their worst performance of the summer out of the way in the first game and go into the next match on level terms- and, one could argue, with plenty of momentum.
    Or, you could say, Australia's bowlers were well below their best and England still came about as close as possible to losing.

    Equally England escaped at the last-ditch; South Africa played their way out of trouble. Nonetheless, England's escape was completely unexpected and in that way there was certainly similarity to the SA Lord's Test last summer.

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