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    Quote Originally Posted by Faisal1985 View Post
    Steve Harminson forgot how to bowl.
    Harmison has never really known how to bowl, and certainly his bowling made precious little contribution to England's success in the previous Ashes.
    Freddie getting injured regularly...
    Believe it or not, this happened pre-2005 as well.
    Michael Vaughn went into a hibernate mode forever.....
    Well Vaughan too has hibernated (in terms of not performing well) for much of his career.
    and now they have Bopara......who looked good but against Mitch, Lee, Clarke.........he will be toasted...........Further......
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    Why is everyone so eager to slag Bopara off. The guy is on a hot streak and could very well be the highest run scorer of the series, just because we haven't actually played against him before doesn't mean he's automatically crap.
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    richard when harmison was on good form he was the worlds number 1 bowler and earmarked for his very precise delivery accuracy. amongst his other strengths. and he did actually play a part in the 05 success despite his poor form, anyone remember the last over of the day when he dismissed one of the most vital wickets of the series with a really clever slow ball?

    he was englands number 1 spearhead for a large part of 2 years in our great winning/unbeaten run. he was long considered our best bowler, above flintoff, simon jones, hoggard and anderson. and the only man australia rated prior to ashes.

    i think australia will win. but we may put up a little fight and of course they won't be as strong as previous years.

    i hope im wrong! im just praying our batting order doesn't crumble like the jenga pack it usually does

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golaxi View Post
    richard when harmison was on good form he was the worlds number 1 bowler and earmarked for his very precise delivery accuracy.
    No actually he wasn't - Harmison was never the world's number one while he was bowling accurately. He was ranked number-two after the series against New Zealand in the summer of 2004, and thereafter he never bowled with any real accuracy again.
    and he did actually play a part in the 05 success despite his poor form, anyone remember the last over of the day when he dismissed one of the most vital wickets of the series with a really clever slow ball?
    That Clarke wicket was not vital (England were already essentially home and dry by that point), nor was the slower-ball really clever. The commentators even picked it before it got to the batsmen! Clarke himself quite clearly spotted it - he just played down the wrong line, as he did on more than one occasion that series - he wasn't, at that time, all that good. The fact that it was a slower-ball had nothing whatsoever to do with the wicket falling. Harmison has the most ridiculously obvious slower-ball I've ever seen.
    he was englands number 1 spearhead for a large part of 2 years in our great winning/unbeaten run. he was long considered our best bowler, above flintoff, simon jones, hoggard and anderson. and the only man australia rated prior to ashes.
    Just because someone was considered something or was rated something doesn't mean they were. Harmison was never England's best bowler, and was certainly not any form of spearhead for anything like 2 years. He was the most effective bowler (different from best) for a whole 7 Tests accross 4 months at the start of 2004. Nothing more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post

    That Clarke wicket was not vital (England were already essentially home and dry by that point),
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    To go against complete logic, I'm going to predict that Kevin Pietersen has a poor Ashes series. After having great success against McGrath and Warne, Pietersen will fail against the much weaker Australian bowling lineup. I reckon, he'll get a pair or a king pair somewhere during the series aswell.

    Needless to say, if Pietersen does have a poor series then there won't be much reason to watch England bat.

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    Just ask [insert Test bowler here] how good he is blablabla


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Just ask [insert Test bowler here] how good he is blablabla

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    edit - I should know better, stopping this now

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    Series Result: England 3-0
    Top Eng Runscorer: Pietersen
    Top Aus Runscorer: Hussey
    Top Eng Wicket-taker: Anderson
    Top Aus Wicket-taker: Lee
    Player of the Series: Anderson
    Surprise Packet: Harmission (Surprise? Maybe)
    Dropped Player(s): Siddle/Hauritz
    Miscellaneous Event: Matt Prior & Freddie saving England after yet another collapse.

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    Miscellaneous Event: England getting raped in the first 3 games before Australia slow down. Australia showing that their T20 form was just a blip on the radar. England to get cocky in the media after "below average warm-up". More to come when I CBF thinking about it.


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    Series Result: 3-1 - Australia
    Top Eng Runscorer: Alastair Cook
    Top Aus Runscorer: Phillip Hughes
    Top Eng Wicket-taker: James Anderson
    Top Aus Wicket-taker: Peter Siddle
    Player of the Series: Peter Siddle
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    Miscellaneous Event: Kevin Pietersen to get a pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    wat
    Australia were 175-7, requiring 283. Had Kasprowicz been given lbw when he was plumb next morning England would've won by 60-odd runs. There is no way on Earth that Clarke wicket was remotely vital. Australia were dead and buried by the time it fell.

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    We won by two runs Richard...
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    Do you seriously believe we'd not have won by a much larger margin had Clarke still been there at the close?

    Australia were dead and buried by the time Clarke's wicket fell - I repeat that. It was only England's complacency after it fell (added to that poor decision in Kasprowicz's favour) that let them come anywhere remotely close.
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    Who's to say? It's all ifs and buts. You can only judge things in context. We won by two runs and Harmison dismissed their last batsman with the last ball of the day. Nobody knows what would have happened but for that, but in the context of the final result it was massive.

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