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How did Australia look on the tour to India in 1997/1998?
And how would we have looked being up against McGrath and Warne during the past 15 years?
I think, when you have the best bowlers, the opposition is always as Langer describes, going to drop their bundle at some stage.
You're right though in that it is extremely difficult to keep your chin up against an opposition that is both stronger and expected to win. Some players do this better than others though and I think that's what he's commenting on. There are players in all teams who react differently in pressure situations and either step up or go missing.
And his comment about front-running isn't really related to relative strength of the teams in my opinion as he's using his experiences in county cricket as well as tests. I noticed a very conservative approach when I was there, but admittedly I didn't play every English player that's ever lived.
Last edited by Son Of Coco; 09-08-2009 at 10:16 PM.
I take what you're saying about some of his specific comments. Just making the general comment though that generally when you're getting beaten over the head by all-time greats, series after series, every aspect of one's game suffers. And the Ashes was really the only prism through which he saw England's Test players. Australia looked very meak and ordinary in 2003/2004 without Warne and McGrath, and 1997/1998 without McGrath, and with an injured Warne. And Ponting's captaincy was roundly criticised in 2005 when England's bowlers worked magic. I just think much of your demeanour can stem from your ability to boss the game - which is more often than not, wrought by world class bowlers.
ANyway, back on topic to the brown nosed gnome....
Last edited by howardj; 09-08-2009 at 10:24 PM.
The guy has nothing to be ashamed of as he was asked for his opinion, gave it and not only has much of what he wrote proven to be correct but it has also been supported by Vaughan
Rather than whining because he's suddenly scared that he may lose popularity in the UK, I'd have more respect for him if he simply said "prove me wrong"
Last edited by social; 10-08-2009 at 01:29 AM.
Don't see what the fuss is about. JL used one harsh word in a five page essay, in regards to a point Vaughan and most observers would agree is accurate.
I don't see why he would expect something he sent privately to the Aussie team would become public either.
Funny how he's copped more slings here for saying Bopara is a good player than he has for calling Anderson a pussy.
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It was an awesome read, but Jeez, hearing some of the interviews with Langer, you'd think naked photos of his wife have been released. He should harden up as much as Anderson should.
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Really hope the 'Pussy' nickname doesn't stick, simply because there are so many in this England team more deserving.
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I reckon Phil Hughes is a possible source of the leak, myself. Before the third test Langer was semi-seriously chucking his hat into the ring for the openers gig...
Or that's the otherwise baseless rumour I'm starting, anyway.
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I think anyone describing Broad as a pussy is judging him on appearance and nothing else. He's not intimidated by anyone really, and he generally bowls worse in his earlier spells I find so hardly lets his head drop if he does get hit around the park.
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