Page 15 of 130 FirstFirst ... 513141516172565115 ... LastLast
Results 211 to 225 of 1942

Thread: *Official* Road to the 2010/11 Ashes

  1. #211
    Cricket Web: All-Time Legend andyc's Avatar
    Yeti Sports 1.5 Champion!
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    23,856
    No way Bollinger won't play. Johnson and Bollinger are shoe-ins, the third place a toss up between Siddle and Hilfenhaus. Wasn't a fan of Hilf originally but after his England series and then his early Aussie summer stuff before he got injured, have changed my mind.

    And at the moment, I'd only take Hilf over Jimmy when in Australia, ftr.
    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    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.

  2. #212
    International Regular Andre's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,123
    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    No way Bollinger won't play. Johnson and Bollinger are shoe-ins, the third place a toss up between Siddle and Hilfenhaus.
    A lot can happen between now and then. Still got the series in England vs Pakistan and seemingly a Test series in India before the Ashes, so a lot can depend on how Harris goes if selected.

    Put it this way - nothing is cut and dried for the first Ashes Test apart from Johnson, with 4 other quicks all with limited international experience going for 2 spots.

    At the moment, it is Bollinger-Daylight-Siddle-Hilfenhaus-Harris, in that order for the remaining pace spots.

    However a lot can change over 4/5 Tests and if Bolly starts to struggle things will get interesting for the last few spots.

  3. #213
    International Coach flibbertyjibber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Mrs Miggins pie shop
    Posts
    11,705
    Quote Originally Posted by Andre View Post
    A lot can happen between now and then.
    Very true.Same with England,we can all guess who might get picked but there is a lot of cricket to play before the initial squads are announced.I just hope that there is no repeat of 4 years ago when one side was at full strength and one decimated by injury as that would be a shame.Lets have 2 sides at full strength going toe to toe with each other and enjoy the ride.

  4. #214
    Cricketer Of The Year wpdavid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    8,906
    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Andre you have it spot on.Sidebottom is going to be a waste of time in Australia,i wouldn't ever pick him for a test again as he is useless after the first spell.His pace drops and his head goes down so on pitches that won't suit him in conditions that also won't he will be fodder.Anderson has improved but again isn't likely to be a threat apart from once in the series when he gets a 5 for.

    Onions,Broad,Bresnan and Swann will be the ones who will take more wickets and maybe Finn if he continues to improve.Bresnan showed in Bangladesh on dead pitches that he could keep pressure on when there was nothing in it for him and his ability to reverse the ball will be useful as will Finn's.

    Basically Hilfenhaus and Anderson will cancel each other out,neither was able to regularly bowl the other side out in England so what chance do they have in Australia.Johnson and Broad are both scatterguns,and Bollinger hasn't been tested by a decent side yet so is a total unknown quantity.

    If England pick Sidebottom we may as well hand the urn over now.

    I'd agree with all of that. Onions being out for three months is a real blow for England - how the heck do you take him to Aus off the back of a few weeks' cricket at the end of the season? The selectors have to think really carefully about who plays against Bang next week, as any number of guys could clean up and keep themselves in the side for the rest of the summer. Bresnan's probably the likeliest bet, which I couldn't have seen myself saying 3 months ago. Finn hasn't done enough this season apart from that first game against a weak Worcs lineup on what was obviously a seriously helpful wicket. Either way, you struggle to see us bowling Aus out unless Broad improves by as much this year as he did during 2009 and Anderson finds a dimension to his game that we haven't seen yet.


  5. #215
    Cricket Web Staff Member fredfertang's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    It is a far far better place ............ etc etc
    Posts
    12,044
    Saj's time is nigh - he will help us retain the Ashes

  6. #216
    International Captain Pup Clarke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Glasgow
    Posts
    6,067
    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    Finn hasn't done enough this season apart from that first game against a weak Worcs lineup on what was obviously a seriously helpful wicket.
    Yes, but 14 wickets is 14 wickets, helpful wicket or not.
    Proud member of the Twenty20 is boring society


    E-Mail - liamhowgate@yahoo.co.uk
    MSN - liamhowgate@hotmail.com

  7. #217
    Englishman BoyBrumby's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Locked up inside my opium den, surrounded by some Chinamen
    Posts
    45,198
    Will stand up for Sid slightly here. He's not express fast, but he was up over 85mph pretty consistently in the T20 WC and went over 90mph on a couple of occasions.

    Obviously his fitness (and weight) needs monitoring but I'd have him ahead of Bresnan without a second's pause for thought. If he gets a proper run and stays fit I'd take him.

    Bopara our most successful Lions bowler v the Banglas, I note too...
    Cricket Web's 2013/14 Premier League Tipping Champion

    - As featured in The Independent.

    "as much a news event as an actual footballer, a worthy stop-start centre forward, but an all-time hyper-galactico when it comes to doing funny things with cars and hats, a player whose signing proves once again that the Premier League is still undoubtedly the best in the world when it comes to doing things with cars and hats."
    - Barney Ronay on Mario Balotelli

  8. #218
    International Captain Pup Clarke's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Glasgow
    Posts
    6,067
    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post

    Obviously his fitness (and weight) needs monitoring but I'd have him ahead of Bresnan without a second's pause for thought. If he gets a proper run and stays fit I'd take him.
    No way I'd have him above Bresnan actually, would never have said this 6 months, but he's seriously come on leaps and bounds. Sidebottom hasn't done enough since his purple patch a couple of years back and Bresnan is the man in form.

  9. #219
    Cricketer Of The Year wpdavid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    8,906
    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    Yes, but 14 wickets is 14 wickets, helpful wicket or not.
    Trouble is that Finn hasn't done nearly as well since that game.

  10. #220
    Eternal Optimist / Cricket Web Staff Member GIMH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    On a trip to the moon
    Posts
    48,691
    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Will stand up for Sid slightly here. He's not express fast, but he was up over 85mph pretty consistently in the T20 WC and went over 90mph on a couple of occasions.

    Obviously his fitness (and weight) needs monitoring but I'd have him ahead of Bresnan without a second's pause for thought. If he gets a proper run and stays fit I'd take him.

    Bopara our most successful Lions bowler v the Banglas, I note too...
    He only had to bowl four overs at most though. That's my concern.S
    Quote Originally Posted by DingDong View Post
    gimh has now surpassed richard as the greatest cw member ever imo

    RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.

  11. #221
    International Coach tooextracool's Avatar
    Dick Quicks Island Adventure Champion!
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    not far away from you
    Posts
    14,308
    Not sure how anyone can put Sidebottom's name into the kitty with a straight face tbh. Other than taking wickets against a woeful NZ batting lineup, hes yet to accomplish anything of note in his test match career, and thats not likely to change. Furthermore, I would cringe at the sight of Jimmy and Sidebottom opening the bowling in Australia. Onions is the best bowler of the lot IMO, if he's injured then get Bresnan in the side. Yes I am a fan of Bresnan, not the most gifted bowlers but at least he gives it 100%.

    I would like to see a little bit more of Finn this summer before I can judge him.
    Tendulkar = the most overated player EVER!!
    Beckham = the most overated footballer EVER!!
    Vassell = the biggest disgrace since rikki clarke!!

  12. #222
    School Boy/Girl Cricketer
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    London
    Posts
    62
    My attack:

    Anderson
    Broad
    Swann
    Onions

    Sidebottom 12th man. I don't rate Bresnan at all.

    Hilfenhaus scares me. If not for continual injuries he would be right up there with Steyn and Johnson for the title of world's best quick, and if you disagree, you just haven't seen enough of him. Hilfenhaus, Johnson and Bollinger is a better trio of pacemen than what we have, even more so in Australian conditions. Throw Smith into the mix (although thankfully at 20 he's going to be inconsistent) and they've got some X factor in there. We haven't seen Bollinger vs Strauss as yet - he's their best opening paceman since McGrath and that includes Lee. If Strauss can get on top of him it will go a long way toward retaining the urn.

    The other thing that people don't seem to realise is how good a test bowler Watson is becoming. His return from injury in the last Ashes was terrible with the ball, and he didn't fire a shot in the T20 cup, but his ODI and test bowling since the Ashes have been very impressive - genuine wicket taker and near on the form all rounder in the game at present. Anyone who's thinking his T20 performance is indicative will get a rude shock.

    Let's be honest here - simulate the 2009 Ashes series 10 times and we probably win twice. We took less wickets, scored less runs, and in Cardiff we dodged one hell of a big bullet. Statistically this series was the first of its kind in the sport, ever. Once in a blue moon stuff. Now we're crowing because we beat them in what is ultimately a hit and giggle format; nice to get the win and break the drought; but it's not cricket.

    I worry with these victories that, much the same as when we got over them in 2005, we are starting to think we're the better side when in reality the convicts are still a ways ahead. Swann is in the form of his life but he and Hauritz are in the same ball park for ability, and Smith's potential goes above and beyond the both of them. They've got this kid in Phil Hughes who we think because we got him out early a few times as a 20 year old in his first tour of England, isn't much chop, but he has a test average of 51 and an FC average of 60.

    Cardiff sticks in my mind - when the ball wasn't swinging a mile we looked so incredibly blunt it could drive a man to tears. Broad and Anderson especially. How are we going to go on Aussie decks?

    We also can't forget how important Flintoff was in the last series. If he doesn't come up for the fifth test do we break the Ponting/Hussey partnership? Without his one-legged heroics at Lord's how much closer would they have gotten to completing that outlandish run chase?

    We're going to have to play very well to beat them in their backyard, and we're going to have to do it without the man who inspired us last year. Hopefully Strauss keeps heads from inflating ahead of the trip.
    Last edited by treamcast34; 24-05-2010 at 04:58 AM.

  13. #223
    International Coach GotSpin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Stranger leering through a pair of binoculars
    Posts
    12,826
    GIMH in tears as he reads this
    Mark Waugh
    "He's [Michael Clarke] on Twitter saying sorry for not walking? Mate if he did that in our side there'd be hell to play. AB would chuck his Twitter box off the balcony or whatever it is. Sorry for not walking? Jesus Christ man."
    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it into a fruit salad
    RIP Craigos

  14. #224
    State Vice-Captain Kylez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    The Shire
    Posts
    1,414
    Quote Originally Posted by Got_Spin View Post
    GIMH in tears as he reads this
    Haha my thoughts exactly.

  15. #225
    International Coach GotSpin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Stranger leering through a pair of binoculars
    Posts
    12,826
    Can imagine him typing out a furious response as the tears stream onto the keyboard below.



Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Home Ashes to return to free-to-air TV
    By four_or_six in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 70
    Last Post: 17-11-2009, 10:11 AM
  2. Ashes Coming Home
    By SurreyFan in forum Cricket Chat
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 28-09-2009, 05:41 AM
  3. Herald Sun's Top 50 Ashes Legends
    By The Sean in forum Ashes 2009
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 17-07-2009, 01:53 PM
  4. The Google Ashes
    By superkingdave in forum Ashes 2009
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 30-06-2009, 01:28 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •