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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    Actually the current prominence of Warne in comparison to someone like Susie O'Neil (who?) does more to prove it. Warne is popular because of his off field exploits. We like having him in the limelight because he does interesting things, and in the back of our minds we know there's a pretty fair chance he'll screw up some time in the future and we want to watch it. Given the chance we'll turn on him like we do any celebrity who makes an error in judgement.

    Lets face it, he was kept around the cricket team because he was a once in a lifetime genius with the ball. Andrew Sydmonds got one fishing trip and some booze and he became persona non gratia.
    Yeah but he doesn't get cut down either
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    Intimidating ratings of current players

    England

    Cook- 1, Straus- 5, Trott- 4, KP- 7, Collingwood- 5, Bell- 4, Prior- 5, Broad- 1, Anderson- 4

    Australia

    Watson- 7, Hughes- 4, Ponting- 7, Clarke- 2, Hussey-3, Johnson- 6, Siddle- 7, Harris- 6, Hilfenhaus- 5

    New Zealand

    McCullum- 7, Ryder- 7, Guptill- 4, Taylor- 5, Styris- 6, Vettori- 4, Martin- 2, Oram- 2, Southee- 4

    South Africa


    Smith- 7, Amla- 5, Kallis- 7, Steyn- 8, Morkel- 7

    Softcocks

    Cook, Broad, Clarke, Hussey, Martin, Oram
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    And the above shows why the whole "intimidation based on appearance" thing is absolute bull****. It didn't do Clarke any harm last series or Hussey/Cook this series, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Got_Spin View Post
    Yeah but he doesn't get cut down either
    Sure he does. He's been cut down plenty of times. He's just egotistical enough to bounce back from it repeatedly.

    I'm not suggesting that we as a society do nothing but trash these people. I am suggesting that there is a part of us that enjoys seeing them fail, and the media and popular culture plays on that more than is perhaps neccessary.

    And Burgey I can think of a few words more apt than interesting tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcuss View Post
    Opinions on Ian Bell? Blonde hair, freckles, well spoken, only ever used to score runs when the going was easy. bit of a wet flannel and a softcock etc etc.
    Over the last year or so though he's posted up some really impressive numbers... people see him any differently yet?
    Personally think the making of him was being dropped in the West Indies
    People keep saying this, but he's only really hit one good knock under pressure, in South Africa a year ago. Definitely looks more solid, but jury still out imo. Feel he's benefitted from not having to face Asif and Aamer over the summer.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Not so much to do with the play or success but to do with what the players look like and their attitude. Growing up, Australian cricketers looked and acted like men against boys. Physically intimidating and possessing of fabled mental toughness, they looked a different breed to the boyish Englishmen.

    What happened in Australia? Genuine question, has there been a pussification of the nation?

    This generation seems very different in both look and outlook to the previous couple. It doesnít appear to be just about ability.

    Waugh had the, oft described, 'gunslinger eyes', Boon and Border wouldn't back down from a tidal wave, Merv Hughes scared batsmen so much that they ignored the fact he bowled at 75 mph, Langer looked like a man ready to go over the top to bayonet the Hun, Hayden was built like the Hulk, Warne had the career building arrogance that overwhelmed weaker opponents, McGrath shot pigs for fun, and Dean Jones was willing to watch himself waste away to an early death in the pursuit of runs. I could go on.

    Now there are fragile fast bowlers that retire or flounce (Tait and Johnson), Clarke looks like a 12 yr old boy or an anorexic lesbian, Watson is scared of ghosts, Bollinger has his own image issues, Hughes looks like a trainee school teacher and the straw that broke the donkeys back was watching Smith come out to bat today.

    He looked like Billy Bunter without the glasses. Possibly the least intimidating thing Iíve seen on a cricket field in quite a while.

    Certainly the players are not as good as before but they have lost their edge especially when playing against guys like Tremlett who Brumby correctly describes as looking like a big, intimidating unit.

    Iím not having a go at Australia as I have long admired their attitude, determination and how that is all packaged together. Now it seems the only reason to share a drink with them would be to see their glamorous other halves.

    Are there greater changes at work in Australian life and *s******s* culture to have made such a change in attitude, aggression and, dare I say it, manliness? What happened?

    My comments are as an outsider looking in and I am genuinely interested if forces are at play or whether this isn't what it may appear.
    Great rant, but you didn't even mention Mike Hussey, who permanently looks like he's about to burst into tears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    People keep saying this, but he's only really hit one good knock under pressure, in South Africa a year ago. Definitely looks more solid, but jury still out imo. Feel he's benefitted from not having to face Asif and Aamer over the summer.
    Yeah, I don't see Bell any differently at all. I don't think it's any coincidence that he's 'improved' as a player after quite a few good bowlers disappeared. Was interested to see how he went against Pakistan too, then found out he didn't play.

    Am happy to be proven wrong about him though. It'll take more than him scoring runs against this Aussie attack at the moment however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike5181 View Post
    Intimidating ratings of current players

    England

    Cook- 1, Straus- 5, Trott- 4, KP- 7, Collingwood- 5, Bell- 4, Prior- 5, Broad- 1, Anderson- 4

    Australia

    Watson- 7, Hughes- 4, Ponting- 7, Clarke- 2, Hussey-3, Johnson- 6, Siddle- 7, Harris- 6, Hilfenhaus- 5

    New Zealand

    McCullum- 7, Ryder- 7, Guptill- 4, Taylor- 5, Styris- 6, Vettori- 4, Martin- 2, Oram- 2, Southee- 4

    South Africa


    Smith- 7, Amla- 5, Kallis- 7, Steyn- 8, Morkel- 7

    Softcocks

    Cook, Broad, Clarke, Hussey, Martin, Oram
    How are Watson and Siddle intimidating?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ausage View Post
    There's scandals and then there is scandals. Beating up your girlfriend and copping a lick from a dog isn't the kind of scandal I'm talking about. Many of the media beat ups are about irrelevant rubbish that belongs in a gossip column if anywhere.

    The media reflects our society (or at least parts of it) because the public is paying money to read what they're saying. As much as I hate the Terrorgraph there's no doubt it's a popular paper because it gives many people what they want. Tabloid papers exist purely because it's in our nature as humans to enjoy watching people fall, and the bigger they are...
    We will have to vigorously agree to disagree on matters tall poppy.

    Anyway, this I think sums up what is wrong with the blokes these days - too focussed on themselves and not on the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    How are Watson and Siddle intimidating?
    Because i am an athletic guy and Watson in particular would break me in two...he benches like 300+

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    Haven't read past the first post, but I don't get how a respected poster like Goughy very rarely gets called out for his utterly bizarre, downright creepy obsession with "manly men" that seems to permeate his opinion on every facet of life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike5181 View Post
    Because i am an athletic guy and Watson in particular would break me in two...he benches like 300+
    Behave, twatto is a big jessie.
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    Amusing to read this thread in the light of today's play. We will probably see Smith hit a hundred in the third innings.

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