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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    I think it's pretty stupid tbh. Because of the different seasons, the Ashes isn't played every 2 years, it's played every year and half and then again in 2 and a half years. Why not just do the next Ashes the year after the World Cup, meaning there's a gap of 2 and a half years after the one in England, and then a gap of a year and a half before the 2017 one in England? The way it is, I think the team that wins the first series will have a huge advantage over the opposition for the second one in 2013/14.

    And why are we doing another one in 2015?
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    Basically they wanted to shift the Ashes in Australia forward so it doesn't clash with the World Cup, which would have meant the next Ashes would have been in 2016. The ECB wanted to avoid clashing the Ashes with the European Football Championship, hence bringing the English leg forward to 2015.

    The irony is that in 2019, Australia will be on these shores for the Ashes...right after a World Cup.

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    Meh they'll have plenty of time to prepare after a humiliating first round exit.

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    nah they will have a few associates in for 2019 so poms should make semis at least
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flametree View Post
    I think unlike the last series the Australian bowlers are good enough to put pressure on the English batting line-up. But I just can't see the current Australian line-up scoring runs against the English bowling. If they all played a 5-test series against England in English conditions, what would you expect the Australian batsmen to average?

    I'd say Warner 30-35, Cowan 25-30, Watson 40, Ponting 30, Clarke 45, Hussey 35-40, Haddin/Wade 30. If I were a gambling person I'd be betting on the downside risk of a few of them (Ponting in particular) rather than the upside. The tail might wag a bit, but I just can't see the current line-up scoring enough runs to win a series.

    Is there anyone not in the current line-up who Aussie fans hope will have a stellar 2012-13 season and so break into the side?

    Ponting and Hussey will be getting on a bit won't they? I know that Hussey was heroic last time out against us and that Ponting's an ATG, but these things can come to an end pretty quickly once anno domini kicks in.

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    Australia whitewashed the Poms in the recently-concluded blind Ashes, 3-0. An omen, perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    Australia whitewashed the Poms in the recently-concluded blind Ashes, 3-0. An omen, perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    andrew symonds was named man of the series iirc
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    Unless it's unusally dry in England next year, I think it'll be a bowlers' series with a couple of clutch tons making the difference either way.

    I hope it is anyway, because they seem to produce the best series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    andrew symonds was named man of the series iirc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Unless it's unusally dry in England next year, I think it'll be a bowlers' series with a couple of clutch tons making the difference either way.

    I hope it is anyway, because they seem to produce the best series.
    Yeah I think given the strengths of the two sides it will be. Should be a good series tbh.
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    I assume, as is tradition, the Scotland ODI will be washed out

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