The ghost of Nathan Hauritz should be enough to warn the selectors of the perils of debuting a new spinner on a whim on the eve of the Ashes.
Sick of the crap Lyon cops, especially considering he's superior to Swann.
"The Australian cricket captain is the Prime Minister Australia wishes it had. Steve Waugh is that man, Michael Clarke is not." - Jarrod Kimber
RIP Fardin Qayyumi and Craig Walsh - true icons of CricketWeb.
This Ahmed thing is actually great, he is the best leggie and probably the best spinner in Australia. With his 3 FC games he was playing on very unhelpful surfaces (twice at Melbourne and once at Hobart), so he did very well to average 28. He has also impressed at list a level, he bowled well against the England lions and for Victoria. Don't rubbish Lyon though, his 7 for in the last game in India was probably the best bowling performance of the tour (both teams). Also don't forget Ashton Agar, who had a similar summer to Ahmed despite playing a few times at Perth, he is only 20 years old as well...
The guy that bowled in England was far removed from the guy who we'd seen in India. Forget conditions, had nothing to do with the pitch, how the ball got there was like watching a 90km/h medium pacer, not someone who got the ball to dip and drift.
I was going to say its sad to see Australia reduced to this, then I pictured Burgey and uve crying as we rolled to a whitewash. It's not sad at all.
The profile of the Australian sportsperson is changing dramatically. I increasingly wonder how much relevance the ashes will hold in Australian culture in say, 20 years.
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