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Thread: Who will you support in the upcoming Ashes and why?

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    Most Indian supporters would probably say Australia, including me. Mostly because England beat us at home and we're even with the Aussies after the recent series win, so I'd rather watch the Aussies beat England. But part of me genuinely wants Australia to do well cuz I feel bad for Clarke and the kind of batsmen his team contains.

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    Definitely be supporting Australia, but if Aust were to go up 2-0 or something I'd be cheering on England for a good series. But overall, yeah Australia.

    Most of all I want Ed Cowan to dominate though. I will be barracking him on so so much.

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    If there is any Australian player I want to do well it is Cowan. Like Lyon as well but can't be having him doing better than Swann.

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    It'll actually be interesting to see the Aussies vs Spin in England, you would think they would do a lot better after basically getting 4 test matches worth of practice against quality spinners on helpful pitches that Swann and Panesar would by default seem a lot easier to face.

    Then again you never know with the Aussie bats because they looked horrible in the recent series.


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    Well we will not be seeing Panesar unless Swann is is injured. Think Swann will play his part.

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    Change my answer to Australia. Absolutely Australia.
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    Australia.

    1.Being underdogs
    2.Being a team that might threaten India's rankings lesser than England
    3.My favourite team apart from India since childhood
    and few other small reasons like the above..

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    Would have been a fence-sitter "just hope the players I like do well and it's a close series" three weeks ago, but having to put up with the English media for three weeks trumpeting their side's supposed superiority over us, I'm definitely going for Australia now.

    Though Aggers is a lovely bloke...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contra View Post
    It'll actually be interesting to see the Aussies vs Spin in England, you would think they would do a lot better after basically getting 4 test matches worth of practice against quality spinners on helpful pitches that Swann and Panesar would by default seem a lot easier to face.
    Interesting definition of quality there.

    If the pitches are turners then I don't see that it'll be any easier, in fact it may even be trickier. If they're not turners (which is likely) then they'll suddenly have to face quality seam bowlers on helpful pitches.
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    Sanga has done well but Murali has done better. In my opinion, Murali is simply the best off spinner in history of cricket and I can't make that kind of statement for Sanga.
    Sanga isn't the best off spinner in the history of cricket? News to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flametree View Post
    Would have been a fence-sitter "just hope the players I like do well and it's a close series" three weeks ago, but having to put up with the English media for three weeks trumpeting their side's supposed superiority over us, I'm definitely going for Australia now.

    Though Aggers is a lovely bloke...
    Wait wait, you only discovered the English media three weeks ago? Didn't notice them in the last, oh, century or something?

    I only need to think about how patronizing with the rest of the world they are every time they win a bloody game/series in any sport (despite being historically ordinary everywhere) to remember where my allegiance should be in every contest they are competing in (apart against Australia in the noughties, but nobody could root for Australia back then.).

    Do I need to remind you of Rugby WC '03? Ashes 2005? The weeks before every major football competition? Michael Vaughan? Daley's repeated jump in the Olympics? He's got one wrong, so they allowed him to reload like in a bloody videogame, and the next day all the tabloids were drooling over his bronze.

    The sporting world expects that every man will do his duty: root for an English loss.

    Do your part.

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    Put me down as a Scot backing England.

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    Really tough, both sides have players I like (Siddle, Starc, Clarke, Pietersen, Prior, Anderson) and both sides have players I loathe (Watson, Warner, Hughes, Broad, Finn). Australia go in as big underdogs, so I'll probably cheer for them. You all know how much I love a lost cause.
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    Australia. I really like the team. And I love the Australian sporting culture (don't dare say the word 'australianism' though ). I think it's a fantastic thing they have going - plus there are so many players who I think are easy to like.

    Mainly because they work extremely hard and don't take themselves too seriously once the game is over - obviously lots of exceptions all around (especially recently..) but I do like the general attitude of taking responsibilities (whatever you say about Ponting, the man always took full blame after every loss - no blaming x or y). I like their professionalism, plus guys like Border who I think is just a fantastic role model for other athletes. I hate saying that an all time great player had less 'natural skill' than another (especially someone who scored 11000 runs..) - because concentration is a skill too but I can't get it out of my head that if Allan Border had the skill of Brian Lara, he'd challenge Donald Bradman in average. Yet he still manages to average about the same as Lara and the others, through, what appeared to me, sheer determination and bloody mindedness.

    I marvel at guys like Sachin or Lara, but I admire guys like Allan Border. So yea, long story short, as much as I sometimes like to hate on a lot of Australian teams, it's hard not to root for them.
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