I have the benefit of hindsight of course, but every post there was as cringeworthy as the last given what we've seen
should keep all your posts to yourself tbh
LOL @ Burgey
We should make some sort of prediction competition here for the upcoming Ashes. Something like 10 predictions allowed: 1 pt for a easy prediction. 2 pts for a middle of the road prediction, 3 pts for a far-out prediction. Predictions points to be peer-judged.
CW posters will prove hyperbole is dead.
Looking solid so far.
Cook and Trott - will score heavily again.
KP - will be up and down, but will score a big century
Root - will start badly, then come good scoring about 400 runs.
Bell - will prove rather difficult to get out
Prior - won't be needed to bat much. But will mostly just get out when he does.
Anderson - won't find it quite as easy this time
Broad - will need to take more responsibility, and will be forced to toil beyond what he has so far in his career
Bresnan - will be Bresnan
Swann - will take 10 wickets at 37 - but whilst bowling quite well
Watson - 2 eye-catching innings. But lacks substance when it matters and his bowling will completely tail-off
Rogers - a mediocre return of 250 - 300 runs
Clarke - will win one man of the match award, and generally bat well
Smith - will show a couple of innings of real promise, but not go far enough
Haddin - will enjoy a couple of swashbucking innings, with Clarke
Warner - if he plays, will be like he was here. Eye-catching one moment, out the next
Lyon - Ineffective, through no real fault of his own. But will bat well in the lower order
Mitch - probably play well in 1 test , if he gets in
Siddle - will toil and bowl respectable stuff as always. But just not get enough to put England under constant pressure
World XI Since 1990 -
1. Gooch 2. Dravid 3. Ponting 4. Tendulkar 5. Lara 6. Kallis 7. Gilchrist 8. Akram 9. Warne 10. Ambrose 11. McGrath
Meh, Watson will be out at least once lbw, but will score decent runs in at least one innings. Is that cosmic latte enough?
Watson to be out lbw and then review it is surely not allowed by anyone as it is a given.
You always have to take it that one step further, don't you? What about "surely not allowed by anyone as it is a given." BUT looks into his hand mirror to check his hair and asks himself to agree to review it anyway, then walks off blowing kisses to himself.
Ashes and a summer of cricket: experts agree a scorcher lies ahead
1. Who will win the Ashes and what will be the score?
Damien Fleming: I'm going to be optimistic and go for Australia. Hopefully with the extra bounce at the Gabba and the WACA we'll win those Tests. Ideally, it will be 2-1 going into the Boxing Day Test and that's where the Aussies will regain the Ashes for the first time in a long time.
Ian Healy: No idea, there will be no speculation from me. England will be very disappointed if they didn't win the Ashes and Australia are very capable of winning the Ashes.
Brendon Julian: I think we'll win this one, we're a bit more stabilised and settled than we were in England. It will be 2-1 Australia.
Stuart MacGill: I've always felt bowling wins Test matches and I'm concerned that, while Australia have tremendous depth which will come out this summer, we're in a bit of trouble. Kevin Pietersen is undoubtedly their best batsman, a superstar. Our bowlers are going to find it hard to defend small totals. Our top six is unsettled and could be susceptible to the swinging ball. A lot relies on Chris Rogers and Michael Clarke. I'm relieved Dave Warner is in such ridiculous form. We're a chance if we get a score on the board. I'd say 3-1 to England, being generous.
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Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
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