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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Na 5 here, 5 there and Oval 2009, they won 4th test at Headingley in 09.
    4 here, 5 there, Oval and first three Tests in 09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    The Cricinfo commentary is a ****ing mess right now, they are running a quiz thing that is not worth following at all, and instead of boldfacing the weather updates that occur in between the ridiculous competition, they boldface the questions, meaning I have to scan a whole damn page of trivia bull**** in order to get my crappy weather update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    4 here, 5 there, Oval and first three Tests in 09.
    Perth+Headingley

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    4 here, 5 there, Oval and first three Tests in 09.
    Well they won Perth and Headingley so that is 2 in 15 then if we say this is a draw.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Perth+Headingley
    What's Perth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    What's Perth?
    That place in Scotland that no matter where you are is always signposted.

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    Play will start at 5pm IMO. This one's done unless the Aussies can get us to FO.

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    Ironically I reckon some English bats are arguably more suited to Australia than England. Particularly Cook.

    But still, I think Australia will be close, if only because Australia will get conditions more suited to their style of play. 3-0 is still 3-0, but it hasn't accurately reflected the standards of each side IMO. We were robbed in Manchester by rain, went very close in the first test and threw away a strong position in the fourth test.
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    Was persistently drizzling here since I said there had been no rain, but it's cleared up again despite the horrible grey skies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Reckon it's at worst 50/50 in Oz as a number of the English batsmen have been exposed, they wont have the benefit of ordering conditions to suit next time and they have no quality at all in backup spin or batting
    Don't think because England had dry pitches prepared means that those are the conditions they like to bat in. They whitewashed India on green-tops in 2011. The pitches were prepared to confer a spin bowling advantage as it was perceived Swann > Lyon which hasn't bee entirely correct.

    I can't speak for Root but Cook would bat in Australia any day. If Cook was playing half his tests in Australia his record would be amazing.

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    I have deep scepticism that Cook scored millions of runs because it was Australia. May have been a minor factor, but the major reason he scored millions of runs was because we bowled absolute pies and he was in career-best form. Neither of those are likely this time around, let alone guaranteed, so to simply assume that he'll have a good return series is pretty silly. Indeed, he might (might) do worse - the pacier decks might simply mean he nicks off more often.

    The point being that just as it's dangerous to assume that a player in great nick will suddenly "revert to mean" just because, it's equally dangerous to assume that a player in less than great nick will do the same unless something quite significant happens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain_Cook View Post
    Don't think because England had dry pitches prepared means that those are the conditions they like to bat in. They whitewashed India on green-tops in 2011. The pitches were prepared to confer a spin bowling advantage as it was perceived Swann > Lyon which hasn't bee entirely correct.

    I can't speak for Root but Cook would bat in Australia any day. If Cook was playing half his tests in Australia his record would be amazing.
    Based on what? The fact we dished up a platter of pies to him last time? Hopefully we bowl better to him this summer. If we do and he still scores a ****load of runs then I'll go with what you said.

    And I'm surprised to hear England didn't struggle with the might of the Indian pace attack on green tops whilst they skittled the Indian batsmen on their favourite type of wicket
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruckus View Post
    lol really? you think Eng have been playing for anything other than a draw since the first ball they faced?
    Look you clearly don't understand anything about cricket so after this post I'm done talking to you.

    See when the start of day 3, and the opposition have put 500 on you, you need to get through days 3 and 4 and see where you're at before you can think about winning the Test. That means minimising risks and batting more defensively than normal on day 3.

    Then when you throw in a pitch that is slow as ****, it makes timing your drives very difficult. Both Pietersen and Root have said it was impossible to time anything. This means it's difficult to put away the occasional 4 ball that's been bowled. This doesn't help the run rate either.

    And I know you're sitting there going 'but Australia didn't bat as slowly.' This is because the pitch was quicker on day 1, because Kerrigan bowled pies to Watson on the first morning and because Australia threw the bat to set up the declaration. Rogers, Clarke and Smith up until his ton all batted very slowly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    I have deep scepticism that Cook scored millions of runs because it was Australia. May have been a minor factor, but the major reason he scored millions of runs was because we bowled absolute pies and he was in career-best form. Neither of those are likely this time around, let alone guaranteed, so to simply assume that he'll have a good return series is pretty silly. Indeed, he might (might) do worse - the pacier decks might simply mean he nicks off more often.

    The point being that just as it's dangerous to assume that a player in great nick will suddenly "revert to mean" just because, it's equally dangerous to assume that a player in less than great nick will do the same unless something quite significant happens.
    He certainly wasn't in career best form when he landed.

    The conventional decks in Oz suit him, but he did struggle there in 06-07.



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