marc71178 - President and founding member of AAAS - we don't only appreciate when he does well, but also when he's not quite so good!
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Beware the evils of Kit-Kats - they're immoral apparently.
WWCC - Loyaulte Mi Lie
"People make me happy.. not places.. people"
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life." - Samuel Johnson
"Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself" - Tony Benn
You blokes wanna pull each others dicks any harder?
"I am very happy and it will allow me to have lot more rice."
Eoin Morgan on being given a rice cooker for being Man of the Match in a Dhaka Premier Division game.
So the 5th placed team beat the 3rd placed team. Fantastic achievement by Australia for being genuine underdogs going into the series and then delivering a killer blow. However I wouldn't rank this win any ahead of Pakistan's 3-0 whitewash of Eng in UAE.
The clinical, almost effortless win by Aus shows how volatile the top tier is barring SA. The gap between the top 5 teams haven't been narrower ever. I am not sure that is a testament to "quality" of cricket being played but I prefer a bit of competition and mongrel.
As to England, I think its fair to assume that their purple patch is over. They had a chunk of players who concurrently were in their peaks (Anderson, Swann, KP, Bell, Prior) in terms of age and experience in the last two years, but now they all in all likelihood are past it. If the English mgmt is not careful, having all these chunk of players who are suddenly and collectively on the decline can have a multiplier effect on the team performance which can result in solid whippings like what is happening now.It happened to India when their core which brought them so much glory all descended into terminal decline together (Tendulkar, Sehwag, Laxman, & to some extent Dravid and Gambhir). Some of the current players need a kick up their backside, nothing more effective than having young pretenders gnawing at their neck for their position. Prior desperately needs competition, so does KP and Bell. Management needs to project Panesar as not just backup but a serious competitor for Swann's place and let him know that.
The positives from the series for Eng have been Carberry and Broad. Carberry needs a fair run in the team whereas Broad has been outstanding.
Nasser Hussain - The Visionary.
Strauss's England team put the rest of the world to shame
Yeah but we never know whether Pakistan is really having a go or not. They seem to give up as soon as they're behind, whether for attitudinal reasons or because it's in their pecuniary interest to do so. And let's be honest, they never win anywhere meaningful away, even when they had a half way decent outfit.
I do like Misbah though.
Try and take a joke buddy.
And considering some of the out-and-out bitch fights you've had with Australian fans on this forum, also extreeeeeeeeeeeemely rich of you to say that.
Last edited by Jono; 18-12-2013 at 03:19 AM.
Haha now who can't take the joke?
If I was you Jono i'd be more concerned about your shower being torn a new one in SA than the ashes series and how the fans have got on.
Well done you Aussies. Its been a dramatic and emphatic victory. While I'm still reeling from Cook's first golden duck I can't help but be impressed by the brand of cricket played by Australia (sometimes I wish England could play like that...).
I really hope that England can regain some composure now the pressure of winning the series is off and they can perform at their more successful grounds (relatively) in recent times. A 3-2 recovery would go a long way to recovering a slither of dignity.
He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, but when he bowls at the stumps, he makes England look ****e!
My Modern Test XI (since 2000): AN Cook, GC Smith (c), HM Amla, KC Sangakkara (w), MJ Clarke, IR Bell, S Watson, GP Swann, VD Philander, DW Steyn, JM Anderson.
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