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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    So in other words he didn't rate Tait enough then!
    in a way but in the situation i reckon most captains would have done the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PY
    What would you say is Lee's stock delivery or does he not have one? I agree, considering how dangerous he looked at some stages, he shouldn't have gone for so many runs like he did.
    I always thought his stock ball was the beamer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    in a way but in the situation i reckon most captains would have done the same.
    No, most captains would not have persisted with Lee when he was being smashed all round the park by Pietersen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    No, most captains would not have persisted with Lee when he was being smashed all round the park by Pietersen.
    Exactly. No bowler should be allowed to go at 8 an over for more than two overs - Lee went at about 12 an over for four overs or something. Stupid captaincy. The gamble clearly hadn't worked - just accept you were wrong, bring on McGrath and try to rescue the situation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    I always thought his stock ball was the beamer.
    Marcus Trescothick would agree with you. Either that, or he'd tell you it was the half-volley just outside off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    in a way but in the situation i reckon most captains would have done the same.
    The only thing a decent captain would have done the same as Ponting is bowled Warne a hell of a lot. And even then Ponting should probably have given him a rest at some point.

    What's the point of playing a specialist bowler if he's not going to bowl? I agree with Mr. Rubble, Ponting quite obviously doesn't rate Tait.
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    Even with Warne, might it not have been worth switching his end at some point during the day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    Even with Warne, might it not have been worth switching his end at some point during the day?
    I think so. It was certainly worth doing something, especially while Collingwood was blocking for his life at the most crucial point of the day - maybe giving Clarke or Katich a couple of overs, or even himself - he should have tried something. Yet another example of Ponting's inability to think of his feet like Vaughan can.

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    The problem, it seemed to me, was that Ponting semed terrified of the consequences of taking Warne off (this was true throughout the series, not just on the last day). England had repeatedly shown that they were capable of fundamentally changing the balance of a match in half-an-hour to 45 mins when the pressure was lifted. Such was the lack of control exerted by Australia's back up bowlers that "giving Warne a rest" was just a gamble he was not prepared to take. It's easy, with hindsight, to say he made a mistake but really I think he was justified in what he did. As long as Warne was capable of bowling, he had to bowl. Arguably the only mistake he made was not biting the bullet and opening the bowling with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey
    The only thing a decent captain would have done the same as Ponting is bowled Warne a hell of a lot. And even then Ponting should probably have given him a rest at some point.

    What's the point of playing a specialist bowler if he's not going to bowl? I agree with Mr. Rubble, Ponting quite obviously doesn't rate Tait.
    come on mayn it has nothing to do with Ponting not rating Tait its all about the situation at the Oval, think about lets say it was England bowling on the last day of the test trying to bowl Australia out & they had picked Tremlett dont you think Vaughan would have relied on Harmison/Hoggard/Flintoff/Giles to do most of the bowling & Tremlett would have been underused????

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    Once again we have Ian Chappell and Neil Harvey advocating Shane Warne to be captain and replacing Ricky Ponting, now as someone with an obvious limited cricket knowledge,, but wouldn't this be a short term thing since Warne has perhaps 18-24 months left at the most in his Test career and be a backward step then a forward one since we are only going to have to find a new one inside two years?

    I agree with Ian Chappell though - he needs to go out and lead the team his way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    Once again we have Ian Chappell and Neil Harvey advocating Shane Warne to be captain and replacing Ricky Ponting, now as someone with an obvious limited cricket knowledge,, but wouldn't this be a short term thing since Warne has perhaps 18-24 months left at the most in his Test career and be a backward step then a forward one since we are only going to have to find a new one inside two years?

    I agree with Ian Chappell though - he needs to go out and lead the team his way.
    I think part of chappell's argument was that giving him the captaincy might encourage Warne to prolong his test career. It won't happen though.

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    To be honest two years is long enough for him and then will probably be a good time to gout when he is out on top (assuming he still bowling well).

    He also another good point though as their is no 20/21 year version of Clarke or Ponting coming through right at this moment, there are potentially some future options (ie Mark Cosgrove) but he still no where near international level and will need a very good year to force himself into the selectors minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    come on mayn it has nothing to do with Ponting not rating Tait its all about the situation at the Oval
    So how come he didn't bowl him then?

    Considering Lee was giving away runs the way he was, and yet Ponting STILL didn't give Tait a go?

    If a player's picked in the 11 then he needs to be used, or what's the point of picking him in the first place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    in a way but in the situation i reckon most captains would have done the same.
    Which is why MacGill should have played.
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