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    The Streak - Can Australia Do It Again?

    Australia have now won 10 Test matches in succession.

    Can we get the record?

    The record is 16 (Australia 1999-2001).

    Australia's next seven Test matches are slated as follows:

    England (Dec/Jan - two matches)
    Zimbabwe (July - two matches)**
    Sri Lanka (November - two matches)
    India (December - three matches)

    ** in doubt.

    Subject to the weather - I think we can do it.

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    If the November Sri Lanka matches are at home, survey says..... Yes. Yes they can.
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    The biggest test is certainly the next two tests. If Australia win both of those I think they might break the record, particularly if the Zimbabwe matches go ahead. Obviously rain or anything could still get in the way, but Australia are definitely capable of winning 2-4 in a row against Sri Lanka and India, at home.

    Might also depend on retirements and so on. We don't know if Gilchrist, McGrath and Warne will be available in a year, though I imagine they will be, if fit.
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    Honestly, and not intending to disrespect Sri Lanka or India, but I think even with Gilchrist McGrath and Warne out of the team, we would be realistic chances to clean sweep both of those teams on home turf. The players lined up as replacements (for Gilchrist and McGrath at least) are good enough for that, if not necessarily good enough to absolutely replace the current guys.

    Assuming the other guys stay in near their current form as well, obviously.


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    Very possible i'd say, but as Faaip said the next two test will go along way in deciding if they can do it even if they lose some of the greats to retirement come next home season vs IND & SRI.

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    One of the SLanka Test matches is slated for Hobart.

    The Tassie weather could be our undoing.

    And yeah, I'm already writing off the Poms.

    I gave them a fair go, and then got burnt.

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    They play India in Australia? If so, then yes you can. But you also have to get lucky with the weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    Very possible i'd say, but as Faaip said the next two test will go along way in deciding if they can do it
    LOL, yes, indeed they will. In fact I'd venture to say that if we don't win those two, we may not pull it off.

    Sri Lanka did all right last time they were out here in the off-season a couple of years ago. If the pitches are flat, they could prove a tough opposition to put away, and their more recent form backs that up further.

    It's funny to think that if we do play the Zim games, and win everything up to December '07, we'll be facing India on 16 consecutive wins, just like last time. Wouldn't it be a bloody PITA if India stopped us again?
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    you can take the zimbabwe tests out

    zimbabwes test status is being reinstated in october when they tour pakistan

    i think only india or pakistan can end their streak when aussies tour both

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    We always seem to be due to play Zimbabwe when they're "not Test status". I remember we toured there a few years ago just a couple of weeks after they'd put out a reserve team and been mauled by Sri Lanka. The ICC decided that they weren't Test class and so our Tests against them were cancelled, as was the next team to tour Zimbabwe, which I think was going to be India.

    Strangely, though, Sri Lanka got to keep their two "Tests" as official, rather than them being removed from the records.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    LOL, yes, indeed they will. In fact I'd venture to say that if we don't win those two, we may not pull it off.

    Sri Lanka did all right last time they were out here in the off-season a couple of years ago. If the pitches are flat, they could prove a tough opposition to put away, and their more recent form backs that up further.

    It's funny to think that if we do play the Zim games, and win everything up to December '07, we'll be facing India on 16 consecutive wins, just like last time. Wouldn't it be a bloody PITA if India stopped us again?
    Its quite different playing them at home and playing them in Australia. I think if you can beat England the next two tests and then avoid bad weather, you can do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    LOL, yes, indeed they will. In fact I'd venture to say that if we don't win those two, we may not pull it off.
    Oooh, that's a big call!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    Its quite different playing them at home and playing them in Australia.
    We really need a "No ****, Sherlock" emoticon.

    If we don't play Zim, and we win the remaining Ashes tests and the two SL matches, we'd have to win the first two tests against India. Obviously our chances of doing that should be decent, but you never know, it's a year off in the future and anything could happen, particularly if Dravid and Sehwag fire, like last time.

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    When I looked at the title of this thread I thought howard meant The Streak of holding the Ashes from 1989-2005 & handing the Pommies their arses on a plate each & every time!

    To which I would probably answer: yes, yes they can.
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    Australia lucky they don't have India during July or Aug in India, or else there would have been no results in any matches because of the extended amount of rain.. Or should I say India should be lucky (Insert one of those ninja smilies that I can't remember the code to because I'm using quick reply)

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