I think he's being an idiot to be honest.
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Load of crap for mine.
I didn't think West Indian players were actually banned from playing County Cricket. Anyway, stupid idea imo.
It's a cute idea that Warne & McGrath honed their skills during their stints in the CC, but it stretches credulity, tbh. Given the relative standards of the CC and the Pura cup, I doubt whether it made much difference to any of them. It's not as if much county cricket is played on "traditional" English pitches nowadays, anyway.
I think Embers actually means emerging Aussies rather than the current team - but he's still wrong and in any case CC is going back to one overseas player from next year and that will cut down the numbers anyway. Besides in 1989 when the Aussies took the Ashes off us only Border, Alderman and S Waugh of the players they used had played CC (Merv's spell for Essex seconds doesn't count) which proves good players adapt) . Pre the 1997 tour McGrath had played one FC match here (anyone remeber the Peter May Memorial Trophy) and pre the 1993 tour Warne had played one less. But it only took McGrath one bad Test to adapt and Warne...well we know how long he took. And how much CC did Bradman play before he came here and did quite well? None I think. Oh and Embers - where do Sarwan, Bravo and Collymore come from? The only reasons there aren't a lot of WI players in CC is because the team isn't as good and they play home tests into June now which eats into the English season.
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i dont think that having aussies in the county game is wrong but maybe we should take advantage of their system. we should send a few youngsters over there. it would improve both nations and it would make cricket alot better and competitive
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English cricket, ie County Cricket and to a lesser extent club cricket has always been a finishing school for overseas players.
It helped the West Indies massively and has helped Australia recently. Being a high paid overseas player forces the player to have to produces and play underpressure and the weight of expectation.
Being an overseas player in CC can either massively improve a player or they may not benefit as they cannot cope with different expectations the position brings.
So in the regard Embury has a point. CC improves and hardens players from other countries and it just so happens currently that many of these players are from Australia.
However, banning them is an over reaction and were similar reactions to West Indians during the 1980s.
The only option is to get English players in the winter in similar situations where they can cope with being a focal point of another team and harden their games.
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stupid comments IMO.....only cos aussies beat england....nxt it'll be no indian players and then finally, no bangladeshi players!
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