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    England Should Blame Harmison.

    I conceede the fact that England won the commonwelath Bank series. Good for them, well done, I enjoyed it because it's given my team a chance to get to the top, but, if England don't win the World Cup (which they won't), I think that they would have wasted a chance to at least be competitive.

    Harmison may not have been the best ODI bowler ever, but he had (and still has) Pace AND Bounce. Given half the chance as a cricket supporter, who would you rather have bowling for your team, Sajid Mamhood or Harmison... Harmison, obviously. He was and is a fast bowler who was never really plauged by injuries, I think he made ODI cricket a scapegoat for his lack luster test performance, which I see as selfish, narrow minded and cowardly. Imagine Glenn McGrath or Shaun Pollock retiring from ODI cricket to concerntrate on Test Cricket, it would never have gone down well, because everyone knows, to call yourse;f a great bowler, you should be able to thrive in both forms of the game and not be allowed to pick and choose what form you want to play and even what tours you want to go on...

    Oh, if I were an English selector, or even Ian Botham or Geoff Boycott, I would pull Steve and Marcus aside and insist for the good of English Pride and for the sake of selecting your best possible Xl, Harmison, Treskothick and Hoggard would all be playing in the Carribean next month...

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    Of course Harmison is to blame for England's Ashes loss, he should be chased naked through the streets by dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Hmm a 4-5-1 out of nowhere where you least expect it, with someone who doesn't know what they're supposed to be doing up front on their own. You're not an ex-England football manager are you?
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    I can't honestly say we should blame Harmy.I think the old man Ashley Giles 8D
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    Quote Originally Posted by southafrica View Post
    I conceede the fact that England won the commonwelath Bank series. Good for them, well done, I enjoyed it because it's given my team a chance to get to the top, but, if England don't win the World Cup (which they won't), I think that they would have wasted a chance to at least be competitive.

    Harmison may not have been the best ODI bowler ever, but he had (and still has) Pace AND Bounce. Given half the chance as a cricket supporter, who would you rather have bowling for your team, Sajid Mamhood or Harmison... Harmison, obviously. He was and is a fast bowler who was never really plauged by injuries, I think he made ODI cricket a scapegoat for his lack luster test performance, which I see as selfish, narrow minded and cowardly. Imagine Glenn McGrath or Shaun Pollock retiring from ODI cricket to concerntrate on Test Cricket, it would never have gone down well, because everyone knows, to call yourse;f a great bowler, you should be able to thrive in both forms of the game and not be allowed to pick and choose what form you want to play and even what tours you want to go on...

    Oh, if I were an English selector, or even Ian Botham or Geoff Boycott, I would pull Steve and Marcus aside and insist for the good of English Pride and for the sake of selecting your best possible Xl, Harmison, Treskothick and Hoggard would all be playing in the Carribean next month...
    Mahmood is at all likely to play any important games though, and I'd rather have Anderson, Lewis or Plunkett bowl for me in an ODI than Harmison.

    I think it was a good decision - it'll allow him to focus on the form of the game he is actually somewhat effective in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Hmm a 4-5-1 out of nowhere where you least expect it, with someone who doesn't know what they're supposed to be doing up front on their own. You're not an ex-England football manager are you?
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    Harmison's ODI form was worse than his Test form when he announced his retirement. I'm fairly certain that guided his decision.
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    I kinda have to agree. I was a big fan but since that worldbeating performance in the Windies he has let his side down.

    Honestly Mahmood had more potential IMO. But he needs a LOT of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southafrica View Post
    Given half the chance as a cricket supporter, who would you rather have bowling for your team, Sajid Mamhood or Harmison
    If I had the choice of Mahmood, Harmison or anyone else, I'd take anyone else.

    Quote Originally Posted by southafrica View Post
    Oh, if I were an English selector, or even Ian Botham or Geoff Boycott, I would pull Steve and Marcus aside and insist for the good of English Pride and for the sake of selecting your best possible Xl, Harmison, Treskothick and Hoggard would all be playing in the Carribean next month...
    Hoggard?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds View Post
    If I had the choice of Mahmood, Harmison or anyone else, I'd take anyone else.
    I can think of a lot of bowlers in England worse than Mahmood and Harmison.

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