GOOD OLD COLLINGWOOD - PREMIERS IN 2010Originally Posted by Irfan
Is Cam White, Is Good.
Unfortunate in the timing of their series against Aus, and no more IMO.
Nothing to do with being unable to crack it on the big-stage.
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1999 and 2003 WCs, specifically.
ENOUGH, to summarise, I reckon South Africa are great - maybe this is the WC where they can put past disappointments behind them (though if they do, I have to have Graeme Smith as my av for two months!)
The 99 WC was just one moment of stupidity, the 2003 WC was after that time and they performed very poorly, and in any case THESE GAMES ARE ODIs!!!!!!!!! I was meaning Test-matches.
I suspected you did, but WCs are the one time when ODIs are treated as a serious issue. 99 was a moment of stupidity, that's WHY its unfortunate
WC ODIs are still totally incomparable to Tests, though.
India: - At times during the Australian Dominance, i would've rated India's batting lineup as 2nd to none. Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Sehwag & Laxman were a lethal combo. I've always admired their abilitly to withstand the pressure placed upon them by millions of fans, and that whilst the may not live up to expectations at times, they give it their all, and generally come out smiling no matter the outcome.
New Zealand: - The perannial underdog, and i find great delight in seeing our Trans Tasman rivals suceed against other nations, especially when they've been written off. Dan Vettori & Stephen Fleming are consumate professionals, and both are 2 players i'd love to have seen play for Australia instead.
That last post seemed to suggest he didn't give a flying **** about any ODI.
I watch ODI's because I'm an addict and there is nothing better on. But I don't give a flying **** if we win or not - I am focusing on the series with England in the summer much more than ODIs.
If we win the WC, will I be happy? Sure, I know the players want it and it would be nice if Sachin can win one but that's about it. I was much more excited when we won the series in WI and won a test in SA (much much more). I'd personally have a Test series win or draw in England any day of the week, and its not even close in terms of a comparison.
I believe you that you take test cricket much more seriously, but I reckon there's a part of you, hidden deep maybe, that secretly enjoys ODIs a great deal.
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