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  • Australia

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  • Bangladesh

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  • England

    5 16.67%
  • India

    2 6.67%
  • New Zealand

    1 3.33%
  • Pakistan

    1 3.33%
  • South Africa

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  • Sri Lanka

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  • West Indies

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  • Bangladesh

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Thread: Best Side Of July 2007-Oct 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Well... I think they're the most likely... but remember the last time they played India sans-McGrath (and Warne too, but Warne's always had limited success against India in any case)?

    Of course, in the possession of Stuart Clark (and hopefully Jason Gillespie) their attack is still (presumably going to be) very far from shoddy and of course massively superior to the one they had in 2003\04, inclusive of Lee, Williams and a novice Bracken who should never have been picked at that time.

    But IF India can bat well in that series, especially against the bowlers other than Clark, it'll send out a massive confidence-boost to everyone else. And I honestly can't remember who their next series after India is against.
    Well the bowling would still be superior to that of 2003/04, as you said...but Indian batting will be a LOT worse than it was then and Australian batting will be better than it was then.

    So yea, I doubt we have much of a shot .
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    Never know... Dravid's as good as ever, Sehwag might get a few quick 40s like he did then, Tendulkar and Laxman have looked better recently than they have for ages and hopefully can continue that over here in a few months' time. Ganguly isn't, I don't think, much different either.

    Still... lightning striking twice is rare, and I'd guess almost everyone would be giving India a better chance this than last time (at least, before it became clear McGrath would miss the series) in any case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Never know... Dravid's as good as ever, Sehwag might get a few quick 40s like he did then, Tendulkar and Laxman have looked better recently than they have for ages and hopefully can continue that over here in a few months' time. Ganguly isn't, I don't think, much different either.

    Still... lightning striking twice is rare, and I'd guess almost everyone would be giving India a better chance this than last time (at least, before it became clear McGrath would miss the series) in any case.
    Dravid is good...Sehwag can't score a 40 even if you promised him a cheesecake at the end, Tendulkar and Laxman are finished and Ganguly has always been OK in the Test arena.

    Plus, Australian bowling is way better. We'll see...but I see a 3-0 loss. With one lucky draw...maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post

    Still... lightning striking twice is rare,
    actually not true, if somewhere has been struck by lightning once it is MORE likely to be struck again.

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    In the sense of that metaphor, it's true, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Tendulkar and Laxman are finished
    I disagree. They might be, but I don't see that there's reason to presume they are. As I said - in both cases, the most recent series was their best for quite some time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713 View Post
    Bangladesh. Only country fielding two sides this year.
    meant to put zimbabwe in there

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    They're unlikely to field many if any sides this year, TBH - and if they do I think we can fairly safely count them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    They're unlikely to field many if any sides this year, TBH - and if they do I think we can fairly safely count them out.
    Who, Bangladesh or Zimbabwe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713 View Post
    Who, Bangladesh or Zimbabwe?
    Zimbabwe I think. Judging by this article we won't be seeing too much of Zimbabwe anytime soon.
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    cant see australia being replaced as the best test team anytime soon!!!
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    You can tell when a team is great whenever there is an open bus parade when they are beaten in one series
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manee View Post
    You can tell when a team is great whenever there is an open bus parade when they are beaten in one series
    you referring to england 2005 ashes?

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