howardj may just have been scooped.
howardj may just have been scooped.
Originally Posted by Peter Mooresforever 63*
"Cricket needs brightening up a bit. My solution is to let players drink at the beginning of the game, not after. It always works in our picnic matches." - Paul Hogan
Liked the read, thanks WW.
I don't know WW. I mean yes, things need to be looked at but there is obviously a good system in place for young players coming up to domestic cricket. There will always be those parasite-like old players(much like Gareth Hopkins here in NZ....ew)who stay mainly because they have no other qualifications and need to maintain their selves financially or just love the game. I guess cricket is a profession and the best should be playing. So i don't particularly have a problem with that. Most respectable guys step away when holding young talent back.
Anyway, to be honest when i look at some of the young players over there. I would arguably say Australia has the most talent coming through. Players like Khuwaja who are comparable to someone like Kane Williamson in talent. Then on top of that players like Hughes, Lynn, Faulkener, Maddinson, Starc, Copeland, Cosgrove and that kid that was bowling 150k at like 17 years of age in the 20/20 competition (someone tell me his name). Even Smith is a baby but still really talented though people don't want to admit it. Class will return to Australia!
Good read btw!
Last edited by Mike5181; 30-03-2011 at 04:41 AM.
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I am a free man, I am caught. From where I am, I see the top.
I am most importantly never concerned with what I am not.
Forever, more than just surviving.
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Was watching Clarke's media conference and frankly speaking he made a lot of right noises.
Though its just a harsh reality that Australian fans around the world haven't really warmed up to the idea of him leading Australia and he therefore needs to improve as a player and also win over the skeptics with his leadership.
People are saying Watto for vc is a good choice but I couldn't disagree with that anymore, he already has the burden of opening the batting and then bowling and last thing he needs is to also be involved in management and leadership side of things.
The smart thing would have been to give it to Haddin who has arguably been one of our most consistent test players and after his departure we could have made one of the younger blokes the vice-captain.
He probably won't be asked to do a huge amount as vice captain especially with players like Ponting and Hussey still around for Clarke to turn to. If Clarke gets injured and he is captain that will be interesting though.
I wonder how much Haddin really gets on with Clarke, and he has seemed a bit agitated with things in the media recently. With Watto, I reckon Clarke can be certain that Watto's 100% behind him.
Also, I reckon Watto is actually quite smart tactically. Certainly with bowling, he has recently come on when the front line bowlers were going all over the place and shown them where and how to bowl, which they've then copied and got wickets.
I can see the merit in giving Watson the VC job, given he's our best player and there was no real alternative. But he has never at any stage struck me as the leadership type. Tactically and technically I'm sure he's pretty good, but his character and the sort of mentality he often displays under pressure...Look at his repeated blow ups once he hit that mental roadblock in the nervous 90's last summer...and the ugly incident with Chris Gayle in Perth.
He's too snipey and he too often wears his heart on his sleeve. Just not leadership material imo, and this is coming from a long time Watson fan. He's never been earmarked as a leader at any level previously, and he's also too valuable as a player to risk burdening him with leadership and potentially compromising his performance.
That being said, there was outcry IIRC at him replacing Phil Hughes at Edgbaston, from both Aussies and Richard.
If I know Richard though, I imagine he would still class it as an error/poor selectorial decision
Most Australian's who are actually learned on the game have always rated Watson as a player. It should be distinguished from the people who doubted he could have a good career due to injuries though.
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