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    Steve Waugh to Retire

    Steve Waugh is set to announce his retirmemnt at 10:30am this morning (Australian time).

    Keep tuned to the front page for detail as they develop.

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    Really!! This is very sudden! Is he still going to play against India though?

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    Gut feeling = no.

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    I was alerted to the news early this morning on NZ Sports Radio.

    In some way it's not really a surprise but I guess alot of people were expecting him to make one last tour to India.


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    well from my perspective this is ridiculous...

    I feel if he has been pushed the selectors should be sacked immediatley AND they should start shopping for a house in Iraq cause at this point in time they would be safer there then here in Australia...

    If the above is true, its a sad day for Australian Cricket as our greatest ever captain is forced from the game with a recent test record that is as good as most around the world....

    The side now looks as though it has a sense of vulnerabilty around it...

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    What I've read so far is not that he's going to retire, it's that he's making a 'major announcement' on his playing future. Granted, that probably means he is going to retire but we'll wait and see. I think in all likelihood he is going to announce WHEN he is going to retire *hopefully he gets to do that*.
    Unless you guys have heard different.

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    Big mistake IMO...
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    I'll bet Martin Love is licking his lips at the news. That's as good as a test recall for him.

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    Wrong. Love is certain to be the third ugly sister behind Katich and Clarke.

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    Just saw the press conference. His last match will be against India at the SCG - what a way to go!

    See front page for full report.

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    Third behind Katich and Clarke? I'd love to be able to say that in this forum without my obvious Clarke bias being pointed out. It seems to everyone that the test spot available at the moment is a dogfight between Katich and Love. So where does Clarke come into it because of Steve Waugh and why would he be in front of Love?

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    Simple. Clarke will have had the full domestic summer under his belt (remember Waugh is retiring after this series).

    And besides, it's jyst my opinion - frankly, I don't really care if you were picked in his place as long as his replacement did the job.

    Somewhat, Love just won't get a permanent crack at a Test spot.

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    I'll go along with that. Although it's dependent on Clarke having a good summer.
    I think Love is the Andy Bichel of the batting.

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    My feeling is that Waugh's been told he's not a chance for India 2004 (or even Sri Lanka 2004) and that he's only been given the upcoming summer as a farewell tour...who was the last Australian player to be given such an accolade? Frankly, if you're going to retire, do it, then bugger off and let the young blokes have a crack in a low-pressure situation (like India at home) than a high-pressure situation (like India in India)...

    Considering this means that Ponting's first Test series as captain will now be in Sri Lanka, that is pretty poor going, at least drop Waugh as captain and give Ponting the reins now.

    On a related note, I reckon Lehmann is spitting chips now...Waugh's retirement would have guaranteed his spot for a while to come...

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    Shame to see him go but at least he wasn't pushed by the Powers That Be..
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