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    All too easy from the sheds, isn't it? Speaking of playing the game on paper. And bagging Haddin for playing across the line to a swinging ball at pace? ****'s just different > 80mph, the decision to play one way isn't so easily reversed and you can look like a nitwit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    So him failing and getting dropped wouldn't qualify as him being selfish? Well, if performing and saving your career when you probably should've been dropped, then there have been a lot of incredibly selfish players over the years.

    I mean seriously, what did you expect him to do?

    I am just saying that it would have been good if Hussey was dropped after that test. That he wasn't meant no good thing came out of it. It meant that a bloke who couldn't score a run to save his team always managed to do it to save his hide. Well that's not much of a player is it? It was a rat of an innings. And definitely a paper one as well.

    I think it qualifies for this thread and on reflection I'm sure you do too.

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    Yeah all those great Australian batsmen deprived of a place in the side becaue of selfish Mike Hussey....

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    Bore off. Huss is the man. And always been a team man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    Fair enough, I didn't realise that was a Broad spell of epic proportions. 2009 was a while ago and I can't say I saw it live, so going off Cricinfo scorecards (combined with my prevailing cynicism regarding our batting line-up), and my utter hatred for Broad probably combined to make me assume it was a collapse. Which, in turn, basically makes me look like a complete idiot for that post.

    I blame Stuart Broad. WAC.
    But on the other hand this is pure gold

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    Geez you Hussey fanbois...

    Point isn't that he kept great batsmen out. If he isn't scoring runs he should be dropped. Thats fair. With idea of firing him up to get his spot back. You know; in the time honoured way. Remember that?

    But atleast we agree it was a paper innings. No one is disputing is that right?

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    I vote Matthew Hayden in the 5th Test Ashes 2005. Took nearly 2 days to score his ton to save his place whilst accepting the offer of bad light a couple of times even though Aus were something like 250/1 and desperately needed quick runs to give enough time to bowl England out and retain the Ashes. To me that's a much better (worse) example. Because unlike Hussey he probably harmed the team's chances beyond a certain point whilst batting for himself.

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    Is this your way of conceding Hussey's selfishness? By smart alec analogy that backfired?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    Is this your way of conceding Hussey's selfishness? By smart alec analogy that backfired?

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    A ton that did nothing for the team? Yeah. There's hundreds of those around. One could argue any hundred scored in a lost cause is a 'paper innings'.

    But I don't think it quite fits the spirit of the thread - innings that actively hurt the team's chance of winning that game.


    My last word on the Hussey issue - I'd still rather an out-of-form, 50+ averaging Hussey than playing Phil Hughes as a middle order batsman, picking Andrew McDonald as a specialist bat (since he was the only other alternative on tour, IIRC), or pulling someone from the County circuit at short notice. Form is temporary, class is permanent and all that.

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    Obviously not going to agree. Hussey's form was toilet for a long time before that game; even the series iirc. He should have been dragged alot earlier so it wasn't just a choice of Macca or Hussey. But your point about Hughes underscores the favour done for Hussey. Hughes was dropped at the 1st opportunity. Someone had to replace him. I would have kept him in the middle order and benched Hussey.

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    Also I would like to give a big shout out to Stuey Broad's 169 at Lords vs Pakistan in "that" Test. Never done anything like it before or since. Sure he batted well, but I would put it down to part fluke, and partly something fishy going on. Of course it did get overshadowed by all the kerfuffle that followed, so I suppose it was controversial in that sense.

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    Which would've been silly, because for all Hussey poor form in the series up until that point Hughes was a ****ing embarrassment.
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    Geez has this guy got an axe to grind on Mr Cricket or what..

    Wonder what the score woulda looked like in the next Ashes if they hadda binned him like you wanted

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    Well who knows? Atleast the new guy would have had a few years to settle. Btw it was Hussey's form that was the embarrasment and I just don't get the contradiction of dropping Hughes lickety split but propping a comatosed Hussey in the side for so long.

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