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    West Indies Discussion

    Not seen a huge amount of ODI cricket in the last year or so, so take this with a dollop of salt, but I’d tend to agree with Howe_zat. I think it’s Smith or Barath for the last batting spot; Bravo or Pollard for batting(ish) all-rounder; one of the two spinners (both uninspiring options – could...
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    **Official** India In West Indies

    Some typically odd selections here. Will Lendl Simmons really benefit more from playing a warm-up game against a poor international side than he will a series of ODIs against India? And even if you do agree with the exclusion of Simmons, what about the inclusion of Deonarine?! Why is he...
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    Chris Gayle willing to quit West Indies captaincy

    It's no good you sitting on the fence, Goughy. I'm intrigued to find out what makes him (almost) offensive to look at.
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    So you do do irony! I'd have to see it again, but still remember it being very innocuous. I find it odd that you're continually picking up on the shirt-pulling (do you remember the incident in Chelsea's penalty box in the first leg?) and yet don't seem bothered about the supremely cynical...
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    Ok, "ludicrous assertions" may have been a bit OTT, but I was taken aback by the extent to which people were/are backing the - in my opinion - jingoism fuelled coverage on - particularly - Sky. In terms of my own bias, it can be difficult to stay objective in the face of Chelsea's destructive...
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    All debatable, though the Drogba shout when there was a brief tangle of legs seemed very optimistic. I didn't see Pique move hand to ball initially and still isn't obvious on the replay, but certainly could have been given. The Alves-Malouda one does reflect badly on the ref in that he seemed...
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    The only explanation I can find for the one-eyed coverage on Sky, the biased news reports on the BBC and ITV, the rantings of Alan Green, and - by all accounts - the predictable drivel spouted by Lovejoy on 606 is jingoism. It's perhaps a small sample, so I could be accused of generalising, but...
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    Not sure what point you're making. I'm not suggesting you're biased, just that you - and many others - are mistaken if you think any great injustice has been perpetrated.
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    I'm talking about Drogba compounding the latest in a series of despicable displays of blatant cheating by abusing the ref and - ironically - swearing "disgrace" at the watching millions. That's a just a series of wrongs by a scumbag who should be drummed out of the game. As for this ridiculous...
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    Saved me the job, Uppercut. Some ludicrous assertions on here, mirroring the predictably jingoistic coverage on Sky and elsewhere in the UK media. Although I've been disappointed with Barcelona's performances over the 2 legs (though the loss of Puyol and Marquez and resultant reshuffle had a...
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    *Official* English Football Season 2008-2009

    That's "passion" is it. Does the irony of his accusations of it all being a "fcuk** disgrace" escape you, as it evidently does Didier?
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    Wisden's Dream Test XI 2008

    Looks like I'm picking on you, which I'm not, but another suggestion I'd take issue with. I think Amla's batting is very easy on the eye.
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    Wisden's Dream Test XI 2008

    Ok, I haven't watched as much cricket as I'd have liked this year, but based on what I have seen, and particularly India's home series against Australia and England in late 2008, this strikes me as a ludicrous assertion. Zaheer bowled superbly in nearly every spell I saw.
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    *Official* England in West Indies

    7 & 8 may be the ideal batting slots for Bravo/Ramdin, given their inconsistent test performances, but that would leave West Indies too short in the bowling department and put too much pressure on Bravo the bowler. With Sammy and Taylor in the test team, Windies would have a comparatively...
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    *Official* England in West Indies

    That's a fairly obscure stat (I'm asuming you mean test series). Is it particularly relevant? I agree that the series win represents further progress, building on generally encouraging performances over the last 15 months or so. Is that six tests unbeaten now!? Still, the same old problems...
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    *Official* England in West Indies

    Yep, because right from the outset they had no intention of going for a win and the presence of Powell, Edwards and Baker in the team was a token one. If they were going to approach the game in such a way they should have been more brazen about it and taken it to the logical extreme of...
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    *Official* England in West Indies

    They're not, but replacing Powell and having an extra front-line bowling option were the prerequisites for producing a competitive bowling unit.
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    *Official* England in West Indies

    No, but picking an extra bowler and picking the right bowlers would have been a much better option in my view. You're only ever going to invite pressure at some stage if you decide from the outset that you're not going to try to win.
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    *Official* England in West Indies

    The same kind of hubris that has contributed to England's impending defeat in this series?
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    *Official* England in West Indies

    I'd back Marlon Black's recall ahead of Powell's continued selection! I think it's more a question of whether Baker can hold off some of the domestic bowlers such as Tonge, Rampaul and Richardson. Either way, Sammy should certainly make the squad and probably the team.

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