Yeah fair play, i can understand what you're saying, the beware the wounded Lion thing, but i still think that 06/7would have been 5-0 regardless. TBH The Australian team doesn't really need an extra motivation to beat england well, it's a national past time, and probably one of the best international sporting rivalries, across several sports, going.Nah, the point I was making was about the wounded great side - of Australia's first-choice eleven for the start of the 2005 Ashes (Langer, Hayden, Ponting, Martyn, Clarke, Katich, Gilchrist, Warne, Lee, Gillespie, McGrath), nine played the opener in 2006/07. England were pretty poor in 2006/07 and they're pretty poor now, but of what might have been said to be the first-choice thirteen (two places were impossible to call) in that season (Strauss, Cook, Bell, Collingwood, Pietersen, Flintoff, Jones\Read, Giles, Hoggard, Harmison, Anderson\Mahmood) only six remain at the start of 2009.
Australia's outstanding side was hurt deeply by the 2005 defeat, and that in my view inspired them to play as well as they did in 2006/07. England, however hurt they were by the 2006/07 drubbing, simply do not have anywhere near that level of talent so aren't going to be able to respond similarly.
Totally agree. The oddest thing about the whitewash was that it hadn't happened at any other time since the early 1920's.Yeah fair play, i can understand what you're saying, the beware the wounded Lion thing, but i still think that 06/7would have been 5-0 regardless. TBH The Australian team doesn't really need an extra motivation to beat england well, it's a national past time, and probably one of the best international sporting rivalries, across several sports, going.
To which you can add one tense draw and L&T missing most of the final test in 1974/75.Could so easily have done in 1998/99 or 2001 though. Just an accident waiting to happen. A last-afternoon thunderstorm in Brisbane, a ridiculously damp Lord's, a traditional Australian collapse in the face of a small total, one remarkable spell from Dean Headley (including another similar collapse) and an even more remarkable innings from Mark Butcher minus and we'd have lost 18 in a row between Edgbaston 1997 and SCG 2002/03. Just think of that.
Finally, in 2006/07, no circumstances conspired in England's favour and no brilliant last-ditch individual performance pulled a game from the fire. Mind, it's safe to say England's Adelaide defeat in 2006/07 was probably even less likely than any of their victories at The Oval 1997, MCG 1998/99 or Headingley 2001.
I hate affixing this O to the end of Aussie players though, Watto, Marto, Haydo(s),* Kerry O'Keefe's commentary, think it was in Adelaide in 2007.. Wondering why England players were all given nicknames with a "Y" after their names, and what would happen if the Aussies had nicknames like that. Pontingy Lehmanny, sent Agnew into hysterics like during Botham's leg over incident.. Was very funny at 4 in the morning..
Aussie cricketers fail badly at nicknames.I hate affixing this O to the end of Aussie players though, Watto, Marto, Haydo(s),
Aussie cricketers fail badly at nicknames.
Marsh = Swampy
Boon = Boonie
Allan Border = AB
Taylor = Tails (or Tubby)
Gillespie = Dizzy
Martyn = Marto
Slater = Slats
Every single one of the Sincocks who've played for Aus state sides = evil dick