No, he had a mobile phone in the other hand. He also had a World Cup medal around his neck.Originally Posted by Nashwan
No, he had a mobile phone in the other hand. He also had a World Cup medal around his neck.Originally Posted by Nashwan
Looks like Marlon Samuels is about to take a two year break from cricket by the looks of things. At this rate, it's going to take a long, long time for West Indian cricket to get back on top. Are some of their key players still going to miss the first few test's against us to play in the IPL? I haven't heard anything about that for a while.
The West Indies is a pale imitation of what was once the world's best. I doubt that losing Marlon Samuels for a couple of years will affect their mediocrity.Originally Posted by Tabata
The IPL is, I believe, televised on one of the obscure cable channels over here. I've haven't yet meet anybody who has actually watched proceedings. They may be "talking about it" non-stop on the sub-continent but it hasn't raised a ripple here.
Summer is finally here with the first test against New Zealand starting at Lords tomorrow. Pity we didn't have better opposition to play because I actually believe England can beat the decimated Kiwis. You can't expect to be able to say that very often where England is concerned!
You mean how they "convincingly" beat them down under?Originally Posted by Nashwan
*cough* Hello - although to be fair I haven't seen much of it!Originally Posted by Nashwan
I haven’t watched more then 5 seconds of it to be honest. I’m sure I ain’t missing out on much.
My apologies! Well, there's one person whose seen some of the "action". I know we have vastly differing opinions on the merits or otherwise of 20/20 cricket but I shall, weather permitting, be fully tuned in to the England/New Zealand proper version of the game over the weekend. The second half of the season should be more interesting, though, with the arrival of the South Africans.Originally Posted by Blokee
I tip my cap to the captain as usually. Sadly I won’t be able to watch much of this tour. Play starts at 1 am over here! Hopefully Hodgey can push on today and tighten the hold on the West Indies.
Serves you right for living on the far side of the world!!Originally Posted by Tabata
The West Indies as a venue is excellent for us because it "kicks off" at about 2:00 p.m. I dare say that I won't get to watch any tomorrow because there's the Championship play-off at Wembley between Hull City and Bristol City, the Heineken RU Cup Final between Munster and Toulouse, horse racing, oh, and lest I forget, there is the little matter of England playing New Zealand at Old Trafford. Good thing about the "summer" over here: the weather may be poxy but the sporting action is very good.
Looks like we've got a test match on our hands in Jamaica.
Good time for Haddin to shine in his first match.
Not a bad one at Old Trafford, either! The Kiwis completely dominated Day 2 and England looked shot to pieces with some wretched batting, bowling and fielding! Rain due in Manchester (how unusual!) later today so the weather may help to spare England's blushes.Originally Posted by Tabata
Everytime I've tryed to sit down and watch some of this series it's been raining. So I've given up.Originally Posted by Nashwan
It's 2 am and I can't get to sleep! So I'm just going to watch some cricket. Another 100 runs and I think we'll be safe. The pitch is doing a bit now.
It's turning into a cracker, with New Zealand doing their best to flush it down the bog! Something like 15 wickets fell today - lousy batting by both sides - and you wouldn't like to name a winner at this stage. New Zealand, with the runs on the board, must be favourites, though.Originally Posted by Tabata
Hayden’s been sent home from the tour as most of you would know already. Marshall, Taylor and Michael Clarke all in for the Antigua test. Gayle still injured and isn't playing again. We won the toss and elected to bat but the play has been delayed by a wet outfield.
By the way, Ponting’s about 61 runs away from 10,000 test runs!
I started to watch the post-lunch session after getting home from work. The play was so uninspiring that I fell fast asleep!Originally Posted by Tabata
Good luck to Ponting because he's a great player. I do feel a bit sorry for the Aussies because it must be very hard to get motivated when playing in front of one man and his dog! I think we can safely say that cricket is more or less dead in the West Indies. Mind you, all will be different, Tabata, when your mob come here next summer. There won't be nearly enough seats available to satisfy the demands of the home supporters.
To be fair, it's pretty hard to get big crowds when you have the population of Victoria and the team has sucked for the best part of 8/9 years.Originally Posted by Nashwan
Congratulations to the captain on 10,000 test match runs!
The 3rd Australian to do so.
Amen to that!Originally Posted by Tabata
Much more positive batting by the Aussies in Antigua today, despite still having to play in front of one man and his dog. Also nice to see Brett Lee batting well again. The guy is a top-notch character and a fine cricketer.
Incidentally, any idea where gdn is these days? The guy knows and appreciates his cricket and I must admit that his contributions are missed.
I don’t think he likes us anymore.Originally Posted by Nashwan
Brilliant return by Clarke today. Not only gets a great century, but gets a few wickets late in the day. Was also nice to see Johnson get the other wicket. Get Chanderpaul out early tomorrow and we’re in some serious business.
I don't see any way back for the Windies, to be honest. The pitch in Antigua is not the best in the world and it wouldn't surprise me to see the Aussies win this one by an innings.Originally Posted by Tabata
The IPL final is currently on - I bet I'm the only bugger watching it from this thread!
Too right!! To be fair, though, I still haven't encountered anybody else who will admit to have watched any of it. Perhaps it's the sort of game which is more enjoyable being in attendance rather than watching it on the box?Originally Posted by Blokee
What a final - Warne's team needed one off the last ball to win - and they scampered through to grab victory. I know you guys hate T20 but that was pure drama.
You can't use the word "drama" in relation to 20/20 cricket, because the game is over far too quickly for anything dramatic to happen.Originally Posted by Blokee
MacGill announces retirement!
I can’t say I’m totally shocked by the news since he’s clearly a shadow of his former self so far this series, but the timing of it did come out of left field for me. I wish him all the best in the future. No matter what some say, he was a great bowler for Australia and if Warne wasn’t in his way, he would have taken 400/450 + test wickets easy if you ask me. But saying that he still had a great cricketing career. 207 wickets in 43 tests is something anyone would be proud of.
Thanks again, Stuart!
I wonder how much Brett Lee paid umpire Russell Tiffin this afternoon?! Three shocking decisions, all given in favour of Lee, has completely changed the state of the game. Two l.b.w. decisions (both batsmen playing at balls that pitched outside the off stump, and both playing a shot), plus one "caught" down the leg side, really put the Aussies on top. Although Lee was bowling brilliantly at the time, getting loads of reverse swing, I am sure he would be the first to admit that he was the beneficiary of some piss poor umpiring.
The pitch has really flattened out since the second day and I think that, even given their huge first innings advantage, the Aussies might find it harder than anticipated to bowl out the Windies twice.
I think Brett Lee is the #1 bowler in the world at the moment - thoughts?
10 wickets on the last day to win the 2nd test eh? With all due respect to the West Indies, I can’t see any outcome that doesn’t result in us not retaining the Frank Worrell Trophy by the end of the days play tomorrow.
I only saw the Ramdin one and it was bad as it gets.Originally Posted by Nashwan
He has arguably been the worlds #1 since the summer here.Originally Posted by Blokee
Can't find any reason to disagree.Originally Posted by Blokee
Nice pic of MacGill in his last test.
All the best in the future.
This crap will never end.Cricket Champions League unveiled
Four major national governing bodies have unveiled plans for cricket's first Champions League tournament.
The authorities in England and Wales, India, Australia and South Africa have set up an eight-team autumn event with a £2.5m cheque for the winners.
Such rewards are unprecedented in English cricket, where most counties make a loss and rely on funding from the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The tournament will be played in India or the Middle East.
The announcement comes after discussions between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Cricket Australia, the Board for the Control of Cricket in India and Cricket South Africa, and is inspired by the success of the Indian Premier League.
English cricket will be represented by the two finalists from the ECB Twenty20 Cup.
They will line up against India's Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, Western Australia and Victoria, and the Titans and KwaZulu Natal Dolphins from South Africa.
"The ECB Twenty20 Cup will be even more fiercely contested this season in the knowledge that the two teams who reach the final will qualify for the Champions League," said ECB chairman Giles Clarke.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew believes many questions need answering.
"What about England's one-day cricketers, as they will be unavailable for almost all of the domestic Twenty20?
"Would Peter Moores release them, and, if so, what effect would that have on their county team?
"And where are the other countries like the West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan?," he added.
"In fact, is this the first split between the haves and have-nots?"
This year's Twenty20 Cup starts on Wednesday.
Sadly, it sees to be only the beginning.Originally Posted by Tabata
I liked Michael Holding's comments during yesterday's play between England and New Zealand when he said that he's never watched 20/20, commentated on it, or ever intends to do so. Perhaps David Lloyd, also commentating for "Sky", and who is a big 20/20 fan, summed it up best when he said: "It's entertainment, not cricket". Very well stated, in my opinion.
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Kensington Oval, Barbados - ahhh, the memories
Good luck to Casson for today.
Considering I heard him commentate on the Stanford 20/20 and that is why he wasn't in New Zealand for Sky Sports last winter I find this statement very surprising and to be frank - a down right lie from the likeable Mikey Holding.Originally Posted by Nashwan
I'm going to catch a few hours of play tonight. Hopefully we can take the honours on day two.
I must admit that I wondered why Michael Holding wasn't with the "Sky" team in New Zealand last winter. Oh dear.....!Originally Posted by Blokee
That was a stunning catch by Casson to see the end of Chris Gayle this afternoon. A full blooded drive by Gayle, followed by Casson leaping to his left, body completely off the ground, to catch the ball with two hands. A real cracker.Originally Posted by Tabata
Good game in Barbados with both teams swinging the bat at the ball with some ferocity. Some of the shot selections have been awful but it sure has made for some really entertaining cricket.
Speaking of "entertainment", England and New Zealand cross swords in a 20/20 match, which is scheduled to start in a few minutes' time. Guess who will not be watching?!!
Me - what do I win?Originally Posted by Nashwan
Euro 2008 is beating out everything on my TV - yet to miss a game and as much as I do love 20/20 - major football finals only come around every two years.
Just got home from the Wallabies’ game and just in time to watch some cricket.
Katich better do something good today after what happened yesterday.
Looks like he did.Originally Posted by Tabata
Hopefully we can get a lead of around 500 runs by midday and send them back in.
I think Australia should be a bit disappointed with their score, particularly against the Windies' pop-gun attack!Originally Posted by Tabata
On an even more lighthearted note, one of the commentators the other day, complete with straight face, intimated that the Windies team was "improving". I wonder what he's been smoking?!! Take out Chanderpaul, Sarwan and, perhaps, the hit-or-miss Chris Gayle, and they are very average.
Take the best 3 batsmen out of most teams and they look pretty average. Rebuilding West Indies Cricket isn't going to happen over night. It also doesn't help when they‘re fighting to keep their young talent like Chris Jordan from playing for other countries.Originally Posted by Nashwan
I've just been reading that England's Kevin Pietersen hit a couple reverse-sweep shots for 6 yesterday. I can remember this shot being received with dismay in certain quarters when it first appeared some years ago , but the stroke used to be played as a gentle paddle around the corner. Now, I may be a little out of touch with modern-day cricket, but I find it amazing that a batsman is able to change grip, turn his body around, and then smash the ball for six all within a split second or so. If he's still alive, I wonder what Geoff Boycott makes of it all.
I was pretty disappointed with the catching in the field and the bowling outside of Clark/Lee throughout the series. But the West Indies did show some good fight in them so I’m pretty pleased with the series win.
It's great to watch, Humph, and Pietersen must have incredible strength and agility to be able to accomplish it. I doubt that many cricketers have the ability, physique and timing to even attempt the stroke and most would certainly stay with the more traditional, genteel "reverse sweep", as you mentioned above. One well-known former player reckons that if Pietersen ever thought of taking it up, he has the strength and quality to possibly make up into a top-flight baseball hitter. Interesting parallel.Originally Posted by Humph
Boycott is still alive and kicking and I dare say that he would probably frown on the shot, as it's not out of some textbook, but I'm sure he would also admire the qualities that it takes to execute such a shot.
It was a better series than I expected, possibly because of the "friendliness" of some of the pitches. I still maintain, though, that without the likes of Chanderpaul and Sarwan, the Windies team is average at best in test cricketing terms.Originally Posted by Tabata
The forthcoming England/South Africa series should make for some competitive cricket, provided the bloody weather starts getting warmer!
Take out the non-english born players out of the England side and the same could be said about your lot, Nash.Originally Posted by Nashwan
Part of that statement has some validity, son, but the England bowling attack is superior to its West Indian counterpart, in my extremely humble opinion. If you ever want a "gimme" series, play the Windies!Originally Posted by Tabata
Well done Collingwood, you have just given rival fans of England even more ammo to dislike your team.
I didn't know the England cricket team had any fans!Originally Posted by Tabata
Seriously bad judgement by Collingwood on that "run out". I know he apologised later but the deed had been done. The only consolation as far as I was concerned was that New Zealand won the game.
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