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The Ashes Thread.

Postby plastic scouser » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:44 am

Burf.....sshhhhhhh. ;-)
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Joe » Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:35 am

Cook gone for 10 after a slow opening...

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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Burf » Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:32 am

:lol: Scouser.

hey - I' have you know when we clinched the Ashes that last time I was travelling back with the lads from my stag weekend & we listened to every ball...so I can't be a jinx....can I ? 8)
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby billythefish » Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:01 pm

93-3 now that Burf has turned up.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Roger Mellie » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:05 pm

I'm concerned that we don't have enough quality to bowl the Aussies out twice. Montys been gash for ages .
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby billythefish » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:25 pm

Watched all the 20/20 games at Glammy this year and generally the spinners perform better than the quicks. It swings around a bit but is very slow wicket. Glamorgan have been playing 3 spinners (Dalrymple, Croft and Cosker) in most games. So can see why we went for 2 spinners. Doubt that both will play in all of the tests.

Personally more worried that we are a batsman short and like the tests against the windies a bowler will end up doing little. From memory think Bresnan only bowled a handful of overs in the 1st test.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby plastic scouser » Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:43 pm

KP & Colly have steadied the ship...both 50 up...

I reckon our bats can handle the task this summer.....but like mellie, I reckon we're a bit lightweight for form bowlers..
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Burf » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:33 pm

Colly has just gone....228 - 4.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby dog rout 21 » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:35 pm

That's fucking IT!
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby plastic scouser » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:36 pm

:lol: :lol:
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby skyblue » Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:58 pm

I think the aussies are in the same boat as us in terms of bowling attack. With the exception of Brett Lee, who is inconsistent, none are really proven at the highest level. They have failed, understandably, to replace Warne and Mcgrath.

I think this series will be as tight as 2005.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby The Yid » Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:55 pm

I think Monty will come good... He has been away and worked on his variation with Mushy and it will benefit him. His County figures are disappointing, but they do use a different ball in the county championship and he's been developing those variations rather than attacking bowling.

Think once he gets a wicket - he'll be well away. I think the pressure is on Swann... needs to do it against a real cricketing powerhouse.. let's hope he does!
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Lloydy » Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:27 pm

I'm really optimistic about our chances, though i'm still not convinced by the tactical side of Strauss's game. I think Vaughan tactics played a massive part of our ashes victory in 2005, hopefully Strauss will emulate this. Should be a good summer, but it only really starts next thursday if you ask me ;-) [smilie=icon_mrhappy.gif]
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Sky Blue Steve-o » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:33 pm

I reckon we'll be pretty close to them throughout the series. This pitch looks like it'll be very interesting for the spinners in the 4th innings. Hopefully our groundsmen can prepare the pitches for spin seeing as its the main area where we have an advantage over them!

My main worry is in the middle order, because if the top 4 fail then we could well be screwed. Having said that Colly and Prior batted pretty well today and Freddy didn't look too bad either. I don't really know half of the Aussie squad so I haven't got a clue what to expect from them.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Sky Blue Steve-o » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:34 pm

Oh, and odds of 9/2 on a drawn series. Decent price for two well matched sides I reckon.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby Burf » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:48 am

If we can post 430 - maybe even 450 today then we could put the Aussies out of this first test - the pitch is going to turn & we've got two spinners...
A lower order collapse of any sort though , meaning we've only got sub-400 on the board & it's anyones.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby phoenix » Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:00 am

I can't see us getting anywhere near 450 now. I predict the the first test will be a draw.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby billythefish » Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:22 am

Very dark and cloudy here in Cardiff this morning with the odd spot of rain so not the best batting conditions at the minute.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby dog rout 21 » Thu Jul 09, 2009 10:56 am

Good partnership by the sound of it, swann must have been told to crack on before lunch.
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Re: The Ashes Thread.

Postby phoenix » Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:14 am

I stand corrected. Strewth, they're missing Warne.
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