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Old 6th September 2015, 20:58   #41
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Shane Watson has retired from test cricket. Shame.
Fine servant to Aussie cricket. Good luck to him for the future.
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Old 6th September 2015, 20:59   #42
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Has haddin quit yet? I want my prediction of retiring five to come true. ...
Would they be the ones approaching the ends of their careers no matter the outcome of the Ashes?
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Old 6th September 2015, 22:01   #43
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In seriousness, like many all-rounders he's been "hamstrung" by injuries which have probably limited his opportunities and, when fit, his effectiveness.

He was heralded as the Aussie Flintoff when he came into the side - in fact Fred's performance in 2005 forced the Aussie selectors to look at him and Symonds as potential replicas.

In the end, Watson's efforts probably fall someway short of Fred's as a bowler in both tests and one-days, but his record suggests he has been the better batsman.
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Old 6th September 2015, 22:37   #44
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I was impressed when he stepped up to open for Aus in tests. Nothing amazing, I don't think that was expected, but a bunch of 50s and offered them some stability in transition.
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His bowling was a disappointment at test level, although with the reasonable defence that injuries took a bit of pace off and made it hard for him to bowl that many overs. Hard to use injuries as an excuse for being a boring bowler though.
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Old 9th September 2015, 03:57   #46
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Brad Haddin makes it 5.
Harris, Watson, Rogers, Clarke and Haddin.
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Brad Haddin makes it 5.
Harris, Watson, Rogers, Clarke and Haddin.
It's been obvious for a while that this would be the last tour for all of them, it was just a case of whether it would be a tour too many or a last hurrah.
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Old 9th September 2015, 10:28   #48
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It's been obvious for a while that this would be the last tour for all of them, it was just a case of whether it would be a tour too many or a last hurrah.
No, no, no. You do not get to rewrite history. Sir Virgs and only Sir Virgs saw it coming.

Well done Sir Virgs. You've earned it:

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No, no, no. You do not get to rewrite history. Sir Virgs and only Sir Virgs saw it coming.

Well done Sir Virgs. You've earned it:

Sir Virgs and Michael Clarke

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Sir Virgs and Michael Clarke

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Some of them took a very long time to get up to the podium, didn't they?
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No, no, no. You do not get to rewrite history. Sir Virgs and only Sir Virgs saw it coming.

Well done Sir Virgs. You've earned it:

Thanks pal. Would they all have quit if they had hammered us? I doubt it. Irritated that I got the score wrong with my 3-1 but I expected rain. Oh well.
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Old 9th September 2015, 21:15   #52
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Three items from the Somerset q&a tonight which are interesting. One is relevant here.

1. Kieswetter is making noises about becoming a pro golfer. No idea if true.

Others were Tom cooper is not coming back and we were close to getting Willey but yorks won. Shame.
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Haven't seen any comments regarding Chris Tremlett's retirement. (Edit: just seen them!) Always felt he could have been really special. Injuries took their toll but I wonder if he was just too nice a bloke, didn't seem to have that animal in him.

Wonder if he's got a son who can be the fourth in line?
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Old 9th October 2015, 07:47   #54
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Rusty Theron, the South African quick who played a handful of limited over internationals, has retired due to knee injuries. He does still plan to play in T20 competitions however.
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Looks like the last of the Lankan old guard and, as said elsewhere, one of the few top class spinners left, Rengana Herath may stand down after the t20 world cup.

I think he is the only test player still going who debuted last century? Afridi is still playing T20Is and Shiv is in the international wilderness now but not retired.
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Old 17th November 2015, 08:30   #56
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Goodbye Mitchell Johnson. The snarling brute who took down Smith and Kallis in 2008 and overwhelmed England in 2013. Yet for much of his career was a fragile character prone seemingly to his own mental disintegration. Still, great fun to watch.

My first memories were of him playing in an ODI tournament in Malaysia in about 2006. Thought then that Australia had a talent on their hands. Perhaps never achieved as much with the bat as he could've done.
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Mitch goes out as an Ashes loser -mercurial occasionally, sub Harmison at other times. Seems a bit early to quit frankly.
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Mitch goes out as an Ashes loser -mercurial occasionally, sub Harmison at other times. Seems a bit early to quit frankly.
Indeed. Came across as a bit of a bell end on the pitch as well.
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Indeed. Came across as a bit of a bell end on the pitch as well.
Disagree.

I thought this until I saw him at Trent Bridge on the day of the 60ao. Was fielding near us and getting a lot of abuse from a small group of drunk blokes which got pretty tedious after a while. During the afternoon he ended up signing about 40 autographs for kids and a couple of adults, chatted to several fans and posed in two girls' selfie shot. Apart from the moron who kept chanting Miiiiiitch-elll well past the point of amusement he turned the rest of the crowd around onto his side. Came across as a top bloke despite it being a probable career low point.
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I see Brett Lee is turning himself into a leading man.

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