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Old 11th February 2009, 09:46   #1241
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Could you not have found a better photo then?
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Old 11th February 2009, 12:53   #1242
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It's a pity that Anderson has absolutely no chance whatsoever of flattening any opposition batsmen. Unless it's with a freak rebound off of the boundary boards.
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Old 11th February 2009, 23:25   #1243
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It's a pity that Anderson has absolutely no chance whatsoever of flattening any opposition batsmen. Unless it's with a freak rebound off of the boundary boards.
I'm not so sure that Jimmy would be on Daniel Flynn's christmas card list. Didn't he give Sachin some problems with short balls or did I imagine that?
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Old 11th February 2009, 23:30   #1244
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Old 11th February 2009, 23:47   #1245
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I feel the question needs to be asked: was Bell actually batting in the net Anderson was bowling in, or an adjacent one?
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If I hadn't already made a joke about Anderson's wayward bowling already on this thread, I might have suggested he'd have been unlikely to be the straight one.
This represents the sort of work which really ought to be encouraged (from gbg, obviously, not from Anderson).
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Old 12th February 2009, 16:07   #1246
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Pack mentaility about Ian Bell? I hadnt noticed that in any of the several threads on which he is being attacked.
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Old 12th February 2009, 16:15   #1247
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Pack mentaility about Ian Bell? I hadnt noticed that in any of the several threads on which he is being attacked.
I believe it is the brilliant analytical abilities of Collingwood 5 who has been so prescient in describing Bell's past record and presence at the crease, has started this pack mentality. C5 has been the leading light in presenting us with the notion that little Ian indeed doesn't merit his place in the national team. Therefore I believe that I should nominate C5 for the position on new England coach. This could be a revolutionary tactic as it would wind up the opposition captain and coach as well as fans beyong compare and they would completely lose their rag in the manner of Ponting after being run-out at Edgebaston.

Kim, you know it makes sense.
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Old 12th February 2009, 16:23   #1248
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Pack mentaility about Ian Bell? I hadnt noticed that in any of the several threads on which he is being attacked.
There's always a pack mentality against people who aren't performing. It's just (message board) life. Think of Jimmy, Harmy, Strauss, Colly, Prior, Monty etc etc. What Athers says makes a huge amount of sense but I doubt come tomorrow that they would have put as much thought into it as that. Really should have taken a back-up opening batsman. It's a toss up as to who I would prefer to play out of Bell and Cook although the ginger one did look the marginally more mentally shot.
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Old 12th February 2009, 16:39   #1249
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There's always a pack mentality against people who aren't performing. It's just (message board) life. Think of Jimmy, Harmy, Strauss, Colly, Prior, Monty etc etc. What Athers says makes a huge amount of sense but I doubt come tomorrow that they would have put as much thought into it as that. Really should have taken a back-up opening batsman. It's a toss up as to who I would prefer to play out of Bell and Cook although the ginger one did look the marginally more mentally shot.
I therefore have a pack mentality against most players we have then.
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Old 12th February 2009, 17:22   #1250
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I believe it is the brilliant analytical abilities of Collingwood 5 who has been so prescient in describing Bell's past record and presence at the crease, has started this pack mentality. C5 has been the leading light in presenting us with the notion that little Ian indeed doesn't merit his place in the national team. Therefore I believe that I should nominate C5 for the position on new England coach. This could be a revolutionary tactic as it would wind up the opposition captain and coach as well as fans beyong compare and they would completely lose their rag in the manner of Ponting after being run-out at Edgebaston.

Kim, you know it makes sense.
Sounds like a brilliant plan to me
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Old 12th February 2009, 17:27   #1251
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Talking of coaches, the PCA are having discussions with a Nick Littlehales about his potential involvment with trhe England team.

He is an International sleep coach.

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Old 12th February 2009, 18:51   #1252
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Talking of coaches, the PCA are having discussions with a Nick Littlehales about his potential involvment with trhe England team.

He is an International sleep coach.

Really
That's good to hear. England discovered the pitfalls of appointing a county coach without the international experience. Its a real posi'ive to find them learning from their mistakes.

ps Do you have a link?
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Old 12th February 2009, 18:56   #1253
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Surely we need an astrologer - they could decide the batting order, the fielding positions, who bowls when and in fact almost anything - in fact who needs a head coach?
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Old 12th February 2009, 18:58   #1254
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With Super Jim knocking lumps out of Ian Bell we are obviously in need a team phrenologist.
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Old 12th February 2009, 19:00   #1255
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That's good to hear. England discovered the pitfalls of appointing a county coach without the international experience. Its a real posi'ive to find them learning from their mistakes.

ps Do you have a link?
Its in an article in the latest Wisden Cricketer.

But here is something on our potential new hero

http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/200...ittlehale.html
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Old 12th February 2009, 19:05   #1256
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Here is all mr kenneddy needs to know

1. if with your partner, leap on top
2.if alone - do what comes naturally
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Old 12th February 2009, 19:12   #1257
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I'd suggest England's running would be improved if they kept to the opposite end to their partner.
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Old 12th February 2009, 19:15   #1258
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Its in an article in the latest Wisden Cricketer.

But here is something on our potential new hero

http://www.niallkennedy.com/blog/200...ittlehale.html

Thanks.


Interesting.

As was your decision to mention it on the Ian Bell thread. Are you suggesting he is the dozziest cricketer out there?
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Old 12th February 2009, 19:32   #1259
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There's always a pack mentality against people who aren't performing. It's just (message board) life. Think of Jimmy, Harmy, Strauss, Colly, Prior, Monty etc etc. What Athers says makes a huge amount of sense but I doubt come tomorrow that they would have put as much thought into it as that. Really should have taken a back-up opening batsman. It's a toss up as to who I would prefer to play out of Bell and Cook although the ginger one did look the marginally more mentally shot.
I rather think that the pack mentality Atherton was referring to was the press pack, not amateurs on message boards. A large section of the media have had it in for Bell for a couple of years. I can't remember when he last got a good write up, even after scoring 199 (Duncan Fletcher: "typical Bell, didn't have the bottle to collect the extra run to give him a double century", although those wereren't his exact words). And after the shambles of the 51 all out, the newspaper headline for Pringle's piece in the Telegraph was something like "England disastrous, Bell must go". Certainly the reasons for dropping Bell are compelling, but he didn't singlehandedly cause England's downfall. Top five: 9,0,4,1,1; single figures both innings: Strauss, Cook.

I think it is time to drop Bell but it is refreshing to see that there is someone in the media prepared to back him.
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Good article in this months wisden Cricketer. It says Bell is in danger of becoming the Greame Hick of the 21st century. It compares him to collingwood 5's hero, who had a lot less natural batting talent but often produces under pressure and influences the course of matches. basically Bell has to learn to bat ugly.
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