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Old 11th September 2008, 06:23   #21
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Well proof that the ICC has completely lost the plot, how on earth can they award the Spirit of Cricket to Sri Lanka ahead of the fairest, nicest team in the world, New Zealand? Must be rigged.

No real surprises with the rest of the awards though. Good to see Chanderpaul get the cricketer of the year award, he has been the one saving grace for the West Indies in recent times. Apparently it is the fifth year in a row Taufel has got the best umpire award, which is a great effort but a pretty sad indictment on the rest of the umpires.
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Old 11th September 2008, 08:42   #22
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Not sure I would put Sidebottom in a World XI but well done to him anyway.
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Old 11th September 2008, 09:42   #23
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I'd struggle to put him in an England XI.
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Old 11th September 2008, 11:20   #24
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Well done to Pietersen and Sidebottom for getting into the World Test XI.
I'm particularly pleased for Sidebottom. I'm amazed at the amount of people on here who have written him off already on account of his injury problems in the latter part of the summer (see the posts above for example). He has been one of the leading bowlers in world cricket in the relevant timeframe and he fully deserves recognition for that. Fingers crossed he'll be fit and raring the go this winter. I like the idea of a bowling attack comprised of Sidebottom, Harmison, Flintoff, Broad and Panesar.
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Old 11th September 2008, 11:56   #25
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Sidebottom in a World XI surely shows that he should play for England. Well done to him and Pietersen. Rest of the awards, no great surprises.
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Old 11th September 2008, 12:36   #26
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Misbah-ul-Haq should have been included somewhere.
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Old 11th September 2008, 12:45   #27
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Well done to RTD, a master cricketer.
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Old 11th September 2008, 12:59   #28
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Ironic that Shiv won the award given how shyte the Windies have been but surely shows the extent to which he has dominated. ODI team threw up some surprises. I doubt KP would have gone to Dubai as he didn't get a nomination for a major award. I did hear him say after the test series that he couldn't wait to go on a major holiday with his wife and it was out of the country. (i.e. England) Perhaps he gone to SA or somewhere in Africa because he says he likes to do an animal safari at least once per year.
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Old 11th September 2008, 13:03   #29
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Even if West Indies did not perform up to the mark, I think Shiv performed really well. He was nearly always doing something and contributing great stuff for WI, when they failed to produce something. He deserves his award.
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Old 11th September 2008, 14:18   #30
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I'd struggle to put him in an England XI.
Exactly, he doesn't even get in the strongest England XI.

Has Sangakarra actually kept in a test this last year?
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Exactly, he doesn't even get in the strongest England XI.

Has Sangakarra actually kept in a test this last year?
ICC in not knowing what the **** they're doing shocker.
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Exactly, he doesn't even get in the strongest England XI.
He'd get in my England XI ahead of Jimmy Anderson.
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He'd get in my England XI ahead of Jimmy Anderson.
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Old 11th September 2008, 21:02   #34
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Broad 36 wickets in 21 matches @ 20 in the last 12 months.

Bracken 36 wickets in 25 matches @ 23.

Johnson 39 wickets in 24 matches @ 21.

Lee 36 wickets in 23 matches @ 25.

You are the ICC. Which of the above four bowlers do you leave out in your ODI team of the year?
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Old 11th September 2008, 21:06   #35
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What did Farveez Maharoof do this year? I really can't remember much about him doing anything special, Broad should have been in for him.
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Broad, as he's English?
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Old 11th September 2008, 21:43   #37
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What did Farveez Maharoof do this year? I really can't remember much about him doing anything special, Broad should have been in for him.
Has flown under the radar but got himself into the top 10 bowlers in ODI cricket. Averaged 17.42 with the ball during tours of Australia, India and England.
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I'm particularly pleased for Sidebottom. I'm amazed at the amount of people on here who have written him off already on account of his injury problems in the latter part of the summer (see the posts above for example). He has been one of the leading bowlers in world cricket in the relevant timeframe and he fully deserves recognition for that. Fingers crossed he'll be fit and raring the go this winter. I like the idea of a bowling attack comprised of Sidebottom, Harmison, Flintoff, Broad and Panesar.
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He'd get in my England XI ahead of Jimmy Anderson.
It's a shame that I didn't notice this until now, as I'd have saved you the need to point out the obvious from the previous post. I too would select him ahead of Anderson, unsurprisingly.
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It's a shame that I didn't notice this until now, as I'd have saved you the need to point out the obvious from the previous post. I too would select him ahead of Anderson, unsurprisingly.
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He'd get in my England XI ahead of Jimmy Anderson.
Sidebottom 41 wickets at 18.48 against NZ, 11 wickets at 46.54 against everyone else.

He'd certainly get in my team if we were playing NZ.
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Sidebottom 41 wickets at 18.48 against NZ, 11 wickets at 46.54 against everyone else.

He'd certainly get in my team if we were playing NZ.
Everyone else meaning Sri Lanka away and SA at home, you mean? You make it sound like he's played about 5 other nations. He had shocking luck in Sri Lanka against a good batting side on dead tracks. Against SA he had to bowl at Lords, another dead track. It's not his fault he played 6 tests against NZ and only 5 against the other two sides either. Did Anderson do a little better against NZ too, do you think? Oh, funnily enough, Anderson averaged worse against Sri Lanka (83.5 v 63.6); South African (33.9 v 32.3) and New Zealand away (35.4 v 17.1), marginally better against NZ here (19.3 v 20.5).
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