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Old 3rd January 2015, 12:41   #1
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2015 Predictions

2014 was probably the most miserable year to be an England cricket fan since 1999 so is there any grounds for optimism for 2015?

I would like to hear your predictions for the England team for 2015 in the following:

The World Cup
West Indies away (3 tests)
New Zealand home (2 tests)
The Ashes home (5 tests)
Pakistan away (3 tests)
South Africa away (first test only, the other 3 tests fall in 2016)
Leading run scorer (tests)
Leading wicket taker (tests)

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Old 3rd January 2015, 12:48   #2
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World Cup - anything closely regarding our 2011 performance would be most welcome. Knocked out when the knock-outs begin.

West Indies (A) 1-1 Slow start and we lose the first, come back to claim the second and then the third is drawn

New Zealand (H) 0-1 Can see this going the same way as the Sri Lanka series last year but with more hilarious batting collapses

The Ashes (H) 2-1 Urn regained. Just.

Pakistan (A) 2-0 Nightmares of 2012 return but we're not whitewashed as 1st test is drawn

South Africa (A) 1-0 down. First test blues.

Leading Run Scorer: Root (Steve Smith)
Leading Wicket Taker: Broady, He'll have a hot streak in the middle of the Summer as he is prone to do (Steve Smith)
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Old 3rd January 2015, 12:51   #3
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I'll leave cows out of it for once

World Cup Semi-finals. I think England will be up and down but get through the group. The Aussies and Kiwis will produce seam-friendly pitches that play in England's favour as they beat a subcontinental side in the quarters. A young, vibrant England side come out with some credit

Windies tour 1-0 England. Unconvincing win as England struggle on slow pitches before getting over the line thanks to Anderson and Broad.

New Zealand 2-0 England. Return to form for Cook as England routinely beat NZ, despite their improvement.

Ashes 2-1 Australia. Tough one to call, I just think if Cook is still in charge despite a return to form it could go belly up. Depends if the aging Aussie side begins to creak a bit.

South Africa Draw

Leading run scorer Gary Ballance

Leading wicket taker Stuart Broad

Oops forgot Pakistan 2-0 Pakistan. Can't see us doing well in the UAE with no spinners on the horizon.
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Old 3rd January 2015, 13:33   #4
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One more prediction please - how many of Clarke, Downton, Whittaker, Moores and Cook (as captain) will still be in a job come 31st December?
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One more prediction please - how many of Clarke, Downton, Moores and Cook (as captain) will still be in a job come 31st December?
Downton and Moores will still be there. I doubt all four will be gone.
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Cook will stay. His Ashes win keeping him well into 2016.
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Windies (a) Eng 2-0
NZ (h) NZ 1-0
Aus (h) Aus 3-1
Pak (UAE) Pak 2-0
SA (a) SA 2-0

Sorry I can't be more positive. I can see 1 or 2 of the senior players bowing out after the year ahead and one or two of our up and comings come a real cropper. As well as that our "bench-depth" regarding seamers will be cruelly exposed, especially if Anderson/Broad don't deliver or get injured.
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Windies (a) Eng 2-0
NZ (h) NZ 1-0
Aus (h) Aus 3-1
Pak (UAE) Pak 2-0
SA (a) SA 2-0

Sorry I can't be more positive. I can see 1 or 2 of the senior players bowing out after the year ahead and one or two of our up and comings come a real cropper. As well as that our "bench-depth" regarding seamers will be cruelly exposed, especially if Anderson/Broad don't deliver or get injured.
Yes, I agree. I'd go so far to predict a drawn series in the Caribbean and a 0-3 Ashes defeat.

Even so, I wouldn't be so pessimistic as to expect England to lose 2 Tests out of 1 against SA in 2015 !
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The World Cup - we will muddle through the group stages and then buttler will win the QF. This will inspire us to go all the way to victory.

West Indies away (3 tests) rubbish flat pitches but windies are terrible and we win 3-0 because they are terrible.

New Zealand home (2 tests) one battling draw and a win so we take the series 1-0

The Ashes home (5 tests) a belting series but some rain about. We win 3-1.

Pakistan away (3 tests) we get gubbed. 2-0.

South Africa away (1 test) we get lucky and win the test (then lose series next year)

Leading run scorer (tests) Mr Cook
Leading wicket taker (tests) woakes.
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Yes, I agree. I'd go so far to predict a drawn series in the Caribbean and a 0-3 Ashes defeat.

Even so, I wouldn't be so pessimistic as to expect England to lose 2 Tests out of 1 against SA in 2015 !
I didn't look at that particular caveat, thinking of the whole series! Given England's propensity for nearly always losing our first away test I would then predict a 1-0 lead for SA. I could too see Windies away being a tougher affair if they got close to a first choice XI. It is easy to forget that losing Gayle, Darren Bravo and Kieran Powell as well as Roach through injury is a big blow given the lack of depth their squad has.
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The World Cup - one surprise good performance in the group stages but an all too predictable exit in the knockout stage when a team is too explosive for us
West Indies away (3 tests) - 1-0 England. Surely not even Peter Moores can mastermind a defeat against the woeful WIndies
New Zealand home (2 tests) - 1-0 NZ. It's not beyond the realms of possibility though that with a good toss to win England scrape a win to paper over some cracks.
The Ashes home (5 tests) - 3-1 Aus. This isn't a great Aussie side and I can't see Ryan Harris playing all 5 tests.
Pakistan away (3 tests) - 3-0 Pakistan. If Pakistan win the first the wheels will fall off - this is assuming that it isn't all change after the Ashes
South Africa away (1 test) - South Africa, but with England showing more fight than in the UAE
Leading run scorer (tests) - Bell - will have a good tour of the WIndies
Leading wicket taker (tests) - Stokes or Woakes. Anderson and Broad won't last the year.

I'm hoping that Clarke, Moores, Whitaker and Downton all go. Pretty sure that Whitaker will stay though and have a nasty feeling that at least one of Moores and Downton will survive.
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World Cup - Semi-finals. - Stokes finds form in the BB and replaces injured Tredwell. Taylor the main run scorer.

Windies tour 0-2 Rashid and Ali play every game. Lees becomes Cook's new opening partner.

New Zealand 0-2

Ashes 2-1 Harris injured and Johnson not so effective. We always declare before he has a chance at the tail.

Pakistan 2-0 beaten by Ajmal's quick spin. Cook resigns as captain (he blames it on all the different partners he has to bat with and the loss of Gooch as batting coach) and is not selected to play for England again. Root takes over as captain.

South Africa 1-2

Leading run scorer - Joe Root
Leading wicket taker M Ali

Oh I forgot KP joins Lancs for the 20/20s.
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For me:

World Cup - I can't see us putting up much of a fight against the two host countries but we should have enough to beat Scotland, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The match against Sri Lanka could be interesting - I think we have a chance and it should determine whether we finish third or fourth in the group. I think we'll lose in the quarter final, irrespective of who we play.

West Indies - I think we'll lose the first test but win the series 2-1. We are bad but not bad enough to lose to the Windies, surely? If England fail to win Cook should be sacked as captain.

New Zealand - this should be a good series between two evenly matched teams. It's a shame it's only a two match series really although there isn't any room in the fixture list. I'm going for a 1-1 draw but either side could realistically win it 2-0.

Ashes - I'm backing the Aussies to win the series 3-1. I think their seam attack is too strong, although much will depend on the fitness of Ryan Harris.

Pakistan - I'm hoping we'll put up a better showing than last time we played out there but given how easily Pakistan outplayed Australia in 2014 our prospects look bleak. I'm going for a 2-0 win for Pakistan.

South Africa - I think we might take a test off the Saffers (if Anderson and Broad are still walking by then) but lose the series 2-1 or 3-1. I would expect the hosts will win the first test.

Most runs = Gary Ballance
Most wickets = Jimmy Anderson

I would be surprised if any of Clarke, Moores and Cook were in a job by the end of the year. I suspect Downton and Whittaker will cling on unless there is a total clear out under the new chairman.
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The World Cup: quarter-finals. Even without Cook England are still behind the best teams.
West Indies away (3 tests). Win 2-0
New Zealand home (2 tests). Win 1-0, but it will be close.
The Ashes home (5 tests). Lose 3-1.
Pakistan away (3 tests). Lose 3-0. England are still clueless how to play spin / slow bowling, even if Pakistan are without Ajmal.
South Africa away (1 test) Surely its 4 tests? Lose 2-1.
Leading run scorer (tests) Joe Root
Leading wicket taker (tests) Stuart Broad

Not much optimism for me i'm afraid!
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World Cup - Semi-finals. - Stokes finds form in the BB and replaces injured Tredwell. Taylor the main run scorer.

Windies tour 0-2 Rashid and Ali play every game. Lees becomes Cook's new opening partner.

New Zealand 0-2

Ashes 2-1 Harris injured and Johnson not so effective. We always declare before he has a chance at the tail.

Pakistan 2-0 beaten by Ajmal's quick spin. Cook resigns as captain (he blames it on all the different partners he has to bat with and the loss of Gooch as batting coach) and is not selected to play for England again. Root takes over as captain.

South Africa 1-2

Leading run scorer - Joe Root
Leading wicket taker M Ali

Oh I forgot KP joins Lancs for the 20/20s.
I'm a bit confused by these predictions. Are you saying we will win in the Windies, lose to NZ at home, regain the Ashes, lose to Pakistan then beat South Africa?
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Yes, but just one in 2014 I think.
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Yes, but just one in 2014 I think.
Yes, i stumbled upon that realisation a few moments after posting!
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Yes, but just one in 2014 I think.
Or maybe none !
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Doh! 2015 I meant.
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Doh! 2015 I meant.
it's confusing us all....when I first saw South Africa away (1 test) i thought "Oh how ridiculous...all that way just for a one-off match!
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