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Old 3rd January 2015, 19:42   #21
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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!
Sadly all too believable!

Psyduck may want to edit his opening post to say 1st test only instead.
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Old 3rd January 2015, 20:12   #22
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Sadly all too believable!

Psyduck may want to edit his opening post to say 1st test only instead.
Done. Series predictions for South Africa are fine but I'm only looking at the calendar year for the highest run scorer / wicket taker.
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Old 3rd January 2015, 22:33   #23
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Here's mine

Tri-nation series- England win one game but fail to make final
WC - QFs
Tour of West Indies- England win 2-0
ODI in Ireland (if not rain-affected)- Eng win in usual unconvincing to start but eventually comfortable manner
NZ tour of England- Eng win tests 1-0; ODIs 3-1 and T20I
Ashes tour- Eng win tests 3-1; lose ODIs 1-3 and lose T20I
Tour of Pakistan- tests 1-1; lose ODIs 2-3 and lose T20I

By the way, I was looking at the ECB's future tours list and if we think 2015 is busy...

October 2014 was the last full calendar month England don't have a scheduled tour/tournament until October 2017. I think my calculations are accurate (but may not be...)

2015- max 30 ODIs (min 26), 14 tests, 3 T20Is-that's a maximum of 103 days of international cricket
2016- 18 ODIs, 17 tests, 4 scheduled T20Is plus T20I WC (min 3, max 5 matches!?)- a max of 112 days of international cricket
2017- 17 ODIs plus ICC CT (in England again!?, 3-5 matches), 11 tests, 5 T20Is- a rough max of 82 days of international cricket

For reference, 2012-13, which were seen as extremely tough calendars for England, there were the following
2012 - 17 ODIs, 14 tests, 12 T20Is (99 days of international cricket)
2013- 22 ODIs, 14 tests, 7 T2OIs (99 days of international cricket)
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Old 3rd January 2015, 22:55   #24
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Very bullish predictions Ali - I wasn't really expecting that.

I'm pretty shocked how many people are predicting that England will regain the Ashes. The Aussies are by no means unbeatable (especially away from home) but, seriously, have you seen England recently? If either Broad and/or Anderson get injured they stand no chance whatsoever.
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Old 3rd January 2015, 23:18   #25
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Very bullish predictions Ali - I wasn't really expecting that.

I'm pretty shocked how many people are predicting that England will regain the Ashes. The Aussies are by no means unbeatable (especially away from home) but, seriously, have you seen England recently? If either Broad and/or Anderson get injured they stand no chance whatsoever.
Well, I'll always try and be positive. As much as I dislike the current English establishment from test captain upwards, I do like some of the talent coming through.

If Johnson/Harris are injured I think Australia (in England) are in a similar predicament as if we lose Anderson/Broad prior to/during the Ashes.

I think we are capable of both winning and losing all the test series this year, so I flipped the coin and turned up heads each time. None of the opposition are so strong as to fear them, same with us. In reality, I expect a more mixed return from the test series.
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Old 3rd January 2015, 23:54   #26
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If Johnson/Harris are injured I think Australia (in England) are in a similar predicament.
If both teams lost their two top seamers Australia would have Hazelwood, Siddle, Bird, Starc and Pattinson to choose from. England would have Finn, Woakes, Jordan, Plunkett and Stokes. I know which I prefer!
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Old 4th January 2015, 01:20   #27
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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?
It seems pretty certain that Clarke will be going soon, replaced by the Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves.

As ever, a lot will depend on the Ashes performance. Whether this is right or wrong is another matter; England have reviews after bad Ashes, but don't tend to bother after bad World Cups. So the fate of the rest of them largely depend on that series - if they win, everything's hunky dory and they all stay. A huge loss and they'll probably all go. A close loss and Moores could go, and Cook if his form continues to be terrible.

If Downton is smart, he won't talk to the media at all now he's 'dealt with' the Pietersen affair, so a majority of people will have forgotten him in a few months time. Whittaker is suitably anonymous to stay in his job - and to be honest, I don't see much that the selectors have done wrong in the past year. The sacking of Pietersen was pretty much out of their hands, whilst the position of Cook as ODI captain was the result of a natural conservatism in selection which has served England well over many years now. I'd rather see it as a positive that they managed to break that, despite the fact that there were people (Moores and Downton) who still wanted Cook as captain.

I don't have a lot to add when it comes to actual predictions - it should be a very interesting year and very hard to accurately predict, but here's my go:

World Cup - It's not absurd to think that England could come second in their group, as they'd need to beat New Zealand and Sri Lanka to do so. If they can do that, they'll be facing Pakistan or West Indies in the quarter-finals, a match they really should start favourites for. As soon as they meet Australia, India or South Africa in the knock-outs, that should be the end of their tournament, but even these teams are beatable. So **** it, I'll be positive and say they'll get to the semis.

West Indies away - Should be a walkover, 2-0. Home advantage should be a big deal these days, but the shambles of the West Indies more than over-compensates for this. Trott will become Cook's partner.

New Zealand at home - As others have said, NZ are an improving team with some excellent bowling talent, so this could be a close series. I'll say 1-1, because I like predicting draws even though these are really rare these days.

Australia at home - 2-2, see above. Neither team should be good enough to dominate the other (yes, I know you would have said that before 13/14, but **** it, I'm saying it again).

Pakistan - I'll go for 1-0 to Pakistan, conditions should ensure England fail, but I still hold out some hope that they'll put up a fight. To be honest, I'm only saying 1-0 because predicting another draw is a bit silly.

South Africa - Lose the first Test, and lose the rest too probably. My general theme of these predictions has been positivity, with a young and talented team springing some surprises, but by the end of the year I expect they'll run out of steam against a higher class opponent.

As for who will actually go - I'm saying just Cook. His form simply looks like it's fallen too far. He's still relatively young, so I don't want to completely write him off as a Test batsman, but I think it'll need him losing the pressure of captaincy for him to make a return. Who knows, perhaps taking the ODI captaincy, coupled with the longest time off he's had for years, is enough - I hope so.
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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?
Win everything except the WC and Pakistan away.
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Old 4th January 2015, 17:10   #29
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England have reviews after bad Ashes, but don't tend to bother after bad World Cups.
Nor after catastrophic Ashes.
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Old 4th January 2015, 21:55   #30
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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?
Cook - despite showing signs of returning to his previous form - will be sacrificed to keep the others in a job.
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I'm no Englishman, but seeing the pessimism in this thread against the national team, I feel very much at home. So, here are my predictions:

The World Cup - Don't see a great performance; probably reaching quarters
West Indies away (3 tests) - England should win this 3-0 or 2-0
New Zealand home (2 tests) - England should win this 1-0
The Ashes home (5 tests) - This could be touch and go, with England probably winning 2-1 with a couple of tests either ending in draw or rain playing spoilsport
Pakistan away (3 tests) - Here, I don't see much hope and England could end up losing this 0-1 or 0-2
South Africa away (first test only, the other 3 tests fall in 2016) - This could be a draw with rain playing spoilsport
Leading run scorer (tests) - Alastair Cook
Leading wicket taker (tests) - Stuart Broad
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Just resurrecting this thread to remind us all of our predictive powers.
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Just resurrecting this thread to remind us all of our predictive powers.
And that you and I predicted an easy England series win.

I was slightly out on the others. World Cup being the pinnacle
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Very bullish predictions Ali - I wasn't really expecting that.

I'm pretty shocked how many people are predicting that England will regain the Ashes. The Aussies are by no means unbeatable (especially away from home) but, seriously, have you seen England recently? If either Broad and/or Anderson get injured they stand no chance whatsoever.
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And that you and I predicted an easy England series win.

I was slightly out on the others. World Cup being the pinnacle
With regard to the second part of my predictions, it's been mighty kind of the Aussies to lose so quickly, taking nigh on weeks off England's workload this year.
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Mine weren't too bad actually and still think my UAE prediction is nailed on.
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With regard to the second part of my predictions, it's been mighty kind of the Aussies to lose so quickly, taking nigh on weeks off England's workload this year.
I was just looking at the number of days of cricket and thinking how many you can cross off for tests finishing in under 4 days, often under 3.
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Quite good efforts from a number of people here, although nobody got close on everything, unsurprisingly. Not much expectation that we'd only draw in WI, unsurprisingly.
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I was just looking at the number of days of cricket and thinking how many you can cross off for tests finishing in under 4 days, often under 3.
Yet last year the first five tests of the summer went to the fifth day as did both v NZ this summer and two of three in the Caribbean. The three day test line is being over played a little I think.
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Yet last year the first five tests of the summer went to the fifth day as did both v NZ this summer and two of three in the Caribbean. The three day test line is being over played a little I think.
Not really when you look at the Ashes but okay, take the point otherwise. It's Australia's batting that's the big problem.
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