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Old 29th August 2008, 22:18   #61
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Or maybe he just listened to Bob's pathetic pleas!
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Old 29th August 2008, 23:50   #62
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Or maybe he just listened to Bob's pathetic pleas!


Willis is weird especially when the other commentator might be talking to a guest and Willis sits there staring at the screen with a evil smirk, which reminds me that Stanford looks like an alien from another planet or some kind of robot. He just doesn't look like a real person.
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Old 30th August 2008, 00:41   #63
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Willis is weird especially when the other commentator might be talking to a guest and Willis sits there staring at the screen with a evil smirk, which reminds me that Stanford looks like an alien from another planet or some kind of robot. He just doesn't look like a real person.
Haha yeah, Willis has one hell of a stare, he loves the camera does Bob. It is a kind of unsettling stare also, your right.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009...steve-harmison

I thought these two were friends.

Maybe not having a contract would motivate him.

Malcolm says Harmison should be asking for the new ball. I think Flintoff is to blame after that first ball in Australia and never letting him have it while he was captain. Did that ball set the tone for the Ashes. No. Everyone could have had a laugh and then got back to business. The next time he got the new ball was when Moores took over but when ever Sidebottom was in the side with another swing bowler it was back to first change for him.

While Pietersen was captain Harmison opened the bowling but when Strauss took over the in the West Indies he wanted Flintoff to be the strike bowler. Harmison is better in bowling position no 2 rather than actually opening at no 1. I notice at Durham sometimes he opens and other times comes on first change.

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Old 12th September 2009, 18:14   #66
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Can't be many who can say that.
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Especially as he can't be guaranteed a start in the next test.
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Will he carry on playing or will he quit after the season is over?
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Many England players feel unable to return to county cricket after their international career ends. Harmison would have no such doubts if his Test career ended; the affinity between him and the 5,000 spectators at The Riverside was clear. Surpassing Simon Brown's record of 518 Durham wickets would be ambition enough whilst his body still felt strong.

"Simon Brown was fantastic for this cricket club,'' he said. "He was the mainstay of this club when times were hard for Durham. He is someone I look up to. I am close to 400 for Durham and to get past him would give me great pride.''
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Harmison has now stated that he will retire should he not be picked for the SA tour. Source: Today's Guardian

He seems to be saying that he expects to play a major role in the bowling line-up, with no drinks carrying. This appears to be fairly unrealistic in the circumstances - I think he needs to be told his services are no longer required and thanks for your contributions to England cricket, but we are now heading in a different direction.
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No point elaborating on the reasons as I suspect most agree, but he should retire from international cricket so we can be done with him. Oh, and domestic cricket.
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Harmison has now stated that he will retire should he not be picked for the SA tour. Source: Today's Guardian

He seems to be saying that he expects to play a major role in the bowling line-up, with no drinks carrying. This appears to be fairly unrealistic in the circumstances - I think he needs to be told his services are no longer required and thanks for your contributions to England cricket, but we are now heading in a different direction.
Youuuuuuuuuuu heartless swine!
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Eh? I thought I was being quite decent about this situation. He says that with Freddie retiring from tests he doesn't want to leave England in the lurch without his services, but then, more or less, dictates that he expects to play in all the games on tour or will opt for retirement.

He is saying "Pick me or cut me loose". I say it is time to cut him loose as an international player. Sorry if that makes me heartless - I don't think it does.
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I can understand his frustration at being selected and then just sitting on the sidelines. No one wants to be in that position.

Whether he should be in the side is another matter. This could be his Bob Willis at Headingley 81 moment.
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I can understand his frustration at being selected and then just sitting on the sidelines. No one wants to be in that position.

Whether he should be in the side is another matter. This could be his Bob Willis at Headingley 81 moment.
Exactly so - he should not be selected as the drinks waiter. On that basis, I would not be picking him, since he should no longer be considered a first-choice for the pace attack. I might feel differently if he gave us the stability that we need the way Freddie has done.
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If he was serious about getting back into the England squad he would have arranged to play for a side in SA anyway even though not selected for the tour.

There could be a couple of injuries and next thing Khan would be called up.
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Old 15th October 2009, 15:46   #77
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Grievous Bodily Harmison will instead spend a rare winter at home, wondering if he was too honest for his own good when he admitted he did not want to be a bit-part player and senior water-carrier - as he was in the Caribbean and New Zealand on his two previous overseas trips.
Harmison makes too many gaffes when a microphone is put in front of him. This is probably more responsible for him missing tests than his bowling.
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If he was serious about getting back into the England squad he would have arranged to play for a side in SA anyway even though not selected for the tour.

There could be a couple of injuries and next thing Khan would be called up.
I thought I had heard him say something back in the summer about going to South Africa and playing there so that he would be available if needed, if not selected for the tour, but I'm not sure if I've got this right.
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I thought I had heard him say something back in the summer about going to South Africa and playing there so that he would be available if needed, if not selected for the tour, but I'm not sure if I've got this right.
I think it was more that he thought was going to be selected and would get extra bowling miles in his legs playing for a SA side before the Tests so he would be fit and in form rather than turning up unfit. As it is Plunkett, Davies, Bell and Sidebottom will be going out early to get some match practice but Harmison would have needed to be playing more than that.
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Harmy is joining Yorkshire on a months loan. I hope he doesn't get homesick!
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