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Old 29th December 2010, 15:38   #81
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Yeah there is no way Ponting will be dropped unless he pulls out with injury. As bad as his form has been in this series he still deserves to go out on his own terms given his great batting record.

Everyone keeps calling for Khawaja to be included like he is the next Bradman but I have yet to see any evidence to back it up, he failed badly in his two innings against the England B attack in Hobart.

They will more than likely stick with Hughes and Smith since they are viewed as players of the future so the only change will probably be a spinner in for the injured Harris. Should be Beer since he has been 12th man the last two tests, even though either Hauritz or O'Keefe would probably be a better choice on their home ground.
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Old 7th January 2011, 07:23   #82
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This Australian team was not that much different from the team that was competitive in the 2009 Ashes (as in one wicket away from drawing the series). The only players that played in 2009 but not this series were Manou(1 Test), Clark (2) and Hauritz (3). Of course in those days, Hilfenhaus was a decent bowler and Ponting, Clarke and North still knew how to bat. (Hughes was rubbish both times though.)

Australia has two major issues this series:
1) In each match had at least one bowler who couldn't buy a wicket for love nor money. Doherty, Bollinger, Beer were the main culprits.
2) In each innings there was a top order collapse of 3/50 or worse. The blame for this can be fairly squarely put on Ponting and to an only slightly lesser extent Clarke.
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Old 7th January 2011, 08:41   #83
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And in other news...

Hilditch thinks the Aussie Selectors have done well.

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This from the guy who played Doherty and Beer and avoided Hauritz, and given that Smith obviously wasn't picked for batting or bowling, picked on the master-stroke of playing a reserve wicket-keeper in case something went wrong with Haddin...
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Old 7th January 2011, 09:14   #84
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Australia in crisis, but also in denial

Absoluty scathing review by Peter English of the selectors' response to the series defeat. His reply to the quote in Breacan's post: "He was being serious.", and he finishes the article with:

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Despite admitting they were out-bowled, out-batted and out-thought, Cricket Australia's top employees can't bring themselves to say they are in a crisis. Or apportion any blame for a summer filled with disasters. It would be funny if it wasn't so serious.
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Old 7th January 2011, 09:47   #85
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I've always though poorly of Aussie selectors. Even in 2005 there were signs that they weren't really up to the job- far too reactive than proactive. The decision to leave out Hauritz just baffles me- he may not have got a huge number of wickets, but he'd have least brought some control to one end, something Doherty/Smith/Beer were utterly incapable of. And why was Beer allowed to leap frog over O'Keefe who has a decent first class record and was in the A side?

Then what has David Hussey ever done to Hilditch that he can be consistently overlooked at test level for also-rans like North and Smith?

The reality is that English is right, Australian cricket is in denial, but has been for a long time now, even before all the greats retired. No planning for the flood was ever made, because noone in CA ever thought there would be a flood.
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Old 7th January 2011, 10:14   #86
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I've always though poorly of Aussie selectors. Even in 2005 there were signs that they weren't really up to the job- far too reactive than proactive. The decision to leave out Hauritz just baffles me- he may not have got a huge number of wickets, but he'd have least brought some control to one end, something Doherty/Smith/Beer were utterly incapable of. And why was Beer allowed to leap frog over O'Keefe who has a decent first class record and was in the A side?

Then what has David Hussey ever done to Hilditch that he can be consistently overlooked at test level for also-rans like North and Smith?

The reality is that English is right, Australian cricket is in denial, but has been for a long time now, even before all the greats retired. No planning for the flood was ever made, because noone in CA ever thought there would be a flood.
First mistake they made is that they should have tried to convince the players to retire more gradually and not 4 in one series as happened. Apparently they forgot what happened when Marsh, Lillee and Chappell all retired in the same Test: they only won 3 of their next 32 Tests, and in 5 1/2 years the only series they won was one against New Zealand and a one-off Test against Sri Lanka.
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Old 7th January 2011, 11:38   #87
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I know I really shouldn't but I've just been sent this joke therefore it needed to go somewhere!


Q: What do you call a world-class Australian cricketer?
A: Retired.


Q: What is the main function of the Australia coach?
A:To transport the team from the hotel to the ground.

Q: What do you call an Australian who can hold a catch?
A: A fisherman.

Q: What do you call an Australian with a champagne bottle in his hand?
A:A waiter.


Q: Who spends the most time on the crease of anyone in the Australian team?
A:The woman who ironed the cricket whites.


Q: Why don't Aussie fielders need pre-tour travel injections?
A: Because they never catch anything.


Q: What's the Aussie version of a hat trick?
A: Three runs in three balls.


Q: What do Aussie batsmen and drug addicts have in common?
A:Both spend most of their time wondering where their next score will come from.


Q: What is the most proficient form of footwork displayed by Australian batsmen?
A:The walk back to the pavilion.


Q: What did the spectator miss when he went to the toilet?
A:The entire Australian innings.


Q: What's the Australian version of LBW?
A:Lost, Beaten, Walloped.


Q: Why do Australians call their favourite drink XXXX?
A:Because they can't spell beer.
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Old 7th January 2011, 12:03   #88
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Asked Shane Watson if I could borrow some sugar....

....but hes run out.

Oh dear.
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Old 7th January 2011, 12:08   #89
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Why is Hilfy still in the side? He is very predictable and maybe they can go for the young Copeland.
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Old 7th January 2011, 13:58   #90
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Asked Shane Watson if I could borrow some sugar....

....but hes run out.

Oh dear.
That's my favourite, if only because I hadn't heard it before.
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Old 7th January 2011, 14:03   #91
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Q. What's the difference between Ponting and a Phoenix?

A. At least the Phoenix has a future.
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Old 7th January 2011, 14:26   #92
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Going to be an interesting couple of months in Australian cricket.

Aussie supporters want both Hilditch and Neilsen's heads on a stick and Ponting and Clarke probably need to look at beefing up their home security as well.

Could all get very ugly.
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Australia in crisis, but also in denial

Absoluty scathing review by Peter English of the selectors' response to the series defeat. His reply to the quote in Breacan's post: "He was being serious.", and he finishes the article with:
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^ Nice. Delusional is an understatement.
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Old 7th January 2011, 15:48   #94
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These guys need Schofield stat.
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Old 7th January 2011, 15:52   #95
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These guys need Schofield stat.
Indeed he would be a better spinner than what they have at present.
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Old 7th January 2011, 16:22   #96
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Ricky Ponting has just applied to be a funeral director but he's been turned down as they felt he's just keep losing the Ashes.
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Indeed he would be a better spinner than what they have at present.
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Asked Shane Watson if I could borrow some sugar....

....but hes run out.

Oh dear.
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Old 7th January 2011, 21:29   #99
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Aussie selection problems solved:

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...-1225983830288
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Old 7th January 2011, 21:35   #100
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Sorry but my favourite bit has to be:

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The sizzling form of Ashes man of the series Alistair Cook has earned him first spot.

He can score runs, you say? Helpful, but his batting form is not the 26-year-old's greatest asset - it's that floppy Hugh Grant hair and chiselled jawline.

You can throw in fast bowler James Anderson, a cute quick who destroyed Australia's top order and weakened the patriotism of this nation's women as well.
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