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Old 28th November 2007, 20:58   #1
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Harmison in Sri Lanka

Kevin Howells says GBH must play and the plan should be to keep Sri Lanka guessing to the last minute.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tms/2007/...atches_1.shtml

It has to be said KH's blog hasn't been well received. Death and Michelle will love the comments.
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Old 28th November 2007, 21:37   #2
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Cricketer with the most threads -

Harmison in Sri Lanka
Harmison in South Africa
Harmison must go (to Sri Lanka)
Steve Harmison
Stephen Harmison to miss remainder of county season with a back injury
Stephen Harmison

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Old 28th November 2007, 21:53   #3
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Harmison in Sri Lanka
Harmison in South Africa
Harmison must go (to Sri Lanka)
Steve Harmison
Stephen Harmison to miss remainder of county season with a back injury
Stephen Harmison

It's quality not quantity which counts!
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Old 28th November 2007, 22:09   #4
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As useless blogs go, that's really, monumentally useless. I'll leave the Harmison comments for others to dissect, I'm sure they will, but the last few paragraphs are truly horrible.

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Of course England might reach Kandy and find out they need two spinners, unlikely but possible.

There is a rumour that Sri Lanka are considering using two with Malinga Bandara being brought in. Graeme Swann could get a Test cap earlier than expected.

Monty Panasar has improved as the tour has gone on and this series gives him a chance to step up another gear.

Whether Owais Shah gets to win his third cap or Ravi Bopara makes a debut is difficult to read.

The Essex man played such a big part in the second warm-up match you might expect him to be the clear favourite to bat at six.

Apparently it's still not decided.
  • 'We might be playing two spinners. Except I've already said it's unlikely'
  • 'Monty will want to do well. Any blog has to mention him, it's obligatory'
  • 'Bopara might be favourite for the number six spot. Or he might not.'
Way to not offer an opinion at all Kevin.

His one redeeming feature is that, at times he demonstrates a knowledge of the county scene above the usual, but otherwise he's Arlo White Mk. 2
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Old 28th November 2007, 22:59   #5
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I'm getting in on page 1 to be the first one to suggest we leave him in Sri Lanka after the series is done.
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All I can say is that Howell's comments about Harmison are laughable. He can't have been watching him much over the last two years. And the remark that he was just coming back into form bears out exactly what I said on the match thread.
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Old 29th November 2007, 00:04   #7
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I'm getting in on page 1 to be the first one to suggest we leave him in Sri Lanka after the series is done.
If he's still there at that point, it will be jolly mean just to leave him there, boots or no boots.
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Old 29th November 2007, 00:15   #8
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All I can say is that Howell's comments about Harmison are laughable. He can't have been watching him much over the last two years. And the remark that he was just coming back into form bears out exactly what I said on the match thread.
You're obviously still punishing Harmison for one delivery 12 months ago MF. You should stop being so obsessed with the Ashes, and give him a break
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You're obviously still punishing Harmison for one delivery 12 months ago MF. You should stop being so obsessed with the Ashes, and give him a break
I'm punishing Harmison for several failures to rise to the occasion or occasionally rise from his bed for some time before Brisbane 2006. I liked one of the texts sent to 5Live yesterday re the results of the scan on his back: "did the scan reveal a big girl's blouse at all?"
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I think it is more to do with his attitude and some of the comments that he has come out with rather than a wide. We all know what he is capable of and it is becoming frustrating that he is not in the top 5 fast bowlers in the world because that is where he should be.
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Old 29th November 2007, 01:40   #11
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I'm punishing Harmison for several failures to rise to the occasion or occasionally rise from his bed for some time before Brisbane 2006. I liked one of the texts sent to 5Live yesterday re the results of the scan on his back: "did the scan reveal a big girl's blouse at all?"
I was going to make the comment "Harmison back scans revealed no spine", but thought it maybe a little too harsh.
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You're obviously still punishing Harmison for one delivery 12 months ago MF. You should stop being so obsessed with the Ashes, and give him a break
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I'm punishing Harmison for several failures to rise to the occasion or occasionally rise from his bed for some time before Brisbane 2006. I liked one of the texts sent to 5Live yesterday re the results of the scan on his back: "did the scan reveal a big girl's blouse at all?"
See, no point at all in using smileys. People still insist on taking you seriously.
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Old 29th November 2007, 02:17   #13
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All I can say is that Howell's comments about Harmison are laughable. He can't have been watching him much over the last two years. And the remark that he was just coming back into form bears out exactly what I said on the match thread.
He's been "just coming back into form" for how long? Bowling is not just about form. A strike bowler can't be lethal on the few occasions a year when everything is in his favour and, well, Jason Gillespie for the rest. There will be great days for certain, but there has to be some consistency throughout the career span. And that's very, very lacking in Harmison's case.

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I may have made this point about a million times before but part of the reason why I've wanted Harmison in the side whenever there's been any doubt is that actually his style of bowling still offers something even when he's having a shocker, in sharp distinction to Jason Gillespie, who is nothing without the nip he once had. Harmison can be chucking it down leg most of the time but he'll still take a wicket with the odd straight ball or with his rearing ball that drifts down leg and gloves the batsman trying to work it fine. Of course, that may well not be sufficient to justify his place in the side if he can't get the ball on line more than one delivery in an over but it's worth bearing in mind that he has weapons that other bowlers can only dream of.
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Old 29th November 2007, 02:30   #15
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Just a shame he conspires not to use them very often.
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Old 29th November 2007, 08:24   #16
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I may have made this point about a million times before but part of the reason why I've wanted Harmison in the side whenever there's been any doubt is that actually his style of bowling still offers something even when he's having a shocker, in sharp distinction to Jason Gillespie, who is nothing without the nip he once had. Harmison can be chucking it down leg most of the time but he'll still take a wicket with the odd straight ball or with his rearing ball that drifts down leg and gloves the batsman trying to work it fine. Of course, that may well not be sufficient to justify his place in the side if he can't get the ball on line more than one delivery in an over but it's worth bearing in mind that he has weapons that other bowlers can only dream of.


He's a latter day Devon Malcolm rather than Curtly Ambrose, but there may still be room in the side for him.
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Old 29th November 2007, 09:52   #17
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Harmison in Sri Lanka
Harmison in South Africa
Harmison must go (to Sri Lanka)
Steve Harmison
Stephen Harmison to miss remainder of county season with a back injury
Stephen Harmison

I knew he was popular on here. We need a couple more threads including "Harmison takes dog for a walk" and "Harmison has breakfast".

"Harmison goes shopping" would also be a good one
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I knew he was popular on here. We need a couple more threads including "Harmison takes dog for a walk" and "Harmison has breakfast".

"Harmison goes shopping" would also be a good one
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I'm getting in on page 1 to be the first one to suggest we leave him in Sri Lanka after the series is done.


I take Fatslogger's point entirely, but you can only judge a player's performance on what he has done not on what he might do. Harmison has shown himself capable of devastating returns, but he has far more often shown himself capable (esp. recently) of producing a devastating number of wides and no-balls. Oh, yes, and then claiming that nothing's wrong and it's all the media's fault for being nasty to him.

Doesn't military history contain at least one example of a weapon which was destructive when fired, but took so long to set up/reload that it was rendered virtually useless?
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I knew he was popular on here. We need a couple more threads including "Harmison takes dog for a walk" and "Harmison has breakfast".

"Harmison goes shopping" would also be a good one
Don't forget "most records in Stephen Harmison's record collection".
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