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Old 29th November 2007, 12:49   #21
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I'm all for him having his own forum
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Old 29th November 2007, 12:50   #22
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This subject is definitely more tedious than the wicket-keeping debate.
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Old 29th November 2007, 12:52   #23
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Its probably time he had his own chat show
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Old 29th November 2007, 13:45   #24
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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.
The no balls are a new thing. He hardly bowled a no ball in anger for years. Otherwise, of course you're right. Apparently Harmison and Anderson were giving Cook a torrid time in the nets this morning. Aggers speculated that it might have been a bowl off. We'll see.
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Old 29th November 2007, 14:09   #25
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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
I'd like to see an "Is there too many Harmison threads?" thread, with a poll of course.
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Old 29th November 2007, 21:04   #26
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The no balls are a new thing. He hardly bowled a no ball in anger for years.
Yes, I'll concede that point.
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Old 29th November 2007, 21:22   #27
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My intuition today is that this will be the team on Saturday.

Cook, Vaughan, Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood, Shah, Prior, Harmison, Sidebottom, Hoggard, Panesar.
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Old 29th November 2007, 21:35   #28
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There really is nothing between Shah and Bopara at the mo.

I can't bloody wait though!!
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Old 29th November 2007, 21:36   #29
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My intuition today is that this will be the team on Saturday.

Cook, Vaughan, Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood, Shah, Prior, Harmison, Sidebottom, Hoggard, Panesar.
That would be my side as well.
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Old 29th November 2007, 21:57   #30
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My intuition today is that this will be the team on Saturday.

Cook, Vaughan, Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood, Shah, Prior, Harmison, Sidebottom, Hoggard, Panesar.
Agreed, although I would prefer to see Bopara in there for Shah, I don't think it will happen.
Given that Broad is unlikely to get in, the only other question is Harmison or Anderson. Given that Anderson is hardly Mr. Reliable and still has a worse test record than Harmison, they'll probably go with the latter if fit.
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Old 29th November 2007, 22:01   #31
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See, no point at all in using smileys. People still insist on taking you seriously.
I saw the smileys and knew that Rey was taking the mickey. I just wanted to say what I said, that's all..
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Anyway, it looks as if Harmison is fit again and he and Anderson have had a bowl-off to decide who plays on Saturday. This is good to see and encouraging to see that Harmison is willing to play for his place. Instinct tells me that England will now go with Harmison.
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Given that Anderson is hardly Mr. Reliable and still has a worse test record than Harmison, they'll probably go with the latter if fit.
Harmison has had more brilliant test performances than Anderson, but has probably also put in some more shocking ones. Harmison is more likely to be chosen because he might just make something spectacular happen. But if he doesn't come off he is liikely to be very expensive and go to pieces. Anderson is the man who can be relied on to keep going throughout the match whatever is happening.

However, if Harmison has impressed the coaching staff at the bowl-off and he gets the nod, his confidence will be high in knowing that he has reclaimed his place on merit, and we may see the best side of Harmison in the match.
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However, if Harmison has impressed the coaching staff at the bowl-off and he gets the nod, his confidence will be high in knowing that he has reclaimed his place on merit, and we may see the best side of Harmison in the match.
Have you taken leave of your senses or something?
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I lost respect for Harmison after that interview about "his" "book".
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Have you taken leave of your senses or something?
I'm trying to be fair. Having ranted that Harmy had used his usual excuse of finding a niggle rather than face the possibility of being dropped, I am praising him for making a quick recovery and taking part in a bowl off. If the management think that on the evidence of this he is ready to take part in a five day test match, given his 6-0-48-0 (6 no-balls) in the first warm up and 10.3-1-45-1 in the second, who am I to argue?
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Old 29th November 2007, 22:29   #36
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My intuition today is that this will be the team on Saturday.

Cook, Vaughan, Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood, Shah, Prior, Harmison, Sidebottom, Hoggard, Panesar.
I see that CMJ has read it in the tea-leaves that Shah will play. I think you're right.
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[quote=Michelle Fivefer;124871]
Harmison has had more brilliant test performances than Anderson, but has probably also put in some more shocking ones. Harmison is more likely to be chosen because he might just make something spectacular happen. But if he doesn't come off he is liikely to be very expensive and go to pieces. Anderson is the man who can be relied on to keep going throughout the match whatever is happening.
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It is a bit different having a run in the side whatever form you are in than getting odd games here and there and be expected to perform at your best.
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If Harmison plays I will be very angry. If he plays I hope he proves me wrong though.
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You get the feeling that if they don't play Harmison and England do badly, the management will think it was a mistake not to play him, because of his reputation (the good bit). A bit like leaving Beckham on the bench.
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I really don't like the idea of playing any combination of Harmison, Hoggard, Anderson, Panesar and Sidebottom as the 8,9,10,11...
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