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Old 24th December 2009, 21:19   #41
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Old 25th December 2009, 08:08   #43
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I am prepared to offer my legal skills on a pro bono basis for this worthewhile exercise.

I'd have thought the going rate for ****ing off Reeve was at least a MBE. Can't we award Ashes winner Ravi Bopara Bell's one?
Bell at least did a good job as a specialist fielder in 2005. Same couldn't have been said of this year's Ashes, but you are correct in suggesting that a successful victory in court would be worthy of such an award.
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Old 9th January 2010, 01:55   #44
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From The New Zealand Herald

Central Districts cricket coach Dermot Reeve has been censured and fined for his remarks, which alleged ball-tampering by Auckland import Ravi Bopara.

In a hearing this week, commissioner Roger Mori determined that Reeves comments constituted a breach of the Code of Conduct.

The commissioner noted that Reeves actions were not malicious and were motivated by a desire to prevent ball-tampering in future cricket matches.

However, his action in involving the news media has been judged to be misguided and inappropriate.

As a result Reeve has been censured and fined 750 dollars.
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Old 11th January 2010, 06:37   #45
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They should also confiscate his selection of signed Don Bradman souvenirs!
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Old 11th January 2010, 08:45   #46
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Old 11th January 2010, 10:02   #47
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Old 18th January 2010, 00:03   #48
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From The New Zealand Herald

Central Districts cricket coach Dermot Reeve has been censured and fined for his remarks, which alleged ball-tampering by Auckland import Ravi Bopara.

In a hearing this week, commissioner Roger Mori determined that Reeves comments constituted a breach of the Code of Conduct.

The commissioner noted that Reeves actions were not malicious and were motivated by a desire to prevent ball-tampering in future cricket matches.

However, his action in involving the news media has been judged to be misguided and inappropriate.

As a result Reeve has been censured and fined 750 dollars.
That's about the cost of a signed Bradman souvenir, isn't it?
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Old 18th January 2010, 08:14   #49
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Old 26th January 2010, 11:01   #50
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No more first-class games for Bopara since last month, so his averages remains 32 from 9 innings for Auckland.

In 50 over cricket he has a century from five innings in the domestic comp, and an average of 58.6.

In Twenty20 he's been less successful; one unbeaten 50 in 9 digs at an average of 19.
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No more first-class games for Bopara since last month, so his averages remains 32 from 9 innings for Auckland.
He's been a dismal failure then, particularly considering the standard of opposition.
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Old 28th January 2010, 01:22   #52
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He's been a dismal failure then, particularly considering the standard of opposition.
I'd be slightly less harsh than that, Beefy (but starting from the obvious concession that I'm extrapolating purely from his numbers rather than have seen him play down there...

32 in first-class cricket is not much to write home about - but if I recall he flew out and was dropped almost the next day into a first-class game, which didn't leave a lot of time to adjust. Five games is not much of a sample size, either.

Nonetheless, it's hardly the sort of form which is going to make an irresistible case for his recall - and sure enough, he's not in the squad for Bangladesh, despite Strauss' absence.
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Old 9th February 2010, 23:08   #53
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Bopara is the second highest run-scorer and joint fifth highest wicket-taker in the one-day competition (alongside Essex team mate Napier) so far, despite having played a game less than most.

19yo Kane Williamson, one of the players DVS tipped, is the leading run-scorer.
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Bopara is the second highest run-scorer and joint fifth highest wicket-taker in the one-day competition (alongside Essex team mate Napier) so far, despite having played a game less than most.

19yo Kane Williamson, one of the players DVS tipped, is the leading run-scorer.
If he's the fifth highest wicket taker, perhaps that explains why he's second top run scorer. The other bowlers must be utter bilge.
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Is Ravi an outside bet for the World T20? A good IPL season (where I assume he will be opening) could put him back in the selectors minds.
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Is Ravi an outside bet for the World T20? A good IPL season (where I assume he will be opening) could put him back in the selectors minds.
I hope not, because although Bopara has virtues, they do not include being a 2020 dasher; he is a flair player but not a particularly quick-scoring one, although there seems to be something of a misconception on that front. And in Trott we already have the steadier player required at the top of the order. I'd much rather see them get Kieswetter in there asap.
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I hope not, because although Bopara has virtues, they do not include being a 2020 dasher; he is a flair player but not a particularly quick-scoring one, although there seems to be something of a misconception on that front. And in Trott we already have the steadier player required at the top of the order. I'd much rather see them get Kieswetter in there asap.
I think a Kieswetter or a Davies are more suited to opening the batting where you need to thump it through the field as well as over, but Bopara can score quickly. He has a limited overs double hundred to his name, the highest score by an Englishman in the IPL and has hit five sixes in an ODI before - that's an impressive big-hitting CV. I think England miss a trick in 20:20 as I think it is far more about form. I'd have him in my 20:20 world cup squad and would happily pick him if he was seeing the ball well in the nets.
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I think a Kieswetter or a Davies are more suited to opening the batting where you need to thump it through the field as well as over, but Bopara can score quickly. He has a limited overs double hundred to his name, the highest score by an Englishman in the IPL and has hit five sixes in an ODI before - that's an impressive big-hitting CV. I think England miss a trick in 20:20 as I think it is far more about form. I'd have him in my 20:20 world cup squad and would happily pick him if he was seeing the ball well in the nets.
The case against comprises an ODI strike rate of 70.02, an overall T20 one of 116.2, and that the 5 sixes you mention are more than half of his overall number in ODIs. In 7 T20I innings, he has managed just one six.

If we wanted someone who looked good in nets we should go back to Michael Vaughan, whose ODI stats Bopara barely eclipses.
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The case against comprises an ODI strike rate of 70.02, an overall T20 one of 116.2, and that the 5 sixes you mention are more than half of his overall number in ODIs. In 7 T20I innings, he has managed just one six.

If we wanted someone who looked good in nets we should go back to Michael Vaughan, whose ODI stats Bopara barely eclipses.
To me the stats I listed suggests he has got the ability, the ones you list suggest England need to try and coax it out of him more often.

Davies and the South African import aside, we're not over flowing with limited overs talent so we need to maximise what talent we've got.
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Not sure there's any room for that in this England set-up
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