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Old 24th October 2007, 17:29   #141
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The little master is going to absolutely dominate his last series downunder, minimum 600 runs from him in that series
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Old 24th October 2007, 17:34   #142
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It would be nice if that happened, collingwood5, but it is very unlikely. Tendulkar has hit only one Test century in the last three and a half years (excluding Bangla) and it is hard to see that changing against the best team in the world. In fact, Tendulkar has never even hit 500 runs in a series, which is a bit of a blot against his record.
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Old 24th October 2007, 19:28   #143
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I think the Aussies will hammer the lankans, they don't seem to do well against Australia at all, but it will be very interesting to see Murali bowling.

About the indian series, Australia will win but not sure how India will perform after their England series where they performed better than expected, you can never know.
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Old 24th October 2007, 19:34   #144
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I think the Aussies will hammer the lankans, they don't seem to do well against Australia at all, but it will be very interesting to see Murali bowling.

About the indian series, Australia will win but not sure how India will perform after their England series where they performed better than expected, you can never know.
Could be good news for England, playing Sri Lanka on the back of an annihilation.
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Old 24th October 2007, 19:39   #145
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I think the Aussies will hammer the lankans, they don't seem to do well against Australia at all
One Test win and 11 losses out of 18 (the sole win did win them a series, though). Ouch. Not that other teams have fared much better against them in the last ten years, of course...
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Old 25th October 2007, 04:31   #146
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It would be nice if that happened, collingwood5, but it is very unlikely. Tendulkar has hit only one Test century in the last three and a half years (excluding Bangla) and it is hard to see that changing against the best team in the world. In fact, Tendulkar has never even hit 500 runs in a series, which is a bit of a blot against his record.
He seemed to be hitting them alright in the one dayers and he seems the sort of player who will rise to the occassion against the top side in the world and his last tour there
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Old 25th October 2007, 06:13   #147
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Adelaide might be the spot for Tendulkar. We've had 5 double centuries in our last 4 Tests here (80% of them to the losing side!) and 8 scores >150 in the last 5 Tests. And given his previous performances here, he is due a big score.
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Old 31st October 2007, 10:12   #148
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I see Warney's thrown his lot in with MacGill.

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/austr...ry/317759.html

And he's a Tait & Lee man, sounds like a bag of sugar to me.
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Old 31st October 2007, 10:24   #149
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I see Warney's thrown his lot in with MacGill.

http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/austr...ry/317759.html

And he's a Tait & Lee man, sounds like a bag of sugar to me.
perfectly understandable its the attacking option and the one most likely to upsed SL.
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So it's Jacques and MacGill/Hogg and Johnson/Tait.

Are the selectors planning on playing two spinners or are they just leaving the decision up to Punter?
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Old 2nd November 2007, 09:53   #151
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The selectors will make the decision,not Ponting.
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I am pretty interested to have a look at them up close," Ponting said after guiding Tasmania to victory over South Australia in Hobart with a Pura Cup century.
"I obviously know what Hoggie's capable of and what he has done in one-day cricket anyway for the past couple of years," Ponting said.

"And the last tour of India that he had he bowled very well in the one-day cricket, the World Cup he was exceptional and his four-day bowling for Western Australia the last couple of years when he has had an opportunity has been very, very good.

"And look at MacGill's (Test) record - he's obviously an out and out wicket-taking bowler. Whenever he's had his opportunities he's normally stepped up and done very well.

"There is going to be a tough call, but I'm sure the selectors will make the right one."

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Despite this close call, Hilditch insisted the three days of practice before the Test, after the team gathers in Brisbane on Sunday, would not come down to a bowl-off between the two spinners for Warne's spot.

"We think we are pretty lucky. We are replacing someone who probably will never be replaced, in Shane Warne," Hilditch said.

"It will not be a bowl-off in the nets. We are just going to assess the conditions up there.
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What about big fat MacGill, eh? It's reminiscent of when Freddie was told to lose weight, and look what happened to him!
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Fred wasn't 36
Maybe round the waist, he was.
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Old 24th November 2007, 10:03   #155
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Old 24th November 2007, 11:25   #156
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I think MacGill may have been following the Mark Cosgrove/Darren Lehmann diet of KFC washed down with beer.

If MacGill isn't careful he will find himself out of the Australian team & playing for the South Australian Fatbacks instead.
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Old 24th November 2007, 12:00   #157
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MacGill was very, very lucky to get the spot, has been losing form for the last couple of years, after his last trip down here, India wont be fearing him on Boxing Day

Even if fit he still isnt the bowler he used to be
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Old 24th November 2007, 12:19   #158
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I get the feeling the Aussie selectors & players were pretty unhappy with MacGills performance against SL, despite all the assurances he is still the No.1 spinner.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Brad Hogg stepping out in the baggy green on Boxing Day. I would be picking Hogg if I was in charge of the Aussie team, he also deserves another chance at test level. MacGill has is 200 test wickets now, I think it is time for him to bow out, he is a spent force.
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Surely if Brad Hogg is still anyway near the test squad it doesn't say much for the quality of Australia's younger spinners. His test and first class bowling records are awful.
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Surely if Brad Hogg is still anyway near the test squad it doesn't say much for the quality of Australia's younger spinners. His test and first class bowling records are awful.
Indeed. He's been more impressive recently and he can bat and field but he's ancient. There really aren't good alternatives though.
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