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Old 20th February 2008, 09:34   #81
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Well a nice effort from Mustard just now, finally he converts a decent start, so credit for that despite the flat wicket and somewhat pedestrian bowling.
I still think that better bowlers will get on top of his technique but I guess he's proving to be the best we HAVE NOW at limited overs cricket.

Be interesting to see if he now gets in the Test side as he now has runs to his name.
I doubt that our selectors are silly enough to knee jerk into picking him on the back of one successful ODI.

Hang on wait a minute!...................
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Old 20th February 2008, 09:49   #82
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Bumble suggested that Mustard may have got the nod for the tests.

I'm not so sure myself.
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Old 20th February 2008, 10:21   #83
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I thought Bumble and Atherton talked a load of crap about Ambrose and clearly havent seen him keep. Good point about the test spot though. Would be a bit silly to drop Mustard if he gets another score.

Good innings last night I thought.Talking of keepers I dont think I remember a worse drop than McCullums ever.
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Old 20th February 2008, 11:14   #84
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Bumble suggested that Mustard may have got the nod for the tests.

I'm not so sure myself.
Nor me. His keeping errors (which according to the match thread were manifold in this game, especially when the pressure mounted) should count against him more than his batting counts in his favour; or Prior would still be in the role.

Also, he got out the very same ball that Boycott suggested he might. Which is common, but nonetheless shameful.
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Old 20th February 2008, 11:17   #85
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Nor me. His keeping errors (which according to the match thread were manifold in this game, especially when the pressure mounted) should count against him more than his batting counts in his favour; or Prior would still be in the role.

Also, he got out the very same ball that Boycott suggested he might. Which is common, but nonetheless shameful.
Be fair, he's entitled to an off game.
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Old 20th February 2008, 11:18   #86
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I wouldn't call it shameful. Boycott is still in 1970s 'openers should bat the first 35 overs at 3 an over to set it up for the big 'uns'. I don't think trying to launch Jesse Ryder into the stand when England still had 10 wickets in hand was shameful. Sure he could have hit it better, but it was worth trying
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Old 20th February 2008, 11:28   #87
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As soon as Ryder came on I knew what Mustard would do and I never expected him to survive the over.
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Old 20th February 2008, 11:43   #88
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I thought Bumble and Atherton talked a load of crap about Ambrose and clearly havent seen him keep. Good point about the test spot though. Would be a bit silly to drop Mustard if he gets another score.

Good innings last night I thought.Talking of keepers I dont think I remember a worse drop than McCullums ever.
Its a lot different though batting as a pinch hitter in a odi to having to bat 6 or 7 in a test match. Carter comes off occasionally with the odd 50 but he rarely scores any runs in first class games. Ambrose is technically much better equipped to play test cricket.
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Its a lot different though batting as a pinch hitter in a odi to having to bat 6 or 7 in a test match. Carter comes off occasionally with the odd 50 but he rarely scores any runs in first class games. Ambrose is technically much better equipped to play test cricket.
Blimey.

Look at my reply to you on the Warwicks site, Paul.
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Be fair, he's entitled to an off game.
Everyone has an off game here and there. They all count though.
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Everyone has an off game here and there. They all count though.
So did Chris Read when his mis-communiation between himself and Tresco meant catches were missed. I want Ambrose in the team anyway. To be fair what I had seen of Mustard (Moutarde!) he didn't look too bad with the gloves in other games, but obviously this has not continued in this game.
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Considering he'd already dropped two in the series, plus two in Sri Lanka, he does seem to be getting away without anywhere near as much criticism as certain other wicket keepers. Maybe that will start changing now if he continues to score runs
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McCullum dropping Cook was the worst drop of the day.
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Considering he'd already dropped two in the series, plus two in Sri Lanka, he does seem to be getting away without anywhere near as much criticism as certain other wicket keepers. Maybe that will start changing now if he continues to score runs
perhaps its the fact that the coverage is overnight that means we only get to see highlights in the most part.

Oh and nice work sharky with the last sentence!
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McCullum dropping Cook was the worst drop of the day.

Worst drop ever just about never mind the day
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McCullum dropping Cook was the worst drop of the day.
To put it mildly. Drop of the history of the universe more like

edit: Kim got there first
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Everyone has an off game here and there. They all count though.

To be honest, Sans, my nose grew a tiny bit when I made my comment about everyone being entitled to an off day.

In reality I was taking out insurance against Ambrose making errors. I can then repeat the above and seem wise and unbiased.
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Considering he'd already dropped two in the series, plus two in Sri Lanka, he does seem to be getting away without anywhere near as much criticism as certain other wicket keepers. Maybe that will start changing now if he continues to score runs

Good work there!
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To be honest, Sans, my nose grew a tiny bit when I made my comment about everyone being entitled to an off day.

In reality I was taking out insurance against Ambrose making errors. I can then repeat the above and seem wise and unbiased.
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