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mikearace

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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #75 on: August 12, 2013, 07:45:15 pm »

I was thinking about making a paper ship but I don't have a clue where to start.  I was wondering if any of our Australian friends could help as I heard the Australian cricket team are experts at folding.
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #76 on: August 12, 2013, 10:09:32 pm »

Oomph......like a punch to the midriff.


It was great to watch, if you live north of the equator!
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #77 on: August 12, 2013, 10:27:54 pm »

Australian sport the gift that just keeps giving. :-))
On a more serious note do the national teams reflect the demographic structure of the country across a range of sports?
I ask the question because a TV news programme asked why Australian sport was in such a slump,every single person interviewed
looked like a POM.

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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #78 on: August 12, 2013, 10:28:28 pm »

It was great to watch and test cricket at its best.  Clarke was gracious in his post match comments when he was clearly disappointed and Harris put in a terrific performance that in many cases would have been a match winning performance yet found himself on the losing side.  The gap between the teams certainly has been closer than the 3-0 series score would suggest. But, I do have to say it was most satisfying listening to Warne and McGrath have to try and find a way of tasting humble pie without actually eating it.  Warne's comments this afternoon were disrespectful at best.  After tweeting in the middle of the afternoon how horribly bad a cricket captain Alastair Cook was and how this was easy for Australia it was hilarious watching and listening to him try to turn his comments around.  In the Olympics BBC had a thoughtful, intelligent Ian Thorpe who was a joy to listen to and it was an inspired choice by the BBC. For the Ashes the BBC got McGrath and Sky Warne.  Great cricketers without doubt but two of the most arrogant, annoying myopic idiots that added nothing intelligent to commentary.     
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #79 on: August 12, 2013, 11:49:20 pm »

When I  parked the car to go fishing the Aussies were 140 - 1 and I thought they had this one
in the bag. What a surprise when I sat down to watch the highlights this evening.
Well done, I do think this has been one of the best test matches of the series so far.
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #80 on: August 13, 2013, 12:41:29 am »

Mike, I can't say I agree with you about McGrath, but I certainly do about Shane Warne. He may have been a great cricketer, but as a person I dislike him intensely. His comments were disgraceful, to say the least, and why he would be called upon to be in the commentary team is beyond me. As far as I'm concerned he's an idiot <*<


After being 1 for 109, Australia looked to be in the box seat to win the match, but poor batting let us down again. However, credit must go to the England bowlers, particularly Stuart Broad, who bowled magnificently. From an Australian perspective, Ryan Harris did not deserve to be on the losing side, and neither did Chris Rogers, but most of the rest were mediocre, at best.


As you say, 3-0 is probably not a fair assessment of the difference between the teams, Australia should have won in Manchester but for the weather, and even in the first test some poor umpiring decisions may have cost us the game. However, there's no doubt that the better side won, but I'm hopeful that we can turn it around in Australia.


PS: Why there are two Ashes series in the one calendar year has me bemused.


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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #81 on: August 13, 2013, 02:05:59 am »

Peter asks :     Why there are two Ashes series in the one calendar year has me bemused.

I thought it was to give Australia a second chance.



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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #82 on: August 13, 2013, 02:08:04 am »

Mike....I am not a cricket fan.........but must agree with Peter here ....Glen McGrath is a true sportsman & a very humble person...one of Australia's favourite sons  O0
With respect to the other cricketer mentioned.  >>:-( ......well his surname may be one letter short of mine.......but that's where it stops.........he has proved himself to be a disgrace to his family time & time again...... <*<  ........Derek
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #83 on: August 13, 2013, 04:04:01 am »

Peter asks :     Why there are two Ashes series in the one calendar year has me bemused.

I thought it was to give Australia a second chance.



Tony T
Bungendore NSW


We certainly need it O0


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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #84 on: August 13, 2013, 07:02:42 am »

Okay, a Pom springing to the defense of Warne.   


Whilst I agree he can be a bit arrogant and does come out with some crazy comments on the spur of the moment, he does add to the commentary some humor and knowledge. The report he did with Strauss and Hussain about bowling to plans was superb.


I am pleased, and yet also disappointed a little. Cook is not a great captain, but may develop into one in time and England have played some awful cricket this summer and yet are winning 3-0. If England had played as they can, the whole series would be very one sided. As for the Australian team, it is one of the worst I have ever seen. I just hope they have some good youngsters coming through.
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #85 on: August 13, 2013, 07:58:38 am »

Barry, we do have some very good young players, but the policy of the Australian Cricket Board has been to stick with the tried and tested. The trouble is that some of those tried and tested have been found wanting. If a young player does get a chance, and they fail on their first attempt, they are frequently discarded. Australia lost a lot of good players from our "golden age" through retirements etc, and the young ones have not been brought into the side in such a way that they gain experience, and confidence in their own ability.


Another contributing factor is, I believe, the differing forms of the game that many players are exposed to, such as T20, for example. Sure it's entertaining to watch, and brings a whole new demographic of spectators to the game, but it is not the way to prepare players for the grind and pressure of Test Match cricket. With our system of cricket academies, I believe we have plenty of potential to once again be at the top of the tree, but it is going to take time and, most importantly, clever management from the ACB, something we have not seen much of lately.


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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #86 on: August 13, 2013, 08:24:46 am »

I cannot disagree with you Peter. I for one look forward to Australia being at the top, after all, you get more joy out of beating the best. Winnin this series has had the same buzz, largely due to the fact that this time we expect to win!
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #87 on: August 13, 2013, 08:42:13 am »

I'm in shock Peter, another Australian that feels the same about Shane Warne, a great cricketer(I don't follow cricket) but a less than average roll model for young kids, personally he should have been stood down for some of the antics he got up to,in this country we seem to reward bad behaviour if you are at the top of your game.
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #88 on: August 13, 2013, 10:59:23 am »

Don't worry Anti-podeums, Cricket (like F1) is a cyclic thing, 26 years before a German managed to drag Ferrari back to winning. Before you know it, England will be crying in their G&T's and Pints again, all this soul searching for a pot of dust.  :-))    O0     {-)
 
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #89 on: August 13, 2013, 09:17:18 pm »

Peter
 
I believe there is a new competition starting next year, along the lines of a world test series. I think they moved the ashes so they did not clash, not sure what it is called though.
 
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Re: To our Australian friends
« Reply #90 on: August 21, 2013, 08:42:19 pm »

The 50 over world cup is scheduled for Feb 2015. They could not fit a full Ashes series plus the lead up fixtures and practice games etc into our summer schedule, hence a year earlier.


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