Summer of Cricket 2013/14

 
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Warner did a job on them with his comments about de Villiers ball-tampering. The Sef Efricans said they'd target him, and I wonder whether they were so distracted by this that they forgot that the objective is to get him out.

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  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Yeah. I hope Morkel gets to face our bowlers when they have their innings, I can see a nice session of bodyline bowling coming up from our boys.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Now; I don't want Mitch Johnson hitting that nice Mr Morkel on the head. However, I wouldn't mind if he got him right between the big toes.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Now; I don't want Mitch Johnson hitting that nice Mr Morkel on the head. However, I wouldn't mind if he got him right between the big toes.
Valvegear

In reckon that area would be well protected. Nah, the cheek is a good place, or the fingers. Now Steyn is out injured, time to put Mr. Morkel on the injury list.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Stumps, Day 2, Aus 494/7, Clarke 161 NO.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
In reckon that area would be well protected.
The Blacksmith

Speaking as a former opening batsman, I can tell you that if you get hit in the box by a fast bowler, it hurts like hell, and I never faced anyone of Johnson's pace. I'd like Morkel to cop two or three there.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Speaking as a former opening batsman, I can tell you that if you get hit in the box by a fast bowler, it hurts like hell, and I never faced anyone of Johnson's pace. I'd like Morkel to cop two or three there.
Valvegear

Faf copped one last night, I think from Harris, who was hooping them in. Credit to him, he took it like a man which is very difficult to do!

Australia in a good position, leading by 234 runs, 10 wickets in hand, 2 days remaining.

Just read that Smith has announced his retirement at the end of this match. 117 tests, 110 as captain, and only 33 years old. For him to captain for that long, as well as opening the batting averaging 50, and winning as many games as he did, is just outstanding.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Australia has played well in this match, and certainly should not lose. They need some quick runs, and then 4 or 5 sessions to bowl South Africa out.
Well played also to Graeme Smith. He was as green as a prawn when he took over the captaincy, but has done a very good job. He is right up there with the very good opening batsman / first slip exponents.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
David Warner is just killing them this Innings, amazing batting by him, He is closing in on back to back tons, currently on 88

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Well, what a series that was.  It went right down to the wire in this match, with less than 5 overs to go when a completely knackered Ryan Harris hit the woodwork twice in three deliveries. He can now have a well deserved break to get his knees repaired.
Australia 2-1 is a well deserved result. I wondered whether the Australians would be able to come back after the debacle of the second test, but they did it well.
Warner is Player of the Series, and he earned it.  I am one who was very sceptical about Warner's credentials as a test opener, and I am now happy to eat humble pie and pat him on the back. Over 500 runs is considered pretty good in a five-test series, but 500-plus in three tests is outstanding. The other standout improver is Smith. He has done exceptionally well here and against the Poms. The pace attack did a really good job, and with some stiffening in the batting, we are on the verge of having an outstanding team.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Well, we've done the Poms and the Seff Efricans, who's next?

Good to see that Watson was down to come in as the middle order all-rounder and let Doolan stay at 3 - he was in the side as a No 3.   I do agree with others on here though that really Clarke should be at 3 and the newbie starts at 5 or 6.   Did Doolan get more runs than Clarke for the series?   Clarke got one biggie (161 no), but little else.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
It went right down to the wire in this match, with less than 5 overs to go when a completely knackered Ryan Harris hit the woodwork twice in three deliveries. He can now have a well deserved break to get his knees repaired.
Valvegear

Does he actually have anything in his knees worth repairing? From what he said in an interview some time ago, they are in really bad shape.

I don't want to take anything away from Warner, but I would have given Harris the man of the match award for sheer guts in bowling when he was in so much strife with his knees, the man is a hero.

I see Warner and his lady are expecting, so in true Warner fashion should we be expecting six?
  alstom_888m Chief Commissioner

Location:
I really don't get this widespread opinion that Clarke should play at 3. He plays his best cricket down the order, so that's where he should bat. Doolan plays for Tasmania at 3. His skill set is that of a number 3, and maybe unsuitable for 5 or 6. I hope they stick with Doolan at 3 for awhile. Clarke seems to be vulnerable to the early swinging ball and when he comes in early then he too scores poorly. Clarke in at 1/22 is just asking to end in 2/22 and the loss of our best batsman.

The argument that the best batsman should bat at 3 is also poor. AB de Villiers is supposedly the best Test batsman in the world on the ICC rankings; he bats at 5, should he move up the order? Just look at some of the best names in modern cricket and how many do not or did not bat at 3: Jacques Kallis, Sachin Tendulkar, Graeme Smith, Mahela Jayawardene, AB de Villiers, Matthew Hayden, Michael Hussey, Alistair Cook, Kevin Pietersen... so why doesn't Michael Clarke belong in this list?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
OK Alstom_888m, let's have a look at your named players.
de Villiers - has batted higher up the order, and now bats at 5 because he is also the wicketkeeper; he needs a bit of a spell after coming off after fielding.
Kallis - a genuine allrounder ( the second best after Sobers ) - also gets a spell after he's been bowling.
In the case of these two, even when batting first, sensible captaincy would keep a settled batting order.

Tendulkar - had Dravid at 3.
Smith - an opener.
Jayawardene- has moved around the order as well - why he isn't at 3 I couldn't guess.
Hayden - an opener.
Hussey - Ponting, the side's best batsman and captain, was at 3.
Cook - an opener.
Pietersen - far too flighty for 3, and not necessarily his side's best batsman anyway.

The best no 3 batsmen, to take Australia as an example, worked their way up from no 5 or 6 - Bradman, Hassett, Miller, Harvey, Ian Chappell, Boon, Ponting. Each was the side's best when he took over at 3. Clarke has put very inexperienced players ahead of himself, and his message is clear, "Even with my great experience, I can't handle it, so you go up there and protect me." If he had a test class no 3; OK, stay down at 4, but he doesn't have one. Doolan's skill set is a Sheffield Shield no 3 - not a test 3. There's a very big difference. Clarke at 4 or 5 is a cop out - pure and simple.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Clarke should play in the position he is most comfortable in, simple as that. He is one of the best captains we have ever had, and is worth protecting.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Clarke should play in the position he is most comfortable in, simple as that. He is one of the best captains we have ever had, and is worth protecting.
TheBlacksmith

Clarke should move out of his comfort zone and take responsibility instead of delegating it to players with less skill and less experience. That is one mark against his captaincy. In the field, he is a very good captain, and I would rank him with Mark Taylor as a skipper. The two best post-war captains we have had are Benaud and Ian Chappell, and I put Taylor and Clarke on the next rung after them.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

Well, what a series that was. It went right down to the wire in this match, with less than 5 overs to go when a completely knackered Ryan Harris hit the woodwork twice in three deliveries. He can now have a well deserved break to get his knees repaired.
Australia 2-1 is a well deserved result. I wondered whether the Australians would be able to come back after the debacle of the second test, but they did it well.
Warner is Player of the Series, and he earned it. I am one who was very sceptical about Warner's credentials as a test opener, and I am now happy to eat humble pie and pat him on the back. Over 500 runs is considered pretty good in a five-test series, but 500-plus in three tests is outstanding. The other standout improver is Smith. He has done exceptionally well here and against the Poms. The pace attack did a really good job, and with some stiffening in the batting, we are on the verge of having an outstanding team.
Valvegear

I pretty much agree, but there is one short comment I'd like to make re the recent results in Sth Africa:

Beneath the Southern Cross I stand
a twig of Wattle in my hand
a native of my native land ...
Australia ... YOU F***ING BEAUTY !!!!!
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy

I pretty much agree, but there is one short comment I'd like to make re the recent results in Sth Africa:
Beneath the Southern Cross I stand

a twig of Wattle in my hand

a native of my native land ...

Australia ... YOU F***ING BEAUTY !!!!
djf01


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