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The Ashes 2006-07.

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it looks lovely and warm there
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lol 350
Who was I kidding? Was always going to take some miracle to even get to 300. Really is ridiculous that we just can't hold a bat past number 6. Even the Aussie tailenders can hit 25 or 30 odd, even into the 40s in Lee and Warne's case. Clark can also bat as he's shown in this series. It's really only McGrath that can't. For us, once we've lost 5 wickets that's it. That was the attraction of having Giles in the side for Fletcher. He at least gave someone past number 6 who could stay in for a while and hit 25. Too bad he couldn't take a wicket with the ball.
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Mahmood's been a disaster unfortunately. Strauss's dismissal was totaly unnecessary. As was flintoff's, as was pieterson. Why get yourself out when you've got good bowlers trying to get you out. Don't help them . And stop playing odis. Test batting is a different discipline. How can players go from chasing runs and slogging in odis to protecting your wickets in test matches. and occupying the crease.
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Highlights: Fifth Test - Day Two
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Managed to get the tv on just in time to see Ponting run out - fabulous fielding! clap
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50 for Warne in his last test innings.
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5 down, so that's that. Langer will hit the winning runs in the first hour tomorrow to round off his career.

I'm sick of the way most of our guys get out. Ridiculous to get out the way Cook did. It's happened so many times this series, particularly with Strauss and Cook. Why do that? And similarly for Bell. Really p*sses me off when someone gets out slashing a ball miles outside the off stump and edges behind. Why do it?
I'm no cricketer but I just don't understand why it's so difficult - If it's on the stumps block it, if it's off the stumps leave it. What's so hard about it? Of course that's a big simplification and you have to put the bad balls away and score runs. But you should never get out slashing at a ball that's so wide like Bell did. Really annoys me. I don't mind when it's a good ball, but that's just giving your wicket away. Sigh. My 3 and a half days prediction was again too optimistic.
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no  Words fail me no
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So true, Alex. My nan could defend her wicket better. Even their sledging's better....(Warne to Collingwood) "Can't believe you got an MBE for scoring 7 runs!"   clap Priceless
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I don't mind when they get out to good balls trying to defend them. Just really annoys me when they surrender their wicket in some way they should never get out. I don't know why the coach doesn't tell them. If I was the coach, the general principle would be as I said before - if it's on the stumps, block it. if it's off the stumps, leave it. Put away a few bad balls, and pick up as many runs as you can, but what is so difficult about that guiding principle that no English player seems capable of doing it?
Sad thing is we just know we won't add more than 20 runs tomorrow morning, and with our last 5 even that might be an optimistic total.

The likes of Mahmood, Anderson and Panesar are young and will all play a lot more test cricket for England over the coming years. So it's worth investing a lot of time and effort into training up their batting aswell as coaching their bowling, so as to hopefully turn them into players capable of hitting 20 or 30 occasionally. Currently, they are barely capable of making 5. Look at Warne and Clark today. 71 and 35 respectively - a total of 106 between them. Australia's first innings lead was 102. That's the lead right there - scored by 2 tail enders. Nuff said - just because they are bowlers, they should still be capable of making the odd score of 25 or 30 with the bat.
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We are heading for whitewash. Man, we really cannot bat in the 2nd innings to save our lives can we?
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Highlights: Fifth Test - Day Three
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That's England lost another wicket 114-6 Pietersen is out
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Peiterson(sp)

Pietersen.
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Thanks I just changed it, he's out anyway.
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