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Well done England!


tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2011 7:08PM
The pressures on, now that S.A beat IndiaGrin
Lose to the Windies and it is the next plane homeSad

Might set up a stall selling rotten fruit & veg near to the airportWink

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15 Mar 2011 7:21AM
Huh, no pressure thenSad Mind you, they do seem to have the ability to pull out the stops when the pressure is on. I believe they are once again promoting Prior to open with Straus - not his best position. Just have to hope Anderson is on form. We can't afford 8 an over against the WI.
devlin 4 651 39 India
17 Mar 2011 9:25AM

Quote:West Indies next - worth a bet (on WI)Wink


Naah on this one iam gonna bet on England...i have a feeling they are going to pull a rabbit out of a hat Wink

Cheers
18 Mar 2011 10:17AM
WOW, what a gameTongue Never had so many highs and lows in one match! I thought we were dead after our "not too good" batting performance and then the initial onslaught by Chris Gayle. But then, as has happened so often, we got it right in the field.

Well done England.

Now I have strong support for SA on Saturday!!Grin
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 8:19PM
The Aussies unbeaten run as endedSad

Better now, than in the quarters/semisSmile

Lee(Brett) nearly pulled it offGrin
devlin 4 651 39 India
19 Mar 2011 8:21PM
yeah it was hell of a match.,...and now the fun begins....any takers for whose going to get the cup ??
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 9:14PM
The winners of the Aussie/India game would be my personal prediction

There again S.A have always promised so much, then faltered when it matteredSad

Grahame Smith has been a superb captain for them, over the years.

He took the job on in his early twenties, when they were in turmoil & has conducted himself impeccably

If the Aussies are knocked out before the final, then they would be my teamSmile

A pommie who has supported Aussie cricket since 1961 (I have had my ups and downs over the years)Wink

Adrian
devlin 4 651 39 India
20 Mar 2011 8:21AM

Quote:A pommie who has supported Aussie cricket since 1961 (I have had my ups and downs over the years)Wink


Yeah well they are not at their peak right now...Smile though they are still a formidable side on their day Smile..my money is on India this time around though there are still teams around which can deliver the goods on their day, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are looking good so far and England have shown they can put up a good fight so at the end of the day it could be anyone's cup this time around Smile
21 Mar 2011 9:27AM
So, England/Sri Lanka on Saturday. That could go either way! I think a 10 Eng and 5 SL should cover itWink

Winner? I fancy South Africa. They have certainly been the most consistent during the R/R stageSmile but having said that another 5 on England could reap resultsGrin
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
21 Mar 2011 11:31AM
England have been so topsy turvey - beat SA, drew with India yet lost to minnows....

They have to string 3 great games together - I really don't think they can overcome Sri Lanka unless they get a huge innings, pressure on Strauss and Trott I reckon - Prior will no doubt hit a few exciting boundaries and get himself out for 20 Wink

If we were to win, we'd have the Ashes, 20-20 world cup, Cricket World Cup AND the 6-Nations trophy - not a bad time
Nick_w e2
7 4.1k 99 England
21 Mar 2011 12:32PM
Winning the Ashes would have been enough !!

I think the bowlers in particular are showing signs of wear & tear - hence so many injuries - whoever put the winter schedule together...
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
21 Mar 2011 3:37PM
I agree - someone like Freddy Flintoff had another 3-5 years of play in him, but the mental schedule put him out - bowlers legs take a pounding and they need to recover... his never did. Same with Vaughan actually - he was out through knee issues too.

Still, they're both doing well now - Vaughan's a great TMS commentator and Freddy's challenging the world on ITV 4 Wink He seems a right laugh on that !
roxpix 11 2.2k 11 Scotland
21 Mar 2011 5:24PM

Quote:I agree - someone like Freddy Flintoff had another 3-5 years of play in him,


Maybe in his legs he did but not in his liver Wink
Nick_w e2
7 4.1k 99 England
21 Mar 2011 5:39PM

Quote:I agree - someone like Freddy Flintoff had another 3-5 years of play in him,


Not just with hindsight, I said at the time all those cortisone injections to get him through were criminal - if he'd been operated on when the problem first materialised he would have been playing now. The stresses a quick bowler puts onto the knees / ankle is incredible.

When I was playing I saw one guy whos knee bent forward and snapped the knee cap - he bowled like Mike Proctor, if anyone remembers him, off the wrong leg. The only reason he did that was he gave up 1st class cricket due to problems with his "proper" bowling leg. I'd hate to think what hes like now.

I was told by a very good source - that when Yorkshire built there indoor centre at Headingley a whole bunch of young quick bowlers had to retire in their 20's with stress fractures. The surface was layed directly onto conctrete. The likes of Gough refused to bowl on it after a couple of weeks - but the kids were too keen. They've corrected it now.
Bridgelayer 7 568 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2011 7:33PM
[QUOTE]I was told by a very good source - that when Yorkshire built there indoor centre at Headingley a whole bunch of young quick bowlers had to retire in their 20's with stress fractures. The surface was layed directly onto conctrete. The likes of Gough refused to bowl on it after a couple of weeks - but the kids were too keen. They've corrected it now.[/QUOTE]

Very true. It not only buggered up their limbs, bad coaching did the same to what used to be good, natural rhythm and bowling actions.

(I played with one of the victims - at cricket, that is!)
WinkWink

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