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TigerMasochist

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Jul 13, 2003
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Was amazing really.

They had us 3 for 12 doing the one thing they haven't done all series, starting the day bowling a consistently good length just outside off and holding catches. Simple stuff.

Then Head and Labuschagne decide to counter attack.

The Australian bowling attack would have been licking their lips at the prospect of the batsmen playing shots in those conditions. They would have stuck to the plan knowing that the mistakes and chances would come.

But England, no. A couple of boundaries and they go defensive. It is like the team focus is to prevent runs at all costs.
Reckon Labschange n Head did a brilliant job of taking control off the Poms. One of the commentators made mention of the positioning of the two at the crease which simply threw the Poms off their bowling.
Was reasonably early in their pairing and Labuschange was batting out of his crease n coming forward playing off the front foot at every opportunity n Head was batting opposite, on the crease and playing off the back foot. Every time they took a single n rotated strike the bowlers were having to adjust the length they bowled n it completely stuffed them.
Will be watching with interest once the Poms come in to bat, while the pitch was green as yesterday there didn't really seem to be any demons in it so it'll be fun to see if we can get to about 350 n then seriously mess with their bats.
 

bigwow

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Jul 24, 2003
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Was amazing really.

They had us 3 for 12 doing the one thing they haven't done all series, starting the day bowling a consistently good length just outside off and holding catches. Simple stuff.

Then Head and Labuschagne decide to counter attack.

The Australian bowling attack would have been licking their lips at the prospect of the batsmen playing shots in those conditions. They would have stuck to the plan knowing that the mistakes and chances would come.

But England, no. A couple of boundaries and they go defensive. It is like the team focus is to prevent runs at all costs.

The end result is I think Australia is firmly in control now.

If the conditions today are similar to yesterday, and our tail wags in to an hour or so of the second session, things could get very ugly very quickly.

The English should also be very thankful that Starc is out there, not Hazlewood. Which is not a knock on Starc, but imagine an attack of Cummings, Hazelwood, Boland and Green with conditions like it was yesterday.
I reckon Green will bowl well here, movement and bounce.
 
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bigwow

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Jul 24, 2003
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The spinner, Lyon, showing the bigger fast bowlers how to go about it. Great to see Wood hit for 3 x 6. Has hit more at Bellrive than Ponting! :ROFLMAO:
Not hard, he knows every balls is going to be short, he's in postion before Wood lets the ball go.
Just shows how dumb Wood is.
 

tigerman

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Mar 17, 2003
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Boland is no Bunny
The spinner, Lyon, showing the bigger fast bowlers how to go about it. Great to see Wood hit for 3 x 6. Has hit more at Bellrive than Ponting! :ROFLMAO:
Punter was a favourite of mine, but didn't have a great record at Hobart.
 
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leon

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Damn! Carey makes another start and cannot go on with it. Disappointing. Really like his potential; keep hoping for a mini-Gilchrist I think, but not sure he can measure up.
 

leon

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Not hard, he knows every balls is going to be short, he's in postion before Wood lets the ball go.
Just shows how dumb Wood is.
All true but therefore hole outs by Starc and Cummins dumber. In that sense, out-smarted by Wood. :LOL:

PS - Still have to be good enough to execute the shot (for 6) too. Saying Lyon close to best hooker in our team.
 
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bigwow

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All true but therefore hole outs by Starc and Cummins dumber. In that sense, out-smarted by Wood. :LOL:

PS - Still have to be good enough to execute the shot (for 6) too. Saying Lyon close to best hooker in our team.
Starc & Cummins too half hearted with the shot. Lyon swings through.
 
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bigwow

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All true but therefore hole outs by Starc and Cummins dumber. In that sense, out-smarted by Wood. :LOL:

PS - Still have to be good enough to execute the shot (for 6) too. Saying Lyon close to best hooker in our team.
Starc also stiff, Rory Burns hasn't caught anything else on tour.
 
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