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    My picks for WI: Lara, Walsh and Ambrose. Those were some bowlers. *shudder*

    Finally, SL: Murali, for sure, Aravinda DeSilva, who was as graceful as they come and if I had to pick a third, I always had a soft spot for Ranatunga - although I don't think he approaches the level of some on these lists.

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    I was just watching some clips on Youtube and I have to admit that every time I watch the 1999 semi-final between AUS and SA and Klusener's exploits, it brings a tear to my eye. I feel just awful that they lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humph
    Wikipedia tells me Richard Hadlee played test cricket until ' 90 . He's a must for the New Zealanders, imho.

    Apparently, he took over 400 test wickets at 22ish runs a piece, which tells its own story, but he only batted a 27 test average. I thought he was better than that with the willow.
    Good shout, Humph. I hadn't realised that it was only 17 years ago that Richard Hadlee last played test cricket. Feels a lot longer to this old bugger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blokee

    Athers - that night in Manchester with the ball from Allan Donald coming down and Athers refusing to give up his wicket was pure drama. The 185* @ Jo'Burg to save the test was the best rearguard knock of the modern day England era.
    That Atherton/Donald episode was pure theatre and test cricket at it's very best. Athers' 185 n.o. in South Africa was nothing short of miraculous and when you watched him trudge off the field at the end of it, eyes looking like pee-holes in the snow, you had an idea of how much concentration and dogged determination went into his inning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nashwan
    That Atherton/Donald episode was pure theatre and test cricket at it's very best. Athers' 185 n.o. in South Africa was nothing short of miraculous and when you watched him trudge off the field at the end of it, eyes looking like pee-holes in the snow, you had an idea of how much concentration and dogged determination went into his inning.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JojnoSO4MDc

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    2 wickets in the first hour of play. Should be 3 but that's another story.

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    Sri Lanka all out for 246, Jayawardene with a great innings.

    We didn't send them back in though. 300 runs in the lead as of right now.

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    Nash, what are your thoughts on England picking Ashley Giles as the new spinning coach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabata
    Nash, what are your thoughts on England picking Ashley Giles as the new spinning coach?
    None, really, because you made me aware of it! It's only for the "back up squad", I believe, which is no big deal. Mind you, the First XI is no big deal, either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nashwan
    None, really, because you made me aware of it! It's only for the "back up squad", I believe, which is no big deal. Mind you, the First XI is no big deal, either!
    Wasn't he part of the team for the Ashes? Who's the spinner in the XI now?

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    Wasn't he part of the team for the Ashes? Who's the spinner in the XI now?
    He was indeed. Monte Panesar has more or less taken the spinner's job over from Giles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nashwan
    He was indeed. Monte Panesar has more or less taken the spinner's job over from Giles.
    Ah yes, that name seems familiar. Well, that's not so good for Giles is it? If I remember correctly, he could bat a bit too. Can Panesar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdn
    Ah yes, that name seems familiar. Well, that's not so good for Giles is it? If I remember correctly, he could bat a bit too. Can Panesar?
    Monte tries hard with the bat, practises diligently, but, er, to my way of thinking he will always be the proverbial "Genuine No.11"!!

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    Interesting day tomorrow should be. Sri Lanka need 260 runs with 7 wickets remaining. If we can break this partnership early I don't see the reat of the Sri Lankan doing much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdn
    Ah yes, that name seems familiar. Well, that's not so good for Giles is it? If I remember correctly, he could bat a bit too. Can Panesar?
    Monty is as good with the bat as he is in the field

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabata
    Interesting day tomorrow should be. Sri Lanka need 260 runs with 7 wickets remaining. If we can break this partnership early I don't see the reat of the Sri Lankan doing much.
    If Ricky Ponting keeps giving Stuart MacGill the ball, the Sir Lankans might just be in with a shout. My God, MacGill's "waywardness" today had to be seen to be believed. Sangakkara, in particular, had a great time smashing MacGill's bowling to all parts.

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    I read somewhere that he was injured - something about a bad knee. With Symonds out as well, it'll be up to Lee and Clark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdn
    I read somewhere that he was injured - something about a bad knee. With Symonds out as well, it'll be up to Lee and Clark.
    He is, evidently. However, surely you use more of Michael Clarke's part-time off-spin to give Brett Lee, Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson a blow, rather than allow MacGill to give away free runs and fill the Sri Lankan's with confidence? MacGill was all over the place: long hops, full tosses, half volleys, no balls and any other rubbish I might have forgotten! His final line of 16-0-93-0 bears testament to today's ineptitude.

    I thought Brett Lee was terrific today, first by his working over of Attapatu, which led to the fall of his wicket, and then by bowling Jayawardene with a peach the very next ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nashwan
    He is, evidently. However, surely you use more of Michael Clarke's part-time off-spin to give Brett Lee, Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson a blow, rather than allow MacGill to give away free runs and fill the Sri Lankan's with confidence? MacGill was all over the place: long hops, full tosses, half volleys, no balls and any other rubbish I might have forgotten! His final line of 16-0-93-0 bears testament to today's ineptitude.

    I thought Brett Lee was terrific today, first by his working over of Attapatu, which led to the fall of his wicket, and then by bowling Jayawardene with a peach the very next ball.
    I agree. Ponting may have made an error here in sticking with MacGill. Or at the very least MacGill should go to Ponting and say: "I need a break; ankle is killing me and I'm just giving up runs".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nashwan
    I thought Brett Lee was terrific today, first by his working over of Attapatu, which led to the fall of his wicket, and then by bowling Jayawardene with a peach the very next ball.
    I am a huge fan of Brett Lee - I think he is developing into the best fast bowler in the world today.

    Steve Harmiston has been called up to the England squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blokee
    I am a huge fan of Brett Lee - I think he is developing into the best fast bowler in the world today.

    Steve Harmiston has been called up to the England squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.
    He's turned it around since he got married. He'll be I'll best bower this summer for sure.

    14th consecutive test matches wins

    Let the good times roll

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blokee
    I am a huge fan of Brett Lee - I think he is developing into the best fast bowler in the world today.
    Agreed.

    Lee is not your archetypal Australian, though: not only he is a really nice guy, but a true sportsman as well!


    Quote Originally Posted by Blokee
    Steve Harmiston has been called up to the England squad for the tour of Sri Lanka.
    Waste of bloody space! He'll get homesick after an hour and bugger off back home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nashwan
    Agreed.

    Lee is, however, not your archetypal Australian: not only he is a really nice guy, but a true sportsman as well!
    Ouch, Nash

    To be honest I wouldn't really call Lee a "true" sportsman. He gives those tale-enders a hell of a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabata
    Ouch, Nash

    To be honest I wouldn't really call Lee a "true" sportsman. He gives those tale-enders a hell of a time.
    I think that Lee treats all batsmen, front line or tail end, in exactly the same way: they must removed as early as possible.

    Brett Lee won a huge number of admirers over here in 2005, with his personable nature and sportsmanship. That scene, with Flintoff putting his arm around Lee at the end of one of the test matches, was terrific. Pure mutual respect at the end of a real war of attrition. Summed up that whole series, to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nashwan
    I think that Lee treats all batsmen, front line or tail end, in exactly the same way: they must removed as early as possible.

    Brett Lee won a huge number of admirers over here in 2005, with his personable nature and sportsmanship. That scene, with Flintoff putting his arm around Lee at the end of one of the test matches, was terrific. Pure mutual respect at the end of a real war of attrition. Summed up that whole series, to be honest.
    He stuffs around with tail-enders to much for me. He just needs to get to the point and bowl at the wickets, but I'll have to agree. He's probably the nicest guy on the team.

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