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Old 13-11-13, 12:09 AM   #161
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Softer red ball with kookaburra which makes me think Bailey will do well! Clarke and Watson will do well, which makes me think this will be close
Watson!

Bailey's recent working over was with a kookaburra!
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I've got about 2 weeks work left and then I'm off till January. Perfectly timed for late night Ashes
Exactly the same here

Thought this was on telly tonight but it's not ffs. On the radio though.
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Old 13-11-13, 12:15 AM   #163
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Exactly the same here

Thought this was on telly tonight but it's not ffs. On the radio though.
Yeah, can't find a stream either. Still, Aggers
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Old 13-11-13, 01:15 AM   #164
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http://www.cricket.com.au/video/Nov-...e-from-the-SCG

I think there is a separate live commentary feed as well

Edit: Scrap that, its text commentary but I bet you could find an Aussie Radio station that is covering it
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Old 14-11-13, 10:48 AM   #165
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5fer for Finn and nice knocks from Cook, Trott and KP.

Australia Invitational XI 1st Innings 304 all out (103.4 overs)

England XI 1st Innings 302 for 5 (73.0 overs)
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Old 15-11-13, 12:47 PM   #166
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Absolutely loved Tino Best taking leave of his senses on Twitter the other day. The red mist well and truly descended ....looks especially great after all that God rubbish

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Old 16-11-13, 07:52 AM   #168
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I see we beat the Aussie XI by 7 wickets.

It'll be interesting to see who gets the last bowling spot Rankin, Finn or Tremlett who Clarke seems to think will be starting.

Weird interview with him here, names the England starting XI http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/24932195
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Old 16-11-13, 08:06 AM   #169
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Anyone watching Tendulkar? He's such a nice bloke.
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Old 16-11-13, 08:26 AM   #171
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There is about 300 people around him for his lap of honour. It's mental
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Old 17-11-13, 09:20 AM   #172
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Finally some sense from an Australian (Ian Chappell):

I've reached an age where memory lapses become a concern, and I'm wondering if I only imagined Australia's recent heavy Test losses to India and then England. Didn't those 4-0 and 3-0 losses occur?

I only ask because ever since England landed in Australia, it's all been about the problems facing the tourists and how the home side is settled and in good shape for the upcoming Ashes series.

Sure, England have a few queries. There's Matt Prior's injury, the late change to Michael Carberry as an opening batsman, and also settling on a third fast bowler. Chris Tremlett appears to be down on pace, Steven Finn is inconsistent - fast and bouncy one minute and distinctly unthreatening the next - and Boyd Rankin is both unproven and a liability in the field. Nevertheless, that still leaves the bulk of the England side settled and successful.

Australia, on the other hand, with no recent success stories to fall back on, should have concerns. The two biggest headaches for them are the fitness of Shane Watson and the form of Mitchell Johnson. What if Johnson reverts to type and is profligate in an Ashes series? That will put an unbearably heavy load on the two critical fast bowlers, Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris, who both need to be at their best for Australia to remain competitive. And that doesn't even address the matter of the huge confidence boost it'll be for Alastair Cook if Johnson keeps angling deliveries on to his pads like he did at Lord's in 2009.

Watson is just as critical to the batting effort and his latest injury means he has had no time in the centre for a month leading into the first Test. That gives the England bowlers a distinct advantage, and a slow start for Watson with the bat could have serious implications for Michael Clarke and the middle order.

Despite some encouraging signs, Steve Smith still needs to prove he can consistently make big scores against top-quality bowling. He'll be further challenged if Australia don't get good contributions from the top-order players. Following Smith will either be an unknown quantity in debutant George Bailey, or Brad Haddin, who is showing signs that age is starting to win the battle when he's batting.

This is where the selectors face a real dilemma. Do they sacrifice a batsman to fit James Faulkner into the side to provide cover for any Johnson profligacy, or do they forgo variety and leave Nathan Lyon out and play the allrounder in an all-pace attack?

Lyon is a good bowler but too often the quality of his deliveries isn't matched by the results in the wicket column. Nevertheless it's a huge gamble to play a five-day game at the Gabba without a spinner.

Either way, the Australian line-up is desperately short of good catching men and it'll be a blessing for Clarke if Watson can't bowl, because they'll struggle to fill three slip positions adequately without him in the cordon.

There's potential for improvement in the Australian batting line-up and it'll be especially encouraging for the future if both Warner and Smith have a good series. The bowling is a pretty well-known quantity, unless Johnson does rediscover his best form. Then there's a real edge to the attack.

England, meanwhile, are tried and tested and what you see is what you get. The success of the batting will revolve around Cook and Jonathan Trott scoring heavily so Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell can take advantage of a good start to elevate the scoring rate. The bowling will live or die on the form of Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann.

If Joe Root continues to improve and Finn finds consistency at Test level, it would augur well for England's future.

There's always a lot of bluff and bluster in the lead-up to an Ashes series and the reality is there are generally more ifs and buts than certainties. On this occasion Australia have more ifs, while England are superior in the number of proven performers. And unless my memory's playing tricks, that means the tourists will start as favourites.
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Old 17-11-13, 09:22 AM   #173
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It's amazing how many people (journalists and fans) in England have been sucked in by the narrative that the Auastralian camp have created. England full of uncertainty and lacking in form compared to a resurgent Australian team that's settled and full of confidence.

It's a load of old cobblers.
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Old 17-11-13, 09:45 AM   #174
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We're without a doubt favourites for this Ashes series, the Aussies I'm sure will be up for this but I'm not sure what will have changed since the Summer. Ok different ball being used and the conditions will be slightly different but making out we're in disarray !!

I think they're forgetting we've only lost 2 series since 2009 - Pakistan and SA
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Old 18-11-13, 07:34 PM   #175
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Just had a look at the prices - they're favourites!

England are over 2/1 underdogs with most bookies for the first test. Insane. Only thing I'd say is we are shit starters and habitually lose the first test of a tour. Otherwise, there are no grounds for making them favourites.
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Old 18-11-13, 07:38 PM   #176
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What's the odds for a draw first test? Looks like the weather is dreadful
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Old 18-11-13, 07:53 PM   #177
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6/4 for the draw.
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Old 18-11-13, 07:54 PM   #178
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Might be worth a punt on the first test with England for the series
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Old 18-11-13, 08:12 PM   #179
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How can they be favourites on the back of a thumping over here?

Prior netted yesterday so hopefully he will be fit.
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Old 18-11-13, 08:34 PM   #180
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To be fair to the bookies the Aussies haven't lost in Brisbane since the 1980's.
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I thought those odds were for the first test rather than the series?
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Old 18-11-13, 10:52 PM   #182
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Brisbane will be a draw. Scatterred thunderstorms end of day 1-3, possibly all day days 4 & 5.

Weathers been ratshit here lately, no rain for 4 months, grass and all other vegetation dying, and suddenly none stop storms.
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Old 18-11-13, 11:44 PM   #183
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Ashes 2013-14: James Anderson labels Michael Clarke 'paranoid' as tensions rise ahead of first test

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The brash Lancastrian was none too kind about Clarke in his book, and the Aussie captain has bitten back

The tensions between James Anderson and Michael Clarke will reach fever pitch in the Ashes after the England man branded the Aussie ‘paranoid’.

If Clarke found life uncomfortable around Anderson on and off the pitch before now, then things are set to go up a level following the taunt.

The Aussie skipper revealed in his ‘Ashes Diary’ a book on last summer’s contest, that Anderson went out of his way to ignore him.

He wrote: “I’m polite to all of the Englishmen and will say G’day to anyone. James Anderson is the one who prefers not to talk to me.

“I didn’t read his book, but from what I heard, he had a crack at me.

“That’s fine. He’s a fast bowler, and if I was his captain I’d want to see a bit of mongrel in him too.”

However the England bowler completely refutes the suggestion and when asked if he doesn’t like Clarke he said: “No. I think he is possibly being a bit paranoid.

“I’ve nothing against him at all. To be honest I don’t remember seeing him many times outside a game situation so if he goes on how I behave in the field, he might think that, I don’t know.

“I can’t speak for anyone else but I was brought up to think that actions speak louder than words.

“We will try to concentrate on performing well in these games and how we are going to try to beat the Australians. That’s where it matters, on the field, and that is where we will try to show people what we are about.”

Anderson can be more than a little prickly on the field where his job is to unsettle batsmen in order to get them out.

He’ll use a stare or a choice word to help in that end, but off the field he is often softly spoken and good humoured.

Perhaps Clarke remembers their run-in during the 2006/07 series when the now 31-year-old got worked up over a few drinks and listened to Damien Martyn’s advice in the dressing room.

“As I’d had a couple of beers, I didn’t need a second invitation,” wrote Anderson.

“So I picked this pad up and cuffed Clarke with it, making the biggest thud imaginable in the process, and causing everyone in the room to stop nattering. For a split second, there was complete silence.

“‘What the f*** ya doing?’ he (Clarke) snarled.

“While others chatted with opposite numbers about the game, Clarke was being a complete pain, whistling away to himself and carrying on in a most arrogant manner.
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Old 18-11-13, 11:53 PM   #184
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Old 19-11-13, 12:21 AM   #185
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Old 19-11-13, 12:22 AM   #186
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The Aussie press are just looking desperate now
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Old 19-11-13, 09:30 AM   #187
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Old 19-11-13, 09:38 AM   #188
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Playing right handed as well, impressive he taught himself to play left handed as a cricketer
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Old 19-11-13, 02:53 PM   #189
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Thought id get to see a far bit of this series being in India, however its too far late to stay up and too early to get up for
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Old 19-11-13, 08:00 PM   #190
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Highlights nightly on Pick (it's a free satellite channel but I don't know if it's carried by Virgin) apparently for anyone who doesn't pay for sky sports.
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So this starts tonight at 11ish yeah?
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Old 20-11-13, 10:14 AM   #192
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Play starts at midnight ffs. Will just be able to do the morning session I think.
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Ahh fuck that then. Ill just get up early and watch the afternoon (our morning) session. 8 Hours of play right? So I think I can TMS a couple of hours of it.
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Old 20-11-13, 10:40 AM   #194
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Still at work at so can only stay up till lunch.

Next test I'll be aiming for tea.
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Old 20-11-13, 10:42 AM   #195
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Warner slagging off KP now as well...... They really have reverted to type and are acting like a bunch of Harvs.
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Old 20-11-13, 11:10 AM   #196
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midnight! fuck - i was hoping it was 11 - i could manage the first hour - but after midnight no way jose am i staying up on a school night - i struggle getting up for work as it is.

annoyingly i doubt id' wake early enough to catch the end of play either

going to struggle to get into this
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going to struggle to get into this
I'll be getting into it just fine sat at the gabba drinking beer
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Haha. Enjoy.
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Yeah, but not because your team's doing well
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You want England to lose? Shameful!

10 hours to the toss. Suppose I should get some sleep.
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