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Old Dec 22nd 2014, 1:51 pm   #91
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No mate ...... his biggest howler was bowling first at Edgbaston in 2005 after Glenn McGrath stood on the cricket ball.
Sorry Edgbaston not Lords. Captains make many such decisions every match and to denigrate one of the best captain's records of all time (2nd only to Smith, Graeme not Steve, in number of wins; top few in % of wins to matches played) and make him appear (in your eyes) to be hopeless doesn't stand up to any scrutiny.

"Statistically, he is one of the most successful captains of all time, with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 31 December 2010. As a player, Ricky Ponting is the only cricketer in history to be involved in 100 Test victories. Ponting also holds the record to have been involved in maximum ODI victories as a player with 262 wins. End of story; we'll just have to beg to differ. Join the long list who are still aggrieved that Punter and not Warnie was picked to succeed Steve Waugh.
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Sorry Edgbaston not Lords. Captains make many such decisions every match and to denigrate one of the best captain's records of all time (2nd only to Smith, Graeme not Steve, in number of wins; top few in % of wins to matches played) and make him appear (in your eyes) to be hopeless doesn't stand up to any scrutiny.

"Statistically, he is one of the most successful captains of all time, with 48 victories in 77 Tests between 2004 and 31 December 2010. As a player, Ricky Ponting is the only cricketer in history to be involved in 100 Test victories. Ponting also holds the record to have been involved in maximum ODI victories as a player with 262 wins. End of story; we'll just have to beg to differ. Join the long list who are still aggrieved that Punter and not Warnie was picked to succeed Steve Waugh.
I have no interest in Pontings record surrounded by the second best team of players of all time.

I have interest in the way he conducted himself as captain on and off the field.

To be wound up by childish English crowds is inexcusable for starters. He was poor. Nuff said.
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To be wound up by childish English crowds is inexcusable for starters.
Crowds do what crowds do
He was the one who got wound up....are you sure it was the crowd being childish

What could be more childish than the Australian press at the start of the last Ashes series?
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He was the one who got wound up....are you sure it was the crowd being childish

What could be more childish than the Australian press at the start of the last Ashes series?
Hard to disagree with that, childish crowds throw their toys out and leave the ground if their team's losing, anything else is just a difference in how you support your team.
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Any advice from the experts? I'm back home in july next year and have always wanted to go to a Test at Lords, but never done it. So I've entered the ballot for the Ashes - does anyone know what the chances are of actually getting a ticket? And if I bid for all 5 days am I committed to buying for all five days if I get picked in the ballot, or do they give you an option to back out of 1 or 2 before charging you?
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Hard to disagree with that, childish crowds throw their toys out and leave the ground if their team's losing, anything else is just a difference in how you support your team.
Never leave the ground, either winning of losing! I always stick it out to the bitter end, even if i am in the bar with earplugs in and my eyes shut against the TV! Kind of says true devotion to the team, whatever sport, in my opinion of course.
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Any advice from the experts? I'm back home in july next year and have always wanted to go to a Test at Lords, but never done it. So I've entered the ballot for the Ashes - does anyone know what the chances are of actually getting a ticket? And if I bid for all 5 days am I committed to buying for all five days if I get picked in the ballot, or do they give you an option to back out of 1 or 2 before charging you?
I would imagine that you are not obliged to buy any tickets - even if selected. It's like that for Wimbledon anyway

As a WACA member I can get tickets for the Lord's test through them - they recently sent out a letter and application. But they are crazy expensive - GBP150 for restricted member's areas and GBP100 for decent general seating (which is what you would pay as well)

I love test cricket but that's just a bit too much
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Any advice from the experts? I'm back home in july next year and have always wanted to go to a Test at Lords, but never done it. So I've entered the ballot for the Ashes - does anyone know what the chances are of actually getting a ticket? And if I bid for all 5 days am I committed to buying for all five days if I get picked in the ballot, or do they give you an option to back out of 1 or 2 before charging you?
I applied every year since 01. Failed each time. Never realised my SCG membership could get me in. Mind you was only paying full membership every Oz ashes year.

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I would imagine that you are not obliged to buy any tickets - even if selected. It's like that for Wimbledon anyway

As a WACA member I can get tickets for the Lord's test through them - they recently sent out a letter and application. But they are crazy expensive - GBP150 for restricted member's areas and GBP100 for decent general seating (which is what you would pay as well)

I love test cricket but that's just a bit too much
These are about 70/80 quid I think, worth it for a couple of days, just don't want to bid for all five days and end up stuck with them when I can't really afford 5 days.

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I applied every year since 01. Failed each time. Never realised my SCG membership could get me in. Mind you was only paying full membership every Oz ashes year.

Flog them on Gumtree for a nice mark up.
That's true actually, I could stick them on viagogo or somewhere like that and sell them on Knowing my luck I shan't get picked anyway, but don't try, don't get
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I see the 'journeyman' has reached 1,000 test runs in 2014 - that must be a record for any journeyman for sure. He'll have a short run as captain as well apparently.

"Steve Smith personified leadership as Australia reached 5-259 at stumps on day one of the Boxing Day Test against India.

Smith continued his career-best form to finish 72 not out, steadying the hosts on a topsy-turvy Friday watched by a crowd of 69,993 at the MCG.

The 25-year-old is on the cusp of a third century in the series and passed 1000 Test runs for the calender year.

Smith displayed grit, refusing to give India the upper hand as wickets tumbled around him.

The rise and rise of Smith over the past year has been underlined by fluent strokeplay, fancy footwork, fidgeting at the crease and a lot of runs."
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Smith journeyman, will not captain the team for long, just hit a bit of form....
Allegedly he was selected over Vice-Captain Haddin, to be the long-term replacement for Clarke, keeping in mind Cricket Australia (ad formerly Australian Cricket Board) has a track-record refusing to appoint a keeper as Captain (even if they have seniority as Vice-Captain).
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Allegedly he was selected over Vice-Captain Haddin, to be the long-term replacement for Clarke, keeping in mind Cricket Australia (ad formerly Australian Cricket Board) has a track-record refusing to appoint a keeper as Captain (even if they have seniority as Vice-Captain).
I personally can't see the point in appointing someone near the end of their career - that would be short term. OK, Hadden could have captained for the rest of the India series but they are looking for a longer term replacement for Clarke as well and they've got that.
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I personally can't see the point in appointing someone near the end of their career - that would be short term. OK, Hadden could have captained for the rest of the India series but they are looking for a longer term replacement for Clarke as well and they've got that.
My question is though, why should someone be considered over the hill if they are over 40 in any sport (or 30 even) FFS? Personally I think they stuck with Clarke far too long as Captain...smug prick that he is-he should have been replaced long ago (only reason he got it was that Warne blotted his copybook too many times with indiscretions with women) because of far too many reoccurrences of the hamstring injury that would have had anyone else out of the team long ago.
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I see the 'journeyman' has reached 1,000 test runs in 2014 - that must be a record for any journeyman for sure. He'll have a short run as captain as well apparently.

"Steve Smith personified leadership as Australia reached 5-259 at stumps on day one of the Boxing Day Test against India.

Smith continued his career-best form to finish 72 not out, steadying the hosts on a topsy-turvy Friday watched by a crowd of 69,993 at the MCG.

The 25-year-old is on the cusp of a third century in the series and passed 1000 Test runs for the calender year.

Smith displayed grit, refusing to give India the upper hand as wickets tumbled around him.

The rise and rise of Smith over the past year has been underlined by fluent strokeplay, fancy footwork, fidgeting at the crease and a lot of runs."
Give him a while and he will soon fall into the same groove as other batsmen/captains of late....you will see the runs and batting form start to fall.
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As long as there is no more than 10% difference above original price, otherwise it is an offence under Queensland Scalping Legislation.

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