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England V Australia: 3rd Test  
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2565 times:

After the drama of Edgbaston, the circus now moves to Old Trafford, where a hard, fast, bouncy pitch should suit the tall England bowlers, but also a certain Mr S Warne.

Will Australia take the massive gamble of including a half-fit Glenn McGrath? If he breaks down they're stuffed, as they'll only have three bowlers.

Who has the upper hand right now?

Will it piss down for five days as is usual in Manchester?


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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2562 times:

I have NO idea what you're talking about.

Little background might help.



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User currently offlineGVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2559 times:

Quoting BigPhilNYC (Reply 1):
I have NO idea what you're talking about.

Little background might help.

Cricket.

Well, I believe McGrath will play in the 4th test for sure, but maybe the 3rd is too early. However, he didnt look too bad in his 30 mins practice yesterday. Good to see Brett Lee has recovered though, although thats not good news for the England team.

Yes, it will piss down in Manchester.

My prediction: Australia to win by 100 runs or so...



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2558 times:

Quoting BigPhilNYC (Reply 1):
I have NO idea what you're talking about.

Mate, there are thousands of threads about baseball, US football, and the like where I don't have clue what you lot are on about. Then you confused all of us utterly by rabbiting on about Kenny Rogers without every pointing out it wasn't the country singer. Sauce for the goose.  Wink

Quoting GVBIG (Reply 2):
However, he didnt look too bad in his 30 mins practice yesterday

Bit of a difference between a 30 minute warm-up at half-pace and having to bowl 20 plus overs in a day. It's a huge risk. Brett Lee was always going to be OK. Once the antibiotics got to work he was fine.



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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 3):
Mate, there are thousands of threads about baseball, US football, and the like where I don't have clue what you lot are on about. Then you confused all of us utterly by rabbiting on about Kenny Rogers without every pointing out it wasn't the country singer.

I'll mail you cash (from your own country) if you can find such posts from me.

Quoting Banco (Reply 3):
Sauce for the goose.

Yeah, again, I have NO idea what you're talking about.



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Quoting BigPhilNYC (Reply 4):
Quoting Banco (Reply 3):
Sauce for the goose.

Yeah, again, I have NO idea what you're talking about.

It's quite simple. People post things that those in other countries won't have a clue about. It's an international forum. It's the nature of the beast.

Just to take a selection at random from the front page:

Would You Run For President?

Can't. Don't have one.

Drew Rosenhaus Getting Destroyed By Letterman!

Never heard of him.

Zell Miller Appointed To War Monuments Commission.

Never heard of him.

Stores Closed On Sunday (Blue Laws)

Never heard of them.

Hugo Chavez Makes Ass Of Himself Again

Never heard of him.

Etc etc.



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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

Quoting BigPhilNYC (Reply 4):
Yeah, again, I have NO idea what you're talking about.

Banco you're going to have to stop speaking English to him - try some foreign languages and see if they work  Wink



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User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
Would You Run For President?

Can't. Don't have one.

I wish I didn't either. :-p

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
Drew Rosenhaus Getting Destroyed By Letterman!

Never heard of him.

Niether did I, which is why I gave the same complaint in that thread.

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
Stores Closed On Sunday (Blue Laws)

Never heard of them.

Niether have I.

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
Hugo Chavez Makes Ass Of Himself Again

Never heard of him.

Read a newspaper. (It's late, I'm cranky *kiss*)



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2539 times:

England win the toss and will bat.

McGrath is playing! Wow. I think there must have been some misinformation there, there's no way he could come back from a grade two ligament tear in a week. Got to be a big risk though. What price he turns his ankle in the first over?



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

Good toss for England to win - looks a good batting track (rock hard). If England can bat past lunch on day 2 the win should more or less be taken away from the Kangaroos


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User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2532 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 8):
What price he turns his ankle in the first over?

I bloody hope so. No doubt England will take advantage of the weaker bowler(s) and, hopefully, make a nice big total for Australia to chase.


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2522 times:

Strauss out to a belter of a delivery by Lee (he's bowled well).
Strauss has had a poor series thus far.

The pitch is doing more than expected - a bit of swing already



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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2507 times:

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 11):
The pitch is doing more than expected - a bit of swing already

Yeah. England are doing pretty well actually...93-1 at this stage...and our damn players are not helping either...giving away no balls and wides....  irked 



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User currently offlineGVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2505 times:

Yup, Gilchrist isn't having the best of days anyway...


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

I reckon England need to make around 400 runs on this track to put the Aussies under real pressure. The Aussie batsment won't relish facing Harmison and Flintoff on a pitch with reverse swing, but England do need to post a decent total first.

Expect Warne to get a bowl just after lunch.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

Ponting's getting a slating from Boycott for opening the bowling after lunch with Gillespie. Big grin

What has happened to Gillespie anyway? He was a real class act, but he seems to have fallen apart recently.



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User currently offlineGVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 15):
What has happened to Gillespie anyway? He was a real class act, but he seems to have fallen apart recently.

Probably that dodgy hairstyle Big grin



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Gilchrist drops another! Big grin

And Vaughan has just been bowled off an no ball too!  rotfl 



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

Not going Australia's way today - that's 3 good chances dropped and a no ball 'wicket'.

May be the song should be 'Are you England in disguise?!!?' Big grin



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User currently offlineGVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2485 times:

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 18):
May be the song should be 'Are you England in disguise?!!?' Big grin

It's worse than that, the Aussies could be Scotland in disguise  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

The thing is with this series one team is on top and then a dramatic swing and the other side is leading. So England have had a pretty good morning, but I expect Australia to dominate other sessions. It's what makes this series so exciting


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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2482 times:

Quoting Ryanb741 (Reply 18):
that's 3 good chances dropped

3? I was out this morning so I must have missed one. I know about the two Gilchrist drops, what was the other?



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User currently offlineGVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2480 times:

Gilchrist has dropped at least 3 hasn't he?


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2479 times:

Trezza on 13 was dropped - not an easy chance mind


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User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

And now Vaughan has reached his half century twice, due to the 2 runs from the no ball 'wicket' being credited against extras


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25 Post contains images Banco : Has he really? He's crap isn't he? Thank God we've got nice, safe, reliable Geraint Jones behind the timbers...
26 Post contains images Banco : Unless he got an inside edge, it would count as byes wouldn't it? As a wicketkeeper myself, I'd be more than slightly miffed to have that go against
27 Post contains images Ryanb741 : I'm sure the Aussies must be casting envious eyes at Geraint Jones, thinking 'if only he was Australian.....'
28 Banco : Hmm. England going well this afternoon. 162-1, with Vaughan and Trescothick both going well. So which way will this go? England pile on to 500+, or th
29 Post contains images GVBIG : The latter, but I don't think we'll get past 300 knowing what we are normally like
30 Scbriml : They ran 2 after the ball deflected off the stumps. I don't think you can have a no-ball and byes off one delivery, so it all goes down as no-balls.
31 Post contains images Banco : Oh, of course it does. Silly me. Absolutely. He's been an extraordinary cricketer.
32 Post contains images Springbok747 : Yeah..the latter Damn what the hell is wrong with Gilchrist...I'm going to sleep..not worth being awake at this time to watch this
33 Post contains images Banco : Oh, come now. Surely after all these years it's worth you Australians staying up to watch your team getting a hiding?
34 Post contains images Springbok747 : Hehe...I don't think many Aussies are watching this....Alias was just on...much better
35 Post contains images Banco : Is that the one where the Australian team pretend to be the best side in the world?
36 EGGD : A good start for England in both Morning and Afternoon sessions, nice to see Michael Vaughan getting a decent total posted after some poor batting per
37 Post contains images Banco : Yep. Well batted Michael Vaughan. A little luck, it has to be said, what with being dropped and then bowled off a no ball, but he's made the most of i
38 Post contains images Banco : Ah, marvellous. Gillespie comes back on and Vaughan promptly deposits him into the stand for six. Then he follos that up with boundary after boundary.
39 RJ111 : Go Vaughny, it's your Birthday! (repeat) Edit: He'll probably get bowled out now.[Edited 2005-08-11 17:37:32]
40 Post contains images Cornish : What a waste of pies ! No doubt JGP1HA is running around the pitch desperately trying to save as many pies as he can
41 Post contains images Banco : And Australia have just dropped another one! Matt Hayden this time. And Vaughan has just gone to 150 with successive boundaries off the hapless Gilles
42 Post contains images Banco : Oh. Is that who Warnie's having a fight with?
43 Post contains images Cornish : So sad to see two grown Sumo Wrestlers fighting like children
44 Post contains images SQNo1 : Vaughan's gone!! Superb innings! It's time for pietersen now! With Regards, Alex.B
45 Post contains images EGGD : Good innings from Vaughan but it could quite easily have been cut short had it not been for the incompetence of the Australian fielders... Now you kno
46 Banco : Yes, Vaughan finally picked out someone who could catch. Shame really, he had 200 for the taking. Ah well.
47 SQNo1 : Pietersen out!! There was really no need to do that! Matt Hoggard Out As the night watchman! With Regards, Alex.B
48 Banco : Pitersen lives by the sword and dies by it too. It's the way he plays. If he'd got a bit more bat on it, it'd have been six and everyone would have sa
49 Scbriml : I think this is finely balanced. The "old" England would probably end up 380 all-out. Let's see what the "new" England can make of this position. My g
50 Ryanb741 : Bell out - edged it to Gilchrist. Shame, I thought he was on for a ton
51 Ryanb741 : Jones and Flintoff are clouting the Aussie bowlers all over the park. A big score looks odds on now. However, rain looks like it may be a problem over
52 Ryanb741 : Whoops - spoke too soon - Flintoff out going for a big hoik that he connected poorly with. 601 wickets for Warne now. Still England look to be in a no
53 Ryanb741 : And now Jones is out, bowled by Gillespie. Me and my bold predictions......
54 Post contains images GVBIG : Looks like it will be all out soon, perhaps England can get to 380 though
55 Banco : They're way past that. On 434-8 at lunch. Not too bad. 450 all out is a pretty reasonable total if they get there or thereabouts. Over to the bowlers
56 Ryanb741 : Exactly - England want to score fast and big, because I reckon at least a day will be lost to the weather. In response to an earlier post, I would def
57 Post contains images GVBIG : Oh dear, I should really concentrate
58 Banco : It also looks like Australia are going to be a batsman light in their innings. Michael Clarke seems to be in quite a bit of trouble with is back, and
59 EGGD : England starting the afternoon session now on 434-8. The thing I like about the 'new' England is the lack of the 'innings collapse' and i'm hoping tha
60 Post contains images Ryanb741 : And there goes Giles. Hopefully Harmison and Simon Jones can put on 100 for the last wicket
61 Banco : All out for 444. Not bad really. Now for the meat of the game, Australia to bat.
62 Ryanb741 : 444 is a pretty good score, I reckon 'par' on that pitch was 380-400 so not too shabby. I can't help feeling though that England have missed an opport
63 Post contains images GVBIG : Yes but you have to remember that if the Aussies had been on form yesterday with their catching, then perhaps England would have ended with around 30
64 Post contains images Banco : In that case, Australia were "lucky" for about a decade! Yesterday was more than anything reminiscent of an England bowling display circa 1995.
65 Ryanb741 : Australia 82/2. If England get another 2 or 3 wickets before close of play the Aussies could be in big trouble.
66 Ryanb741 : Blimey, I must have a monopoly on speaking too soon. Hayden has just been given LBW, so it's 82/3. Definitely England's day today now, to build on yes
67 Post contains images JamieD : Matthew Hayden out for 34, lbw by Giles. 82-3 now. Billy Bowden has made another bad decision, but I'm not complaining.
68 TSV : How much are you Poms paying that bent Kiwi?
69 Post contains images Ryanb741 : Not as much as we are paying your wicket keeper
70 TSV : Reply 68, posted Fri Aug 12 2005 17:02:29 Reply 69, posted Fri Aug 12 2005 17:03:33 Haven't you (and Banco for that matter) got anything better to do
71 Post contains images Banco : Oh dear. I think Tsv is a bit grumpy because Australia are (again) in a spot of bother. I thought you lot wanted a competitive series? What's with th
72 Post contains images JamieD : Katich clean bowled by Flintoff. Looks like the Autralian's day is going from bad to worse. [Edited 2005-08-12 17:29:35]
73 TSV : Reply 70, posted Fri Aug 12 2005 17:11:42 Reply 71, posted Fri Aug 12 2005 17:24:04 Slower than Ryanb741 so he wins the prize. Whingeing? Now that's y
74 TSV : Gilchrist (and whoever else got out to Giles) should have listened to Terry Alderman who said something to the effect of "if you get out to Giles you
75 TSV : Add Martyn to that list.
76 SQNo1 : Gilchrist, dropped! I just have that feeling that it might become costly, only time will tell. With Regards, Alex.B Oh, look and hes been dropped agai
77 Ryanb741 : Blimey, what's happened to the Australian top order? Some of those dismissals Bangladesh would have been embarrassed by. Warne and Gilchrist are key n
78 Post contains images Banco : Understandable error though. I mean, would you really play for the turn? Giles is a decent bowler. No Shane Warne obviously, but a decent bowler. Per
79 Banco : I would doubt England would enforce it. The pitch is beginning to take serious turn (Giles!!) and they wouldn't want to face Warne last on it. They l
80 Ryanb741 : The thing is though the weather forecast is for rain, so maybe England should try and wrap up the game ASAP?
81 TSV : What like the Pommy beer and weather? Now I'll know you if I see you. You'll be the bloke with the 45 degree list if you reckon that ledger is even!
82 Post contains images Banco : That's what I mean. Whingeing constantly about the umpiring. No Australian could bring himself to admit England are outplaying them at the moment, it
83 Banco : 210-7 at the close. Australia are in deep doo-dah here. They still need 35 runs to avoid the possibility of the follow-on. I suppose if it comes to it
84 Post contains images Scbriml : I think Australia will get the runs they need to avoid the follow-on (but hopefully not many more.) Vaughan might not even mind too much if he doesn't
85 Steve7E7 : I can't see Vaughany enforcing the follow on if the Aussies do fall short. The wicket still has a bit of moisture in it and will be a pig to bat on in
86 David_itl : Light rain? The local forecast on the BBC had Manchester slap bang in the middle of some quite serious rain with it clearing by around 4 pm. Thanmksf
87 Post contains images EGGD : LOL @ TSV. Cheer up sunshine, it's only a game! . For one i'd like to see England put the Aussies into bat again if they do not avoid the follow-on bu
88 Scbriml : Come on rain, just stop! The more I think about this, the less I can see England enforcing the follow-on, even if they have the option. I suspect they
89 David_itl : Hours of play have been altered - it can continue until 7pm today (and the sun is just about peeking out now !) with tomorrow's hours extended with a
90 Monteycarlos : IMO, the Australian batting lineup has been found out for the imposters that they are! Rain will not save any of these blokes for long!
91 TSV : Of course he'll enforce the follow-on if he gets the chance. The Australian team hasn't been forced to follow-on in a Test in the last 17 years so it
92 TSV : Pointless debate now as they have avoided the follow-on.
93 Post contains images Banco : I know. I'm teasing you, old boy. I'm sorry, but I don't have any time at all for this kind of commentating. You see, I've seen many a series where A
94 Monteycarlos : Thats a bit of a generalisation... I think you'll find that most Australians are sitting back and saying "well we've been found out by a better side
95 TSV : You might not over there but believe me some Australian commentators do and have done for a long time in other forms of the media (brief news article
96 TSV : What's the betting for three down by the end of the day?
97 Post contains images EGGD : Well England declared with Australia needing 423 runs in their final innings. Some good hitting from Jones by the way, 16 off a McGrath over! Australi
98 Ryanb741 : I would say the odds are that a draw is most likely. An Australian win is unlikely but Australia can certainly score fast enough. Who would have thoug
99 Scbriml : Sets up an interesting last day. Can Australia's batsmen finally produce the goods when they're needed?
100 WhiteHatter : They only have to stay in for the day to bag the draw. A win might be a bit beyond them at this stage. Warne is again a danger as he can pull it out
101 Scbriml : That's always a lot harder than it sounds on the last day of a Test Match. Just to put things in to perspective, no team have ever made 300 to win a
102 GVBIG : I think England will win this test, but the next test we'll see a differint team. I have a feeling that the Aussies will whitewash us next because we
103 TSV : first hour (corrected as Vaughan declared late) and Poms win by 250.
104 Post contains images Springbok747 : Uh...looking at the form our batsmen are in....I think the Poms have this one in the bag
105 Post contains images Banco : Well. You're far more likely to know than me, so I'll take your word for that. My young lady loves cricket by the way. And football. And rugby. Truly
106 Ryanb741 : Hoggard just got Langer - corking delivery. Well, what a start, game on!
107 EGGD : Martyn very unlucky to get called LBW after he edged it onto his pads and Steve Bucknor called it. 129-3 and Australia need to hold up for another 65
108 Ryanb741 : This match has 'draw' written all over it now. 7 wickets is a big ask - but you never know
109 EGGD : I don't think so. I think it's looking like an England victory, there are still 60 overs to play and it's extremely hard to stay in for that amount of
110 Ryanb741 : I hope so, but 7 wickets? Surely the draw is odds-on.
111 Post contains images EGGD : Well we'll see . Katich gone edging it to Giles in the slips. Didn't look comfortable facing Flintoff at all and some good bowling from Freddie. Still
112 Ryanb741 : I reckon if Australia are 7 down by tea there's a good chance. Otherwise, this is a draw IMHO.
113 Ryanb741 : Gilchrist gone, edged Flintoff. Come on England!
114 Ryanb741 : It's tea and Australia still have 5 wickets left - looks like the Kangaroos have sneaked a draw.
115 EGGD : But there still are 42 overs to go. I'm still optimistic as there is ALOT of cricket still to be played, although it has to be said that Clarke looks
116 Banco : There's half a day's worth of play left yet. Sure, Australia have given themselves a chance of a draw, but I'd hardly say that's the favourite result.
117 Post contains images EGGD : Serves him right for his dishonesty when he dropped Strauss in Englands second innings ha ha ha . A difficult decision for the umpire I know but as so
118 TSV : What on Earth are you on? Firstly even if they had 7 wickets left there would still be a 90 percent chance of an England win and secondly the Kangaro
119 Ryanb741 : I'm talking about the fact it has taken England 5 and a half hours to get 5 wickets and they only have 3 hours (tops) to get the other 5. Australia's
120 TSV : I think you'll find that the odds are on an England win with a draw even money and an Australian win one in two million (and that was about when they
121 Post contains images EGGD : At the moment Australia have a half chance of winning. I wouldn't be surprised if they pipped it. The last 10-15 overs the ball has done nothing and A
122 Ryanb741 : Actually, if the 2 current batsmen keep scoring at this rate Australia have a one in three chance of a win. 34 overs left, 5 wickets, 160-odd runs req
123 TSV : In the immortal words of John McEnroe "you cannot be serious!". Me thinks you are trying on the English version of a bit of reverse psychology.
124 Banco : Jones bowls Clarke! Six down now.
125 Ryanb741 : England's chances improved dramatically after a moment of lunacy from Clarke.
126 EGGD : Stunning ball from Simon Jones, the best of the day. How he gets it to swing at such pace..!! Setting up an exciting finish, I wonder if Gillespie can
127 TSV : And Warne is due for a duck. By the way rumour has is that Warne was shattered after not getting a century in the first innings. Apparently Simone sai
128 Post contains images EGGD : No he hasn't! LBW! Australia 159 needed with 3 wickets left, and I have to go to work! .
129 TSV : And if she brings you your beer then this is definitely one for "AMAZING STORIES"!
130 Post contains images Banco : I take you've decided to stay up to watch this then, Tsv? You're right about the general point, though I must admit I missed any sign of dissent from
131 Post contains images Banco : It has been known occasionally. Funny thing is, whereas everyone at my cricket club has to beg and plead for permission to play once a week, I get ki
132 TSV : I'm multi-tasking. Trying to do some work, surf, do the washing-up (bet you don't have to worry about that), make sure my washing is up to date as I
133 Post contains images Ryanb741 : What the hell did Vaughan take the new ball for? He's just thrown away the victory
134 TSV : Again are you serious? New ball anything could happen. Use it up a bit and it should reverse swing before the end of the day (if they get that far) ca
135 Ryanb741 : I reckon the light will be offered soon. Good effort by Ponting to salvage the draw but an opportunity missed for England. Tactically I'm not sure Vau
136 Ryanb741 : I am absolutely serious. With the old ball Jones would have caused mayhem. Flintoff and Harmison aren't going to do much with the new ball on that pit
137 TSV : Have some patience and faith in your players.
138 TSV : Told ya. *Filler*
139 Banco : Well done Australia. Getting out of that really took something, and Ponting's innings was magnificent. Obviously, I'm disappointed, but it doesn't mea
140 Scbriml : Another amazing finish. At this rate, my fingers will be down to the shoulders! Great innings by Ponting. The Aussies must feel like they've won the g
141 Post contains images LGW : Hi all, Australia used up their :- Bring on the 4th test Cheers Ben Pritchard
142 WhiteHatter : A true Captain's innings. Ponting pulled it out of the fire for Australia magnificently, and rightly got a standing ovation from both nations' fans.
143 Post contains images Mhodgson : I'm going to be in Australia with relatives for the next 2 tests - BRING IT ON!!!!
144 EGGD : That was awesome. In my opinion a moral victory for England because in reality they were all over Australia, the momentum is with the poms. I find it
145 9V-SPJ : I was listening to the BBC commentary here in LA. Amazing stuff, I was on the edge of my bed!!! Great innings by Ponting and Australia showed that und
146 TSV : Unbelievable. Make no mistake about it Vaughan made a mistake by not declaring earlier and taking at least some wickets on the second last day. Obviou
147 Post contains images Ryanb741 : See I told you guys it would be a draw. Never in doubt
148 Post contains images Banco : It's easy to be wise after the event, Tsv. Who's to say that if Vaughan had declared earlier Australia wouldn't have knocked off the runs? The pitch w
149 TSV : You left out the all important question (as one of the commentators said) of how many cats in England got kicked when their owners came home last nigh
150 Post contains images Scbriml : I think all cricket sides are guilty of this (although ones from the sub-continent seem worse). I also recall both Bell and Pietersen being given out
151 Banco : Oh, I don't know. I'm sure a lot of those who have a passing interest in the game might fall into that category, but for those of us who love the gam
152 WhiteHatter : Don't know about that. England are better than they have been for some years now, but when you have battlers like Ponting and Warne in a team then it
153 TSV : Yeah apparently Warne said to Michael Slater if only he can get a few wickets he'd be an all rounder.
154 Banco : Hah! Warne has more wickets and runs in this series than Flintoff, you know. He's the pantomime villain of the piece. He gets good natured booing fro
155 Post contains links TSV : Interesting. What I also found interesting when they flashed up the list of highest run scorers without a Test century was what looked like (former E
156 Post contains images Banco : Well, Brearley was a pretty poor batsman at Test level. His average is not dissimilar from that of Ashley Giles - though of course being at the top of
157 TSV : Yeah why not old chap? Anything less than your spot on title would be false advertising. P.S. I think you'll find it's even cheaper than 19.99 alread
158 Post contains images Banco : It is. The original run of 20,000 had to be doubled, but that has sold out already too. Naturally, I've not gone anywhere near it, on the premise tha
159 TSV : I ain't touchin that one.
160 Post contains links TSV : http://aus.cricinfo.com/australia/content/story/216372.html How surprising. And what Warne thinks of it : http://aus.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/5250
161 TSV : Like an Australian batsman I'll eventually have a swipe at it. It's only 9.99 now.
162 Banco : To be fair, you managed to lay bat on it rather more quickly than most of the Australian batsmen have...
163 TSV : OK but was it just an edge and if so did it carry (or did it reverse swing and I played it on)?
164 Banco : Er. Was it going in Kevin Pietersen's direction?
165 TSV : Aw that's awful. Gee you are harsh man. Mark my words you Poms will be so proud of that bloke in the future that you will do everything you can to rew
166 Banco : Oh, I know. He'll be fine. He just seems to be a bit tense when the ball comes to him at the moment. I don't believe he's anything like as cool and co
167 Post contains links TSV : 150 - 200 Pounds - that's about a trillion Pacific Paesos! You should be able to pick up a bargain when you are over here. This bloody Indian Coach's
168 TSV : Can you explain to me in a basic way please the differences in the Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 English Willow? Is is just about colour or is it also abo
169 Banco : The shop section of that site won't load. Um. No. Haven't a clue. As I understand it, the more grains there are on a decent bat, and the tighter they
170 TSV : That's because Chappell is probably in the process of relocating it to India like everything else IT that was in Australia. (seriously it seems OK he
171 Banco : OK, I'll give it another go. It's a brand identifier, not a generic term. As with the others, "Player" and "Five Star". But it just basically lists t
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