Flopsy Posted June 30, 2009 Share Posted June 30, 2009 So, here it is after the West Indies, the T20 Hit and giggle (and oh how we giggled when Australia got kicked out in the first round [Netherlands? I dont know what you're talking about ]) and endless taunts about something about paint to turn our houses white after some unimportant series in 2006/2007 its here, yes the GREATEST TEST SERIES OF ALL TIME EVER BETWEEN THE TWO BESTEST TEAMS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD EVER EVER (i must stop listening to the Sky Hype) is about to start on Wednesday July the 8th. The Fixtures are shown below. Wed Jul 8 - Sun Jul 12 11:00 local | 10:00 GMT 1st Test - England v Australia Sophia Gardens Thu Jul 16 - Mon Jul 20 11:00 local 2nd Test - England v Australia Lord's, Thu Jul 30 - Mon Aug 3 11:00 local 3rd Test - England v Australia Edgbaston, Fri Aug 7 - Tue Aug 11 11:00 local 4th Test - England v Australia Headingley Thu Aug 20 - Mon Aug 24 5th Test - England v Australia Kennington Oval Sky is understandedly trying to hype this series as a rerun of 2005, ignoring 2006/2007 as it 1)Never Happened 2) Was on so late no one important (ie the Johny Come latelys) watched it and 3) Doesnt follow the Sky Hype Script that ENGLAND IS THE ACEST TEAM EVER and therefore doesnt help in flogging more boxes or subscriptions. Anyway the England side is nothing like 2005, or indeed the 2006/2007 shambles that was poorly captained, unlucky and came up against one of the best teams, ever in cricketing history, with a massive cob on its shoulder about 2005. This team is interesting, its somewhere inbetween the 2005 and 2006, led by the captain who should have been in charge in 2006, but because the ECB were scared that Fred would throw a strop (I mean what would he do? Go and play for another country?) and instead gave the captancy to him. And as history shows, it didnt go particularly well. But we have a decent top 6 (if Prior bats at 6) and an excellent tail starting with Fred at 7, Broad at 8, Swann 9, Anderson 10 and AN Other at 11. Our pace attack is nowhere near as good as 2005, but in Broad and Anderson we have two quicks who are playing well and who take wickets, and in Fred we have a bowler who can dominate games. I think that having two other wicket takers in Broad and Anderson, might mean that Fred might well have an excellent series, if, and its a massive if, he stays fit. In Swann we have a street smarts spinner thats head and shoulders better than anything the Aussies have got. May I direct you to youtube to see the wickets he took in India, especially Dravid's LBW because that ball moved three ways before it hit the pad. As for the 5th bowler, well horses for courses, I hope that Rashid plays because Monty has been dire this season so far, but if we go for pace, unless Sidebottom is fully fit, then it should be Onions. Harmison should never ever put an england shirt on, the big lanky streak of wussiness. To the Aussies, They arent the team of 2006/2007, they arent the team of 2005, they're probably on paper slightly better than England, due to their excellent win in South Africa, but they have a green attack, no spinner, Shane Watson and Ricky Ponting as Captain, its fairly even I think. Anyway I asked some knowledgeable cricketing types including an Aussie cricket blogger, for their opinions on the upcoming series: Anyway - In Black is Gary Naylor who can be found lurking on the Guardian Unlimited Website and their online coverage In the brown is the Award Winning Jonathon Wilson (buy his book or a small pixie dies) And in Green is JRod from the excellent http://www.cricketwithballs.com Hopefully I'll get some more on as they come in 1) What is your one stand out great Ashes Memory? Alas, waking up to find that we lost in Adelaide (and I was there to see Botham's 118 at OT in 1981 - that's how bad Adelaide was). Ellison ripping them apart in the fifth Test in 1985 Headingley ’97. Dizzy Gillespie 7/37, Matty Elliott 199. Two of my favourite cricketers breaking through to big time in one game. The 199 said everything about Matty Elliott’s career in one inngings, pure class with the bat, but still insecure enough to go out on the verge of a 200. And Dizzy booked his place as Australia’s bag man for the next 7 years. 2) What is your stand out worse? See 1. Harmy's first ball in 2006, watched in a hotel room in LIverpool; nothing had really changed Watching Jason Gillespie’s ghost play in the ’05 Ashes. The entire career of Ashley Giles. Ofcourse both of these will be trumped if Nathan Hauritz plays a test match. 3) I know a victory over a 5 test match series can never be boiled down to one factor, as umpiring decisions, batting, fielding, bowling, tactics, weather and of course luck all play massive parts, but what one factor do you think led to England (and Wales) winning in 2005? McGrath standing on the ball. McGrath standing on the ball. Hard call between Australia’s problem with the swinging ball and McGrath’s ankle. Probably McGrath’s ankle because Australia did pretty well when he was up and firing. 4) And what one factor led to Australia getting their revenge in 2006/2007? Punter's burning desire. That arse Flintoff being named captain. Australian’s don’t like to lose. 5) What do you think will be the deciding factor in this years Ashes? Australia's inexperienced bowling. Simon Jones's knee Mitchell Johnson. 6) Who will be the main players for England and Australia? Strauss Ravi Jimmy Swanny / Hughes Katich Haddin MJ Ravi, KP, Jimmy, Prior / Hughes, Ponting, Johnson, Siddle (in the sense of they have to play well for their respective sides to win) Swann & Anderson, Siddle & Johnson. Who ever gets the most wickets out of these pairs should be on the winning side. 7) Who do you think will surprise us, as Pietersen did in 2005? Ravi Siddle Siddle or Swann. The two best entertainers in either side, and both boys are in top form in ’09. 8) Who do you think will score the most runs? Strauss Ponting Simon ‘the krab’ Katich, so they won’t be pretty runs. 9) Who do you think will take the most wickets? MJ Johnson Mitchell Johnson, by a distance. and finally 10) What is your prediction for the final score? 2-2 2-1 Australia 2-1 Australia. Draw in Cardiff after 15 minutes of rain wipes out all 5 days of cricket. Lord’s for Australia. And then they each grab a win out of the last three tests. --------------------------------- So thanks to those for helping me out and I hope its a damn good series, hard fought and a 5-0 thumping win for England, however Im going for 2-1 to either side, Johnson getting most wickets and KP getting most runs. And i'll be at Edgbaston on the 1st August, liberally leaving cricket balls on the outfield near Johnson. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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