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      2013/14 Ashes Down Under

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      JD
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      Re: 2013/14 Ashes Down Under
      Reply #200: Jan 04, 2014 12:49:39 pm
      I'm still trying to figure out though if its mostly down to the Aussies playing much better or England playing much worse, probably something in the middle.

      Definitely a bit of both.

      England have underperformed massively, and I think how recent the last Ashes defeat was has spurred Australia on to play better than the sum of their parts.

      Feel sorry for Cook.  Just like in football it slightly gets on my tits that sometimes captains get picked not for their captaincy skills but because they are one of the best players.  It's ended up costing England matches and it's cost Cook his stunning form with the bat.  England made the same mistake when they give it to Pietersen.
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      Reply #201: Jan 04, 2014 05:10:47 pm
      It's ended up costing England matches and it's cost Cook his stunning form with the bat.  England made the same mistake when they give it to Pietersen.

      They never learn JD was the same when Botham got the Captaincy years ago.
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      Reply #202: Jan 04, 2014 05:25:36 pm
      Agree regarding Cook. He certainly doesn't have the leadership skills of other captains around at the moment like Clarke and Dhoni. Then again, I don't see many better options in the current England team. Not a fan of Broad as captain at all.
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      Reply #203: Jan 04, 2014 08:42:02 pm
      It wont be easy that's for sure. Especially with a lack of matches against quality opposition.

      Spot on mate. We might have to play a couple of warm up tests against Bangladesh before we get to South Africa just for a bit of hard competition.
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      Reply #204: Jan 04, 2014 11:49:32 pm
      Is Cook even the captain? There's about 4 or 5 blokes who are setting fields and others are more vocal. He just seems to be the figurehead.

      I have no idea about the depth of English cricket but Carberry, KP and Root look well off.
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      Reply #205: Jan 05, 2014 05:59:47 am
      Winners! Get in there boys! 5-0. Perfect cricket all summber. Johnson was beyond outstanding, Haddin the same, and ably supported by the whole team.

      OZ, OZ, OZ!
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      Reply #206: Jan 05, 2014 11:32:12 am
      Congratulations Australia!
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      Reply #207: Jan 05, 2014 11:35:58 am
      Thank f**k it's over  :lmao:
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      Reply #208: Jan 06, 2014 11:06:29 am
      Shambles !!
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      Reply #209: Jan 06, 2014 11:08:52 am
      Weather not favouring England on tour of the Ashes ;)

      What a collapse.
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      Reply #210: Jan 06, 2014 01:46:28 pm
      An Irishman, a South African, A Kiwi, and a Zimbabwean walk into a bar....

      Oh Wait...its the English Cricket Team....!!!
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      Re: 2013/14 Ashes Down Under
      Reply #211: Jan 06, 2014 07:43:51 pm
      5-0
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      Reply #212: Jan 07, 2014 09:44:45 am
      Do not know whether it is good news or what, but my mate has tickets for us to see the Lord's Test in early summer against Sri Lanka. As he is a Lancashire member, he always manages to apply for tickets for a Lord's  Test which always proves to be a great occasion. I just hope that the England side show a bit more spirit than recently down under.
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      Reply #213: Jan 07, 2014 01:56:22 pm
      Do not know whether it is good news or what, but my mate has tickets for us to see the Lord's Test in early summer against Sri Lanka. As he is a Lancashire member, he always manages to apply for tickets for a Lord's  Test which always proves to be a great occasion. I just hope that the England side show a bit more spirit than recently down under.

      Who cares, plenty of beer stalls at Lords, last time I was there the Cricket was a side show :-).
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      Reply #214: Jan 07, 2014 05:02:24 pm
      Yes plenty of bars around the capital too mate. who cares about the cricket !
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      Re: 2013/14 Ashes Down Under
      Reply #215: Jan 11, 2014 12:27:00 am
      All about the one dayers anyway... :f_tongueincheek:
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      Reply #216: Jan 11, 2014 01:57:20 pm
      To be honest, not too optimistic about those either...
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      Reply #217: Jan 12, 2014 11:58:26 am
      1-0 there.
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      Re: 2013/14 Ashes Down Under
      Reply #218: Jan 17, 2014 05:14:37 pm
      I'm so glad I taped that to watch when I came home from work.

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