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isn't it great too see the loyalist and loudest cricket supporters in the world having such a splendid time in Australia without them test cricket would be playing in front of empty stadium's they've supported their team through thick and thin. can England win the ashes? Yes they can will they the whole of England hopes so those supporters who were their last time certainly disserve it.`ps is'nt it great too have a national team we can all be proud of.
Posted 18:30 10th December 2010
i think the english press and past players have the tendency to boast that they are the best or will be the best after just one series... remember 2005 ashes? after that one series, they had faded from the scene.. the main problem is that, once thay beat australia,they think that they arethe best or will be the best.. it was allright if they had beaten australia of old.. but this australian side? england should know that they are playing a very very ordinary side that is ranked 4/5 th in the world... beating thm is no great deal... they have to be consistent and beat the top two sides in the world that is india & sa in their orwn backyard.. then maybe they may claim to be the best in the world.. but i dont see that coming with this team... they are a good team but not outstanding... dont forget that england had lost to india in england in 2007.. in india in 2008,, they have not won in sa.. with the same batting line up and almost the same bowlers... their batting is ok but not great.. they dont have a single great batsman.. peterson is still miles away from being called great... one good bowler in anderson and swann is no magician
Posted 13:48 10th December 2010
luke - you're a muppet...quit getting excited and following the typical english trait of 'we're the best in the world after one victory'!!.... no wonder we are so short of neutral support.....we do this in all our sports..remember the footy WC!!!! the reality is yes, potentially we have a good side in the making...a solid and consistent batting line up, bowling attack which is improving and some quality coming through (Shahzad looks exciting).. plus, we finally have some x factor players like KP, Morgan, Swann..all great sides need game changing players and we have this now....we no longer need to turn to Freddie ( good thing since his retirement)....there was a time when a neutral would prefer not to watch us play because we lacked WC players now i think thats changing due to the players mentioned...to beat australia in australia is still a difficult challenge so it will be an achievement if we retain the ashes... to be the best however...we have to beat India in India NO DOUBT, SL away also!...Punter said the same thing when touring India with the all conquering Aussie team (SW,GM,AG,MH)..Theyre batting is just phenomenal and they have bags of talent in reserve...their one day team is going to be one to beat in the WC....as a test side they have a quality pace pairing in Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma...who have proven their worth away from home....though i don't see many quality quicks coming through and if the two mentioned are injured they will have issues getting 20wkts on seaming wkts SA a re also a tough side to beat in their backyard....we scraped a draw last time out... Pak with all their turnmoil can still miraculously give anyone a game if they decide to turn up... so lots of reserved optimism id say...
Posted 11:29 10th December 2010
............. alan yates................... bit slow............. we beat pakistan (strong side ha).............. odi, twenty twenty and test so thats wrong for one, we drew with sa in sa (having been one up), india fine they are next. third in test rankings, twenty world cup holder, second best bowler in the word (though good performance in next test makes him no. one). this time next year whats ur excuse gonna be when we are top???
Posted 10:53 10th December 2010
All Nasser did was write regarding England being the best in teh world was "If England are to go on and become world No 1 then they need Kevin Pietersen to fire exactly as he did here." - in other words they certainly are not the best at the moment but should strive to become it. Cue then the ridiculous reaction by overly sensitive people from other nations about arrogance. I'm not English myself & one of the big things that attractds me to cricket is the comparative dignity within the sport, but this kind of insecure, self-righteous, knee-jerk stupidity shows not to get carried away on that front. Anyway Nass & the lads - keep up the good work on the commentary front, always a pleasure.
Posted 21:20 9th December 2010
This is an ashes website so could people with indian discent please be happy and enjoy the greatest show cricket has too offer im counting down the days till the next test for Harry England and St George you can do it boys the whole country is behind you the knighthoods must come the way of the team
Posted 21:17 9th December 2010
England supporters, please tone it down. Your over- excitement is embarrasing. There are other teams out there; good teams like Pakistan who you couldn't beat, India who you haven't beaten, and South Africa who you probably won't beat. One swallow doesn't a summer make; nor does one test win, or two or three against a below par Australia.
Posted 21:17 9th December 2010
Sumit, Put your money where your mouth is. What odds are you offering for England retaining the Ashes and defeating India in the Test series next summer. Silly pyjama cricket doesn't count.
Posted 19:16 9th December 2010
@ Luke Mathews As delusional as ever..you English.Dravid boring?..as compared to your Alistair Cook,Paul Collingwood or Ian Bell?. Or Pietersen and Trott?Oh I forgot,they are not English are they? As for Sehwag not being Pietersen....sure as hell he is not. Just have a look at this. Sehwag- 84 tests 2 triples 3 doubles,average 54.71, at home 58.86, 50.67 away. Pietersen-2 doubles,average 49.34, at home 51.38 awaqy 47.11. And on those flat batting tracks of the sub-continent Pietersen averages 25.20 in Sri Lanka, 33.50 in Pakistan and 40.55 in India .Against the mighty Bangledesh he averages 83.33 in their country .Ofcourse,the pitches must be flat when Sehwag bats but turn vicious when Pietersen comes in,oriental wizardly and all. I was rooting for England brfore the series against a brattish Australian side.But no more.I hope the Australian whip your backside in the remaining tests.But if they dont,we are right there to do it. Such arrogance after winning just one test. Grow up luke,The no.1 spot if far far away.You cant even beat Sri Lanka yet.
Posted 16:58 9th December 2010
You know I want to support England but then as soon as they start winning, they throw humility out of the window and then I am like "Gooooo Australia". Nasser be wise and stop this fanaticism after just one test match
Posted 14:56 9th December 2010
Luke Mathews is clueless.. England pitches are known for the swing and bounce.. if u had a choice on a swinging pitch between anderson and finn or zaheer khan and ishant sharma, who wud u pick.. obviously, the arrogant englishman (luke mathews) would pik anderson and finn.. the majority of neutral cricket fans wud pik the indian bowlers.. why?? what did the england bowlers do in india last series.. nothing. u cant criticise the indian seamers for their bowling in india.. as these pitches favour spinners.. n i dont remember swann doing a massive amount either.. when it comes to a seamers pitch, which it will be in england, zaheer and ishant will clear up the england line up with no problem whilst england will struggle to bowl us out in one innings let alone 2.. also, whoever it was saying india have no one to replace the older players, it just shows how much you know about cricket.. yuvraj is just coming back into form.. but im guessing you havent heard of the likes of virat kohli, pujara, sharma, tiwary, etc, etc.. because once the legends (tendulkar, dravid n laxman) do eventually go u ll find it just as hard to get 20 wickets vs india.. india to be number 1 as long as dhoni remains captain...
Posted 14:05 9th December 2010
thanks England (south africa) for not sending the cast and crew of little Britian (like you have in the past) to our great shores this is so wonderful seeing i bit of a contest its been over 20 years. and i think our bowlers are bit shocked bowling to a team that have a back bone. so jolly good old fellas and enjoy the cold weather. am going to have a cold beer & a swim
Posted 13:54 9th December 2010
Well with the futile clamour for Warne's return I'll set in motion the counter-thrust of requesting, nay demanding, Nass do the decent thing & get his pads back on. I'd even think of pressurising Lord Gower to return but he's done in his foot in some freak commentary booth incident.
Posted 11:15 9th December 2010
Hi Luke, guess you¡¯re the quintessential patriotic Englishman who can¡¯t see beyond Brighton, what¡¯s worse than an arrogant Aussie, it¡¯s an arrogant Englishman. I believe Australia will comeback in this series so lets hold on to all talk of world domination, as regards the overhyped Indian team, we demolished you in 2002, remember Headingly? Beat you guys in 2007 without that clown Sehwag, by the way have your forgotten how he ripped you guys apart in Chennai and made Pietersen¡¯s declaration mighty optimistic. We can argue about this till the cows come home, the proof of the pudding is on the field of play, first win the Ashes, then let¡¯s talk about India.
Posted 10:26 9th December 2010
Poms world best????? Send them to India or South Africa for a reality check!! They have only beaten world's number 5 team alright and look at the claims! Common Aussies, tonk these poms to Indian ocean in Perth test.
Posted 10:09 9th December 2010
Never mind the SA player connection - it seems the Southern African coaching teams seem to get the best out of quality teams. Aside from the SA team, the Indian team has been brought together by Gary Kirsten and his team of SA coaches and fitness advisers. England's resurgence has come about since Andy Flower, another man from down South, has been in charge...and the last comparatively successfull England coach was none other than Andy Flower's countryman Duncan Fletcher. Maybe the Ausies should be phoning Ray Jennings, Mickey Arthur or Graham Forde rather than phoning Warney???
Posted 08:18 9th December 2010
typical hype from the Poms and their ex players to beat Australia on Aussie soil the Australian side are half the side they were it seems like eternity for England to even get to no1 if they did they wouldnt hold onto for too long Australia will always have more trophys in the trophy cabinet, the only way the poms can beat this side is while they are on the downward slide. Hey if Collingwood can win an AFL premiership, then miracles do happen, so enjoy it England as the moment wont last long. Australia and its coaching, academy's will always be better than Englands, Australians go to England and make heaps of runs, and take heaps of wickets with your poor standard of county cricket. so enjoy the moment short lived. English cricket will never have the aura Australia has and as for Flowers comments on not being scared of Australia easy to say when your wining, Poms cant even get an English coach to get them over the line.
Posted 05:32 9th December 2010
wat a dum comment...Mr luke u tell india has a weak bowling attack n ur laughing at us??...well 1st laugh at ur weak memory,a certain zaheer khan s swinging d ball in indian conditions n wit conditions in england suiting seam bowlers u kno wat 2 expect..in 2007 itself england were searching for answers n i bet they're no better now except for KP...wait till summer n u ll get ur dum questions answered abt dravid,r 'weak' bowling attack as u said n ofcourse who s d right leader..d pity here s wen india is no1 n sa is no2 d southafrican press n ppl understand gettin 2 no1 s not easy n respect every player in tis indian team n kno wat threat they pose...but after a good victory voices from england think they can be no1 in an instant..then v shd be boasting after d victory in perth...n all u guys who think v cant handle pace n bounce,v ve beaten u in ur own soil jus 3 yrs back n u cant even draw a test series here batting on flat tracks(according to u),so its a bigger shame on ur batting!!!!
Posted 05:02 9th December 2010
Ah, yes I agree to a certain extent with Nasser. We are very good now. However, an exercise in caution, and we have to be realistic here!! We will have to beat INDIA, in their own backyard (i.e. India) to get to the no.1 status ranking, this is not easily achieved, we have to sweep aside Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Australia, etc etc first. This is not easily done, and once / if we get to the no.1 the only way is down!!!
Posted 00:58 9th December 2010
Hi England r playing well and doing wot they have 2 against a poor bowling attack of aus if they went to south africa and india and won then we could judge how good we r. as 4 warne coming back for aus that is desprite we might as well ask darren gough back. tremlett in for perth .
Posted 20:12 8th December 2010