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WE WON!

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:18 pm
by Des
...the Ashes that is*. Fantastic game. Stuart Broad has emerged as a serious talent and a worthy successor to Freddie Flintoff in the England side. 'ave it!



*It's something to do with cricket.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:54 pm
by john poole
I was at Edgbaston on the 5th day when England could only take three wickets; so today prior to those two run-outs, I was still half expecting that Australia would get the 546 runs required by some time tomorrow afternoon.

Let's give some thanks to the selectors for not dropping Stuart Broad as everyone appeared to want a few weeks ago.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:50 pm
by Charlie
I can't remember when a side won that was so plainly not as good as the one that lost, in just about every position. If you were to pick your best eleven players from the series, hardly any Brit would make it. Very weird.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:00 am
by john poole
I thought it might be 5-0 to Australia again before the series started, and it may well have been had England not survived those last few overs at Cardiff - that would surely not have happened against an Australian team in the past.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 3:10 pm
by Charlie
Charlie wrote: If you were to pick your best eleven players from the series, hardly any Brit would make it. Very weird.

I made that comment without having seen the statistics, but they confirm the impression - apart from Strauss, who would make the best eleven, the five next best batsmen were all Aussies, and so were the best three bowlers. So the best team would be Strauss, Broad and nine Aussies, unless you choose Prior for wicket-keeper.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:05 pm
by john poole
Well, despite the statistics there were two completely inconsistent teams, and Australia were twice bowled out cheaply in their first innings - England's bowling was effective when the conditions suited them if not otherwise. Admittedly, England winning 4 out of 5 tosses and getting the benefit of more than their fair share of some poor umpiring decisions didn't hurt their cause; nor the Australian selectors ill-advisedly deciding not to change a winning team for the final test.

I seem to recall that it has not been uncommon for England to lose in the past to teams that were supposedly "plainly not as good".

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 5:32 pm
by Philellinas
Congratulations, John, on chalking up double Nelson with this post. Were you aware of this coincidence/synchronicity beforehand? Phil

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 8:00 pm
by john poole
No, fortunately. Otherwise it would have been necessary to have kept lifting one foot off the floor right up until posting #223.