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***The Official Ashes 2006/07 Thread - Australia 5 - 0 England (bummed)***


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With the tour matches about to kick off soon I thought I may as well get this thread underway.

 

November

 

10 v Prime Minister's XI, Canberra

Play starts 9 November 2300 GMT

 

12-14 v New South Wales, Sydney

Play starts 0000 GMT

 

17-19 v South Australia, Adelaide

Play starts 0000 GMT

 

23-27 1st Test, Brisbane - Australia win by 277 runs

Play starts 0000 GMT

 

December

 

1-5 2nd Test, Adelaide - Australia win by 6 wickets

Play starts 0030 GMT

 

8 v CA Chairman's XI, Lilac Hill

Play starts 0230 GMT

 

9-10 v Western Australia, Perth

Play starts 0230 GMT

 

14-18 3rd Test, Perth - Australia win by 206 runs

Play starts 0230 GMT

 

26-30 4th Test, Melbourne - Australia win by an innings & 99 runs

Play starts 2330 GMT (from 25 Dec)

January

 

2-6 5th Test, Sydney - Australia win by 10 wickets

Play starts 2330 GMT (from 1 Jan)

 

9 Twenty20 International, Sydney

Play starts 0830 GMT

 

Commonwealth Bank Series

 

12 ODI v Australia, Melbourne (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

16 ODI v New Zealand, Hobart

Play starts 2300 GMT (15 Jan)

 

19 ODI v Australia, Brisbane (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

23 ODI v New Zealand, Adelaide (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

26 ODI v Australia, Adelaide (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

30 ODI v New Zealand, Perth (d/n)

Play starts 0530 GMT

 

February

 

2 ODI v Australia, Sydney (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

6 ODI v New Zealand, Brisbane (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

9 1st final, Melbourne (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

11 2nd final, Sydney (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

13 3rd final (if needed), Brisbane (d/n)

Play starts 0315 GMT

 

 

Personally can't see us doing anything over there , the pressure on Flintoff is immense already and now in particular with his fitness still being a worry with Fletcher talking about the five bowlers. Then there's Tresco's mental instability, Ian Bell will no doubt fault under the pressure, Harmison will be poor despite the wickets being in his favour as he'll get home sick once again.

 

Although the Aussie's have said they are going to target Monty the wickets out there could suite his bowling down to the ground as he'll get that extra bit of bounce and rip on those hard Aussie wickets, good to have The King Of Spain back as well to produce some competition for places.

 

Just been saying to Mosley as well how much we are going to miss Simon Jones over there.

 

Copied and pasted straight from TT as well.  :cool:

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Cook will stop getting lucky.

 

Cook's a great young prospect for English cricket.

 

So's was/is Bell, says it all.

 

We'll be beat, 3-4-5/0-1.

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Cook will stop getting lucky.

 

Cook's a great young prospect for English cricket.

 

So's was/is Bell, says it all.

 

We'll be beat, 3-4-5/0-1.

 

Did you watch this summers test matches? Bell was in phenominal form. Shame the Aussies have worked him out like.

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Cook will stop getting lucky.

 

Cook's a great young prospect for English cricket.

 

So's was/is Bell, says it all.

 

We'll be beat, 3-4-5/0-1.

 

Did you watch this summers test matches? Bell was in phenominal form. Shame the Aussies have worked him out like.

 

Bowl off stump, he is the worst player I've ever seen hitting to the on side. Edges galore. Mcgrath, Lee will have easy pickings there.

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You mustn't have watched this summer then when he improved that part of his ame dramatically.

 

Against bowlers not in the same class as the Australians...meh either way we won't win.

 

Our batting line-up just isn't strong enough.

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You mustn't have watched this summer then when he improved that part of his ame dramatically.

 

Against bowlers not in the same class as the Australians...meh either way we won't win.

 

Our batting line-up just isn't strong enough.

 

 

Pakistan have a very good bowling attack

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Nobody thought England would win last year. 

 

What are the Australian wickets really like?  I know that one's in England must be pretty soft, and the sub-continent is usually dry and dusty, but is Australia similar to that?

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What are the Australian wickets really like? I know that one's in England must be pretty soft, and the sub-continent is usually dry and dusty, but is Australia similar to that?

 

Quick and Bouncy especially Brisbane and Perth (not sure about the WACCA now but in previous years its been the quickest pitch in the world) Sydney and Adelaide will turn and bounce, so we could see Panesar and Giles vs Warne and MacGill.

 

However the chance of reverse swing will be minimal, one aspect which will make the Aussies breathe a little easier

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The quicker the better as far as we're concerned.

 

 

ICC match officials for the Ashes series:

First Test (Nov 23-27, Brisbane) - Umpires: B Bowden, S Bucknor. Referee: J Crowe

Second Test (Dec 1-5, Adelaide) - Umpires: S Bucknor, R Koertzen. Referee: J Crowe

Third Test (Dec 14-18, Perth) - Umpires: R Koertzen, A Dar. Referee: J Crowe

Fourth Test (Dec 26-30, Melbourne) - Umpires: R Koertzen, A Dar. Referee: R Mahanama

Fifth Test (Jan 2-6, Sydney) - Umpires: B Bowden, A Dar. Referee: R Mahanama

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England played last night against Prime Ministers XI in a 50 over match -

 

England: Treco, Strauss, Cook, KP, Collingwood, Freddie, G Jones, Giles, Mahmood, Anderson and Monty

 

England won the toss and bowled

 

PM XI 347/5 50ovs

 

- Jones dropped Jacques when he was on 27 (went to make 112 :wullie:)

- Mahmood went for 97 off 9

- Giles and Freddy got some overs in :thup:

 

England 181 All Out

 

- Tresco and Fred look really bad at the moment

- Strauss and Colly made 67 and 34 (I think)

 

Performance Rating 5/10

England MOM - Strauss - looks in fine form

 

 

Next Match (Sunday) - New South Wales (The whos who of Aussie Cricket)

 

Players to watch out for (there quite a few :lol:):

 

Jacques, Katich, M Clarke, B Haddin, McGrath, B Lee, N Bracken, S Clark and MacGill (Plus a few more that I forgot)

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/6140748.stm

 

Jones to return as Ashes keeper

 

Geraint Jones will be England's wicket-keeper in the first Ashes Test, coach Duncan Fletcher has confirmed.

 

Jones lost his place this year to Chris Read this summer but Read had a poor Champions Trophy in India last month.

 

"Fred [captain Andrew Flintoff] and myself had a good meeting and we decided we're going to go into the Test with Jones," said Fletcher.

 

"At this stage we're convinced that Jones will be a better prospect for batting at number seven."

 

Fletcher revealed James Anderson is ahead of Sajid Mahmood for the role of back-up seamer but also said England could play two spinners in most of the Tests.

 

Jones was preferred to Read for the three-day match against New South Wales, which began on Sunday with 11 days to go before the Test series begins in Brisbane.

 

Jones, who was raised in Brisbane, did not take a catch or make a stumping as the state side reached 325-5, though he kept wicket tidily enough.

 

Read, who was brought back into the Test side after two years out for the third match of the series against Pakistan, made 55 in that match but has failed since.

 

Long considered the better gloveman of the two, he did not keep well during the one-day ICC Champions Trophy in India and scored just six runs in three innings.

 

Jones was England's wicket-keeper during the victorious Ashes series of 2005, when he shared a crucial partnership with Flintoff in the fourth Test but generally struggled.

 

However, his back-foot style should be ideally suited to the faster wickets England will have to play on in Australia.

 

"Looking at the pressure that he's played under before, we believe he handles the pressure better," Fletcher explained.

 

"Technically we think he's a better batter on these wickets and especially in Test match cricket.

 

"It's a very, very difficult decision, but we believe Jones will do a better job."

 

Jones' return to strengthen the lower order could make it easier to pick spinner Monty Panesar over Ashley Giles, whose batting ability could otherwise have counted greatly.

 

"It's going to be a difficult decision and we are looking at playing two spinners in most of the Tests," Fletcher said.

 

"We have to give those two individuals as much bowling as possible, especially Ashley who hasn't bowled for a year."

 

In the seam-bowling department, Mahmood was expensive in Friday's tour-opener and did not bowl on Sunday, while Anderson - who missed the whole summer with back trouble - delivered 15 overs.

 

"We respect and speak highly of [Mahmood] but we are concerned about his consistency," Fletcher said.

 

"We know what we can get out of Jimmy on a day-to-day basis, and that's what we are looking for at this stage."

 

Meanwhile, Fletcher said he doubted whether injured captain Michael Vaughan would be fit to play a part in the Test series after suggestions the batsman could return in time for the third match.

 

Vaughan has been recovering from knee surgery, but he will fly out to Australia to link up with the Academy squad as he continues his rehabilitation.

 

"He's just said he's ready to play a game of cricket," Fletcher told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

 

"So there might be a club game in Perth or something like that and we'll just have to see how he responds to that.

 

"From our point of view, he'll need a lot of batting under his belt for him to be ready in three weeks' time - and I don't think the time will be there for the Test series."

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Jones was always going to return for the Ashes, Read was included in the Pakistan series and for the ICC Trophy just to see if he was up to it, but he didn't take his chance. No doubting his wicketkeepin ability but if England were ever in a bad position, say 90/5 I'd rather see Jones in there rather than Read.

 

 

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Taking catches is more important than the five extra runs Jones averages in tests.

 

Fair point, however Read is not immune to missing catches and stumpings either as shown in the Pakistan series. Its about striking the right balance in the team, I would rather have Fred at 6, Jones at 7 and Giles at 8 rather than Fred, Read and Monty

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Can't wait for the ashes to begin like.  Think we'll get hammered 4-1 tho.  Like to see Colly do well, and also Michael Vaughan return with a bang.

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England finally do something.

 

NSW 350summit/9 dec

 

Eng 250-4

 

Strauss and Cook got 50+

 

KP not out on 80 odd

 

Flintoff 48 not out last time i checked.

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Cook will stop getting lucky.

 

Cook's a great young prospect for English cricket.

 

So's was/is Bell, says it all.

 

We'll be beat, 3-4-5/0-1.

 

Did you watch this summers test matches? Bell was in phenominal form. Shame the Aussies have worked him out like.

Cook will stop getting lucky.

 

Cook's a great young prospect for English cricket.

 

So's was/is Bell, says it all.

 

We'll be beat, 3-4-5/0-1.

 

Did you watch this summers test matches? Bell was in phenominal form. Shame the Aussies have worked him out like.

 

Bowl off stump, he is the worst player I've ever seen hitting to the on side. Edges galore. Mcgrath, Lee will have easy pickings there.

 

Guess how Bell was out today?  :lol:

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England Team to play Australia - Brisbane 23rd November 2006

 

Originally

 

Tresco

Strauss

Cook

Bell

KP

Fred

Collingwood

Read

Harmison

Hoggard

Monty

 

Now

 

Tresco

Strauss

Cook

Bell

KP

Fred

G Jones

Giles

Harmison

Hoggard

Anderson

 

Which is better?? the 2nd team (which I prefer) is basically last years team with like for like changes

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