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Tony

Where's Dave?

The Don has Risen

HAL got him!

Tony

More like Cheech & Chong got him!

TKYC

Other big questions: If a bouncy green top is prep'd, and Punter win the toss... WILL HE CHOOSE TO BOWL??

Sydney v PAK and Adelaide v ENG were the wrong call!

The Don has Risen

Technically Punter does not win or lose the toss in Australia it is the other Skipper who calls.

Tony

Certainly agree about Sydney. Ambivalent about Adelaide.

Russ

Australia needs to win, and on modern flat pitches that don't break up much, your best chance of winning is to bowl, use anything in the pitch early, and avoid the need to set a declaration target (ha! we wish...). Pick four pacemen and get at them. If you can't bowl a team out in day 1 and 4/5 then you won't take enough wickets on 2/3 to force a result anyway.

shep

Come on TKYC, there was not a single person anywhere in the world that thought Punter should have bowled at 9:50am on the first day in Adelaide.

That debacle was down to poor batting, not poor captaincy.

The Don has Risen

Would beer go to the Cooleybar tree?

Tony

"Where do you hide your Cooleybar?" Next to the BYO Maroombar.

Hewy

Usual pre-WACA hype about a green top and cracking.
It's the standard test deck he's using, not decks that the Warriors normally use. It's the same road we struggled to bowl out the Windies last season (and in fact almost lost). Same as the vs South Africa road before that, and same as the vs India road which was supposed to be the Lee/Tait pacefest before that.

I tells ya, the WACA needs the money and cannot afford a 3 day test.

Hewy

Hey Tony,
thought this little doozy of a comment from Hodge might have rated a mention...

Adsy

Love the heading:

"Six-Test Australia cricketer Brad Hodges slams selectors for giving away famous baggy greens for free".

You'd think they could cut the odd word out. "Hodge slams selectors" would be enough info I would have thought. Or is it a dig at his six-Test only status?

Tony

Undoubtedly a dig. Not much of a Hodge fan, myself. He's not known as "Little Deano" for nothing.

Tony

Guess if you are going to go with horses for rotations, you may as well play Hodge in Perth. Career: 11 innings at 55.88. Career without Perth 2005: 9 innings at 32.38.

Professor Rosseforp

I thought the WACA had let Australia down at the beginning of the English tour when the tourists played WA. Isn't the WACA contractually obliged to provide a pitch that softens up the tourists in the first match? I thought broken fingers, bruised ribs and the occasional crack in the head were obligatory for tourists, with the traditional "so shiny that it reflects" pitch.
It was a bad sign when England played themselves in on the WACA.

Tony

If the WACA plays as we all expect - that is, opposite to the spin coming out of Cam Sutherland and the more addle-brained & gullible members of the fourth estate - then it will relegate itself to the status of a laughing stock or at the very least, joke butt. "Did you hear the one about the fast and bouncy WACA pitch?" "Yeah, kills me every time."

Hewy

My favourite part of the Hodge article was when he said "give a guy 10 innings he's bound to get a hundred".

That pretty much sums up Hodge's actual test career (ie not the revisionist stuff that everyone seems to be trotting out):
10 exceedingly average knocks where he looked outclassed and a slow double century that delayed an Aussie declaration on an absolute road that subsequently Warne, McGrath and Lee couldn't get even a handful of Saffa wickets over two days.

Tony

I could have sworn Hodge was dropped a sitter at third slip in the 200, but there's no sign of it in the Crooky commentary. Maybe I'm channeling it because I reckon his career is exactly as you say, Hewy.

shep

"The WACA was Hodge's least favoured first class hunting ground heading into his third Test match but he made light of the statistics as he plundered his maiden Test match hundred after being dropped on 13 to progress to 91 at stumps yesterday.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200512/s1534463.htm

Hewy

Hardly a murmur when he got dropped at the time as he was in horrible form.

But his career from day 1 was sublime form followed by periods when he looked like didn't know which end of the bat to hold, then back to sublime form, and so on.

He's in superb touch these days - but really he should just be pissed off that he decided to quit 1st class cricket when he did.

Having said that - I reckon give him a world cup berth. But whining and bitching to the media constantly never helps the selection process.

Adsy

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/319139.html

Interesting reading his last Test match makes - 67 and 27 so no absolute failure there, Punter blazed 158, Symonds (!) made runs, we had a wicket taking spinner in the side, and at one stage in the second dig we were 5/18 before a semi-rescue job between Hodge, Symonds and Haddin. Oh and we bowled a side out on the last day.

Tony

Bowled a side out on the last day? Memories.

That was a series in which the Krab distinguished himself in slips.

nick

Interesting reading concerning the South Africa vs India series. All of the Indian batsmen (not batters, hate that) average significantly lower (including TLM) in South Africa - attributed to the hard bouncy pitches there. If the South Africans can do that, why can't we? The days of ripsnorting WACA and Gabba pitches seem to be gone.

Very sad at Adelaide - the ground redevelopment is great, with good facilities, good food and good viewing - but even though I'm a member, I'm not going to go to watch the sort of effort Australia put up in the Second Test.

Heading over to Perth friday - fingers crossed!

Lou

Tony, I'm starting to think that the stuff about Aussies being good in the field was yet another myth. Almost every series they drop loads like dump trucks.

Tony

Lou, I've been smashing on about Aussie catching for several years now. You could maybe possibly almost make a case that Australian catching has been on the slide since Mark Waugh exited the slips cordon. But you will also find that the Aussies drop more catches when the bowling is weakened, which in turn is magnifies a dropped catch's importance when the attack generates less chances.

The mindless explosions from Tony Grieg, in particular, that "These Aussies never drop those!" is one of your more brain-dead commentary.

Tony

I also have a pet theory that one day cricket, contrary to popular dogma, has decreased the quality of Aussie Test fielding. The frequency with which the ball pin-balls around a one day field has worked against Test fielding technique, which requires a different mind-set based on patience.

Tony

Shit and derision! Ponting is talking up four fast bowlers. Why? If he wins the toss he will bat and the only justification for having the extra quick will go straight down the toilet. Here's hoping he is only talking up pace-times-four is to trick the Poms into thinking we won't pick a spinner. Piss Siddle off, the one dimensional spud.

Lou

I'm not sure that it matters, even though I'd love to think an unheralded spin bowler would make the English batsmen wet themselves. But I can't see why all of the four bowlers - who have done nothing in the previous games in combinations of three - should be rewarded by yet more gutless selecting.

Healy claimed that he had never seen Johnson drop a catch before this recent Brisbane test. I always knew that he doesn't actually watch when he commentates. Johnson isn't exactly reliable on the field.

Tony

I'm sure Johnson dropped an almost identical catch against someone, but I can't remember who that someone is.

Do you reckon Ponting might open with Johnson?

Lou

It was in Mohali off Hauritz. It was almost identical. He is not that good in the field unless his confidence is high, then he can catch anything and run anyone out, but that only happens about once a year.

He dropped a catch in England against Pakistan as well, I'm sure.

And Mike Hussey drops stuff for fun now. He used to be our best catcher.

The thing is Johnson might bowl tosh for his first over (in fact, I'd bet my house that he will, he's so poor with any pressure on him), but then calm down. If he does it as opening bowler, it carries more weight, so it's not worth the risk.

Russ

It is a miserable state of affairs that we are contemplating playing 4 bowlers and 2 all-rounders. Isn't the point of an all-rounder that you can bolster the batting? If we can't bowl out England with 3 quicks, Smith (or North for that matter) and Watson, how will a 4th quick help? Ergo, we should have played Khawaja at 6 to try and avoid the inevitable batting failure to come. Of the quicks, I'm torn between wanting to see some control of the tempo (the best options being Siddle, Hilf and Harris) and bringing in Johnson if he has sorted himself out. None of the likely options are confidence inspiring though.

Tony

I can't believe they left Uzzie out. Without wanting to wholesale change the current line-up I would have gone with:

Watson
Hughes
Ponting
Clarke
Hussey
Kawaja
Smith
Haddin
Johnson
Harris
Hilfenhaus

shep

How would Kawaja go as an opener? You'd then be able to get Watson down the order

Tony

Dunno about Kawaja's record at the top of the order, but Hussey can open, too.

Professor Rosseforp

Why bring in Beer if he is going to carry the drinks? Doherty could have done that just as easily. A pointless exercise that makes it look like they are doing something, when they are just fiddling like an Australian batsman outside his off stump.

Tony

I would not have picked Beer.

The Don has Risen

I would have soberly picked beer as Aussies cannot do without beer

It would be too hard to swallow with beer and people would be hopping mad.

He will find it hard bowling into the freemantle doctor

Professor Rosseforp

I would not have picked Beer either, but surely if they are going to make a surprise selection they would think of playing him...

Tony

Speaking of surprises, I would have stuck with Bryce McGain.

m0nty

Can we have an English margin of victory calcutta? I'm tipping an innings and 32 runs.

The Don has Risen

Tony we would have McGained the upper hand

Tony

Beer's off.

Tony

Australia to win by 132 runs.

Russ

By my ratings, Australia by 45 runs (mmm, auspicious result).

m0nty

I think I may fire up the SGW again today.

Russ

The ironic thing is, with four quicks and two others, if we actually need that many bowlers England will have batted for so long we'll be under-manned with the bat.

Arguably this is pretty much always true with 5 bowlers.

Tony

When was the last time Australia played four fast bowlers and won? Even in 1975/76, when Australia flogged the West Indies 5-1, Perth was the only match we lost and was also the only match we played four fast bowlers, Gilmour, Lillee, Thompson, Walker.

Russ

Dang, England bowling, Australia all out by tea. Pitch a road until we bat again.

m0nty

The pitch looks greener than Michael Beer.

Tony

England win the toss, will bowl. So much for your four fast bowlers, Ponting.

Russ
"We were going to have a bowl as well," says Ricky Ponting, in a very un-Ponting-like admission.

Hands up anyone who believes that?

Russ

Green bouncy pitch, tall quicks in the opposition, Australian batting on the opening morning. It's times like this I miss the BNG, just to watch him get clocked in the head.

Tony

Is it too much to hope that Strauss has done a Nasser Hussain?

m0nty

Our Phil will wear one or more early, Russ. Lock it in.

Russ

NasSTR AUSSain, you mean?

Tony

I suppose it is too much to hope that CricAussie will one day go back to an time before there was a pageant before every Test.

Cameron

When's the rugby game start?

Tony

Half time:

the_topspin Lawrence Booth

In fairness to Strauss, this is the 38th Test at the Waca, and the 19th time the captain winning the toss has bowled...

Tony

Watson Out? Already...

Tony

Good referring, Paper Cut. Shit umpiring, Doc Billy.

TKYC

reviewed and off the hip - safe

Tony

Hughes bowled.

1/2

Well, that's the first Australian selectorial gamble that has failed.

Russ

Our Phil gone, shocking shocking shot.

Tony

Described as "played all over it" in the ABC, which is a polite way of calling it a shocker.

Russ

Trying to carve a full ball through mid-wicket like he was 150. Our Phil is a fish-eyed hack.

Tony

Two balls before Ponting edged that through fourth slip Henry Lawson asked "Where is the fourth slip?"

TKYC

SEN Tweet: "Living on the edge. Ponting massive edge through gully, in between two fielders. Lucky .... Australia 1/8."

Will they be batting by the time I get home?

Cameron

Watching us bat here is like watching a tight rope walker.

Tony

Take the batsmen's bats and give them a long pole each.

Tony

Ponting caught by a Pies screamer.

2/17.

Fuck. Me.

TKYC

Cricinfo:
4.1 Anderson to Watson, 1 run, dropped but it would have been a stunner.

SEN Tweet:
PONTING CAUGHT IN GULLY!! OUT on 12.

cant keep up...

Big Ramifications

Did you hear Phil Hughes' press conference performance? Dumb as a box of hammers.

Even went for the clich├ęd "I'm just gonna take it ball by ball" - and he stumbled over his words and got it wrong.

He also pooh poohed criticism of his bad Sheffield Shield form with the usual a-big-one's-just-around-the-corner garbage.

Tony

Henry nailed it: when you are confident and expect catches, you take them.

Tony

Tony's trumpet tooted:

Broad's injury is a blow to Australia because his bowling has been mediocre and now the Poms can bring in Tremlett, who was excellent in Hobart and is guaranteed to do a Richard Ellison (look him up) and murder us in Perth.
Tony

Have I mentioned that slips catching at the WACA is a doddle? Well, it is.

TKYC

Any sign yet of the Punter-tipped 'English disrupted preparation and poor record in Perth' yet?

TKYC

hmm cocked that up - should have read 'English disrupted preparation and poor record in Perth'.

Tony

Lemming Clarke with a "lame, prodding looking shot".

3/28.

Do our c*nting batsmen have any idea how to leave the ball?

Russ

Lemming, you utter clown. That is an appalling shot from anyone, let alone a side's supposed best bat. Get out and stay out.

TKYC

"lame, prodding looking shot".
- keeps bobbing up on this blog... can't work out why.

Cameron

Tony's Smith at 7 and Hadden at 8 team is looking better by the wicket.

Adsy

Its either lame prod or wild swing with these blokes. I choose to goat-scape T20 if I may.

Patard

Since when do Tests start on a Thursday?

3/28 I see. Good stuff. Our cricket is finally turning for the better.

Tony

We've completely lost the ability to bat properly in Tests.

Tony

Settle down, GLENN! 'Keeping is easy in Perth.

m0nty

Or at all.

I am broadcasting on the SGW, by the way. Not listening to me is tantamount to sedition.

Tony

Why are the commentators surprised that there are a lot of Poms in the crowd? Both Mitchell and Alderman are from Perth and ought to know that there are zillions of Poms in Perth.

Jonathan

Since when do Tests not start on a Thursday?

Samir Chopra

I don't think I've seen a test #4 look as out-of-place as Clarke has in this series.

Tony

Clarke does not want to bat at four. He wants to go back to the gold wing lounge at five or six, where the easy batting lives.

Patard

Tests always start on a Friday. Always.

Cameron

Julian or Gregorian Patard?

TKYC

Keep going m0nty... no sedition here.
Must be painful tho, calling 'prodders'.

Tony

LB to Watson. Referred it.

shep

Clarke has now had 19 innings at 4 and is averaging 20.90.

Tony

Watson LB for 13 after a failed referral.

4/36.

Game over.

TKYC

Watto - gone!
no 50+ lotto today.

Russ

IPCoS out lb, who'd have thunk it. So, now, we're actually doing worse than Adelaide at the same stage. Fantastic.

Tony

In 1986 I was young and optimistic and confident Australian cricket would come good, no matter how painful those few years were. In 2010 I'm old and gnarled and confident Australian cricket is in the shitter.

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