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patard

Sad fact of Test selectors in general: 1) Pakistan's will over-react 2) Oz selectors will congratulate themselves.

The Karachi Bay Sh*tPackers have a young and very talented squad that can be turned into world beaters. Takes great authority, patience, and leadership to achieve this though.

The Oz Rock Steady Crew will stick with their tired old rap.

One positive for me was that Hughes got to taste this Test. But it was by default due to Krabs injury. If only a few other young ones could have been introduced as well, but as Van sang, it's too late to stop now.

The Ashes are coming fast upon us and the moment has been lost to get some experience under the belts of our future hopes. We must now stick with the best team possible to beat the poms, future be damned. The thought of losing to them here on our soil isn't frightening, it's dry retching sickening.

patard

From the comments of my linked Cricinfo article:

Posted by Riz_W on (January 06 2010, 16:42 PM GMT)

"Shame on you selectors & Coach, shame on you PCB. If they have any respect for themselves (which I doubt) they should resign. Sorry Guys I don't understand why you are keep saying that Pakistan has lost with Australia. We should call it Punjab X1 lost to Australia. Yes, this is true. Sorry, I don't mean to create a wrong philosopy here but if you analyze it is true. It does not matter how you perform if you are from anywhere Punjab. Like Misbah, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik etc. Selectors will keep you selected regardless of their performances. We lost this match ONLY BECAUSE OF KAMRAN AKMAL. If he can drop Mike Hussey 3 times when he was on 22, 43 and 52 then what you expect. When he (Kamran) came to bat at a crucial time when team need him, how he was playing. Sorry, it does not matter, he is from Punjab so he will be in the team for next test and ODIs. Well done Australia, you showed a self-respect and a great fighting sprit to come back and win the match."

Looks like we really watched the Speed Blitz Pura Milk KFC Milo Blues prevail over the Amcal Punjab XI.

Big Ramifications

200+ first inings lead only to lose the game... 3 more featuring Australia...

2001
Australia 445
India 171
India 7/657
Australia 212
http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63920.html

1992
Australia 256
Sri Lanka 8/547
Australia 471
Sri Lanka 164
http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63580.html

1981
Australia 401
England 174
England 356
Australia 111
http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63291.html

Anyone got stats handy on "lowest run chase to be defeated"?

Big Ramifications

Anyone got stats handy on "lowest run chase to be defeated"?

Lowest ever was an England run chase of 85 [77 achieved] vs. Australia back in 1882, and was the basis for the ashes urn / fake "body of English cricket would be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia" obituary.

But I can't seem to find a list of, say, lowest 10 chases ending in defeat.

Big Ramifications

200+ first inings lead only to lose the game... 3 more featuring Australia...

I just discovered this has only happened 6 times in test cricket. All 6 featured Australia.
http://www.cricinfo.com/ausvpak09/content/story/442690.html

Big Ramifications

"Disputed Punjab region" is one of my favourite double entendres. Much better than plain old crass "Punjab."

You know I'm right.

Big Ramifications

Patard, I followed your link and got a big chuckle out of this blog post of yours:

http://m4monologue.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/an-idiot-with-a-high-iq-or-is-that-an-help-me-here-wont-you/

[I have a high IQ and I am hung like a rogue Punjabi he-bear.]

David Barry

But I can't seem to find a list of, say, lowest 10 chases ending in defeat.

Here you go. The first Test in that list is Pakistan's forfeit.

David Barry

Looks like I screwed that up. Here.

patard

Thanks for that Big Rammer. It does get lonely out here on the perimeter so it's more than nice to get some appreciation.

[I too have been blessed and cursed with your same affliction.]

chris88

I missed the post match conference and Ponting gloating - did he really ask for a show of hands?

What a dick - arrogant dick. I would've loved to have had one of the journos stick their hand up and say:

"Yeah, you batted first on the greenest SCG pitch in 20 years under leaden skies against an inexperienced but game pace attack that can swing the ball- and the side made 129. That's a failure, as evidenced by the 200 run first innings lead the opposition cobbled together despite an inexperienced and overmatched batting lineup.

"And, by the way, while you are asking for a show of hands, let's see a show of hands for those who think that Australia would've escaped with a win against England, South Africa or India after the 'win the toss and bat' decision.

"Or lets see a show of hands for those who think that we would've won the game if Hussey had've been caught when he was 22".

Reckon there wouldn't have been any hands put up to either qestion.

Yippee, we beat the worst test team in the world outside of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh by 30 runs. Yep, definitely cause for celebration there.

Ponting, what a twat.

patard

"Can everyone (who said Australia should have bowled first) put their hands up please? I feel better now."

Big Ramifications

Thanks, Dave. Appreciated. Man, Australia has been involved in a few recent shockers.

Now, can you give me any cricinfo links as to whether "test" should be capitalised?! I always stop and have a think about it.

David Barry

As far as I know, the convention is that it's 'Test' everywhere except New Zealand, where for some reason almost everyone writes 'test'. I don't have any links though.

Big Ramifications

I get a tad testy if talk turns to tockley.

You have all bin warned.

m0nty

pat's blog scares me.

Big Ramifications

pat's blog scares me.

http://m4monologue.wordpress.com/2010/01/01/for-the-morning/

I recommend all three.

m0nty

Okay, you're right Big Ram. Shatner's overacting is far more scary.

m0nty

Collingwood and Bell are about to bat out for yet another English draw, which would make the series score 1-0 to them with just Joburg to come. Pies in particular has showed immense concentration. They are a significantly more impressive side than we have shown this summer. Our conservatism in selection is going to be shown up if we don't start investing in youth.

m0nty

Pies out and then Prior soon after. Three wickets left with ten overs to survive.

m0nty

Malfoy gone and wastes a challenge as well. Four overs to go, two wickets left, Swann batting with Onions in the sheds.

m0nty

Bell edges Alby Morkel to slip! 17 balls left with Swann and Onions. It's Cardiff all over again.

m0nty

Alby to bowl the last over to Onions.

m0nty

Ha ha, review off the second last ball for a catch behind, no chance of a nick, clipped his shirt.

m0nty

Last ball wide outside off, Onions leaves. England celebrate. Three times in the last 12 months they have drawn with one wicket to spare.

Russ

Fascinating to watch England scrap draws and victories. They aren't that talented, but they are doing a lot more with what they have than we are.

The Don has risen

very different to the Pakis

The Don has risen

they did bowl poorly in conditions made for them on the first day.
SA should have reached 100

patard

The Oz punter, unlike Punter, is no mug.

"Aussies on cusp of new golden era" according to Healy.

Yet have a squiz at the poll: Is Australia on the verge of another golden era? with 822 votes in 20% say yes and 80% say no.

Isn't it time the Terror got itself a little bit more clued in on cricket? The bastards jonah'd the Mighty Eels with all their untimely tipping and now they're gonna mozz our future Test hopes.

Tony

Reads more like a reverse mozz. If that works out the next GE will last 80 years.

The Don has risen

Golden eras always means great bowlers.

We do not have any not even potential.

we HAD a golden era

patard

What sort of foul and ominous days are these when even the composite of the weird sisters compiles an essayed analysis concisely capturing all the considered thoughts of the giants of the AGB?

There's trouble afoot my friends. "Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble."

The cloven hoofed fiend can only be discerned to the trained eye with adulatory reference to a Krab like man who scurries in awkward poses, jabbing and fending to feign the guise of a batsman, and extolled for these unhuman virtues.

And referring to the poms with a capital P.
"...the Poms have frailties of their own: they lack a fast bowler,..." That's a dead giveaway.

Don't be fooled my brothers, he is not and never will be one of us.

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