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Tony

Where's Will been for the last 10+ years?

Can we suggest a theory about the lowly crowds causing Sutherland such headaches? With scenes like Tim Paine and Adam Voges walking on to the SCG to open the batting for Australia, why should anyone turn up? Every game is supposed to be treasured by the players and savoured by fans. If Australia isn't prepared to pick its best XI, why should spectators make their best efforts to attend only to be told certain players are taking a breather?
Lou

The Windies were let off the hook. The SCG is one of the worst grounds to chase in the world and with the ball nipping around, it was more than just likely that they would have fallen apart, it was probable.

I don't blame that bloke in the Age for fantasising though. Everyone is desperate for some competition.

Hugh

Gayle bowled first because the forecast had thunderstorms for that night. So batting second as always would be a huge advantage when Duckworth-Lewis got involved. The W. Indies weren't chasing 226. They were chasing 150 off 25 overs after the rain. That was the official target so Aust was DEFINITELY let off the hook. And I even reckon it's true about Paine and Voges opening. That sux. I reckon West indies would have made the 150 off 25 so sorry, but I think the journo was right. Didn't you even know the Windies were chasing 150?

Lou

Even with a lesser total, with the ball moving around, the slam dunk tactics wouldn't have worked for long. Smacking the ball around on batsmen's pitches on a bright sunny day is one thing, doing it at the SCG in the evening when chasing with dodgy atmospherics is another thing entirely as has historically been shown.

Tony

Fair point, Hugh. I should have included the revised target in the post.

But it wouldn't have changed the thrust. On Friday's pitch, in those conditions, with their crap batting line-up, the Windies chasing 151 off 24 is just as unlikely a proposition as the Windies chasing 226 off 50.

Hugh

No worries. That's why cricket is so good I reckon - lots to talk about. I reckon that was a pretty good story about friday night ... and good on him for putting in his opinions, right or wrong. Most stories in the papers are as boring as. The cricinfo ball-by-ball is great. At least he had a go. All on again tonight!

nick

Is it just me or is Voges' action pretty average in slo-mo?

Tony

I still haven't seen Voges bowl.

By the way. Offsiders this morning had Gerard Whately binning Ponting for pronouncing it Voges, as in Hoges. Surly that's his nick-name, not a pisstake-worthy blooper.

nick

Whately is a blooper.

I see the Yarps have emulated the Calypso collapso and the detonating Pakistanis - going from 2/229 to 9/261.

Tony

Yarp collapses are, as they say in the classics, good for football.

Russ

It could of been worse for the Yarps. The Age online headline link this morning says

"Proteas go from 2-299 to 9-266 in final session of play."

7/-33 Repeated five-run penalties? Like one of those basketball games where a side runs up 5 or 6 technical fouls for repeatedly swearing at the ref.

Tony

SA were cruising at 1/218 and aground at 9/261. 8/43 is an Australia-like collapse.

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