I've not been posting a lot on CP the last couple of years, though I still read the Lounge and GIT (I was never very active in the GIT to begin with). It seems content has dried up in the last few weeks, has anybody else noticed this?
Gone are the days when a cricket match would feature nearly over-by-over updates. Now there's an entire day of Test cricket gone (what's more, with India on top) with no new threads - is everybody watching the game instead of posting about it?
Or did everybody just get A Life?
"We have already been through this, I am not going to repeat myself." - fat_boy, in a global warming thread
There were 3-4 core people who were extremely active during cricket season. Their intense posting lead to a chain reaction where dozens of others would post on those threads too. I think what's missing now are those central figures - they've either moved on from this forum or are otherwise busy with their lives.
Wouldn't bank on it, the two men that are in at the moment are the only two that will give resistance and you have Yuvaraj to get KP out so you don't need to worry about getting Cook, just concentrate on the other end.
There's a slim chance that Prior or Bell might give you problems but I doubt it. So although physically the game may go into the fourth day I think it will basically be over as a contest by the end of the 3rd, just a case of mopping up the tail-enders on the 4th morning.
Kinda funny though. Get a green pitch in England and your team beats us 4-0. Get a turning pitch in India and it seems we can beat you fairly easily. I wonder how the teams will fare on some kind of in-between wicket. That'll be a true test of each team's players.
Hold your horses you haven't beat us 4-0 yet! I think the 4-0 in England wouldn't happen if you played us now(in England), at the time so many of our Batsmen were in form that we were always going to score heavily, since then a lot of the players have lost form, Strauss has gone and also Morgan, the top 7 is nowhere near as strong. Also losing Khan early did for you, it would be the equivalent of us losing Swann for this series.
I take your point though about the teams being suited to different wickets, but our poorness on turning wickets is a lot worse than your poorness on green wickets. This will probably be proven by you getting an Innings defeat in the first match. It took us till the 3rd Test to dent your confidence enough to achieve that.
I've been anticipating this series for awhile now and all I hope is we get a good well fought battle from both sides. Hopefully it will be close and can live up to and maybe even surpass the current SA v Aus series in terms of entertainment.
I too hope its a decent series (not a one-sided one like last time).
I do too, not least because if it is one-sided it won't be in favour of England this time. I have just been reading the latest article on ESPN and apparently since England last one a series 28 years ago we have only won one test on Indian soil.
Abhinav S wrote:
I don't want to predict the series result this time though.
I know what you mean, I nearly went 2-1 England, but fear it is more likely to be 3-0 India.
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He is actually one of a select few All rounders who have managed 2000 runs and 200 wickets.[^]. I found this surprising when I saw this stat when the commentators were discussing Kallis at the weekend.
स्वीकार हों दीपावली की शुभकामनाएँ,
हैं छिपी इसमें सदभावनाएँ।
गणपति विघ्न मिटाएँ,
मान-बुद्धिधन सदा लुटाएँ।
सरस्वती ज्ञान का भंडार दें,
राशि बढ़े ऐसा वरदान दें।
लक्ष्मी करें धन की कृपा,
दें सभी की दरिद्रता मिटा।
प्यार का दीप जलता रहे,
नफरत का धुंआ छटता रहे।
सदा मन मे दीवाली रहे,
पृथ्वी हरी-संपदा वाली रहे॥
आपक़ो और आपक़े परिवारज़ऩो क़ो दीपावली की ढेर सारी शुभकामनाऎ। आपकी दीपावली मगंलमय हो
Yes you are correct I did mean Aus but as this is almost definitely a draw now I think it actually favours SA that Clarke did this in this game rather than any other game.
Abhinav S wrote:
I always think good test cricket like this is better than any shorter format of the game.
I paticulary enjoy the games that are in AUS as they start at midnight over here, so I put them on and go to sleep to them, and I keep up with them in my dreams, occasionally waking to watch 10 mins before I drift off again. This will be similar to how I plan to follow ENG v IND which will start at 3.30am here.
When Tests are on in England I don't see much as I'm at work or want to spend the time with the kids at the weekend.
Both Amla and Kallis did quite well too.
The probability of another 100 is the highest in the case of Amla and then perhaps Kallis (both before Clarke), so I think you have the right balance.
I would still think if you can squeeze in Clarke he will give you another 100 points but the other two are better bets.