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  1. Not the best pair of backsides you have managed to photograph at that kiosk.
  2. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Well I was right all the time. I said from the very beginning it would be 5 - 0. Well done Australia - bowlers did a great job, but helped by some pathetic batting by England. With Trott gone and Cook having totally lost it; the solid spine of English batting wasn't there which was made worse by very poor performance from Bell and Prior. Prior is finished and Bairstow is no replacement - big hole there for England. English pace men didn't do badly and had Australia pinned down several times but they were let of the hook each time through the lack of a quality spinner. Swann sadly is finished and there is no one on the horizon of his quality. Panesar should never ever play for England again - he is not and never was an international spin bowler. England have a big rebuilding job to do. Cook will find his form but has to go as Captain - it is the Captain's job to set an example and he failed to do that. A genuine replacement for Trott needs to be found. Pietersen is reaching his sell by date. And there is a massive gap to fill with a spinner and batsmen wicket keeper.. There are plenty of options with the fast bowling - although Anderson has only 1 or at most two seasons left - Broad has stepped up to the plate and there are a number of young quickies coming through so that department looks ok. MCC need to take Swann aside, give him an enormous budget and facilities, plus the countriy's 10 best 17/18 year old finger spinners and tell him he has 3 years to produce two world class spinners. The worst thing about this series is that there was no real competition and that made it a complete bore. Just to finish on a positive - looks like in Stokes we may have found a genuine all rounder for the number six spot. Hopefully its not a false dawn.
  3. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    England lose toss for the third time running. Looks like Clarke is using a two headed coin.
  4. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Good analysis. Might just, like a number of MJ's ball go over the head of a few on this thread. Swan and Prior are the oldest two English players in the test team. I don't see any credible replacement at present for Prior. Every team needs a 'go to' man and MJ is fulfilling that role. For England it used to be Swan and Anderson. For Anderson Broad is fast approaching that status but there is no clear replacement for Swan. I have been sitting by my phone ever since getting back from golf but so far no call. A replacement for Swan is England's number one priority. Provided England win the toss in Perth then I expect them to take a comfortable win and prove to everybody just how week the Ausy team (with the exception of MJ) really is.
  5. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Wrong again. The sun is shining and I'm just loading the car with my golf clubs so will be off in a few minutes Cricket will be the furthest thing from my mind today. Toodlepops.
  6. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Because they were benign pitches that even my grandmother could have scored a century on. And the only reason English batsmen failed is because MJ bowled out of his socks. Sorry to have used words with more than two syllables. Please phone a friend to explain it. to you.
  7. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Can you explain it to Archie. He is finding it more and more difficult to understand. With his insistence on claiming victory when he clearly losing the argument means he is beginning to sound more like Mangostein than Mango. Perhaps he is Mango in disguise That would explain his inability to understand cricket.
  8. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Ask a friend (that's if you have one) to explain my answer to you. I will endeavour try to stick with one syllable (there was no option) words in future next time. I shall give up
  9. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    I did answer your question. Go back and read my answer again. The black bits are the words and the white bits the spaces between.
  10. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Come on Adam, they would say that wouldn't they. You don't hear players in any sport saying what a complete dick their manager or coach is - not if they want to be in the team next time. I'm not suggesting Lehman isn't a good coach but Andy Flower hasn't become a turkey over night either. It's the guys with the bat and the ball out in the middle surrounded by a hostile opposition who do the job. And it's MJ with 17 wickets in only two tests who is making the real difference.
  11. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    Clearly you have never played cricket. It's a confidence game. If a side has a 'go to' bowler - someone who can be relied on to dismiss the opponents cheaply then the batsmen are more relaxed and can play their natural game without fear that they will be confronted with a big total by the opposition. Plus what we do not know is just how many runs England would have scored on those wickets without MJ's contribution to the Aussie cause. It is not a coincidence that Australia appeared to have a strong batting line up when Shane Warne was the 'go to' man in the past.
  12. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    MJ has taken 17 wickets in the first two tests - almost half the total. As I said and I repeat for those who struggle to understand - take him out of the equation and its a different ball game. PS - found it.
  13. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    I don't agree. The difference is simply MJ. The English players are not used to facing bowling at 90 mph plus with a ball that bounces a little more than the one they are used. Take MJ out of the equation and its a different ball game. In addition Ausy wickets/ conditions and the ball don't suit Anderson and perhaps Swan has lost it but 3 of the first 6 batsmen are relatively young and new.
  14. buddy1

    2013 Ashes Banter Thread

    I thought it would give you encouragement that we have let you off the hook.
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