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    March 24, 2006

    Some diplomacy would be nice, mate!

    A day after Brett Lee implied that Ricky Ponting had handled him better as a captain compared to Steve Waugh two or three years ago, Brendan McArdle comes up with a possible rejoinder by Steve Waugh in 'The Age'.

    There are references to Lee's bowling & batting in the Ashes and his omission from the test side through most of 2004/05.

    It was quite dumb of Lee to have gone public so explicitly. He was obviously used as a "shock" bowler. Two years ago, he wasn't good & mature enough to assume the mantle as the leader of the fast bowling pack, as his performance at Sydney against India in 2004 showed. Now, in McGrath's absence, he is at last showing the ability to take on that responsibility.
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    Interesting to look back: 'Hoggard bowled 19 overs in the game, Flintoff bowled 45. Is he on his way out? He did get England a great breakthrough very early on. So perhaps not.'

    Very prescient, Jagadish!

    By Anonymous Geoff (24-Mar-2006, 8:22:00 PM)  

    geoff: Hoggard bowled 6 overs in the first innings at Old Trafford when Australia played 84 overs. Given his underuse, it was a thought which came to mind. I have no idea why he was underused there. The wicket wasn't to his liking? Then again, I did say 'So perhaps not'! :)

    By Blogger Jagadish (24-Mar-2006, 8:33:00 PM)  

    That was what I meant. When England have a full attack, they will often have the luxury of letting one bowler bowl few overs - this has been Simon Jones and Ashley Giles in the recent past as well. It's one of the reasons why I think playing five bowlers dramatically helps sides, and you could see some of the results when India were able to hide Pathan a little in the last Test.

    By Anonymous Geoff (25-Mar-2006, 12:12:00 AM)  

    geoff: True. Which is why I first started campaigning for India picking five bowlers against Pakistan. I don't think there is anything fundamentally wrong with that strategy except that aside from Dravid, no-one has been making runs. The other problem, which has become apparent now, is that while Dhoni and Pathan certainly have the ability to make runs, their inexperience means that the burden of having to make enough runs could be a difficult one to bear.

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