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    November 23, 2006

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    Just four hours to go until the Ashes begins, at last. It's one of the most hyped series in recent memory, and I'm already sick of it. The media coverage has been so intense that I fully expect individual marks out of ten to appear on a session-by-session basis.

    England's top six is a sub-editor's dream. Flintoff and Pietersen make their own headlines; Strauss, Cook, and Bell have obvious puns; and as for Collingwood, I'm sure the Aussies can find a comparison. The odd men of those six are the men in form. Strauss, in particular, has been playing extremely aggressively of late. Ian Bell seems to have kept his good form ticking over from the English summer, and Kevin Pietersen is Kevin Pietersen.

    From the bowling perspective, Hoggard and Anderson are the key men. There are question marks over the other bowlers and what their contribution will be, for one reason and another, and these two may well have to bowl a lot of overs. Australia aren't scared of either of them, but nor were they scared of Simon Jones at the start of the last series.

    Personally, I'm very optimistic (I don't like making predictions). There is absolutely no doubt that England are up against it - which team isn't when touring Australia? It's also in England's favour that no-one really expects anything other than Australian domination at Brisbane, much as the same could be expected at Lord's.

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    Weaknesses of Indian cricket is well known; it has been known for many a years by now. We cant bat on fast bouncy wicket, we cant field, we cant run between the wickets, we are never physically fit and so on and so forth.
    A few years back the BCCI decided to do something about it and brought in a foreign coach. The experiment having succeded somewhat, the BCCI decided to be more bold in the second round and brought on the most expensive coach available on earth. The coach had a flair with words and promtly declared he is going to win the World Cup for India. Every time India’s performance slid, he asked us to be patient and see the big picture, the World Cup, which was going to be ours. “We are moving towards golden tomorrow”
    Years have passed and the weaknesses of Indian remain. While the coach is busy in putting his processes in place the team continues to get out for under hundred on bouncy wickets. His processes decrees that the team should undergo army training and the in the process the team is left fit neither for army nor for cricket. Pathan, Dhoni, Raina, Sehwag have been turned into have beens even before they could hit their prime form.Anyway, we need not worry, the World Cup is ours!

    By Anonymous Anonymous (23-Nov-2006, 1:28:00 PM)  

    utpaul: A foreign coach doesn't make players better when playing on bouncy wickets. It is an ability thing. It's highly unlikely a coach can change a batsman's technique fundamentally.

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