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    January 25, 2007

    Help us to help ourselves - John Buchanan

    Fed up with the standard of cricket dished out by Australia's opponents in the triangular one-day series so far, Australia's coach John Buchanan has lashed out in his progress report, on the Cricket Australia website.

    Sources within Cricket Australia told this correspondent that they were considering talking to the US Library of Congress to license the famous poster and revamp it. The first draft of the poster looks like this.

    John Buchanan wants YOU!

    Buchanan accused England's and New Zealand's batsmen of not forcing Australia's bowlers to bowl yorkers, bouncers etc. thereby stunting the development of his side's bowler's one-day skills and decision making skills when under the cosh as well as not giving his fielders enough balls to pounce upon.
    Our ability to deliver yorkers, length balls, bouncers, variety balls (such as slower balls, cutters, etc) has not been placed under constant scrutiny by an opposition batting lineup.

    This testing of our bowlers’ response to situations when we have lost control (temporarily hopefully) is not happening. In essence, the batting efforts of our opposition are not assisting the development of our bowlers’ One-Day skills and the decision making that accompanies being placed under the microscope of competition.

    And while this is not occurring, we cannot have our fielding tested also for its ability to create and make opportunities.
    If anyone's ever seen a more blatant case of self-aggrandizement, please let us know!

    Hang on, Buck! If your fielders aren't getting enough opportunities to cause/create dismissals, then your bowlers are to blame for getting batsmen out lbw or bowled. If your bowlers aren't getting enough practice and are not being forced to adopt different plans to dismiss batsmen, its their fault surely. Why weren't they charitable enough to allow England and New Zealand to get over 280 each time?

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings' - Julius Caesar, Act I, sc. ii

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    Thus spake Jagadish @ 11:51 AM |
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    Dear John

    Apparently your side got a real fright today.

    I hope Vincent, Oram and McCullum forced your bowlers into delivering yorkers, length balls, bouncers and slow balls (Fulltosses weren't discussed in the dressing room apparently. I however saw one nearly every over).

    I hope your bowlers' abilities were tested (Seems like McGrath 7.2 rpo, Bracken 7.5 rpo and Johnson 8 rpo were) and that their skills were suitably developed during the second half of the game today. I hope your fielding was tested too (McGrath twice and White definitely were)

    Your team may still end up winning this series and the World Cup. But it may not be a bad idea to stop having these bouts of verbal diarrhea, like your opening batsman does.

    By Blogger Jagadish (29-Jan-2007, 1:16:00 AM)  

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