Friday, 3 July 2009

opinions are like...

Full bag of points to address, no time to "write" an article, so here are the bullet points:

Binga with a very good spell of fast, reversing, accurate bowling (5 fa!)has set him up for inclusion in the first test. This came after Ponting had to tell Lee to pay attention due to him (Lee) being distracted by conversing with people over the fence. Is that enough for you to have him back in?

Harmison getting smug by declaring he has Hughes soft spot sorted: short pitched bowling under the armpit and around the head. WOW! What an insight. Who isn't susceptible to that? You can't bowl 6 balls of that an over tosspot, so how about actually getting your house in order before you try and knock over someone elses! Do you want mind games? How about, "it is hard to hit someone in the head with your line ending at 2nd slip!",21985,25724565-2882,00.html

Buchanan is stirring the pot subtly over in Blighty by ensuring he is in the media- he just doesn't get it, does he, we all know he was more of a hindrance to a great side than any sought of benefit. Given that his role with English cricket is minimal, who cares! Let him do MORE coaching, it can only do good getting in their heads and over complicating things!

Interesting to read Timesonline reporter Patrick Kidd ripping into Flintoff over his indiscretions.
If a few badly chosen words, miss quotes and the odd drinking incident are so abhorrent to Kidd, imagine the field day he'd have if Roy took up his English heritage to push for a team position!

There is plenty more as the build up progresses, feel free to add to the list.

stoph verismo
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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Ashes on steriods!

Does anyone have an interest in putting up options for the greatest Ashes test teams; meaning select 22 (24) players from Australia and England to play the greatest Ashes test match.

I don't care if it is because of a players total record against the other side, a series record or a test; you choose and justify it.

I've got 2 (without research) one is glaringly obvious, i think my second pick gets in because of his Centenary Test innings.

stoph verismo
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Monday, 29 June 2009

a requiem for Roy

Did anyone see Roy on 60 min last night?

It is not a big secret that i have been a big fan of his cricket, and sympathetic to his problems, but i was scratching my head as to the purpose of the segment.
It is obvious that he was given the opportunity to tell his side- assisted somewhat feebly by his girlfriend- as well as giving the "reporter" a chance at taking Symonds on the guilt trip that he (reporter Liam Bartlett) felt Australia wanted to give him. Typical 60 minutes rubbish? Why should i be surprised?
What i was particularly surprised about was, when Roys girlfriend mentioned that his drinking accelerated during the Harby crisis, why didn't Bartlett ask about how Symonds felt about CA's support of him during that time?

For me, this was the fulcrum of Symonds demise, and was missed by Bartlett. Sure, CA gave him a lot of chances, but i feel that they let him down when all of the BS with Harby was in full swing. CA basically capitulated and lost their chance to nail Harby to the wall over his unacceptable behaviour- behaviour that the rest of the world expects Australia and Australian crowds not to perpetrate! All because CA didn't call BCCI's bluff of threatening financial recompense if India went home; If they went home, surely THEY are in breach of their tour contracts! Gutless CA!

Symonds certainly struggled to come up with plausible responses for his final demise, and was told as much by Bartlett:

ANDREW SYMONDS: Yeah. I mean like, don't get me wrong, I had the form to prove that, and that's exactly how they probably would have been thinking.

LIAM BARTLETT: And they were right. On tour in London four weeks ago, he went to a pub to watch the first rugby league State of Origin match of the season with half a dozen team-mates.

ANDREW SYMONDS: I love Origin football and for me, with Origin football comes a few beers.

LIAM BARTLETT: He knew a single drink could sink his career. But that didn't seem to matter. The agreement says you're not allowed to drink in public.


LIAM BARTLETT: I take it you read it before you signed it?


LIAM BARTLETT: And you agreed to it?


LIAM BARTLETT: But you had a few anyway?


LIAM BARTLETT: Six, seven, eight - at what stage do you think to yourself, "That's it - this could get me thrown off the Australian team?"

ANDREW SYMONDS: I was wrapped up in watching the football and then when I got back, yep, I knew then.

LIAM BARTLETT: You really expect me to believe that?

ANDREW SYMONDS: It's not about convincing you. Not at all. It's not what I'm here to do.

LIAM BARTLETT: That's all they were asking you to do?

ANDREW SYMONDS: And I broke that, I broke that with them.

LIAM BARTLETT: You couldn't do it?

ANDREW SYMONDS: I didn't do it.

I must admit, that i am no fan of Liam Bartlett and the ethos of 60 minutes "journalism", so the fact that Roy didn't offer an 'excuse', just a statement of acceptance of his failure and was blunt (as in his 3rd last remark) with Bartlett made for more uncomfortable yet rewarding viewing on my part.

The questioning was at least more in line with the AJCE- Australian journalistic code of ethics- and far more removed from the typical sycophantic/sacrificial style normally on the show; what i wonder is, will Symonds himself see how much he appeared to be resolved without a fight to his demise, or at the end of the day the IPL paycheck IS better than a baggy green. I can only imagine how i would look at myself if that was the way i came across at the end of the piece.

stoph verismo

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