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    Posted: 20/December/2005 at 10:35
noticed we dont have anywhere to talk about cricket other then england. well now we do peeps. one story inparticular made me make this thread. but ill get to that later. i think for south africa to draw the first test against australia going into the last day with only 8 wickets left is amazing. they only lost 3 at that. warne yet again bowled too many overs. and for ruddolph (how appropriate) to bat through the whole innings when hes in for an injured player AND get a century is good. special mention to justin kemp for the support. now for the story that caught my eye. because justin langer has an hamstring injury. on boxing day at the MCG phil jacques is going to make his test debut. here is a guy that less then two years ago was unknown and just played for new south wales. then he came to my beloved county yorkshire and averaged 80 with the bat in the season. obviously noticed by australia at long last. and all yorkshire fans will be wishing him the best of luck. we had him and ian harvey last season as overseas players. with lehmann coming back next season he wasnt needed no because we have jason gilespie now.
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Good job we haven't signed him up for this season or we wouldn't be seeing much of him.  Hopefully both overseas players will be with us for a full season.
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What a pointless test match between India and Pakistan.  Why do they always insist on having such flat batting surfaces, 1100 runs for 8 wickets is not entertaining.  Looks like England could be in for a very tough time in India taking wickets against the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag.
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Well I dont fancy Englands chances in India starting this week with the horrendous injury problems they've got.  It was going to be difficult with a full strength team but now with no Vaughan, Trescothick, S Jones and Giles, and Pietersen and Collingwood still not 100% it looks like another whitewash could be on the cards.
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Vaughan on way home as tour descends into a farce
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ENGLAND skipper Michael Vaughan was on his way home from India today as Yorkshire's chief executive Stewart Regan questioned the wisdom of including the Yorkshire batsman in the touring party.
The 31-year-old's departure with his troublesome right knee is the latest misfortune to beset England who have already been denied the services of injured spinner Ashley Giles who was left behind in England and Marcus Trescothick, who returned home at the weekend for personal reasons.
And on a day the tourists will choose to forget, paceman Simon Jones collapsed with a twisted knee and will miss the first five-dayer which begins in Nagpur on Wednesday.
Vaughan will miss the whole Test series and must be doubtful for the one-dayers that follow.
He had his right knee cleaned up in an operation prior to the 2002-03 Ashes campaign and underwent surgery again in December in a bid to be fit for the nine-week tour. The problem flared ahead of the first Test in Pakistan, forcing him to sit out, and he missed the one-day series later on that tour to undergo surgery.
The catalogue of disasters means that Andrew Flintoff will now captain his country for the first time in an international, leading a side woefully short of experience having been shorn of its two most senior players.
Regan said: It's been one disaster after another in the past few days.
"Fans will be wondering whether the team has been properly prepared for the tour.
"All the bad news has put India in a stronger position for the Test."
It was felt that Vaughan had put his injury problems behind him but Regan added: "It was always a difficult call over Vaughan.
"He's had surgery but he took advice from professionals and they said he was fit enough to play.
"I spoke to him three weeks ago and he said he felt fit and was looking forward to it.
"You either have to accept or disagree with the medical advice.
"These things happen and in hindsight it would have been better if he had rested longer.
"But he's a lynchpin for England. It's all very disappointing."
Who now will line up in Flintoff's first match in charge is a matter of debate, with the back-up fast bowlers Liam Plunkett and James Anderson risks for differing reasons.
Plunkett has a bruised left heel, which is still causing a concern, while Anderson only arrived in India last night after being summoned from the England A tour of the Caribbean.
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His partner on that 48-hour worldwide dash, Essex opener Alastair Cook, is now favourite to form a new first-wicket alliance with Andrew Strauss.
England's other option at the top of the order is Matt Prior, Geraint Jones' understudy as wicketkeeper.
Meanwhile England's chairman of selectors David Graveney has played down suggestions that Vaughan's withdrawal from the first Test against India has serious implications for the captain's career.
Graveney said: "People will talk in those sorts of terms but let's not be too emotional about that and let's see what the medical advice is when he gets back to the UK."
Graveney refused to discuss the possibility of vice-captain Trescothick returning to India after he left the tour because of an undisclosed personal problem.
But he insisted the selectors had not gambled on the fitness of key players.
"We select our teams on the basis of professional medical advice. Michael Vaughan took part in the first practice game and there wasn't any problem and Simon Jones also took part in that."
 
i too am worried about how we will go on in india. vaughan doesnt have the best of luck in the sub continent one way or another. trescothicks marriage is in tatters with him being away from home so much (why is there so much cricket ?). i think freddie will be up for the task of captaining the side with his enthusiasm and ability. lets give the tour a chance first though.
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I'm not sure on how we are going to do. Our side lost to the President's XI, so I am a bit worried on how we will do against the first team. With Vaughan, Trescothick and Jones is a real blow, especially with Vaughan out till the Summer, but I'm sure Flintoff is up to the job of captaining the side.
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i think its worth a small mention that tonight australia got tonked badly by south africa. and when i say badly i mean BADLY. cant remember the last time australia lost by so many and scored so few runs.

http://ls.cricket.com.au/HomeFullScorecarddbb474c8-bff1-42c8 -a571-6f04f2d10de5.html

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Ha Ha Ha...Always good to see the Aussies get beat and it seems to be coming a more regular occurence.  Think that leaves them 2-0 down in the series.

Anyway on to England and they've surprised me in this test so far.  Didn't think 393 would be enough but it looks like a good score now and Hoggy proved today why he's in the side.  Never gets the credit he deserves and when he's at his best he's unstoppable.  Could be a close finish to this match and either side can still win yet.

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Yeah and it looks like England are going to extend their lead by quite a bit, Pietersen and Cook maintain this partnership then its looking like England could post a pretty high score. As for Australia I was shocked to see the score this morning, but hats off to South Africa they played well.



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Well done to Cook on his debut for getting a century and it could cause some real selection headaches when everybodys available.

Its gonna be tough to bowl out India on the last day but I know if it were England batting then we wouldn't stand a chance of surviving.

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