Wednesday, 27 June 2012


The Aussies are here and the five match one day series versus England will start on Friday. The accountants at the ECB will be more than happy as they will sell out, but should we be giving a young Australian side practice? Why are they here? Would we prefer to see a fifth test between the sides ranked one and two in the world? You bet your bollocks to a barn dance we would.
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He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right...

Don't get me wrong, this will be a good series and the Aussies arrive with a team in transition with a mixture of new faces and those of a more familiar nature. Led by Michael Clarke, we all know about Shane Watson, Ben Hilfenhaus, our good old friend who will keep us entertained, Mitchell Johnson, and a man possibly on his last tour to England, the legendary Brett Lee.

They arrive with a few youngsters and the batting department will no doubt include George Bailey, skipper of their T20 side, and Peter Forrest, who is an ex star of some reality tv show on offer over there about lifeguards. I see the country who gave us Prisoner Cell Block H, still leads the way when it comes to cerebral watching!

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This man will be scaring kids all over England as of Friday

Behind the sticks, Matthew Wade will don the gloves, and the destructive Victorian is one player I am really looking forward to seeing how he copes with English conditions. His keeping often gets overlooked by his innovative batting, but anyone who can keep the gloves off Matt Prior, as he does for Victoria, can't be a mug.

In the spin bowling department is the man who made our Ugly XI, Steve Smith and whilst he may have a face like a frog licking piss off of a nettle, he is an outstanding fielder. He had a fantastic IPL and also bowls a decent leg break, although whether the English conditions in such a poor summer suit leg spin remains to be seen.

The quick bowling will consist of a man known to our friends up in Yorkshire as he played for them last year in the T20, Clint McKay. The man who sounds like a cowboy, will also be known to Indians - Mumbai Indians that is, as he played for them, and he can bat too.

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Cummins...a meteoric rise to fame

James Pattinson, the brother of England one cap wonder Darren will also be around, and is described as an honest bowler. Let's hope he is more honest than another James with dual Aussie/English nationality, the troubled Mr Murdoch! However, the one I can't wait to see is 19 year old Pat Cummins. The New South Wales quickie took seven wickets on debut versus South Africa, and anyone who does that has to be useful. He has had a meteoric rise to fame and is supposed to be rapid.

So that rounds up our preview of the new kids on the block Aussie wise, but hands up if you'd prefer to see a fifth Test v South Africa? I for one, would most certainly!


  1. Wish another test v South Africa made it 5, we're only playing 3 tests against them! Thats right 3 tests between the top two teams in the world to accomodate yet more meaningless ODI's

    1. Clyde I think the assumption was that the 4th test will be rained off. Definitely there should be more tests against the saffers (though I reckon we might be grateful there isn't), but this apparantly is so that we can have a reciprocal tournament against the Aussies just before the next world cup. Not saying its right, but this raid by the canary yellows is part of a bigger picture, and I'm sure we'd all be quick to criticise a 'lack of preparation' before the world cup. As you know, I think we should get rid of all current formats and revert to timeless tests.

  2. Much as I enjoy Brett Lee, the Test series v SA should be five tests. These ODIs are meaningless in the scheme of things as far as English cricket is concerned.

  3. Also, why are we playing 5 ODI's & 3 T20's against SA, do you think this may be financially driven?

  4. Brett Lee is a legend and it will be good for English fans to give him the farewell he deserves. Clyde, completely. If the paymasters at sky TV say jump, the ECB shouts, "How high"?

  5. It's like an Adelaide reunion here! Well said Tim, although money is a huge part of it as you know. Hope life is good mate!

  6. Such a shame, you cant beat the excitment of an SAvEng test match. Would much rather see 5 tests than 10odi's (Aus and SA??). DYLAN

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