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TheRealPotoroo
01-04-2007, 06:48 PM
I've written a song I'd lke to dedicate to English cricket. I call it "5-nil!" (sung to the tune of "Amazing Grace").

All together now, on 4... 2, 3, 4:

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">"5-nil, 5-nil, 5-nil, 5-nil!

5-nil, 5-nil, 5-NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLL!

5-nil, 5-nil! 5-nil, 5-nil!

5-nil, 5-nil, 5-nil!"</span>

Thengyou. Thengyouverymuch.

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trident42
01-04-2007, 06:58 PM
It would be dissapointing to me, but i've always known the English cricket team are ****. Is it me or after the ashes win last time, has Andy"Freddie"Flintoff been permenantly pissed?

Typical England, they win something, then just believe they can sit back and do nothing and think they can stay on top.

Goose_Green
01-04-2007, 07:18 PM
Australia fully deserved their victory and in the manner they got it too.

As a Welshman living and working in England it can get unbareable at times when they get so excited about sports especially when they are mediocre at them at the best of times, it seems the media whip up the country into a false sense of security and build up the teams into something they are not!

I think the 2006 England football team is a classic example a bunch of over hyped individualists who don;t seem to understand that it's a TEAM game they are playing! To a lesser extent the England Rugby World Cup winning team is another example as they proved in the final to be just one man Jonny Wilkinson who provided the bulk of the points although he was well supported.

And Shane Warne's sledging of Collingwood? - Well, he has a point, the whole team did not deserve the gongs they got from the Queen. Another contentious issue regarding the New Year Honours List http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

The Aussie win was what England needed - a real kick up the back side, the English are always complacent and seem to sit back and think they need not improve further, something that was mentioned on BBC's Five Live Sports and News Radio channel a few weeks back - an attitude that cost them a decent tour down under! They could have at least made it entertaining!

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VikingGrandad
01-04-2007, 07:28 PM
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Just to re-iterate what Goose is saying, from my own point of view:

As <STRIKE>a Welshman</STRIKE> an Englishman living and working in England it can get unbareable at times when they get so excited about sports especially when they are mediocre at them at the best of times, it seems the media whip up the country into a false sense of security and build up the teams into something they are not!

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Goose_Green
01-04-2007, 07:33 PM
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I am eagerly awaiting the Taffy bashing after writing my initial post http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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VikingGrandad
01-04-2007, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by Goose_Green:
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I am eagerly awaiting the Taffy bashing after writing my initial post http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

You won't get any from me Goose - my girlfriend is Welsh and I grew up within spitting distance (!) of Wales, the valleys, Eisteddfods, etc... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I even bought her this Welsh Male Voice Choir CD (http://www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/B00004TA3S/ref=s9_asin_image_1/203-8939820-6291152) for Crimbo (I admit I find some of it quite 'moving'!) Maybe I have some Druid blood in me somewhere down the line...!

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Realjambo
01-05-2007, 12:25 AM
My penneth worth:

Yes, well done Australia, a well deserved win.

I agree with you guys Goose and VK. The build up to the Football world cup was just one long marketing bandwagon fest wasn't it? If you could shoehorn '3 lions' onto a product then certain people would buy them in their droves.

I even recall one MP asking in Parliament if we'd get a national day off to celebrate us WINNING the final? Jeez!
I enjoyed the tournament like anyone else (a marvellous excuse to go to the pub to watch the England Games!) but come on, did anyone really expect to see us lift that trophy? All those pundits banging on about "Oh this is the year, this time, this time we really have a chance" No we didn't!

And as for Taffy bashing, well, I've no problems at all with the Welsh - only it does make me smile that you pay a toll to enter Wales via the bridge, but they don't charge you to leave! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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TheRealPotoroo
01-05-2007, 01:07 AM
Don't be too hard on yourselves - England is still the #2 ranked Test team.

Funnily enough, English cricket has made great progress in recovering from its near destruction under those Tory idiots Thatcher and Major. You can't deprive your juniors by selling off the parks and sports grounds without it having a serious impact down the line. Australian cricket gets its start by having cricket grounds all over the place and kids playing on them after school and club cricket on the weekends.

The English Cricket Academy has been doing good development work (under Rod Marsh). What it doesn't seem able to do is inculcate the necessary mental toughness for England to be successful at the highest level. England won in 2005 because it consistently applied pressure on Australia and didn't let us dominate the way we like to. Even so, the Australian team was good enough to make it a close series, but it showed that if the pressure was sustained even they could be beaten.

It's like England said to themselves, OK, we're playing away, the Australians are out for revenge and since they're the better team anyway we'd best just get the whole thing over with. They had the odd good session but couldn't sustain any sort of pressure or momentum for a day (except maybe at Adelaide), let alone an entire match. Fletcher's tactics were defensive from the word go (for example, he's always used Giles as a defensive bowler and I'd love to know what he thinks in his heart of hearts about Panesar), and that meant England was doomed from the start. You must be aggressive if you want to beat the best team in the world.

It didn't help they came here under-done. When we go to England we rate it shameful to lose to a county side even though it's just a practice match. The England A Team should be beating our state sides. Losing Trescothic and Vaughan didn't help but at the end of the day they just weren't ready, physically or most importantly mentally.

Losing Warne, McGrath, Langer and Martin will make the next couple of years interesting for us, although I think the fact that Stuart Clark was Australia's best bowler this series suggests there's enough depth here to keep us competitive.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Goose_Green
01-05-2007, 03:32 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif Excellent post Potoroo, you have summed up the whole situation perfectly. Back here there was a large amount of criticism aimed at the lack of preperation before the 1st Ashes Test and the fact that the selection was very poor. The 2nd Test collapse affected their morale far more than first thought.

To be fair the Aussies were at home, they were far more hungry for revenge and had the talent to win.


Originally posted by Realjambo:

And as for Taffy bashing, well, I've no problems at all with the Welsh - only it does make me smile that you pay a toll to enter Wales via the bridge, but they don't charge you to leave! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

That's why I was able slip into England unobserved http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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Realjambo
01-05-2007, 03:52 AM
That's why I was able slip into England unobserved

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Goose_Green
01-05-2007, 03:59 AM
That would be telling http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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ottoramsaig
01-05-2007, 08:06 AM
GO NY GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

U301
01-05-2007, 02:46 PM
Guys, Guys, Calm!
A population of +-54 Millions, a national sport and 3 hundred years of playing it = 5-0 white(Gold&Green)wash!
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Goose_Green
01-05-2007, 06:16 PM
Originally posted by ottoramsaig:
GO NY GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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schwarze_Katze
01-05-2007, 08:27 PM
Cricket? Isn't that the sport where players dress up in hockey uniforms and pretend to play baseball with sticks that are 4 feet wide? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

I watched cricket on TV once and only once. It was totally incomprehensible to this Yank. I was utterly fascinated with it for about half an hour because I was trying to figure it out. Are there actual rules for that game? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

GrinderX9
01-05-2007, 08:47 PM
Lol cricket and baseball, two of the most boring games... EVER! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

schwarze_Katze
01-05-2007, 09:08 PM
Grinder, I agree with the boring part. If I had a choice between watching baseball and slitting my wrists, it would be a tough choice.

I suspect that if given the choice between cricket and the knife, I'd be asking about the types of knives available to me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

TheRealPotoroo
01-05-2007, 09:31 PM
The real reason Americans can't handle cricket is their short attention spans can't cope with a game that lasts for 5 days (except when Australia is playing, in which case it's usually over in 4 or even 3 days). http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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schwarze_Katze
01-05-2007, 10:28 PM
The real reason Americans can't handle cricket is their short attention spans can't cope with a game that lasts for 5 days (except when Australia is playing, in which case it's usually over in 4 or even 3 days).


Not so! Games that last longer than 2 minutes are called tournaments here in the USA and...oohhh look! Shiny object in mini-skirt!!!

TheRealPotoroo
01-05-2007, 10:38 PM
Originally posted by schwarze_Katze:
Not so! Games that last longer than 2 minutes are called tournaments here in the USA and...oohhh look! Shiny object in mini-skirt!!!
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Goose_Green
01-06-2007, 02:48 AM
I must say I have been an American Football fan for over 20 years and I have always enjoyed the nature of the game and it's length in time played. But when I visited the States a few years back I went to a Baseball game and was immedietely enthralled (after I sussed out the rules!) I spent about $20 to $30 for a ticket with a good view and was kept entertained for up to 4 hours! It's not a difficult game to understand at all and I got value for money.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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GrinderX9
01-07-2007, 08:03 AM
American Football for girls, Rugby for real men http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif