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    World Cup 2007

    i suppose you could call this a pre-emptive strike!


    Australia have quick plans for World Cup
    Cricinfo staff
    January 8, 2007


    Matthew Hayden, who is back in green and gold, is hoping to get a World Cup spot Getty Images

    Australia are set to take five fast bowlers to the World Cup in the West Indies as they plan to use four speedsters in most games. The tactic worked in India when the side won its first Champions Trophy and Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, is keen to try it again as Glenn McGrath's career winds down.
    "At the ICC tournament we ended up playing four fast bowlers in most games and we really like the format and Ricky Ponting was comfortable with it," Hilditch said in The Australian. "It depends on conditions, but if you assume there is a chance of picking four fast bowlers then we will take five to help us with flexibility and injuries."
    Hilditch said the team for the tri-series involving England and New Zealand was not in an "experimental stage" and was close to the 'final preparation stage". He said McGrath was definitely in the plans for the Caribbean.
    "I don't suppose I would say anyone is an automatic World Cup selection but the reality is we are really happy with the way Glenn is going," Hilditch said. "We have picked him in the one-day series with a view to him going to the World Cup." Australia have chosen McGrath, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Bracken and Stuart Clark in the one-day squad for the tri-series starting on Friday.
    Another player using the one-day contest as a platform for the World Cup defence is Matthew Hayden, who has benefited from Shane Watson's long-term hamstring injury. However, Hilditch is still confident Watson can bat anywhere in the top seven.
    "I'm obviously hopeful Matthew Hayden absolutely nails the opportunity at the top of the order over this series and cements his spot," Hilditch said. "We'll still look then at having Shane in the top seven. He can bat anywhere in the top seven, there's no doubt about it.
    "It just happened to be, particularly with Damien Martyn still there, that the opportunity was more at the top of the order than in the middle order. That's changed a bit so it does give us the flexibility for Matthew to take a stance and grab that opening spot."
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    ^sounds like a good team ..... australia has good 1 day batting all the way to # 11. Stuart Clark and Brett Lee could open the batting for the poms

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    smart man KW - you beat me to it!

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    Can't wait.

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    Well the news last night had the aussies treating the ODI internationals as their world cup warm up....

    I'm hoping with Vaughan back in that it might actually be some real competition.

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    well if last nights 20Twenty game was any indication - we are on good form! (did anyone notice that the aussies surpassed the last 2 totals the POMS managed in their innings for test cricket????? )

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    can you post the scores Willie.
    my connection at work is crap and I can't be arsed to open bbc.

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    Oh that World Cup! Thought this was a thread on the real one, the Rugby World Cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    can you post the scores Willie.
    my connection at work is crap and I can't be arsed to open bbc.

    aussies - 5/221

    ennerland - fell short by about 77 runs. and lost 8 wickets i think.

    (dont wuite remember as I was getting well drunk by that stage - the Mad Dogs bar has a good buy 2 get 1 free promotion)

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    absurd quotes that sum up the slaughter that was last nights game.........

    "You've got guys there hitting not just ten yards over the boundary, but forty yards," said England captain Michael Vaughan. "That's powerful hitting. I don't know if they've got different bats to what we're using, but it's powerful."

    Channel Nine asked a miked-up Gilchrist to commentate on a portion of the match from behind the stumps. "England in real trouble here," Gilchrist noted. "As they have been all summer."

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    I only need to green 3 more posters on the teachers forum before I can red you again Willie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiangMai noon View Post
    I only need to green 3 more posters on the teachers forum before I can red you again Willie.
    bastard! - dont they have a 24 hour limit! perhaps I should start a red all welsh gits thread!

    and here's me giving you the scores and choice quotes and all ! ya should be sending greens my way !

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwillyhggtb
    bastard! - dont they have a 24 hour limit! perhaps I should start a red all welsh gits thread!
    not if you are one of their very secret moderators.

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    Oi yer welsh bastard - get off my thread with these OT remarks ! - you'll pollute it!

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    Canadian Cricket Woes ahead of World Cup

    Frustrations for Canada ahead of World Cup
    Eddie Norfolk
    January 16, 2007
    Just before leaving for Canada's trip to Kenya, national coach Andy Pick passed on some of his thoughts. Overall he was upbeat and looking forward to a busy tour. "As time ticks down to the World Cup, we have to look at and identify roles for the personnel in this team; to see who fills each role best. The importance of the World Cricket League with a Twenty20 Championship place in to be won (and the $250,000 from the ICC that goes with it) means we must go out and try to win. We can't use this event to experiment with players."
    Some of the Associate coaches control player selections, but this is not the case in Canada. Pick admitted: "It is frustrating that we cannot name our World Cup squad now (before the WCL trip). Time might be spent on a player or players in Kenya who are not named for the World Cup. It's very frustrating, but the bottom line is it is very prestigious to qualify for the Twenty20."
    Looking beyond the Kenya squad, he said: "there are a couple of the overseas batters not available for Kenya who are likely to be in the World Cup squad." I am sure he was thinking in terms of opener Geoff Barnett (contracted to Central Districts) and Ian Billcliff (personal reasons - his wife is expecting a baby)."
    "We can look at the encouraging performances in South Africa and look to players to step up again and look for continuing improvement through to the World Cup."
    12 of the 13 named for South Africa are in the 15-man squad for the Tri-Nations and WCL series in Kenya. Given limited facilities for other players to prepare adequately, especially those outside the Greater Toronto area, it seems imperative for the core squad to do at least as well in Kenya as in South Africa.
    That still leaves some additional steps to climb when it comes to the likes of New Zealand and even England. But the core players have been working hard and, in my opinion, deserve their chance at the World Cup. Even so, there may be some disappointments for some of the current squad when it comes to the World Cup.
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    some ppl cannot keep their mouths shut hey?

    Mashud fined for comments to media
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    Khaled Mashud: under fire from the BCB Getty Images

    Bangladesh's under-fire wicketkeeper, Khaled Mashud, has been fined 50 percent of an ODI match fee, and two of his team-mates, Mohammad Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed, have also been sanctioned by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, after their comments to a national newspaper were taken to be a breach of contract.
    Mashud, who was dropped in favour of Mushfiqur Rahim for Bangladesh's last four one-day matches, last week told the Daily Star in Dhaka that he still believed he should be an "automatic choice" for the World Cup. "The national team is not a development squad," he added, "where you try a player to groom for the future.
    At the same disciplinary hearing, Ashraful was fined 15 percent of an ODI match fee and Aftab given a verbal and written warning, after suggesting that Bangladesh's opening batsman, Shahriar Nafees, had been given an easy ride in international cricket, against the lesser lights of Zimbabwe, against whom he has scored all three of his international centuries.
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    Schedule

    March 2007
    Tue 13 1st Match, Group D - West Indies v Pakistan
    Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
    Wed 14 2nd Match, Group A - Australia v Scotland
    Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
    Wed 14 3rd Match, Group C - Canada v Kenya
    Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
    Thu 15 4th Match, Group B - Bermuda v Sri Lanka
    Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Thu 15 5th Match, Group D - Ireland v Zimbabwe
    Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
    Fri 16 6th Match, Group A - Netherlands v South Africa
    Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
    Fri 16 7th Match, Group C - England v New Zealand
    Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
    Sat 17 8th Match, Group B - Bangladesh v India
    Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Sat 17 9th Match, Group D - Ireland v Pakistan
    Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
    Sun 18 10th Match, Group A - Australia v Netherlands
    Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
    Sun 18 11th Match, Group C - Canada v England
    Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
    Mon 19 12th Match, Group B - Bermuda v India
    Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Mon 19 13th Match, Group D - West Indies v Zimbabwe
    Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
    Tue 20 14th Match, Group A - Scotland v South Africa
    Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
    Tue 20 15th Match, Group C - Kenya v New Zealand
    Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
    Wed 21 16th Match, Group B - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
    Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Wed 21 17th Match, Group D - Pakistan v Zimbabwe
    Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
    Thu 22 18th Match, Group A - Netherlands v Scotland
    Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
    Thu 22 19th Match, Group C - Canada v New Zealand
    Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
    Fri 23 20th Match, Group B - India v Sri Lanka
    Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad
    Fri 23 21st Match, Group D - Ireland v West Indies
    Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
    Sat 24 22nd Match, Group A - Australia v South Africa
    Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
    Sat 24 23rd Match, Group C - England v Kenya
    Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
    Sun 25 24th Match, Group B - Bangladesh v Bermuda
    Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

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    Christ, we've got Scotland and the Netherlands in our group, time to start practicing left handed batting.

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    Big Matty Hayden and Gilly will enjoy that !!

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    scotland and the netherlands.........wow.

    i think the aussies should have the six and your out rule applied to them.
    lets see, that'd be 60 runs after 10 or 15 balls.

    enough for our bowlers to bowl at

    wonder what odds on the netherlands to win. might be worth a few baht.
    i could then retire.

    on the other hand,after a quick glance, the only opposition in the early stages seems to be the south africans.
    the boys will have to work hard in the nets to maintain some form and spirit to be ready for the business matches.

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    BREAKING NEWS - New ICC rulings

    Quote Originally Posted by bradthai View Post
    i think the aussies should have the six and your out rule applied to them.
    lets see, that'd be 60 runs after 10 or 15 balls.
    funny you should mention that ... look what I just found

    BREAKING NEWS - New ICC rulings


    Following the crushing defeat of England, the International Cricket Council has imposed a new set of rules for future Ashes series to make the contest more even.

    1) As a result, England has been granted an automatic wickie, freeing up wicket keeper Chris Read/Geraint Jones/Paul Nixon/Allan Knott to defend the boundary. Under the rule, Australian batsmen will be deemed out "caught behind" if the ball nicks their bat and lands in the immediate area behind the wicket. The rule is a compromise from the original English proposal which had pushed for automatic slips as well. The ICC refused that request on the grounds that "someone has to go and get the ball when an Australian misses it."

    2) In addition, Australia is under strict "tip and run" restrictions which require they take a run off every ball they hit. Ricky Ponting was happy to accept this, as it meant no change to his current game plan. As a compromise, it was agreed that the Australians will also have to shout out the word "wickets" when completing a run to make run out decisions by umpires easier.

    3) Following his outstanding performance in Perth/Sydney/Melboure/Hobart/Manchester, Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist has "six and out" restrictions imposed on him. As well, following complaints from English fielders, Gilchrist will have to get the ball if it leaves the playing arena and stadium.

    4) Instead of using a bat, Matt Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey & Michael Clarke will now be obliged to use their arms with a jumper wrapped around it.

    5) As most English fielders couldn't catch a cold new rules include "one hand, one bounce" while they are fielding, and the provision of "last man carries" when they are batting.

    6) The English tried to extend the "can't get out first ball" provision to "can't get out first ten overs", but the ICC proclaimed that the extra runs gained would hardly be worth the effort. Australian captain Ricky Ponting has vigorously opposed the "last man carries" rule and has launched an appeal. Ponting says Australia will only agree to the rule if there are electric wickets at the end, allowing Aussie fielders to throw to the stumps at either end.

    7) English pace bowlers Saj Mahmood/James Anderson will also be allowed to wrap the ball's seam with electrical tape when he's bowling in the second innings to try to be more threatening and actually swing the ball.

    8) The spokesperson added there will be "no LB" for English batsmen unless "it is really, really obvious."

    9) Brett Lee has conceded that its "fair enough" that he has to bowl underarm (but not molly grubbers) to the English tail end.

    10) If England decides that Steven Harmison is to be given an over, the umpire will deem the Australian batsmen as dismissed if Harmison lands the ball anywhere on the pitch. Captain Ricky Ponting has no problems with this change, as the probability of such a dismissal occurring is infintessinately small.

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    Fok off were going to win the world cup

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    What in Dave? Marbles ? If the english team recent trip to Australia is anything to go on to Aust they will be hard pressed to beat Holland.

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    They wouldn't beat Holland even if they made them play in clogs!

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    You gotto be positive

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