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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Aftershocks

A report, just in, on Ricky Ponting's reaction to the loss to Somerset.
Ponting refused to blame a lack of cricket for his team's poor showing.
"Your brain isn't rusty - you still know what is right and what is wrong," he said. "I don't know if it was the execution or what exactly was wrong - but something was.

4 Comments:

  • Great... Next to India, England has been my favourite team. I'm dying to see the mighty Aussies eat some humble pie. Not to mention that I'm tired of every team getting beat up by the Aussies. Hope the Ashes return to England.
    Go England.....

    By Blogger Sunny, at 17:12  

  • I don't mind the Aussies winning (except against India); in fact I love to see them play.
    What I like the most is seeing the Aussies get in a tussle. We don't have any guarantee of that as yet (let's see after the preliminaries of the Natwest series), but great teams show their character in coming out of a tough spot.

    By Blogger Dhruv Deepak, at 18:28  

  • I have a strong suspiscion that they are losing badly on purpose. This is possibly a reverse pressure tactic by Buchnan:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22:26  

  • This Ashes series is going to be very close. I also get this feeling in me that the Aussie domination days are nearing its end. They may still win this series but may not continue to dominate in the future.

    (1) Other teams are learning fast to be aggressive and also to counter aggression.
    (2) The Aussie team is getting old - Warne, McGrath, Gilchrist, Kasparowicz, Hayden, Langer and Ponting are all 30+ and some even past 34.
    (3) The team has peaked and probably are searching for motivating aspects to cricket.
    (4) Buchanan has been around for long. Ponting is carrying forward the Taylor/Waugh legacy. Looks like a pretty long tenure for the same set of vision and ideas. That can bring in monotony in any organization leave alone cricket.

    If I had the money to bet, I would put them on England now. The first test however will tell us what can be expected in this series. England need to learn something however to beat the Aussies - you need to be very quick off the blocks. India were slow in 2000 but you cannot expect miracles like Eden Gardens every time. We were quick off the blocks in 1998 when Sachin decimated the Aussie attach at Chennai. Ganguly ensured that we entered test #2 in a positive frame of mind in 2003. We failed to do that in the recent series and ended on the losing side.

    The Aussies are masters of mental disinitegration - and their abilities in this field improve remarkably when they get ahead in the series. The other aspect of the Aussies is their questionable temperament when things dont go their way.

    By Anonymous Shankar V, at 23:44  

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