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Friday, November 18, 2005

Silver linings(-worma)

Some good news for Eng...Tresco decides to stay. Although his mental focus may not be 100% due to the family accident, his chances of making runs are still better than most others.

Although Vaughan is trying his best to give him company.Obviously Eng feel the situation is desperate enough to take the risk. Wonder if that may have long term implications on this winter season for Eng?
"I guess there is a slight risk if I do play but I'm willing to take that risk," the 30-year-old England skipper said.

And btw...I think he's running the risk of drawing flak from human rights organization...check out the picture in that link above!

Meanwhile...really busy day here guys...will post more, few hours later.


  • LOL that pakistani guard must have never run in his life.....must be thinking saale gore kya kya karthe hai...apna aaloo tho :>

    By Blogger tombaan, at 07:53  

  • tombaan,

    By Blogger Sahir, at 07:55  

  • Why is rangana herath not coming for the test series? Is he injured?

    By Blogger idli vade, at 07:55  

  • Champaka,
    No, he has been dropped. I think the Sri Lankans want to give their promising legspinner, Malinga Bandara, a debut. I'm guessing the SL lineup for the first Test will be:
    1. Marvan Atapattu*
    2. Upul Tharanga
    3. +Kumar Sangakkara
    4. Mahela Jayawardene
    5. Thila Samaraweera
    6. Tillekeratne Dilshan
    7. Chaminda Vaas
    8. Malinga Bandara
    9. Dilhara Fernando
    10. Muttiah Muralitharan
    11. Lasith Malinga

    Although minus an extra allrounder (i.e. Chandana or Maharoof), the lower order looks really thin.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 08:08  

  • Yah u r right.
    I wud prefer Maharoof to Malinga. Because maharoof will give the balance to the team. He has the ability to swing the ball both ways.
    Also Loukarachi wud have made a impact in this tour. He is a Danish Kaneria in the making. But he is a far better bastman than kaneria

    By Blogger idli vade, at 08:17  

  • LN,
    Reading some off-topic quotes of Jack Nicolson and Tom Cruise from "Few Great men" in the prev thread.
    The scripted part is mine best part of the movie. This movie was a Gem.

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 08:43  

  • I thought it was Few Good Men, no?

    By Blogger worma, at 08:49  

  • I think the test series will be 2-0 in Srilanka favor.
    Because Test cricket is a different ball game altogether

    By Blogger idli vade, at 08:49  

  • A Few Good Men...I meant

    By Blogger worma, at 08:50  

  • champaka...yeah test cricket is a different ball game, a ball game in which SL is already quite weaker than India (by actual performance, by ratings, and by man-to-man comparisons). That besides the fact that in test cricket SL are even poorer travellers than ODIs...and India virtually impregnable at home. Sorry to be quashing your hope thus, but going by the available facts, I would rate SL test chances much lower than ODIs.

    By Blogger worma, at 08:53  

  • Champaka,
    Even though Test cricket is a different ballgame, I highly doubt the Sri Lankan players will be able to lift themselves after the type of hiding not often seen in international cricket (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). Plus, Sri Lanka will be missing their talisman Sanath Jayasuriya, who does have the capability of turning things around in a hurry. Any news on Muralitharan's fitness? Should they lose him as well, they're cooked. I'd expect 3-0 India minus Muralitharan and 2-0 India with him.

    Other factors working against Sri Lanka-- Malinga Bandara is likely to play-- a rookie spinner making his debut in India has not been very successful traditionally. In fact, most have received a real walloping-- the Indian batsmen have a habit of tareting inexperienced spinners.
    While Upul Tharanga is a rather impressive player, opening in Test cricket with more expectations and the ghost of Sanath Jayasuriya lurking, I suspect, will be too hot for the young man to handle.
    The lower order batting looks really, really weak with 3 bunnies in Fernando, Muralitharan and Malinga.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 09:52  

  • Yes,2:0 or 3:0 for India only if Ganguly is there..as a bowler only.

    By Blogger suds, at 10:01  

  • suds,
    hope you're kidding about Ganguly as a a specialist bowler:)

    By Blogger Sahir, at 10:04  

  • Worma.. India is a superior test team compared to the ODI version.. And I am guessing with Kumble, Zaheer and VVS back in the lineup, it should be a good series..

    However, the series to watch out for is India against Pak esp if Pak beat the Poms... Will be a very very good series without the bonhomie that marked Indias last trip to Pak... This should be visceral .. YAY

    By Blogger SHRI, at 12:49  

  • yeah shri...India is much better in tests in recent times. Frankly, I'm most interested in Eng series...because to me Eng, Ind and Aus are going to fight for test supremacy in coming times....and we haven't played Eng for a while to know where we stand.

    By Blogger worma, at 12:54  

  • Worma... if the poms botch up the pak tour, I dont think the India England series will be the marquee series everyone is expecting it to be...
    And i guess there will be recriminations in the pom ranks if they lose the pak series... already there are a lot of murmurs going on about KP... Another non show by him and it will be a very interesting new year..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 13:04  

  • more than the non show its the manner in which he's playing and getting out...another reckless innings and then I'm sure there would be open criticism. Unlike the muted ones now.

    And yeah, agreed if they lose to Pak badly then the India series would be a dampner.

    By Blogger worma, at 14:16  

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