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  1. #161
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    C'mon stevie by boy.
    Do what pak couldn't - score 180
    That should be plenty against these guys.
    We could have won if we scored 180.
    Imam fans - steve smith is what you call a genuine anchor, not your boy!

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    Bumrah will rattle this Aussie line up, will be interesting to see how Smith plays against the best bowler in the world.

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    Coulter Nile can bat. Cummins can hang around. All is not lost for Australia. They need to try and face as many balls as possible.

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    In contrast to Pakistan, these Aussies will somehow get to a competitive total. It just takes a good partnership and they are looking at 230. As we have seen yesterday it’s not easy to chase down even smal targets.


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    Ashley Nurse needs to be on bench. He has to be someones outside son on selectors board

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    Just look at how Holder has kept attacking with the field.

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    Missing. Review gone.

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    Not out.

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    This World Cup has been entertaining

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    seems like oz gonna lose this one unless starc rips thru windies

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    This World Cup has been entertaining
    Not really yesterdays match was like Sunday league cricketers couldnít handle pressure both were trying to lose.

    Today Windies bowling bodyline... negative tactics are working...

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    Smith is going to hog the strike against Thomas. Good decision.

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    I see a pattern developing. All the potential favorites get bouncy pitch. England gets a flat deck. Basically they pull all the stops to win the world cup. Hope it is all worth it lol It will be hilarious if they lose in the semis.

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    Oz will cross 105 for sure.. can't let pakistan's record go away. I think it will be the lowest total of this WC

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    Carey isn't a big hitter but knows how to hang around.

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    Took 15 balls to get of the mark, this is what you call Test cricket. Brings out true character

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    Is it a bouncy wicket or uneven wicket like India had.

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    Smith should rotate the strike. Don't allow too many dots.

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    What will be a good target on this pitch PP experts

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    Quote Originally Posted by coredev View Post
    Oz will cross 105 for sure.. can't let pakistan's record go away. I think it will be the lowest total of this WC
    wait till WI vs SRL

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    At this rate West Indies will aim for a top 2 finish by the end of group stage. What a story that would be

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    I think Pakistan should play
    Fakhar
    Imam
    Babar
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    Hafeez
    Sarfaraz
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    Shaheen/Hasnain
    They can change the batting positions of Harris and Hafeez depending on the situation.They can also drop a fast bowler in place of Malik if the conditions are dry... please take this info to sarfi and Mickey...

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    I like Ian Bishop, probably the best commentator at the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Patriot View Post
    When is India playing WI?
    27

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    Chasing seems to be the way to go. I don't think teams know what is a good score to set. Whereas when chasing, you can calculate your innings around chasing that score.

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    Class of Australia is that despite abject failure of top order they will still find a way to get 240+ which can possibly be defended by their bowlers

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    18 extras....

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    West Indies well on top. Australia can't even rotate the strike at the moment.

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    Who knew West Indies would be playing so well, still early stages but glad to see em perform like that.

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    240 above will be good score on this pitch.

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    Australia attack won't be easy to contain on this pitch. West Indies arent brought up on such surfaces. Game is far from over.

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    When Steve Smith retires his going to be known for 2 things

    Cheat
    Top 3 greatest batsman ever to play the game.

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    Decent over for Australia. These 2 need to take the innings deep as possible. Starc and Coulter Nile have the ability to play quick cameos.

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    WI need to capitalize on this. We know it wont be a 300 chase. A lot rests on Gayle to give them a good start

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    Please pin this.. Will wait.. 105 will be the lowest score of this WC.. unless the famed Pakistanis oblige us with their amazing batting skills again.

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    Steven Smith/Carey are doing what Bevan and Stuart Law did against Westindies in 96 world cup semi final in Mohali.

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    This is the Australian spirit i am talking about. They can be reduced to 80/5 or 90/5. But they stay in, survive the collapse and put up a decent total. Seen it time and again. In 1996 against Windies in semi final, Australia was 19/4 . Stuart law and Bevan resurrected and put together a decent total of 207, Windies was 165/2 while chasing, Australia didn't give up triggered a collapse and bowled them out for 202.


    http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8...ld-cup-1995-96


    On two other occasions in 2003 world cup their toporder was blown away by England and NZ. They stayed in put together some sort of total and defend it. This is what will seperate WC champion and others.

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    smith and carey showing how to bat

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    This world cup is giving every thing, high score thrillers, mid score 1980ís 1990ís type thrillers and low scoring thrillers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coredev View Post
    Please pin this.. Will wait.. 105 will be the lowest score of this WC.. unless the famed Pakistanis oblige us with their amazing batting skills again.
    Nobody remembers the lowest score of last WC, forget WC nobody remembers the lowest score of CT17. Obviously you can google but it will show nobody cares for such a tournament stat.


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    Smith was lucky there. !! Didn't control the bounce. Almost taken out.

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    many batsmen got out to stupid shots this world cup, batsmen have forgotten how to survive.

    the difficult pitches in this world cup are only seaming and swinging for the first 20 overs, just have to survive them and batting gets easier

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    Could have been six down.

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    Loose bowling by WI in last couple of overs.

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    Carey is getting better with more game time.

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    They are accelerating so beautifully. Pakistan take notes !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sindhiboy View Post
    many batsmen got out to stupid shots this world cup, batsmen have forgotten how to survive.

    the difficult pitches in this world cup are only seaming and swinging for the first 20 overs, just have to survive them and batting gets easier
    Rohit sharma illustrated perfectly. He survived initial scare. Rabada was bowling at 148 kph generating bounce from good length not like short length here. Generating bounce from good length is way harder than the actual bouncers.

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    Even if Australia lack quality, you can never doubt their character. Having good character can get you far as a cricketer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Carey is getting better with more game time.
    Players take time to develop. You just need to find talented players and then stick with them unless you see no progression at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sindhiboy View Post
    many batsmen got out to stupid shots this world cup, batsmen have forgotten how to survive.

    the difficult pitches in this world cup are only seaming and swinging for the first 20 overs, just have to survive them and batting gets easier
    Ego is one reason batsmen succumb to it. Other reason is lack of sruvival technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    Players take time to develop. You just need to find talented players and then stick with them unless you see no progression at all.
    Once he was made vice captain he was always going to get time. He has talent and character. I think he will be in the test team when Paine retires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    Ego is one reason batsmen succumb to it. Other reason is lack of sruvival technique.
    Well put.

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    Pat Cummins and Starc and Nile can bat, with Smithy in there. Aus can put up 260-265.

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    The singles are the special feature in the partnership. Drop and run.

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    Carey experience of opening coming in handy now........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Once he was made vice captain he was always going to get time. He has talent and character. I think he will be in the test team when Paine retires.
    Yes looks to be progressing really well. He is one of Australia’s big bash products as he had a pretty mediocre domestic career but BBL allowed him to show his potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Even if Australia lack quality, you can never doubt their character. Having good character can get you far as a cricketer.
    This is why i bill them as favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    This is why i bill them as favorite.
    Always knew they would be ready and a threat for WC. Called it for months.

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    still windies has good chance.. need one more wicket.

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    Some Australian pages didn't want Carey in the squad lol.

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    Carey is playing proper cricketing shots here.

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    Time for spin. These guys seem comfortable against pace now. I think they have shown how to play this short stuff as well. See it off and the bad balls will come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Carey is playing proper cricketing shots here.
    May not be remotely close to Gilchrist class. But feisty enough to be part of this Aussie side.

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    Smart from Carey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    May not be remotely close to Gilchrist class. But feisty enough to be part of this Aussie side.
    Don't see many surpassing Gilchrist but this guy has something no doubt.

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    i love how unpredictable every match is, yesterday u thought nz would roll over bangladesh

    today, u would think aus be blasted for under 140,

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    will be hilarious if nurse runs through rest of the batting line up

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    These 2 should try to bat till 40th over. Gives Starc and Coulter Nile a nice platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sindhiboy View Post
    will be hilarious if nurse runs through rest of the batting line up
    He ain't doing it. He doesn't have that many variations to bother Aussies unless batsmen make mistake.

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    Zampa is going to run through them. He will enjoy the bounce as a leggie.

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    Windies lacked the spin potency to capitalize on the start.

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    carey should switch his batting spot with maxwell, much more capable no .5

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    Don't think Russells knees can last in 50 overs and test game. Such a shame. In another system, he would have been challenging the ATGs all rounders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    In contrast to Pakistan, these Aussies will somehow get to a competitive total. It just takes a good partnership and they are looking at 230. As we have seen yesterday it’s not easy to chase down even smal targets.
    Well on course. Might even get bigger total.


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    In a couple of games time , Smith will be putting those away.

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    WI doesn't have a plan B. No yorkers or slower balls occasionally to catch the batsman by surprise

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    Man, we all missed this ruthless, machinisqe Smith.

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    Batting first is always safer option regardless of the conditions. Just weather it out put up a decent total you can defend. This is world cup. Chasing 250 will be like chasing 280.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnaveen1980 View Post
    WI doesn't have a plan B. No yorkers or slower balls occasionally to catch the batsman by surprise
    Thomas and Cotterill are brought up on slow and low surfaces. Braithwaite and Nurse are poor. Not a surprise. Carey and Smith have shown how to deal with this attack. Bit of patience, bad balls will come.

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    Russell on.


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