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Adriano said:
That's what they all said last year
yeah but im trying to picture how they could possibly beat us anywhere in australia and i just cant. i know we'll lose one test but i think sydney, melbourne and brisbane are pretty much wrapped up.

yeah i know, watch the overconfidence bite us in the ass come december :howler:
 

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The Cricket Board decided on playing in the World XI matches instead of organising a real tour for us in the months leading up to the ashes.
 

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BillyBob, I challenge you to get me interested into cricket :D.

For starters, I don't know the rules. Every time someone started to explain them I lost interest halfway or earlier.

I also think it's very boring. However, as a cycling fan, I am aware that sports that look very boring can actually be very entertaining :).

And third, I believe the only reason cricket is popular in Australia is because you beat other countries in it. You make it look as if it's a big deal beating England and 3rd world countries like Pakistan, Zimbabwe or New Zealand and then praise yourselves as the world's best. I just wonder, do Australians really think India is a fair competitor when they, with their population of over a billion, can't manage to beat our 20 mil?

I hope you can help me :party: :)
 

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BillyBob, I challenge you to get me interested into cricket :D.

For starters, I don't know the rules. Every time someone started to explain them I lost interest halfway or earlier.

I also think it's very boring. However, as a cycling fan, I am aware that sports that look very boring can actually be very entertaining :).

And third, I believe the only reason cricket is popular in Australia is because you beat other countries in it. You make it look as if it's a big deal beating England and 3rd world countries like Pakistan, Zimbabwe or New Zealand and then praise yourselves as the world's best. I just wonder, do Australians really think India is a fair competitor when they, with their population of over a billion, can't manage to beat our 20 mil?

I hope you can help me :party: :)
Dont worry Pep, it is shit.

I hate cricket, i can watch it, i know the rules, but its just shit.
 

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Pepinovic said:
BillyBob, I challenge you to get me interested into cricket :D.

For starters, I don't know the rules. Every time someone started to explain them I lost interest halfway or earlier.

I also think it's very boring. However, as a cycling fan, I am aware that sports that look very boring can actually be very entertaining :).

And third, I believe the only reason cricket is popular in Australia is because you beat other countries in it. You make it look as if it's a big deal beating England and 3rd world countries like Pakistan, Zimbabwe or New Zealand and then praise yourselves as the world's best. I just wonder, do Australians really think India is a fair competitor when they, with their population of over a billion, can't manage to beat our 20 mil?

I hope you can help me :party: :)
It might take a while to be honest, but just give it time. Don't sit in front of the tv when watching it, meet up with a few friends to watch it on a nice day, bbq or whatever, and make sure at least one person knows what's going on, then run to the tv when something good happens. Or better yet get down to a game, it's a great way to spend a day in the sun with friends.

As for it being popular because we're the best, that's not true at all. Over the past few years interest in the game (looking at crowd figures anyway) was at an all-time low because we were just too good for anyone, it became boring. Whereas now that we've actually been beaten by the Poms tickets are selling like hotcakes, they might actually fill the MCG for all 5 days of the Boxing Day Test.

INdia does have a massive population but only people from the highest caste (spelling?) are allowed to play for them, otherwise they would probably be the best by far.

I guess it would be hard to get used to, if i came from overseas i'd probably hate it. But there's just so much history, and don't forget that many of Italy and Brazil's top Football clubs started off as cricket clubs (including AC Milan) :D.
 

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New column from Dennis Lillee voice his concerns for Australia's Dad's Army top order line-up. Anything Lillee writes is worth listening to but it is true that could be an issue.
 

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England came into that series at home last year in white-hot form, while we were absolutely shithouse (Katich? Where was Mike Hussey?) and still only just lost it.

There's no way they will come here and trouble us - provided McGrath doesn't step on a cricket ball while playing touch footy before the Second Test, I mean.
 

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England came into that series at home last year in white-hot form, while we were absolutely shithouse (Katich? Where was Mike Hussey?) and still only just lost it.
Too true
 

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Well, late on the second day of the Fourth Test we have a 206 run first innings lead with 3 wickets in hand - after previously taking the Ashes back with 3 wins out of 3 to date.

The English? Pathetic.

No MBEs or open-top bus rides this time I'm afraid. Hopeless, clueless, spineless performance. Just bad enough for us to build a time machine and go back to 2005 and steal the Ashes back that time too. Embarrassing performance.

Haven't seen a 'Dad's Army' comment from Botham in awhile - the tool.

Oh and supercoach "GIVE HIM A CITIZENSHIP" Fletcher? What a genius. Playing Giles over Panesar and Jones over Read in the first two/three tests. Masterstroke.

Standby for another 16 years of Australian Ashes dominance.
 
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