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Shane
post Dec 21 2007, 08:23 AM
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India's hopes and promises of a competitive series against the Aussies may be more hot air than fair dinkum promise. Not that they lack the talent to perform, but like lots of teams who tour downunder they have lacked proper preparation for Aussie conditions.

Arriving a couple of days ago and palying a warm up match against Victoria that has been a stop start affair due to rain just 4 days before their first test shows India like many visiting teams has no idea that acclimatising to Aussie conditions is the key to success downunder.

One warm up match is simply not enough and India will suffer the consequences of their stupidity. No doubt their failure will be blamed on tight schedules and too much cricket, but poor planning by the BCCI will be the real culprit.
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post Dec 21 2007, 02:02 PM
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The Indian camp was making noises about the same thing today. Who sets the schedule? Is it a negotiation between the BCCI and the ACB? either way it's probably down to the administrators trying to fit in as many games (that make money) as possible. Warm up games don't normally do that.

Interesting to see Dravid being tipped to be an opener so Yuvraj can be retained in the team. His average of 33 in that position doesn't compare to his career average favorably. I know they want to sure up the start of their innings but I'm not sure moving a 35 year old Dravid to the top is the answer. what does that make the average age of their top 6 batters now?
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post Dec 27 2007, 08:39 PM
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Too many players scared of the bouncy ball, they wont get out to it but they'll get out as a result of not getting onto the front foot enough.

Sachin, Kumble, Zaheer Kahn are the only players who might avoid this becoming a drubbing.
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post Dec 28 2007, 08:57 AM
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QUOTE (Andrew Beacom @ Dec 21 2007, 03:02 PM) *
The Indian camp was making noises about the same thing today. Who sets the schedule? Is it a negotiation between the BCCI and the ACB? either way it's probably down to the administrators trying to fit in as many games (that make money) as possible. Warm up games don't normally do that.

Interesting to see Dravid being tipped to be an opener so Yuvraj can be retained in the team. His average of 33 in that position doesn't compare to his career average favorably. I know they want to sure up the start of their innings but I'm not sure moving a 35 year old Dravid to the top is the answer. what does that make the average age of their top 6 batters now?


The schedules are actually set by the boards. The ACB is very supportive of allowing as many warm up games as possible and keenly advises touring teams to get here early to adapt to conditions....as we almost always see with the Poms. There's no lack of opponents for warm up matches nor lack of quality training facilties....so touring teams have no excuse if they choose to arrive at the last minute.

However you said it Andrew....MOney...money money is the focus of the BCCI.
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post Dec 28 2007, 09:00 AM
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QUOTE (PommyDave @ Dec 27 2007, 09:39 PM) *
Too many players scared of the bouncy ball, they wont get out to it but they'll get out as a result of not getting onto the front foot enough.

Sachin, Kumble, Zaheer Kahn are the only players who might avoid this becoming a drubbing.


And imagine the India 1st innings total if Tait had been taken into this match instead of Hogg. The skinniains would have all packed up and gone home in fright or ended up patients at the local trauma centre.

Unless something unforseen happens a drubbing is a foregone conclusion here.

Ashes to Ashes dust to dust...If Sarfraz don't get ya Binger must! (IMG:http://abcofcricket.com/forum/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)
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