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  1. Caesar

    Test XI Selection Thread

    I'm not a particularly big fan of Henriques actually. I don't really see him in our best XI on a regular basis, at least not yet. But it's hard to take your comments about NSW players seriously when they're so riddled with errors. You say Henriques should be in the ODI team because it 'suits...
  2. Caesar

    Test XI Selection Thread

    If the innings came as a surprise then sure, but it's exactly what he's been doing for the Blues the last two years. Complaining that he didn't make a century is peevish. Watson has shown that even a chronic inability to convert 50s to 100s is no obstacle to being one of the better batsmen in...
  3. Caesar

    Australia In India

    Pitch, stumps on day 3: This is what I love about cricket. Aside from tennis there aren't many other sports where the range of possible playing environments are so varied, and have such an impact on the way the game is played.
  4. Caesar

    England Tour In New Zealand 13

    Who's your tip for the final pace spot? Gillespie? I'm kind of keen to see what Wagner is like these days. I have a Kiwi mate who swears blind that Wagner is a way more complete bowler these days than he showed in the West Indies, and a juicy Dunedin track would suit his medium pacers to a tee.
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    Australia In India

    India 3/182 at stumps, Kohli (50*) and Tendulkar (71*) at the crease. Australians didn't exactly bowl terribly, but not particularly well either. Pattinson took all the wickets and looked very sharp, consistently delivering at 145kph+ but only bowled two spells of three overs each. A bit...
  6. Caesar

    Favorite Batsman

    He wasn't particularly renowned for the silky classical play of someone like Worrell but he had some of the fastest footwork going around, and perhaps the most exquisite sense of timing of any batsman to play the game. He used to stand well out of the crease and rely on his lightning reflexes...
  7. Caesar

    Favorite Batsman

    Growing up I was always a fan of Mark Waugh. He just played the most beautiful cricket going around and, as a result of emulating his elegant play off his pads in particular, I am much stronger playing through leg side than off. Other favourites over the years have included VVS Laxman and...
  8. Caesar

    Pakistan In South Africa

    I am pretty impressed with all their younger bowlers. Most are far from completed products but I really get a good feeling from how they go about their work, and they seem to have a surfeit of them. If they can be moulded into a disciplined unit then Pakistan will be a very dangerous team.
  9. Caesar

    England Ashes Squad

    Who are we likely to see? Any new faces? Have been really impressed by the way England has been playing recently, despite their inconsistency on occasion. Looks to be a tall order for Australia.
  10. Caesar

    Test XI Selection Thread

    Henriques was picked for the squad on the basis of his first class form over the last 2 years, which has been well-deserving of it. The current Australian team needs someone who can bat in the top 6/7 and also send down a lot of overs. With Watson's bowling under a cloud and McDonald nowhere in...
  11. Caesar

    England In New Zealand

    Quite a competitive ODI series happening down in New Zealand at the moment. The teams split the first two matches, although as I type the New Zealanders are up against it batting first in the decider. I am looking forward to the Test series and seeing how a few of the youngsters play. Always...
  12. Caesar

    Australia In India

    Warner was very scratchy for his half century, but for someone who hates spin bowling it was a creditable innings. Cowan as usual threw his wicket away when looking extremely comfortable, which is something that Australia can ill afford on Indian pitches. Few of their bats play spin as well as...
  13. Caesar

    Pakistan In South Africa

    I have to say, I have been quite heartened by this series. Pakistan have been their usual frustrating selves, but they have played on some very tough pitches against a very good side and shown some real brilliance at times. The third Test got underway yesterday and although the Proteas have...
  14. Caesar

    Odi: Is 1 Day Cricket Doomed?

    I don't think ODI cricket is doomed as long as it keeps pulling the kinds of attendances that the recent Australian summer matches did. I think you also have to remember that a lot of the development cricket around the world is 50 overs (e.g. u19 World Cup). You make those tournaments 20 overs...
  15. Caesar

    Finn's Law: 'no-ball' To Be Called From October 2013

    Dead ball, I think. I mean, there are a bunch of pretty minor disadvantages that come from a bowler brushing the stumps and they're not all to the batsman, e.g. the bowler is distracted by his hand brushing the stumps or the bails are dislodged, making runouts harder. Bottom line is I don't...
  16. Caesar

    Future International Stars?

    New Zealand are good at blooding young guys. McClenaghan really looks the goods. I am also very impressed by James Neesham, who I think has a lot more to offer at the international level than he has shown thus far. I am a huge fan of the humourously-named Quinton De Kock from South Africa...
  17. Caesar

    Guatam Gambhir and Irfan Pathan?

    Shame to see Gambhir struggling recently. Would love to see him back in the team and playing well.
  18. Caesar

    Indian Test Team Selection Thread

    What do people think of the Indian Test team at the moment? I was not surprised to see Gambhir dropped for the current series given his horrid run of form, but there does seem to be a fair bit of shock that Dhawan was his replacement. I am not too familar with the young player but I will be...
  19. Caesar

    India Threaten To Pull Out Of Any Series That Is Using The Drs

    How are the Indians reacting to the Clarke non-dismissal yesterday? Are there any calls for the ban on DRS to be reconsidered?
  20. Caesar

    Moises Henriques - Is He The Real Deal?

    Failing to live up to expectations has been the hallmark of Henriques' career so far. When he burst onto the scene as a teenager he was a top-order batsman with beautiful technique who also happened to bowl at 145kph+, a genuine contender to take over Keith Miller's mantle. Fast forward...