Big Vern wrote:It's staggering that Lehmann's not gone. How can he possibly be the man to regain the squad's credibility?
I'll be really surprised if he doesn't quietly resign after the coming test.
You are correct, sir. He's doing just that, albeit not too quietly.
What is it with Aussie cricketers and turning on the waterworks? Obviously their prime ministers pull out the onion on a regular basis, but one would expect their manly sportsmen to at least attempt to maintain a stiff upper.
Big Vern wrote:What is it with Aussie cricketers and turning on the waterworks?
Meh, all this "sorry for letting down the cricket public, sorry for making Australia look like shite, *boohoo*, sorry for bringing the game into disrepute *sniff*, sorry for hurting the feelings of the Chinese people *sob sob*", is complete bullshit.
What they're actually saying is "sorry for losing our lucrative sponsorship contracts, sorry about our IPL ban which is costing us millions, sorry that we will have to live the rest of our lives with constant derision from the public, but most of all, WE'RE SORRY WE GOT CAUGHT."
Because they've probably done it before, and if they hadn't been caught they would have fucking done it again.
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It was hard watching Smith cry. He needs to wise up. Comeuppance is a bitch. The nightwatchman is effective if you know how many overs ate left. Putting one in with twenty overs left is bonkers. Twenty balls, not so much.
It's probably not useful in today's game, where pretty much the whole team can bat a bit. In the past when you had 6 batsmen, a keeper who might be good for 30, and then bowlers who didn't know how to hold a bat, throwing one in at the end made sense.