Oz Watch 2014/15

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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:52 am

yet another century for Ed Cowan. I think it's his second in this match, and his 4th in all. Without looking, I'd guess that he is close to being top run scorer in the Shield thus far.

Run machine!

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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby GarlicJam » Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:41 pm

On top of this, DF, he is scoring at a rapid rate - especially comapred to his stint in Aus colours.

More pressure being heaped upon Rogers, i'd say.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby andy » Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:56 pm

i was probably one of the few people who thought Cowan was harshly treated 1st time round, and im glad that he is scoring runs and making a real claim for a place in the side again..
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:27 pm

he was 12th man last year in the ashes at CLS. He seemed to be a really good team man and had all the aussie players in stitches most of the time. Pity that he struggled early in the series, because this season's form tells me that he is a much better player than his early test innings suggested. Perhaps that's the point? Test careers are littered with terrific domestic players who failed to make the step up. I hope that Ed Cowan does get another chance.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby GarlicJam » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:36 pm

Looks like we have a small, but enthusuastic, Hairy Ed Appreciation Society here.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby Durhamfootman » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:45 pm

I gave him some chewy sweets last year, and he gave me some murray mints.

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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby from_the_stands » Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:27 am

At the halfway mark of the Shield season, my report on players on my A list.

Josh Hazlewood - 3 fc wickets @ 46.33 this season (one game). He's the next bowler off the rank, although James Pattinson is ahead of him in the queue (fitness permitting). Hazlewood had a stellar BBQ Cup tourament, and is surely eyeing off a WC gig. With the crowded Test schedule the way it is, I wouldn't be surprised to see Hazlewood getting his baggygreen sooner rather than later. I reckon he'll be included in the Ashes squad next year.

Fawad Ahmed - 18 fc wickets @ 30.72 (5 games). The leggie has been instrumental for Vics in their remarkable ascendancy to the top of the Shield table. He's the leading wicket taker for the Vics thus far, and third overall. With Lyon bowling as well as he is at present, the adopted bushranger might have to wait for the Sydney Test. Should his Shield form continue after the BBL break, I reckon this geeza is a shoe in as Australia's second spinner for the Ashes.

Joe Burns - 439 fc runs @ 54.87 (5 games). Ultimately, I now think that this guy will eventually replace Chris Rogers at the top of the order. The selectors would appear to want Roger for the Ashes, but if he keeps failing, he might be pensioned off for either Ed Cowan, or this bloke.

Nathan Coulter-Nile - 4 fc wickets @ 20.00 (1 game). I do like this bloke. There are a few blokes ahead of him in terms of getting a test gig. He's a big chance to play in the World Cup. Him and Hazlewood are banging on the door. With Ryan Harris expected to retire after the Ashes, NCN might have to wait until next season to get his baggygreen.

Chris Lynn - Been out injured. For me, he's the long term replacement for Michael Clarke.The idea of Lynn, Smith and Mitchell Marsh batting at 4,5 & 6 for Australia for years to come gets more more excited than Paris Hilton.

Chadd Sayers - 12 fc wickets @ 31.50 (5 games). Admittedly, I've gone a bit cold on this bloke. I reckon his chances of a Test berth are remote.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby andy » Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:44 pm

huge fan of Coulter-Nile, have been for a while...but every time he gets close to playing a test, or being invovled in a test squad, he gets injured..
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby GarlicJam » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:16 pm

cricketfan90 wrote:huge fan of Coulter-Nile, have been for a while...but every time he gets close to playing a test, or being invovled in a test squad, he gets injured..

I think that he has done a hammy four time already this year. Must be very frustrating for him, but he keeps a positive attitude.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby from_the_stands » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:29 am

Really pleased with Josh Hazlewood's 5 wickets on debut. He's been on the fringes for some time, and thoroughly deserved his call-up. He seems to have developed into a very fine bowler, and if yesterday and today is anything to go by, I'd say that he'll have a long and prosperous Test career... fitness permitting, of course. I'd say that Peter Siddle will now find it tough to get back in. With 50 odd Tests and just shy of 200 Test wickets, Siddle has been a fantastic servant for Australian cricket, but I reckon the emergence of Josh Hazlewood, and the imprending return of both James Pattinson and Pat Cummins will most likely see Siddle playing out his days for the mighty Bushrangers.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby andy » Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:12 pm

What's happened to Jackson Bird?
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby GarlicJam » Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:01 pm

I think he is on the comeback trail from an injury, CF (back, stress fractures??)

I think he came back a couple of Sheffield Shield matches ago, PLayed BBL last night.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby from_the_stands » Sun Dec 21, 2014 4:31 am

Another member of my A list is set to graduate during the Boxing Day Test.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-india-2014-15/content/current/story/812463.html

I've been banging on about this bloke for a while now. I'd probably move Shaun Marsh up to 3, bat Twatto at 6, and let Burns come in at 5.

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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby GarlicJam » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:47 am

James Pattinson is back, bowling tonight for the Melbourne Renegades.
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Re: Oz Watch 2014/15

Postby GarlicJam » Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:51 am

and bowls Jaques Kallis first over for a duck with a lovely in swinging yorker. (actually, I don't know if it swung that much, but was delivered from wide out)
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