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The Ashes - 11/24/2006 12:29:58 PM   
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Good luck to to the "old enemy" in The Ashes.

This is one of the great historical sporting contests and from an Australian perspective it's off to a great start.

The Ashes is a Test cricket series, played between England and Australia - it is international cricket's oldest and most celebrated rivalry dating back to 1882. It is currently played approximately biennially, alternately in England and Australia. The Ashes are "held" by the country which last won a series and to "regain" them the other country must win more Test matches in a series than the country that "holds" them. If a series is "drawn" then the country holding the Ashes retains them. The last Ashes series was played in England in 2005 when England regained The Ashes after a gap of 16 years by winning the series 2-1. The next Ashes series will be in Australia in 2006-07 and the next series in England will be in 2009.

The series is named after a satirical obituary published in The Sporting Times in 1882 following the match at The Oval, in which Australia beat England in England for the first time. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The English media dubbed the next English tour, to Australia (1882-83) as the quest to regain The Ashes.

A small terracotta urn was presented to the England captain Ivo Bligh by a group of Melbourne women at some point during the 1882-83 tour. The contents of the urn are reputed to be the ashes of an item of cricket equipment, possibly a bail, ball or stump. The urn is not used as a trophy for the Ashes series, and whichever side "holds" the Ashes, the urn normally remains in the MCC Museum at Lord's because of its age and fragility.[1] Since the 1998-99 Ashes series, a Waterford crystal trophy has been presented to the winners.


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RE: The Ashes - 11/24/2006 12:41:34 PM   
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Aus 9 /602 (declared) and Eng 3/54 at end of day 2  


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RE: The Ashes - 11/24/2006 10:08:36 PM   
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It is good to see the natural order of things restore itself.

The poms getting beaten in sports!!!!!

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RE: The Ashes - 11/24/2006 10:11:38 PM   
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And tomorrow, Scotland take on Australia giants at Murrayfield!! Bring on the wallabies!!

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RE: The Ashes - 11/26/2006 12:27:33 PM   
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Only 5 more to get out with a day to go.  Its looking 1-0...oh yeah.

I was living in Bristol when the last ashes was on in England.  Boy being an aussie over there, did I cop it. 

Well, its Payback time.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/26/2006 1:50:44 PM   
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quote:

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And tomorrow, Scotland take on Australia giants at Murrayfield!! Bring on the wallabies!!


So what was the final score?

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RE: The Ashes - 11/27/2006 1:52:53 AM   
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No follow-on ???????????   What's going on???????? 

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RE: The Ashes - 11/27/2006 8:52:44 AM   
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quote:

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No follow-on ???????????   What's going on???????? 


A fair enough decision IMHO. Make them bat in the worst of the conditions against fresh bowlers. There's a lot of cricket to be played before Christmas and we don't want to wear our bowlers out.

A bit more spine from England in their second innings but basically they got rogered pretty hard in Brisbane.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/27/2006 10:27:15 PM   
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Yeah, we got spanked. Still, there's another 4 tests left...

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 12:52:32 AM   
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Yeah, we got spanked. Still, there's another 4 tests left...

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Yeah, we got spanked. Still, there's another 4 tests left...


So true. Being spanked is GREAT!

OOPS - sorry - wrong forum.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 2:22:28 AM   
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WTF are you people talking about?!? I've never seen one bat when bowling, and you definately cannot pitch it unless you are one big, big man. Damn foreigners making up weird new games.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 2:32:16 AM   
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Feeling left out, Goblin?

Join the club...

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 2:36:54 AM   
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 Yep.

Wait a second! Are you saying there are clubs involved now, not just bats?!?

Lawn darts is so much easier to understand...



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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 4:26:14 AM   
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Heretics !   Talk not of what you do not know, cast no stones against the best game to ever be played !

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 9:25:48 AM   
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This should clear up any confusion. The wrist spinner has hit the rough outside off stump, caught the inside edge and it's taken by bat-pad. What could be simpler?

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 9:36:45 AM   
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On a more serious note, an imperious Ricky Ponting pull shot. The best player of that shot in cricket and clearly the premier batsman in the world at the moment.

One of my mates played against him in a youth tournament and told me "There was a little bloke from Launceston called Ricky who got a century every time he batted and no-one could get him out".

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 9:43:20 AM   
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An outside edge flies to first slip where Shane Warne takes an easy catch. A classic fast bowler's wicket. For the uninitiated, that ball is moving at about 140km/h.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 11:22:56 AM   
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Nice photos, how about adding the ball trajectory like Hawkeye so the uninitiated can see how it moves.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 1:53:11 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Neilster

An outside edge flies to first slip where Shane Warne takes an easy catch. A classic fast bowler's wicket. For the uninitiated, that ball is moving at about 140km/h.

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And NOTICE how they are not using catchers mitts? Unlike that "other" bat and ball game where all the players are "soft" and need gloves.


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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 1:55:22 PM   
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quote:

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On a more serious note, an imperious Ricky Ponting pull shot. The best player of that shot in cricket and clearly the premier batsman in the world at the moment.









He has the chance of being the worlds BEST batsman ever !

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 5:12:36 PM   
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I thought you people spoke English?!?

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RE: The Ashes - 11/28/2006 5:22:22 PM   
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quote:

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An outside edge flies to first slip where Shane Warne takes an easy catch. A classic fast bowler's wicket. For the uninitiated, that ball is moving at about 140km/h.

Cheers, Neilster






Nice pics. Shame the only guy wearing 3 Lions is about to be caught by Warne.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 12:10:41 PM   
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No gloves? Look at those monsters on the batsman! Some baseball players don't wear batting gloves, but use one in the field (it extends the reach anyway).

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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 12:36:24 PM   
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Well..........if you have EVER been hit by a cricket ball you can well understand why they wear those gloves (and the padding) also unlike baseball the batsman is a legitimate target...........a la Bodyline series.



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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 12:38:35 PM   
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Cricket is a sign of civilisation

The English - French test of 1779 was cancelled due to the French revoltion. It was played in 1979.


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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 1:12:43 PM   
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Dates in cricket history
1550 (approx) Evidence of cricket being played in Guildford, Surrey.
1598 Cricket mentioned in Florio's Italian English dictionary.
1610 Reference to cricketing between Weald and Upland near Chevening, Kent. 1611 Randle Cotgrave's French English dictionary translates the French word crosse as a cricket staff.
Two youths fined for playing cricket at Sidlesham, Sussex.
1624 Jasper Vinall becomes first man known to be killed playing cricket: hit by a bat while trying to catch the ball  at Horsted Green, Sussex.
1676 First reference to cricket being played abroad, by British residents in Aleppo, Syria.
1694 Two shillings and sixpence paid for a wagger (wager) about a cricket match at Lewes.
1697 First reference to a great match with 11 players a side for fifty guineas, in Sussex.
1700 Cricket match announced on Clapham Common.
1709 First recorded inter-county match: Kent v Surrey.
1710 First reference to cricket at Cambridge University.
1727 Articles of Agreement written governing the conduct of matches between the teams of the Duke of Richmond and Mr Brodrick of Peperharow, Surrey.
1729 Date of earliest surviving bat, belonging to John Chitty, now in the pavilion at The Oval.
1730 First recorded match at the Artillery Ground, off City Road, central London, still the cricketing home of the Honourable Artillery Company.
1744 Kent beat All England by one wicket at the Artillery Ground.
First known version of the Laws of Cricket, issued by the London Club, formalising the pitch as 22 yards long.
1767 (approx) Foundation of the Hambledon Club in Hampshire, the leading club in England for the next 30 years.
1769 First recorded century, by John Minshull for Duke of Dorset's XI v Wrotham.
1771 Width of bat limited to 4 1/4 inches, where it has remained ever since.
1774 LBW law devised (leg before wicket).
1776 Earliest known scorecards, at the Vine Club, Sevenoaks, Kent.
1780 The first six-seamed cricket ball, manufactured by Dukes of Penshurst, Kent.
1787 First match at Thomas Lord's first ground, Dorset Square, Marylebone ? White Conduit Club v Middlesex.
Formation of Marylebone Cricket Club by members of the White Conduit Club.
1788 First revision of the Laws of Cricket by MCC.
1794 First recorded inter-schools match: Charterhouse v Westminster.
1795 First recorded case of a dismissal leg before wicket.
1806 First Gentlemen v Players match at Lords.
1807 First mention of straight-armed (i.e. round-arm) bowling: by John Willes of Kent.
1809 Thomas Lord's second ground opened at North Bank, St John?s Wood.
1811 First recorded womens county match: Surrey v Hampshire at Ball?s Pond, London.
1814 Lord's third ground opened on its present site, also in St John's Wood.
1827 First Oxford v Cambridge match, at Lord's. A draw.
1828 MCC authorise the bowler to raise his hand level with the elbow.
1833 John Nyren publishes his classic Young Cricketer's Tutor and The Cricketers of My Time.
1836 First North v South match, for many years regarded as the principal fixture of the season.
1836 (approx) Batting pads invented.
1841 General Lord Hill, commander-in-chief of the British Army, orders that a cricket ground be made an adjunct of every military barracks.
1844 First official international match: Canada v United States.
1845 First match played at The Oval.
1846 The All-England XI, organised by William Clarke, begins playing matches, often against odds, throughout the country.
1849 First Yorkshire v Lancashire match.
1850 Wicket-keeping gloves first used.
1850 John Wisden bowls all ten batsmen in an innings for North v South.
1853 First mention of a champion county: Nottinghamshire.
1858 First recorded instance of a hat being awarded to a bowler taking three wickets with consecutive balls.
1859 First touring team to leave England, captained by George Parr, draws enthusiastic crowds in the US and Canada.
1864 Overhand bowling authorised by MCC.
John Wisden's The Cricketer's Almanack first published.
1868 Team of Australian aborigines tour England.
1873 WG Grace becomes the first player to record 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in a season.
First regulations restricting county qualifications, often regarded as the official start of the County Championship.
1877 First Test match: Australia beat England by 45 runs in Melbourne.
1880 First Test in England: a five-wicket win against Australia at The Oval.
1882 Following England's first defeat by Australia in England, an obituary notice to English cricket in the Sporting Times leads to the tradition of The Ashes.
1889 South Africa's first Test match.
Declarations first authorised, but only on the third day, or in a one-day match.
1890 County Championship officially constituted.
Present Lords pavilion opened.
1895 WG Grace scores 1,000 runs in May, and reaches his 100th hundred.
1899 AEJ Collins scores 628 not out in a junior house match at Clifton College, the highest individual score in any match.
Selectors choose England team for home Tests, instead of host club issuing invitations.
1900 Six-ball over becomes the norm, instead of five.
1909 Imperial Cricket Conference (ICC  now the International Cricket Council) set up, with England, Australia and South Africa the original members.
1910 Six runs given for any hit over the boundary, instead of only for a hit out of the ground.
1912 First and only triangular Test series played in England, involving England, Australia and South Africa.
1915 WG Grace dies, aged 67.
1926 Victoria score 1,107 v New South Wales at Melbourne, the record total for a first-class innings.
1928 West Indies first Test match.
AP "Tich" Freeman of Kent and England becomes the only player to take more than 300 first-class wickets in a season: 304.
1930 New Zealand's first Test match.
Donald Bradman?s first tour of England: he scores 974 runs in the five Ashes Tests, still a record for any Test series.
1931 Stumps made higher (28 inches not 27) and wider (nine inches not eight ? this was optional until 1947).
1932 India's first Test match.
Hedley Verity of Yorkshire takes ten wickets for ten runs v Nottinghamshire, the best innings analysis in first-class cricket.
1932-33 The Bodyline tour of Australia in which England bowl at batsmen's bodies with a packed leg-side field to neutralise Bradman's scoring.
1934 Jack Hobbs retires, with 197 centuries and 61,237 runs, both records. First women's Test: Australia v England at Brisbane.
1935 MCC condemn and outlaw Bodyline.
1947 Denis Compton of Middlesex and England scores a record 3,816 runs in an English season.
1948 First five-day Tests in England.
Bradman concludes Test career with a second-ball duck at The Oval and a batting average of 99.94 ? four runs short of 100.
1952 Pakistan's first Test match.
1953 England regain the Ashes after a 19-year gap, the longest ever.
1956 Jim Laker of England takes 19 wickets for 90 v Australia at Manchester, the best match analysis in first-class cricket.
1957 Declarations authorised at any time.
1960 First tied Test, Australia v West Indies at Brisbane.
1963 Distinction between amateur and professional cricketers abolished in English cricket.
The first major one-day tournament begins in England: the Gillette Cup.
1969 Limited-over Sunday league inaugurated for first-class counties.
1970 Proposed South African tour of England cancelled: South Africa excluded from international cricket because of their government?s apartheid policies.
1971 First one-day international: Australia v England at Melbourne.
1975 First World Cup: West Indies beat Australia in final at Lord's.
1976 First women's match at Lord's, England v Australia.
1977 Centenary Test at Melbourne, with identical result to the first match: Australia beat England by 45 runs.
Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer, signs 51 of the world?s leading players in defiance of the cricketing authorities.
1978 Graham Yallop of Australia wears a protective helmet to bat in a Test match, the first player to do so.
1979 Packer and official cricket agree peace deal.
1980 Eight-ball over abolished in Australia, making the six-ball over universal.
1981 England beat Australia in Leeds Test, after following on with bookmakers offering odds of 500 to 1 against them winning.
1982 Sri Lanka's first Test match.
1991 South Africa return, with a one-day international in India.
1992 Zimbabwe's first Test match.
Durham become the first county since Glamorgan in 1921 to attain firstclass status.
1993 The ICC ceases to be administered by MCC, becoming an independent organisation with its own chief executive.
1994 Brian Lara of Warwickshire becomes the only player to pass 500 in a firstclass innings: 501 not out v Durham.
2000 South Africa's captain Hansie Cronje banned from cricket for life after admitting receiving bribes from bookmakers in match-fixing scandal.
Bangladesh's first Test match.
County Championship split into two divisions, with promotion and relegation.
The Laws of Cricket revised and rewritten.
2001 Sir Donald Bradman dies, aged 92.
2003 Twenty20 Cup, a 20-over-per-side evening tournament, inaugurated in England.
2004 Lara becomes the first man to score 400 in a Test innings, against England.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 1:17:27 PM   
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Cricket is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is a bat-and-ball game played on a roughly oval grass field, in the centre of which is a flat strip of ground 20.12 m (22 yards) long, called a pitch. At each end of the pitch is a set of wooden stumps, called a wicket. Note that, rather confusingly, the pitch itself is also often referred to as the wicket. A player from the fielding team (the bowler) propels a hard, fist-sized cork-centred leather ball from one wicket towards the other. The ball usually bounces once before reaching a player from the opposing team (the batsman), who defends the wicket from the ball with a wooden cricket bat. The batsman may then run between the wickets, exchanging ends with another batsman (the "non-striker"), who has been standing in an inactive role near the bowler's wicket, to score runs. The remainder of the bowlers' team stand in various positions around the oval as fielders.
Cricket has been an established team sport for several centuries. It originated in its modern form in England and is popular mainly in the present and former members of the Commonwealth. In some countries in South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, cricket is by far the most popular sport. Cricket is also a major sport in England and Wales, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, which are collectively known in cricketing parlance as the West Indies. There are also well established amateur club competitions in countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Kenya, Nepal, and Argentina (see also: International Cricket Council).
The length of the game — certain test matches can last six or more hours a day, for up to five days — the many intervals for lunch and tea and the abundance of specialised terminology are notable aspects that can often confuse those (Yanks) not familiar with the cricket.


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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 1:26:45 PM   
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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 2:13:49 PM   
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It's not like baseball players don't get on occasion injured by a pitched ball, but as far as batters go the only shielding they generally wear is the helmet. Any gloves worn are sometimes for a better grip and are thin. I guess my point is that baseball players would look at wearing all of that padding as being sissified too, such that the fact they wear heavy gloves in the field is offset by cricket batters being more mummified than baseball batters. It's also pretty rare for professional baseball players to wear anything resembling a cage on the helmet. Granted, it's not like they can't get seriously injured there, it's just that they must think the hits there are rare enough or their vision obscured enough.

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RE: The Ashes - 11/29/2006 3:47:01 PM   
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STOP MAKING UP GAMES AND PLAY REAL FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!111(Not that weird kickball that you all play...)




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