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Tubby Isaacs
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New Wisden out on April 12th. Who will be the cricketers of the year?

Pietersen
S Jones
Hoggard
B Lee
and someone from county cricket

[ 27.03.2006, 10:39: Message edited by: Tubby Isaacs ]

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Giles, Blackwell, Loudon, Panesar and Brett Lee.
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Panesar? LOUDON?

At least Blackers did something significant in the county season. I think Monty and Loudon are good players, but cricketers of the year? Mais non.

Has Mike Hussey been one before? Pietersen is a shoo-in, Jones yes, Hoggard yes, Lee perhaps. Shoaib Akhtar?

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It's for the effect on the English season, not playing against England, so I don't see how Shoaib can qualify. The only exceptions they make to that are for really stunning stuff like Andy Flower's series in India.
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What's the criteria?

Surely Flintoff should be in there if he's eligible.

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You can't be in there if you've been one before- Flintoff was in 2004.
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Amazon have Wisden 2006 available for pre-order for under 20 inc P&P. RRP is 38.
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Five players of the year named:

Pietersen
Hoggardhttp://www.onetouchfootball.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=forum;f=7
Sport
Simon Jones
Brett Lee
Ponting

I missed the last one because I thought he'd been one before- he hadn't, he'd merely been world player of the year.

Flintoff named world's best. Kallis must have been close.

Matthew Engel quite trenchant on the ICC's expansion policy. Cricket isn't a global game, he says:

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What of the World Cup then? Has the continued inclusion of developing nations reached its limit?

Well, it doesn't represent proper expansion of the game. The top two counties to qualify were Ireland and Scotland which doesn't represent any kind of expansion or any kind of promise for the game. These countries are never going to beat teams consistently: they simply don't have the potential to become major cricketing powers. We're just pretending.



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Tubby, you should do a "Cricketers of the Year" quiz. The requirement not to be previously named does throw up some surprising names. John Shepherd of Kent is not the first West Indian you might think of (he's in Wisden 79).
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Shepherd was a Gloucs player, so I can see that.

Ian Austin is a mystery to me though.

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I'm for an expansion of test cricket so that Ireland, Kenya, Arabia/Emirates, Canada etc. can play, occasionally. All of them could [have] give[n] the 'Desh a game.

Punter out!

Lancs had a good side when Austin was at his peak- Winker, Fairbrother, Martin etc. Bit of a fat lad though.

This may be the place to offer a pair of pads and gloves which are for some reason stored at our work and looking for a new home. If you're in the smoke, I can deliver.

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Batting gloves? I'd like those.
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Done. PM me for a convenient drop time?
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Are they in the shop? I'm dropping by this afternoon to say hello anyway.
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Yes, though I'm out agitating early afternoon. Let me know what time you're in and we'll have a pint?
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