Originally posted by @blood-on-the-tracks
Well, ALMOST double. Our Herbert Sutcliffe averaged 60 in Tests, think Graeme Pollock was a bit higher than that.
I love cricket, just wonder if it is a little too polarized , the USA citizens must be asking 'Don who?'
As, I think, Roma asked, we have to decide from which 'universal' sports we are choosing.
RL? I would pu ...[text shortened]... e of your iffy pace bowlers tweaks a little something with just 4 bowlers in team. Yep. Game on
Mmmm. Time to start that ashes thread methinks ..
A batsman who averages 50 runs for a few seasons is usually considered great. a 60 average would be considered exceptional. And no matter how many times (well not many) people say that this next guy may challenge the Don's record they always fall away. Mike Hussey had an average of 80 for the first part of his career. He finished with 50 odd.
As for the Aussie line up either wicket keeper (Payne, Wade or ..err.. the othe one ) would be good. I think they went for the best gloveman in the end. I'm not a fan of S Marsh. 8th recall? Surely he would not have been recalled if his name were not Marsh. Having said that he certainly has the potential to deliver.
Should've kept Renshaw, his technique is pretty good and I reckon he was unlucky not to make a few more runs.
As far as the U.S. and sports is concerned they are most certainly very insular. All countries have their own traditional sports. I like how Aussie Rules is only played in Australia .
But when it comes tio the U.S. they think they own things like basketball and baseball and want to hail all their sports, no matter how trivial,as the universal chamionships or whatever.I think Eladar has thrown up some viewr stats fromthe U.S. which would back this up a bit.
The rugby league has gone pear shaped with Tonga only winning by 2 against Lebanon and Fiji beating NZ by 4-2 !! England may be a sniff against Australia and I'll be watching Smith and Cronk this week. They're done. Big season. Swept all before them. Why change thier style? Because Wayne Bennet is coaching England and knows how to beat the Storm pairing.
But I digress- It has been the coldest Novembert I can remember in Brisbane. No humidity. And the first ball 38 hours away I am almost tempted to chack the forecast.
If Enlgand win the toss and make a mountain then all these odds floating around are going to reverse . mMMM