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You'd have to say advantage Australia, but it won't be easy to bat out 184 runs for a world cup victory if there are a couple of early wickets. Trent Boult has probably been the second best bowler of the Cup from mine (second to Starc) so you'll need some swingers from him.


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It would've been impressive if NZ had won this given their luck batting. I wondered why they even chose to bat first, thought that was the wrong decision especially given that they would've had the sun/shadows in their advatage. Alas.

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Batting first would have been the choice any captain would have made. Chasing is harder at the MCG, stats will back that up. The world is hating on the Australian cricket team again so everything is good.


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As long as you enjoy your trophy, sitting there on its lonesome. ;)

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They're not alone. They have the rugby league world cup, the Asia Cup (soccer), the AFL world cup (lolz), pavlova and Crowded House.


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AFL World Cup? That's a thing?

How many countries enter that? Aus and Iceland?

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Nahhhh I was just taking the piss. We would win it though, tomby.


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R.I.P Richie Benaud :(

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The soothing sounds of summer have gone.

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lol cricket.

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WTF is going on... I can go out there and make more runs! Ashes is well and truly gone :(

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Ohhhhh here he is! The supporter who shows his face every five years when England wins a series. :P


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Out of respect to Richie Benaud I thought I'd let someone else make the first post-Benaud post. Surprised it took until the fourth Test of an Ashes series :O

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The retirement of Mitchell Johnson is a sad day for me and for cricket.

At times he was difficult to watch, but when he was on there was not a single fast bowler in my lifetime who could do the damage he could. Watching him was both brutal and exhilarating, his style epitomised the best that test match cricket has to offer. He inflicted psychological scars on genuinely good batsmen in ways that we probably haven't seen since the days of the Windies' dominance. I'm going to really miss watching him.



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Similar sentiment, but gone and write good yeah:

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Mitchell Johnson retirement: Terrifying quick put life back in game
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At his best he was terrifying.

On a lively wicket, with his tail up, Mitchell Johnson delivered grievous bodily harm at 22 paces. Broke bones in both of Graeme Smith’s hands. Split Jacques Kallis’s chin. Laid out Ryan McLaren. Traumatised Jonathan Trott. Smashed the grill of Hashim Amla’s helmet like a shark smashing a cage.

Put Kevin Pietersen on his arse.

It would not be right to say the world had seen nothing like Johnson’s 2013-14 rampage. The West Indies’ outlaws of a previous era were a posse of equal malevolence. Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee had preyed on batsman with equal malice.

But Johnson rode alone. He was Anton Chigurh, Cormac McCarthy’s lone psychopath from No Country for Old Men, a man of “vaguely exotic complexion” with eyes “like wet stones."

Are you going to shoot me?

That depends, do you see me?

He brought a snarl to cricket. Batsmen were forced to pogo this way then that to avoid the hurled missile.

Ya feelin’ lucky punk?

At times there was murder in his heart, but it fought for residency with fragility and doubt.

Johnson was an accidental cricketer. A man of robust body and extraordinary athleticism, but one whose self doubt at times undermined his considerable talent. Ricky Ponting said in his autobiography Johnson was the most naturally gifted sportsman he has known and the least self assured.

Cricket chose him, he didn’t really choose it. He had been a champion tennis player as a teen. Offered a scholarship to pursue the game by a big school in Brisbane, he was too shy to leave Townsville and let it slip.

In 2010 he and Shane Watson had a hit with Alicia Molik and Sania Mirza to promote a tournament in Hobart. Johnson, who plays with his right hand, was gentlemanly on the whole, but couldn’t help but give one forehand the full force of his intent. Molik yelped as the ball sped past her down the line.

On the odd occasion he swung a golf club he’d belt the ball as far as blokes who practice every day. Right-handed again.

He picked up a javelin once at a school competition and found himself at a state carnival in Brisbane competing against kids who’d done it all their lives. Him in second-hand spikes he found in a property bag somewhere. Pink ones.

His family didn’t have much money, so when Johsnon was convinced to have a game of cricket at his mate’s club, when picked to bowl in the A Grade on turf he had to do it in his dad’s golf shoes. The club was so impressed by his speed they made sure he was better equipped after that and then sent him to bowl in front of Dennis Lillee at a trial in Brisbane. There was a speed gun and the run up was limited but he hit 138km/h. It was news to him. He just ran in and bowled and had no idea he was quick. He was sent home to pack a bag.

The next day he was on the plane to the academy in Adelaide. Arrived with long black hair and a heavy metal t-shirt. And then to England as a member of the under-19s squad, the other kids who’d been trained and coached all their lives looking askance at this blow-in.

He probably wouldn’t have gone but his old man had laid down the law the week before. Get a job or else. Johnson was about to sign up with the army when cricket intervened. The Taliban ducked a bullet.

He is the fourth highest Test wicket taker in Australian cricket history. It’s a fair achievement. He sits between Dennis Lillee and Brett Lee.

“He is one of the best fast bowlers that’s played for this country and one of the fastest bowlers in the world and he’s a great bloke as well,” bowling coach Craig McDermott says.

“I think we saw that through the 2013-14 Ashes, he brought Test cricket back to life in this country and around the world really and changed a lot of tactics of not only the Australian team plays but some of the countries around the world who have got some decent quicks play the game as well. He gets people through the gate.”

That summer was fast bowling porn. In eight Tests against England and South Africa he took 59 wickets at an average of 15. Pietersen put a beer in his hand at the end of the Ashes and said it was the best fast bowling he had ever seen. He wrote about that first match at the Gabba.

He looked at me, just stared at me, he didn’t say anything back. He kept staring and walked past. Shit. Shit. Shit.

Johnson claimed yesterday in a prepared release he had “enjoyed every moment of playing for my country” but that is not entirely true. He admitted later in the crafted words that his “career had certainly had its ups and downs”.

He learned in public. Having skipped all the development squads and coaches he was picked before he was master of his craft. He was fast and little else. His strength was eventually his weakness. Physically robust he hardly missed a game and by the time he reached South Africa in 2011 he was shot. His action awry, his form gone and his confidence, too. To see him change his run-up mid-Test was to see a man desperately seeking an answer. An injury that took him out of the game was a blessing. He was worn down and sick of cricket.

The breakdown had been a long time coming. In England 2009 the crowds had been merciless and bullying. It had broken him. An extended break thanks to that injury in South Africa refreshed him for the Ashes series few will forget. Revenge had been given time to cool before it was served.

For all his menace on the field he is something of a kitten off it. A home body who craves the closeness of his wife and daughter, the road started to get to him this year.

Phillip Hughes’ death knocked Johnson around more than most. He remembered all the bouncers he’d bowled in the nets. He was as ruthless with his teammates as he was with opposition and he wondered if he could ever do it again.

Emotionally exhausted he went through the motions last summer. The pitches did him no favours, the menace was not as pronounced as it had been against England. A World Cup. An IPL. A tour of the West Indies and another Ashes left him physically exhausted and mentally drained.

“I can honestly say I have given it my all and am proud of everything I have achieved,” he said on retirement.

“I would certainly like to thank the people of Australia, and all those around the world, who have supported me. The encouragement I have received has been extremely humbling and playing in front of them is certainly something I will miss.”

Batsmen can sleep more soundly tonight.


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So the Indies struggle against an Australian side of kids who aren't good enough for Sheild cricket. This is going to be the shittest summer test series ever. Boxing Day over in 2 days.


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BBL Final tomorrow and I'll be there. I was at the Semi Final on Tuesday and was right behind Johnson up in the Lillee-Marsh stand and witnessed his 3/3 off 4 overs. I've never seen anything like it. Phenomenal.

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What a win! :lol:

Runners-Up, Runners-Up, Champions, Champions, Semi-Finalists, Champions :up:

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