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Old July 2, 2005, 09:03 AM
Rob Rob is offline
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Default Bumble - How to help train the Tigers

David Lloyd (Bumble) gives his views in this column on SkySports.com


Edited on, July 2, 2005, 2:03 PM GMT, by rob22888.

Edited on, July 2, 2005, 2:32 PM GMT, by chinaman.
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Old July 2, 2005, 09:05 AM
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That link doesn't work :

England's opponents for the rest of the summer will be Australia after their final defeat of Bangladesh at Headingley on Sunday.
But Bangladesh, after some really negative press over the past couple of months, with their memorable defeat of Australia and some excellent individual performances, can feel they achieved something on their tour of England.

Now it is time for them to move on, and I have an idea for how they can do this.

It has emerged this summer that in the likes of Mohammad Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Mashrafe Mortaza, Khaled Mashud, Tapash Baisya and Enamul Haque Jnr that they have good young players.

In order for these young players to improve their standards, and therefore that of the team, they could be placed in English county cricket, Sheffield Shield or South African provincial cricket, as non-overseas players, with the cost to be born in a three-way split between the ICC, Bangladesh and the side they play for.

The strength of competition and regular exposure to top-class players can only help improve those individuals and the national side as a result.

England though play Australia now for the rest of the summer, and after this triangular series concludes at the weekend, we could for the first time see the new ICC One-Day rules and regulations in place.

It is a case of 'the sooner the better' because the bottom line is for far too much of the game, what happens is predictable.

Between the 15th and 40th over in most innings, we see everyone back in the field and batsmen comfortably taking single after single after single. The new regulations of 20 overs of fielding restrictions - ten at the beginning and two more sets of five - and subsitutions will help bring captaincy more into the game.

It will make the game more tactical, and more aggressive, and hopefully we will have more of the action that we currently witness in the first 15 and last five overs of an innings.

It will be interesting to see how sides select their replacement, whether they want to pick a batsman, and are then put into bat, and then either use him in the first innings, or not at all.

It is going to be a taxing issue to tactically work out how to use them and I will be watching to see how England and Australia, two of the better exponents of limited overs cricket, to see how they would cope with it.

The ideas have been thrown around by us commentators and spectators for some time. The game needed to come up with a more interesting format to combat the middle overs lull. These ideas could also benefit domestic totesport and C&G cricket, and I hope the same rules apply there.

Whether we see these new rules or not, England and Australia will continue their one-day sparring prior to the Ashes.

My experience is that they start slowly these Aussies, but they will be fine. They will pick up momentum as the series and games progress. They have had some 'domestics' to handle but they have done that properly.

England will carry on with a massive belief that they can do something special. It will continue a great summer and I think England will win this series and then we move onto the NatWest Challenge which, as a three-match series, could go either way.

England are on track as a one day team, but Australia are ageing. I think England are on track to win the World Cup in 2007. They won't win every game before then, but on they are on track.

They are getting people in to the squad, Chris Tremlett, Jon Lewis, Vikram Solanki for example, and identifying them as squad players for 2007, so if anything happens to Harmison or Flintoff, they have players who fit into the system.

The Australians though will always puff their chest out, but the fact remains they are getting older. It shows in the field and they are not the mobile team they one were. But it is a team that still has a tremendous amount of class and talent and that may carry them for now, but not in 2007 and they will need to unearth some younger talent.
But one-day cricket is about performing on the day. Bangladesh beat Australia and it tells you if you are off colour, you can lose to anyone, and that will apply for England and Australia this summer.

On another note, Mike Atherton wrote a good article recently about the importance of not saturing the market with Twenty20 cricket.

He is absolutley right and has come up with a great idea not to play internationaly but to create a Champions League/Super 12 style series where the best side in England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia etc... play-off. It is an idea that has attracted support from Barry Richards too.

Well done Athers, you've not been twiddling your thumbs. Keep it up!
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Old July 2, 2005, 09:12 AM
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Hi rob.... thanks for the article. Havnt seen you positng much in BC. Anyway.. great performance from England today. They are really rising towards No1 spot. Although, i am an Australian fan.. hope, Aussies still have something to give in this match. Hopping for a good show. Best of Luck.
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Old July 2, 2005, 09:53 AM
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ok.. Aussies came back strong! 5 down at 33. Very good comeback indeed.
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