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Postby bergkamp2004 » Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:19 am

So sad
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Postby Virgostar » Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:06 am

This is incredibly sad. When I found out this afternoon about his passing (via TV), I literally sat throughout the entire segment with my hand over my mouth, I was that shocked. Even though I knew he'd suffered a terrible blow, I had hoped like the rest of us that he'd make it through and eventually play Test cricket again as he had been threatening to do for a while.

I also really feel for Sean Abbott, the guy who bowled the ball that struck Phil. I really hope he continues to receive support well after this moment passes - he too is a rising young star and I truly hope he isn't lost to the game as a result of this. I hope the cricket community continues to rally around him as they have done for Phil's family.

RIP young man, you will be sorely missed. :(
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Postby lundpop » Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:02 am

Terrible news and I agree with Shell that even I thought he'd make it but today morning when I read the news, it was just tragic. Also, I feel bad for Sean cos he'll always remain with the guilt that his bowling took someone's life. I hope both Phil's family as well as Sean get all the support.

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Postby Virgostar » Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:38 am

I admit I had a bit of a cry over this today. Sure, I'm hormonal too :oops:, but this has struck some sort of a chord with me. Maybe because Phil's from my generation, maybe because I'm a cricket fan, I don't know. I think all the outpouring of support has been truly wonderful though - the #putoutyourbats thing on Twitter has been marvellous. Just hope it continues once he's out of the headlines.
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Postby android » Sat Nov 29, 2014 11:53 am

The first Test match between Australia and India has been postponed following the shock death of Phillip Hughes, Cricket Australia has announced.
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Postby heppolo » Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:49 pm

Probably the most shocking sporting accident ever.
It was beyond my belief. So tragic
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Postby bergkamp2004 » Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:03 pm

The Nz and Pak players all look subdued in their test.
I see Arsenal tweeted theit condolences and a picture of Phil at the ground as he was an Arsenal fan I think
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Postby android » Wed Dec 03, 2014 11:29 am

A moving and a very emotional touching tribute by Australian Captain Clarke today at Phillip Hughes's funeral.

Full text of Michael Clarke's tribute to Phillip Hughes at the funeral in Macksville on December 3

I'm deeply honoured to have been asked by Phillip's family to speak today. I am humbled to be in the presence of you, his family, his friends and his community. He was so proud of Macksville and it is easy to see why today.

Taken from the game, his family and loved ones at the age of just 25, he left a mark on our game that needs no embellishment. I don't know about you, but I keep looking for him. I know it is crazy but I expect any minute to take a call from him or to see his face pop around the corner. Is this what we call the spirit? If so, then his spirit is still with me. And I hope it never leaves.

I walked to the middle of the SCG on Thursday night, those same blades of grass beneath my feet where he and I and so many of his mates here today have built partnerships, taken chances and lived out the dreams we paint in our heads as boys.

The same stands where the crowds rose to their feet to cheer him on and that same fence he sent the ball to time and time again. And it is now forever the place where he fell. I stood there at the wicket, I knelt down and touched the grass, I swear he was with me. Picking me up off my feet to check if I was okay. Telling me we just needed to dig in and get through to tea. Telling me off for that loose shot I played. Chatting about what movie we might watch that night. And then passing on a useless fact about cows.

I could see him swagger back to the other end, grin at the bowler, and call me through for a run with such a booming voice, a bloke in the car park would hear it. The heart of a man who lived his life for this wonderful game we play, and whose soul enriched not just our sport, but all of our lives.

Is this what indigenous Australians believe about a person's spirit being connected with the land upon which they walk? If so, I know they are right about the SCG.

His spirit has touched it and it will forever be a sacred ground for me. I can feel his presence there and I can see how he has touched so many people around the world. The tributes to him from cricket lovers kept me going.

The photos, the words, the prayers and the sense of communion in this loss from people across the globe have shown me his spirit is in action. It has sustained me and overwhelmed me in equal measure. And the love of my band of baggy green and gold brothers and sisters have held me upright when I thought I could not proceed.

His spirit has brought us closer together - something I know must be him at work because it is so consistent with how he played and lived. He always wanted to bring people together and he always wanted to celebrate his love for the game and its people.

Is this what we call the spirit of cricket? From the little girl in Karachi holding a candlelight tribute to masters of the game like Tendulkar, Warne and Lara, showing their grief to the world, the spirit of cricket binds us all together. We feel it in the thrill of a cover drive. Or the taking of a screamer at gully, whether by a 12-year-old boy in Worcester or by Brendon McCullum in Dubai. It is in the brilliant hundred or five-wicket haul, just as significant to the players in a Western Suburbs club game as it is in a Test match.

The bonds that lead to cricketers from around the world putting their bats out, that saw people who didn't even know Phillip lay flowers at the gates of Lord's, and that brought every cricketing nation on earth to make its own heartfelt tribute.

The bonds that saw players old and new rush to his bedside. From wherever they heard the news to say their prayers and farewells. This is what makes our game the greatest game in the world. Phillip's spirit, which is now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love.

We must listen to it. We must cherish it. We must learn from it. We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on.

So rest in peace my little brother. I'll see you out in the middle.
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Postby Virgostar » Thu Dec 04, 2014 1:20 am

I'll admit I watched the funeral yesterday & as soon as I saw Phil's mum, the tears began...and again when they played Forever Young (even though I don't like the Youth Group version)...and a bit again towards the end of Michael Clarke's tribute. I wanted to reach through the TV screen, put an arm around him & tell him he could do it.

As he said though, "we must play on" and as much as next Tuesday's going to be emotional as well, life does go on after death, as hard as it may seem.

There are apparently plans afoot to have a bronze plaque of Phillip put alongside the Australian dressing room, so that as each batsman heads out to bat, he passes it and is able to (I suppose) touch it. They want to have it up there in time for the Sydney test. A nice gesture I think, but I'd be worried about it making the players overly emotional, even though I guess the hope is is that his spirit will be with them & provide inspiration. Only time will tell.
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Postby android » Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:03 am

The First Test is on between the Aussies and India and our boys doing ok. Centuries too Warner, Smith and our captain Clarke. :P
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Postby Virgostar » Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:33 am

I think India may slay us a bit today though. If Peter Siddle doesn't perform in this match, I want Josh Hazlewood in the 11 for Brisbane.

I was really hoping Clarke would get his century yesterday and was glad he did, given all that he's been through physically & emotionally in recent times.
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Postby bergkamp2004 » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:36 am

Will be a draw i think. Kohli has a ton now too
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Postby mik » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:35 am

I have to admit I don't understand cricket.

I grew up in a world of Baseball and hockey. I don't normally have a hard time understanding the concepts and rules of a sport, but cricket just seems to cause me to glaze over.

Can someone provide a youtube, or even a written guide for dummies that lays out how the game is played?

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Postby Virgostar » Fri Dec 12, 2014 9:22 am

^ Here's some stuff just based upon a quick Google search I did:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/cricket-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html
http://www.cricket-rules.com/

Those might help.

bergkamp2004 wrote:Will be a draw i think. Kohli has a ton now too
Not with the way we just played today. I'm hoping for a win of course. 8-) Mitch Marsh was playing like it was a T20!
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Postby android » Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:01 am

Great win to the Aussies in the First Test being played in Adelaide. Was a very competitive Test match. Lyon got the job done but what a player that Kohli is. :P
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Postby Virgostar » Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:40 am

Sadly I didn't get to watch the last few hours, so had to find out via the webs what happened. Glad we won & glad Nathan Lyon bowled us to victory.

Now the big question is....will Michael Clarke ever play cricket again? I'd like to see him at the World Cup in February/March, but given the fragility of his body, I'm expecting an announcement of retirement in the coming weeks, unless there's a miracle. If that happens, who'll be our Test captain? No-one's really shouting out at me, although both Steve Smith & Dave Warner have been mentioned.
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Postby android » Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:32 am

I reckon Haddin will captain the Test side this Summer than would be happy to see Smith take the job. I think Clarke if he comes good should retire from the one dayers and just rest up for Test cricket. His back will never be any good he just needs to find away to get on the park and not do hamstrings. I heard you need to do bugger all strength exercise just keep to stretching the hamstrings.
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Postby mik » Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:47 am

Virgostar wrote:^ Here's some stuff just based upon a quick Google search I did:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/cricket-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html
http://www.cricket-rules.com/

Those might help.

bergkamp2004 wrote:Will be a draw i think. Kohli has a ton now too
Not with the way we just played today. I'm hoping for a win of course. 8-) Mitch Marsh was playing like it was a T20!
Thank You. I will give those a try.

I was kind of hoping for a how to video, or a game with basic commentary. But I will take what I can get!

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Postby Virgostar » Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:18 pm

This might help you. This also might help you.

TBH, whilst I might be a cricket lover & have grown up watching the game, I don't understand all the positions on the field, aside from the slips & the wicketkeeper of course. I admire the fact that you're trying to learn about this great game mik. 8-)
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Postby oasisbobo » Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:46 pm

Fighting performance from Scotland last night. Would love to see them win their first match in a cricket world cup. A much improved side :)
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Postby cidermaster » Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:55 pm

Yes good effort from Scotland,now to stuff The Auld Enemy on Sunday!
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Postby Virgostar » Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:47 pm

I'm still getting over Ireland beating the West Indies a couple of days ago. That was a great effort from them - mind you, WI are definitely NOT the team they once were. Spoiled brats more like it.

Anyway, also stoked we got up over England last weekend, even if the ending was dodgy.
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Postby oasisbobo » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:30 am

Virgostar wrote:I'm still getting over Ireland beating the West Indies a couple of days ago. That was a great effort from them - mind you, WI are definitely NOT the team they once were. Spoiled brats more like it.

Anyway, also stoked we got up over England last weekend, even if the ending was dodgy.
I'm sure Scotland almost beat them in a warm up match too.
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Postby bergkamp2004 » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:40 pm

Scotland will beat England at this rate!

I'm off to eng v Sri lanka, quarter final and semi.

Nz looking good.

Gotta stop the rude and horrible Aussie team. Hate Warner!!
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Postby Virgostar » Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:55 pm

bergkamp2004 wrote:Gotta stop the rude and horrible Aussie team. Hate Warner!!
I kind of like it when he's being cheeky. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if NZ beat us next weekend, they're on FIRE atm!
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