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India 2 Convicts 0

Jul 12, 2005
Canvey Island
India have just comnpleted a 2-0 series victory over Australia. From what I have seen of the convict side it is a pale shadow of the team that has dominated (2005 aside) for many years.

The retirements of Warne, McGrath, Langer etc has obviously impacted heavily on them, Bully boy Hayden is not the player he once was, although Ponting, Hussey & Clarke give the top 5 an experienced look I would question that Shane Watson is a test class number 6.

Although Jason Krezcja (spelling) took 12 wickets on debut he went for plenty and Cameron White who is a decent bat doesn't look a test class leg spinner IMO. Difficult to judge Brad Haddin behind the stumps and he seems to have done an adequate job with both bat and gloves, but he has a tough act to follow in "walker" Gilchrist.

Even the quick bowling is looking a bit threadbare, however this series was in India so we should see what they are like back home or later in the winter when they visit Seth Effrika. Brett Lee looks knackered, Stuart Clark not up to it, but Mitchell Johnson looks like he will be a top class bowler given time.

It will be very interesting to see what side they will field home and away against the Saffers and how they fare. I reckon that Smith's team are fancying their chances.

I hope that this will bode well for England ahead of the Ashes here next year, I hope that the tours of India & the West Indies will prove successful, and I can see us going into next summer as slight favourites,