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    General Non Football Sports Chat

    This is for general chat about sports what isnt football

    What do you guys feel about Strauss not going to Bangladesh?

    Alastair Cook will captain England on their tour of Bangladesh after the selectors opted to rest both Andrew Strauss and James Anderson.

    Cook, whose previous leadership experience is limited to a brief spell with England Under 19s, will take charge of a 16-man Test squad to face the Tigers.

    The Essex opener will also lead England's 15-man party for the three one-day internationals, although Paul Collingwood retains the T20 captaincy for the two fixtures against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates which precede the team's arrival in Bangladesh.

    Pace spearhead Anderson has been left out in order to undergo a specialist review and a programme of rehabilitation for his chronic right knee injury. It is anticipated that following the rehabilitation period, he will be fully fit and available for selection for the World T20 in the West Indies in late April.

    Two uncapped players, Yorkshire fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell, have won places in both squads, while Hampshire batsman Michael Carberryhas been included for the Tests.

    There is, however, no place for a third spinner in either squad as both Monty Panesar and Adil Rashid have been overlooked.

    "Andrew Strauss has provided outstanding leadership for the team in both forms of the game over the past 12 months and the selectors feel it is important that he takes a break ahead of an extremely busy programme of international cricket leading up to and including the Ashes series in Australia and the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011," explained national selector Geoff Miller.
    "Our decision to appoint Alastair Cook to the Test vice captaincy last year clearly demonstrated the belief that he has the potential to be a future England captain.

    "Alastair will now have an opportunity to develop his leadership skills still further by leading the side in both forms of cricket in Bangladesh and I know that he is excited by the challenge and looking forward to working closely with Andy Flower.
    "Paul Collingwood had an excellent tour of South Africa in all forms of cricket and he will continue to lead the side in the T20 format with the two T20 Internationals against the current World champions Pakistan providing excellent preparation for us ahead of the World T20 in the Caribbean."

    On the new faces, Miller added: "We are delighted to welcome Ajmal Shahzad to both squads for the first time.

    "He enjoyed an excellent season with Yorkshire last year, made a strong impression while he was in South Africa with the EPP squad and is a bowler with the potential to make a real impact in international cricket. "

    "James Tredwell and Michael Carberry have also continued to impress the selectors over the course of the winter and we expect both players to make a strong challenge for inclusion in our starting line-up on the forthcoming tour."

    England head to UAE for two T20 internationals against Pakistan on February 19 and 20.

    The three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh runs from February 28-March 5 followed by Tests in Chittagong (Mar 12-16) and Dhaka (Mar 20-24).

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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    I’m undecided on this one.

    My first thoughts were how can an England captain not go on tour? It’s an honour to captain your country and you should want to play in every match. Also he’s not been in the best of form recently, and with no disrespect to Sri Lanka, they’re not the strongest test nation, so it would do him the world of good to go out there and try to regain a bit of form with the bat.

    However on the flip side, Cricketers do spend many months away from home on tour. Depending on where they’re touring they can spend up to 3 months away from the UK. I’m not sure what Strauss’ family life is like (if he’s got a girlfriend or wife), but if he has it must be a huge strain on the relationship with him being away for such long periods of time. So I can understand why he wants a rest and to spend some more time at home.

    At the end of the day it’s a test series against Sri Lanka, who England would expect to beat with or without Strauss, so I’d say it’s probably the correct decision. If it were against someone like the West Indies or India then I would question it more. However if his replacements play very well while on tour, then Strauss should not expect to be re-selected upon his return. If you give up your place voluntarily, then you should expect it back straight away if things are going well in your absence.

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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    For me when he accept's the England captaincy he should be on every tour where he is fit to play, I still feel theres far too much international cricket these days though.
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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Quote Originally Posted by Crocker View Post
    I still feel theres far too much international cricket these days though.
    Very true. I used to follow cricket casually, but with all these ODIs, 20/20 and test matches, I lose track of everything easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Phantom View Post
    Very true. I used to follow cricket casually, but with all these ODIs, 20/20 and test matches, I lose track of everything easily.
    I like to follow county cricket but with so many players not being able to play the majority of the time it just doesnt attract the crowds that is used to.
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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Is this the future of broadcastiing?

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    Internet search giant Google has announced it will stream all Indian Premier League cricket matches live via its YouTube video-sharing website. Under the terms of the agreement, Google will have exclusive online rights over the contents for two years.

    Both Google and the Indian Premier League (IPL) will share revenues from sponsorships and advertising jointly. Google says it is the first time that it is live streaming a cricket tournament, which starts on 12 March.

    "We are thrilled to have the IPL as our global partner," said Shailesh Rao, a senior manager of Google India.

    "YouTube offers an open platform for sports and entertainment companies to take their content to a global audience and a great opportunity for advertisers."

    The third edition of the popular T20 tournament, featuring the world's top players in eight teams owned by rich businessmen and Bollywood stars, has attracted much media attention.

    On Tuesday, auctions to secure players' services were held in Mumbai (Bombay) with West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard and New Zealand paceman Shane Bond both attracting the highest bids, which were in excess of $750,000.

    "This unique initiative by IPL to partner Google India will give the league a global reach on a single distribution platform," IPL Chairman Lalit Modi said.

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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Great stuff, I was worried we wouldn't get any IPL stuff with Setanta going bust.
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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    I think ESPN Star Sports carry the TV rights in Asia for the competition, I'd be suprised if our ESPN didn't pick up the covarage left from Setanta. Its not as if they have any live sport during the day that would be affected.

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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    So who does everyone think will win the mens Australian Open Tennis? My money is on Federer, I just can't see him losing. Davydenko could be an upset though, he is in such good form at the moment and just doesn't seem to be losing.


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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Quote Originally Posted by THEfredGOD View Post
    So who does everyone think will win the mens Australian Open Tennis? My money is on Federer, I just can't see him losing. Davydenko could be an upset though, he is in such good form at the moment and just doesn't seem to be losing.
    I haven't really been following it, but you wouldn't really look to far beyond Federer or Nadal. I see Nadal will play Murray in the QFs - that'll be an interesting game.

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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Well Nadal hasn't looked in top form so far, and Murray has been tactically spot on in all his matches and he seems to be playing quite well so Murray could beat him. Still don't think Murray will be able to win though, but I would really like it if he did.


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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Caught glimpses of the match this morning, and it looked like a terrific contest. Shame Nadal had to pull out injured, but it looked like Murray would take the match regardless.

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    Could a brit finally win a grandslam for once?! He just might do it you know. Just gotta hope Federer isn't playing at his best...


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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Murray is actually 6/4 favourite.
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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    The ERC have confirmed the dates and kick off times for the Heineken Cup and Challenge Cup quarter finals.

    Heineken Cup:

    Friday 9th April
    Leinster Rugby vs. ASM Clermont Auvergne (20:00 - Sky Sports & Canal+Sport)

    Saturday 10th April
    Biarritz Olympique vs. Ospreys (15:00 - France 2 / Sky Sports)
    Munster v Northampton Saints (17:30 - Sky Sports / Sport +)

    Sunday 11th April
    Toulouse vs. Stade Francais Paris (16:30 - France 2 / Sky Sports)

    Amlin Challenge Cup:


    Saturday 10th April
    Connacht Rugby vs. Bourgoin (13:00 – Eurosport)
    Toulon vs. Scarlets (20:00 - FR4)

    Sunday 11th April
    London Wasps vs. Gloucester Rugby (14:00 - Sky Sports)
    Newcastle Falcons vs. Cardiff Blues (15:00)

    I'm a little disappointed our game (Cardiff Blues) isn't going to be televised, but that just increases the likelihood that my friends and I will be spending a weekend in Newcastle in April!

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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Murray is into the Australian Open Final:

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    Andy Murray reached the second Grand Slam final of his career after recovering from a slow start to beat Marin Cilic at the Australian Open.

    The Briton, 22, came through 3-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 in three hours and one minute.

    And Murray, who reached the 2008 US Open final, is again just one victory from ending Britain's 74-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion.

    In Sunday's final he will play the winner of Friday's second semi between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    Quote Originally Posted by The Phantom View Post
    Murray is into the Australian Open Final:
    Watched most of the match, Murray was playing great, he came up with a few amazing shots. I reckon he could win this thing, It would be great if he could.


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    Re: General Non Football Sports Chat

    It is going to be Federer vs. Murray in the final.

    Anyone going to get up early and watch it? I'm pretty sure I'll be too hungover to get up early.

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    I definately will be! No way can I miss this match, it should be great. I just hope Murray doesn't collapse under the pressure of a Grand Slam Final again like in the US in 2008.


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