Thursday, July 9, 2009

Prediction competitors


As the Aussies build up a solid foundation in their first innings, I thought I should mention the blogs that were brave enough to want to pad up against Roscoe and Darren.

Well Pitched
The Fly Slip
Cricket With Balls
Different Shades Of Green

The last two blogs start on -1, due to being a bit late on entering. It's my fault though. I should have done this last week instead of the eve of the bloody series.

I'll post their individual predictions in the coming days, and I'd like to invite non blog authors to leave their own predictions in the comments section. At a -1 penalty of course :-)

5 comments:

skroegerj said...

Hehehe...thanks Darren.

Here are my predictions

Most Runs Overall - Ricky Ponting
Most Runs England - Kevin Pietersen
Most Runs Australia - Ricky Ponting
Most Wickets Overall - James Anderson
Most Wickets England - James Anderson
Most Wickets Australia - Mitchell Johnson
Best Tosser (captain who wins the most tosses) - Andrew Strauss
Man of the Series - Mitchell Johnson
1st Test Result - Draw
2nd Test Result - Aus win
3rd Test Result - Eng win
4th Test Result - Draw
5th Test Result - Eng win
Overall series result - England 2 - 1

THE TRIVIALITIES

Number of Tests that lose overs to rain (note, not bad light) - 2
Number of Tests that Flintoff will be able to manage - 3
Number of Tests won by an innings - 1
Number of Tests played by McDonald - 1
Number of Tests played by Lee - 2

Darren Buser on July 10, 2009 at 3:44 PM said...

No worries. Just bare in mind that if you win, you'll have to be slapped with the dreaded asterisk.

Krish on July 11, 2009 at 4:37 AM said...

Hi Darren

I put up my predictions at http://blog.kridaya.com/2009/07/10/ashes-predictions/. Pasting it below too:

THE FORMALITIES
Most Runs Overall – Katich (15pts)
Most Runs England – Strauss (10)
Most Runs Australia – Katich (10)
Most Wickets Overall – Johnson (15)
Most Wickets England – Anderson (10)
Most Wickets Australia – Johnson (10)
Best Tosser (captain who wins the most tosses) – Ponting (5)
Man of the Series – Johnson (10)
1st Test Result – Eng win (10)
2nd Test Result – Aus win (10)
3rd Test Result – Aus win (10)
4th Test Result – Aus win (10)
5th Test Result – Eng win (10)
Overall series result – 2-3 (15)
THE TRIVIALITIES
Number of Tests that lose overs to rain (note, not bad light) – 2 (5)
Number of Tests that Flintoff will be able to manage – 5 (5)
Number of Tests won by an innings – 1 (5)
Number of Tests played by McDonald – 0 (5)
Number of Tests played by Lee – 3 (5)

Most Runs Overall: Phillip Hughes – He had the most to prove and he is extremely talented. Plus, he has the greatest opportunity being an opener.

Most Runs England: Kevin Pietersen – Probably will try to make amends for his stupid shot in the rest of the series.

Most Runs Australia: Phillip Hughes

Most Wickets Overall: Jimmy Anderson – Maybe this is a bit surprising, but I think he has a greater chance to gain more wickets among the weak England attack than somebody from the Australian side. It is an indication of how poor the English bowling is than how better Anderson is.

Most Wickets England: Jimmy Anderson

Most Wickets Australia: Mitchell Johnson – seems to be the universal choice, but I think Siddle is a strong second.

Best Tosser (captain who wins the most tosses): Ricky Ponting – Your guess is as good as mine.

Man of the Series: Phillip Hughes – This could be Mitchell Johnson if he does some stuff with the bat, but the South African tour was definitely inconsistent with Johnson’s previous record, so I doubt how much he can replicate his success there. And if the English bowling continues to be trash, he may not get to do much with the bat.

1st Test Result: Draw (at this stage, Australia will probably run out of time with rain unless England collapse in a heap)

2nd Test Result: Australia (it is a Lord’s Test)

3rd Test Result: Draw

4th Test Result: Australia

5th Test Result: England

Overall series result: 2-1

THE TRIVIALITIES

Number of Tests that lose overs to rain (note, not bad light): 3 (Definitely cheating here since there is one confirmed so far, so 2 more seems to be the safe bet)

Number of Tests that Flintoff will be able to manage: 5 (Injuries are unpredictable, but let’s go with 5)

Number of Tests won by an innings: Zero (though the current Test is definitely a candidate if rain doesn’t kill the Test)

Number of Tests played by McDonald: 1 (if the last Test is a dead rubber, he will definitely play)

Number of Tests played by Lee: 1 (If Australia win the 2nd Test, there will not be any changes to the lineup unless one of the three fast bowlers is really having a bad time. Depends on Ponting though.)

Krish on July 11, 2009 at 4:41 AM said...

Sorry, please disregard the first part of my comment - I think there was a copy-paste mistake.

Please start from "Phillip Hughes"

Darren Buser on July 11, 2009 at 1:55 PM said...

Hi Krish

Will acknowledge your predictions in a post later. I think we're gonna have to call an end to them now.

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