: : Let's not stop this at mere sarcasm. One -- you are either implying that
: : Richardson does'nt know to evaluate the strength of opponents as well as
: : (many) people on this newsgroup do,
: I think he forgets too easily. The 95 side ahs every batsman averaging in
: the 40's. Out of the 84 side(s) everyone except Border finsihed with an
: average in the 30's. (Boon and Jones did play a couple of tests around
: that time against WI - but they haven't finished yet). I don't know how
: much plainer I can make it. THE 1984 AUSTRALIAN TEAM WAS CRAP. THIS TEAM
: IS BETTER.
The *only* team that was probably clearly weaker than this one was the one
that got thrashed in 1984. Still, it's very possible that Richie thought
that one was "better"... though I'm sure you, with all the powerhouse
information you have, (averages) don't agree.
: I would think it was a function of Richie lacking respect for his
: oppostition, especially guys like Slater and McGrath who he has never
: even seen before.
Well, if he *really* did'nt think McGrath and Slater were'nt that great,
what's the big deal? You don't hold back when you think Williams is no
good, do you?
: I think it was a throwaway line, but one that he should be ashamed of. If
: he REALLY thought this, why didn't he say it DURING the series, then go
: out and prove it by beating us?
Okay, I have no arguments against this one.
: : shock loss, I don't think Richardson would've cared enough to cook up
: : some stories about his opponents' weaknesses.
: I have no idea what RR would have cared about. Not self respect obviously.
Nor about how (bad) the Aussies would feel when he said what he did,
About the "self respect" bit -- I'm sure Richie has enough, and is dying
to prove that to you.
: Well no. It won't send shudders down many batsmen's spine, because we
: have no fast bowler who threatens to remove your head. Our bowlers bowl
: to get the guy out, not to scare the opposition. As with our batsmen, who
: play for runs, rather than "intimidate" with their "presence". If you
: think that makes a "weak" cricket team, well you're in the wrong game.
Regardless of your glib comments, this Australian team is no great one.
Great teams have great bowling attacks (invariably), and this one has
McGrath, Julian, Reifell and Warne. Enough said.
: As to the last bit, is that meant as an excuse? ie. a person who has
: never lost has every right to be an ungracious shit when they do
: eventually lose?
Rubbish, I never meant it as an excuse. But you seem to be *demanding*
that Richardson respect this Australian team while glossing over the fact
that Australians have been less than sporting in the past -- this is not
meant to be an excuse either, I don't see why I should make excuses. Look
were Richie's comments any less sporting *in spirit* ??
I (personally) think Richie could (and SHOULD) have kept his comments to
himself, but if he does'nt respect a particular opponent, then him saying
that aloud is no big deal.
Win or lose, forever Windies.
Venky (Venkatesh Sridharan).