Hodge is not The Answer

Hodge is not The Answer

Post by Ian Galbrait » Fri, 30 Dec 2005 19:50:52


[snip]

Quote:
>> So you'll be retracting your statements about Hodge given he quickened his
>> innings when he had to?
>> I thought not.
> I just love this tactic of asking someone a question and then answering it
> yourself one line down. It's rooly cleva.

Well if you'd like to prove me wrong go ahead.

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Hodge is not The Answer

Post by Ian Galbrait » Fri, 30 Dec 2005 20:00:50

[snip]

Quote:
>> Uh if Symonds made 60 in his first innings then a 200 he wouldn't be
>> savaged.
> Whatever. You may not like it (and aren't Vics touchy little dears) but
> it's my opinion that Hodge doesn't have several of what it takes to be a
> permanent middle order bat.

You must be getting senile, I agreed with this several posts up. What I'm
talking about is your hypocrisy. The hypocrisy that sees you lambast others
for bias but then display bias yourself.

Quote:
> Every innings he's had has featured starts so
> scratchy that they make me itch. Roy, who I doubt will enjoy better bowling
> conditions in his career, *might* be a useful allrounder in the dynamic
> Miller mould. Certainly he has the ability to turn a game in a session. And
> if he doesn't play, then who else is going to bowl if we have to have this
> two leggie attack that the NSV screeched for?

Don't look at me, personally I'm stoked he has finally displayed what he
can do, and in fact IMHO he's a better bowler than Watson at the moment
(obviously discounting Watson's injury). That doesn't mean he didn't
deserve to be criticized before now, just like Mark Waugh deserved to be
criticized for his run of outs, and Hayden, and Steve Waugh and Martyn.
Ricky Ponting has gone some way to be proved right for his perseverence
with Symonds ,just like Steve Waugh supported some players in his reign.

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Hodge is not The Answer

Post by dougi » Fri, 30 Dec 2005 20:09:26



Quote:
>Don't look at me, personally I'm stoked he has finally displayed what he
>can do, and in fact IMHO he's a better bowler than Watson at the moment
>(obviously discounting Watson's injury). That doesn't mean he didn't
>deserve to be criticized before now, just like Mark Waugh deserved to be
>criticized for his run of outs, and Hayden, and Steve Waugh and Martyn.
>Ricky Ponting has gone some way to be proved right for his perseverence
>with Symonds ,just like Steve Waugh supported some players in his reign.

A captain will support whoever the selectors pick, otherwise you get
divisions in the dressing room and poor performance. It's not
Ponting's fault that Symonds was picked because of his dreads. Symonds
is pathetic. His 3 wickets the other day were no better than dougie
walters did occasionally. Any moron could see he was going to take a
couple of wickets today. He's a shite bowler and an even worse crappy
ODI bat that might do one innings in 10 like he did today, but if we
ever need him to bat 100 overs to save a test he won't be up to it.

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Hodge is not The Answer

Post by Ian Galbrait » Fri, 30 Dec 2005 20:15:43

Quote:



>>Don't look at me, personally I'm stoked he has finally displayed what he
>>can do, and in fact IMHO he's a better bowler than Watson at the moment
>>(obviously discounting Watson's injury). That doesn't mean he didn't
>>deserve to be criticized before now, just like Mark Waugh deserved to be
>>criticized for his run of outs, and Hayden, and Steve Waugh and Martyn.
>>Ricky Ponting has gone some way to be proved right for his perseverence
>>with Symonds ,just like Steve Waugh supported some players in his reign.
> A captain will support whoever the selectors pick, otherwise you get
> divisions in the dressing room and poor performance. It's not
> Ponting's fault that Symonds was picked because of his dreads. Symonds

Actually the reports are that it was only Ponting's personal intervention
that got him selected for this test and I think Perth as well.

[snip]

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Hodge is not The Answer

Post by Spaceman Spif » Fri, 30 Dec 2005 23:58:57

Quote:



>> Umpires should not go with the noise.  Unfortunately for Hodge, his
>> 'appraoch to hit that ball' did not help.  The bat hit the pads
>> exactly when the ball was passing the bat.

>> Ian Healy argued that the noise was not a soild matter to solid
>> matter sound.  I assume he knows that the pad also falls under the
>> same category.

> I assume he also knows that at a uantum level, there are no solids.

there is no spoon.

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Hodge is not The Answer

Post by alve » Sat, 31 Dec 2005 06:23:27

Quote:

>>> Uh if Symonds made 60 in his first innings then a 200 he wouldn't be
>>> savaged.

>> Whatever. You may not like it (and aren't Vics touchy little dears) but
>> it's my opinion that Hodge doesn't have several of what it takes to be a
>> permanent middle order bat.

> You must be getting senile, I agreed with this several posts up. What I'm
> talking about is your hypocrisy. The hypocrisy that sees you lambast others
> for bias but then display bias yourself.

I haven't bothered commenting on Roy's performance because;

a) He's only a stopgap. a la Jacques. Another I've made no comment on.
Ditto ***en (He may not know this though). On the obverse, you'll also
note my lack of 'Nyah nyah' posts after Roy's MCG performances.
b) Much like when a NSV player does well, there's no point in adding my
voice when an Other doesn't star as it won't be heard.
c) Stodge is a specialist batsman v Roy the nascent all-rounder. By my
thinking you need a bit more time to judge an all-rounder than you do a
specialist and I've now seen enough of Stodge to feel confident enough to
put my opinion in writing, or as you prefer, "malign".

Oh yeah, and;

d) I'm heavily biased against***torians. Especially short ones.

On to the future...It'll be interesting to see how Roy bats from now on.
Will he always go the slog? Or was yesterday just a huge gamble that payed
off and he'll revert to trying to bat relatively normally? Personally I
hope it's the latter as imo he's a better bat than given credit for,
especially against spinners.
Also, I've never rated his bowling (either style) and will be surprised if
3/50 isn't still his career best when he retires. Watson was a far better
bowling prospect.

alvey

 
 
 

Hodge is not The Answer

Post by Andrew Dunfor » Sat, 31 Dec 2005 21:22:32


Quote:

> Kane says...

> > I'd have to say though Hodge and Hussey look a hell of a lot better than
> > Clarke and Katich and he's a better bat than Clarke who would have been
> > stuffed against this RSA attack.

> Not sure about Clarke, I'd prefer to have him than Hodge, but Hussey
> certainly looks the goods. I'd be happy to stick with him beyond his
> pending lean time.

> Katich, doomed to Pura as far as I'm concerned. Made some good scores
> but not impressed by him.

I find myself wondering how Katich ever got The Nod ahead of Hussey.  But
then I look up their records and find that until the last couple of years,
Katich's numbers in Sheffield Shield were much the more impressive of the
two.  Hussey has scored runs for fun in England for several years, but had
mediocre stats in Australia until recently.

Andrew

 
 
 

Hodge is not The Answer

Post by **MattO* » Mon, 02 Jan 2006 23:06:12

Quote:



>>Too many holes in his technique, limited range of strokes, slow scorer and
>>is a poor starter.

> Nevertheless, that pesky double century and the fact that a certain other
> middle order batsman is proving himself ill-equipped at test level, will
> keep Hodge in the line-up for the summer at least.

What's the Queensland middle order?

Who does Alvery suggest?

Moving Maher to the middle order, a used by Love or hack Perren? Perhaps
Watson as a specialist batsman maybe or recall Bichel as a batting
all-rounder.... Who knows with Queenslander's. Maybe Law still has his
Australian passport after becoming a Pom.

They QCCC were critical of Watson when he played for Tasmania and now
all the sudden he's a hero again :)