Now if you're not a cricket fan, the football/lacrosse/sky-diving/etc thread is over there ---------> If you ARE a cricket fan, this thread is here for us to discuss, disect and ruminate on the Australian team's efforts to wrest back what is rightfully ours, the little urn. I think the team is a good one; just like Queenslanders with the State of Origin, the great majority of Australian players who are given the green baggy cap, rise to the occasion, and often above it. Jeff Thompson's spiteful spray about Ponting is just that; spite. I doubt any other cricketer could have captained the team to two World Cups and more wins than you could count if you started now. He give the young blokes a great target to aim at, and I'm sure they will blossom under his leadership. 1-249 at stumps is pretty impressive; if both Katich and Ponting push on to near double-centuries, and the rest chip in with 50 or so each, the English could be looking at a 600+ Australian first innings.