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   Old Thread  #440 25 Feb 2021 at 4.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I decided that rather than watch us get thrashed I'd go outside, mow the lawns and dig over the flower bed ready for Tat to do her stuff with the bedding plants. Came in to see that we lost by ten wickets after facing just over 80 overs in two innings! Yikes...thanks a lot, England...She's been nagging me since lockdown started to get those jobs done!
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   Old Thread  #439 25 Feb 2021 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Gill gave a chance to 2nd slip but we had no one there. One can become two then a bit of panic then who knows either way it was a crap field. Crowd the batsmen and see what happens.

As for the pitch things like that should happen on 4th and 5th days.
ICC too weak to do anything to BCCI so don't think much will happen.
Thought the umpires were decent given the nature of the pitch but third umpire again was sub standard.
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   Old Thread  #438 25 Feb 2021 at 2.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Close catching is vital and we won't get the chances wiothe the field like that! Did you see the amount of dust and scuffed wicket they swept up betwen the innings...!
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   Old Thread  #437 25 Feb 2021 at 1.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We need to take 10 wickets and the field is spread
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   Old Thread  #436 25 Feb 2021 at 1.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just ridiculous. This is not why I watch test cricket...and it's not because I am English and hate seeing us being humiliated; it's simple because these wickets are simply not good enogh for Test Matches.
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   Old Thread  #435 25 Feb 2021 at 12.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pink ball playing a day/nighter not taking into account that India would produce another turner.
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   Old Thread  #434 25 Feb 2021 at 12.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is just ridiculous! Could be all over soon! Why oh why did we picked three quicks!???
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   Old Thread  #433 25 Feb 2021 at 12.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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At this rate it'll only last 2 days
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   Old Thread  #432 25 Feb 2021 at 11.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ICC are scared of the BCCI so can't see that and no one has been injured but this is what the last two days of a test should be not the first two.
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   Old Thread  #431 25 Feb 2021 at 11.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!

I think some questions need to be asked regarding the wicket , for a wicket to be in that state so early , i know the home side will prepare a wicket to suit their style of play , but this is getting silly and dangerous for the faster bowlers , also there is another test to be played there shortly !
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   Old Thread  #430 25 Feb 2021 at 10.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Excellent fightback by England 5fer for the skipper. However i fear much the same for our batters and we need to put some partnerships together.
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   Old Thread  #429 24 Feb 2021 at 8.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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On the last tour to Sri Lanka, England dominated by using the sweep/reverse, that shot is high risk against these quicker spinners, and the variable bounce has done for a lot of the batsmen. Three big failures says they haven't been able to adapt
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   Old Thread  #428 24 Feb 2021 at 7.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yep Crawley looked a different class to the rest but like i said before if they start using their feet to get to the pitch of the ball then it doesn't matter if the ball turns or not you can just play straight don't know what the coaches are teaching them.
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   Old Thread  #427 24 Feb 2021 at 5.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Another shocker.

Crawley looked a different player to the walking wicket he was in Sri Lanka tho, about the only positive I could find
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   Old Thread  #426 24 Feb 2021 at 2.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
That went well...
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   Old Thread  #425 24 Feb 2021 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Oh dear
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   Old Thread  #424 16 Feb 2021 at 1.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Haven't seen today's play yet, but it was unlikely they'd hang in for a draw.
Just a shame we didn't see any fight, a couple of 50 partnerships amongst the top 4 and the stroke players may have fancied it
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   Old Thread  #423 16 Feb 2021 at 11.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well played India better in all departments. What gets me is trying to save a test and over half get out to attacking shots. At least make the oppo work for the win. At least the next one is a day/nighter with a pink ball so Anderson will play but don't forget India have a decent seam attack as well so could be an interesting match.
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   Old Thread  #422 15 Feb 2021 at 12.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think England should sit down and watch Rohit's 161 on how to use your feet to get to the pitch of the ball to nullify the amount of turn instead of playing from the crease.
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   Old Thread  #421 15 Feb 2021 at 6.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Foakes back to normal this morning

Even looked relaxed standing up to Broad, I bet the quick loved that
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   Old Thread  #420 14 Feb 2021 at 1.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeh pope looked good

It looks a lot easier to bat once the ball has softened a bit, the top 3 have to survive 25 overs really to give 456 a chance of posting a score

Games gone but I'm hoping for a bit of fight

If the hundred takes off it'll get worse in the summer. I like all forms tho, and like to see some of the international players that wouldn't come if the t20 was more drawn out. I do think they need to sandwich a few County rounds in that period tho.
I was a bit surprised at the county format this season, first glance at the Surrey fixtures and I thought they'd been relegated

Every time England struggle away we get the same questions, lose in India and we need some bunsens at county level, lose in oz and we need bouncy pitches, you don't hear it after a loss in the windies
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   Old Thread  #419 14 Feb 2021 at 1.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pope looked okay as well. How Lawrence stayed for 50 odd balls is a credit to him cos he looked like he was going to get out on most of them rabbit in headlights. But with pyjama cricket taking up middle of summer county championship squeezed to both ends of the season how many of these get to face real spin on dustbowls. I see a comment from Mark Waugh saying the wicket isn't fit for test cricket with the surface exploding on a length from the first day.
No excuses for me India have prepared a wicket for their team and have outplayed us in every department.
Root must be due a double ton so all is not lost.
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   Old Thread  #418 14 Feb 2021 at 12.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Very tricky chance but by his standards that was a bad miss
Two long days after not playing for a long time I suppose.
Hopefully England can get some plans in
Place to control the run rate a bit better
Will be interesting to see how long India bat for, I'd expect them to win if they declare overnight but I'd guess they'll leave it till a few overs before tea
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   Old Thread  #417 14 Feb 2021 at 11.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Foakes didn't look troubled at all stumping was hard turned sharply. Even with the dodgy third umpire England have been second best and those decisions wouldn't of made any difference tbh. Rohit yesterday took the game to us by attacking. I think 250 was a good 1st innings score on that wicket and once passed that we were up against it and they could attack with their field. Be a good one to save
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   Old Thread  #416 14 Feb 2021 at 11.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Shocker really, wasn't surprised foakes did well with the bat, was very surprised he missed that stumping

Third umpire needs sacking
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   Old Thread  #415 14 Feb 2021 at 9.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well that was fun. Why are we so scared of using our feet against decent spin instead of playing from the crease.
I reckon India can declare now and still win.
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   Old Thread  #414 13 Feb 2021 at 5.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's looking like series decided at the toss with the pitches so far. Unless England do something amazing over the next 2-3 days I can only see an India win or at best a draw.
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   Old Thread  #413 13 Feb 2021 at 1.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well i think 1st day has slightly gone to India because of run rate. We need to get the rest out cheaply because this wicket appears to be already deteriorating more quickly than the 1st test. I can't see us having a run rate any where near India's and batting last on this will be a nightmare. We need all our batters to start contributing as Root will fall cheaply at some point. Root also slowed the rate down when he was bowling. Big day tomorrow and hopefully keep the pressure on.
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   Old Thread  #412 13 Feb 2021 at 10.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Some of the ball tracking raised the eyebrows in the 1st test, but the stumping and then the catch off the handle
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   Old Thread  #411 13 Feb 2021 at 10.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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More like the people using it.
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   Old Thread  #410 13 Feb 2021 at 10.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Drs has been useless this series!
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   Old Thread  #409 13 Feb 2021 at 10.27am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree with the stumping stumpcam proves it for me but he's just gone now anyway.
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   Old Thread  #408 13 Feb 2021 at 9.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They need something to happen, it's getting away from England since lunch.
I've been hoping to see someone dry up an end, bring the keeper in to play with the charge down the wicket.

Yadav will be a handful on this pitch!

Edit, that stumping (over 71) looked out to me
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   Old Thread  #407 13 Feb 2021 at 9.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ishant let one rip
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   Old Thread  #406 13 Feb 2021 at 9.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah agree with run rate but must remember Ali hasn't bowled much in the last year plus they have these plans
to get batsmen out whilst putting a couple of men close to each other is leaving gaps elsewhere.
The other thing is the pitch is breaking up already and i didn't think the last one did on the first day.
Still surprised they dropped Bess though.
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   Old Thread  #405 13 Feb 2021 at 8.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Still canít get my head round what made that bail come off , it wasnít the wind
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   Old Thread  #404 13 Feb 2021 at 6.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Decent morning for England, scoreboard is ticking a bit too quickly for my liking tho, and likely to accelerate with this and the next pair.
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   Old Thread  #403 9 Feb 2021 at 5.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ah ok, I heard that delivery and thought it was over so I started some noisy work, was a bit surprised to hear the last couple of balls when I turned the tool off
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   Old Thread  #402 9 Feb 2021 at 4.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The bail was dislodged before Ishant played the ball
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   Old Thread  #401 9 Feb 2021 at 2.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Outstanding spell from Jimmy this morning

I was at work for the end and listened to the archer phantom wicket near the end, I still haven't seen what happened?
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   Old Thread  #400 9 Feb 2021 at 10.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fantastic win for England. Leach got the ball rolling but Anderson ripped the heart out of India's batting with
an awesome spell of bowling. Bess bowls too many loose balls at this level unless he can get consistency to hold up one end there will be calls for him to be dropped. Be interesting to see if India make any changes for Saturday. England's selectors will want to bring Broad in but for who? At least we know Foakes is playing.

Well done England i reckon India will come back hard and we are in for a cracking series.
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   Old Thread  #399 6 Feb 2021 at 7.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good knock from stokes this morning , root still plodding away nicely 👍
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   Old Thread  #398 5 Feb 2021 at 6.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good day for England, great one for rooot
I'll forgive burns his brainfart, it was a bad time to try it and was poorly executed, but I like him giving the bowlers something to think about.
That's one issue with this partnership, it seems to me burns gets in, gets the 50 partnership in the bag and feels he has to kick on to balance sibleys dour strike rate

Hopefully England are still batting at breakfast
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   Old Thread  #397 5 Feb 2021 at 2.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Root another majestic knock this time to a superior bowling attack. Big shout to Sibley too. Burns doing ok until......
Lawrence after his 70 on debut hasn't looked as solid. Overall a good day for England but they need to capitalise
tomorrow need 600+.
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   Old Thread  #396 5 Feb 2021 at 11.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #395 4 Feb 2021 at 6.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That was a nice surprise

Ive never liked tests starting on fridays, your back at work for days 4 and five and can't follow it properly
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   Old Thread  #394 3 Feb 2021 at 7.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just a heads up for those that donít have sky , the series against India which starts on Friday at 4am is being shown live on channel 4 , all four tests as well 👍👍
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   Old Thread  #393 25 Jan 2021 at 9.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Apparently they have only named the squad for the first two tests and said Foakes is playing in the second so don't know about third and fourth tests yet.
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   Old Thread  #392 25 Jan 2021 at 8.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'd hope so but I can see him playing the series to sure up the top 3, hopefully as a batsman and not keeping tho
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   Old Thread  #391 25 Jan 2021 at 8.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Foakes is in for the 2nd test onwards and Bairstow is being rested.
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   Old Thread  #390 25 Jan 2021 at 8.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I guess bairstow will be at three in India. Buttlers keeping has been tidy but he's only gonna play the 1st test apparently.

I'd hope to see stokes and moeen in India, and find room for foakes as his keeping could make the difference against better opposition
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   Old Thread  #389 25 Jan 2021 at 11.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well done Sibley grafted for three hours could've been given leg before a few times but he stuck to it. Buttler was sublime. Sri Lanka for me had this game in their hands but threw it away with another poor batting performance.
Well done England and Root's batting made it look easy out there.
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   Old Thread  #388 25 Jan 2021 at 10.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Roots just gone with 80 still required Sibley battling away but looks like he could get out anytime.
Agree on Burns.
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   Old Thread  #387 25 Jan 2021 at 9.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That knock gave them a chance but they'll have to get root out sharpish, he's in imperious form right now. It'd be nice to see him get a little 50*

Hopefully sibley can stick around for a bit, I thought burns had made a mistake missing this tour but his standing has gone up in his absence
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   Old Thread  #386 25 Jan 2021 at 8.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agreed woeful 9th wicket partneship gives them hope but England now chasing 164 on a 4th day wicket
as opposed 200+ on a 5th day wicket.
Crawley gone 17-1 game on.
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   Old Thread  #385 25 Jan 2021 at 6.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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One session into the day and I don't think you'll be backing SL to win!
Awful batting from them this morning
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Another cracking knock from Root ably supported by Butler and Bess.
The last three wickets must give Sri Lanka hope anything over 150 will be a struggle on the last day
as the pitch starts to break up.
Englands spin bowlers need to get some consistency in line and length to put pressure on the batsmen.
Jimmy Anderson nuff said Wood bowled his heart out as well.
Might as well open with Bairstow and Root cos Sibley and Crawley are walking wickets against the left arm spin.
Can still go anyway got to love Test cricket. If i was a betting man my money would be on Sri Lanka.
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   Old Thread  #383 18 Jan 2021 at 2.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Apparently Ali has said he isn't fit enough also they reckon Anderson in for Broad and possibly Stone in for Wood.
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   Old Thread  #382 18 Jan 2021 at 10.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And on to Friday at the same ground.
Can't see Sri Lanka fall over like they did in !st innings so could be a tighter game.
Having said that Moeen Ali will come in I'm sure maybe for Wood or Curran.
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   Old Thread  #381 18 Jan 2021 at 7.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bit of an anti-climax really

When was the last time England won the first test of a series abroad?
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   Old Thread  #380 17 Jan 2021 at 12.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'll be hoping for a rain delayed start
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   Old Thread  #379 17 Jan 2021 at 12.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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38 for 3 at stumps 36 more required guess i'll be setting the alarm for tomorrow.
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   Old Thread  #378 17 Jan 2021 at 11.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Crazy passage of play
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   Old Thread  #377 17 Jan 2021 at 11.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
19 for 3 now who said test cricket is dead.
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   Old Thread  #376 17 Jan 2021 at 11.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well played Sri Lanka to make us bat again 74 not going to be easy but should do it.
I think our spinners bowl a little bit quicker so don't get as much consistent turn as the oppo.

Oops and Sibley goes
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   Old Thread  #375 15 Jan 2021 at 7.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not had a chance to see the highlights yet but it sounded like a good knock, hope it continues tomorrow so England don't have to bat last
Burns will struggle to get back in let alone Lawrence!
Especially now bairstows got his foot back in the door
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   Old Thread  #374 15 Jan 2021 at 5.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Root was majestic today and Lawrence done well but he is still way down the order when everyone is available.
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   Old Thread  #373 14 Jan 2021 at 8.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thing is Bess didn't bowl that well Sri Lanka batted poorly.
Leach bowled superb but only took 1 but that's the way it goes.
Broad again started it all off.
Bairstow and Root batted well need a decent score as batting last on that won't be easy unless Sri Lanka capitulate again.
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   Old Thread  #372 14 Jan 2021 at 7.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Sri Lanka were awful today!

At what point does foakes tell the ecb to do one and go play some franchise cricket instead of going all round the world to sit on his ass? Or is there as a keeping coach for the other two?
Nice to see bess bowl well.
Lawrence will need some runs, that drop
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   Old Thread  #371 6 Sept 2020 at 12.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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20/20 on bbc this afternoon lads in case you didn't know
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   Old Thread  #370 16 Jul 2020 at 4.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I really don't understand it either.
Was that a collapse or a wobble? I'm never quite sure
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   Old Thread  #369 16 Jul 2020 at 3.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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With Curran in the side he will help Bess to the right handers
Archer why are they driving themselves and not in coach?
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   Old Thread  #368 15 Jul 2020 at 8.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Denly misses out, Anderson and wood rested. Have to assume broad is back in but is it woakes or Curran alongside him?
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   Old Thread  #367 12 Jul 2020 at 9.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bess I suppose was the man in possession
I don't think we'll see Jimmy and broad in the same side often now
Totally agree re foakes and denly, i think foakes needs a game or two to get some runs though
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   Old Thread  #366 12 Jul 2020 at 7.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well played the WIndies.

Its about time Buttler is dropped for Foakes.
Don't understand why Broad didn't play and surely with mostly right handers a left arm spinner would have
been a better bet.
Also time for Denly to depart plenty of starts then throws it away.

Roll on Thursday.
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   Old Thread  #365 12 Jul 2020 at 6.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Oh dear
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   Old Thread  #364 9 May 2020 at 1.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Typical England throwing away a good position with a batting collapse, how often the top 5 are out for under 80 runs!
This lot will never win an ashes series

That pieterson bloke should stick to pyjama cricket too clearly not a test match player

Can we get geoffreys gran in the top order with her stick of rhubarb, can't be any worse than this lot
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   Old Thread  #363 9 May 2020 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Botham said on commentary 'someone said last night that Warne doesn't turn it'
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   Old Thread  #362 9 May 2020 at 11.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Some ball that from warne to get rid of Strauss , unreal
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   Old Thread  #361 8 May 2020 at 3.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #360 8 May 2020 at 2.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You listen Iwatch on Sky
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   Old Thread  #359 8 May 2020 at 1.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Listening in the gorgeous weather with a hoegarden (my drink of choice in 05)
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   Old Thread  #358 8 May 2020 at 1.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #357 8 May 2020 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Day 2 just started
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   Old Thread  #356 8 May 2020 at 8.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Found it after work yesterday. Brilliant series , then after that was the 81 ashes , or bothams as it is known , brilliant stuff
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   Old Thread  #355 7 May 2020 at 10.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I've been enjoying the tms replays, I didn't find out till late today they are replaying the edgebaston 05 test, bit gutted I missed most of day one but I'll most likely have it on for the next few days
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   Old Thread  #354 11 Jan 2020 at 7.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good point Tom, when I've caught highlights of the aus-nz series it looks sparse, huge empty stands with the odd cluster of people. There aren't many sixes into the upper tiers to see if they're populated.

I didn't catch the boxing day test, Google informs me the gate for day one was a meagre 81000

And the 1st test where it looked like a 4 men and.a dog county crowd would have looked respectable at the oval
aus attendance
So yes that was a bad example, but looking at other nations the test attendances are getting worse.
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   Old Thread  #353 10 Jan 2020 at 10.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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In fairness to the Aus games, their average gate is probably higher than that in England but they play in enormous stadia so it looks empty. The MCG holds over 90,000 people.

The tv cameras are crafty for the big bash games though, the grounds are not as full as they first seem on tele.
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   Old Thread  #352 8 Jan 2020 at 5.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Anderson out of SA tour.

What a shame after his 1st innings in Cape Town
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   Old Thread  #351 8 Jan 2020 at 7.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hats off to them fans was like a home game

That's kind of the problem, attendances at test matches without English fans are terrible, that's where the 4 day nonsense comes from. Watch any highlights from the aus new zealand series, looks like a English County game when you see the empty stands. Then look at the crowds in the big bash games!

I can see jennings doing well in SL, I'd like to see Crawley get another game at least, but I feel its two years too soon for him.
I'd also expect foakes and virdi to travel to SL so surrey will have a tricky early season
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   Old Thread  #350 8 Jan 2020 at 6.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Buttler with the Rory Kleinveldt dig to Philander, hilarious 😂
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   Old Thread  #349 7 Jan 2020 at 9.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Only Ben could do that , got in from work and caught the last hour , what a performance, hats off to them fans was like a home game
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   Old Thread  #348 7 Jan 2020 at 9.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had a £10 on that SA wouldnít get to 250 runs. They got 248 and didnít run at least 10 in last hour that they could or should of. Also liked butler telling that lad what he thought of him. And tv apologise for bad language
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   Old Thread  #347 7 Jan 2020 at 3.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Four day Tests...After today at Cape Town...?

NEVER!

Well done England and Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley...and the rest of the team who were fantastic with the bat and the ball and in the field.. Sad that Jimmy has broken down again but hopefully Jof will be back.

COYE!

(Not good news for Rory Burns. )
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   Old Thread  #346 3 Jan 2020 at 10.35am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Bloody football!

Stick to cricket, guys, or maybe get Peleton!
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   Old Thread  #345 2 Jan 2020 at 7.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
With burns ruled out of the tour will Crawley come in or will denly and root move up? Either way I expect bairstow to get another go
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   Old Thread  #344 30 Dec 2019 at 5.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Haha... of all the things to complain about!
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   Old Thread  #343 30 Dec 2019 at 1.01am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Will archer ever score any runs
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   Old Thread  #342 29 Dec 2019 at 12.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #341 29 Dec 2019 at 12.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We've got a chance mate , shame stokes got out , but root looks on form

Would you ****ing believe it
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   Old Thread  #340 29 Dec 2019 at 12.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I fancy England from here, Sam Curran to finish it off making sure he upstages his brothers heroics yesterday
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   Old Thread  #339 28 Dec 2019 at 1.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Readers' picks.

The majority agreed with me about Bairstow over Prios, but I didn't think Chris Woakes would make the final eleven. Overall, though, tt's a pretty good team IMHO.

Looks as if the first test v S. Africa is headed for an England defeat. Can't see us batting out a draw on that wicket. Can have helped with most of the squad having the sh!ts!
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   Old Thread  #338 22 Dec 2019 at 12.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Matt Prior over Bairstow for me.

Hmm.. Debateable. I think Bairstow is the better keeper/batsman but it's a hard choice.
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   Old Thread  #337 21 Dec 2019 at 3.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Matt Prior over Bairstow for me.
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   Old Thread  #336 21 Dec 2019 at 12.30pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
My team of the decade...anyone agree?

LINK.
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   Old Thread  #335 4 Dec 2019 at 8.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sad news
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   Old Thread  #334 4 Dec 2019 at 4.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Shocked at the news that Bob Willis has passed away.

Remember watching that memorable game in 1981 when he took 8-43 after Botham had set it up.

So sad

RIP Bob
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   Old Thread  #333 3 Dec 2019 at 7.03am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Apparently this is the 1st time since 99 England have gone a calender year without a series win

root hit a double ton but this match will be remembered for denlys unbelievable drop
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   Old Thread  #332 5 Oct 2019 at 4.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I hope he gets it, the only worry for me would be his relationship with harmer. Harmer is an excellent player who should be playing test cricket, but not in an England shirt.
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   Old Thread  #331 5 Oct 2019 at 11.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Silverwood favourite according to BBC website.
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   Old Thread  #330 2 Oct 2019 at 2.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'll probably go to a game at the oval but tbh, I just don't get the need for it other than financially. Yeah I might decide to go there for an evening match after work, but I'm just as likely to drop in for the last session of a County champ match in summer. I don't even know what the county's will get out of it, with the team at the oval representing Surrey and Kent, how much are Kent going to benefit?

I'd only see a benefit for test cricket if they use a ball that moves, have a slog fest while the balls swinging round corners!
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   Old Thread  #329 2 Oct 2019 at 12.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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How is the Hundred plus T20 going to improve our test team?
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   Old Thread  #328 2 Oct 2019 at 7.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Looks like kirsten has got the job, I suppose they'll find another aussie or saffa to take his spot in the hundred
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   Old Thread  #327 23 Sept 2019 at 7.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's a strange one dropping bairstow days after giving him a central contract, even stranger to not take another keeper, hopefully that gives foakes a bit of a nudge, he's had a poor year with the bat. Pope can keep but not at that level from what I've seen. Crawley looks decent but hasn't really pulled up any trees, I guess the coaches wanted a closer look at him and the lancs pair.
For all the talk of an experimental team it looks pretty familiar
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   Old Thread  #326 23 Sept 2019 at 4.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Exactly and its raining.

Interesting selections but what happens if they have a blinding two test series against NZ do they
stay in for SA?
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The squad for new Zealand is announced today, it'll be interesting to see if the likes of Gregory, hain and northeast get a look in, I think sibley and pope are nailed on anyway.

Surely silverwood is the outstanding choice for the new coach, or will he be overlooked for being english

It's a shame this last round of matches doest finish on Sunday, especially with a title decider, how can you convince the young prospects that red ball cricket is the epitome when they're playing in front of 4 men and a dog compared to full houses for the t20 games?
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   Old Thread  #324 14 Sept 2019 at 3.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree he looked a natural for Test cricket and still young enough.
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Indeed, it makes it difficult to pick someone in a rich vein of form. I keep hearing on tms, talks port and sky about how weak the batting is in the championship and I disagree. The batsmen who can average 50 plus over a season, on bowler friendly pitches, in bowler friendly conditions should be looked at, and should be putting pressure on those in the England squad.
Instead we'll probably have another look at ballance or vince.

The aussie had too many batsmen not scoring so pulled the bloke who was scoring a ton of runs in the championship into the team

I'll be interested to see where hameed ends up, I still don't get what happened to him.
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   Old Thread  #322 14 Sept 2019 at 12.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Trouble is that County Championship is played at start and end of season when conditions are best for bowlers and the best part of summer is used for pyjama cricket so no one else gets a chance to score a hatful of runs and stake a claim.
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   Old Thread  #321 13 Sept 2019 at 9.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Smith looked really unsettled against Curran, I'd guess a bit of mental fatigue set in and woakes reaped the reward.

Hopefully sibley, pope and northeast get a chance on the nz tour, its time for Johnny to take a break too, either give buttler the gloves or get foakes back.

I'd love to see burns or stokes go big tomorrow, just to get closer to smiths total
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   Old Thread  #320 13 Sept 2019 at 8.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good performance today by the lads , Joffre with a six for , getting smith out for 80 bat long and hard tomorrow should get a result .
Come on England
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   Old Thread  #319 4 Sept 2019 at 10.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Roy and ballance in for away tours only

There certainly seems to be a lack of flexibility when it comes to the batting in different conditions, a lot is made of our middle order and tail, but their batting averages tell a different story. Bairstow and buttler are excellent players on their day, but they seem to have real hot streaks between long ruts. It's a real shame foakes hasn't found form this year, but would he have scored less than the other two keepers? There have been a few keeper errors in this series I wouldn't expect from him, and some of stumping he's made this season for surrey have been ridiculous! He's also the only England batsman besides root with an average over 40.

Hopefully after I've said that bairstow makes 5 catches and 3 stumpings this morning and a 200 partnership with buttler tomorrow
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   Old Thread  #318 4 Sept 2019 at 9.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree with you regards Roy funny thing is though he would probably be ok in Oz conditions with a Kookaburra but
with a Dukes in our conditions he will struggle. Even at 4 he will then have to cope with Lyon. Would love to see him get a score though.
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   Old Thread  #317 4 Sept 2019 at 6.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Them Curran boys must make a banging cup of tea

Interesting call bringing Overton in for woakes. It weakens the batting and I'm not sure old Trafford is the pitch where his extra height would make the difference. I would have thought s Curran or Gregory would be the more likely replacements.

Hopefully the denly Roy switch works, I just can't see it somehow
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   Old Thread  #316 26 Aug 2019 at 10.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Absolutely Mr T, this was the greatest ever match winning innings from Ben Stokes, a nail biting end to a fabulous days cricket. Arise Sir Ben Stokes ! a man who was forced to play one day shots in a test match to put the Aussies in trouble, much respect.
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   Old Thread  #315 25 Aug 2019 at 8.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Thatís what you call a cricket match.
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   Old Thread  #314 25 Aug 2019 at 7.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Batted his bollox out today , what a player
Won us the World Cup
Could he "...................................
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   Old Thread  #313 25 Aug 2019 at 5.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Was never in any doubt was it?
Amazing knock by stokes and the greatest 1 no. youíll ever see!
Leach to open and stokes for PM
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   Old Thread  #312 25 Aug 2019 at 4.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Unbelievable
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   Old Thread  #311 25 Aug 2019 at 4.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Game on
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   Old Thread  #310 25 Aug 2019 at 4.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What a day!!!

Arise Sir Ben
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   Old Thread  #309 25 Aug 2019 at 4.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Was only a slim chance
Come on England
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   Old Thread  #308 24 Aug 2019 at 9.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Can write off the draw, thatíll never happen.

Winner wins the ashes.
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   Old Thread  #307 24 Aug 2019 at 5.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just carry on batting like this as there are two days left no need to take chances.
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   Old Thread  #306 24 Aug 2019 at 5.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Are we going to see a miracle? Just stay in till close tonight then go for the runs tomorrow. A draw is no good, we still won't regain the Ashes. It's a win or nothing. I've got my fingers, legs and arms crossed. It's bloody difficult eating this way but if it means a win I'll take a little bit of soup down my shirt!
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   Old Thread  #305 24 Aug 2019 at 12.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Another cracking knock from Lambuschagne watch and learn England batters.
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   Old Thread  #304 23 Aug 2019 at 8.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Bit of a disappointing day , but there's still a slim chance , couldn't have asked anymore from stokes , bowled his heart out in the afternoon session , what a player !
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   Old Thread  #303 23 Aug 2019 at 8.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I'm there tomorrow, glad I didn't get tickets for Sunday.

Still be a good drinking sessions England 66 tops

Look out for me projectile vomiting at about 3pm
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   Old Thread  #302 23 Aug 2019 at 3.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Absolutely useless.
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   Old Thread  #301 23 Aug 2019 at 3.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Jesus wept! Lowest England score since 1948.
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   Old Thread  #300 23 Aug 2019 at 3.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Where is the application ffs
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   Old Thread  #299 23 Aug 2019 at 2.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Can we send Roy denly and bairstow for a night out with Warner? Sibley pope and foakes as concussion subs would be handy
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   Old Thread  #298 23 Aug 2019 at 2.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Useless bunch of tossers.
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   Old Thread  #297 23 Aug 2019 at 7.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I thought we'd blown it when Warner and Labuschagne were making hay but Archer was brilliant. Now all we have to do is bat for two days to give the lad some rest!

Sad to say, I think when Smith returns he and Labuschagne will be a devastating pairing. I don't know who would make was for Marnus but it is likely to be Head or Wade, or Lyon if they don't fancy a spinner.at Old Trafford.

TBH I cannot see us regaining the Ashes in this series.
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   Old Thread  #296 23 Aug 2019 at 7.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We should call him and his stick back up as an all rounder
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   Old Thread  #295 22 Aug 2019 at 9.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Doh

I thought it was a ploy to keep root at the top of the county averages, Surrey declaring with pope 5 runs away then sending him oop North in case they had a late chase on
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   Old Thread  #294 21 Aug 2019 at 9.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Roy got tinned by Trescothick in the nets with the dog stick. Should be fine apparently.
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   Old Thread  #293 21 Aug 2019 at 10.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The situation was similar to the spot fixing scandal to me, the young, inexperienced, impressionable party getting a second chance I can accept, agree or no.
The senior figures in the team who coerced others to cheat should be banished, as a warning to others.
Salman butt must be aggrieved that Smith was welcomed back so quickly.

This series came too soon for some bright talents, next summer will see dom sibley opening with burns, ollie pope at 4 and a refreshed root at three enjoying life under captain stokes. I think if sibley had got a score for Warwickshire this week he would have been in tomorrow's line up with Roy at 4 and denly missing out. surrey put Curran at three hoping he'd get a score and force his way in but it didn't happen unfortunately

On bairstow, I find him so frustrating, so often getting out for single digits, punctuated by match winning innings of great quality. Ben foakes must be pretty down about being dropped, having a higher batting average over the past year as well as being the best keeper we have by far.

Edited 13:10
Just seen ollie pope has been drafted as cover for Roy on the back of his 220*, does that mean Roy has picked up a knock?
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   Old Thread  #292 20 Aug 2019 at 12.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I agree with Topgun. Smith, Warner and Bancroft should not be allowed to play representative cricket ever again.

The Ashes is now a different ball game. Who on earth wants to face Archer if he can destroy Smith who was on 80 n.o. and had been at the crease for four hours? Archer scares the **** out of them...not a big surprise! I can see us winning the next three tests and regaining the Ashes.

I still think Root should revert to number four and maybe shift Stokes to number three. Curran should play as a forth seamer. Bairstow has earned a reprieve, as has Butler but I think Roy's confidence is shot. If only we could find another decent opener then there would be a space for Roy at 5 or 6.

The only problem I can see is Root succumbing to the temptation to over-bowl Archer.

I shall be glued to the radio come Thursday at 11.00 am
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   Old Thread  #291 20 Aug 2019 at 11.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The Fact is !!! 3 of the Australian team should never have been allowed to play first class cricket again. They were cheats and disgraced the game. Australia over the years have had some great cricketers in there ranks, the likes of Ricky Ponting who was one of the best captains and batsmen in world cricket for a number of years, plus numerous others who represented Australia ! I wonder how a top Australian like Ponting views this. Lets hope Archer rattles them in the remaining tests in the series, but we also need to learn how to play the 5 day game as its a different mind set for the batsman. As Boycott once said, in test cricket you win the toss and bat for 4 days, you don't get beat playing like that. His meaning was to bat for as long as possible so you have a chance of bowling out the opposition twice on a wearing wicket. lets hope the final Tests are played in good spirit with Cricket being the winner at the end ! (England hopefully with any luck).
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   Old Thread  #290 18 Aug 2019 at 9.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well Jofra was a bit tasty in this game... one day the Aussies will have to face him at the waca, Iíve been there and the nut doesnít half shift, albeit a ropey kookaburra not the duke
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   Old Thread  #289 15 Aug 2019 at 3.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well this is going well...
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   Old Thread  #288 10 Aug 2019 at 8.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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he Ashes: I think we might become a victim of our own hype. Feet on the ground, guys. This is the Aussies after all!

World Cup: This could be our year. OK, a bit of a set back v the Aussies but look at how we hammered the Afghans!


Think I may have the extraordinary power of seeing the future. Off to buy my lottery ticket for tonight.

England will not win at Lords. In fact I fear they will get hammered again unless big changes are made. Archer MUST play. Bairstow should be dropped and Buttler to go behind the stumps. Denly should be sent back to the wilds of Kent, while Root should bat at 4. Moeen is a sad reflection of what he once was so maybe Jack Leach or Adil Rashid in as the spinner. Sam Curran to be recalled for his left arm pace (and his batting ain't bad either). The Jason Roy experiment has failed...Bring back Sir Alistair!

We also need to nobble Lyons, Siddle and Starc and steal Smith's kit bag!

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   Old Thread  #287 11 Jul 2019 at 10.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Think channel 4 are showing the final Sunday , had a day off today and watched every ball , what a performance from the openers , kin brilliant
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   Old Thread  #286 27 May 2019 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Ashes: I think we might become a victim of our own hype. Feet on the ground, guys. This is the Aussies after all!

World Cup: This could be our year. OK, a bit of a set back v the Aussies but look at how we hammered the Afghans!
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   Old Thread  #285 25 May 2019 at 9.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Looking forward to today , reckon the cheats will get some earhole .
COME ON ENGLAND
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   Old Thread  #284 13 Feb 2019 at 7.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Dead rubber but a good result ahead of the Ashes to get us into the right frame of mind. Root is class.
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   Old Thread  #283 10 Feb 2019 at 8.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Woods been on fire today 90 mph plus , wow , good day for the England
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   Old Thread  #282 3 Feb 2019 at 10.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It was a good knock, but with a lot of luck. I was watching England consistently beating the bat, but not getting the edges.

I thought England did really well to adapt to Sri Lankan conditions, which England teams haven't done in the past, but a lot of the techniques they clearly worked hard on for that tour have been their undoing here.

The batting talent pool isnt strong enough currently, look at ollie pope, only a kid and played a handful of games, but gets pulled straight into the England setup and discarded just as quickly. Denly has a decent season at 3 for Kent, not outstanding by any stretch and is identified as the best available opener, meanwhile Jason Roy, a lower order batsman for Surrey scored some decent runs at no3 for the lions. I'll be watching the start of the County season closely, if someone like dom sibley starts well he could be thrown in

The bowling talent pool is a lot healthier, but since 80 for 4 is such a common sight in an England innings no's 789 have to get runs, so some very good bowlers won't get a chance while selection is so muddled.

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   Old Thread  #281 3 Feb 2019 at 9.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They should sit down and watch Darren Bravo's innings. Grafted for almost six hours for 50 and got hit numerous times
reminded me of Brian Close.

The other big problem is the ECB have ruined the County Championship by playing it at the start and end of season
to accommodate pyjama cricket.
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   Old Thread  #280 3 Feb 2019 at 8.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I think if Broad and Anderson had got first shot on that wicket things might have been different...That said, the state of the wickets in the WI should never come as a shock to a touring team!

Luckily I don't support those robbing barstewards at Sky so I listen on the steam wireless. Mind you, that doesn't make the torture any easier to bear.
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   Old Thread  #279 2 Feb 2019 at 7.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I don't like rugby so have had to watch this shambles
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   Old Thread  #278 2 Feb 2019 at 6.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
At least the rugby was good to watch
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   Old Thread  #277 2 Feb 2019 at 7.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We never had much luck today but thatís cricket. I had a bet we would bowl them out today. Lost. And broad and Anderson would take 2 wickets each. Lost. Anderson was in a right mood.
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Great rant...Fully supported in my house!
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   Old Thread  #275 1 Feb 2019 at 2.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This England side are a colossal joke. Denly's out in the 1st innings was the worst stroke i think i have ever witnessed in test match history.

England seem more interested in scoring 50 in 10 balls than they are in surviving the first 10 overs of the new ball, then taking it too the bowlers. There is clearly a lack of authority in the team, and to me they need the Sir Alex Ferguson hairdryer treatment. **** the nicely nicely approach, just go in screaming and shouting.

The wicket was bad, but no where near as bad as it was made out imo. England incompetence is more to blame, at this rate we're set to lose the series 3-0, be the laughing stock of test cricket and quite frankly should give Australia the Ashes right now to save the embarrassment of bothering to play them.

DISGUSTING

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   Old Thread  #274 31 Jan 2019 at 10.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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So denly is in for jennings, and I'd imagine Broad will be in over leach

Looking for a big performance in this match, and hopefully denly can score some runs in the next two tests to cement his place for the ashes, we really don't need any uncertainty over the openers
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   Old Thread  #273 29 Jan 2019 at 2.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well that was a severe drubbing by a team I think we were expected to beat. Unless we get the 1,2 3 in the batting order sorted out before the Ashes starts, we shall be in trouble. Two test to go out in the Windies to start that process. Frankly I'd be calling up Rob Key and begging Tressie to return to the fold!
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   Old Thread  #272 26 Jan 2019 at 3.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Roy for me.
Hales only signed up for white ball cricket.
Can't believe the Windies not attacking in the field.
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   Old Thread  #271 26 Jan 2019 at 3.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Is denly next in line for the opening spot?
There's always room for another all-rounder

I can't see jennings opening against aus.
I wouldn't mind seeing Roy or hayles given a go, at least if they only last three overs there will be 30 runs on the board
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   Old Thread  #270 26 Jan 2019 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think on some English wickets he could take the new ball, but not on this type that need a bit more pace. I wouldn't drop broad in English conditions though. Woakes would have been a better choice than rashid here.
After years of crying out for a decent all-rounder it's baffling to see only one specialist bowler
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   Old Thread  #269 26 Jan 2019 at 12.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They read the pitch wrong thinking it will be a spinners wicket. Agree with Curran but he's not a new ball bowler
and they won't drop Anderson so it was Broad that got the boot on a pitch that would have been perfect for him.
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   Old Thread  #268 26 Jan 2019 at 11.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can't understand why Broad was left out, granted currans stature has risen to the point he shouldn't be dropped, but why two spinners on that pitch?
I can only think he's having problems with the changes he's had to make to his action.
This series is gonna test stokes' fitness, given his history I can't see him getting through bowling 40 overs a match, and with the world Cup round the corner I hope someone else can step up to reduce his workload.

I'm quite liking the talksport commentary too, especially now I don't have to hear boycotts doom and gloom
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   Old Thread  #267 26 Jan 2019 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Whilst not taking anything away from the Windies bowlers surely we can't bat as bad as we did in the 1st innings.
They certainly read the pitch wrong when picking the team.
Problem is they can't trust the batting so bowlers like Leach don't get a look in cos he can't bat like Ali or Rashid.
Still be a good one to win.
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   Old Thread  #266 26 Jan 2019 at 10.15am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That pitch did nothing yesterday, the lower order should provide some entertainment....

Hopefully not before the evening session though

There are more recent threads than this one Ken, the cricket threads only seem to get posted in after the bad days though.

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   Old Thread  #265 26 Jan 2019 at 7.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Big run chase on today mate
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   Old Thread  #264 25 Jan 2019 at 4.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Two years since the last post in the thread. I guess cricket isn't that popular with the carp fishing masses.

Anyway, though not the Ashes (ATM) it's good to see that we have started an Ashes year with some resounding batting and bowling at The Kingston Oval..NOT!.

Please tell me we are no going back to the dark ages again. I thought English test cricket was going so well, too!
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   Old Thread  #263 22 Jan 2017 at 4.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Finally a win! What a great series even though we lost 1-2 but it was too a hugely talented Indian batting side. Those last two overs had me on the edge of my seat, that's for sure. Well done England today.
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   Old Thread  #262 22 Jan 2017 at 9.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nothing to say about the India tour, I just had to add jake ball and hardik pandya to the members 11
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   Old Thread  #261 3 Jan 2016 at 8.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What happened today? I think there was a highlights show on tms this morning, every ball was hitting the boundary.
England can't do that to sa surely
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   Old Thread  #260 19 Oct 2015 at 7.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Did they dig the pitch up overnight?
Great final day, blaming bells drops more than the umpires for the lack of a result. The time wasting left a bad taste though
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   Old Thread  #259 16 Oct 2015 at 6.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Still can't understand why Taylor isn't playing instead of butler
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   Old Thread  #258 15 Oct 2015 at 2.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's an awful test wicket
The run rate should be higher tomorrow with the more positive batsman to come.

Plenty of no balls I see
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   Old Thread  #257 15 Oct 2015 at 11.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
To call it 'slow' is putting it mildly. It would take England another 133 overs to reach Pakistan's score if they keep going at the current rate. That would take us until the end of tomorrow.

Still, another ton for AC and so far Bell is still in. The wicket is like concrete apparently.
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   Old Thread  #256 14 Oct 2015 at 10.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Had it on the radio at work , glad I'm not watching . Not much interest out there either is there
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   Old Thread  #255 14 Oct 2015 at 10.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Not a good couple of days!
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   Old Thread  #254 14 Sept 2015 at 9.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well, pretty bad as it turned out!

Sad to hear of the passing of Brian Close, probably the bravest cricketer ever to put on pads. Have a look at how this 45 year old man stood proud against Michael Holding (Whispering Death). RIP Brian Close.
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   Old Thread  #253 13 Sept 2015 at 1.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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There two down now , so not all bad
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   Old Thread  #252 13 Sept 2015 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Keep it zipped, Ralphie!

138 all out
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   Old Thread  #251 13 Sept 2015 at 9.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Here's hoping for a win today and a whitewash against the Aussies in all
Formats of the game
Edit , three down , me and my big mouth
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   Old Thread  #250 12 Sept 2015 at 11.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was at that game England v West Indies The Oval 1991
All the crowd that had radios were in stitches and the rest didn't have a clue what was happening.
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   Old Thread  #249 12 Sept 2015 at 11.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is a Classic!

I cannot watch cricket on Sky as the commentators annoy me so much, so I turn the sound off and listen to Test Match Special on the radio. Plenty of real hilarity going on and worth it if only for Boycs being his usual bumptious and outspoken self! And Henry Blofeld is a one-off.

Only trouble is they have added Swan to the team. What a disgrace to English cricket that man is. Couldn't hack it in Aus during the last tour (when we were whitewashed) so said "bugger it , I'm off". What a hero...NOT!

Think the one dayers are nicely matched.
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   Old Thread  #248 11 Sept 2015 at 11.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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During one of the tests I'm sure the commentator naming our bowling attack said Anderson strokes broad wood
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   Old Thread  #247 11 Sept 2015 at 11.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Reminds me of the famous " The batsman HOLDING, the bowlers WILLEY....
Allegedly said by Brian Johnston
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   Old Thread  #246 11 Sept 2015 at 11.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Childish I know, but having seen wood Willey and johnson in this series I'm trying to make up a 'members' 11

Only got de kock to add so far, any others I'm missing
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   Old Thread  #245 26 Aug 2015 at 6.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You won't see stokes opening, you can't expect him to bowl a long spell, potentially taking the final wicket, then leg it off and be ready to bat in a few minutes.

I wouldn't mind seeing hayles opening in uae but I think he'd struggle with the saffas. Trying moeen as an opener makes it easier to get rashid into the team so I suspect that's the route they'll take.
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   Old Thread  #244 24 Aug 2015 at 11.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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that was a good and true article ken, not sure on moeen opening, I would take the same route of Australia and give ben stokes a go at opening, perfert place to test him over the next two series, he wont feel under threat because if it don't work he can drop back down the order, this way they can drop lyth and blood someone in at no3 ready for a move up at a later date if stokes don't work out.

I doubt this will happen
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   Old Thread  #243 24 Aug 2015 at 6.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Think we will struggle in UAE and SA
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   Old Thread  #242 24 Aug 2015 at 3.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
So we won this series and that is something to be positive about. However, I think This article has it spot on.
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   Old Thread  #241 23 Aug 2015 at 12.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Imagine spending around 500 quid watching the last two days live. And having my father in law for company yesterday, who makes boycott seem like a positive, optimistic glass half full kind of character

Broads due a new high score, wonder if he can beat his 160 odd between the showers
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   Old Thread  #240 23 Aug 2015 at 12.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I really must stop predicting a result. A draw...as if!

IMO 20/20 cricket sounded the death knell for proper cricket. I hate it with a passion.
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   Old Thread  #239 21 Aug 2015 at 10.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think this series is marking the end of test cricket as we know it, and I for one are very sad.
A test is a test of all parts of a sportspersons mental and physical abilities, this seem to have been lost now, when one team gets the upperhand , that's it, game over , no steel and backbone anymore. they might aswell go ahead with the idea 90 overs each per innings and be done with it
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   Old Thread  #238 20 Aug 2015 at 2.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Has the look of a draw, doesn't it. I think Cooke/England was seduced by another green tinged wicket, but the Oval definitely is not Trent Bridge! Was feeling sorry for Jimmy A. but perhaps he is glad he is still unfit.
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   Old Thread  #237 20 Aug 2015 at 1.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
After that morning I half expect to see them bat most of tomorrow then see if England collapse or stick it out for draw saturday

Ralph, the ballot opens today to get tickets for next year's oval test (final match vs pak) I usually get lucky with tickets this way, I probably won't bother for that one tho
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   Old Thread  #236 14 Aug 2015 at 8.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They burned their bra's
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   Old Thread  #235 14 Aug 2015 at 11.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Slightly o/t but why are the womens test matches called the ashes? There is reason the ashes have that name. When did this happen in women's cricket??
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   Old Thread  #234 11 Aug 2015 at 11.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We need an opener and a spinner for a start...and a number 3 batsman, perhaps?
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   Old Thread  #233 8 Aug 2015 at 6.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A tweak
We need an opener and a spinner for a start
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   Old Thread  #232 8 Aug 2015 at 5.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Number 1 spot
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   Old Thread  #231 8 Aug 2015 at 5.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Very happy for the boys. They deserved it after the sh t they been thru. Almost a proper force now, just a little tweak here and there and we can get that no spot back
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   Old Thread  #230 8 Aug 2015 at 4.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cor , not half .
Like gold dust now , wish I had one.
My mate reckons he can sort a couple for us but I ain't holding me breath, fingers crossed tho
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   Old Thread  #229 8 Aug 2015 at 4.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had spare for day 3, could've made a tidy profit till my father in law got wind
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   Old Thread  #228 8 Aug 2015 at 1.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well done to England.
Great seeing the Ashes back!!!
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   Old Thread  #227 8 Aug 2015 at 1.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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get in there

Well done lads , couldn't be happier ,"............ Well I could be if we beat manure

Gonna be party time at the oval, anyone got any tickets ?
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   Old Thread  #226 8 Aug 2015 at 11.41am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
You can shout now!

England have regained the Ashes! 18 months after being whitewashed down under, England have won back the urn and extracted revenge. Let the celebrations begin!
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   Old Thread  #225 8 Aug 2015 at 11.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What a turn round from West Indies tour. Even the skipper making some good calls. Take a bow England
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   Old Thread  #224 8 Aug 2015 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's all over bar the shouting!
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   Old Thread  #223 7 Aug 2015 at 6.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Wrong for once ken!!!

Aussies will come out tomorrow get a couple of runs in front and then boÚooÚom. All over
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   Old Thread  #222 7 Aug 2015 at 3.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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136 for 4 is this the start of the collapse? Terrible cricket from the Aussies after giving themselves half a chance.

This could be all over today and I am giving predicting!
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   Old Thread  #221 7 Aug 2015 at 2.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The Aussies are going along very nicely now so the pessimist in me sees this going all the way. One things for certain...it's not going to be all over today!
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   Old Thread  #220 7 Aug 2015 at 7.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm hoping for rain
I wanted the oval to be the decider, but It's good to finally break the wlwlwlwlwl sequence
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   Old Thread  #219 7 Aug 2015 at 7.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Rooooooooooooooooot

The most naturally gifted player we have had in recent times (that's English not half English! !!)

Ashes over, bring on the footy
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   Old Thread  #218 6 Aug 2015 at 5.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wouldn't have predicted that
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   Old Thread  #217 6 Aug 2015 at 5.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The Aussies have invented a new format of the game , the 20 /20 test match.
Unfortunately for them they only lasted 18 overs
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   Old Thread  #216 6 Aug 2015 at 12.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wow
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   Old Thread  #215 6 Aug 2015 at 12.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What a morning!
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   Old Thread  #214 6 Aug 2015 at 12.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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All out for 60 .

Broady take a bow
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   Old Thread  #213 6 Aug 2015 at 10.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Good toss to win? What say you, Duggs?

EDIT: No need to answer that...Ausies 29 for 6. Bloody hell!
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   Old Thread  #212 31 Jul 2015 at 7.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I wonder which mitch will turn up at trent bridge, the lethal quick or....

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   Old Thread  #211 31 Jul 2015 at 6.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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overcsast at trent bridge and jimmy would would of had another fiver+
onions would be good choice for line and length as stokes and finn can leak a few runs, I aint fussed either way as long as lyth is dumped, shame about him cos hes a good slip fielder but bairstow can take his place there

Cmon engerland
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   Old Thread  #210 31 Jul 2015 at 4.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Will onions get called up to replace Jimmy or is he another forgotten man in english cricket

I rather like Graham Onions. He knows his stuff (sorry!). However, If Mat Woods is fit again I hope he gets his place back. Wonderful to see Finn in form again at last. Think we'll miss JA, though.
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   Old Thread  #209 31 Jul 2015 at 4.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
After seeing Johnson tortured in those final overs I'm glad we let them get that lead

Happy to proven wrong on bell and finn, not so much on Lythe, if he makes it to trend bridge it's really last chance saloon
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   Old Thread  #208 31 Jul 2015 at 11.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Should be over by lunch, the second crushing defeat in the series for the aussies hopefully by 10 wickets

Don't be so sure...They are throwing the bat at everything and without Jimmy we don't seem to have the power in our attack. That said, I am sure Finn and Broad are good enough to polish off the tail

...And having written that Neville is out caught behind!
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   Old Thread  #207 31 Jul 2015 at 6.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cheer up mate
Should be over by lunch, the second crushing defeat in the series for the aussies hopefully by 10 wickets

Will onions get called up to replace Jimmy or is he another forgotten man in english cricket
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   Old Thread  #206 30 Jul 2015 at 9.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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funny ol game eh!!!
this game aint over yet, we don't wanna chase more than 100!

curtains for lythe
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   Old Thread  #205 30 Jul 2015 at 12.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good spot!

Bairstow can score for fun in the county game but a MJ thunderbolt scared him half to death!
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   Old Thread  #204 30 Jul 2015 at 7.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Where did your doom and gloom prediction go
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   Old Thread  #203 29 Jul 2015 at 10.33am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Good start!!!
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   Old Thread  #202 23 Jul 2015 at 7.59am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's nonsense, personally I see a value in his height, imagine having him and broad batting rotating the strike, that must disrupt the bowlers length as much as a left/right combo would disrupt the line.

Having a slip cordon with bairstow and Taylor should improve the catching
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   Old Thread  #201 22 Jul 2015 at 10.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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taylor as a batsman or keeper aswell?
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   Old Thread  #200 22 Jul 2015 at 9.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Tendulker, Boon, Kallicharan all shorter than Taylor
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   Old Thread  #199 22 Jul 2015 at 9.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good call, he chose a good time for a big score

It's easy to be overlooked when your that short, kp didn't help much in that respect
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   Old Thread  #198 22 Jul 2015 at 8.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What does James Taylor have to do to get in. Skipper's A team and didn't look out of his depth against Steyn and morkel in 2012. Bell's had too many chances now and gets promoted to three crazy.
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   Old Thread  #197 22 Jul 2015 at 7.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #196 22 Jul 2015 at 12.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Please god no

Rob key was a bit of a boycott, not many players like that these days, they all want to get after the bowlers from the off. That's the affect T20 has had
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   Old Thread  #195 22 Jul 2015 at 10.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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lythe just don't look like he fits to me, like carberry . I thought Compton weren't given enough time and he was a player with the attitude of seeing off the new ball, we don't need attacking openers with bell,root,stokes, butler and moeen in the team! even if the openers can get us past 50 form the first 20 overs, that a be a start. I hope im wrong about lythe and a smacks a double ton next bat but I cant see it

You have just made the perfect case for the recall of...





































































Geoff Boycott!
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lythe just don't look like he fits to me, like carberry . I thought Compton weren't given enough time and he was a player with the attitude of seeing off the new ball, we don't need attacking openers with bell,root,stokes, butler and moeen in the team! even if the openers can get us past 50 form the first 20 overs, that a be a start. I hope im wrong about lythe and a smacks a double ton next bat but I cant see it
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   Old Thread  #193 21 Jul 2015 at 6.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I dunno what to say to that...
I wanted bell at three when trott had a spaz and bell was our best batsman, but that was 20 innings and not many runs ago...

Ballance will come back in the future, probably at 4 or 5.

Lythe has shown enough for me to give him more time, he's had some bad luck and very good deliverys among his dismissals, he needs to make runs in this series though or he'll be another Compton carberry key.....
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   Old Thread  #192 21 Jul 2015 at 6.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What, so madame Lythe gets another go he just don't look like he will ever be a test cricketer. Compton done better than him and he's now on the scrapheap and will probably get overlooked. Bring back trescothick
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   Old Thread  #191 21 Jul 2015 at 12.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ooooooooooooo! Nasty!

It has been confirmed that Jonny Bairstow will bat at five, with Joe Root moving up to four and Ian Bell at three.

Gary Ballance has been dropped after scoring 23 and 14 in his two innings in the second Test at Lords.
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   Old Thread  #190 21 Jul 2015 at 11.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I saw that, looked painful

I thought cook would have shown bigger ******** at lords they must still be swollen from the first test

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I think Bell's time is up. He's had too many 2nd chances as it is. Bairstow? Possibly, but IMO just more canon fodder for the Mitches who will want to get the upper hand over the newcomer a.s.a.p. Take lots of padding, Jonny!

Edgebaston may prove a bit more challenging to the Aussies and if we can just win the toss...

BTW did anybody see that dramatic crash in the Tour yesterday? I thought Thomas was a gonner for sure. Tough cookie and no mistake. Maybe he should switch to cricket. We need tough attitudes like that to stand up to the quicks.
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   Old Thread  #188 20 Jul 2015 at 9.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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yeah sort of agree with you mate and I would a taken 1-1 aswell, im just shouting me mouth off about what I think will happen if we don't freshen up a bit, before the ashes started, I cant remember a test match we dominated in recent times, all the ones we won we could of lost. it all went wrong the day swann retired and trott lost his bottle, not because of the players they were, but the mental strength they had within the team, its like cogs have been falling away since and some results have flattered us

anyhow that's my rant overwith, I hope they have a little change and compete at Edgbaston, I be happy with competing
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   Old Thread  #187 20 Jul 2015 at 7.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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None of them coped with the situation where they had to defend.
for me the middle order are too quickly exposed every match, I'd like to see a youngish IN FORM opener/no 3 come in at 3, ballance drop to 4 and bell get kick up the backside in the county game.

I can't see finn coming in, he's another who seems mentally fragile, although it does seem strange to have just three bowlers and the two batting alrounders (three if you count root)

Just to add some perspective the way England have played this last 18 months I'm not upset at being 1-1 after two tests, in fact if you had offered me that after the west indies and world cup debacles I'd have bitten your hand off
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   Old Thread  #186 20 Jul 2015 at 5.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bairstow looks next in line for batting position outside the top three, another positive player to go with the new attacking ethos
yes - agreed


Unfortunately when you stack a team in any sport to go hard in attack it occasionally backfires when your unable to defend.
Not agreed, we didn't even get bowled out playing attacking cricket, we didn't get the chance(apart from stokes but he knows no other way), we looked scared, that's whats worrying, maybe its right not bringing back KP but they need to decide what they want from this ashes-
Win at all costs- then bring KP back, get finn in aswell and give them some bounce, or
plan for the future- chuck a couple of no fear youngsters in and get them used to test cricket early, if nothing changes the next test is lost, the media will be having it off and the ashes will be gone

agree about the matey matey situation and we need selectors like -

Darren gough, , dominic cork, beefy and vaughny, people that recognise desire to win.
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   Old Thread  #185 20 Jul 2015 at 1.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think that's the first time "kp" and "sensible" have been used in the same sentence. Kudos for that

But replacing one old boy trading on past reputation for another doesn't seem too sensible to me.

Bairstow looks next in line for batting position outside the top three, another positive player to go with the new attacking ethos

Unfortunately when you stack a team in any sport to go hard in attack it occasionally backfires when your unable to defend.

Apart from possibly replacing bell or ballance I don't want to see any knee jerk reactions to one bad defeat
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   Old Thread  #184 20 Jul 2015 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Though I forecast an Aussie win by an innings, to be frank I think the defeat by over 400 runs is worse than an innings defeat. I am still in shock and totally agree with previous comments about the touchy-feely relationship between Strauss and Cook.

Anyone think KP will be recalled? (No, of course not! That would be far to sensible.)

So, same ****, different day...situation normal F.U.B.A.R.

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   Old Thread  #183 20 Jul 2015 at 9.13am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well said, sums it up perfectly really. Did love the people on social media saying the wicket was to blame. LMAO! Do they think Australia batted on a different wicket that was changed during the breaks?

England cricket wont get anywhere until there are wholesale changes in the way selection works. "I'm in the team cause i'm BFFs with the captain", needs to go and be replaced with earning a place.

Last moan: How on EARTH can you have a successful organisation where the man in charge is BFFs with the captain? Essentially negating the coach completely? Disgraceful, the England Old boys network needs to go, EARN YOUR PLACE. Might start being consistent then imo.
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   Old Thread  #182 19 Jul 2015 at 9.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Playing at balls not hitting stumps when your trying to save a test. Disgraceful.
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   Old Thread  #181 19 Jul 2015 at 4.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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joke
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lythe and butler couldn't defend one stump, bell and balance all over the place and we aint got a bowler with raw pace, the aussises must a been at half pace in Cardiff
we are doomed, this test reminded me of watching English cricket in the 80s, I feel sorry for root and stokes

KP recall
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   Old Thread  #180 17 Jul 2015 at 10.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can see them getting 600+ and then beating us by an innings before the rain disrupts the game.
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   Old Thread  #179 16 Jul 2015 at 7.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ken, you should be a professional gambler, you got it bang on
this is englands big test now ...to see if they have the resolve they had when we won the ashes in Australia a few years back
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   Old Thread  #178 16 Jul 2015 at 11.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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that lords test could be won on the first morning...by whoever wins the toss, and this morning it's the Aussies. Looks like a slow wicket so I expect high scores, could be 350+ by close. The Aussies will look to attack from the start, especially as it is at Lords.
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   Old Thread  #177 14 Jul 2015 at 7.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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that lords test could be won on the first morning
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   Old Thread  #176 13 Jul 2015 at 9.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
One down. Four to go...but I have a feeling Lords won't be quite so easy and if Starc is out, then Siddle would be a perfect replacement as he is much in the same mould as Anderson or McGrath. Wicket to wicket, line and length and hard to play. Perfect for the Lords wicket. Cannot wait!
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   Old Thread  #175 12 Jul 2015 at 11.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes well done England. Broad is so much better when he is pitching the ball up and not dropping it too short. Also Cook had a good game as Captain even though the big decision of declaration was not needed.
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   Old Thread  #174 11 Jul 2015 at 10.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ye well done to England!!
Exciting start to the ashes.
Cannot wait for the next one.
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   Old Thread  #173 11 Jul 2015 at 9.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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rooooooot

hope the rest of the groundsmen have done as they been told

barmy army
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   Old Thread  #172 11 Jul 2015 at 5.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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1-0 to the Poms.
What a fantastic game of cricket....
Weather permitting I fancy a whitewash
Roooooot
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   Old Thread  #171 11 Jul 2015 at 10.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just bowl them out today...Rain coming Sunday so please don't let them draw by default. Our bowlers look revitalised and Wood is pretty special. Come on England...(and I never expected to be writing in such a positive vein just a few weeks back then they came home from the WI with the team in tatters).
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   Old Thread  #170 10 Jul 2015 at 5.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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looking good and there a bowler crocked
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   Old Thread  #169 10 Jul 2015 at 3.58pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ian Bell just goes to show form is temporary,class is permanent.Oh and Kevin who?
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   Old Thread  #168 10 Jul 2015 at 3.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Ye going well!!
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   Old Thread  #166 10 Jul 2015 at 12.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What a fantastic morning for England. The captain has played a blinder and the whole team is brimming with positivity. Huge turn around from that dismal winter series. Come on England
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   Old Thread  #165 27 Jun 2015 at 11.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bowl him a piano, see if he can ****ing play that
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   Old Thread  #164 27 Jun 2015 at 10.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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they are gonna sledge us to the ground

chin up boys

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   Old Thread  #163 26 Jun 2015 at 11.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cook made me laugh today saying that he hoped this series could be played in the same manner
As the last one against New Zealand .
Wake up dopey and smell the coffee , this is the ashes .
I can't wait
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   Old Thread  #162 26 Jun 2015 at 11.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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very interesting the way they have arranged the test venues this year, if all goes to the plan I think England have set it will all be all be on the 4th at trent bridge
1st test can be sort of sacrificed as a learning curve and look to hit them at lords and Edgbaston to put the pressure on the flaming galas
they cant be relying on winning the ashes at the oval being level at 1-1 or 2-2 they need to make sure the aussies need to win the last test to stand a chance
I just hope the press cut us some slack if we do go down in the 1st test, as in 2005 I think they needed that first loss to evaluate where they were at
cant wait , I get back from bounty lakes on the 20th august , just in time for the oval
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   Old Thread  #161 29 May 2015 at 6.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice place to be Noj, nearly went myself but couldn't get out of work
days 2 and 3 at the oval will have to make up for it hopefully England have a chance to win it by the final test

Not predicting an England win just yet, but I'm no longer expecting a 0-5 drubbing
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   Old Thread  #160 26 May 2015 at 2.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Yep, great game!
Even better when you are sipping a cold beer or 6 at the home of cricket on the final day
I'm not getting ahead of myself and predicting anything life changing happening against Australia
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   Old Thread  #159 26 May 2015 at 6.05am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What a match! My faith is restored...We might just win this coning series againts the old emeny.
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   Old Thread  #158 25 May 2015 at 6.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What a game that was , my arse hasn't left this chair much over the last two days
Well done our younguns
Well done England
And we'll done New Zealand .

Shame it's only a 2 test series
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   Old Thread  #157 25 May 2015 at 1.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Win or lose today, I feel England have turned a corner

great match
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   Old Thread  #156 21 May 2015 at 4.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Joe, you let me down. I was heading for cricket sage of the forum...
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Ahh but the brat would bat at 4 5 or 6, not where England are struggling

Great to see some aggressive batting after the obligatory 1st test 1st innings collapse
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   Old Thread  #154 21 May 2015 at 12.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
This is crunch time for more than one England player, not least the captain...and he's out cheaply already, as is Bell. Root will score a ton on this wicket and Stokes is a good battler. Stokes in ahead of Moeen...here's why:

...batting change wasn't a deliberate move by England - Moeen Ali was batting in the nets and couldn't get his kit on in time to make it out there. Shambles doesn't do it justice - if this series is Paul Farbrace's audition for the permanent job of England coach, that's the equivalent of fluffing your first line and then tripping over part of the set.
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   Old Thread  #153 21 May 2015 at 12.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
As an England fan i have one thing to say:


COME ON NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA!!!!


7-0 thrashing with no lubricant is the ONLY way to get rid of cRaptain Cook.


What England desperately need now is a world class batsman capable of scoring over 300 runs* shame there wasn't one available for selection before this test
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   Old Thread  #152 21 May 2015 at 6.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A summer of cricket starts today at lords .
If our top four don't get a hundred between them , we know who we're gonna be talking about for
The next week or so .
I'm off now till Tuesday and I can't wait .

Come on England,

Oops , one down already
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   Old Thread  #150 13 Apr 2015 at 3.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nice to see trott is firing on all cylinders again
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   Old Thread  #149 9 Apr 2015 at 2.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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See they replaced Cook with Eoin Morgan for the ODI side. Move in the right direction.

Bet you wish you'd never posted that, eh?

See Downton has been sacked. There's hope for KP yet!...In fact, if they'll give Trott a place on a tour, then anything's possible!
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   Old Thread  #148 19 Dec 2014 at 11.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Another player out of form as well ........ But who else is there.
Don't know if we should be changing captains this close to a World Cup .
We will see
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   Old Thread  #147 19 Dec 2014 at 6.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
And already people are giving him criticism, saying his record is worse than cooks and how have they come to that decision? but in my eyes he's a more rounded one day player who can and will win games
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   Old Thread  #146 19 Dec 2014 at 6.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
See they replaced Cook with Eoin Morgan for the ODI side.
Move in the right direction.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/30555167
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Any chance he had of playing for England again disappeared when his book came out

I think KP knew that and didn't give a ****. If the poor pampered useless darlings cannot face the truth, they should never have read it!
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   Old Thread  #144 19 Dec 2014 at 7.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Cook should of gone after the last Ashes.
England will pay the price with the World Cup and the Ashes after it.

This is like flogging a dead horse.

Paul Downton will be needing to pack his bags as well next year.

But going on what has been going on since the Ashes, they will most probably just talk about 'what positives needs to be taken from the losses' ect.

Bit of a joke really.
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   Old Thread  #143 19 Dec 2014 at 6.26am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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One decent knock in a year is not good enough to get any player selected, compare kp's form to that of Jason Roy and you see there's no pressure on the selectors to bring him back.


Any chance he had of playing for England again disappeared when his book came out
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   Old Thread  #142 18 Dec 2014 at 2.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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UPDATE: Lovely touch of irony from Gary Lineker ion Twitter. He tweeted: "I see @KP24 has been bashing it around. If England weren't in such fine form they could probably have used someone like him."


Fine form...Love it!

FYI: Pietersen scored 66 off 46 balls for the Melbourne Stars in his first innings in this year's Big Bash in Australia.
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   Old Thread  #141 16 Dec 2014 at 4.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Bump...So 4 months after my meal of humble pie, can I stick my head above the parapet and say, "FFS, get rid of Cook!"? How many chances does one man need. He's a busted flush, a useless captain and we might as well try Root who will give 100% for England.

The only person I know who has had more chances at reviving his professional career is Ravel Morrison, and it looks as if finally even he has run out of mugs to give him a job.

COOK OUT!
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   Old Thread  #140 15 Aug 2014 at 2.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Kinda embarrassed by this post. I suppose I could always go back and edit it but they sure have left me with egg on my face.

Hindsight...It's a wonderful gift if you have got it!

Well done, England, for tuning it around so dramatically.
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   Old Thread  #139 7 Aug 2014 at 7.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's a funny old game...

Never underestimate the importance of momentum in sport, thank god england have finally got some back
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   Old Thread  #138 1 Aug 2014 at 6.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
About time! I was thinking of selling my tickets for the oval test but not now they've woke up.

I'm just hoping cook can keep scoring runs and hopefully some clear thinking can return to his captaincy.

I suspect Robson may be out if he doesn't find some runs soon, root or ballance to open with cook and Jason Roy to bat at 5
Roy, butler and stokes as the lower order will cause havoc!
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   Old Thread  #137 31 Jul 2014 at 1.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well done England Enjoy!!!

And Cook I hope this continues!!

Really entertaining these last few days!!
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   Old Thread  #136 31 Jul 2014 at 1.03pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Mighty Mo made short work of that

He'll need to up his game a bit before throwing some balls at the likes of Clarke and co.
We came up against a pretty average india in this game
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   Old Thread  #135 31 Jul 2014 at 12.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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UPDATE: Told ya! Is this a seminal moment or are England still only half way round the corner?

Well done, England, and Moeen, despite that beard!
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   Old Thread  #134 31 Jul 2014 at 12.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not long now! Should be over before lunch...This is a different England we are seeing. Complete turn around in attitude and application.

BUT...One win (or even a series win) against a fledgling Indian team must not make them over confident. The elephant in the room (Aussies in 2015) cannot be ignored.
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   Old Thread  #133 30 Jul 2014 at 11.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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good day for england today.
a win on the cards for us tommorow
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   Old Thread  #132 30 Jul 2014 at 3.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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MUCH better!