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   Old Thread  #105 10 Sept 2021 at 10.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yep gutted was looking forward to it. All the players negative.
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   Old Thread  #104 10 Sept 2021 at 9.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What a crap end to the series
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   Old Thread  #103 6 Sept 2021 at 4.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well done India cracking test match drizzling in Scotland. It looked at one stage we would have a big big 1st innings lead but they dug deep then batted us out the match i suppose. When the pressure was on we weren't up to it.
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   Old Thread  #102 6 Sept 2021 at 1.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Still positive, but it's muggy as hell and looks like a bowling day where I am. (6 miles ish from the oval)
Will need a few wickets in the tank when the new ball comes
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   Old Thread  #101 5 Sept 2021 at 8.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's game on

Should have been a lot easier tho, some expensive mistakes in that innings

Strange to be watching such a dead pitch when wickets have been tumbling in all the County games
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   Old Thread  #100 5 Sept 2021 at 7.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pitch not doing too much so in for a good day tomorrow
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   Old Thread  #99 5 Sept 2021 at 4.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'm surprisingly optimistic about this chase
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   Old Thread  #98 5 Sept 2021 at 12.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Still can't believe they didn't pick Ashwin as this is made uo for him think his last bowling here for Surrey was a 6 fer.
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   Old Thread  #97 4 Sept 2021 at 10.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Tough day today!


No foakes in the Surrey squad still, probably rules him out of a trip down under
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   Old Thread  #96 2 Sept 2021 at 8.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah nicely poised let's hope the heavy roller tomorrow takes the sting out of the pitch still plenty in it for the bowlers.
The 50 by Thakur could be a vital knock in this test when someone starts going at them Englands tactics always revert
to the short ball and they get carted. Just bowl at the stumps ffs.
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   Old Thread  #95 2 Sept 2021 at 8.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Decent day for England, good fightback from india
Should be fun if Overton comes out swinging in the morning

An image on the BBC cc feed made me laugh, 8 fielders round the bat in the Hampshire yorks game

Ashwin would've liked that in the 4th innings here
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   Old Thread  #94 2 Sept 2021 at 11.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Absolute corker from Woakes to get Sharma in his first over.
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   Old Thread  #93 2 Sept 2021 at 11.00am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Bit of drizzle in the air round Wimbledon, but looks a bowling day. Good job ashwin isn't playing, 4th innings at the oval is usually a spinners dream
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   Old Thread  #92 2 Sept 2021 at 10.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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England win toss and bowl. Brave decision at The Oval but, living just round the corner the conditions are bowlers but they have to bowl in the right places otherwise you get punished on this track. Amazingly Ashwin still not picked i think India have missed him. Pope and Woakes in just hope it's not to early for Woakes. Pope needs runs on his own ground.
Surprised Wood or Mahmood are not in for pace.
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   Old Thread  #91 1 Sept 2021 at 4.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well deserved that, an outstanding 10 months
Steyn was a great bowler, andersons biggest strength is that his body can cope with the demands. I often wondered if Steyn dropped to mid 80s pace like Jimmy did would he have had the same longevity?

The calls for Livingston fell flat then, never a good look having your stumps rearranged leaving one
Slow afternoon at work for me today, I hoped he might launch into the bowling to force a result in that match
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   Old Thread  #90 1 Sept 2021 at 9.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I see Root has gone to the top of the test batting rankings and deservedly so hope he can stay there.
On another note i see Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from all cricket. A wonderful bowler with pace
and swing shame his shoulder limited his appearances.
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   Old Thread  #89 30 Aug 2021 at 7.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I presume pope would have played for Surrey had it not been cancelled.
I hope sc plays in some of those games, batting up the order and taking the responsibility with the ball. Between his success in the franchises and limited overs stuff, and the way England have used him, he seems to have gone backwards a bit this past year. He only gets in the england side ahead of woakes and Overton if they want the left armers footmarks for moeen.
I think its a good time for a little kick up the backside as I think he'll have a big part to play down under
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   Old Thread  #88 30 Aug 2021 at 6.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Billings playing for Kent as well
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   Old Thread  #87 30 Aug 2021 at 6.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Didn't realise he was released to play for Essex
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   Old Thread  #86 30 Aug 2021 at 5.52pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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With a few clubs affected by covid this week it would make sense, although with Lawrence playing for Essex it's not like they're in a secure bubble.
He's looked pretty sreaky when I've looked but still in there in a gloomy evening session.
Benjamin looks a proper player, it's no wonder south africa aren't up to much when players like that abandon them regularly.
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   Old Thread  #85 29 Aug 2021 at 5.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I suppose the thing is they are already part of the squad.
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   Old Thread  #84 29 Aug 2021 at 5.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It just seems so wrong to me.
As I said before, there should be 20 players ahead of them right now. I see billings is reserve keeper, I'd rather he got the nod as the extra batter
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   Old Thread  #83 29 Aug 2021 at 5.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Billings and Woakes it is then think they've missed a trick there.
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   Old Thread  #82 29 Aug 2021 at 4.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I agree it wouldn't be fair on the pair of them and Livingstone is in form albeit in the shorter form so give him a chance he is a special talent.
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   Old Thread  #81 28 Aug 2021 at 8.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No cc for Surrey this week now
Which means bairstow will have the gloves for the remainder of this series and probably the ashes too
Seems its a toss up between pope or Lawrence for buttlers vacant spot, I'd like to see livingstone come in
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   Old Thread  #80 28 Aug 2021 at 5.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not walking distance then

@ken, don't admit that, just say it was reverse mockers
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   Old Thread  #79 28 Aug 2021 at 4.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I can see India piling on the runs, taking a lead, then bowling us out for peanuts!

So glad I got that wrong!
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   Old Thread  #78 28 Aug 2021 at 4.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'll be in Scotland fixing my son's car when the Test is on.
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   Old Thread  #77 28 Aug 2021 at 4.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Get him to get you tickets for the test match
Few available still
I've walked home from there pissed a few times but a few stops on the northern line is much more convenient
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   Old Thread  #76 28 Aug 2021 at 4.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah my mate's a season ticket holder at The Oval so hopefully will go to one of the home games as a guest only a half hour walk for me.
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   Old Thread  #75 28 Aug 2021 at 3.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yep, great performance all round, I'm expecting ashwin to play, and expecting Curran to miss out for wood or mahmoud.

Interested to see if foakes plays in the cc this week too, possibly with pope and both currans
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   Old Thread  #74 28 Aug 2021 at 2.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Cracking display by England firstly for bowling India out for 78 in 1st inns secondly more people contributing with the bat thirdly for their bowling display this morning and fourthly for some good catches taken. Good all round performance. On to The Oval next week this result has opened this series right up i think Ashwin may be involved.
Whoever wins this series there has been some fabulous cricket.
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   Old Thread  #73 28 Aug 2021 at 12.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What a morning. So that's it! 278 all out!

All over before lunch! An innings and 76 run triumph! What a comeback after Lords.
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   Old Thread  #72 28 Aug 2021 at 11.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I may have to eat my words if we continue like this...India: 239 for 5...the Jimmy has struck.

Make that 239 for 6. Robinson looking for Michelle here!

Moen now in on the act with his 193rd wicket (level with Jim Laker!). India now 254 for 7. Feel sorry for those with day 5 tickets.

Olly's got his five! Wonderful stuff 257 for 8. Boy! am I glad I switched on TMS this morning.
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   Old Thread  #71 27 Aug 2021 at 6.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You make Michael Vaughan look like a glass half full kind of guy
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I can see India piling on the runs, taking a lead, then bowling us out for peanuts!
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   Old Thread  #69 27 Aug 2021 at 10.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
It was nice to see the batsman rotate the strike to keep the score ticking over which is something Root does and makes it look so easy. Hameed took the pressure off Burns by scoring at a decent rate and Malan looked good. Bairstow got a decent ball but looked good up till then. Agree with Buttler doesn't look comfortable at all. Moeen threw his wicket away again which is a shame as he is much better than that but Roots knock was magnificent and with the others scoring now means we are in a postion to win. Oh dear we were in that position last test lol.

On a sadder note i see Chris Cairns had a stroke whilst in surgey and at present is paralysed.
Hope and pray he can make a full recovery.
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   Old Thread  #68 26 Aug 2021 at 9.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I just watched the days highlights, mostly positive apart from joss, that's a man who needs a break

Hameeds technique against short stuff looks worrying, the way he ducks and turns away, especially when I noticed he doesn't have the neck protectors on his lid. The one that caught him bought back memories of Phil hughes
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   Old Thread  #67 26 Aug 2021 at 2.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Roooooooooooooooot
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   Old Thread  #66 26 Aug 2021 at 8.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Now THAT'S more like it! Make 'em suffer today, boys...this wicket is made for Joe and if they try that silly stuff against Jimmy again, I reckon he'll knock the cover off!
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   Old Thread  #65 25 Aug 2021 at 7.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Unbelievable day!
Now to go BIG tomorrow
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   Old Thread  #64 25 Aug 2021 at 6.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well well well cracking day for England.
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   Old Thread  #63 25 Aug 2021 at 10.34am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You were right Overton in for Woods India batting first.
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   Old Thread  #62 25 Aug 2021 at 9.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I reckon Mahmood might get the nod for his pace just can't see us scoring enough runs the Indian pace attack is firing on all cylinders and look at home in our conditions.

Good article by Rob Key.
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   Old Thread  #61 25 Aug 2021 at 6.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
an interesting take on the cc situation

I'd like to see mahmoud today, but Overton will probably get the nod as the better batter
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   Old Thread  #60 24 Aug 2021 at 8.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah got a few bowlers out now but it's our batting that's letting us down.
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   Old Thread  #59 24 Aug 2021 at 8.46am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks Ken i'm not really a big reader but have got a copy coming.
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   Old Thread  #58 23 Aug 2021 at 6.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I see England are lacking wood again this week...
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   Old Thread  #57 23 Aug 2021 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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....then decided it was time to pack it in as it was becoming more of a chore to turn up.

I think the book Not Dark Yet would be right up your street!

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   Old Thread  #56 22 Aug 2021 at 10.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I stopped playing regularly in 04 when my daughter was born, played the odd game between then in 2018 I got back into it.
Trouble now tho, I can't bowl anymore and I need lots of nets to play as a batsman. I'll have the odd over if I get riled but it ain't worth the pain when my knee is trying to dislocate itself every ball
I think I'm done now tho, it's so much harder to arrange anything since covid, and it's really a choice between cricket or fishing as both doesn't leave any time for the kids

I quite enjoy repairing bats, and did quite a few alterations for people, usually concaving the backs to get the weight down a bit. I bought a few pressed clefts to copy bats for people too, that's actually pretty difficult as you can perfectly match the shape, get the weight very close but it can feel totally different even when the handle is broken in a bit.
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   Old Thread  #55 22 Aug 2021 at 9.22am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I split my Kookaburra at the bottom with a chunk coming off and saw an advert for bat repairs so sent some photos and he said yep send it up so sent to Wakefield i think it was bat was back within 5 days looking like new and cost 25 quid.
And that was 2015 played 2016 season with it then decided it was time to pack it in as it was becoming more of a chore to turn up.
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   Old Thread  #54 22 Aug 2021 at 8.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I had a newbery, it was a mates but he dug out a yorker with it before knocking it in properly and put a big split half way through it.
Thing is, after I glued and dowelled it he didn't want it back, but I rehandled it twice, it just kept going.
Slazenger was a brand I couldn't get on with, all that kit I had fell apart
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   Old Thread  #53 21 Aug 2021 at 10.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I started with kookaburra and gray nicholls then had a Newbury and then a millichamp and hall when I played; the m&h was a work of art. Also had an SS from a mate, that was like swinging a small hatchback about!
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I'm not sure it was the kahuna but my first sh size bat was a kookaburra, I'd had all gray-nics as a kid. Funny tho, my current, little used bat is huge and really flies when you middle it, but is only 2lb 6ish, I have an old bat kicking about at my dad's place, I think it was a sundridge, tiny edges and you really had to commit and middle it to get one to the boundary but weighs well over 3lb
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I had GN Scoop which i bought from the Alf Gover cricket school in wandsworth. I then changed that for a Stuart Surridge Jumbo which was heavy but made me play straight. After that was a Slazenger V12 which i had for quite a few seasons and then i had a Kookaburra Big Kahuna awesome bat. Not many really over 30 years of playing.
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I kind of remember that match with the malcolm spell.

It's funny watching old clips, those toothpick bats look comical now. I did love the scoop bats I had as a kid tho
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Totally agree about RGD Willis.
Although 2005 was also an amazing series it was because we hadn't beaten them for years and to give out MBE's was
in my view a bit overkill.
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   Old Thread  #48 20 Aug 2021 at 2.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good to see Chris Cairns off life support. Damn right.

For those too young (Duggs) to have experienced the euphoria of the 1981 Ashes series...they aren't called 'Botham's Ashes' for nothing. That said, sadly I feel that Bob's 8 for 43 is often overlooked. I cannot recall a more hostile one-man bowling attack***. At times during his unbroken 15.1 over spell he used five slips and a short leg, which should tell you all you need to know about pace and hostility. Rod Marsh tried to take on the bowling, but he put one down Graham Dilley's throat, which was very apt: don't forget GD's considerable contribution with the bat at Headingley, scoring a vital 56 at one end while Botham scored at will at the other. Old Trafford followed...Nuff said.

And never forget Bob's great commentating style for Sky...And he was a massive Bob Dylan fan, Dylan being one of his adopted middle names. To be alive and watching that series was to experience cricketing bliss, not matched, as far as I am concerned, by any other experience (though maybe the so-called 'Greatest Series' of 2005 should get a look in).

Bit of trivia that some may find fun: There exists a book that is titled 'Not Dark Yet' a homage to one of Dylan's songs. Inside are many chapters also titled with Dylan songs. The book is dedicated to Robert George Dylan Willis. It is the funniest book about cricket I have ever read, not that there are too many of them out there! I thoroughly advise any cricket lover to give it a read:

LINK to Amazon.

*** Actually, I can recall just such an example:

Devon Malcolm - you're dead!
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   Old Thread  #47 20 Aug 2021 at 9.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Good to see Chris Cairns off life support.
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   Old Thread  #46 18 Aug 2021 at 7.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I remember the '81 ashes was on holiday in Somerset and due to go on a boat trip in Taunton but told the others to go and i stayed at the cottage and watched the cricket i sensed something would happen after Botham's 149 and watched every ball of the last day. What people forget is Botham took 6 wkts in 1st inns then scored 50 then 149 not out following on then Willis took 8-43 incredible to watch.
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   Old Thread  #45 18 Aug 2021 at 6.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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remember the 1981 ashes

No, I wasn't born

It's quite amazing, really, vince and livingstone in great form and have been playing against quality bowling, pope meanwhile has scored no runs against club level attacks.
Throwing either of those lads back in would be damaging.
Same with hammeed, he's been useless for three years, had three good months and is thrown to the lions. A setback now could destroy him.
Those three guys aren't in a position to survive a sink or swim situation.
I'm actually pi55ed of with that selection.
Hopefully buttler keeps the gloves

If this is what silverwood is all about he can do one!

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   Old Thread  #44 18 Aug 2021 at 5.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sibley and Crawley out but Lawrence and Pope stay.
Just Malan in don't understand that give Vince another go and why not Livingstone.
I said at the start I think it's India's series and see nothing to change that.
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   Old Thread  #43 18 Aug 2021 at 5.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We need a Mike Bearley...remember the 1981 Ashes? Ian "We were going to sack him anyway" Botham. God, how I miss those days!
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   Old Thread  #42 18 Aug 2021 at 8.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Maybe your right and there is something deeper but lets not take away the performance of the Indian bowlers.
Most of the balls that took wickets had to be played at but that is just one innings and this is been happening for a while now. Think the squad is announced today so see what Silverwood has got lined up now. Wonder if The Hundred finishing will have an effect on who is picked?
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   Old Thread  #41 17 Aug 2021 at 6.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Burns has really struggled with sibley, he looks better when sibley goes early. That partnership isn't working.
I'm not sure it's an issue with personnel anymore, so many good players are failing constantly, looking totally devoid of confidence when the put the england cap on, I think you have to look beyond the batsmen, something else is going wrong.

As you say, silverwoods arse is on the line now
Roots captaincy should also be on the line, but nobody else is playing well enough to guarantee a place in the team let alone lead it
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   Old Thread  #40 17 Aug 2021 at 2.32pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Don't worry The Hundred will sort it.

Agree with Buttler give Bairstow the gloves for now.
Sibley should go.
Burns just looks so awkward but he batted well in 1st innings.
Hameed stays for me.
Agree with Pope it's alright if other batsmen are scoring to be able to nuture him but they aren't so maybe Vince and Malan can come in. Seeing that Silverwood is the selector now his job is on the line.
Thing is have we got the players in the county game to stand up to this superb Indian pace attack.

Ken you may be right about the ashes if it goes ahead.
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   Old Thread  #39 17 Aug 2021 at 1.22pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The middle order has been no better.

Another duck for pope today, there are 20 players who should be ahead of him right now but no doubt he'll play the next test.

Malan or vince at 3 (dropping sibley) buttler needs a breather too

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I don't have words to describe that performance. I feel so sorry for Joe and Jimmy, who both played a blinder for four days, but who, along with the rest of the eleven (and the dressing room) lost the plot badly. Furthermore, I don't think England can recover from this thrashing, which does not bode well for the Ashes series. To allow themselves to be wound up like a spring like that was inexcusable.

Looking ahead to Leeds, I think England have got a reasonable bowling attack, but the top order needs some serious work done on it.
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   Old Thread  #37 16 Aug 2021 at 6.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well played India you never give up.
England's tactics when India was 8 down was crap so many men on the boundary ffs.
Attack and pitch the ball up on the stumps.
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   Old Thread  #36 15 Aug 2021 at 8.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes as you say nicely poised.
Over rates are dreadful about time they done something about it. Bumble would be pleased.
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Nicely poised game

But why, even with 25 overs of spin can't they bowl all 90
If the grounds had to refund lost overs it'd be sorted quickly
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Another stunning knock by Root with a little bit more support from Bairstow, Buttler and Moeen but his innngs deserved more than 27 lead imo. Just need to bowl in the right areas now. Rahul just gone 18-1.
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   Old Thread  #33 13 Aug 2021 at 8.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If its been relegated to an academy level competition they should at least make it useful, use the pink ball and grow a crop of players used to dominating bowlers with a ball thats swinging and nipping about up top, and softening up and reversing late on.
I'd do a few day-night matches at the oval watching that
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Sadly the ECB is screwing normal cricket as we know it for the money and hellbent on promoting the far inferior womens
game.
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   Old Thread  #31 12 Aug 2021 at 6.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pope's day out didn't last long, easy win tho.
Why play a limited overs tournament while all of the decent players are signed up for the undred? Is 50 over cricket dying now too?

Difficult day for England, need Jimmy to nick a couple with the new ball tonight
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I can't help feeling that the decision to put India in to bat will come back to haunt Root. If Rohit and Rahul reach 129 it will be the highest Test opening stand by a touring side against England in England after they have been asked to bat first (from the BBC's Andy Saltzman).

Edit: Good on ya, Jimmy! Cometh the hour, etc. Now bowl a few more like that.
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Sadly the money in white ball cricket will keep the red ball game ticking over at county level so the red ball game
will be lagging behind as it is now and i can't see it changing in the future.
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   Old Thread  #28 12 Aug 2021 at 12.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah sad news, didn't look good for him

In the short forms, England seem well above everyone, to the point they can cobble together a third string squad in a couple of days and still win a series against a very good team.
So something very positive has happened in white ball cricket in the past 6 years or so, we desperately need to get the likes of Roy, Jacks, salt, banton, livingstone..... Playing quality Red ball cricket.
It'd never happen but I liked kp's suggestion of a 1st class franchise tournament, with less teams and a higher overall standard

I thought foakes would play today, even if just as a batsman, looks like a cakewalk on paper
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Yeah 2nd string Aussie side i see Chris Cairns is in Intensive care in Sydney.
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   Old Thread  #26 12 Aug 2021 at 11.32am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Only saw a brief highlight reel, the sort that could make sibley look destructive
Too much cricket to keep track of it all.
Enjoyed seeing Bangladesh destroy the aussie tho
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   Old Thread  #25 12 Aug 2021 at 11.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sibley keeps his place Crawley gets dropped shame I'd rather keep Crawley more potential IMO.
Did you see any of that innings of Tim David in the last one day cup game just like Jacks fast hand speed and timing.
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Shame he can't get a game in 1st class cricket while away...
If gets runs in the one day Cup this week he'll end up in the hundred
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   Old Thread  #23 12 Aug 2021 at 10.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Pope released from squad
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Broad out for the series!

A spinner will have to bowl a fair bit I'd imagine to tie an end up without the old stagers.
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Anderson a doubt now.
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The broad injury would have driven that one

Hopefully wood is in the lineup tomorrow, they looked short on pace the last test
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Saqib Mahmood been added as well now must be happy with batting line up.
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   Old Thread  #18 10 Aug 2021 at 9.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Watching isn't easy is it with all that crap on the screen.
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It tells them that the team needs a batsman more than a spinner
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I see they have recalled Moeen Ali what's that say to Leach and Bess already in the squad.
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To be honest, I'd rather stick red-hot pins in my eyes than watch The 100.
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Thing is they have selected a squad for first two tests so barring injury can't see them bringing anyone in.

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Who watched the hundred last night?
Poor hales
match reduced to 65 balls, hales reduced to none
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   Old Thread  #12 8 Aug 2021 at 10.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Butler isn't a test batsman.
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Foakes only started training again this week, can't see him getting a call for this series. Malan is being talked of as potential no3, personally I'd rather see vince get another crack, I feel he's improved a lot the past 2 years
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So match has been abandoned...so I got that bit right! Bullet dodged IMHO. But take nothing away from the skipper's fantastic ton. Need to look at the batting (AGAIN!) as Crawley and maybe Sibley are not cutting it. Not sure about Dan Lawrence.

Malan and maybe Hameed to come in. Keep Bairstow at 5 and maybe drop Butler for a new face with the gloves. Ben Foakes, perhaps?
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If only Rahan had not been run out by Bairstow we might have had two fifers there. Still, a bit sloppy to allow them to get such a big 1st innings lead!
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This one's hanging in the balance...Do yer stuff, Jimmy! Weather will be the deciding factor.
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I see Ansari is on the board of Cricket Equality.
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The stokes situation bought him to mind, I remember at the time he said something along the lines of "I looked at what stokes put himself through and knew I didn't want to do this anymore"

Decent afternoon session
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Ansari was a great prospect i agree.
To me England players don't seem to have the same discipline in knowing which balls to leave.
As for Hameed agree it's too early but he is in the squad i would have left him playing in the 50 over or 2nd eleven to
get more time in the middle.
All the while these shorter formats are taking up most of the summer backed by the ECB then the test team will suffer.
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I think it's a bit too soon to throw hameed back in there after a decent start to the season on the back of three dreadful ones.

You said it on the other thread, no red ball cricket for 2 months then going up against India.... Big mistake there! Burns was in great form but hasnt played in ages, sibley has hardly played at all this season, buttler isn't in great form...

Ive been meaning to see if zafir ansari has said anything recently re stokes, he was a really promising player, decided to give up the game after 1 cap. If you don't remember the story it's worth a google
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Can't see us beating the Australians, can see us being Whitewashed in fact. We've good enough bowlers including spin. I think our batting line up is the worst its been in year's, no bottle and constant poor shot choice.
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To be honest i don't think the Ashes will go ahead or if it does will be with depleted squad.
Will need Anderson Broad and Robinson to bowl well to get anything out of this test not forgetting Curran with a swinging ball as well. Surprised Hameed wasn't in the 11. Lawrence looks good 1 out of 4 knocks.
Lets not take anything away from the Indian bowlers they bowled well in the conditions.
For me India takes the series
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OK. So we've got India and the Aussies as our next ten tests. No Stokes. No Archer. Jimmy now 39, Broad now 35. No top class spinner on the horizon. So given that we are already 145 for 6 v India*** what's yer thinking?

I'm going to predict that we'll win both series by one clear Test match. (God loves an optimist!)

***155 for 7. 159 for 8. 160 for 9!!!

I would hope Jimmy and Stu can get the same movement as the Indian quicks. They'll be on soon after tea!
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