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England owned by the Aussies again 😀

 

Another 0-5 series would be nice.

 

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JWL
19 hours ago, Melbourne Jambo said:

An absolute clinic on the last 2 days. 

Steve Smith the best batsman in the world, with Nathan Lyon the most consistent spinner and an array of quicks to compliment him. Lords traditionally good for us, however not as clinical there in recent series. 

 

Think we make one change - Starc will come in for Siddle IMO Lord's specialist. 

England will punt Ali with Anderson out as well. Wouldn't surprise me if Deenly is dropped either. Think they'll stick with Bairstow (but have no idea why). 

 

Agree with most of that but also think that Mitch Marsh will come in too. I actually think that England will only make the one enforced change, Archer for Anderson. Joe Root was vehemently defending Moeen at the end of the game and he has a major say on the line up. Could be well wrong though as he is a walking wicket and can't bowl for toffee just now; especially with Lord's not favouring spin.

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JWL
On 05/08/2019 at 10:24, ri Alban said:

We'd last about ten minutes.

 

You obviously know the square root of sod all about cricket so why you would post on a cricket thread is beyond me. You don't like England, we get that but can you take your nationalist shite elsewhere? Thanks.

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ri Alban
15 minutes ago, JWL said:

 

You obviously know the square root of sod all about cricket so why you would post on a cricket thread is beyond me. You don't like England, we get that but can you take your nationalist shite elsewhere? Thanks.

I want England to win the ashes. Always do. Feel free to ignore me or stick to the thread. 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, ri Alban said:

I want England to win the ashes. Always do. Feel free to ignore me or stick to the thread. 

 

 

 

Aye, okay then.

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ri Alban
8 minutes ago, JWL said:

 

Aye, okay then.

1,2,3,4,5....... 🤔

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RobboM
2 hours ago, JWL said:

 

Agree with most of that but also think that Mitch Marsh will come in too. I actually think that England will only make the one enforced change, Archer for Anderson. Joe Root was vehemently defending Moeen at the end of the game and he has a major say on the line up. Could be well wrong though as he is a walking wicket and can't bowl for toffee just now; especially with Lord's not favouring spin.


I dearly love Moeen but tbh it would be a kindness to drop him just now. He'll be back.

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Melbourne Jambo
4 hours ago, JWL said:

 

Agree with most of that but also think that Mitch Marsh will come in too. I actually think that England will only make the one enforced change, Archer for Anderson. Joe Root was vehemently defending Moeen at the end of the game and he has a major say on the line up. Could be well wrong though as he is a walking wicket and can't bowl for toffee just now; especially with Lord's not favouring spin.

 

I reckon that was our plan a week ago re. Marsh as Starc doesn't typically bowl long spells but I'm not sure who you drop? 

I'm convinced the Australian selectors already know which of the 6 quicks in the squad will play in each test.  

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RobboM

England squad for the Lord's Test, as expected Archer and Leach come in for Anderson and Moeen.

Mon the Somerset boy to turn it around 😁

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Boof

Dunno why but I'm feeling a draw this time around.

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jonnothejambo
1 hour ago, RobboM said:

England squad for the Lord's Test, as expected Archer and Leach come in for Anderson and Moeen.

Mon the Somerset boy to turn it around 😁

 

Australia have 6 lefties and England pick a left arm spinner. Hmmm.

 

Surely their are some right arm off spinners in the country.

 

Expect a greentop for Archer but that also suits the Aussies. 

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RobboM
2 minutes ago, jonnothejambo said:

 

Australia have 6 lefties and England pick a left arm spinner. Hmmm.

 

Surely their are some right arm off spinners in the country.

 

Expect a greentop for Archer but that also suits the Aussies. 


Jonno, listening to TMS on the road up to Pittodrie all the chat was about How do you Solve a Problem like Steven Smith? Turned out that his greatest foes were actually part time pie bowlers. In terms of how prolific he is against different syles of bowlers the only one that was "normal" was left arm spinners. I think you have your answer there!

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Just now, RobboM said:


Jonno, listening to TMS on the road up to Pittodrie all the chat was about How do you Solve a Problem like Steven Smith? Turned out that his greatest foes were actually part time pie bowlers. In terms of how prolific he is against different syles of bowlers the only one that was "normal" was left arm spinners. I think you have your answer there!

 

You could be right, robbo.

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RobboM
4 minutes ago, jonnothejambo said:

 

You could be right, robbo.


Just remembered! It was Dean Elgar, S Africa's opening batsman and very occasional left arm slow. He has taken just 14 wickets in his 56 Test match career ... 2 of them were Smith! It probably provoked the cheating ****er to resort to sandpaper 😂

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Mikey1874

Raining so we don't know the teams yet. Forecast isn't good for today.

 

Meantime a bit of a mention. If you follow BBC cricket text or listen to the radio you might know their main statistician Andy Zaltzman. He was on a lot during the World Cup. Always really interesting stats.

 

Anyway he's also a stand up comic and is here at the Fringe. 4.30pm Stand 3, York Place.  I saw him last year but didn't realise. He's quite good, really sharp. Show this year takes audience suggestions to comment on. Quite left wing, anti Brexit if that makes any difference.

 

He certainly thinks the sandpaper 3 were singled out a bit much. Says he might do a cricket show next year. 

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Sooperstar

Tossing off at 3pm.

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Sooperstar
21 minutes ago, Sooperstar said:

Tossing off at 3pm.

Delayed again.

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RobboM

This is real cricket statto stuff but I share with you .....


With the whole of the 1st day washed out the match is now officially a 4 day match.

 

So what?

 

One wee quirk is that the "follow on" rule changes. For a 5 day game the follow on is 200 runs but for a 3 or 4 day game it is 150 runs. Btw if the game had got underway and it had been, say, the 2nd or 3rd day that had been washed out the game would NOT be considered a 4 day game.

So when England enforce the follow on with Aussies 160 runs adrift after the 1st innings and all your friends, work colleagues and family are left scratching their heads and wailing in confusion, certain in the knowledge that Test matches have a 200 run follow on, you can step forward and explain all, thanks to Kickback 👍

 

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Mikey1874

England bat 

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Boris

England 0-1

 

Roy out for a duck.

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Roy just doesn't look like an opening batsman to me.

He just doesn't leave enough alone outside off stump. A basic requirement for any opener.

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Sexton Hardcastle

Thought football fans were fickle/moaning *******s but English cricket is different level.

 

Playing poor on World Cup: get them all to ****, why is Root captain etc

Win World Cup: always knew root was the man, what a team, best in the world

Opening days of first test: 5-0, easy street

Now they’ve shat it: GTF, never good enough, sack them all.

 

And repeat on a four monthly cycle when they win/lose a test match.

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babywhalo
1 hour ago, robbo1874 said:

Roy just doesn't look like an opening batsman to me.

He just doesn't leave enough alone outside off stump. A basic requirement for any opener.

He's a decent one day player, but doesnt gave the technique and patience to be a Test batsman, IMO

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robbo1874
2 minutes ago, babywhalo said:

He's a decent one day player, but doesnt gave the technique and patience to be a Test batsman, IMO

Burns on the other hand looks every inch the opener. 

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Boris
13 minutes ago, robbo1874 said:

Burns on the other hand looks every inch the opener. 

He does. Funny guard though.

 

Hope Denly gets runs too.

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50 minutes ago, Sexton Hardcastle said:

Thought football fans were fickle/moaning *******s but English cricket is different level.

 

Playing poor on World Cup: get them all to ****, why is Root captain etc

Win World Cup: always knew root was the man, what a team, best in the world

Opening days of first test: 5-0, easy street

Now they’ve shat it: GTF, never good enough, sack them all.

 

And repeat on a four monthly cycle when they win/lose a test match.

It’s the same for all English national teams at most sports!

 

Entitlement of OF proportions!

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Boris

England struggling.

 

136-5

 

250 would be a decent return for them at this point.

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robbo1874

136-5 and England are in a bit of trouble . 

 

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Mikey1874

England probably need a whole reassessment of their approach to test cricket. 

 

Some new guys in. Getting a new head coach soon. 

 

 

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RobboM
6 minutes ago, Mikey1874 said:

England probably need a whole reassessment of their approach to test cricket. 

 

Some new guys in. Getting a new head coach soon. 

 

 

Any suggestions? I think this team might be about as good as it gets. So many of those recently who have scored heavily in County cricekt have looked way out of their depth at Test level.

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2 minutes ago, RobboM said:

Any suggestions? I think this team might be about as good as it gets. So many of those recently who have scored heavily in County cricekt have looked way out of their depth at Test level.

 

Yes

 

And also guys like Butler were brought into the test team but now out of form. Stokes and Woakes are more reliable, steadier. 

 

It isn't obvious. They could bring in Sidley for Roy to join Burns to open. 

 

Ben Foakes can come in as wicket keeper. Sam Curran I say should be in. Reliable batter as well as bowler.

 

Spinner is currently a problem due to loss of form and injury. 

 

Sibley

Burns

Root

Stokes

Foakes

Bairstow / Butler

Curran

Moeen 

Woakes

Archer

Broad

 

Though not much different from current team. 

 

 

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RobboM
9 minutes ago, Mikey1874 said:

 

Yes

 

And also guys like Butler were brought into the test team but now out of form. Stokes and Woakes are more reliable, steadier. 

.....

 

Though not much different from current team. 

 

 

Sibley is the only name I've heard mentioned too.
I'd definitely rest Moeen at the moment though, he looks beaten before he's begun against the Aussies with bat and ball

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RobboM
2 hours ago, Boris said:

England struggling.

 

136-5

 

250 would be a decent return for them at this point.

Pfffttt!
They left 250 in the rear view mirror 😉

251-9

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Boris
1 hour ago, RobboM said:

Pfffttt!
They left 250 in the rear view mirror 😉

251-9

🤣

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Posted (edited)

Think the tumble of wickets has just about caught up the lost day. England will regret not using DRS against Bancroft for a caught behind. Apart from the wicket (of course) it would have brought Steve Smith to the wicket for an awkward half dozen overs.

Edited by RobboM

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Boris

Aussies doing an England!

 

71-4

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16 minutes ago, Boris said:

Aussies doing an England!

 

71-4


Proper test cricket, really enjoying this morning session so far.

Watching Steve Smith bat really winds me up though!

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Sooperstar

Australia about 80 behind after Smith's upcoming Century.

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Sexton Hardcastle
On 15/08/2019 at 12:30, Sexton Hardcastle said:

Thought football fans were fickle/moaning *******s but English cricket is different level.

 

Playing poor on World Cup: get them all to ****, why is Root captain etc

Win World Cup: always knew root was the man, what a team, best in the world

Opening days of first test: 5-0, easy street

Now they’ve shat it: GTF, never good enough, sack them all.

 

And repeat on a four monthly cycle when they win/lose a test match.

And now the boys are back in town. All is rosey.

 

Some mob.

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robbo1874

It'll be interesting to see how the pitch plays with the sun on it today.

Will it flatten out or will they uneven bounce get worse? 

I don't know much about Leach tbh but he might have a part to play from one end. 

Looks like a good days cricket ahead.

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The Brow

Scottish folk supporting England in the cricket. 

 

Cucks. 

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Sooperstar

Sore one for Smith on the arm. Looks in a lot of pain.

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Sooperstar

Sore one to the face/neck for him now and it looks like the doctors are ordering him off.

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robbo1874
13 minutes ago, Sooperstar said:

Smith back on.

And off again. Lbw. A chance for England.

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Sooperstar
11 minutes ago, robbo1874 said:

And off again. Lbw. A chance for England.

It's all a bit pointless anyway. It's going to be a draw.

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robbo1874
22 minutes ago, Sooperstar said:

It's all a bit pointless anyway. It's going to be a draw.

 

Agreed it looks likely with the time left but there's always that chance of a crazy spell by someone. 

 

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Sooperstar
47 minutes ago, robbo1874 said:

 

Agreed it looks likely with the time left but there's always that chance of a crazy spell by someone. 

 

Or maybe not...

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Sexton Hardcastle
On 16/08/2019 at 13:45, Sexton Hardcastle said:

And now the boys are back in town. All is rosey.

 

Some mob.

Back to being dug shite.

 

Cant keep up

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Mikey1874

Brilliant cricket. 

 

Shame about time lost but actually perhaps better. If its a draw, probably most likely, sets it up brilliantly for the rest of the series. 

 

 

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