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30 minutes ago, Boof said:

Extras outscoring the top 4 in the order...

 

Not for the first time this series. Ollie Pope keeping wicket but he doesn't even keep wicket for Surrey!!

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1 hour ago, JWL said:

 

Not for the first time this series. Ollie Pope keeping wicket but he doesn't even keep wicket for Surrey!!

He’s the only fit player who can keep wicket. It’s a temporary fix as Sam Billings is already in Australia and has been called up. 
 

David Gower’s outfit is a thing of wonder tonight. 

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Malinga the Swinga

Simple enough task for England tomorrow. Bat all day, stop crumbling and get a draw.

Pitch isn't full of demons, get in line, play on front foot and leave outside off stump.

Don't go into all out defence and block, just play sensible 5th day test match cricket.

Think Australia missing Hazelwood, what team wouldn't, and for them Lyon needs to step up and get a few wickets. He hasn't been required so far in series, but tomorrow may be the day.

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That's what Test Cricket is all about. Can you imagine what that would have been like had the series still been alive?

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3 minutes ago, JWL said:

That's what Test Cricket is all about. Can you imagine what that would have been like had the series still been alive?

100%. It looks nuts to those who don't follow cricket but if you do get it .... ooooft that's a tense finish! 😜

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Well they managed to get a draw. Australia really missed Hazelwood and for first time, they couldn't cover up his absence.

Leach might be awful spin bowler at test level, but he's decent at blocking. 

From that team, you can keep Crawley, Root & Stokes. Rest of batting is hopeless. Bairstow played well in this game, but overall, he's more miss than hit and can't be relied on.

The bowlers are different. They can't keep relying on Anderson & Broad, as they are getting on a bit, but whose going to replace them?

Reckon if Hazelwood is back for 5th test, then we will see a 4-0.

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40 minutes ago, Malinga the Swinga said:

Well they managed to get a draw. Australia really missed Hazelwood and for first time, they couldn't cover up his absence.

Leach might be awful spin bowler at test level, but he's decent at blocking. 

From that team, you can keep Crawley, Root & Stokes. Rest of batting is hopeless. Bairstow played well in this game, but overall, he's more miss than hit and can't be relied on.

The bowlers are different. They can't keep relying on Anderson & Broad, as they are getting on a bit, but whose going to replace them?

Reckon if Hazelwood is back for 5th test, then we will see a 4-0.

Hazelwood or no Hazelwood, the only thing that can stop it being 4-0 is the same thing that stopped it being 5-0. The weather.

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Geoff Kilpatrick

That finish is yet another example of why Test cricket is the best.

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James Anderson adds to his ongoing batting record of 'most not outs in Test cricket' - over 100 now.

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Thought England did excellently today, and for large parts, across the whole Test.

 

Great resilience from Bairstow, Crawley, Broad, Leach to perform so well with the stick they have taken over the past few weeks.

 

Pope and Billings are decent players and if come in, England may not miss the influence of the injured players. I think it will be a competitive fifth Test under lights and with the pink ball.

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57 minutes ago, Kennedy Bakircioglu said:

Thought England did excellently today, and for large parts, across the whole Test.

 

Great resilience from Bairstow, Crawley, Broad, Leach to perform so well with the stick they have taken over the past few weeks.

 

Pope and Billings are decent players and if come in, England may not miss the influence of the injured players. I think it will be a competitive fifth Test under lights and with the pink ball.

Leach is in team to get wickets though and he isn't capable of doing that. He barely threatens and if England want to get better, away from green swinging wickets, they need spin bowler who can turn ball.

Bairstow has had so many chances and isn't a test match standard batsman. Unless he's keeping, and he isn't good enough at that, he can't be picked.

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1 hour ago, Boof said:

James Anderson adds to his ongoing batting record of 'most not outs in Test cricket' - over 100 now.

 

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10 minutes ago, Mikey1874 said:

 

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Saw a similar photo from more behind the umpire with only 10 fielders and was trying to work out where the 11th would be.
Think I was missing the number 50 chap - short cover, maybe?

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There has been a lot of focus on the batting.

 

But England haven't been able to compete due to limitations in their bowling on the hard Australian pitches. 

 

Wood and Woakes hammered for 112 runs in 20 overs after Australia were briefly in trouble. Joe Root bowling rubbish. 

 

Competitive at least just now. Restarts 9.30-12.00 final session Day 1. 

 

http://www.hesgoal.com/news/95119/Australia_vs_England.html

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Congratulations to England. Having reduced Australia to 12/3, they then allowed them to reach 240 odd for 6 at close of play.

Special mention to Wood who was smashed everywhere, I know he got last wicket, and allowed Australia to get momentum that was needed.

Not sure if England just pull names out of hat when picking side, but their ability to constantly pick wrong bowling attack is spectacular.

The most depressing day of tour so far apparently, which given how it has gone, is some description.

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Just read scorecard. England have only gone and brought back Rory Burns to open. They would be better letting someone from barmy army have a go. 

It's just ridiculous, he isn't and never will be good enough.

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19 minutes ago, Malinga the Swinga said:

Just read scorecard. England have only gone and brought back Rory Burns to open. They would be better letting someone from barmy army have a go. 

It's just ridiculous, he isn't and never will be good enough.

:rofl: Poor Rory.

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If Australia can get anywhere near 300 it's going to be extremely tough for England batting under the lights. Pretty sure Starc and Carey will be giving it a bit of the old bamboo tomorrow morning.

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Well done Burns. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for him, run out for a duck.

Struggling again as batting disintegrates.

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33 minutes ago, Malinga the Swinga said:

Well done Burns. Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for him, run out for a duck.

Struggling again as batting disintegrates.

 

Seen the replay and don't quite get it. He seemed so slow

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17 wickets fell today.

 

Worst case scenario for England is for them to bowl the Aussies out around tea, then for their top order to face the Aussie quicks under the lights. Could be carnage once again.

 

Stat of the day.

England's average 1st wicket partnership in the series is 12.8.

Australia's average 10th wicket partnership in the series is 14.

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1 hour ago, ri Alban said:

Harmy talking pish. England have been absolutely pumped this Ashes. There's been no contest.

If by some chance England get runs, it will be twisted to look like it was closer than 3-1 and England just didn't get breaks.

In reality, weather saved them last test and Australia don't even have best bowler playing.

A Burns 50 could mean he keeps place for next series which would be ridiculous.

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Just now, Malinga the Swinga said:

If by some chance England get runs, it will be twisted to look like it was closer than 3-1 and England just didn't get breaks.

In reality, weather saved them last test and Australia don't even have best bowler playing.

A Burns 50 could mean he keeps place for next series which would be ridiculous.

That's the way he's talking. Win this and it's all about England. 

Just heard someone on the radio 😂 burst the reporters bubble, by telling him, England lost the Ashes 3-0. 

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That was hilariously embarrassing.

 

Edit - hilariously 'pathetic'

 

Thank you Mark Butcher, it was indeed pathetic.

 

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What a shame Morrison and his mental government didn't ban the English team from entry into his country. Probably knew they'd hump this gutless shower so that was okay. 

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Humiliating. As much as I wanted Australia to win, I also wanted a contest. This Ashes series has been anything but. Barring a bit of rain in Sydney, this would have been another 5-0. 

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Personally, I found the series to be disappointing. Unusually for Australia, the wickets tended to favour the bowlers rather than the batsmen.

 

England's inability to bat for any length of time was stark. While they failed to reach 300 in any of their 10 innings, they were unable to reach 200 in 7 of those 10.  Individually, Australia's batsmen produced five centuries to England's one.  

 

 

Australia's bowlers were also much more consistent, with Cummins, Starc and Boland taking most wickets, all three ahead of Wood, who was followed by Lyon and Green.  Australia even had the luxury of playing Lyon exclusively as a batsman in the final test.

 

How England can improve is anyone's guess.  Root may have captained the side for the last time, but he is still their only world class batsman.  Foakes needs to come in as the best wicket keeper in the country.  Anderson may have played his last test and I can't see Broad lasting much longer.  They have too many players who are more suited to limited overs cricket rather than five day tests.

 

Head got player of the series, but I thought Boland's contribution was exceptional.  Three tests produced a return of 18 for 172 at an average of 9.55, including his astonishing 6 for 7 at Melbourne.

 

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Wood bowled well in second innings but he can only play 1 test in three or he gets injured. Jimmy and Broad must be nearing end of test careers and why risk body when batsmen can't be arsed digging in and grafting.

Humiliation really for the lot of them, and another Ashes tour goes where Root can't get century in Australia.

He's England's best batsman by mile, but he is never a captain and if he doesn't give the captaincy up, it could destroy him mentally.

 

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16 hours ago, Malinga the Swinga said:

Wood bowled well in second innings but he can only play 1 test in three or he gets injured. Jimmy and Broad must be nearing end of test careers and why risk body when batsmen can't be arsed digging in and grafting.

Humiliation really for the lot of them, and another Ashes tour goes where Root can't get century in Australia.

He's England's best batsman by mile, but he is never a captain and if he doesn't give the captaincy up, it could destroy him mentally.

 

 

Root has said he wants to continue as captain but he looks weak in the field and just doesn't seem to have the authority to have a go at the openers for not batting like they should as Test openers. Ben Stokes seems the only alternative to Root right now as he would definitely kick some ass but given the fact that he is rarely fully fit, it's maybe not that great an option at all. England, right now, are in a hole.

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