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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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   Old Thread  #276 1 Feb 2019 at 4.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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