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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 that’s 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

rant over.
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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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get in there

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

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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 boņooņom. 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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   Old Thread  #189 21 Jul 2015 at 11.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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
embarrassment
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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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  #167 10 Jul 2015 at 3.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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

stiff upper lip
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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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   Old Thread  #155 21 May 2015 at 4.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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  #151 13 Apr 2015 at 4.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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   Old Thread  #145 19 Dec 2014 at 3.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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!
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   Old Thread  #131 28 Jul 2014 at 12.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
That's better, Alistair! Shame you didn't make your ton but it's a start!

Looks like a doddle of a wicket, though!
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   Old Thread  #130 23 Jul 2014 at 10.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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was it the same site you were from ?
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   Old Thread  #129 23 Jul 2014 at 10.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And he comes from essex
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   Old Thread  #128 23 Jul 2014 at 10.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cook is an excellent cricketer , he just can't handle the pressure of being a captain .
dont forget were talking about a player with 26 or 27 test centurys at his age which
is some going .
remember when tendulkar was appointed captain back in the mid 1990's i i think , his game fell apart and there was all the talk about sacking him, he done the decent thing and stepped down so he could
just concentrate on his own game , especially his batting............ and the the rest as they say is history
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   Old Thread  #127 23 Jul 2014 at 10.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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could bring back rob key

Could do a lot worse IMO. Now back as Kent captain and a reliable if unspectacular opener or number 4. A captain in the Andrew Strauss mold and now coming up for 18,000 1st class runs.

Actually, why not bring back Micheal Vaughan or even Mike Brearley, even if he is even older than I am. Either of them could still perform better than Cook...Come to think of it, I could do a better job than Cook.

Good to see Jordan and Woakes in the squad, with Buttler in for Prior, but the old guard still remains resolutely in place. However, Southampton must surely be the Last Chance Saloon for them?
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   Old Thread  #126 22 Jul 2014 at 10.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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root will be a future captain , but i think its a bit to early for him yet.
this england team is so out of form there isn't anyone thats captain material
left in it , so where do we go if cook does go ?
could bring back rob key
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   Old Thread  #125 22 Jul 2014 at 4.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I think if they really are serious about re building the team.
Cook needs to go.
The next few tests will just confirm this with more losses!

He needs to go!!
I cannot see a England side under him beating the Ausies next year.

And a few of the old players should follow.
If you want to build a new team best do it properly.
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   Old Thread  #124 22 Jul 2014 at 4.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We're bloody terrible!
I said from the start of the ashes down under (which I was unfortunately there for ) they'd thrash us 5-0..
We are in no way intimidating in the field or at crease (perhaps with the exception of root), look at how India and Australia had us surrounded for the off, chirping away and bowling a sensible balance of short and good length.
Stokes and Cook to go for me. What's happened to Jordan? He had a bit of spunk about him with the bat and ball, he genuinely wanted to win games and didn't punch any lockers in frustration.
Buttler has been named in place of prior and I look forward to seeing him swing the bat a bit.
I'd like to see KP back in the team and Cook **** off back to his in laws farm.
The selectors need sorting out too, Stokes' recent form suggests he's not the same player that scored a century at the waca, in taming his attitude they've taken the edge away that made him the player he was.
Anderson....... Well he should've just decked jadeja and earned a well earned rest from test cricket
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   Old Thread  #123 22 Jul 2014 at 3.45pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
A few months on and STILL not won a test since last summer v the Aussies. Anybody like to express an opinion about this current England side?

So KP was the disruptive influence in the dressing room during the winter, yes? So they get rid of him, appoint Peter Moore (who incidentally was handed a poisoned chalice by Flower) and is the dressing room all sweetness and light now? Is it ****! Yesterdays display against Ishant was just a foretaste of what is to come when the Aussies and MJ visit in 2015, and will the same 'old guard' of Cook, Bell, Anderson and Broad be able to fare any better than they did down under? Not if this current fiasco is anything to go by.

So...

1. Cook and Anderson out. They are too close off the pitch, which is not good when they are out in the middle. The clique of Cook, Swan, Prior and Anderson was behind the dismissal of KP, I am sure of that.
2. Moores out. What has he ever done at this level? Wasn't all that wonderful at Lancashire.
3. Bring Back KP.
4. Pinch Duncan Fletcher back off the Indians. He can't be as a bad a coach as they all said: Look what he has done for India!
5. Jos Butler in for Prior who has already said he is packing it in for the moment.
6. Find a decent spinner and get rid of the beard, Ali. Looks ridiculous!
7. Keep the 'new intake' They have been (mostly) performing well but we need at least one more quick, nasty, intimidating bowler to partner Plunkett (and get him a decent bowling coach! That final delivery stride looks so wrong).
8. Appoint a non-public schoolboy captain...anybody but Cook. Maybe Root could do the job?
9. Get rid of the current board of selectors and give people like Botham a place on it along with other 'rebels' from the recent past.
10. Finally get the team a good sports psychiatrist.

Anything else I have missed!
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   Old Thread  #122 3 May 2014 at 10.39am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Gooch gone as well now...

Think is, just watch all those limp failures from the winter series suddenly transform themselves into heroes this moth against Sri Lanka.

Like to see Robson open with Cooke, Root at 3 and Bell at 4. Rest of the line up is going to be a bit hit and miss I think.

Bowlers? Can Finn come back? Is Bresnan as good as everyone seems to think he is. Tredwell wasn't even given a chance down under and no decent spinner in sight at the moment.

Yes, the team will win matches this year but with Australia now in the Number 1 spot in the rankings, 2015 will be very interesting!
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   Old Thread  #121 22 Apr 2014 at 6.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I love watching kp on form destroying bowlers, but he hasn't done that for England for a long time.

Hopefully I'll see him at his best at the oval this year, I'm not a great fan of t20 but a Friday night at the oval is good fun.

On moores, he's done pretty well at county level, and let's face it, England can't get much worse than they've been this past 8 months
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Moores Total looser. Still, anything's better than the Wheelie Bin

Also PM's appointment rules out once and for all any return for the genius that is Kevin Pietersen. Sad day for cricket, sadder day for England. The people behind KP's sacking and this knee jerk appointment should be taken outside the Long Room and shot.
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   Old Thread  #119 18 Apr 2014 at 10.13pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
The plot thickens...
Kp sacked and moores is installed as coach, coincidence I think not!
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   Old Thread  #118 24 Feb 2014 at 11.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wonderful to see the Aussies collapse like that. 10 for 90 after 126 for 0 start! Johnson 3 for 121 in 40 overs (both innings)...Love it!
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   Old Thread  #117 22 Feb 2014 at 4.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I bet Johnson likes facing De kock

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"2nd Test not going the Aussies way. Johnson is human after all taking only 1 for 70!!! Ha-ha!
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   Old Thread  #115 15 Feb 2014 at 5.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Wish the ugly **** was English!
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   Old Thread  #114 15 Feb 2014 at 3.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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13 wickets in the match costing ten runs a piece!

We don't look so bad now!
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   Old Thread  #113 15 Feb 2014 at 10.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They are 49 for 3 atm. Johnson 2 for 21...

I will tend to look more kindly on our performance down under if the Aussies do the business in SA!
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   Old Thread  #112 14 Feb 2014 at 8.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
SA's second innings will be interesting!

Will Johnson rip through them again?
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   Old Thread  #111 6 Feb 2014 at 4.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It'll be harder to get tickets for Surrey games for sure




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   Old Thread  #110 6 Feb 2014 at 3.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I cannot wait for his biography!

One good thing..the County Championship should be a bit lively this year. Take a guess at who will be top of the batting averages this season.
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   Old Thread  #109 6 Feb 2014 at 2.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It'll soften the blow

How much will his sponserships drop by though?

Seems to be a lot of knee-jerk reactions happening, and a lot of scapegoats being put forward. We'll probably find out the real reasons a few days before the next series starts!
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   Old Thread  #108 6 Feb 2014 at 1.59pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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something had to change.

Agreed. But the change should have been of captain, coach and batting and bowling coaches. To kick out KP is just madness, but no doubt he'll now be laughing all the way to the bank, as this leaves him free for the IPL. £3-4 million for 8 weeks work. Lovely-jubbly.
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   Old Thread  #107 5 Feb 2014 at 6.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
On the plus side it was easy to get Saturday tickets for the oval test

Tbh I thought either this would happen or he would be made vice captain, he never looked part of the group in Aus, something had to change.

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   Old Thread  #106 5 Feb 2014 at 1.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cook is a talented batsman, who i believe would be better concentrating on batting and relinquish the skipper's job
The added pressure of being skipper has affected his batting performance.
Who would i have as skipper?
god only knows
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   Old Thread  #105 5 Feb 2014 at 1.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Alastair Cook influential in batsman's exit - BBC headline

Cook was part of the 3 man panel that told Pietersen to shove it.

SERIOUSLY?!?!?! We should be listening to cRaptain 'I couldn't hit a six to save my right bollock' Cook ?!?!


That's it, English cricket has officially gone bonkers. Total and utter joke.
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   Old Thread  #104 5 Feb 2014 at 1.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Agree with you there ken.
He has plenty of talent, determination and spunk.....
Ashley Giles will just be a yes man for the old duffers in lords
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   Old Thread  #103 5 Feb 2014 at 1.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well according to the press reports that's it for KP. Thanks for all you have done for English cricket. Now piss off!
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   Old Thread  #102 5 Feb 2014 at 1.05pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What do you think about K.P getting the bullet?
Is this the end for him?
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Ashley "The Wheelie Bin" Giles...God help us all! And his first job? Join the other 'suits' and tell KP his England days are over. If I was Sky Sports I'd be offering cricket back to terrestrial TV a.s.a.p. as nobody's gonna be watching the Indians thrash us.

Say what you like about KP. He cleared the bars at the ground when he came to the wicket. I for one will really miss his amazing talent with the bat.

Ashley Giles...No! please God NO!!! I just cannot believe it. Anybody lend me a gun?
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   Old Thread  #100 2 Feb 2014 at 6.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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One more than the test team
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I think most England fans should be overjoyed, the number 1 candidate to take over as coach for all forms of cricket is the current limited overs coach, Ashley Giles.

The limited overs side has done an amazing job this winter, winning a whole 1 game out of 8, this bodes well for the future of English cricket.
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   Old Thread  #98 2 Feb 2014 at 10.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Finally the torture is all over! All England can do now is build for the future!
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   Old Thread  #97 31 Jan 2014 at 8.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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England didn't turn up again today, awful
The 1st match was alright, 38 needed off the final over 1st ball goes for 4 wides.....

It's the hope that kills you

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   Old Thread  #96 31 Jan 2014 at 2.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well the 20/20s are going the usual dreary way. Loss after loss! And Andy Flower packing it in. So to cheer you up...

If you want a really good read and a load of laughs about our summer game you have just GOT to read 'Not Dark Yet' by Mike Harfield. I defy any true cricket fan not to LOL at virtually every page. David Lloyd in his foreword says, " (this book is so funny) I nearly wet myself. In fact I laughed so much I nearly passed my fags around."

ISBN 978-0-9554217-1-6

You'll thank me for this...
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   Old Thread  #95 24 Jan 2014 at 11.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Don't faint...England have WON the 4th one dayer at the WACA!
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   Old Thread  #94 9 Jan 2014 at 9.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I like Davies, shame he didn't really take his chance. I only managed to get to t20s at the oval this summer, didn't see much first class unfortunately. I actually hope prior finds some form early season, he's been a key player for England for a while now.

I just want a couple of players who score quickly, stokes certainly can, carberry can but hasn't shown it so far and may not be in the frame for the next series.

The bowlers have covered for the batsmen for too long, the home series v India was the last time they looked good
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   Old Thread  #93 9 Jan 2014 at 9.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Having seen him quite a few times at Taunton last year - Joss's keeping is fine, he also did well in the odi series against Aus. Not sure he's ready for tests yet, his batting in the LV championship was much improved last year, maybe with him getting more chance to keep at Lancs the series against Sri Lanka might be a chance if Prior doesn't score big early season. At this stage I'd put Kieswetter in front of Buttler, keeping is better, but not in England's long term plans - Steve Davis and James Foster are better than both, but in the same boat.
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   Old Thread  #92 9 Jan 2014 at 8.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's so long till the next test series there will be loads of names thrown about till then, but any batsman who starts the season well will fancy there chances for a place in the squad.

Joss buttler is one I'd like to see around the squad dunno what his keepings like tho, but would be great to see him and stokes batting down the order.
there's definitely room for a positive top order player, at number 4 with bell where he should have been for this series, number three.
Kp either won't be there or will be batting 5

It should make for an exciting start to the county season
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   Old Thread  #91 9 Jan 2014 at 7.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A year ago everyone was praising Cook - he's still young and has had one bad series. The pitches we prepared for the England part of the ashes didn't suit, our pace bowlers - low, slow and didn't really swing. I seem to remember people calling for Strauss to go as he wasn't performing with the bat and couldn't control the team. KP I agree with, his average hides the fact that he scores big every now and then, the way he got out to obvious traps just show his ego. Who would replace him though?

It's one (very) bad series for the batsmen, by and large the bowlers did ok and we're let down by the batsmen. Let's not go back to the 90's where people got one chance and then we're dropped as the selectors pandered to public opinion.

Flowers and the ECB's mistake has been to micromanage and play the game too safely - the big difference with Lehman is that he got the guys playing for fun (it's a game after all) added to the fact that Australia had everything to prove whereas the England team were jaded and done it all before
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   Old Thread  #90 4 Jan 2014 at 1.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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agree,
The Cricket Board have already stated that Flowers job is safe, He needs to do the decent thing and resign.
Cook and Bell surprised me this tour with their performances( of lack of )
K.P time is up, he has to step aside.

I think im right in saying that none of our batsman has made a ton this series......
The Aussie bowlers were pitching full on this morning, thats why so many wickets fell to slip catches and caught behind, along with the lbw of Cook. yet our bowlers continued to pitch the ball short

There has been a lack of passion throughout the entire ashes series.
Bring back boycott, Botham and co....
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   Old Thread  #89 4 Jan 2014 at 1.10pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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100% agree with all of those sensible words Ken. Especially Cooke; watching him get out last night was just embarrassing to watch. It made me cringe and want to turn over.

Anyone like to bet that KP's performances would improve if he was paid what he got in the IPL?
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   Old Thread  #88 4 Jan 2014 at 11.28am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I am simply lost for words.

IMO Flowers. KP (controversial!) and Cooke must step down. Bring on Lehmann and bring back Strauss. Get hold of players with fire in their guts. Stop pampering our bowlers at home with favorable pitches. Stop the time wasting. Stop the sledging - it just looks stupid if you cannot back it up. Bring back good aggressive cricket as practiced by the Aussies this series and by the England Ashes 2005 squad. Only ray of light in this lot is Ben Stokes.
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   Old Thread  #87 3 Jan 2014 at 11.34pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
well thats a good start , 2nd ball
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   Old Thread  #86 3 Jan 2014 at 7.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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He didn't struggle in India, but that was the patient attritional cricket he / flower likes. When teams play aggressively he struggles - like in NZ earlier and now in Aus.

Maybe the Windies series will be another line in the sand, losing last time over there was the kick in the arse the team needed - not sure it's a bad thing that there's no tests though!
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   Old Thread  #85 3 Jan 2014 at 6.49pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Lets hope our batting stands up to be counted tonight for once. Fingers crosssed.
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It seemed to me that swanny and prior were his main advisors on the field, he looks even more lost without them.

Well done to stokes, he has a big future, but needs to learn to control better. That comes with experience though.

Painful watching again, throwing away a position of dominance, didn't help being a bowler down but it's happened in every test so far
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   Old Thread  #83 3 Jan 2014 at 10.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What was the reason for dropping root? Cook has struggled since becoming captain and by the looks of it the senior players don't seem to help him out much?
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Was at the game. Good to see stokes get a 5 for. Carberry has to go. Cook looked devoid of tactics during the afternoon with Smith and Haddin at the crease. We need to polish up on how to get teams out efficiently and effectively.
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   Old Thread  #81 2 Jan 2014 at 11.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We won a toss!

If we can't get wickets on that strip, we are really in trouble......
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Fingers crossed for tonight!! Hopefully can save the embarrassment of a white wash
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That's them. Jaimie's.the quicker of the two, Craig's more the all rounder but still not exactly slow!. We also had Glenn Querl at the club, well until his bouncer was investigated! Matt Allin's there too, more so now he's not with Warc's, Chris Rogers played here in the late 90's and to top it off, it's David Shepherd's old club. Pretty much the oldest cricket pavilion in the country and the best looking ground - not bad for north devon lol!

I did once face the first team bowlers in the nets, ok against the short stuff, but couldn't hit it when pitched up. Trying to ramp them probably wasn't the best move......

My lads the one with the talent in the family though, even if my dad was on the Yorcs books whilst at school many, many moons ago.
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   Old Thread  #78 1 Jan 2014 at 6.51pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Are they the boys at Somerset?
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   Old Thread  #77 1 Jan 2014 at 6.37pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was privileged to be keeping to nadeem ikbal, a pakistania A bowler standing more than 25yrds back when he took 5 wickets in an over.... the buzz you get is unreal!! but also facing Les Taylor in the nets once... when I kept tracking him as he was bowling big away swingers was priceless!! After the third time of "swing and miss" he politely said to me... "Do that again!! you'll loose your front teeth!" Yeah I stayed put and still missed the fooking thing!
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   Old Thread  #76 1 Jan 2014 at 6.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Brian Close. Hard as nails.

here

Armchair expert proving that people are quick to judge what they have little experience of.

here

I keep wicket, and it's great fun when you get real quicks bowling, we had a south African u19 there his year, as well as occasionally the Overton twins - they grew up at the club I'm at. Taking the ball head high when you are standing 20yds back is fun, facing them bowling medium pace off a couple of yards in the nets isn't! Glad I don't play 1st team stuff when they really run in, and I'm not ashamed to say it!

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yes they may be erratic but why not just let them loose?

Don't care if the water carriers are erratic, just as long as they scare the **** out of one or two Aussies, maybe clout one or two of them under the chin to boot!
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   Old Thread  #74 30 Dec 2013 at 9.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I certainly do! Ambroses eyes used to scare me let alone facing a delivery from him!!
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Carlos.... Do you remember Ambroses first ball at Edgbaston? I think the year was 1995? He bowled that bouncer which flew!!! The test lasted 3 days and we got blown away!! I remember Smith getting one flush on the jaw off Bishop! How he was still standing i'll never know
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   Old Thread  #72 30 Dec 2013 at 8.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Remember watching a spell from Walsh and Ambrose in their prime they just terrified teams. Tall and quick and accurate. Unplayable at times. Don't think our tall quicks are in that class yet. But height pace and bounce could rattle the Aussies.
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I remember the time Derek Randle doffed his hat to Dennis Lillee when he sent down a barrage of bouncers!! Good old fashioned heart and bottle!
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I am old enough, sadly, to remember Brian Close facing the "whispering death" (Michael Holding). He must have been in his mid-to late-40s, went out without arm guard, chest protection or even a helmet and just stood there and let the bouncers hit him...

And Colin Cowdrey facing Hall and Griffiths with his left arm in a cast, it having been broken earlier in the Lords test of - I think - 1963. They don't make them like that any more

MCC having officially retired from first class cricket, was an emergency replacement for England in the 1974 Ashes tour after England were left with only David Lloyd as a recognised top five batsman. Cowdrey was subjected to a hail of abuse, both verbally and with the ball by Lillie and Thompson but he still showed real grit and determination despite being battered and bruised by the Aussie quicks.

The story goes that when he first faced Lillie, finding himself at the umpire's end from which DL was bowling, held out his hand to DL and introduced himself along the lines of: Good morning. My name's Colin Cowdrey. It's pleasure to meet you". Lillie's reply - probably apocryphal - was, "**** off, Bunter!
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   Old Thread  #69 29 Dec 2013 at 10.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Totally agree about letting the tall quicks loose on this final test coming up. Nothing to lose!
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Very true Ken... Our lower order walk out to bat with brown stains in their pants and would much prefer to stand by the umpire when MJ is bowling. Just look at what he has done to broady! He really has lost his bottle for the fight when it comes to batting.
I've been privileged to have faced that sort of pace in my younger days and yes it's not pleasant but these guys train every day with it. Another thing is England took 3 tall fast bowlers who did nothing but carry drinks!!! yes they may be erratic but why not just let them loose?
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(Hate posting like this only to look back on it a few days later with head hung down!)

See what I mean?

Our batsmen _ KP apart - are clearly ****ting themselves when they have to face MJ. Time to dig 'em up and get Cowdrey and Close out there. It's not too late to collect a few posthumous bruises!
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   Old Thread  #66 29 Dec 2013 at 9.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Our batting has let us down this series. Our bowlers managed to paper over the batting cracks in the last few series. Seems the confidence/ form has gone of all of our batsmen at once. Let's hope they can restore some pride in the last test.
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our best day of the series yesterday followed by the worst today , kin joke
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Well it was a solid reasonable expectation. Just 1 problem. We look devoid of any real fight in us. I couldnt sleep so watched a bit. Went to bed at 65-1, Cook had just gone. Carnerry on 6 from 63 i tink it was, WTF by the way. Wake upto 179 ao. Disgrace. Absolute disgrce. Nearly put a fiver on 5-0 when we lost the second test heavily. Could of softened the blow of yet another whitewash just a little.
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   Old Thread  #63 27 Dec 2013 at 8.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well that was a better day...just Haddin to get rid of now. Do that first thing to establish a 1st innings lead of at least 50, then bat all day for 250 or so (wishful thinking???) and then we can win this one!

(Hate posting like this only to look back on it a few days later with head hung down!)
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   Old Thread  #62 24 Dec 2013 at 5.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Let's hope England can restore some pride this next test. 3-2 overall sounds better than 5-0 which is way it'shheading since last few tests.
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   Old Thread  #61 22 Dec 2013 at 6.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fair play to Swanny his arms not up to it so hes going,nothing to play for as we have lost the Ashes and he does not want to aggrevate the injured arm
Hes done us proud over the years
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   Old Thread  #60 22 Dec 2013 at 7.50am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Was going to be his last tour anyway. He seemed to be shaking his arm a lot when bowling, don't think the surgery worked.

People are slagging him for bailing mid tour, but what's the point carrying on if you can't bowl the 30 overs they need him to, plus the Aussies are packed with right handers - suits Monty more than Swanny anyway.
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   Old Thread  #59 22 Dec 2013 at 0.07am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
swannys jacked it in
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   Old Thread  #58 18 Dec 2013 at 6.18pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I agree.

Well done to the Ausies.
They surely came back hard down under.

But Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel will sort them out come next year.

Just hope England comes back and give them a bit of a fight these remaining tests.
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   Old Thread  #57 17 Dec 2013 at 10.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
First off, Congratulations to the Aussies. Superb, gritty display. Full of determination, aggression and pride.


England .... I've been saying it all year, England's batting line up is pathetic and nothing has been done about it. They have been saved, time and again, by the bowlers. Now we see what happens when the bowling fails.

MASSIVE wholesale changes need to be made in the lineup. (After I have won my bet for 5-0 Australia ).

I really cba to go into who needs kicking out, but imo a lot of P45's would be used.
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   Old Thread  #56 17 Dec 2013 at 7.14am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Great knock from stokes, dissapointing though that it takes a 22 year old in his second test match to show our batsmen how it's done!

Changes have to be made, I'm not a great fan of ballance but he's in form, maybe kp should miss out, if he wasn't captain cook would be next in the firing line.
swanny's getting knocked around the park and not threatening with ball or bat, I'd drop him for onions to add a wicket taker to the attack. While if broad doesn't make it it's a toss up between Finn or tremlett.

I'm really pi**ed at the lack of balls our 'top players' have shown and cook has to take a lot of the blame for being so negative! In the summer he consistently released the pressure when aus were struggling giving them the momentum here.
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   Old Thread  #55 16 Dec 2013 at 8.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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hes only scottish wen hes losing mate, wen hes winning hes british
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   Old Thread  #54 16 Dec 2013 at 5.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Firstly let me say im not a great cricket watcher, however i do always try and watch the ashes,
so far i can honestly say England have been ***** !!
They all need to grow a set of nuts and actually realise they are representing their countries !! they look like a bunch of scared schoolboys , that will burst into tears coz the aussies are giving them a bit of verbals !!!
no fight, no idea, pathetic !!
its nearly as bad as that scottish **** winning sports fixed personality of the year !!
Paddy.
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   Old Thread  #53 15 Dec 2013 at 11.48am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...
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   Old Thread  #52 15 Dec 2013 at 9.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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simply been blown away today
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   Old Thread  #51 14 Dec 2013 at 5.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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KP is sooooooooooooo frustrating at times
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   Old Thread  #50 14 Dec 2013 at 10.18am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Oh no. Not again! Why is KP still in the team?
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   Old Thread  #49 8 Dec 2013 at 2.17pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Imo he's got inside there heads, but he is himself pretty fragile mentally, all it would take is one of our more aggressive batsman to really get after him and that would nullify him for the rest of the series, the trouble is the only batsman I feel could do it is kp, but he's not in great touch atm.
Stokes and carberry have that aggressive nature but not the experience I think.

I'm not overly worried about Perth, broad and tremlett should enjoy it there, I wouldn't be surprised to see bresnan come in for swanny for that one aswell
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   Old Thread  #48 8 Dec 2013 at 12.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Johnson 21.0 8 53 1

Wonder if we are starting to work him out?

Nasty atmosphere today. Worse than Brisbane IMO. To my mind it takes a lot of the pleasure out of watching/listening. Surely the umpires need to step in now. Can't see Dickie Bird letting that sort of language go unchecked.
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   Old Thread  #47 8 Dec 2013 at 9.08am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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What, you dont think these two can put on a 250 partnership again ye of little faith
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   Old Thread  #46 8 Dec 2013 at 0.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
lets all do a rain dance
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   Old Thread  #45 7 Dec 2013 at 11.40am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Well I did say johnson was a series winner!
If you think that was embarrassing... Wait until the Perth test
At least we gave our own master class, just a shame it was in middle order self destruction
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   Old Thread  #44 7 Dec 2013 at 11.02am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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the barmy army song ,he bowls to the left , he bowls to the right , that mitchell johnson his bowling
is ***** wasn't being sung much last night
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   Old Thread  #43 7 Dec 2013 at 10.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Listen to Boycs sticking it to them on the BBC R5 podcast. he doesn't hang back!

Link...


How can the bowler who was ridiculed on the last tour be destroying us!

Well he's acquired armfuls of tats and a Merve the Swerve 'tash for a start! Looks bloody fierce even before he starts his run: witness that stare he gave Anderson...!
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   Old Thread  #42 7 Dec 2013 at 10.38am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
think we can safely say thats it for this test .
2-0 down , things aint looking good
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   Old Thread  #41 7 Dec 2013 at 9.42am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Since following the England team this has been the most shocking play I have seen to date.

Severely disappointed with Root and KP the way they got out.
This is the time to produce, but I am afraid things an't looking good here.

Johnson is destroying us.
Seems we can't cope with fast bowling.

Root at 3 and Bell down at 5?
Don't make sense at the minute.
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   Old Thread  #40 7 Dec 2013 at 7.25am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Awful!
How can the bowler who was ridiculed on the last tour be destroying us!

Cook and pieterson need to step up here, two of our best ever batsmen should be leading by example getting runs, not giving their wickets away and starting these epic collapses!
These two got runs against the likes of Bret lee and Shaun tait, Johnson's pace shouldn't be a problem!
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   Old Thread  #39 6 Dec 2013 at 12.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
What a way to start a series. Only 6 days played in total and we look tired and beaten...

I fear another 5-0 drubbing, but we bounced back well from the last such result out there in 2007, winning the 2009 Ashes series.
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   Old Thread  #38 26 Nov 2013 at 9.23am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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cheers martin
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   Old Thread  #37 26 Nov 2013 at 8.45am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes,here you go....
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   Old Thread  #36 26 Nov 2013 at 6.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It's too soon for bresnan after the injury, looks like a possibility for the 3rd test tho. With his pace on these pitches I'd expect him to go for a lot of runs, but he does give you important wickets and useful runs.

I want to see stokes, brilliant in the field, can really punish teams with the bat and bowls mid 80s with the odd quicker ball 90+mph.

Seemed a bit childish from Anderson, most quicks would stick a bouncer on his chin or ribs and be done with it
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   Old Thread  #35 25 Nov 2013 at 11.25pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It was audible but wouldn't take much for Anderson to laugh it off and tell the umpire to jog on..
It happens in every series and hopefully always will!
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   Old Thread  #34 25 Nov 2013 at 11.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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still cant suss how to post the link lol

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   Old Thread  #33 25 Nov 2013 at 11.12pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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you gota laugh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcQ3ptLUiw8

can someone sort the link
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   Old Thread  #32 25 Nov 2013 at 9.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
When did Anderson run to teacher? If it was the Clarke incident whilst batting then Clarkes comment was clearly audible. Stupid thing to say and not very nice.

Root at 3 for me. Keep Pietersen and Bell 4+5. If Bresnan is fit lets go with a 5 man attack. Would be brave dropping to 5 batsmen after losing by nearly 400 runs.
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   Old Thread  #31 25 Nov 2013 at 2.01pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yeah shame about trott, certainly wasn't in the right frame of mind for a series down under..
Anderson running to the teacher is embarrassing, give as good as you get and don't be a coward!
Well deserved win for the Aussies, Johnson was something else.. He's a potential series winner
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   Old Thread  #30 25 Nov 2013 at 1.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It is a shame for him and I hope he sorts himself out.

In the meantime bell should move to three and bairstow or stokes come in at 6 or 7, I'd prefer stokes but it would be a gamble.
Ballance would be in the reckoning too but I can't say I'm a fan.
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   Old Thread  #29 25 Nov 2013 at 10.29am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
It would seem Trott is suffering much the same stress-related injury as Trescothick.

Sad for him TBH.
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The Carberry dismissal was a little unfortunate really. Trott though was shocking. Will be lucky to make the 2nd test. Not quite sure who would replace him, perhaps Stokes to bolster bowling as well.

Beefy said 5-0. It's possibly on the cards just the wrong way round if we continue like that.
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   Old Thread  #27 24 Nov 2013 at 2.26pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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beefy hit the nail on the head , we werent good enough
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   Old Thread  #26 24 Nov 2013 at 12.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Unless Cook and KP can bat for two days!

Well, THAT didn't happen did it!
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   Old Thread  #25 23 Nov 2013 at 1.54pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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More chance of a win than a draw now, if England see out the time left they'll pass 500.

Trott should be dropped and stokes come in at seven to balance the bowling.

Cook bell and kp will have to get 300+ between them to stand a chance.

Good contest though
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   Old Thread  #24 23 Nov 2013 at 1.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well Carberry wasn't so clever this time round
Trott needs dropping for a game or 2
Was up all night watching again, it's been a brilliant game!
Proper pantomime cricket, Root shadow boxing before bowling to Warner for his century and a hard earned century for Clarke.... Doesn't feel like an ashes series if you're not under pressure
Doubt I'll be awake quite so long tonight, we'll tumble like dominos if cook can't get himself in
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   Old Thread  #23 23 Nov 2013 at 10.04am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
3rd day nightmare...Kiss this one goodbye Cook and Co...

(Unless Cook and KP can bat for two days!)
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I like carberry, wish he'd tried to play a bit more but must be hard watching all them wickets tumbling at the other end.

I particularly admire his ability to make cricket whites look ghetto, that takes some skill
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that was a major collapse
bet the bowlers had the hump
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Stayed up through the night and watched us crumble..
Been saying for a long time that trott, cook, prior and root are lucky to have a place. Carberry looks solid at least, needs to smash lyon out of the attack though. I'm pleased for the Aussies, seems we will get a proper ashes series now
I may have to put on an Aussie accent when I get there if it goes tits up
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   Old Thread  #19 22 Nov 2013 at 11.53am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Oh dear!
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   Old Thread  #18 22 Nov 2013 at 6.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
1st test 1st innings collapse

At least there consistent
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especially bumble
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There is something about facing the aussies that brings the best out of Broad. Whether or not hes getting boooed by them. He has 11 5 wicket hauls with 5 against Australia. Thats impressive.

Just need to get those last 2 wickets in double quick time and the batters to back up the bowlers with 400+.

Come on England.
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   Old Thread  #15 21 Nov 2013 at 9.43pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Another big for sky' s coverage with some interesting and entertaining commentators
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   Old Thread  #14 21 Nov 2013 at 8.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Pity Test Match Special does not get broadcast again during the day.
Would've been great!

As for Sky watched the Grand Prix over the weekend and certainly a very different take on the way they do it.
Quite enjoyed it.
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   Old Thread  #13 21 Nov 2013 at 7.41pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sky's commentary and coverage is fantastic. The pundits make it funny even during the not so interesting times. Sky for me is worth every penny as their coverage seems to enhance every sport they take on from Speedway to Football.

Really enjoying the ashes especially as I can get it on Sky go from anywhere with 3G
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   Old Thread  #12 21 Nov 2013 at 7.36pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Broad certainly silenced the Aussies
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Got myself Sky just to watch this.

Great start from England!
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Looking forward to the next days play
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Looking forward to the next days play
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Cheers, guys!
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channel 11 on freeview
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Pick tv 10 o'clock

Dunno if that's on freeview but I have it on my freesat box
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Brilliant 1st day. Now keep it up! Stayed up until 3.a.m. listening on the radio as we don't have Sky. Was looking forward to the usual Ch5 highlights program at 7.00 this evening, only to fish that those greedy buggers at Sky are not releasing any highlights.
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Hoping we have them against the ropes by then
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I'll be there in 3 weeks.. Got my England cricket and lions shirts packed
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   Old Thread  #1 21 Nov 2013 at 1.42pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
well ................. here we go again

well played broady , another 5 wicket haul.
what a way to ram them aussie taunts back down their throats

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