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   Old Thread  #84 3 Jan 2014 at 11.24am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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   Old Thread  #82 3 Jan 2014 at 9.57am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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   Old Thread  #80 2 Jan 2014 at 8.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Fingers crossed for tonight!! Hopefully can save the embarrassment of a white wash
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   Old Thread  #79 1 Jan 2014 at 7.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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.

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

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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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   Old Thread  #75 1 Jan 2014 at 1.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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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   Old Thread  #73 30 Dec 2013 at 8.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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   Old Thread  #71 30 Dec 2013 at 6.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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   Old Thread  #70 30 Dec 2013 at 2.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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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