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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by northernlight » Wed Jul 10, 2013 20:16

It was a crazy day.

A bit like the first day of the 2010-11 Ashes series, come to think of it.

Though I doubt the series will be as one-sided (eventually) as that.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by Wheatabeat » Wed Jul 10, 2013 21:45

I've not caught any of it other than TMS in the last hour as I drove home from work. They were slating the wicket which is disappointing and a bit incredible given the weather we've had. Hard to understand how we've produced such a shit strip for an important match.

Still, I can't see the Aussies taking a decent enough lead in the first innings myself. Will probably be all over by Friday teatime.

I've got a ticket for day 2 of the Old Trafford test. It's two days after our baby is due. What crushingly deft timing by myself that is.
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Post by humblebee » Wed Jul 10, 2013 22:33

Saw the highlights on Channel 5 and the wicket looked reasonable - it was dry and offered turn and seam, but I wouldn't say it looked a shit strip. There was some swing in the air and the Aussies produced enough very good deliveries (in and among the indifferent stuff) to take wickets. Prior threw his away though. It didn't look a 14 wickets on day 1 pitch. But it will dry further and crack up - I'm glad England are bowling last.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Jul 11, 2013 14:50

Highest 10th-wicket partnership in test history. Remarkable stuff.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by Big Nose » Thu Jul 11, 2013 14:58

Completely bonkers, I never thought I'd be miffed seeing an Aussie out for 98. What an amazing temperament he has.
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Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jul 11, 2013 15:43

Can't ever remember a Test Match like this, eh?

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Post by graysonscolumn » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:08

Caught myself thinking that a few times during this series!

That latest Australia collapse in the face of an ever-likelier victory was another did-I-just-hear-that (I'm following it all on TMS) event - albeit one, admittedly, hastened by as inspired a spell of bowling as I think Draco Malfoy has ever conjured up for England.

He only seems to turn up with the ball once every half-dozen games or so, but goodness it's worth it.

With the series victory now sewn up, I'd use the Oval Test to let some of the players just on the peripheries of the first XI get a sight of the Aussies. Better now, perhaps, than out of necessity a little further down the line.

Anderson needs to sit this one out - he's run himself into the ground for the cause this summer and he was only fitfully effective at Chester-le-Street. A recall for Graham Onions or Chris Tremlett (the latter of whom certain of the Aussies have even admitted they'd not want to face on account of his aerial threat) would seem prudent, or else whichever other seamer argues a compelling case in the Lions vs Australia contest which precedes the Oval.

Alternatively, or as well as, let's get sight of another spinner, and not just because the square there is regularly conducive to spin. Graeme Swann appears fully rehabilitated following his elbow op, but if that fails him again this winter the options aren't as great as would be hoped. Monty Panesar's head (and bladder) appears to be all over the place judged on last week's revelations from Brighton; a couple of decent hauls recently can't mask the fact that James Tredwell can go literally weeks at four-day level without taking (m)any wickets; and Adil Rashid's progress as a leggie has been completely superseded by that of him as a batsman.

Slow left-armer Simon Kerrigan ought to get a try-out - consistently among the wickets at Lancashire for some time now (effectively rendering Red Rose stalwart Gary Keedy surplus to requirements was no small feat), and capable of sustained destructive spells on a variety of surfaces. Bit of a rabbit with the bat, mind, but it's not like his presence would be lengthening an already undesirably long tail.

For all that he's got a start in virtually every innings this summer, Jonny Bairstow could do with making way temporarily at the Oval as well, if only for someone such as James Taylor, Gary Ballance or Scott Borthwick to have a sighter. The last-named hasn't featured in as many people's tour longlists as the other two, but his move up the Durham line-up from eight this term has resulted in a pile of good scores and his leg-spin is certainly no worse (and on occasions far more potent) than Joe Root or Kevin Pietersen's offies.

Mind, I reckon Cook is still far more conservative a captain than has tried to be made out by England coach Endy Flah, so watch him go and do none of the above. Intransigent posho.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by northernlight » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:50

Onions has broken a finger, so is out of the reckoning.

Agreed about Bairstow. He's a Chris Read in the making - in the spotlight too early. It might be a conservative thing but Compton should be back as an opener and Root returned to number 6. The opening partnership hasn't fired at all, since, erm, Compton partnered Cook. If Cook can't be the rock at the top of the order then Compton will.

I'd stick with Anderson. He has a full week to rest before the final test, then even more time after that. Tremlett might be interesting too, mind.

Cook is conservative - as was Strauss. It's representative of the whole structure though, which is so methodical and systematic that nothing is left to chance. Cook's jokey comment that he'd be lost without Gooch as a batting coach, even at this stage is a good example of this. As with many 'Team England's, the money invested creates quite a mechanical, conservative setup, where every decision has to be put through a well-defined process first.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by Wheatabeat » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:22

Sooo, Ashes shit, huh?

Welcome to the nights of fractured sleep. I started watching last night until about 1:30 then nodded off when it got a bit boring and looked like the Aussies had gotten themselves in. then woke up during the night with them proper toiling on 110-5 or something. Then I nodded off for a few more hours while they assembled another partnership before seeing the last couple of wickets fall early this morning. I look haunted today.

Decent start though. We looked well up for it I felt and Broad was bowling brilliantly considering it's a hard flat deck in Brisbane. I love the Ashes when it's down under, even though it well fucks with my body clock. Staying up through the night on Boxing Day three years ago with the Aussies getting skittled for next to nothing was one of the best days cricket I've ever sat through.
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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:28

Nice to have something to listen to when I can't sleep. There is something more than a little wonderful about hearing an Ashes series in Australia on the radio when it's pitch dark outside (and preferably snowing, as it was briefly in Sheffield last night).

I saw yesterday that there's a TV highlights show on an evilSky channel that you can get for free on cable. Apparently it's called Pick. Have to check that out.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:34

Hm, you can get Pick with our dead cheap digibox thing.

It's my dream one day to have enough money to blow on an Ashes tour in Australia.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by sweepingthenation » Sun Dec 15, 2013 16:22

Brilliant spot by Sky earlier: between them, Cook and Clarke have played 200 tests, scored 51 hundreds and totalled 15,921 runs.

Which are also the career test figures of Sachin Tendulkar.

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Paquito wrote:
andyroo wrote:JohaN!

I just saw your man Amla on telly the other night.

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Surely the finest beard in cricket, ever. W.G. who?
Saeed Anwar?

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Made a solid 48 in the first innings (of a fine test, by the way), so probably one to watch. More importantly, his beard has that slightly wispy, 'wolf man' sort of texture that gives him the one-up on Amla.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by humblebee » Mon Jun 01, 2015 14:56

Ten years since THAT Ashes test at Edgbaston. Ten years!

Read this piece. Read it now.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/co ... 81539.html

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by Wheatabeat » Mon Jun 01, 2015 17:20

humblebee wrote:Ten years since THAT Ashes test at Edgbaston. Ten years!

Read this piece. Read it now.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/co ... 81539.html
Aw, that Ashes was amazing wasn't it? We were in a car going over to a local cricket cup final when we won that day. The tension was unbelievable and the outpouring of emotion on the M62 is one I'll forever remember.

It felt for a lifetime before that one of complete Aussie domination. I was 11 in 1987 when we won over in Oz. Wasn't bang into it then. year after year of whitewashes, 1-4 defeats etcetera. And especially after losing that first test at Lords too. Freddy's pissed face the day after we won the Ashes too. Brilliant.

We didn't really get time to soak it in really did we? Didn't we get spanged 0-5 just six months afterwards? A reet good drilling? I think we may get spanged again in a couple of months, sadly.
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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Jul 30, 2015 16:18

Edgbaston!

Anyone going to a match in this Ashes?

Don't buy tickets for a fourth or fifth day.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jul 30, 2015 16:38

I've just been offered tickets for next Saturday at Trent Bridge. Stupid price, but we could win the series there! Considering it...

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Jul 30, 2015 16:43

'kinell, there goes another one.

This football pre-season has been pretty good.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by noLooking » Thu Jul 30, 2015 17:51

I see Moeen, my tip from last year, did well this morning. Not just a cool beard.

He's wasted that far down the order to be honest.

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Re: The Cricket Thread

Post by humblebee » Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:17

Shitting nora!

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