The Cricket Thread - well I guess it's going to have to be 3-2

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Hyperion » Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:15 pm



Ballance :toot:

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:00 pm

Classic ECB. Only taking two openers? Mistake. Taking Ballance to face the team that found him out? Wrong. Taking a batsman that has a problem edging behind? Brainless. Taking a spinner that has barely played a first class match? Baffling.

The only decision that they've got right for my money is Foakes. But watch them screw that up by not playing him at all, when they could (should) play him at 7, thereby freeing Bairstow of the gloves and allowing him to do what he does best (scoring runs).

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:32 am

Taking Crane seems a reasonable shout but he won't play. No idea what Rashid or Hales have to do to get in the squad, Hales ability to open as well as play at 5 makes him a no-brainer in my mind. Ballance is obviously only there because he's Root's mate. Foakes won't play unless Bairstow picks up an injury. Surprised by Overton over the likes of Finn or Plunkett. Also, is Mark Wood injured?

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:41 am

I don't think they have faith in Wood's body being able to hold up for the series.

Based on the squad they've chosen, I'd go with Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Foakes, Moeen, Woakes, Broad, Anderson for the first test.

But they won't. They'll bat Vince at 3 and Ballance at 5.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:48 am

Drumstick wrote:I don't think they have faith in Wood's body being able to hold up for the series.

Based on the squad they've chosen, I'd go with Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Foakes, Woakes, Broad, Anderson for the first test.

But they won't. They'll bat Vince at 3 and Ballance at 5.

I know the Aussies aren't as good as they used to be but I'd probably go with 11 players instead of 10 to maximise our chances. ;)

I think they'll go with Cook, Stoneman, Ballance, Root, Stokes, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson which I personally think leaves us short of bowlers. They may replace Malan with Crane if the pitch looks like it'll take spin (unlikely).

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Hyperion » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:21 pm

Moeen :wub:

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Hyperion » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:36 am

Haven't seen the alleged video, but it seems Stokes has been a right dickhead

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Saint of Killers » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:44 am

There's a shot of someone in a dark top kicking someone on the ground. (One of the kicks makes contact with the guy's head.) Said someone could well be Hales.

Ben Stokes; not a 'happy drunk'.



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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:28 am

Cretin. Read in his book earlier this year where he said he was working hard to try and curtail this sort of nonsense.

Why is it that people so obscenely talented can't seem to help getting into this sort of trouble? He isn't even supposed to be out as they're in the middle of a series. Just stay in you muppet.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Mini E » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:34 am

Not defending the situation (I haven't even seen the video footage yet as it won't play on my work computer) but the report says that one of the guys who ended up on the floor begins the video by swinging a bottle? There may be mitigating factors. Still incredibly bloody stupid to get involved in any way, shape or form and to go out on the piss during a series.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Saint of Killers » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:57 am


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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Mini E » Thu Sep 28, 2017 2:28 pm

Thanks for the gif. Just managed to watch the full video. Right at the end of the video, I laughed too hard at the left hand slap that Stokes dishes out :slol: - it didn't quite make it into your gif :lol:

teh bork wrote:The appointment of Moyes is me done with that club until he and the 3 idiots running it have strawberry floated off. I'd boo him, but I think I'll sell my ticket game by game and get some money back. I'm so angry about this, the final nail in the coffin of this great club.
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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Mini E » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:39 pm

Stokes and Hales suspended until further notice.

Also - Hants have to bat for 34 overs and have five wickets left. If they lose, they're down :dread: Vince is 27* off 100. Come on lad. Grind it out.

teh bork wrote:The appointment of Moyes is me done with that club until he and the 3 idiots running it have strawberry floated off. I'd boo him, but I think I'll sell my ticket game by game and get some money back. I'm so angry about this, the final nail in the coffin of this great club.
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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:42 pm

If Stokes is ineligible for The Ashes we might as well not bother.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Mini E » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:10 pm

Word seems to be coming out that the altercation was due to the people he punched being homophobic and aggressive to two other people. This would tie in with the fact that one of them is swinging a bottle at the start of the video. Could just be their choice of defence but is plausible enough.

teh bork wrote:The appointment of Moyes is me done with that club until he and the 3 idiots running it have strawberry floated off. I'd boo him, but I think I'll sell my ticket game by game and get some money back. I'm so angry about this, the final nail in the coffin of this great club.
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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:21 pm

So Vince has just got out. Can anyone guess how?

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Mini E » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:28 pm

:evil:

teh bork wrote:The appointment of Moyes is me done with that club until he and the 3 idiots running it have strawberry floated off. I'd boo him, but I think I'll sell my ticket game by game and get some money back. I'm so angry about this, the final nail in the coffin of this great club.
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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Mini E » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:27 pm

Three overs to go. Come on Hants!

Edit: :dread: :dread: - seven down. Fourteen balls remaining.

Edit edit: Get in there!!!!!

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:39 am

Time for some GR praise for a true cricketing hero. A one club man who in his last game, with his team 65-5 in response to the oppositions score of 565, comes in and scores 124, thus saving a draw and gaining his team promotion.

Chris Read, I salute you. And you got nowhere near the number of England caps you deserved.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:47 am

Sangakkara also retired yesterday. :(

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