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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:43 pm

That was a tremendous innings by Bairstow, unlucky not to get the ton but it shouldn't take anything away from him.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:21 pm

Poor Jonny, deserved a century there for all the world :(

Good start for us, we've got two of the big fish early. Can't understand Faf not batting at 4 though.

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by Harry Ellis » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:06 pm

Top day. Test done, series won.

I really think JB going ape gooseberry fool on them this morning decimated their will to battle.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:08 pm

On his day, Jimmy is a god amongst mortal men.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:43 am

Is there really any point in England batting on this morning? I think the weather for Manchester tomorrow is pretty shitty, we should put them in right from the off.

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by Harry Ellis » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:52 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:Is there really any point in England batting on this morning? I think the weather for Manchester tomorrow is pretty shitty, we should put them in right from the off.

Saffers probably did Rooty a favour. There is no winning with the media over declarations.

Good to see we've finally broke through that meddlesome Faf/Amla partnership. This could be a done deal by tonight.

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by Harry Ellis » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:43 pm

Moeen HAS to be Man of the Series surely.

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by Harry Ellis » Mon Aug 07, 2017 5:53 pm

Also of note is that Hameed is really digging in against Hants. I am calling it now, if he makes a century he'll play against the Windies.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:06 pm

Hales almost certainly deserves a recall, maybe at 5. Imagine the destructive power of that lower order.

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by Harry Ellis » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:00 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:Hales almost certainly deserves a recall, maybe at 5. Imagine the destructive power of that lower order.

If he continues to play at 5 there's a very good case to be made for a recall on the basis that he is allowed to play his own game and that he isn't dropped after one series. His style of play can have extremely polarising results but when he gets it right like today it's worth gold.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:49 pm

13 man squad for the WI series:

Joe Root (Yorkshire, captain)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Mason Crane (Hampshire)
Dawid Malan (Middlesex)
Toby Roland-Jones (Middlesex)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Mark Stoneman (Surrey)
Tom Westley (Essex)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

Nice to see Woakes back.

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by Rex Kramer » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:59 pm

They need to wrap Woakes up in cotton wool in this next series. Keep his spells short and break him back in gently. Disappointed that Hales didn't get a sniff but maybe it's because he's a known variable. If they give Malan this series then I'd have no issue with Hales coming straight into an ashes squad if he fails.

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by Harry Ellis » Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:18 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:They need to wrap Woakes up in cotton wool in this next series. Keep his spells short and break him back in gently. Disappointed that Hales didn't get a sniff but maybe it's because he's a known variable. If they give Malan this series then I'd have no issue with Hales coming straight into an ashes squad if he fails.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:15 am

No, I'm certain England have got the Ballance right (back in the Yorkshire squad).

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:24 am

I don't place too much importance in warm up games but this has just had me in tears:

However, the Windies will again be concerned about the bowling form of pace bowler Shannon Gabriel, who had sent down 20 no-balls in nine overs in the first innings, and added four more in the four overs he bowled in the final session, giving him combined match figures of 2-88 from 13 overs.

What the strawberry float :lol:

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Partridge Iciclebubbles » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:40 pm

Not sure what paper this was in, but it made me laugh and seems appropriate for this thread. ;) :lol:

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:23 pm

Cooky and Rooty :wub:

Such a shame to see what WI have been reduced to with the various squabbles from senior players.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:28 pm

Oh Joe what have you done? There was a double, dare I say a treble on offer here.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Rex Kramer » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:30 pm

Just checking up on the scores as had forgotten the test started today. Dear god, this Windies attack is utter dogshit. How do you go from Garner, Marshall, Croft, Ambrose et al to this?

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread
by Harry Ellis » Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:39 pm

Rex Kramer wrote:Just checking up on the scores as had forgotten the test started today. Dear god, this Windies attack is utter dogshit. How do you go from Garner, Marshall, Croft, Ambrose et al to this?

It's a very sad state of affairs which cricket is all the poorer for.

If there's one thing Rooty can learn from Cook it's his bloody-minded level of concentration. There's no one stronger than Cook in world cricket in that regard.

There's a 300 here for the Chef if he can make it past the first hour tomorrow.

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