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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:06 pm

HASEEB FOR ENGURLAND

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Rex Kramer » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:14 pm

Luckily, Australian have a County Championship Division 2 ranked bowling attack so I'm on board.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:21 pm

I might have been exaggerating slightly. Still preferable to Jason Chuffing Roy though. And Finn/Murtagh/TRJ/Harris should be Div. 1 standard honestly.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Drumstick » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:30 pm

Way to gooseberry fool the bed, Sussex.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Rex Kramer » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:33 pm

I was being spurious too. I liked Hameed when he first got his call up, looked a decent, compact opening batsman. Had a dreadful year last year though so hopefully he's got his mojo back and he can bat himself back into contention.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:34 pm

Drumstick wrote:Way to gooseberry fool the bed, Sussex.

Nah, this is the start of the epic recovery.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Drumstick » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:39 pm

Hameed!

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:45 pm

Brought it up with a six! What lack of confidence?

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Drumstick wrote:Way to gooseberry fool the bed, Sussex.

Nah, this is the start of the epic recovery.

Told you.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Drumstick » Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:56 pm

Would have been a thrashing if not for Wells. Each year I worry a Div 1 team will come and take him.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Drumstick » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:25 am

Looks like we're going to pull through here.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:29 pm

Balladeer wrote:
Drumstick wrote:Way to gooseberry fool the bed, Sussex.

Nah, this is the start of the epic recovery.

Durham are really really bad. Never forget this.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Drumstick » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:28 am

AUS have just announced their squad for the World Cup.

Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Happy to say that this is... not a good squad! :lol: Likely starting XI will be Warner, Finch, Smith, Marsh and Maxwell, Stoinis, Cummins, Starc, NCN, Zampa.

That line up lacks middle-order firepower and omits their best player over the last 12 months (Khawaja).

They have clearly picked the squad without evaluating the roles required for a winning team.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Rex Kramer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:32 am

Unfortunately though, I think they'll be in the semis just because they're Australia and that's what they do.

In a related note, pre-ordered the Switch cricket game this morning. 365 games have it for just over £40 and Quidco are doing a £2.50 bonus today so I'm happy to get it for sub £40.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:00 am

Why in the unholy testicles would you not pick Khawaja when you could pick Khawaja? Especially when Shaun F*cking Marsh is still there.

I agree with Rex on them reaching the semis but they really shouldn't.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Rex Kramer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:55 am

Indian squad announced. They're gonna take some beating.


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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:01 am

Rex Kramer wrote:Virat Kohli (Capt)

Brave move, promoting some young practically unknown batsman to the captaincy. Do we even know whether he's any good?

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Drumstick » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:05 am

So an XI of: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, KL Rahul, Dhoni, Jadhav, Hardik, Bhuvi, Chahal, Kuldeep, Bumrah.

Very strong. I would still have Dhoni as captain though. There isn't a better reader of the game.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:47 pm

Hang on, Drummy: Khawaja's right there in the middle of your quote!

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Drumstick » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:51 pm

Balladeer wrote:Hang on, Drummy: Khawaja's right there in the middle of your quote!

Yeah, he is in the squad, but chances are they'll play Warner as opener. Khawaja for some reason can't play at 3 (his returns in that position are below average). So if they want Warner to open, chances are they'll omit Khawaja from the XI completely.

I would go Finch, Khawaja, Warner, Marsh, Maxwell, Stoinis.

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PostRe: The Cricket Thread - Show some elite honesty
by Balladeer » Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:59 pm

Aaaaaaaah. I'd probably play Smith over Marsh, but then I am unreasonably prejudiced against him for getting so many chances despite being mediocre.


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