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    Quote Originally Posted by Daz42 View Post
    Don't disagree with that and it's going to be interesting to see who they select.

    Bairstow throws his toys out if hes not keeping so i think he might keep the gloves and they look at another opener?
    Roy and Buttler are under pressure tho.

    Aside from Jimmy for Woakes, do you change a winning team?

    Oh to be a selector!!
    Anderson coming back seems almost an unnecessary risk. He's still only completed a second XI match in the last couple of months.

    England lost the first test because they played a bowler short. If it happens again they lose the series. He is 37. Would seem sensible to say he's out for the series.


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    Back in my day the player who was considered to be the best wicket keeper in the country was called up for England, regardless of any other considerations. Then they realised that a batsman who could keep wicket was the way forward.

    Its similar to what's happening in football. It used to be that the best shot stopper was selected as keeper. Now they want a ball playing sweeper who can also play in goal.

    It only takes a second to score a goal.

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    Tim Paine gets in ahead of Alex Carey on the strength of having the right image post sandpaper.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    Back in my day the player who was considered to be the best wicket keeper in the country was called up for England, regardless of any other considerations. Then they realised that a batsman who could keep wicket was the way forward.

    Its similar to what's happening in football. It used to be that the best shot stopper was selected as keeper. Now they want a ball playing sweeper who can also play in goal.
    Yeah, Jack Russell was my hero with the gloves.
    I tried to copy his style and mannerisms. I rated Nixon too but Stewy was the man who.swung it into the batsman/keeper rather than a keeper/batsman.
    To open and keep at test level is a huge workload that not many can do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    I couldn't watch the football after England's win. It felt superficial and bland in comparison. Theres nothing better in world sport than a test match arriving at an exciting climax. [Insert pun here]

    No other sport has the unfolding story and drama that long form cricket can provide.

    Am I right, or there other examples?
    Quote Originally Posted by Wes' Organ View Post
    Test cricket ebbs and flows, at it's best the probable victor can change several times a day over all 5 days. One performance can swing the game but there are 22 players who have 2 or even 4, in the case of bowlers/allrounders, opportunities to change the game. Yet it remains a team game where plans have to be executed without concern for individual glory. It's a test of nerve, skill and often sheer bloody mindedness like no other sport.
    That's all before you throw in the high quality commentary and punditry who are usually willing to give an honest opinion without fear or favour.
    There's nothing quite like it.
    Tbf all sports have these moments, at crickets worst nothing happens and its 5 days or boredom, crickets governing body is trying its best to ruin the sport, and their are absolute dickheads that play the game soley for themselves, then there is the cheating that happens.

    It pains me to say it but Liverpools 4th Champions League win was similar to today, at half time they're out 3-0 down and being dominated, they pull it back and win in a dramatic penalty shootout i bet that felt the same for them as this did for England fans.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gamble View Post
    Tbf all sports have these moments, at crickets worst nothing happens and its 5 days or boredom, crickets governing body is trying its best to ruin the sport, and their are absolute dickheads that play the game soley for themselves, then there is the cheating that happens.

    It pains me to say it but Liverpools 4th Champions League win was similar to today, at half time they're out 3-0 down and being dominated, they pull it back and win in a dramatic penalty shootout i bet that felt the same for them as this did for England fans.
    All sports have moments, but a football match is less than two hours long. It can’t provide what I’m talking about.

    Obviously I’m not claiming that all cricket matches are like this one. Most football matches aren’t like that Liverpool CL final either. The difference is that football can only ever be fast food, whereas sometimes cricket is a banquet.


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    For all we like to see Aussie cricketers as pantomime baddies, Paine was classy yesterday immediately after losing a game like that yesterday...

    ďI saw it live. I thought it was out. I donít need to see it again. I have no issue with it, I donít think Iíve got a referral correct the whole series so I canít sit here and bag the umpires.

    To sit down and single out an umpire is unnecessary, he is no different to everyone else, he is allowed to make mistakes.

    I thought it was an amazing game of cricket, Ben Stokes was unbelievably good and it was one of the great Test innings.

    We finished up on the wrong side of it but in terms of an advertisement for Test cricket, I think that was bloody exciting. It was great to be involved in so I can only imagine what it was like to watch.Ē


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    Jack Leach to get free glasses for life!

    https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/cri...-a4221241.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    All sports have moments, but a football match is less than two hours long. It canít provide what Iím talking about.

    Obviously Iím not claiming that all cricket matches are like this one. Most football matches arenít like that Liverpool CL final either. The difference is that football can only ever be fast food, whereas sometimes cricket is a banquet.
    Stokes put back the football season for another couple of weeks for me, yesterday. He's kept the summer going.

    I suppose a football season, or an unlikely cup run is more of an equivalent than a single match. When each game is a crucial as part of the bigger picture. That's when it becomes absorbing. Like Leicester in the back end of their title season as an example - nerves wouldn't really end on the final whistle, just focus move straight on to the Spurs match the next day, then the next Leicester match, fans hoping they could keep it going against the odds just as we were watching Stokes yesterday.

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    I love the last review when they show the front foot and Stokes is bent over at the non-strikers end not looking.


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    If you watched on TV, worth listening back on TMS from around botched run out. Glenn McGrath is in pain.


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    Did all that really happen or was it just a dream?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Liaminho View Post
    Is ben stokes now king of the gingers? or do him, Bairstow and Ed Sheeran need to fight to the death to figure that out?
    Iíd love to see Ben Stokes have a fight with Ed Sheeran, once heíd filled him in Ben could smash all of Sheerans guitars so he canít make anymore shit records


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    A carling weekend


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    I was absolutely knackered after watching Stoke’s innings


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    It wasn’t just Stoke’s batting yesterday because on Friday when we were shot following the 67 all out Ben Stokes bowled a 14 over spell


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    The Aussies looked gone yesterday, hopefully we’ll keep our foot on their throat in the next test


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    Unbelievable. Everything's already been said.

    But... Ben Stokes. Something about him just loves being the man with it all to do. He seems to thrive on carrying the team on his back.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Yates View Post
    Iíd love to see Ben Stokes have a fight with Ed Sheeran, once heíd filled him in Ben could smash all of Sheerans guitars so he canít make anymore shit records
    I would buy a ticket for that fight.

    ĄI believe in socialism because it seems more humanitarian, rather than every man for himself and 'I'm alright jack' and all those arsehole businessmen with all the loot. I made up my mind from viewing society from that angle. That's where I'm from and there's where I've made my decisions from. That's why I believe in socialismď

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    Watching the missed run out back, Leach doesn't really do anything wrong.

    He said afterwards the instruction was to be ready for singles on the 5th and 6th balls to get Stokes down the other end. And it was the fifth ball.

    Makes sense with Stokes clearing the ropes at will, and then only needing 2 to win to say at that stage don't run the single, back Stokes to win it off one of those two balls. But it probably wasn't communicated. And Stokes said it was obvious what needed to be done 70 runs out, and it was only at the end he didn't know what to do.

    Leach has to be backing up a long way and be halfway down the track to make those tight singles at the end of the over. He's no choice under that instruction but to go like he did. If Stokes goes for the run and Leach isn't backing up running to danger end when that had been the plan, the loss would have been on him for taking it upon himself to stop doing what had got them within two.

    He'd have been called the new Allan Donald had Lyon not fumbled it. But unless he was told that the plan had changed after that last six off Lyon, which it doesn't look like he was, he'd have been blameless. It's just how in a run chase when the bulk of the work looks done, getting over the line is often the really complicated bit.


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    To break that Stokes strike rate down a bit.

    3 off first 73 balls. Strike rate of 4.1

    Getting through to the close of play on Saturday and early Sunday morning session.

    Then...

    45 of the next 69 balls. S/R 65.

    Mostly when Bairstow came in pushed things on against the new ball.

    13 off 35 balls. S/R 37.

    As wickets fell and Archer did some swishing.

    Finally...

    74 off 42 balls. S/R 176.

    His partnership with Leach.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    To break that Stokes strike rate down a bit.

    3 off first 73 balls. Strike rate of 4.1

    Getting through to the close of play on Saturday and early Sunday morning session.

    Then...

    45 of the next 69 balls. S/R 65.

    Mostly when Bairstow came in pushed things on against the new ball.

    13 off 35 balls. S/R 37.

    As wickets fell and Archer did some swishing.

    Finally...

    74 off 42 balls. S/R 176.

    His partnership with Leach.
    Wonder how he must be feeling today?
    I bet hes physically and mentally drained.
    He needs some down time and recharging between tests while the others take a reasonably long look at themselves.


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    Only just noticed Notts beat the Yorkshire puddings as well. Nice!!!


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    ...on the last ball too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    All sports have moments, but a football match is less than two hours long. It canít provide what Iím talking about.

    Obviously Iím not claiming that all cricket matches are like this one. Most football matches arenít like that Liverpool CL final either. The difference is that football can only ever be fast food, whereas sometimes cricket is a banquet.
    Football can last the season if you're lucky, or the whole summer (see Englands world cup). Be honest though was that test fantastic for the whole five days or the 4-6 hours Stokes played a blinder?


 

 

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