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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1230 on: November 02, 2017, 01:22:46 PM »
Oh no, Moeen might have a side strain. That would really be an absolute disaster.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1231 on: November 02, 2017, 01:56:37 PM »
Oh no, Moeen might have a side strain. That would really be an absolute disaster.

Hopefully with the first test still three weeks away there's plenty of time for him to recover.

Finn is also carrying an injury but Moeen is of greater concern when you also consider the loss of Stokes.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1232 on: November 07, 2017, 11:24:14 AM »
Finn now out of the tour.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1233 on: November 07, 2017, 07:39:07 PM »
Finn now out of the tour.

Replaced by Tom Curran

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1234 on: November 07, 2017, 08:10:37 PM »
I liked Curran in the shorter format, but he's not a Test bowler. He'd need to develop significantly, I find it really weird that we haven't picked Plunkett.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1235 on: November 07, 2017, 08:31:59 PM »
Loss of Finn is significant now especially after Stokes.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1236 on: November 07, 2017, 08:35:07 PM »
I liked Curran in the shorter format, but he's not a Test bowler. He'd need to develop significantly, I find it really weird that we haven't picked Plunkett.

Agreed. I can only think there are doubts about the 5 day fitness of both Plunkett and Wood.

This is a series Iím happy to be happening mostly while Iím asleep and can pretend it isnít happening. Iíd like to be wrong.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1237 on: November 07, 2017, 08:46:24 PM »
Thing is if Plunkett played he'd be he fourth seamer who could add to the batting. His bowling could be 3-5 over spells where he's just told to bowl fast and get into them. It wouldn't be too onerous a workload, and I really think he'd add some balance to the team.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1238 on: November 08, 2017, 11:08:02 AM »
Would have thought Plunkett was the ideal replacement however itís a big squad with likes of Ball & Overton likely to do little more than carry drInks once the warm ups are done.  Wood will be in the country and playing for Lions if they decide need more pace at short notice.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1239 on: November 08, 2017, 05:41:30 PM »
I'm a bit concerned by our play in the warm up games. We already look a little bit flaky and it doesn't seem to be being spoke about but Cook is in shocking form at the moment.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1240 on: November 08, 2017, 08:42:23 PM »
In these first 2 matches what I really wanted to see was runs for Stoneman, Vince and Malan, anything else is a bonus really.  Those 3 need to believe that they deserve to be there and can deliver in the series, if they buy into the idea that they're out of their depth and we don't stand a chance then half the battle is lost before a ball is bowled.  Cook and Root have the experience to be fine and I trust Bairstow to get the runs when it matters regardless of his form.  Based on those expectations I think we should be reasonably happy with the 2 matches.

Bowling is where I have bigger concerns for the first test, With Stokes out and Ali looking 50/50 I think we look a bit thin.  Hopefully Crane will have another decent performance and Overton or Ball can put a hand up in the next couple of days, I'll feel a lot happier if they do.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1241 on: November 09, 2017, 08:27:56 AM »

Bowling is where I have bigger concerns for the first test, With Stokes out and Ali looking 50/50 I think we look a bit thin.  Hopefully Crane will have another decent performance and Overton or Ball can put a hand up in the next couple of days, I'll feel a lot happier if they do.

Jake Ball has injured his ankle and is now also a doubt for the 1st Test

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1242 on: November 09, 2017, 09:16:26 AM »
Withdrawals from next round of Sheffield Shield games appears to confirm the Aussie pace attack for the 1st Test

http://www.espn.co.uk/cricket/story/_/id/21346333/australia-ashes-pace-attack-revealed

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1243 on: November 09, 2017, 09:19:42 AM »

Bowling is where I have bigger concerns for the first test, With Stokes out and Ali looking 50/50 I think we look a bit thin.  Hopefully Crane will have another decent performance and Overton or Ball can put a hand up in the next couple of days, I'll feel a lot happier if they do.

Jake Ball has injured his ankle and is now also a doubt for the 1st Test

Yep, so Curran will get a chance next week now but our options at 4th seamer are getting rather thin.  That said woakes and jimmy have had a good day and Crane and Overton haven't looked out of place.  On top of that we look likely to take a decent lead into the 2nd innings which shows that high scores might be tough with the pink ball here.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1244 on: November 09, 2017, 09:50:59 AM »
Jimmy is looking in great nick.