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Author Topic: The Cricket Thread 2017  (Read 104177 times)

Offline spangley1812

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #195 on: April 26, 2017, 12:02:24 PM »
Surrey and England all-rounder Zafar Ansari has announced his retirement from all cricket with immediate effect.

He has been with Surrey since the age of eight and recently made his Test debut for England, playing against Bangladesh in October.

"While the timing may come as a surprise, I have always maintained that cricket was just one part of my life and that I have other ambitions that I want to fulfil," said the 25-year-old.

"With that in mind, I am now exploring another career, potentially in law, and to achieve this I have to begin the process now."

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #196 on: April 26, 2017, 01:25:12 PM »
Quite odd. I would have thought he could have balanced preparing for a career in law with cricket.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #197 on: April 26, 2017, 02:22:24 PM »
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Ansari, who has a double first in politics, philosophy and sociology from Cambridge University and a Master's degree in history from Royal Holloway

I think it's safe to say that Zafar is an intelligent chap

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #198 on: April 27, 2017, 10:29:33 AM »
Northants v Bears today at 1230 on Sky, for those of you lucky enough not to be at work.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #199 on: April 27, 2017, 11:32:03 AM »
Northants v Bears today at 1230 on Sky, for those of you lucky enough not to be at work.

Or those that work from home and quite like some background noise/distraction.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #200 on: May 04, 2017, 05:58:15 PM »
Pakistan batting like Warwickshire! 36 for 7.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #201 on: May 05, 2017, 06:34:47 AM »
The New England kits for both formats of white ball cricket are horrible. As a traditionalist, it's nice to see them return to cable-knit sweaters for the test kit though.


http://store.ecb.co.uk


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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #202 on: May 05, 2017, 11:28:57 AM »
The New England kits for both formats of white ball cricket are horrible. As a traditionalist, it's nice to see them return to cable-knit sweaters for the test kit though.


http://store.ecb.co.uk
I saw that T20 one yesterday, a true abomination.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #203 on: May 07, 2017, 12:27:35 PM »
Aggers just said he got a handjob referring to a hand operation.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #204 on: May 07, 2017, 09:16:24 PM »
If the first game was a little one sided, then that today was a useful warm up exercise.  The games against South Africa will tell us more, but we look in good shape going into the ICC tournament, especially when you consider who has got to come back into the side. 

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #205 on: May 07, 2017, 09:28:52 PM »
We're a fine side, we had two of our absolute key players not playing.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #206 on: May 07, 2017, 10:45:00 PM »
We're a fine side, we had two of our absolute key players not playing.

My only two concerns in the big games Paul are not having a spinner who is a threat but also keep things tight when necessary and a genuine strike bowler (though hopefully Wood can become one with a run of games).  The rest is looking in very good shape.     

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #207 on: May 08, 2017, 09:36:14 AM »
We're a fine side, we had two of our absolute key players not playing.

I'd say 3 and they're all genuine all rounders who can bat, bowl and, most importantly are great in the field, the latter of which is a difference of 15-20 runs a game at this level and wins you matches.

Billings, Ball and Willey (who are all very good players) making way for Stokes, Ali and Woakes pushes us up another level.

The only other possible change is Bairstow for Buttler but I don't know if that makes much of a difference to us becuase they're both world class, just in slightly different ways.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #208 on: May 08, 2017, 11:16:20 AM »
Hales
Roy
Root
Morgan
Buttler
Bairstow
Stokes
Woakes
Rashid/Ali (dep on pitch)
Wood (if injury free) or Plunkett
Finn or Willey or Ball

That we have so many options is frightening.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #209 on: May 08, 2017, 01:36:37 PM »
What I really like about this ODI side is that we can put out 6 frontline bowlers and still bat down to 9 or 10. That's why I'd go with Ali and Rashid instead of 1 of them and Buttler.  The issue otherwise is that Root is the 6th bowler and whilst he is a very good part-time option I'm not sure he should be the only alternative if someone has a bad day/picks up an injury when we don't need to put ourselves in that position.