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Offline manic-road

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1245 on: November 09, 2017, 01:19:29 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.

That's the whole point of the warm up games, to hopefully get rid of the rustiness before the Ashes start.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1246 on: November 10, 2017, 12:44:55 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

Can't see him featuring anyway to be totally honest.  With no Stokes, I think we'll go cautious and have six batsmen with Bairstow at seven and maybe just the four bowlers.  Could wee see a side of Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Ballance, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad and Anderson?

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1247 on: November 10, 2017, 02:19:03 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

Can't see him featuring anyway to be totally honest.  With no Stokes, I think we'll go cautious and have six batsmen with Bairstow at seven and maybe just the four bowlers.  Could wee see a side of Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Ballance, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad and Anderson?

I really hope that isn't the case. As much as Mo's bowling has come on, I think it is too much to expect him to be one of only 4 bowlers when Australia is usually a graveyard for visiting off spinners.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1248 on: November 10, 2017, 07:06:41 AM »
Hmmm another pretty heavy collapse.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1249 on: November 10, 2017, 10:17:17 AM »
Woakes is going well, Cricket Australia are 14-4 with Woakes having figures of 6-3-8-3


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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1250 on: November 10, 2017, 02:17:55 PM »
Woakes is going well, Cricket Australia are 14-4 with Woakes having figures of 6-3-8-3



End of play today Cricket Australia recovered to 70-7 after being 25-7. Woakes figures now 10-4-17-4.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1251 on: November 10, 2017, 05:24:00 PM »
Good to see Woakes getting into form.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1252 on: November 11, 2017, 01:31:20 PM »
I think that Ellyse Perry might be a bit good at sport

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1253 on: November 11, 2017, 02:07:13 PM »
People over here have been making a little fuss over Graeme Swann suggesting the Australian batting lineup is among the weakest we've had in 20 years or so. Maybe fair enough if you compare it to what was around from, say, 1997 to 2009, but he must be forgetting some of the rubbish he got to bowl at.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1254 on: November 11, 2017, 02:50:40 PM »

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

Can't see him featuring anyway to be totally honest.  With no Stokes, I think we'll go cautious and have six batsmen with Bairstow at seven and maybe just the four bowlers.  Could wee see a side of Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Ballance, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad and Anderson?

I really hope that isn't the case. As much as Mo's bowling has come on, I think it is too much to expect him to be one of only 4 bowlers when Australia is usually a graveyard for visiting off spinners.

I'm just not sure there are any other real options now, unless we play a second spinner or someone like Overton plays.  It just goes to show the difference that a genuine all-rounder like Stokes can make to the balanced of a side. 

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1255 on: November 11, 2017, 03:39:03 PM »

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

Can't see him featuring anyway to be totally honest.  With no Stokes, I think we'll go cautious and have six batsmen with Bairstow at seven and maybe just the four bowlers.  Could wee see a side of Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Ballance, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad and Anderson?

I really hope that isn't the case. As much as Mo's bowling has come on, I think it is too much to expect him to be one of only 4 bowlers when Australia is usually a graveyard for visiting off spinners.

I'm just not sure there are any other real options now, unless we play a second spinner or someone like Overton plays.  It just goes to show the difference that a genuine all-rounder like Stokes can make to the balanced of a side. 

Bairstow up to 6, Ali up to 7, Woakes up to 8 - they're all good enough to make those steps then bring in Overton or Curran to make a genuine 9 and 10 with Broad and Jimmy at 11.  I think that's a much stronger side than anything you can make by pulling in an extra batsman because it would just be another one with a question mark over him.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1256 on: November 11, 2017, 03:41:47 PM »
Thats the way I would go Paul.

Overton bowled well in the last match.

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1257 on: November 11, 2017, 06:08:33 PM »
Our window cleaner is heading out to watch the Brisbane and Adelaide tests. He must be doing alright... 

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1258 on: November 12, 2017, 11:50:50 AM »
Really impressed with England's women's side batting out the day to draw the day night test. How many times have our men's side been in the same position and capitulated in the first session?

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Re: The Cricket Thread 2017
« Reply #1259 on: November 13, 2017, 03:04:11 AM »
Really impressed with England's women's side batting out the day to draw the day night test. How many times have our men's side been in the same position and capitulated in the first session?

Women's cricket in general has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. It was an impressive effort to bat out 105 overs only losing 2 wickets.

I do think the Women's game lacks a bit of pace. Obviously the bowlers aren't going to be as quick as their male counterparts, so I think the organisers should consider shortening the pitches to something like 16-18 yards rather than the standard 22. Cricket is always a much more interesting game with pace.