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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2580 on: August 17, 2019, 06:31:32 PM »
Rootís lack of form is becoming a real problem. Heís looking poor.
Whatever happens in this test match he must be freed from the captaincy burden for the next 3.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2581 on: August 17, 2019, 07:01:14 PM »
It was nice that the TVs in the Holte End had the Ashes on today before the match, got to see the Smith Archer battle which was compulsive viewing.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2582 on: August 17, 2019, 08:04:02 PM »
Smith aside these sides are evenly matched. Two excellent attacks and two brittle batting line ups mean that this test and the remaining tests are certainly open. If anything their attack just shades our attack and Smith is in a rich vein of form and that suggests that they will win the series.

We look so disjointed at times and seem to have lost focus. The running between the wickets is poor and as always we lose wickets in clusters. As thrilling as the World Cup win was several of our players look mentally shot and are stuck in white ball mode. Roy, Root, Buttler, Stokes and Bairstow look like walking wickets. Itís hardly surprising when you consider how little red ball cricket theyíve played recently.

However Archer has them rattled and if one of our batsmen can find some form who knows what will happen?

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2583 on: August 17, 2019, 08:25:55 PM »
Archer v Smith was as compelling as cricket gets. Archer was brilliant and was extremely unlucky not to get a 5 for. Any doubts over stamina gone now. His quickest spell was his last spell.

I can see us collapsing in a heap in the morning, leaving the Aussies under 200 to chase on a good batting pitch. Need people to stand up tomorrow in waya they rarely do.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2584 on: August 17, 2019, 09:53:09 PM »
If we can set them 220, big if, itíll be interesting if Jof is steaming in.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2585 on: August 17, 2019, 10:00:42 PM »
Iím not so sure itís that great a pitch. Variable bounce and very dry. 180+ lead puts us well n the game.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2586 on: August 18, 2019, 09:29:56 AM »
I think we'll do well to get past 150, but we'll see.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2587 on: August 18, 2019, 10:10:42 AM »
Itís looks a bit grey and damp at Lords this morning.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2588 on: August 18, 2019, 12:11:56 PM »
The delay has killed the tiny possibility of an England win. Need to ensure that we don't lose. Runs and wickets important, we won't get anything if we try to block all day, need to get enough runs so Australia can't get them.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2589 on: August 18, 2019, 12:31:00 PM »
Smith can't bat for them, so we have to set them a target.  They are putting Labuschange or whatsisname in as a replacement from Smith.  Gotta go for it England, put them under some pressure with Archer steaming in to scare the shit out of them.  Need a lead of 220 ish I reckon.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2590 on: August 18, 2019, 01:01:36 PM »
Smith can't bat for them, so we have to set them a target.  They are putting Labuschange or whatsisname in as a replacement from Smith.  Gotta go for it England, put them under some pressure with Archer steaming in to scare the shit out of them.  Need a lead of 220 ish I reckon.

Yes another 100 runs then declare and bowl at them for a session and a half. Itís a big ask from this batting line up though.

Smithís injury could be series defining, he may play at Headingley, who knows? But how he reacts to another Archer spell will be fascinating. Such a pity Wood or Stone are unfit, two 90 mile an hour bowlers operating in tandem would really ramp up the pressure on them.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2591 on: August 18, 2019, 01:32:57 PM »
I quite like the idea of a replacement player for concussion. The issue here is that Smith came back out to bat, so would have passed all the required tests. I don't think after that they should be allowed to call up the replacement.

I think going forward, this should be handled by independent doctors rather than team doctors.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2592 on: August 18, 2019, 01:38:01 PM »
220 then go at them hard.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2593 on: August 18, 2019, 01:38:38 PM »
Typical that the weather looks like helping Australia avoid defeat. No luck in that respect for England at Edgbaston.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #2594 on: August 18, 2019, 02:03:56 PM »
My flabber will be well gasted if we deliberately leave ourselves open to any kind of gettable chase. There's still three games to play, better to go into them one down than two.