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Ashes 2019

Discussion in 'Cricket' started by RugbyReg, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    That's the real beauty of test cricket.

    Smith is simply the best. Congratulations to Wade - I didn't think he had it in him, but he didn't have to face Anderson and there are queries about the fitness of Ali and Woakes. Either way, I still think our chances would be enhanced had Labuschagne been included to bowl his leggies into the rough outside the RH's leg stump.
  2. Up the Guts Peter Sullivan (51)

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    How much worse are Smith’s leggies than Labuschagne’s?
  3. barbarian Michael Lynagh (62)

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    It's been a great test, and shapes as a great series. Regardless of the result tonight, both teams will walk off thinking they should have won.

    I wonder if the World Cup has given us more of an edge than first thought. Maybe the fire isn't quite burning for the Poms as it normally would. If we win this game, we go to to Lords in a powerful position given our record there.

    The Poms will bring in Archer for Anderson, which will make them much more competitive though.
  4. barbarian Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Come on BR, it's OK to say you were wrong. You can put all the asterisks you want next to Wade's innings, but he came out when the game was in the balance and scored a century. In England. I didn't expect him to do that, but I'm bloody glad he did.

    Marnus's bowling is far from test standard, realistically it's a little better than what Smith offers but not much.
  5. Finsbury Girl Jim Clark (26)

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    I'll happily eat my words on Wade, however as BR said context is everything. We had Denly, Ali and Root bowling pies.

    Still you have to play what's in front of you and he supported Smudge and took the lead admirably when Smudge got out.

    It certainly didn't look like a hard pitch to bat on though I'm looking forward to seeing how Lyon gets on. I expect Patto & Paddy to soften up the poms first thing though.

    A draw isn't out the question, Burns faced a mountain of balls in the first dig so he has it in him to stick around & you can never write off Root.
  6. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    It's amazing how quick people are to dismiss Wade's century but seemingly the same doesn't apply to any of Smith's heroics or the fact that plenty of the other batters have failed once or twice.
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  7. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    Smith scored a ton in the first innings when there was a lot more assistance in the pitch. His innings, both of them were top class. Wade did all he had to do in the second dig. He was certainly by no means a failure which is a label that could be applied to both Warner and Bancroft in this game. Wade will have consolidated a spot in the side, but the same cannot be said for Bancroft. I'd still prefer Khawaja to open and to bring Labuschagne in for his batting and bowling. Ideally, Patterson should also be there, but there just aren't enough spots to go round. Next cab off the rank when someone else doesn't step up.
  8. Finsbury Girl Jim Clark (26)

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    I've made it very clear I advocate Burns and Patterson in the team & I was against the selection of Wade and Bancroft in particular.

    I'll reserve judgement on Wade after another test match. Against hostile, accurate bowling & high pressure in the first innings he failed miserably. He managed to make hay in the 2nd which I noted above was admirable, however as noted the bowling was somewhat lacklustre & Smudge had already taken the a large amount of pressure off. This needs to be taken into account.
  9. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    This test match was hanging well and truly in the balance at the beginning of day 4 and Smith, Head and Wade took it away from the Poms emphatically. Hats off to them.
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  10. Lindommer Andrew Slack (58)

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    Thank goodness the selectors didn't fall for the folly of including both Patterson and Pattinson in the same team. We have enough trouble on this site sorting out Phipps from Phibbs, those two cricketers would be impossible. :rolleyes:
  11. barbarian Michael Lynagh (62)

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    God we can be negative sometimes. Wade made a hundred. Despite what you say, there was plenty of pressure - our lead when he entered was around 120, and you could mount an argument that England was still on top at that point. It's also a venue where we haven't won in any format since 2001.

    But no, it's too early to judge Wade apparently. England were missing a bowler!
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  12. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    With you on that Barbs. This test has been a pressure cooker from ball one. The fact that the boys have been able to wrest control from a seemingly hopeless situation on day 1 is massively to their credit.
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  13. Up the Guts Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Wade's averaged over 60 in Shield cricket since he was last dropped from the test team. He dominated all forms of domestic cricket last season and continued his run on the Australia A tour. He's clearly in the best form of his life and the is in the best form of any other candidates for the 6 position. He's just scored a test match hundred on his return, on what grounds are we criticising the guy?
  14. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Masochists who have lasted till stumps, what time can I expect to be awake to if I set myself the challenge of watching all 10 wickets tonight?
  15. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I've watched until tea a couple of times (12:40am). I'm certainly hoping it is done by then tonight!

    Stumps is 3:30am including the extra half hour (that is pretty much guaranteed these days).
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  16. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Cheers BH. Tea is feasible; stumps is condemning myself to hell way too early in the week.

    Here's hoping we rip through the top order early!
  17. oztimmay Peter Sullivan (51)

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    Anyone know if it will be on FTA tonight, or through the app?
  18. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Should be FTA on Nein
  19. John S Tom Lawton (22)

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    I'm with you on that. Even missing Anderson it's still been tough batting out there.
  20. Lindommer Andrew Slack (58)

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    Started watching the play on day 5, when do I stop? :(

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