My dear old things, it's STW TMS!

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  • My dear old things, it's STW TMS!
  • Tom B
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    Sweet frigging jesus

    Premier Icon senor j
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    💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦
    Please.

    Hope so senor j – because going to the Oval 1-1 would be titanic! Not much chance though I fear.

    dannyh
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    Sadly I think England have emptied the miracle well at Headingley. The only real hope is that the Manchester weather does its thing.

    Premier Icon senor j
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    So ,just hold on for 20 overs with two wickets…..going for a long bath.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    I know Stokes won a game almost singlehandedly but without Smith Aus would have been nowhere.

    He’s got more runs than their top 6 or 7 combined.

    Klunk
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    Klunk
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    18 overs light improving, no nails left!

    Houns
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    89th over….

    Klunk
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    fewer than a 100 balls left

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    i **** hate test cricket

    Houns
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    Houns
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    56 mins or 14 overs to survive

    dannyh
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    Please, please, please!

    Maybe if they can last this out, it will remove Broad’s yellow streak…

    Klunk
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    Houns
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    And it’s all over

    dannyh
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    On balance, Australia are a better side, but not by much. Both sides have real questions in their batting lineups, and both teams are unafraid of s collapse. Personnel changes needed for both sides I think, Wade and the 2 openers for Aus will be under the microscope, Butler, Bairstow, Roy and Denly for England.

    Bowling wise, both are prone to sessions of incredible bowling often followed by a session of dirge. Not sure personnel changes are needed but questions need to be asked.

    Disagree a bit there looking lunge – the Aussie bowling attack is a better unit than England’s. Better spinner and they can rotate fast bowlers without much change in quality. Smith is just a machine and aside from him the Aussie batters are bang average.

    mefty
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    I agree with shortbread fanylion, Aussie bowling attack was a step ahead of ours, which still performed well. Amazingly we had the best opener, they had the best 3 & 4 by a margin, our middle order (well Stokes) was slightly better and their lower order contributed alot more.

    I would bring in a new opener to partner Burns, probably Sibley, put Denley at 3 as he has shown sufficient application two tests in a row, put Root back to 4, Stokes 5, Pope 6, Bairstow 7, Woakes, Archer, broad and Leach. If Stokes is injured then Curran comes in, Pope and Bairstow move up.

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    I think We’ve missed Anderson. I also think we need to find a lower order batsman to be the captain and let Root get back to just batting. Well played Australia.

    nicko74
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    More broadly though England need to treat batting seriously. No coming out to the middle aiming to swipe the ball around a bit, but proper Test batting, methodically building a total to defend. The last two matches England have only looked like a decent batting unit when their backs have been against the wall. It’s not good enough

    Glad I went to Burghley instead…

    Premier Icon lunge
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    Same squad announced for the last test.

    I’d really like them to try something different with the batting order, mainly around giving Butler the gloves and seeing if Bairstow is better up the order without them.

    Premier Icon convert
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    How’s everyone feeling about the knighthood of Sir Boycs? Original conviction always had a bit of a tinge to it (the lady in question asking for money to go away, some suggestion she told a different story to friends) – but he still is a convicted domestic abuser…..

    Tom B
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    Seems like a total **** in just about every way to me.

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    Can’t stand the man so I will never address him as Sir.

    mefty
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    Very happy for him, tough self centred player, made the most of his ability, trenchant colourful and self centred summariser, popular throughout the world, only appropriate that like one of his 50s, there was a long wait before it arrived.

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    He was also the player working with a dodgy agent to send the England players over to SA in the middle of apartheid

    has spent many years moaning about not getting a gong and was sacked by the bbc for a racist insult in 2017

    it’s a no from me

    It depends if you think the current honours system is particularly meritocratic. If Philip Green gets one, Boycs is a shoe-in.

    I suppose there’s always the option for Queenie to annul it some years later like she did for Fred Goodwin, and the honorary ones she took away from those lovely chaps Mugabe, Ceaucescu and Mussolini.

    dannyh
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    Domestic violence notwithstanding, here’s another miserable old Yorkshire bastard ‘congratulating’ Dennis Lillee on his 300th Test wicket. I say ‘congratulating’ but he spends approx ten seconds doing that, the rest of the time he is either rucking about not getting the adulation he believes he deserves or just talking about himself. The Yorkshire dressing room was full of them in that era (miserable horrible old Illingworth and barely any better Brian Close in there as well). If nothing else Boycs is a typical Yorkshire braggart of the era. He does talk some sense sometimes, but he is rapidly becoming a self-parody, much as Trueman did.

    Klunk
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    “I don’t believe in the commentators curse”

    Doh!!!!

    Sweet Jesus. England being torn apart by Mitch Marsh’s trundlers. Inept!

    Although the Buttler has arrived at last…..

    nicko74
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    FFS. For all that Trevor Bayliss has done for England in the one-day and T20 game, the team clearly need someone to drum into their thick heads how to play Test cricket. This is just a shambles. Again.

    Warner. Unlucky?

    Maybe, but still…!

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