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  • My dear old things, it's STW TMS!
  • Premier Icon lunge
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    Test match cancelled by the sounds of it, the Covid in the India camp has given the England team the fear.

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    Test match cancelled by the sounds of it, the Covid in the India camp has given the England team the fear.

    I understand Indian players have refused to play – scared of getting covid and missing out on their lucrative IPL contracts. India have forfeited the test so the series is a draw. Unsatisfactory.

    Premier Icon Houns
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    Hmmm

    Ah well there go my plans of sitting outside the pub listening to tms this afternoon

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    May not be forfeited, press release has been reissued and has had that sentence deleted – big argument ongoing apparently.

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    India have forfeited the test so the series is a draw. Unsatisfactory.

    Seems like this is still being debated, could be ‘abandoned’ rather than ‘forfeited’ which would mean India win 2-1. Even though India deserve to be ahead it doesn’t seem right if you can pull out of a test with the result of winning the series.

    Edit: just saw mefty’s post saying same

    Premier Icon martinhutch
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    It definitely should be a forfeit. England are ready to play, India has stuffed up its covid protocols and isn’t.

    Premier Icon Houns
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    I can quite imagine the ECB are thoroughly pissed off, any covid insurances they have in place to recover costs must require teams to have positive test results?

    Premier Icon Houns
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    England today

    (Of course I joke, they’ll be extremely pissed off)

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    Wonder what ‘test cricket is the pinnacle’ Kohli will have to say about this (if he didn’t care about upsetting the BCCI). Can’t imagine he will be too happy about losing the chance for a proper away series win as captain.

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    Bugger. I had two quiet days at work coming up where TMS was going to keep me company. I actually work better with the team chatting away so my productivity is going to drop now. Ah well, time to put the kettle on!

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    There seems to be talk now that it’s just being postponed indefinitely rather than cancelled.

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    I wish they’d shut up about test cricket being the pinnacle of the game. It might be for me, but it quite clearly isn’t for the players or the people in charge and saying it is just annoys people. Well it annoys me anyway 🙂

    The only reason this match isn’t going ahead is because players don’t want to risk catching Covid and missing out on the IPL. Basically the IPL is more important than determining the result of a major test series and to hell with those fans who are still daft enough to care about test cricket.

    To be fair the ECB have also prioritised white ball cricket over the test format for so long that I’m not sure they even know they are doing it anymore.

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    A real anti-climax to what has been a great advert for test match cricket. Unfortunately it shows that its no longer the revered form of game it once was. T20 is now king.

    How long until a test playing nation gives it up entirely. Can seriously see Sri Lanka or Windies going down that road at some point this decade.

    Premier Icon leegee
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    T20 Finals day, hopefully Kent win with Stevo taking a leading role.

    Premier Icon lunge
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    Thought this might be of interesting to some on here, Greg James’ podcast on Allen Stanford. Im up to episode 2 and it’s fascinating.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/brand/p09k7ctp

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    Thanks for the reminder lunge

    Shame about Mo retiring from test cricket, always hoped his best was yet to come

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    Mo is a real shame, never really settled in Test cricket and always felt like a stop gap even though he played some brilliant innings and took key wickets.

    Like many others, you can’t help but think if we’d have stuck with him at 6 or 7 he’s have been a brilliant player.

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