My dear old things, it's STW TMS!
In the same way as i say don’t judge a pitch before both sides have batted on it – I don’t think any awards for player of the series can be handed out yet.
Instead, we need to mix the teams up for T4 and T5; Aussie top 6 and England 7-11 vs England 1-6 and the Aussie attack
I reckon Cook and Root will make Smith’s returns look paltry playing against Anderson and Broad.
And I bet a few of them will be seeking a pub fight before the next Ashes tour…. Stokes is clearly a very perceptive man.Posted 2 months agoransosSubscriber
So, before the series I said that it was critical for England’s senior players to perform. Cook, Root, Moeen and Broad are not worth their place at the moment, with only Anderson playing consistently well and Bairstow with one excellent innings. Of the newer players, Malan is very promising, Stoneman is doing ok and Vince will always frustrate.Posted 2 months ago
So Overton out injured and Curran in, Starc out Bird in, no final word on Payne yet
So, apart from Cummins and Hazlewood, that’s medium pace straight up and down all the way for five days. If I were a batsman in this series I’d barely be able to get my Christmas turkey down in anticipation of smashing a load of pies until I grew tired of it. I’d only want to stop every so often to wipe the gravy off of my bat.Posted 1 month ago
The ECB showed a hits reel of Curran’s contributions to the Lions tour. Most of his wickets came from catches in the deep, and it appears he can bat against a second string attack. It seems he fits their mould.
It’s a good job tests aren’t timeless any more, otherwise these two would probably still be batting against this attack by the time we’re due to start at the SCG!Posted 1 month ago
Thankfully we got him out through sheer boredom a few runs later. Marginally effective tactics I suppose, but at the G I’d be expecting aimed at the stumps gets the odd one that keeps low and asks the LBW question. Still, we’ll see. Last session definitely England’s, so there’s hope I suppose.Posted 1 month ago
Strangely conservative bowling and fielding. The second session was England’s, and perhaps the “bore them out” tactics will pay off some more, but really, on a flat placid wicket with onlybthe odd hint of uneven bounce, i cant see us taking 20. The Aussie commentators can’t even see them taking 20 (but I think they’re being generous).
Ali woeful as usual. Broad bowled one over in his old style, and that’s the one in which he got his wicket. Anderson bowled well. Curran and Woakes ok but nothing earth shattering. Malan seems to be able to hold an end up. That’s about it really.Posted 1 month ago
Well watching today is hurting more than yesterday. turns out watching the cricket at my mates place was actually code for beer and whiskey tasting (he is a distiller and his mate is a brewer) it made up for a slow day though at least they managed to slow the scoring a little which eats up more time.Posted 1 month ago
I quite like Sydney, I’d have a go!
But seriously, no idea. Root and Malan (neither much worse than Ali) and we find an Englishman other than a vet who can handle a bat? Wood seemed pretty unremarkable for the Lions. TRJ injured, stokes still emulating the opposition’s history. Plunket just not accurate enough.Posted 1 month ago
Yeah. I have a four year old who knows she has money from Santa, and a wife with a hat from me that doesn’t fit. So as nice as it would be to watch England use their two hour quota of dominance in the match, I have more pressing issues…
It’s ok, Australia will be batting again by the time I get back in.Posted 1 month ago
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