My dear old things, it's STW TMS!

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  • My dear old things, it's STW TMS!
  • Premier Icon joat
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    Will England be more pleased or Australia more pissed? Redemption a different feeling to victory?
    I don’t know, my head can’t work out what just happened yet.

    Klunk
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    grabbed this

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    As a non cricketist, I found that amazing.  I’ve been watching the final 90 minutes sitting in my undercrackers not jumping in the shower as I was supposed to because I did t want to miss he end.   Glad I didn’t.

    Klunk
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    gathering his thoughts

    ddraiggoch
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    I’ve watched or listened to most of all of the ashes tests since before 2005. That beats them all hands down.

    Klunk
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    It ranks alongside the 81 Headingly test for sure….

    athgray
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    Listened to it earlier. Will have to watch C5 highlights tonight.

    That was an epic 1 not out for Leach. Great last wicket partnership.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Oh I think he does.

    avdave2
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    That was quite something, I remember the 81 test, listening to it on the way up the motorway going on holiday, this is another that’ll live in the memory for ever. Stokes played like Boycott at times, like  Botham at others and the whole time had the calmness and intelligence of Brearley.

    Klunk
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    Still Dormie 2 though

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    Nudging it for 2’s when they were all on the boundary…… 😂
    Genius. Over 5 hours of increasing pressure. King of Cumbria (of course he’s Cumbrian!)
    “Alan from Accounts” a legend too – best 1* ever.

    MrSmith
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    Much like the bogan bowlers finishing off a tail end, I suck at meme posting.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Dormie 2?

    One all, two to play surely

    Klunk
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    as in we still can’t afford to lose another…

    Premier Icon senor j
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    I went cycling as the pessimist in me didn’t think we had a hope.
    Fool.
    Thank heavens for the highlights.

    dantsw13
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    This test series is interesting for different reasons to 2005. Then was 2 great teams going hammer and tongs. Now it’s 2 flawed teams who could collapse at any stage. Still fascinating though!

    pedlad
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    Bloody amazing. Well done stokes. Shoe in for spoty if they go on to win the series

    Premier Icon Drac
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    . King of Cumbria (of course he’s Cumbrian!)

    Ermmmmm!

    Had an ace day on my bike and switched on the radio about 4pm and caught the end of it. Just watched the highlights with a beer. Bikes, beers and Ben Stokes, what a day!

    I’m struggling to remember a better test match innings from a batsman.

    The tenacity, patience and power on display was exemplary.

    Oh, and test match cricket is just the best, isn’t it?

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Just incredible. The ebbs and flows of test cricket. Summer continues!

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Perhaps this is what’s needed to make the selectors and coaching staff realise that test matches are not T20?

    Klunk
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    going to be some nightmares and sleepless nights for the aussie bowling attack. Bogey Man Ben is coming to get you. That was some savage brutal hitting and a lot of nous.

    athgray
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    going to be some nightmares and sleepless nights for the aussie bowling attack. Bogey Man Ben is coming to get you. That was some savage brutal hitting and a lot of nous.

    I would not get too carried away. England have to find runs from someone else. Also it’s likely Steve Smith will be back for the next test, and unless England are prepared to pepper him with bouncers they have to find a way to deal with him. I haven’t seen England manage this yet.

    Great entertainment and individual performance by Stokes, but a freak result which hopefully won’t distract the selectors from the problems in the top order.

    Aussies should have wrapped it up at the death and it was only bad umpiring that prevented that.

    mefty
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    Stokes – with no mean contribution from Leach – grabs victory from the Esophagus of defeat, but his heroics wouldn’t have been possible without the foundation laid by Denly and Root, that is what England need to take away.

    Yes, Smith will be back but so may Anderson, England lost the first test when they were one bowler down for most of the match, so yes Stokes’s superhuman effort won this, but it evens stevens for the rest of the series in my view.

    Call off Test cricket now. In fact, call off all cricket. Not because it could never get any worse than this, but because how could it ever be better, surely? That’s talking as a cricket fan and connoisseur of the incomparable drama of sports, not as an Australian partisan. Let’s all die happy now, or only a little bit sad, and permanently awe-struck.

    https://amp.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/we-can-all-die-happy-now-cricket-doesn-t-get-any-better-than-this-20190826-p52knk.html?__twitter_impression=true

    dantsw13
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    I’m not convinced by that last LBW. I watched it again in slow mo. The ball deflects off his pad slightly which Hawkeye picks up.
    The Hawkeye protocol is that from the first point of impact, the trajectory goes straight, there is no prediction of spin or swing. Hawkeye picks up the first deviation off the pad and uses it before the “straight on” phase. I think that ball was actually missing.
    Hawkeye is as good as we have, but it’s certainly not infallible.

    Houns
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    Blimey, had to double check the website of that article CFH

    dantsw13
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    The SMH actually write some well balanced articles.

    Royston
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    Watching in NZ – I watched till the Woakes dismissal around 0120hrs. At 7 down I was convinced England had no chance so I went to bed. Absolutely amazed and thrilled when when I saw the headlines this morning. Cricket is just an incredible sport – love it!

    When did Private Joker change his name to Jack Leach?

    ddraiggoch
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    @Drac

    No, won’t be eating humble pie. Yes, it was an outstanding performance, but we should not have been close to a situation of needing it.

    You can’t paper over our batting performances prior. Is wholesale change needed? Possibly not, but we’re not going to win the next two when the Aussies have an extra 100ish on the board from Smith if we bat like we have so far.

    Sorry to be a party pooper, but it’s a test series, not a hit and giggle franchise game

    dannyh
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    To the tune of ‘here we go’…..

    I was there, I was there, I was there….

    I was there, I was there, I was theeeee-er.

    I can safely say I have never waved my shoe around at a sporting event before, but….. shoes off, if you love Ben Stokes.

    Unbelievable.

    Aussies came apart at the seams, bowled a load of dross with the new ball and then lost their bottle with the run out and burnt review.

    That LBW was plumb, but look in the book, folks.

    athgray
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    No, won’t be eating humble pie. Yes, it was an outstanding performance, but we should not have been close to a situation of needing it.

    You can’t paper over our batting performances prior. Is wholesale change needed? Possibly not, but we’re not going to win the next two when the Aussies have an extra 100ish on the board from Smith if we bat like we have so far.

    Sorry to be a party pooper, but it’s a test series, not a hit and giggle franchise game

    ^This. England need a win and a draw in the next two tests to win the ashes. I cant see this happening with Smith returning. I hope I am wrong.

    dannyh
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    Some valid points by the ‘party pooper’, but that game has hit factory reset on the series.

    There are players in both teams who will now be looking over their shoulder. Roy and Woakes will be worried. Roy has looked all at sea and Curran’s golden arm stuff might get him in for Woakes.

    Harris is technically not as good as Bancroft. Head can’t buy a run, so he’s gone for Smith to return. Pattinson will most likely be dropped for Starc (Paine will come under a lot of pressure if he loses the Ashes with Starc carrying the drinks). But Starc can be fragile under pressure. This game was the first time England managed to keep the Aussie bowlers out there long enough to tire them. The four man attack came apart at the seams yesterday when the quicks had to perform with the second new ball. None of them performed as they should have.

    Sure, England still have to work Smith (and Labuschagne to an extent) out, but it is now a two match series with the momentum on England’s side.

    ddraiggoch
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    but it is now a two match series with the momentum on England’s side.

    Perhaps I’m being too much of a party pooper, but everyone was saying Smith’s absence and the way it came about from Archer was a big momentum shift. 67 all out followed.

    On a related note, more unexpected magnanimity from (some) of the Aussie press:

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/ben-stokes-was-out-or-was-he-20190827-p52lbo.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1566905611

    Houns
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    Anderson ruled out of the rest of the series

    Premier Icon boxelder
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    I’m reluctantly, disappointedly glad. He was too great a risk. Stick with the same team and use Woakes more.

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