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Old 13-07-20, 01:09 PM   #3561
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Thought it turned into a really good contest after the rain buggered off.

Its always a shame that these 3 match series seem to be the most competitive, and they are over before they begin. Even those shitty little 2 match series against NZ or something.
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Old 13-07-20, 03:13 PM   #3562
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I was hungover as fuck yesterday, so put in a solid day on the sofa.

Blackwoods innings was superb. Came in with WI in trouble on 27/3 saw of the bowlers and built the platform for the win.

Would have got his 100 with about 15 mins more work and application.
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Old 15-07-20, 04:46 PM   #3563
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Anderson left out (rested) ffs

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Old 15-07-20, 06:16 PM   #3564
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Isn’t there something like 6 tests in 6 weeks?
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Old 15-07-20, 06:30 PM   #3565
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Aren’t Broad and Anderson approaching their 40’s now? Need to start blooding replacements sooner or later.
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Old 16-07-20, 09:09 AM   #3566
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England have announced that paceman Jofra Archer has been dropped from the second Test at Emirates Old Trafford “following a breach of the team’s bio-secure protocols”. Archer has apologised to his teammates and management and will now self-isolate for five days.

“I am extremely sorry for what I have done,” said Archer. “I have put, not only myself, but the whole team and management in danger. I fully accept the consequences of my actions, and I want to sincerely apologise to everyone in the bio-secure bubble.

“It deeply pains me to be missing the Test match, especially with the series poised. I feel like I have let both teams down, and again I am sorry.”

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board said: “Archer will now commence five days of isolation and will undergo two Covid-19 tests in this period, which have to test negative before his self-isolation period is lifted. The West Indies team have been made aware and are satisfied with the measures that have been imposed.”

While it is not yet clear what Archer did to contravene the rules, any such breach is sure to have invoked disbelief and fury at the ECB. At one stage there were serious concerns that the entire English summer programme would be wiped out by Covid-19 – with chief executive Tom Harrison outlining that the worst-case estimates for that scenario involved a near £400m loss to the game.

West Indies’ willingness to travel and take part in the series was, therefore, a huge boost and involved much meticulous planning. For an individual to have put the mutual trust at risk will, in the circumstances, be seen as a matter of utmost seriousness.
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Old 16-07-20, 01:31 PM   #3567
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Is Burns actually taking the piss there? You couldn't be more straight infront if you tried and he reviewed it. Really wonder what goes through players minds sometimes, definitely not what the review system was introduced for.
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Old 16-07-20, 01:34 PM   #3568
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Absolutely plumb ffs
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Old 17-07-20, 11:08 AM   #3569
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Didnt realise why Jofra had been 'dropped'.

The potential is that he could have written off all of the summer plans for Cricket.
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Old 17-07-20, 12:04 PM   #3570
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Didnt realise why Jofra had been 'dropped'.

The potential is that he could have written off all of the summer plans for Cricket.
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Old 17-07-20, 12:39 PM   #3571
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What's the likely punishment?

Dropped for the remainder of the current series or dropped for this and the Pakistan series?
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Old 17-07-20, 01:33 PM   #3572
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What's the likely punishment?

Dropped for the remainder of the current series or dropped for this and the Pakistan series?
Just this game I think?

Anyway, Sibley - finally - gets his 100

Stokes on 99

264-for 3 at lunch

If England bat the whole day and get 450, that could easily bat West Indies out of the game.
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Old 20-07-20, 11:34 AM   #3573
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Bloody hell - they're going for it!

50 runs this morning from six overs

Ben Stokes has cracked 50 from 36 balls
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Old 20-07-20, 12:46 PM   #3574
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Old 20-07-20, 12:51 PM   #3575
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Lovely from Broad, 3 down now
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Old 20-07-20, 01:27 PM   #3576
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Broad looking imperious, both last night and today. Regardless of what people (myself included) think of him, there's no denying him when he's on song. Pretty dismal few sessions from the West Indies. England could wrap this up in the next session.
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Old 20-07-20, 02:01 PM   #3577
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Another beauty from Broad. Could be all over before tea.
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Old 20-07-20, 02:03 PM   #3578
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Explain to me why Broad got sacked off in the first test.

Is he that much of a bellend - and i ask as i don't follow cricket enough to know.
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Old 20-07-20, 03:57 PM   #3579
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Stokes again!

Needed that
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Old 20-07-20, 09:01 PM   #3580
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Explain to me why Broad got sacked off in the first test.

Is he that much of a bellend - and i ask as i don't follow cricket enough to know.

They're rotating players (bowlers), due to busy summer schedule played in a compressed time frame.
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They're rotating players (bowlers), due to busy summer schedule played in a compressed time frame.
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Old 21-07-20, 01:31 PM   #3582
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Next test starts on Friday, so guess they dont want to overload the bowlers too early in the fixture list.
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Old 21-07-20, 01:40 PM   #3583
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Got a selection headache now mind.

Nice problem to have.
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Old 21-07-20, 02:19 PM   #3584
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I'm sure they would have outlined the selection well in advance (subject to fitness/form) to ensure workload management. Skysports panel speculating that players were dropped is ridiculous 'How can Broad be rested/rotated, he was dropped, he hasn't bowled a ball in x months' - yes, that's true, but the schedule is available in advance and it's easy to select according to opposition, combinations and conditions, especially when you consider the quick turnaround of matches.
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Old 24-07-20, 10:46 AM   #3585
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I know Woakes and Bess can bat a bit but that is a long tail

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Old 24-07-20, 11:19 AM   #3586
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Sibley gone for 0.

Which England show up today? Ressiliant or collapse?
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Old 24-07-20, 11:24 AM   #3587
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Sibley tending to either go for a quick duck or make a 1000 ball century
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Old 24-07-20, 12:09 PM   #3589
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Old 24-07-20, 12:48 PM   #3590
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Think the commentators have been a bit harsh on Root for being slow on the runout. If there is criticism it's for taking the run in the fist place, it was excellent fielding. Think WI have been okay without being brilliant with the ball and they deserved the runot because they were unfortunate to beat the bat a few times without the edge, could have had both Root and Burns on another day.

The big man has had a pretty decent start with his left arm spin. Wonder if Gabriel is 100% fit after going off with the niggle earlier.

EDIT: No idea why i thought Cornwall was a lefty.

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Old 24-07-20, 02:47 PM   #3591
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An absolute jaffa from Roach to get rid of Stokes. 92-3.
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Old 24-07-20, 03:16 PM   #3592
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What a catch that is.
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Old 28-07-20, 02:16 PM   #3593
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Should be done by tea.

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Old 06-08-20, 04:07 PM   #3594
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Seriously good session from Pakistan after that middle order collapse. Road his luck but Shan was excellent especially the partnership with Shadab putting the pressure on England like that.

Horrendous innings for Buttler though, dropped catches, missed stumping, that throw. His batting has been pretty shit in test cricket too, wonder how long they'll persist. Surely he's selected for his batting and there are better keepers than him, if he continues not to perform with the bat, it'll only be so long until the selectors may want to cut their losses.
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Old 08-08-20, 06:34 PM   #3595
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That was a fucking great day's cricket.
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Old 08-08-20, 06:58 PM   #3596
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Really good chase from England. Don't think that Woakes will ever bat better than that, him and Buttler road their luck a little but fair play, the conditions weren't easy and Pakistan were cruising when they got together. Who'd have thought that the longest tail of all time would chase that down! Thought Shah was a little unlucky not to pick up a couple of wickets earlier but it's test cricket and that happens. Good signs for the remainder of the series, back to Southampton for the remaining tests.
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