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  • Location: Condorrat, Cumbernauld G67
  • Location: Condorrat, Cumbernauld G67

    Thankfully it does look like there's Rain heading towards headingley

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    Funny to read comments of 'careless' and 'sloppy' when the aggressive style of play was called for on a number of occasions in the past when such positive match positions were wasted due to slow scori

    in all the doom and gloom for the aussies, there is one glimmer of hope....             ...in the form of a promising young batsman who top scored for them.....goes by the name of Extras .....l

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  • Location: Sunderland
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  • Location: Sunderland

    The more I see of Lyth, the more I like him. There are a few Yorkshire lads in the England team who know this pitch well,  so if we can see off the new ball then who knows what can happen.

    probably the kiss of death, but he does look at home in test cricket.....No issues either with Cook the batsman, he has amazing powers of concentration and shear bloody mindedness (just like his mentor Gooch) but as a captain?.....well, you know the rest....lol

     

    Ballance has issues with his technique (ie playing from the crease 95% of the time) but he has a good eye, I am concerned about him though as this this is the first test series that he's been exposed to quality seam bowling (SL, India & West Indies are hardly quality) and he's been found out somewhat....Bell is just going through a bad trot, he'll score big runs sooner or later......

     

    The big worry is that we don't have genuine pedigree replacements for the likes of Bell & Ballance if they continue to fail, we have no one capable of taking it to the aussies......oh wait a minute, we do but he's not trusted!  :fool:

     

     

    anyhoos, back to today, a solid start from Cook/Lyth, hopefully our batsmen can make a statement of intent today/tomorrow win, lose or draw

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  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL
  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL

    I absolutely agree with the positive comments re Lyth. I think England might have finally found what they have been looking for i.e. a credible opening partner for Cook. He seems well organised, confident at the crease and - unlike Robson last year - seems to have plenty of shots in his repertoire.

     

    Useless stat alert - Lyth is the first England test cricketer without a vowel in his surname since the legendary CB Fry, more than a hundred years ago. 

     

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    May get one or two showers tomorrow otherwise we need moles to dig up the pitch.

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    England if they lose they haven't yet made a loss a strong possibility by the slow scoring while in a strong position. If they had been more forceful New Zealand would have been forced to set a more defense field and would have started getting worried about been hit too often plus tiredness would have started to set in considering the limited bowling attack they had. This was mentioned in the summing up that England failed to push the advantage home by being too negative.

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  • Location: Condorrat, Cumbernauld G67
  • Location: Condorrat, Cumbernauld G67

    6 hours to bat it out for a draw with 3 wickets already gone.......................


    And there goes Root

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  • Location: Sunderland
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  • Location: Sunderland

    Eng 62/4.....shambolic.....ballance well and truly found out, and scrub what I said about bell yesterday as now 50 odd runs in his last 8 innings.....time for James Taylor and one kevin pietersen me thinks

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  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL
  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL

    Bell's place in the team is really going to start being questioned now. A very modest set of numbers since the high point of 2013.

     

    Two steps forward, two steps back with this England team. The Aussies are going to marmalize us, aren't they?

     

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  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL
  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL

    Stokes gone. Five wickets down at lunch, three of them to off-spin in perfect seaming conditions.

     

    Jesus wept.

     

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  • Location: Sunderland
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  • Location: Sunderland

    People have commented that there is little between the two sides. Well there is one big difference. Catching.

    Not forgetting batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy
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  • Location: Hanley, Stoke-on-trent
  • Location: Hanley, Stoke-on-trent

    It's been a sorry & odd batting performance. From hitting the spinners out of the attack at Lord's to batting as though they're bowling hand grenades here. Lyth got a good one & Root & Cook can count themselves unlucky, but as for the rest?

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  • Location: Sunderland
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    I'm astonished that Kane Williamson is allowed to bowl, he's still a blatant chucker

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    Lords was a bit of fluke. Poor sides do win occaisionally. A lot of work to do yet.

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    Fat lady tuning up now eight down.

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  • Location: Condorrat, Cumbernauld G67
  • Location: Condorrat, Cumbernauld G67

    That's that. Drawn series. One dayers start next tuesday

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  • Location: Sunderland
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    So then, eng had new Zealand at 0/2 in the first innings and were at one stage 177/0 replying to nz 350, and yet England still manage to lose by 199 runs.....absolute crap doesn't come even close to describing England's abject performance.

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    Many downbeat posts, but lets be honest we would all have taken 1-1 a few weeks ago! It has been a riveting series and I am sure NZ will go on to do excellently in tests over the next few years.

    Positives from the series for me (lol as I type Vaughan on radio begins talking about the same things)...
     

    1. Cook back in top form
    2. Lyth looking very at home in test cricket
    3. Buttler continuing an excellent start to his test career
    4. Root the main man for years to come (was far overdue a bad match)
    5. Stokes' all round contribution
    6. Wood as 3rd fast bowler
    7. Broad back to his bowling best and batting looks renewed

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    Thrashed and humbled and back to reality. Poor effort all round. I think the team got carried away by the Lords win and thought they were better than they actually are and didn't apply themselves to the job in hand.

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  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL
  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL

    Yes there were plenty of positives, and yes it was a thrilling series (the Kiwis must insist on at least three tests whenever they next visit), but there were also plenty of worrying signs for England, such as:

     

    1. The appalling catching

    2. Bell's continued loss of form

    3. The inability of our bowlers to dismiss tailenders

    4. Moeen's struggles with the ball

     

    The outline of another excellent England test side is starting to emerge, but it'll take time. Until then, the Aussies have little to fear bar their own complacency.

     

    Bish

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

    Aussies aim has to be a five nil whitewash. I can't understand why New Zealand don't have three match series as they are no longer mino's

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  • Location: Sunderland
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    the question I'd like.to pose is how actually good is this Australian team?...........one thing for sure, they're not a patch on the aussie team circa 2000-2007......are they actually caught up in their own hype?....their bowling is decent, but again not a patch on earlier teams.....Johnson, whilst quick and hostile, is no McGrath, Lyon is no Warne, Clarke is IMO past his best with the bat, as is Rogers.....Watson is a relative failure at test level, and Haddin is past his best....Their batting is reliant on Warner & Smith, if they fail, this aussie batting line-up will topple against our seam bowling on conducive wickets.......bowling is their strength, as even if Johnson does misfire, they have the persistance and skill of Harris & Siddle........the jury is out on Starc at the moment, he's devastating with the white ball, but yet to breakthrough with the red ball, maybe this will be his ashes series??

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