Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by wfc4ever, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    And they keep showing that Loon flag.
  2. Another ******* batting collapse after a reasonable start, we lost 6 wickets for 46 runs this morning, which saw us all out for 277 runs, having been 231 for 4 overnight.

    However, last time I looked, about an hour ago, we had taken 4 of their wickets for 50 odd runs so hopefully we can bowl them out cheaply this time.
  3. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Mark Wood doing the business - got a point to prove.
  4. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    What are the chances that Wood could play all 5 Ashes matches?

    Sadly slim, I fear.

    To win, I reckon our bowlers will have to be on fire. I don’t see the batsmen pounding Australia into submission.
  5. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Yes - he does have real fitness issues which is a shame.

    Our chance to gain a victory - don't throw this away lads.

    Our batsmen aren't going to enjoy facing Starc , Cummins and Hazelwood.
  6. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Good for Wood.

    5fer in 8 overs.

    I didn’t spot Onion. Action in the middle too frantic for the cameras to dwell on the crowd.
  7. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    Was a good day today and pitch wont get easier. I think 250 for us will be plenty, possibly only 200 required.

    Wood bowled well - quick and straight - far better option than curran, especially out here.

    Only casualties were my knees which are burned to ****
  8. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    I really hope the top 3 get some runs although the thought of Denly in the Ashes is bizarre & horrifying.

    Maybe a sarong to shade the knees. Quite liberating provided it is securely knotted.
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  9. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Running out of options in the top 3 though. Drop Denly and replace him with who ? Even your Burns isn't scoring this winter though he looks a class above the hapless Jennings.

    Ps Have Joe Root and James Blunt ever been seen in the same room ?
  10. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Typical English thing - hammered in the first 2 tests then potentially win the 3rd with ease.

    Always remember doing that in the Ashes during the 90s/00s.

    Be nice to win but shouldn't paper over some pretty big cracks.

    Or maybe a lesson that we need to be prepared better but then the issue is you have so much T20/ODI stuff that is there enough time to do that?
  11. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    The pre test prep comprised two 2 day games.

    Nets, really.

    Unsurprising that we started so feebly.

    As you say, white ball matches are crowding out the schedules. I think test cricket is in a mess. Few series are competitive, with the home team winning almost always.

    When sport is uncompetitive, interest quickly, & rightly, dwindles.

    The administrators are undermining test cricket.
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  12. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    All about the money isn't it - and the ECB are now bringing in the 100 ball competition because they think people cannot be attracted or focused enough for even T20!
  13. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    Good day today - should definitely carry on batting until lead well past 500.

    Windies demoralised / not bothered with series in the bag.

    None of the top 3 really deserve their places but no obvious replacements in line in time for the ashes. Root scoring a hatful in 2nd innings of a dead test shouldnt disguise a poor series.

    Will be a handsome win against a team that is no longer really bothered.

    As mentioned, will only paper over the cracks
  14. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    Ps knees now recovered
  15. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Some faith restored and Wood has helped his cause no end.
  16. onion8837

    onion8837 Reservist

    I am clearly a lucky omen and have applied to ECCB for funding to become official mascot on all future tours
  17. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Young person’s bodies do recover quite quickly.
  18. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Against Australia, I would bring in Roy. Big time experience & curiously pigeonholed as white ball only.

    Keep with Burns. I’d tell Root to bat 3 (& free him from the captaincy).

    YJB at 4 (no gloves), Butt, Stokes, Foakes at 7. Broady & Jimmy propping it up. Other bowlers to suit. Ali, a Curran, Wood, Rash.

    Let’s keep Belly in the frame.

    Sack the scruffy Australian from tests immediately & bring in Alec Stewart in a tracksuit.

    Light cigar & retire.
  19. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Won't Roy be busy at Palace?
  20. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    I see Woy as the old school type who would be comfortable doing football in winter & cricket in the summer.

    A couple of weeks of rushing around doing both in the spring.
  21. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Root has to bat at 4 though. Psychologically he can't cope with 3.
    Who's the skip ?
  22. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    At number 3, Root has the calmness of Simon Stylites compared to Flapper Bairstow.

    Skip ain't straightforward.

    Buttler, you feel, has that 'good with the servants' type of poshness & you can picture his beautifully cream flannels. The type who would declare at Lord's so as to take part in the mixed doubles semi at Wimbledon.

    The Hundred would be rendered immediately irrelevant as all the school mums dissolve at his matinee idol good looks.

    Otherwise, Burns (who should insist that he be referred to as Mr Burns) or AI.

    I need to think more deeply about the latter.
  23. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    They won't junk Root as Capt., even if they should.

    Think the Ashes could be a whole different ball game, literally, if we actually manage to win the white ball biffathon, even though the personnel will be different.

    Bet we don't, though.
  24. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    The Ashes or the WC?
  25. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Don't think we will win the WC. Natural pessimist.

    Ashes are 50/50. Maybe we are slight favourites.
  26. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Funnily enough I think the distraction of winning the WC would cause the players to completely lose focus for the ashes and hence lose. Best outcome for the ashes would be a swift exit.
  27. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Agree. You need luck to win the biffathon. One unlucky catch/drop/run out and it's gone. Remember Stokes' last over ! It was in the bag but that sort of thing can happen in 20/20. Plus we are favourites therefore we have no chance - we can't cope with expectation.
  28. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Yes, that's possible, I guess. A bit like getting to the end of February at, or near, 40 points...
  29. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Are there that many in both squads ?

    Probably about 50% of the potential Ashes side ..

  30. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Not sure that matters. It would have something of a psychological impact in any event.
  31. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Which would you prefer to win?
  32. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Mmm, that’s tricky.

    I’m not a huge fan of the one day game. But it’s a tournament with everyone else in it, and we’ve never won it.

    Marginally - but very marginally - the WC.
  33. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    I, slightly sadly, agree.

    And I reckon we stand a better chance, too.

    The Aussies are no great shakes at the mo but we were overall feeble in the Windies & mgmt seems all at sea.
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  34. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Ashes for me. Every time. Can barely remember the last 20 20 cups. The last half of dozen ashes are etched into my brain.
  35. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    The WC will be a 50:50 affair but I take your point.

    We’ve won the last 4 home Ashes & the current Australia are a truly modest outfit. Bowling attack fine, albeit less so away. Batting paper thin at the moment although we await The Sandpaper Twins’ return.

    Hilarious how Smith & the idiot boy opener have really tried to shaft their ‘mate’ Warner.

    Ashes will be tallest midget competition whereas I fancy the WC could bring some top drawer action.

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