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Old 3rd January 2018, 20:41   #21
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He's been another rubbish selection who was always unlikely to get a game in any circumstances. The selectors should walk the plank after this tour.
Yes. But I think Ballance would probably be a better pick than Ali at this stage. Also, I'm not a fan of dropping players after one test, but still I'm a bit surprised that Curran gets another test ahead of Ball, who should be fit again by now and must have been very much beloved of the management at the start of the tour given that they picked him for the first test when he wasn't.
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Old 3rd January 2018, 20:46   #22
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This has to be one of the softest bowling lineups England have fielded in test match for sometime. It would be embarrassing to lose 20 wickets to this, as hubristic as it might sound. Am looking forward to see Crane bowl though, we need a renaissance of young leggies.
Plus the only bowler we've got who's done himself justice this tour is by all accounts pretty knackered and about 730. Might well end up being just Curran, Crane and Ali carrying the can given Anderson and Broad's fitness. Them bowling to Smith would be a sight to behold...

Hope Crane does himself justice. At least his average for the tour is about half that of Moeen with the ball and close to 50 with the bat (batted above Jimmy and Ball but below Broad in the warm-ups so would expect him at 10)!
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Old 3rd January 2018, 20:54   #23
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This has to be one of the softest bowling lineups England have fielded in test match for sometime. It would be embarrassing to lose 20 wickets to this, as hubristic as it might sound. Am looking forward to see Crane bowl though, we need a renaissance of young leggies.
I dunno, the one four years ago was pretty **** as well.
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Old 3rd January 2018, 21:13   #24
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Plus the only bowler we've got who's done himself justice this tour is by all accounts pretty knackered and about 730. Might well end up being just Curran, Crane and Ali carrying the can given Anderson and Broad's fitness. Them bowling to Smith would be a sight to behold...

Hope Crane does himself justice. At least his average for the tour is about half that of Moeen with the ball and close to 50 with the bat (batted above Jimmy and Ball but below Broad in the warm-ups so would expect him at 10)!
To be fair, spinning the ball away from Smith is about the only tactic we haven't tried (though I guess Malan tried) so playing Crane could be worth a punt for that alone.
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I can’t wait to see James Vince sending down some medium paced filth before lunch on day 1.
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Old 3rd January 2018, 22:55   #26
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He's been another rubbish selection who was always unlikely to get a game in any circumstances. The selectors should walk the plank after this tour.
Balance selection entirely down to Root, who being a new captain was in a strong position to get his way. Left to themselves the selectors wouldn't have given him a second thought.
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Damp overcast morning in Sydney and a pitch with a tinge of green. I suspect Joe Root is hoping he loses the toss.
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Bat first dig in until the sun comes out and twirl them out in the 4th innings.
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I dunno, the one four years ago was pretty **** as well.
Yes, good point. You still had Stokes, and 4 years younger versions of Anderson and Broad though.
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Quite a brisk start for England. Stoneman looking more assured than his experienced counterpart.

Edit - again he fails to capitalise on a start. Hard to see him retaining his place.
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Cummins wrecks Stoneman. Is there another opener in the squad for the NZ series?
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Vince needs a convincing innings here. He too, has had a number of starts but failed really to go on.
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Wicket looks very easy to bat on atm, not much happening with the ball.
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Stoneman and Vince can clearly bat. Often look good for 25. The question is do they have the stomach for test cricket? Think I’d give them both the NZ tour. They’d have to score big though. People like Hameed, Gubbins, Lawrence and Livingstone will come into contention this summer.
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Mo gets a lot of stick on here for his first bad series, yet Vince seems to avoid it, despite being hopeless at this level.

Aussies determined to break Starc?
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Worth pointing out that when I listened to the start on TMS, Swann was saying that we should have bowled.

Doesn't look to me like Starc is fit.
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Ruined a decent day there Joe ya daftie.
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Interesting to see no nightwatchman even though Crane was padded up.
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Interesting to see no nightwatchman even though Crane was padded up.
And it costs us. From looking at a score of 400+ will we miss be lucky to pass 300?
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That ladies and gentlemen is why God invented the nightwatchman. Moronic really.
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