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Old 12th August 2015, 20:38   #41
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I watched a passage of play this afternoon. I do relish a gritty rearguard action but the sight of half-volley after floaty half-volley being patted limply down the chain was just too gruelling. I've been planning to pop down to Canterbury tomorrow but am beginning to have second thoughts. Then again, if Australia gain a decent first innings lead, they may look to consolidate with brio.
That is exactly right. Some absolute dross being blocked. I tried watching it earlier and mark butcher was crossing the sarcasm line.
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Old 12th August 2015, 21:34   #42
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The umpiring this series decidedly poor also.
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Old 12th August 2015, 21:51   #43
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The umpiring this series decidedly poor also.
Both the set England batsmen from the fifth wicket partnership (the comms were using that term, oddly), were out to very bad lbw decisions: the first pitched a fair way outside leg, the second going a long way down leg side.
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Old 12th August 2015, 23:14   #44
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Why did Australia declare for less than 300 in their first innings?
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Old 13th August 2015, 00:43   #45
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Why did Australia declare for less than 300 in their first innings?
It's a lower scoring game than the men's: that wasn't a bad score and they wanted an over or two at England before lunch. I also understand that the Aussie number XI is a genuine XI and the top order batsman was just out so not much prospect of many more runs or at a deck rate.
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Old 13th August 2015, 12:26   #46
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Got to admit that as much as I try to like it, I do find it tedious viewing. There's digging in and there's digging in. Some of them take it to the limit, see Shrubsole's 68 minute, 47 ball duck yesterday.
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kent's having lousy weather.
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Old 13th August 2015, 17:42   #48
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Got to admit that as much as I try to like it, I do find it tedious viewing. There's digging in and there's digging in. Some of them take it to the limit, see Shrubsole's 68 minute, 47 ball duck yesterday.
It says quite a bit that as I check the commentary on bbc and Alison Mitchell says that while attacking is important we must not forget about containment. That sounds like a comment to make if a team is 49 for 3 off 10 overs rather than 22!
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Old 13th August 2015, 21:17   #49
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kent's having lousy weather.
This is fairly traditional...just a handful of damp days from late March but then a big hot weather deluge some time in August.

Remarkable that play was possible after lakes and rivers had formed across the grand old paddock earlier in the day. Well done, Big Si and your boys.
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If the England's men team had collapsed like the England's women did the media would be much more critical.
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If the England's men team had collapsed like the England's women did the media would be much more critical.
Outrageous sexism?
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Outrageous sexism?
No, I actually enjoy women's cricket. Lots of comments on here suggest it is boring and the scoring is too slow, but I have enjoyed watching players dig in and occupy the crease.

I just find it funny that the team weren't really criticised for collapsing. It's almost like their scared of being accused of sexism, which isn't really surprising seeing as that's what I got accused of as soon as I bought it up, despite clearly not being.
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No, I actually enjoy women's cricket. Lots of comments on here suggest it is boring and the scoring is too slow, but I have enjoyed watching players dig in and occupy the crease.

I just find it funny that the team weren't really criticised for collapsing. It's almost like their scared of being accused of sexism, which isn't really surprising seeing as that's what I got accused of as soon as I bought it up, despite clearly not being.
I wasn't accusing you of outrageous sexism, just asking whether you thought that was the explanation for the lack of criticism.
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If the England's men team had collapsed like the England's women did the media would be much more critical.
Collapsing is in the British DNA.
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Old 16th August 2015, 16:59   #55
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If the England's men team had collapsed like the England's women did the media would be much more critical.
Perhaps, but the spur for the media doing that would be that they were reporting to a far more interested reading and viewing public.
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Every other ball is a full toss from a spinner. This is ace. Come on England.
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Every other ball is a full toss from a spinner. This is ace. Come on England.
Pretty much a gimme from here to keep the series alive.
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Not convinced. I reckon we will need 10 off the last over and cock it up.
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Old 26th August 2015, 22:46   #59
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Maybe not. Awful bowling from Oz.
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Old 26th August 2015, 23:08   #60
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Maybe not. Awful bowling from Oz.
Amazing number of full tosses. There weren't all that many other loose balls but there really didn't need to be.
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