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Old 5th July 2017, 15:10   #1
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England v South Africa 1st Test Lords 6-10 July

Hooray - the proper cricket starts tomorrow and neither camp is keeping their cards close to their chests. England appear to have named their team and the only decision for SA appears to be between De Bruyn and Markram.

England:

Cook (c)
Jennings
Ballance
Root
Bairstow (wk)
Stokes
Moeen
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Anderson

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Elgar (c)
Kuhn
Amla
De Bruyn / Markram
Duminy
Bavuma
De Kock (wk)
Philander
Maharaj
Rabada
Morkel

The weather is set fair for the match - let's hope Lords can produce a good wicket for a change.
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Old 5th July 2017, 18:01   #2
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Both teams look a bit average. I'm going 2-2.
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Old 5th July 2017, 20:38   #3
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England will never have a better opportunity to beat South Africa in a series in England for the first time in my watching memory. As it is I think they'll **** it up.
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England v South Africa First Test Lords 6/7 to 10/7/2017

As no-one else has done it, I thought it was time we had a serious cricket thread. Even without Faf, De Vill, and Steyn, SA are strong opposition. We are about to find out whether Jimmy and SB can still do the business. Would like to see Cook get big runs if we bat and the "Old Guard" take wickets if we field.
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Old 5th July 2017, 21:51   #5
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Old 5th July 2017, 22:17   #6
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Before my cricket watching time yeah. '99 was when I started to really take note. We were not a sporty family.

All change now though.
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Old 5th July 2017, 22:20   #7
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As someone in the Telegraph has written, SA look unusually vulnerable. 4th captain in 18 months, a good but not spectacular bowling line up and a soft batting line up.

Having said that, England's bowling is suspect too but there batting should be able to carry them. Cook, Root, Bairstow, Ali (if used correctly) and Stokes instill some confidence in me.
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1999 and you kept watching?! Fair play
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Isn't it interesting how both teams could be immeasurably improved by playing a certain Kevin Pietersen.
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Isn't it interesting how both teams could be immeasurably improved by playing a certain Allan Lamb?
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Old 5th July 2017, 23:49   #13
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Isn't it interesting how both teams could be immeasurably improved by playing a certain Andrew Strauss?
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Tony Greig and Robin Smith could do a job!
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Not in the slightest. How could either team be improved by having an obnoxious 30 something a******* playing?
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I fail to see why Botham has been dropped.
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Old 6th July 2017, 00:34   #17
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Will Ro-Jo be carrying the drinks tomorrow?
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Good to see Heino Kuhn get a chance. He's been there or thereabouts for years. Thought his time had passed.
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Rumours are that Roelof vanderwhatsisname was hoping for a call, any call, but was a bit surprised when it came from Amsterdam and not London or Cape Town.
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Will Dawson be the new Swann and tear them apart or is he next in line to be the token holding spinner ?

Big Amla ton wouldn't be a suprise - he is slipping in under the radar.
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