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Old 30th July 2018, 12:32   #1
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Hi all,

As the selection issues rumble on around several threads I think it is time a match thread was started up to focus discussions a little more. So here it is. I'd be surprised if Rashid played on Wednesday to be honest, despite the call-up and possibly this might annoy Yorkshire even more. This is especially the case as mother nature has done a job and ensured that there is a little more moisture around......
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Old 30th July 2018, 13:32   #2
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I can’t wait for this game/series to start/finish after all the circular arguments!
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Old 30th July 2018, 13:45   #3
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Hi all,

As the selection issues rumble on around several threads I think it is time a match thread was started up to focus discussions a little more. So here it is. I'd be surprised if Rashid played on Wednesday to be honest, despite the call-up and possibly this might annoy Yorkshire even more. This is especially the case as mother nature has done a job and ensured that there is a little more moisture around......
I'd expect Mr Barwell's irrigation equipment to have already made mother nature's influence superfluous. Looks like temperatures will be moving up a little with some sunshine in Brum but I'm not sure how much that will affect the surface. I still have a feeling England will play two spinners, though, because they feel they can.
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Old 30th July 2018, 13:46   #4
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Hi all,

As the selection issues rumble on around several threads I think it is time a match thread was started up to focus discussions a little more. So here it is. I'd be surprised if Rashid played on Wednesday to be honest, despite the call-up and possibly this might annoy Yorkshire even more. This is especially the case as mother nature has done a job and ensured that there is a little more moisture around......
If Rashid doesn't play then that means serial failure Moeen comes in after a short period of pennance where he didn't do anything more than take a few wickets with the white ball against Australia C ?

We can write off next winters tours too then.
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If Rashid doesn't play then that means serial failure Moeen comes in after a short period of pennance where he didn't do anything more than take a few wickets with the white ball against Australia C ?

We can write off next winters tours too then.
Well he did have match figures of 8-170 against Somerset last week whilst Leach had 2-93 in the same match.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that despite Mo being a bit average, he might just be the best spinner we've got.
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Old 30th July 2018, 17:07   #6
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I'm starting to come to the conclusion that despite Mo being a bit average, he might just be the best spinner we've got.
I used to feel the same way about Ishant Sharma & India until reality finally dawned on me...
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Another factor maybe the cost - unless one wants 'restricted view' (£21), or the family stand (£29) tickets are in the range £31 to £56 (£76 for members' pavilion). Add the cost of food & drink, and transport, and one can see why selling tickets may be an issue...
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Well he did have match figures of 8-170 against Somerset last week whilst Leach had 2-93 in the same match.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that despite Mo being a bit average, he might just be the best spinner we've got.
It is worth noting that leach only came into bowl when the seamers couldn't finish the tail who were slogging. Not a fair comparison. Oh and leach is coming back from injury.

Time to get over any selection doubts we have and support the side. Fingers crossed we see the moeen who destroyed South Africa last summer. I have a feeling cook will have a big summer.
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Apparently tickets aren't selling well:




https://www.theguardian.com/sport/20...a-test-cricket

Another factor maybe the cost - unless one wants 'restricted view' (£21), or the family stand (£29) tickets are in the range £31 to £56 (£76 for members' pavilion). Add the cost of food & drink, and transport, and one can see why selling tickets may be an issue...
People are complaining about £56 being too high? Have they seen the Lord's prices? Or the World Cup next year? £56 actually represents a bit of value in comparison. What it says to me is that the Indian fans don't do Test Cricket.
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People are complaining about £56 being too high? Have they seen the Lord's prices? Or the World Cup next year? £56 actually represents a bit of value in comparison. What it says to me is that the Indian fans don't do Test Cricket.
£90 the top ticket at Lord's and it's sold out Days 2,3,4 with just a handful of seats left for the 1st.
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It's 45 to watch Norwich City in the old 2nd division. Sometimes more. So test cricket is generally reasonably priced.
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People are complaining about £56 being too high? Have they seen the Lord's prices? Or the World Cup next year? £56 actually represents a bit of value in comparison. What it says to me is that the Indian fans don't do Test Cricket.
Indeed I have a ticket for the Lords Saturday (£75)...But it was a present & I wouldn't have bought it in a month of Sundays...

How many people, by the way, would travel from home to either Lords or Edgbaston? I suspect the 'cross over' is pretty small (die hard fans, perhaps). For me, London is the only real option for Test cricket.

But would I pay more than £35 for a ticket? Probably not. And it looks (if the report is correct), that the same is true for a fair number of fans in the Birmingham catchment area!
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... What it says to me is that the Indian fans don't do Test Cricket.
I would imagine that usually the crowds at England's home tests are made up largely of England supporters. Maybe it's a Brexit effect? The other day I read an article advising me to spend all my money on making a food cache in my cellar.
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I would imagine that usually the crowds at England's home tests are made up largely of England supporters. Maybe it's a Brexit effect? The other day I read an article advising me to spend all my money on making a food cache in my cellar.
I kind of agree, but one look at the crowds for the ODI's and T20's showed that there was a very large Indian percentage. I don't think we'll see that in the Tests.
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Looks like Southampton is struggling to sell out too, and Trent Bridge on the Monday. Monday? What's that all about? Surely a Monday is good for only the fifth day, or maybe the fourth at a push.
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Old 31st July 2018, 13:29   #17
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Negativity and worse no coverage at all in the media is not helping.
It does not feel like it is "owning" the summer, the football WC has just finished and the Prem starts in 10 days time - struggling for the oxygen of publicity?
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Edgbaston has been in touch with me via email on consecutive days trying to push their tickets. The mood of the country is odd. I just feel we've been battered senseless by meaningless ODIs.
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People have probably had enough of paying silly prices.

Strangely enough to me though it has felt like a disjointed summer for cricket.

Maybe the Graves effect has got to me.
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Well the team has been picked - Moeen and Porter miss out. So Rashid plays (as does Currans).
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