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Old 26th December 2017, 02:04   #21
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Curran looks slow and predictable on this wicket.
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Old 26th December 2017, 02:26   #22
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Curran looks slow and predictable on this wicket.
This could be another Taylor and Marsh circa 1989 type day!!! Just a question of how many runs these two can put on as I can't even see England taking a wicket....
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Old 26th December 2017, 02:34   #23
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Do you call today boxing day in England?
Yep.

If this was a boxing match the ref would have stopped it.

Warner looks top class.

England pick the same failures - guess what happens...
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Old 26th December 2017, 02:51   #24
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Well this is going well.....
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Old 26th December 2017, 03:15   #25
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Surprised England didn't play Crane as a point of difference, but then I guess i'm not. Seems if as they're keen to disregard the result and performances of this series for the sake of team solidarity and taking a settled XI going into the NZ series.
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:01   #26
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Bancroft worked over by Woakes and Anderson. One thinks he should be cannon fodder against the Saffer quicks.
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:11   #27
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Oh jeez, Tom isn't going to forget that in a hurry.
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:13   #28
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Boy oh boy, you had one job. Sums up the series really.
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:34   #29
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BWAHAHAHA! Gotta feel you Curran there, young bloke thinks he has his first wicket and a big one at that, Poms were pumped, then the crowd goes nuts at the replay, Warner quickly turns back and gets his ton and rubs it in lol
Funny bit of cricket, warner will never have a better 200 opportunity, he needs to go on with it here.
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:49   #30
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Warner gone now. Attaboy, Jimmy A. Glimmer of a chance for England now, if we can prise out a couple more.

Khawaja looks far from convincing here, so it’s onus on the skipper.
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:50   #31
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This could be another Taylor and Marsh circa 1989 type day!!! Just a question of how many runs these two can put on as I can't even see England taking a wicket....
I know Tubby pretty well, one of the nicest and most humble blokes youd ever meet, the type of bloke who asks a lot of questions and wants to talk about you and isnt all about himself, a very nice human being MT.

Having said that he could be a bit of a slow bat at times when he wasnt in the run scoring frame of mind but nobody Could be worse than Swampy, he was a true pain to watch in all but a few innings.

Some people think the Marsh boys are average, they got nothing on their old man who was painful.
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Old 26th December 2017, 04:51   #32
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Warner gone now. Attaboy, Jimmy A. Glimmer of a chance for England now, if we can prise out a couple more.

Khawaja looks far from convincing here, so it’s onus on the skipper.
Agree on Khawaja, never been a fan, he irritates me.
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Old 26th December 2017, 05:16   #33
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Agree on Khawaja, never been a fan, he irritates me.
His inability to move the score along almost certainly ramped up the pressure on Warner and may have contributed to his downfall when England bowled tight lines and packed the offside.
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Old 26th December 2017, 05:37   #34
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It was looking like another nightmare day for England with the Aussies coasting at none for a hundred odd at lunch on a flat pitch but they fought back well in that last session taking a couple of wickets and keeping things tight.

The England pace bowlers have bowled pretty well all things considered, Broad still not back to his best but is bowling better than he did at the WACA at least.

Curran looks a likely type, just a pity he overstepped when it looked like he had got that flat track bully Warner out on 99 for his first test wicket.

Thankfully his luck ran out when Anderson got him out shortly after.

The main problem for England is Moeen Ali still being their main spinner, he just releases the pressure, he leaks runs and doesn't look threatening at all.

John Emburey on the radio coverage here was lamenting the fact that England didn't pick Mason Crane and he has a point, why not give a young leg spinner a crack in a couple of dead rubber tests?

Surely Crane has to play at the spin friendly SCG.
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Broad lifting here, getting Khawaja caught behind and very nearly getting Shaun Marsh lbw.
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Old 26th December 2017, 06:47   #36
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His inability to move the score along almost certainly ramped up the pressure on Warner and may have contributed to his downfall when England bowled tight lines and packed the offside.
Agree and nice afternoon from England here, real tough wicket and day to bowl on, they havnt been bad at all, just missing a strike bowler who can break through.
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Old 26th December 2017, 06:57   #37
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This is a brutal wicket. Not a whole lot in it for the bowlers, and no pace for batsman to play their shots. The entire match is going to be an unattractive grind. Bird will be difficult on this.

Playing Ali was a mistake.
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Only watched the last hour or so, the only live cricket that I have watched this series. I can only agree that it is a waste of a space that Ali is playing this test. If he has been injured why is he even out on the park? Then there was the not taking the new ball nonsense until the last couple of overs. Even if England managed to induce an Aussie collapse to circa 350, that would probably be around 100 or so runs too many for this batting line up.
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Old 26th December 2017, 08:16   #39
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This is a brutal wicket. Not a whole lot in it for the bowlers, and no pace for batsman to play their shots. The entire match is going to be an unattractive grind. Bird will be difficult on this.

Playing Ali was a mistake.
Moeen’s batting will be far more important than his bowling in this game.

England fought back well to keep Australia in check. The morning session will tell the tale, no doubt, as to whether England bowlers can contain Smith.

Curran performed creditably on debut and deserved a wicket for his efforts.
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Moeen’s batting will be far more important than his bowling in this game.

England fought back well to keep Australia in check. The morning session will tell the tale, no doubt, as to whether England bowlers can contain Smith.

Curran performed creditably on debut and deserved a wicket for his efforts.
I'm afraid I don't share your confidence over Mo's batting given the series he has had.
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