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Old 16th August 2020, 19:44   #181
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Feel sorry for Pakistan, who made a huge effort and sacrifice to participate in this test series and are subjected to this farce. Cricket really does itself no favours at times. You can't be having bad light or poor drainage as a reason to suspend play in the year 2020. It's just shooting yourself in the foot. They're playing test cricket at night in other countries now.
As said above, bad light simply cannot be an excuse to stop play during normal hours of play over the summer in England. There's possibly one exception, when a really big thundercloud builds up, but otherwise even at the gloomiest like today, it should be safe to carry on. All club games, and probably most county games would do, and given the lower standard of batting techniques, the risk is surely much higher at those levels.

Disappointing to see the drainage issues again, I thought English grounds had fixed this after the Old Trafford farce at a T20I match a few years back.
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Old 16th August 2020, 20:00   #182
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I had assumed that neither of the two on field umpires were on the ťlite panel, but Iíve checked and they are. They should have more gumption, use their authority to get things moving.

The ground staff are directionless and clueless.

You do have to wonder what on earth is going on.

What is certain is that cricket isnít going to win many more fans after this fiasco.
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Old 17th August 2020, 00:18   #183
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While it is drizzling the supersoppers can be out getting rid of any water so when it stops drizzling there should be no water on the covers.
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Old 17th August 2020, 10:00   #184
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It's almost pointless playing today if the conditions allow some play.

With no crowds, is there provision if both sides agree not to play, to just abandon the thing, and reconvene again on Friday.

Even as a massive Test fan, I have no interest today at all, I will be following The Bob Willis Trophy if there is play there.
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Old 17th August 2020, 10:12   #185
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It's almost pointless playing today if the conditions allow some play.

With no crowds, is there provision if both sides agree not to play, to just abandon the thing, and reconvene again on Friday.

Even as a massive Test fan, I have no interest today at all, I will be following The Bob Willis Trophy if there is play there.
In London, rain was a lot more localised. Some local matches took place in North London but in East London we had a torrential downpour in the afternoon so our game was called off!
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Old 17th August 2020, 11:02   #186
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Sometimes the weather beats you, and probably in this Test it would have been a draw no matter what. But the efforts from the ground staff and umpires have not been a good look. I've seen comments that ground staff shouldn't be expected to be out in the rain mopping up preparing for when it does stop - erm, isn't that their exact job?

I live 25-30 miles north of the Ageas, there would have been play all day here yesterday and most of Saturday too.

It's been chucking it down this morning though.
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There's probably no point playing even if they can get on.

No chance of a result but I can't see there being any play anyway.
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Old 17th August 2020, 13:47   #189
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The final test starts on Friday. There's quite a lot of bad weather forecast today through to Wednesday. Even though Thursday is looking drier, will they have enough time to mop up ahead of the start?
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Old 17th August 2020, 13:54   #190
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Just call it off for god's sake.

If they get on, you can be sure someone will pull a muscle or slip over and hurt their knee or something.
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Just play through till the end of the 3rd Test on 25 August.
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if they do get on, I can see some kind of farcical ending in sight.

England get past the follow on target and they shake hands (bump elbows) on a draw.
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Old 17th August 2020, 14:48   #193
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They only scenario I could see for a result is if England declare and Pakistan forfeit their innings immediately.

That would leave England 230 to win.

If that happens though there would be a lot of suspicion after what happened with Cronje.
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Old 17th August 2020, 15:11   #194
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They only scenario I could see for a result is if England declare and Pakistan forfeit their innings immediately.

That would leave England 230 to win.

If that happens though there would be a lot of suspicion after what happened with Cronje.
Putting Cronje issues aside, series is still live (SA were 2-0 up and it was the final test) so zero chance
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Starting at 3.20 with 56 overs to be bowled.

That's if there's no further rain of course.
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Why don't they have longer covers for the run ups?
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Old 17th August 2020, 16:05   #197
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Is it just me or do match officials need to be a lot more transparent about their procedures for deciding on bad light adjournments, restarts after rain, ground/outfield issues, etc. Much of it seems (to me) to be poorly communicated and shrouded in mystery. The (apparent) controversy over light conditions during this match needs some, erm, light to be shed on the matter.
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They only scenario I could see for a result is if England declare and Pakistan forfeit their innings immediately.

That would leave England 230 to win.

If that happens though there would be a lot of suspicion after what happened with Cronje.
I wonder what happened to the infamous leather jacket? Could have ended up on eBay.
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Play starting now. Wonder if they’ll still have a tea break?
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There's probably no point playing even if they can get on.

No chance of a result but I can't see there being any play anyway.
A draw is the only possible result but players can at least look for individual achievements, runs and wickets.
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