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I'd say "what a difference a month makes" but given we were 80 odd for 6 AGAIN, maybe it doesn't.

 

Some half decent knocks lower down again but up top it's a disaster.

 

Also worth marking cooks retirement. In his pomp he was simply the best opening test bat anywhere, and his style - such as it was- won't be seen again and I think that's a shame.

 

But test cricket is alive and well, it's been a great series with great bowling at times from both sides. Maybe that's test crickets niche now, sporting wickets and low scoring games. If you want to see bowlers carted round the park you've got the shorter forms of the game.

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Absorbing series,its been fine margins at times,India have struggled here for many years but have had the upper hand on many occasions,especially at the game I went to @ Trent Bridge.

Kholi without doubt has been the standout batsman,hes carried his homeland throughout this series,one can only admire the way he plays.

Young Curran has really impressed me for England and it was brilliant to see a resurgent Moheen Ali return to the fold.

Sad to see Cookey retire,his series DU in 2010/11 was sublime,he just wrecked Aus on their own tracks and put their bowlers to the sword seeing off the new ball,and at times seeing off the next new ball,the timings about right fair play to the guy,hes been prolific beyond belief and all England cricket fans will remember his efforts for many many years.

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Great to see a tour away going well for once,and new blood in Foakes and Burns doing well,Moeen bowled well thus far,decent knock 1st up from Jennings,encouraging stuff from Galle.

Englands selectors have wanted shut of Bairstow for sometime,now might be the time if Foakes can continue his form and Butler gets decent scores,somtimes your face just doesnt fit,selectors must be doing cartwheels after Foakes innings.

Warm welcome home will ALWAYS await JB,englands loss will be yorkshires gain,not sure which will infuriate the selectors most!!

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Well, it’s cold outside so that means on some sun-drenched cricket pitch across the globe, England are getting hammered. Lovely to see the West Indies play with both grit (take note our batsmen) and fire, particularly with the ball but we’ve got to be better than this. At home, under leaded skies, with sympathetic groundsmen and jimmy et al with a duke ball, we can give everyone a game and beat most, albeit without scoring much. At ODIs we look good anywhere. Test cricket, if the ball comes on a bit quick or spins (or doesn’t do that looking at the last test) we are clueless.

 

wheres it all going wrong?

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2 hours ago, tinfoilhat said:

Wheres it all going wrong?

Eggs being put into one basket...the one day competition. This years World Cup is where their heads are at, 9-4 favourites to win . I hope it doesn't blow up in their faces!

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Great win for England, Broady at the crease, 4 wickets remaining.

Time for a beer.

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On 08/08/2020 at 18:46, Padders said:

Great win for England, Broady at the crease, 4 wickets remaining.

Time for a beer.can lay on dd

Yes they can keep there football you lay on sofa watch it all ay day all formats good

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Two brilliant series played here despite the covid crap,really enjoyed the windies tests,Gabriel just looked a beast of a bowler in that 1st test,virtually unplayable,alas the games came too quick and the Windies bowlers ran outa steam,big Shannon in particular could barely bend his tired body,and credit to Blackwood who batted out of his skin,Chase,yet again troubled english batsmen with his off breaks,Holder was superb a real athlete,Stokes shone for england,and Broad took the attack to the windies batsmen after being left out of the 1st test which really stung him,Woakes came into the side and took a few wickets.

Pakistan series have always been tense games tinged with controversey,but its been a really watchable series of games thats suffered due to the weather,a young pak side,have talent in so many areas but as in years gone by suffer temperament issues,which detracts from the skill the players obviously have,Eng have been really dominant despite the loss of stokes,and Crawley,left out of previous games took his chance with a fab knock today,falling just short of a triple ton with a knock of impurious regard,despite his tender age

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So Jimmys finally got there,despite covid,and the dropped catches JA has moved into a class of his own,the greatest pace bowler of all time,I was lucky enough to see his first wicket,all be it by tv,he seemed to arrive then disappear,then comeback years later,after an injury then a re alligned bowling action to save his career,a supreme bowler,and his story is not yet over,seems to have the energy for more,seems to be bowling better than ever these last few years,fitness allowing,and hes a supremely fit guy,more may come his way,if the slips can hold em!

Congrats indeed to  a supreme english bowler

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Well done, James. That will take some beating.
I wonder how many Fred would have got if A, he’d been picked for all the test matches he should have and B, there had been test series one after the other like there are now.

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Wow what a comeback from England in the 1st T20 with Oz,I watched all the way upto the Aussies being 90-0.I just didnt see the point of watching any more,as they were just sailing along and our bowling looked flat and predictable,so I do took the dog out,hes a big lad so its 1-2 hours,came back and to my astonishment wed won,all be it by a slim margin,so had to search for highlites as it didnt sink in straight away,but yep,the bowlers got their act together in the last 10 overs,and wickets just kept falling,Rashids last over was his most productive,taking 2 wickets,Maxwell was a bonus,idiot shot,close run out from Jordan,very tight decision,and Jofra Archer weighed in with 2 wickets,not yet a 5 day bowler and by quite some way hes a short game specialist and came back well,tight game,superb fightback from the england team

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