The Ashes 2021/22

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Cook & Harmison trying to commentate is preferable to the Aussies. Harmison just slagged the Aussie commentators off too haha. Aren’t they all BT Sport together?
 

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9 wicket defeat - apart from most of day 3 we were abject in general. I know Stokes is the saviour of English cricket but he has barely played since he broke his finger so can't be expected to carry our hop alongside Root
 
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England squad named for second test. Jimmy in. Wood out.

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4am start tonight. Can’t wait.
Jimmy back for this one. He said it was only planned he’d play 3 out of 5 max anyway.
 

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Looking forward to the 2nd test. Not a huge fan of day night test matches as I find watching test match cricket with a pink ball hard :) but will be able to watch two whole sessions each day at a reasonable time:

I hope if Root wins the toss he is brave and opts to bat first. I have got no stats to back me up but I think generally teams batting first in day night test tend to win more often than not. Odds on it be Anderson, Woakes, Broad and Ollie leading the attack. England hope their bowlers can replicate what they did in the second innings last time round in Adelaide (remember Anderson & Woakes blowing away the Aussie batting).

I actually thought there was some pluses for England in the first test with Ollie bowling well and Malan looking good at number 3. Hameed needs to start converting his early starts into bigger runs. Burns needs a score in this match and also needs a haircut ! Having a ponytail in 2021? What is that about …
 

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You’d like to think that Hazelwood is a massive miss for them, but Cameron Green seemed to do depressingly well in the 1st Test and even took wickets as well as bowling very economically.

We’re desperate for top order runs and for other batters to take the pressure off Root.
Looking for more from Hameed and Pope, I’ve no faith at all in Burns. He’s just keeping an opening slot warm until someone decent finally comes along.
 

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Good post Mr Indian Bee.

I'll be watching here in South Africa. The Safffers are backing the baggies big time.

Lucky you. Hope you are enjoying SA. I had tentative plans to visit SA after Xmas for the SA/ India test series but dumped that idea when SA was put on the red list but hey now they are off it.
 

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You’d like to think that Hazelwood is a massive miss for them, but Cameron Green seemed to do depressingly well in the 1st Test and even took wickets as well as bowling very economically.

We’re desperate for top order runs and for other batters to take the pressure off Root.
Looking for more from Hameed and Pope, I’ve no faith at all in Burns. He’s just keeping an opening slot warm until someone decent finally comes along.

Hazelwood is a huge loss. Got 5-8 last time round at Adelaide when India were rolled over for 36 (cough cough).
 

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Looking forward to the 2nd test. Not a huge fan of day night test matches as I find watching test match cricket with a pink ball hard :) but will be able to watch two whole sessions each day at a reasonable time:

I hope if Root wins the toss he is brave and opts to bat first. I have got no stats to back me up but I think generally teams batting first in day night test tend to win more often than not. Odds on it be Anderson, Woakes, Broad and Ollie leading the attack. England hope their bowlers can replicate what they did in the second innings last time round in Adelaide (remember Anderson & Woakes blowing away the Aussie batting).

I actually thought there was some pluses for England in the first test with Ollie bowling well and Malan looking good at number 3. Hameed needs to start converting his early starts into bigger runs. Burns needs a score in this match and also needs a haircut ! Having a ponytail in 2021? What is that about …
See post #316
 

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What a shock - Smith Captain again.

'Poor' Tim Paine, thrown under the bus for exactly this reason. Anything to win the Ashes
 

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Much better bowling here. Not surprising as we've chosen our two best opening bowlers!
 
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Broad strikes.
Aus 7-1.
 
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Aussie commentary is currently minimising Smith’s cheating to justify him being made captain for this test. *****
 

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They’re doing it again, good bowling but the Aussie batsmen take their luck, blank out playing and missing and just get runs.
Our lot would be in a hole after a dropped chance or a few false shots and just last an over or two max. It’s a lot about heart and sack strength and sadly the Aussies have it.
I loved the Botham tour with the worst England side ever and Cook, Trott and KP’s 300-2 series, we had the bigger sacks in both of those.
 

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Positives for England so far, scoring rate has been low and one is hopeful that in the next hour and ‘night’ session the ball will do more. One negative the bowling seems one dimensional at the moment - all like for like. Woods whom bowled superbly would have been useful on this wicket. Let’s see how the 2nd half of the day goes. It would not be unrealistic to still see Aussies bowled out for under 180.
 

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Where’s their so-called “fans”? Lots of empty seats even though they are doing well on the first day.
 
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Warner out on 95.

Jog on cheat.
 

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And another cheat replaces him.

It’s a joke. Look back at the last ashes series down under. It still amazes me how the Aussies bowlers got it to reverse swing and England didn’t. Then boom the next series Australia played they got caught out. For both Warner and Smith still to be playing in this test series doesn’t sit right with me. Should have been a 5 year ban. But a precedent has now been set. It’s a complete joke Smith is the captain in this test match.
 

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Positives for England so far, scoring rate has been low and one is hopeful that in the next hour and ‘night’ session the ball will do more. One negative the bowling seems one dimensional at the moment - all like for like. Woods whom bowled superbly would have been useful on this wicket. Let’s see how the 2nd half of the day goes. It would not be unrealistic to still see Aussies bowled out for under 180.

Agreed but he is nursing an injury apparently. It was always a risk we would end up with this type of attack: fast-medium bowlers all trying to seam or swing a ball that doesn't really want to do that in Aussie conditions.
 

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What are the odds on Lyon getting a five for in the last innings?😉

Yet again we go into a test without a recognised spinner. Leech has really been screwed hasn’t he? If he isn’t good enough don’t select him and choose Parkinson to tour. 😡.
 

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You just cannot drop that. Heartbreaking that one.
 

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Painful watching unfortunately. You just have to take your chances. They will bat through towards the evening and then out us in. I expect our batsmen to be playing at far too much and catching edges rather than leaving it and we will get a paltry total
 

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Gutted. Can we avoid discussing that and stick to slagging off Aussie the commentators please. Absolutely piss poor.
 

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