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9 minutes ago, rjw63 said:

Actually they surprised me getting 400. tail wagged long ;)

And bowled 'em for 183!

It's because I'm not watching 😂

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Wood is a great bowler. Shame he is made of papier-mâché

Buttler needs to up his game. He's come in to bat in some strong positions recently and hasn't capitalised. 

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Was the follow-on not an option?

 

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35 minutes ago, rjw63 said:

Was the follow-on not an option?

 

Yes, but you don't have to enforce it.

England probably thought it was better to build a bigger lead and then when batting conditions are worse South Africa will have to bat again.

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Two days to get them out, should be an easy victory. 
Buttler’s days look done for.

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Excellent victory. 3 -1 and pretty encouraging for many players, Buttler aside.

Imagine if Mark Wood can now stay fit...

7/8 weeks until Sri Lanka so rest up well chaps. 

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I've never been a fan of Kolpak players in county cricket. Established test players retiring to earn better money on the county circuit. It isn't good for their native countries and isn't good for developing youth players in county cricket 

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England have broken Jofra Archer – and no one can say it wasn’t coming

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In play-writing there’s a principle known as Chekhov’s gun. This dictates that if there’s a rifle hanging above the fireplace in Act One, it’s going to be fired at someone’s head by the end of Act Five.

A similar process applies to England cricket, fast bowlers and any kind of unorthodox, non-standard talent. Stick all three of them on the same stage and you can be pretty sure before long the air will be thick with gunpowder smoke, wrong turns and a generalised fug of error and confusion.

Let’s not dress it up. Archer has been miserably treated this winter, and only occasionally by the opposition.

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Statements such as these should be seen in the context of both these layers of otherness: “He needs to ramp it up more ... The energy and effort have to be there all the time.” “We want every ball to be an effort ball.” “Your body hurts at times ... You’ve just got to choose to do it, really.” “Culturally he is different.”

The words, there, of England’s captain, head coach and director of cricket at various times this winter. Speaking, to be clear, about a bloke bowling through a stress fracture, while leading England’s attack in his first season of international cricket. All of these quotes are set in the middle of warm words about Archer’s performances, all couched with sympathetic talk about how much he is putting in. But still, there are words and phrases that jar. Trying hard. Culture. Effort. “Yes, this does hurt, son. But get on with it, eh?”

...rest on link

 

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More evidence that Root is not captain material. 

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Bairstow is currently having a bit of fun in the one dayer. 

42 from 19 balls so far - good value for a little bit of entertainment on a Sunday afternoon.

 

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Should win this with ease but it’s England so you never know.

Phelukwayo having a mare in this over, 4 wides 🙈

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Nice little come-back for Moeen to international cricket. Nothing sensational but economic with the ball and saw us home with the bat

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Shocking from Curran ... 5 balls to get 5 runs and he tries to smash a 6 into the wind 

Can’t pin it all on him but he needed a cooler head there 

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Yeah poor decision from Curran but some other bad dismissals too and Ngidi bowled well at the end.

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Another cracker in SA

Curran with 2 wickets from 2 balls at the death when it looked like SA were home

 

talking of crackers , some stunning totty in the crowd , who knew the yarpies had such talent

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5 Live Sports Extra are replaying the Hesdingley Test match from last year.  They're down to the last afternoon now if anyone fancies reliving it.

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For anyone stuck in the house, missing a sporting fix, Sky Cricket are showing the World Cup Final in full at the moment. 

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Similar to @dAVe80 but i've been reliving the radio commentary 

Starts at 5 overs to go...

 

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