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Since World War II, England have gone one-nil up in six other Ashes series in England. They lost in 3-2 in 1997, drew 2-2 in 1972, and won the series in 1953 (1-0), 1977 (3-0), 1985 (3-1) and 2009 (2-1)...
In reply to 603I don't know what the big deal with the knocking the bails off was all about. Bowlers like Trueman and Statham used to get very close to the stumps and regularly did this. You never saw Neil Harvey, Norman O'Neill, Bobby Simpson, Bill Lawry etc ever complaining about it, they just got on with the game.Yet as soon as Graeme Smith whinges they change the laws!!!!!!
@ 594.Tom_in_Exeter DRS is far from foolproof. For lbw, for example, you have to predict the trajectory of the ball. DRS is very crude at this,......................they can track an asteroid over trillions of miles and over tens of years and be accurate to within a few hundred meters, and you dont think they can track a cricket ball over a few yards. Me thinks your thinking is whats crude
Anybody else find it odd that the BBC won't allow comments on the ICC's admission that the dismissal of Trott was incorrect?I'm amazed at how all the "you were lucky" Aussie trolls have disappeared off the boards since the news. Now all the ICC need to do is admit they were wrong to keep Agar in. Man up gentlemen. It feels good to get the truth off your chest and out there......
Aussie bowling coach has done massive damage by shortening Finns run causing loss of rhythm & obsession with knocking bails off -no big deal so what.
I'd love tremlett to play, but knowing the selectors they'll pick bresnan cause he's a half decent batsmen
Doubt Tremlett will play in the Series unless we start to struggle or if the bowlers start to get injured. He just isn't there yet TBH - the Oval maybe a possibility with a good bouncy wicket. However if he stays fit, I expect him to be on the plane for the Winter tour where he will probably play a similar role to 2010/11 - due to his fitness record, he will need to be managed carefully.
ANTON @ 599 Yes I would love Tremlett back as well, but only the Tremlett of the 2010/11 Ashes. He was brilliant in that series and the Aussies could not handle his bounce and pace, but is he back up to full form now, if he was surely he would be a shoe in, agree that Bresnan will be the option they run with, TIPTEXT yes Gilly is trying to put the mockers on Jimmy but Swann and Broad will figure
Finn has an excellent record on his home ground while Bresnan has a very poor one. I can see England being negative and going with Bresnan because he can bat a bit. But whoever they select should be there as a bowler while batting should not be a cosideration, just a bonus. I would go with Tremlett if they don't pick Finn. Tremlett is a classy bowler. He has been called up to the squad.
Interesting that Gilchrist is putting as much pressure on Anderson as he can, with his over reliance sub text. Great opportunity and incentive for all the bowlers to come to the party at Lords. Its been a good hunting ground for Finn in the past and won't be the first bowler to to have come back from a drop in form/confidence.
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@594 I would say the DRS is more accurate than the human brain, it is looking at the flight / trajectoy of the ball from pitching to point of impact on the pads and the vectoring the path continuing after impact. All the variables you talk about (seam / spin / swing / uneven bounce) have already happened.ICC recognise the predictive side so marginal decisions remain with the on field umpire
#589DRS is far from foolproof. For lbw, for example, you have to predict the trajectory of the ball. DRS is very crude at this, with an unknown margin of error. Trajectory is affected by wind, spin, seam, swing, uneven pitch, how the ball hits the batsman, in unpredictable ways. The human brain can combine experience with senses in assessing these things - DRS cannot.
No doubt like many others I was calling for Finn to be dropped.After a few days of reflection thoughI hope he keeps his place.No doubt he had some bad moments- I thought in the first innings when he had those bad 5 overs that Cook should have taken him off after 2.Lords is home pitchWhere he generally bowls well.We have a bit of a tail but that doesn't mean Bresnan should be picked instead
The vitriol is due to the fact he often disappears when England are struggling and has been in poor form of late. He showed up last week and played his best innings IMO - a very Thorpesque effort. His talent is beyond reproach, however his aptitude isn't which is what frustrates people. Hopefully now he can start to play this type of innings more regularly - it's not as if we won't need it again!
Howie3 I have always been a fan of Bell and could not understand the vitrol extended towards him both by fans and some sections of the media. As you stated look at his record, that is he second consecutive 100 against the Aussies, he got 199 at Lords against S.A. and I saw him get a qutie brilliant 200 against India at the Oval, but he will finish his career on 20 plus 100's.
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