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If they can't pick Crane today then it shows the original squad selection was appalling.
Same old conservative England selectors.Out should have gone Ali,Woakes,Broad,Anderson (rest).In should have come Wood,Ball,Crane,Leach with Curren of course..A new bold attack just offers something different from previous three tests.
@135 MarkAs they say my friend, when in Rome....
In reality the isn’t much between these teams, Australia have the edge in Australian conditions like England had the edge in English conditions.I just wish the Aussies could learn some respect and keep their mouths shut and to show some sportsmanship, sadly I think they only know gamesmanship.
127 Nice story. Seems unlikely though unless the leaves fall off in summer in the southern hemisphere. Melbourne might do a bit for someone like Curran but unless we play for the full five days it's hopeless. Someone might bat well again but someone needs to come in after and back it up. Fear we'll get a first innings lead but still lose.
CookStonemanVinceRootMalanBairstow wkWoodCurranBallCraneLeachThat attack is unknown and could deliver in final two tests.Wood and Ball to take new ball.A left - right spin attack offers variety.Broad,Woakes and Ali have failed on this tour and should pay the price.I would rest Anderson for the New Zealand tour in what will most probably be his last year in test cricket.
Curran is probably a fair enough choice for the MCG, as the cupboard is pretty bare. Bird will not let his team down, as psychology wise England have problems and he is equipped to exploit them. 4-0 looks likely though. Dagwood dogs?? Pork is the main ingredient, same as the related battered sav. I prefer English beer...Jennings Sneck Lifter. Porter. Riggwelter!
Got a feeling Bairstow will get a big hundred in this match
I really don't get the suggestion that they're going to play Curran, but not Crane, 'as it would alter the balance of the side'. Surely that's just what we need! How much longer can we go in with no spinner (the only team to do that regularly?) and instead play someone who is neither a good spinner, a good bat, nor a good all-rounder? Poor selection.
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I don’t get these comments re wholesale changes and not losing 5-0. The 2 aren’t mutually exclusive...
I heard Starc was injured by falling out of a tree when his wife told him to go out and rake the leaves.
When I sign in, there is this guy who looks like he is about to offer me a potato chip.I hear that Ben Stokes was involved in a fight in September. They tell me that the police are investigating it. I wonder what will happen.
A few recommendations, post the whitewash: Rest Cook for 3-6 x months - let him reflect/ prove with Essex he still wants international cricket; Instruct Bayliss to regularly watch county games to know his talent pool; Select a proper front line spinner for the team as Ali is a part timer; Speak to Root about what happens to him when he reaches 50 or so because he is too often failing to convert.
I would give Jake Ball another go as he has only bowled on a pacey wicket ONCE in all the games for England, experience is needed by all young players, don't throw them on the scrapheap because of one try.
Would be a nonsense to play Crane in Melbourne, but he is an option for Sydney which favours spinners but could be his one and only test if he gets slaughtered. Curran and Wood should play tonight and Broad omitted, allowing Woakes to take new ball with Anderson. In 1998/9 we were 3-0 down going to Melbourne. The first day was washed out but then we won in just 3 days - it is our best hope
Merry Christmas to all the poms. Tomorrow's another day, when it all begins again.
If Bayliss wasn’t aware that you need pace bowlers in australia then he shouldn’t be coach. Also im getting a little fed up with idiots like Starc referring to the English as POMS. They are nasty unsporting thickos and need to crawl away
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