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Pitches this series have been way too bland. CA, and ICC in general, better focus on producing more result oriented wickets else Tests will go the way of dodo. The earlier results this series were more due to English batsmen's ineptitude than pitches being result oriented. If we had a team with decent batting lineup I can see this series ending up with a series score of 0-0 or 1-0.
'Banter' , 'chirping' , 'sledging' . Do these mean the same thing ? if not what is the difference and who is winning this particular contest?Why is it acceptable in cricket ?
394. Posted by Al Bion on4 hours agoLots of Poms and other nationalities pay in Australia. Many pursue their skills across the world.
(Continuation of post)I have been following cricket since the early 1960s, but I am now at the point where I don't want to hear about it anymore, if we are just going to see all good suggestions brushed aside by the people who run it. I get more than enough of that from the M.P.s, who all totally ignore us.
(Comment not related to this item). Many things are wrong with this Test series. How frustrating to see every constructive suggestion knocked back by management and the players, who are told what to say. The latest is Bairstow insisting that Ali be in the last match, instead of Rashid or Crane.The administration is just as frustrating as the politicians, who always ignore us.
Many commentators said this England team are not suited to oz conditions - lack of pace, no decent spinner, not enough patience from batsmen.Yet an English county has signed up Cameron Bancroft, who will get excellent prep of the conditions here. Lots of other counties do this too.How stupid of those counties and the ecb, unless reciprocal arrangements are agreed with them down under.
Can't win a Test without taking 20 wickets! English attack in Australia is just not varied enough. 4 seamers, right arm over bowling in the low to mid 80s is cannon fodder for the Aussies. More variety needed. Absolute pace; even in short bursts. Leg spin (Rashid - what's he ever done wrong) and even medium pace 'wobblers' can all be effective.
Somebody replied to me last night that they didn't think it was possible for a pitch here to be English like. Yes it is, just add moisture and more grass. Be harder for you guys to produce a bouncy natural pitch.But now with drop ins, any ground could have any pitch they want, just get the soil the grass and set conditions. But of course that wouldn't help their teams
a draw after the series is already won is just as good as a win, Australia have slackened off and are just cruising home in 2nd gear, Cook is great on a dead boring do nothing wicket pity he cant play half as good as that on a more challenging wicket.
The talk about Steve Smith's technique. He has an eye like a dead fish. His hand eye movement is not something that can be learned. he plays shots that are different because he sees the ball early and the game differently to all others. It is a genius, natural talent. like ronaldo, federer, and that disabled guy in jail in South Africa. they play a different game. kohli is the flat track bully.
With all the talk about Stokes...does any one else see the irony in the English aristocrats (i.e. ECB) not sending him to the land of convicts?I imagine he'd fit in.
@381 "I just can't see where the optimism is coming from"I'm an Aussie but I think this Ashes series, as with many, can often turn on very small margins. If Stokes had been playing for England I feel the whole series would have been a lot closer. He is a fighter with significant skill that can turn a game and also motivate colleagues. If he had been playing it would of been a closer series.
After that test it is easy to see why 20/20 is so popular
@383 "None of the way he [Smith] plays would be in any coaching manual". But it soon will be!
A hopelessly lifeless pitch, without Moeen Ali really firing up produced the inevitable outcome. Ali needs to be dropped for the fifth test.
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Smith must have incredible timing to score so many runs with his technique. None of the way he plays would be in any coaching manual. But it works for him and that is all that matters
If we can’t have our 5-0, 4-0 is the next best thing.
I just can't see where the optimism is coming from, sorry to be negative but take out Cook's knock and England have been comprehensively outplayed - If Lyon & co. had been bowling to us on the same pitch in the 4th innings I reckon the 10 wickets would have gone way before the 200's.
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