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@404 Dash“except for poor unpiring and a missed run-out, it should be 3-0”Did you miss Lord’s!?“The unrelenting abuse from English fans towards our players is a disgrace”Toughen up princess, or go to an Ashes test in Australia.
@402 BobThe most offended person I saw during the whole episode was your own Jim Maxwell. You’re probably correct about the Aussie bashing. What’s interesting is it wasn’t just from 1 country; Eng, NZ, SA, India, Pakistan, SL, all outraged, rightly or wrongly. Strangely no one has ridiculed the Windies for their fall from grace. It’s probably down to how Australia behaved when they were dominant
@401 fatbloke - firstly except for poor unpiring and a missed run-out, it should be 3-0. The unrelenting abuse from English fans towards our players is a disgrace. Booing Smith after he was hit is unforgivable. Having lived in London, I've seen first hand how bad English fans are. They are arrogant, racist, elitist and hypocritical. That's why everyone else hates England and enjoys beating them.
.. cont. For example, one of the more strident inquisitors who likes to use words like despicable and amoral knows so much about the game he thought we did it to England, not the Saffers. .. It's clear that with him and the many like him it's all just a super convenient excuse to indulge in some good, old fashioned sh*t stirring and xenophobia. So be it. Most of us are now beyond caring.
While I'm in the mood, here's another thing. All these outraged souls who swear they'll never forgive us for the tampering. I can accept that a (very) small percentage are genuinely offended by the act and I can respect that, but the rest of them, how stupid do they think we are? It's completely obvious they're using it as a cover to indulge in a spot of casual Aussie bashing or outright racism.
@394 GregIt has been a close series between 2 average test teams. Without the rain at Lord’s we could at 2-2 with 1 to play. What I find sad is all the Aussies commenting on here, their cricket websites must be rubbish. And the BBC who are paying a one-eyed Aussie for his biased, pointless comments. Of course if England win at the Oval it’ll be because it’s a dead rubber and Australia don’t care
.. cont. Any desire he had to 'make things right' with the English crowd was killed off when he heard them booing as he left the ground injured following the Archer ball. Can't say I blame him either. Not if you want to be like that about it. It's probably also made him more determined to hurt them on the scoreboard. So, a heartfelt thanks for the boorish behaviour, it's served us well.
Re Smith and the glasses. The Aussies are saying it was a tribute to Chris Rogers who tried so hard last tour but I don't believe that for a second. It's far more likely it WAS a go at Leach, who re-enacted his glorious run for the adoring crowd after the last game. It's Smith's way of saying no miracles this time mate. I'd go further and say he no longer gives a rats backside .. tbc
336. Posted by Jackammer57 - It pays to have a selective memory when you support England. Atherton, dirt in the pocket, 2005 England team using Murray's Mints to alter the ball, Root claiming a catch at Lords that clearly hit the ground. And the ECB did nothing and the English public demanded nothing. Tells us all we need to know about England's attitude to their cheats.
It’s painfully obvious Joe Root is not international class captain material.But so few others worthy of automatic selection.May as well bring Michael Mouth Vaughan back or Mike Brearley not a single viable alternative.However being the inept captain is denying us the best of his batting skills.So he has to be replaced but not a clue by whom.
England have failed to retain the Ashes because Australia have a better and more dangerous bowling attack.Both teams have at least 3 if not 4 batters making no contributions worth mentioning. Smith obviously makes the difference between the batting sides.Neither team has talent coming through so not much scope for improvement.And where will we be post Broad and Anderson.
The reason we lost is our unbelievably arrogant attitude which prevents change and ensures that we will always be playing catch up with the teams that learn from their mistakes. Look at how the Australian team changed things around when they didn’t work. They kept faith with Warner but other than that their players earned their place on merit not friendship.
There are so many saddening comments on here. This series has been played in wonderful spirits on the field by players who for the most part really quite like each other. They play together in all sorts of different teams and have the shared experiences of being modern day international cricketers, which only they can understand. Small minded fans have lost sight of what a great series this is.
I signed in hopefully to add some constructive comment to the game and read some similar stuff. Instead I am reading junior school diatribe worthy of the cricketer's Tommy Robinson. I can only assume cheap sangria is the raison d'etre for this malaise. Happy trolling chaps and goodbye!!
The ability of the captain to lead the side should of at least be questioned. We need batsmen who can occupy the crease for a length of time, Roy clearly not a test batsman, selectors too stubborn to admit their failings. Contrary to the article leech is not a class spinner. Woakes dropped unbelievable, whose decision, captain or selectors. No imagination from selectors chance was now.
England? Gone Wrong? This is an amazing series that can still be squared. Both sides have batting frailties, with one exception. Steve Smith is an amazing, match winning cricketeer, with his only peer in cricket history, Don Bradman. England have coped remarkably well, in the face of batting genius. I do fear foir England in the Winter though.
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