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  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    The fact buttler is in at 6 with his form terrifies me
  • Hicksy2011
    16921 posts World Class
    only England :joy: we won the last game quite comfortably and yet theyve managed to get all of us here absolutely bricking it that was are about to get smashed
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    there looks like theres going to spells of rain most days which is going to make this a really frustrating test
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    So happy for Broad to see him get these runs after his batting issues he's had for so long now.
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    That shout from Strauss on commentary for the Archer wicket >

    Brilliant punditry
  • Reus
    23513 posts Club Captain
    Apollo wrote: »
    So happy for Broad to see him get these runs after his batting issues he's had for so long now.

    Crazy how he went from the best number 8 in test cricket to a number 11

    Shows the psychological effect getting whacked on the head can have
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    Broadddddd!
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    Baffling to open with archer and woakes today. The forecast similar to the 2nd test is our biggest battle now.
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    edited July 27
    Reus wrote: »
    Beginning to wonder how these selectors still have a job

    They should fire them all and employ us

    First it took them years to stop shoe Horning white ball players into the batting top order

    And once they picked the order we were suggesting for ages we are miles better

    Then they drop Stuart broad, the second highest wicket taker in the history of test cricket for England

    A guy who has 55 wickets at 21 in the last 12 months

    Might email a CV to the ECB that just says I'm not completely clueless on it, surely that would get me the job as head of selectors

    Then once you're in as head selector you can bring the rest of us in and we'll quickly sort the team out between us all . We have a proven track record as you say :wink:
  • Handy Andy
    5929 posts Big Money Move
    Gonna defend the selectors a bit, remember after the last couple of away Ashes defeats the majority wanted us to plan for future tours in advance, rather than having our usual 80 ish mph bowlers rock up with an okay but not top quality finger spinner and lose 4 or 5-0 (although Anderson is exempt from this as he is fine in Aus imo)

    I would have Anderson and Broad in all the time but can see the logic in the selectors trying out different players a bit, even more so with 3 test matches back to back and with Anderson's injury record recently
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    Think the bigger complaint with the selectors is the batting choices they made. Bairstow and Buttler have disappointed so may times and Bairstow is only just out. Jason Roy opening an ashes series with him not opening in county cricket was doomed to fail.
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    Great stuff from Woakes glad i dont have to keep checking the Met Office forecast anymore.
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    Fantastic series win!
  • wth22
    11437 posts Has That Special Something
    That's some way to counter a dropping, phenomenal stuff from Broad.
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    edited July 29
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    David Willey with a fantastic start! 28-5 now
  • Hicksy2011
    16921 posts World Class
    I hope we take note and bat first in the last two if we can
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    That is the most James Vince innings and dismissal :D
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    Think Billings really needed that innings to keep himself around the odi squad was a fantastic knock.
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    Why on earth is James Vince bowling? :joy:
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    Apollo wrote: »
    Why on earth is James Vince bowling? :joy:

    Just got a wicket :joy:
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    I reckon thats the last time we see Vince in an England shirt hes had so many chances he has to be at the bottom of the pecking order now.
  • Hicksy2011
    16921 posts World Class
    Benefit both England and Hampshire sending him back
  • james2060
    2958 posts Fans' Favourite
    Up the Yorkshire
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain


    Based on that team selection again, Stokes not fit enough to bowl?
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    Apollo wrote: »


    Based on that team selection again, Stokes not fit enough to bowl?

    you would have to think so feel bad for Crawley
  • Apollo
    20041 posts Club Captain
    AaronMFC wrote: »
    Apollo wrote: »


    Based on that team selection again, Stokes not fit enough to bowl?

    you would have to think so feel bad for Crawley

    Agreed. I guess Root just needs to emphasize to him that he hasn't been dropped as such, it's purely tactical. Not much of a consolation as he's still not playing but maybe makes him feel a bit less bad about the situation
  • AaronMFC
    1876 posts Play-Off Hero
    Apollo wrote: »
    AaronMFC wrote: »
    Apollo wrote: »


    Based on that team selection again, Stokes not fit enough to bowl?

    you would have to think so feel bad for Crawley

    Agreed. I guess Root just needs to emphasize to him that he hasn't been dropped as such, it's purely tactical. Not much of a consolation as he's still not playing but maybe makes him feel a bit less bad about the situation

    I dont think it does Root any favours himself, hes out of nick and now moving back up to where he doesnt want to bat.
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