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Anybody following the associates T20 tourny atm? Afghanistan and Namibia are cleaning up.
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So there's a one day tournament on.

Hopefully we can square it up. Good to see the windies doing well though.
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Anyone following the sheep shaggers?

Philander just got his 50th test wicket... in 13 innings!

In his 7th test!

Thats farking ridonk

6 five fors already in his test career, bowling average of 13.68.

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Yeah been watching the scores, fucking hell that guy is deadly! I was hoping Jimmy Pattinson could get that record but not likely now.
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Yeah pattinson might struggle to get another 25 in his next 3 tests...

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Decent Test match kicked off in Galle. Managed to knock them over for 318 (Jayawardene scoring 180). Anderson 5-72 - finally putting the nail in the coffin of the laughable theory that he can only bowl effectively in swinging conditions.

Lovely backdrop and setting for the match, too.
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Decent Test match kicked off in Galle. Managed to knock them over for 318 (Jayawardene scoring 180). Anderson 5-72 - finally putting the nail in the coffin of the laughable theory that he can only bowl effectively in swinging conditions.

Lovely backdrop and setting for the match, too.

Sadly you forgot England's inability to bat against spin.

Thus here we are 46/3. Embarrassing. Trott gets out trying a massive slog (why???) and then Strauss tries to sweep and goes LBW.

Seriously, why use the sweep to often? What's wrong with smothering the ball with a straight bat or playing off the back foot???
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RE Sweep question: they all want to be Mathew Hayden.
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This is just getting embarrassing now. England doing their best to get themselves out, playing bizarre shots to deliveries that aren't anything amazing.

Number 1 test team my arse. Then again, SA, Australia and NZ all struggle in that area of the world but still....

Sadly looks like this team will go down as very good but not great.
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Lets wait until the test has finished mate .
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Lets wait until the test has finished mate .

3 tests against Pakistan where they continually failed against spin, this innings no different, and in every test there's been on uneven bounce or turn - they're just panicking about "spin" and not doing the basics.

An early call? Yes. But I doubt I'll be proven wrong. Unless Bell pulls a Jayawardene.
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I wonder how they will handle the new breed of Aussie fast bowlers on the swinging English decks?
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Number 1 test team my arse. Then again, SA, Australia and NZ all struggle in that area of the world but still....

Didn't we just win a series in Sri Lanka?
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I wonder how they will handle the new breed of Aussie fast bowlers on the swinging English decks?

Derp. I'd worry about Warner, Forrest, Clarke and Wade against our seamers before you get too carried away with what is a promising but untried and inexperienced (not to mention injury prone) attack.

As for Galle... Swann leads the fightback. Sets it up nicely for a cracking day's play tonight. Sofa-tastic.
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COYL!

Chandimal needs to eek out a few more runs today, get the lead to 300.
A shame we wont be able to see how this pitch plays on day 5..
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Dunno, if we eeek Sri Lanka out for less that a 300 lead, the top three are quite capable of playing Dravid like innings and hanging around til day 5 to squeeze out the runs.
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Derp. I'd worry about Warner, Forrest, Clarke and Wade against our seamers before you get too carried away with what is a promising but untried and inexperienced (not to mention injury prone) attack.

As for Galle... Swann leads the fightback. Sets it up nicely for a cracking day's play tonight. Sofa-tastic.

Forest wont be in the team. I am worried about Warner and Wade. But we have Watson, Cowan, Ponting, Hussey and Clarke. You're really questioning Clarke's ability?
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Watson is likely to be in for repairs, if his injury track record is anything to go by. I'll give you Cowan, maybe.

Hussey and Ponting will be beyond veteran status and if you're relying upon them to have stellar tours in English conditions in 2013, you're in deep trouble.

As for Clarke, his record in England has been inconsistent, but to pin your hopes on two old fellas, the skipper and someone made of balsa wood is foolish, imho.

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SL 127-8

Lead is still 250 though, and we failed to even put 200 on the board. If Strauss or Cook get out early, watch the rest fold. Pietersen is incapable of playing the right sort of innings for this pitch, and Bell gets the yips. Plus Trott appears to be playing stupid shots for no reason at the moment which is a worry.
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Cue Trott and Pietersen scoring tons and an eight wicket victory. ha ha

(Bell scored 52 first knock and got a beauty to get him out, so I'd reserve judgement on Ian Ronald for now)
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Prasanna Jayawardene putting the game out of reach it would seem.

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No I think England are favourites here. They've handled spin really well lately.
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Fcuks sake , typical England, make a great effort then allow SL to make 100 fucking runs for the last 3 wickets so instead of chasing a half-reasonable 240 they've got 340 to make. Fuckwits. Last 2 years they've preen ruthless when it comes to the tail, now they've forgotten the rather crucial skill.

England have never been great at chasing large targets, this might not last the day.
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So what was Cook's average at the end of the ashes? It's hovering around 48 now.

Good review by the Lankans, well done.
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Pietersen gone.

England just need to bat conservatively but the pressure is probably gonna get to them.
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Well there we go, no surprises. All over.
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And another. What a surprise "tries to sweep, out LBW".

England haven't figured out that Hawkeye now means you will get fucked on reviews. Bell was apparently so far forwards that even when sweeping his back foot was out of the crease and the umpire STILL gave it out.

Thing is, if he HADN'T given out and the Lankans had appealed, it'd have been not out as umpire's call. Fucking retarded.

Regardless of the issue with umpires being seriously trigger-happy with LBW calls now they have hawkeye to help and regardless of this bullshit "umpires call", England seriously need to stop sweeping and start playing with a straight bat.

That would never have been given out in pre-Hawkeye days.
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They are only 4 down at half way point with Trott well set, gonna be close.
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Dubz, that lbw was plum. It was a few inches off the ground when it hit him and hawkeye had it hitting the stump despite the distance. It wouldn't have been given out had he made the wrong call for benefit of the doubt to the batsmen.
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Dubz, that lbw was plum. It was a few inches off the ground when it hit him and hawkeye had it hitting the stump despite the distance. It wouldn't have been given out had he made the wrong call for benefit of the doubt to the batsmen.

Sorry I don't get what you mean with the last sentence, it doesn't make sense.

As for the rest of it. Plum when he's miles outside of his crease? Rubbish. Hawkeye only had it clipping the stump. That's not plumb!

England currently doing what they do best - building hope in their supporters! It'll all come crashing down. England don't like to just fuck up, they like to tease and make people think they might do it.

See the 2nd test against Pakistan, only 140 to make, get to 50 without loss.....THEN they start throwing it away.
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Clipping the stumps, half the ball I'll add, is hitting the stumps.

The last bit I said is benefit of the doubt. Pretty simple concept. He made the right decision, great umpiring.
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There goes Prior, and here comes the collapse. England - never like to come up short when it comes to crushing disappointment.
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Clipping the stumps, half the ball I'll add, is hitting the stumps.

The last bit I said is benefit of the doubt. Pretty simple concept. He made the right decision, great umpiring.

Concept is simple, sadly so are you so what we get is this garbage:

It wouldn't have been given out had he made the wrong call for benefit of the doubt to the batsmen.

Ever heard of punctuation?
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7 down. Man, if the Lankans can roll them like this, imagine what Lyon is going to do come the ashes.
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7 down. Man, if the Lankans can roll them like this, imagine what Lyon is going to do come the ashes.

Yeah look at the averages of these SL bowlers, in the 30s and 40s. Philander is going to maul us!

Swann gone now, to yet another missed sweep, that's 8 or 9 LBWs in this match.

Trott got out to another stupid shot - if your partner has just been caught, keep the ball down. Getting caught at leg slip off a shot (as opposed to an edge) is fucking woeful.
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I'm really sick and tired of "umpires call", it either hits the stumps or it doesn't. Stop making it a game of chance as to whether or not it's a wicket "umpire said out so it's out but ball shown hitting stump" , "umpire said not out so it's not out but ball shown hitting stump" ....anyone who doesn't think it's fucking shite is a dick.
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There goes Prior, and here comes the collapse. England - Shit.

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I agree with the umpires call rule as it is, but it shouldn't count as a review. And they should probably narrow down the region which comes up as umps call too. 2/5 of the ball hitting leg stump should be out.
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I agree with the umpires call rule as it is, but it shouldn't count as a review. And they should probably narrow down the region which comes up as umps call too. 2/5 of the ball hitting leg stump should be out.

You can't say you agree with it as it is and then suggest two major changes!

All over, as predicted, England collapse after giving hope to their supporters (because it's so boring to just lose)

It was a story of two tails, one wagged hard and the final 3 wickets for SL on both innings got them an extra 80 or so runs in each and there's the difference.

Hard to believe that I left work with England 5 down and only 90 runs short, and an hour later they're all over 75 runs short.

Of course, then you remember that this is England.
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Yeah look at the averages of these SL bowlers, in the 30s and 40s. Philander is going to maul us!

Philander isn't a spinner dude Although Gul also shit on England when they played Pakistan.

Are all England supports as whiney as you are mate? Fuck me dead I know that it hurts to be number one and then play like shit, but that's the game of cricket for ya!

Also Hereth, career best figures for a match

And wow, England lost 18 wickets to spin...
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Concept is simple, sadly so are you so what we get is this garbage:

It wouldn't have been given out had he made the wrong call for benefit of the doubt to the batsmen.

Ever heard of punctuation?

My point stands, he's out, you're butthurt.

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Butthurt English supporters like Dubz are what make Ashes victories oh so sweet!

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Butthurt English supporters like Dubz are what make Ashes victories oh so sweet!

Now if only we could find a damn good spinner...

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Honestly, the cricket highlight for me lately hasn't been the aus wins, it's been watching england bat against spin. It's been priceless.
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Philander isn't a spinner dude Although Gul also shit on England when they played Pakistan.

Are all England supports as whiney as you are mate? Fuck me dead I know that it hurts to be number one and then play like shit, but that's the game of cricket for ya!

Also Hereth, career best figures for a match

And wow, England lost 18 wickets to spin...

I think most are less whiney.

I suppose it's just frustrating watching England throw it away again. I mean, Indian supporters have just seen their team get thumped in two series where they never had a chance, they were beaten in every way.

England, on the other hand, are throwing it away. 2nd test against Pakistan - just had to make 140 and threw it away.

This time, they had SL at 170-6 and 72-5 and threw it away both times, even after that they had 5 wickets and 120 overs left to make 90 runs and failed at that too.

We need to learn to use the bat against the spin, stop sweeping, and keep the fucking ball down - Patel and Trott's shots were stupid. They had 120 overs to make 90 runs, just bat it down onto the ground and run singles!
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Will you give it a rest about Trott's dismissal? The guy had batted for nearly 6 hours, faced 266 balls and scored 112. No one else got a fifty. He held the whole thing together and if Prior had managed to get to 50 I'd have been surprised if we hadn't fallen over the line. If you have an issue with one of only two current players that avergaes over 50 in both Tests and ODIs, do carry on, but you merely reinforce the impression you're a buffoon.

Strauss' dismissal was the silliest of the second knock - an unnecessary and agricultural swish - when set at 27 and looking ok.

The consensus amongst the Test Match Special guys appears to be that the top 6 needs freshening up. Which would logically put pressue on Strauss and Bell, with the number 6 slot still grey (Prior should bat at 7). But then again, the candidates aren't obvious for the top order.
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Will you give it a rest about Trott's dismissal? The guy had batted for nearly 6 hours, faced 266 balls and scored 112. No one else got a fifty. He held the whole thing together and if Prior had managed to get to 50 I'd have been surprised if we hadn't fallen over the line. If you have an issue with one of only two current players that avergaes over 50 in both Tests and ODIs, do carry on, but you merely reinforce the impression you're a buffoon.

Strauss' dismissal was the silliest of the second knock - an unnecessary and agricultural swish - when set at 27 and looking ok.

The consensus amongst the Test Match Special guys appears to be that the top 6 needs freshening up. Which would logically put pressue on Strauss and Bell, with the number 6 slot still grey (Prior should bat at 7). But then again, the candidates aren't obvious for the top order.

He's been getting out to silly shots as have all of them. I'm just saying that when you see the other batsman get out to a bad shot and get caught, you should be thinking about consolidating for the next 4-5 overs, not trying to work a ball in the air from middle and leg onto the leg side.

I'm no more impressed by Strauss, Bell or Pietersen. All the averages for 2012 are dismal to look at.

As you say, who do you bring in?

I think Patel needs to get dropped but more to bring in another proper batsman and let Andersen, Bell, Swann etc take the strain.

Not sure of any amazing batsmen available at present for England at number 6.
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