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Can’t argue about picking Hazelwood.

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Wow! That was some catch from Bancroft!

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And Siddle finally gets his reward. Australia on top - at this stage...

 

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Definitely on top. Stokes gone. Lovely bowling by Lyon.

 

 

...and it looks like I have my own little blog this evening ;)

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@wolster Well you are a couple of hours behind the rest of us so you get the best of the cricket and European sport in general at viewer friendly hours. Us east coasters need our beauty sleep. I was nodding off just after Denley was dismissed, so called it a night.

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29 minutes ago, blybo said:

@wolster Well you are a couple of hours behind the rest of us so you get the best of the cricket and European sport in general at viewer friendly hours. Us east coasters need our beauty sleep. I was nodding off just after Denley was dismissed, so called it a night.

Fair call, @blybo :)

Tonight should be good. We get to find out if 258 was a reasonable score on that wicket.

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Tried listening on the radio in bed since it's all night time.

What a load of drivel.  Sounded like half cut blokes in an English pub waffling in 'dialect'.

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I still think we shoulda batted first. Bancroft just doesn't look comfortable. Pokin n prodding n not trying to score n getting out for bugger all. Poms are bowling well.

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If Usman wasn’t in great nick he wouldn’t have got close to that

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They are bowling very well. Is this drizzle they are playing through juicing up the pitch? A few have stayed very

low too

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So will we need to rely on the bowlers yet again to help us reach a reasonable score?

I hope not but sort of expect so.

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Smith looks like he’ll make a few runs. I know he’s one of the best but he’s such an ugly batsman to watch.

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Smith looks like he’ll make a few runs. I know he’s one of the best but he’s such an ugly batsman to watch.
I don't find a batsman that middles the ball and times his shots so well, ugly to watch. His reactions to variations are uncanny. I'm still smarting badly after the humiliation in Auckland.

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On 16/08/2019 at 10:11 PM, buddyev said:

Smith looks like he’ll make a few runs. I know he’s one of the best but he’s such an ugly batsman to watch.

 

I bet The Don had plenty of 'ugly shots' when required as well...................except all of his innings aren't on 'tape' like they are today.

If you stay in AND score runs, you're a great bat.

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I'm just glad they didn't ban him for two years ;)

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8 minutes ago, wolster said:

I'm just glad they didn't ban him for two years ;)

 

He should have got two games like all the other 'cheats'.

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12 hours ago, mikey d said:
On 16/08/2019 at 10:11 PM, buddyev said:
Smith looks like he’ll make a few runs. I know he’s one of the best but he’s such an ugly batsman to watch.

I don't find a batsman that middles the ball and times his shots so well, ugly to watch. His reactions to variations are uncanny. I'm still smarting badly after the humiliation in Auckland.

Yes, he middles the ball in a spookily brilliant way - no doubt. He’s probably the best test batsman in the world at the moment. I still find all his ticks, rituals, weird bat swings when he doesn’t play annoying to watch. You could never describe him as an elegant batsman, but obviously that doesn’t matter.

I wonder about his longevity?  What will he do when that extraordinary coordination and lightning reactions start to fail him. will he be able to fall back on technique in a way that many others have done to extend their careeers? I hope so.

Still, there are still a lot of other batsmen i’d rather watch. 

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Well, we got close to their score and the test is still very much alive.

Smith was obviously out of sorts after that hit on the arm and was brave to come back on. The booing was just a reflection of the intelligence of those involved. Most at Lords gave Smith the applause and respect he deserved.

 

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Why wasn't he wearing a helmet with the back protection? 

Great to see genuinely fast and hostile fast bowling. 

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6 minutes ago, buddyev said:

Why wasn't he wearing a helmet with the back protection? 

Great to see genuinely fast and hostile fast bowling. 

 

Agree.  you think after the Phil Hughes tragedy, these would be mandatory.     the ball got very close to the same position in the upper neck/back of head as Hughes.    Can't blame the bowler - all Smith's fault.

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Joffra Archer is such a rare and precocious talent. That action is just so rhythmic and repeatable its like watch a swiss time piece go through its movements. He seems (seams?) a class above the rest of the bowlers on show. 

 

Good to see cricket implement a concussion replacement ahead of this tour and credit where credit is due to Marnus Labuschagne (as someone who grew up in South Africa I can't get past the cultural cringe of his new Labus-shane pronunciation). When I first saw him bat I didn't think he was test quality but he's pilling on the runs in county cricket and on the A team tour and looks in form. 

 

We just escaped with a draw on as lively a Lords wicket I've seen. Now onto Headingly which I suspect will be have as much grass as they can possibly muster this late into the Northern summer. A few more inches of movement off a length compared to Lords. Just what our top 3 need. 

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19 hours ago, buddyev said:

Why wasn't he wearing a helmet with the back protection? 

Great to see genuinely fast and hostile fast bowling. 

The batsmen don't like the back protection. They say it's restrictive.

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1 hour ago, Tony ray said:

The batsmen don't like the back protection. They say it's restrictive.

Same for the arm guard he wasn't wearing. Getting a busted arm won't kill you though.

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4 hours ago, Galactic Soap said:

We just escaped with a draw on as lively a Lords wicket I've seen. Now onto Headingly which I suspect will be have as much grass as they can possibly muster this late into the Northern summer. A few more inches of movement off a length compared to Lords. Just what our top 3 need. 

I wasn't able to sit up late enough to see much of the drama of this match. What did strike me is the sun always seemed to come out when England were batting, and the pitch looked quite benign. Whereas we seemed to be batting under lights and heavy skies with drizzle falling and the ball was doing tricks. Was this just the difference in bowlers? I can recall watching the Aus first innings and thinking the top 4 ALL got brilliant deliveries to be dismissed. I haven't seen Warners 2nd dig dismissal yet but I wouldn't say he's been out of form, just copping some awesome bowling.

 

I remember watching Archer in the BBL last summer and wondering why this guy wasn't in the English test team. I wonder if we will bring Starc back in to introduce some fear in the Eng batsmen.

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11 hours ago, blybo said:

I wasn't able to sit up late enough to see much of the drama of this match. What did strike me is the sun always seemed to come out when England were batting, and the pitch looked quite benign. Whereas we seemed to be batting under lights and heavy skies with drizzle falling and the ball was doing tricks. Was this just the difference in bowlers?

For some reason Payne put the Poms in having won the toss under clear skies. Right on queue it was overcast the next day when we batted. Precisely why the likes of Woakes gets to take the new ball. In Australia, during our summer, on our hard abrasive wickets he'd go at close to 5 an over if they opened with him. In England he's nipping it both ways off the seam and moving it in through the air. 

 

11 hours ago, blybo said:

 I can recall watching the Aus first innings and thinking the top 4 ALL got brilliant deliveries to be dismissed. I haven't seen Warners 2nd dig dismissal yet but I wouldn't say he's been out of form, just copping some awesome bowling.

Perhaps I'm being harsh but I thought it was more our lack of technique than the quality of the bowling that was the undoing of our top 3. Warner and to a lesser extent Khawaja have no issues on our wickets where they can afford to bat a foot out of their crease and press forward given the minimal (if any) lateral movement on offer. But it's been difficult to watch how easily the Poms appear to have their number. Broad and Woakes are attacking the stumps on a beautiful length bringing in both edges, LBW and bowled into contention and our top 3 are either leaving enough space between bat and pad (Warner) or hanging their bats outside off and misreading the line thereby feeding the slips (Bancroft & Khawaja). For all of Smiths ticks and qirks at the point of impact the ball is just below his eyes and he's not a foot out of the crease i.e. he's playing it late. That's what separates the great from the good. 

 

11 hours ago, blybo said:

I remember watching Archer in the BBL last summer and wondering why this guy wasn't in the English test team. I wonder if we will bring Starc back in to introduce some fear in the Eng batsmen.

Indeed. Archer's the cause of mild frustration for me. He was a member of the all conquering West Indies Under 19 team that won the World Cup a few years ago beating a strong India in the final. That team had the likes of Archer, Alzari Joseph and Nicholas Pooran in the team. In a perfect world he'd be opening the bowling for the West Indies, but alas, the ECB was able to leverage recently softened qualification criteria and ensure he was able to qualify for the World Cup. He'll go onto average in the low 20's and has all the hallmarks of a future great. 

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