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The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 30 Oct 2017, 07:45

The England squad and their hangers on have arrived in Australia.
ABC News.
Will Ben Stokes be playing?
England captain Joe Root has said he still doesn't know if vice-captain Ben Stokes will feature in this summer's Ashes series.
"We don't really know what's going on with that, we have to sort of let the police get on with that," he said.
Root said critics only provided a greater motivation for the side to prove them wrong, and firmly rejected the 'underdog' tag.

"We've got three of England's best all-time players ... with Cooky [Alastair Cook], Jimmy [Anderson] and Broady [Stuart Broad], and then we've got some guys who have really stood up over the last couple of years, and I think we are a completely different side to last time we came here," he said.
First Test starts a the Brisbane Gabba on November 23rd.
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Re: The Ashes

Post by Wycliffe » 30 Oct 2017, 08:39

tonyp wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 07:45
The England squad and their hangers on have arrived in Australia.
ABC News.
Will Ben Stokes be playing?
England captain Joe Root has said he still doesn't know if vice-captain Ben Stokes will feature in this summer's Ashes series.
"We don't really know what's going on with that, we have to sort of let the police get on with that," he said.
Root said critics only provided a greater motivation for the side to prove them wrong, and firmly rejected the 'underdog' tag.

"We've got three of England's best all-time players ... with Cooky [Alastair Cook], Jimmy [Anderson] and Broady [Stuart Broad], and then we've got some guys who have really stood up over the last couple of years, and I think we are a completely different side to last time we came here," he said.
First Test starts a the Brisbane Gabba on November 23rd.
He will be there and so he should.
The two main witnesses have spoken to the police (and the press).
It is being suggested he can go out and warm up with the Lions who are out that way at the same time as the major warm up matches take place.

He will of course strengthen the squad on and off the pitch, the pathetic needling from the press and the crims who represent one of OUR colonies won't bother him. He's married now so will fear what she'd say if he reacted badly!

A lot of the press comments from over there thus far are about the issues the aussies have.

It'll be hard but we'll win the series or at least retain them.

Just remind me Tony. Is it just cricket and RL you support your adopted country in against England or any sport? :wink:

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Re: The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 30 Oct 2017, 08:55

Wycliffe wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 08:39

Just remind me Tony. Is it just cricket and RL you support your adopted country in against England or any sport? :wink:
I don't support Australia in Synchronised swimming.
Although I could be persuaded to change my mind.
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Re: The Ashes

Post by Wycliffe » 30 Oct 2017, 20:46

tonyp wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 08:55
Wycliffe wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 08:39

Just remind me Tony. Is it just cricket and RL you support your adopted country in against England or any sport? :wink:
I don't support Australia in Synchronised swimming.
Although I could be persuaded to change my mind.
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Not answered the question I see.
Previously you have always said only cricket but you changed last friday for the RL :roll:

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Re: The Ashes

Post by stuie » 30 Oct 2017, 20:57

Wycliffe wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 20:46
tonyp wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 08:55
Wycliffe wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 08:39

Just remind me Tony. Is it just cricket and RL you support your adopted country in against England or any sport? :wink:
I don't support Australia in Synchronised swimming.
Although I could be persuaded to change my mind.
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:D

Not answered the question I see.
Previously you have always said only cricket but you changed last friday for the RL :roll:
:clap:
Plymouth to Portsmouth 2017 -2018, that ain't far

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Re: The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 11 Nov 2017, 11:26

Anderson named England vice-captain according to Cricinfo.
I would have thought they might have gone for Broad.
James Anderson has been named as England's Test vice-captain. He will act as Joe Root's deputy in Australia for as long as Ben Stokes remains unavailable.
Anderson, 35, is the leader of the bowling attack and, although he does not have much experience of captaincy, one of the squad's most senior players. With Stokes currently out of contention while police continue to investigate his part in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub, Anderson has been preferred as vice-captain to other candidates such as Alastair Cook, Root's predecessor in charge of the Test side, and Stuart Broad.
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Re: The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 12 Nov 2017, 00:30

Fox Sports
How the encouraging form of Chris Woakes could offset the loss of Ben Stokes
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Re: The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 23 Nov 2017, 21:55

I think it is fair to say that after Day 1 of the first Test the match is evenly poised.
Day 1 was a bit boring with England scoring only 196 and Australia taking only 4 wickets.
James Vince and Mark Stoneman performed well for the Poms but no-one else stood out.
Malan and Ali might score a few but I expect the Aussie bowlers to take more wickets before lunch on Day 2.
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Re: The Ashes

Post by superposh80 » 24 Nov 2017, 23:57

Any lead is a good lead....but I can't help thinking England are 100 runs short here.

Win the toss and bat first...You've got to be looking at 400 whatever the wicket is doing.

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Re: The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 25 Nov 2017, 03:11

Most of the experts were saying what a good batting wicket it was and how it would get better as the game progressed.
The opposite seems to have happened.
Lunch on Day 3 and the game is far from evenly poised.
Luckily for me I haven't been able to watch play this morning but it looks to me that Australia will be fortunate to make it to tea.
This game is heading for a surprise England win.
Lunch on Day 3
Australia 213 for 7
Smith n.o. 81
Cummins 2 n.o.
Australia trail by 89 runs with 3 wickets remaining in the 1st innings
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Re: The Ashes

Post by bristleposh » 25 Nov 2017, 09:32

tonyp wrote:
25 Nov 2017, 03:11
This game is heading for a surprise England win.
How slowly this game turns, I woke up this morning and it must be odds on an Aussie win
I started a joke that had the whole world crying
But I didn't see that the joke was on me

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Re: The Ashes

Post by superposh80 » 25 Nov 2017, 09:43

2/5 Australia
9/2 England

Smith's innings has swung it...and their bowlers have more firepower than ours.

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Re: The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 25 Nov 2017, 10:15

bristleposh wrote:
25 Nov 2017, 09:32
tonyp wrote:
25 Nov 2017, 03:11
This game is heading for a surprise England win.
How slowly this game turns, I woke up this morning and it must be odds on an Aussie win
superposh80 wrote:
25 Nov 2017, 09:43
2/5 Australia
9/2 England

Smith's innings has swung it...and their bowlers have more firepower than ours.
Smith's innings may well have swung it. But I'm hoping that Australia can win rather than thinking they will win.

There aren't to many bowlers with the firepower of Anderson and Broad.

For the third day in a row I think the game is evenly poised.
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Re: The Ashes

Post by superposh80 » 25 Nov 2017, 12:53

Anderson and Broad are brilliant bowlers....but they aren't as effective in Australia as the ball doesn't swing like it does in England...and they don't have the pace of Cummins and Starc.

We are badly missing the aggression and quality that Ben Stokes brings to this England team.

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Re: The Ashes

Post by tonyp » 25 Nov 2017, 13:50

superposh80 wrote:
25 Nov 2017, 12:53
Anderson and Broad are brilliant bowlers....but they aren't as effective in Australia as the ball doesn't swing like it does in England...and they don't have the pace of Cummins and Starc.

We are badly missing the aggression and quality that Ben Stokes brings to this England team.
I agree with all of that.
But ..
1. The general feeling here is that in the Pink ball Day/night game in Adelaide the ball will swing and this will be especially good for Anderson.
This is another reason why Australia really need to win this first Test.

2. The way I read it, Stokes will be here soon.
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