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8 hours ago, TheGayTent said:

Mo has retired from test matches. 

I'm incredibly gutted, and feeling even more robbed by the lack of the last India test given that he'd have played.

His interviews are really telling, I do completely agree that he never fulfilled his potential with the bat, and could have been so much more there.... if England hadn't been so flush with all-rounders that he bounced around the order a lot. 

I don't think he'd have done well in Aus, albeit I do think his record on the last Ashes tour was badly marred by that finger injury, and I'm not at all surprised he's decided to call it a day.

I was there for his rescue mission century against Sri Lanka, and I can't help but feel that in many ways that's emblematic of his career. Agonisingly close to something remarkable.

In terms of the long-term future of the test team, it's probably for the best that Leach/Bess/Parkinson get to play more, all of whom I'd also say are better suited to Aus pitches (if the Ashes happen), but I just love watching Mo, always entertaining, and I've loved seeing his joy on the pitch when he contributes.

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Good start to this stage of the world cup so far, although South Africa let themselves down with the bat, Australia's chase really indicated where they are as a T20 side at the moment - nowhere. Haven't watched the ENG WI highlights yet, but always good to see them dominate with ball, rather than bat. 

Training for my club finally starts on Tuesday now we are out of lockdown. Ms P has been kind enough to throw balls at me in the nets every couple of weeks over winter, so I'm quite hopeful that I'll be able to improve last season's average of 2 (it was my first season). I was really counting down the weeks until the pre-season was supposed to start back in September, so it's really good to be heading back now. 

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Stokes going to the Ashes. I think that means a 3-2 loss in now achievable? Can't see us winning it without Archer/Stone/Mahmood unless Wood manages to get through all 5 games in great form, but I think Robinson will do well there, and it makes it easier to play Leach/Parkinson.

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2 hours ago, kaosmark2 said:

Stokes going to the Ashes. I think that means a 3-2 loss in now achievable? Can't see us winning it without Archer/Stone/Mahmood unless Wood manages to get through all 5 games in great form, but I think Robinson will do well there, and it makes it easier to play Leach/Parkinson.

More like a 4-1 or 3-1 loss now if we're lucky. Just can't see us being able to take 20 wickets consistently with such a conservative approach. Granted the Archer injury is an absolute bastard, but with Stokes in the squad there will be much more need for Mahmood or even Carse than for Woakes. At least going in with 5 bowlers per match might relieve the pressure on Wood and not having to have him bowl 20 overs in a day. 

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26 minutes ago, kingbadger said:

More like a 4-1 or 3-1 loss now if we're lucky. Just can't see us being able to take 20 wickets consistently with such a conservative approach. Granted the Archer injury is an absolute bastard, but with Stokes in the squad there will be much more need for Mahmood or even Carse than for Woakes. At least going in with 5 bowlers per match might relieve the pressure on Wood and not having to have him bowl 20 overs in a day. 

I don't think we can win the urn, as you said, can't see us taking 20 wickets consistently, but between it making a spinner more pickable, and strengthening the batting and fielding, I think we stand a chance of taking 2 tests. I feel like the pink ball in Adelaide, if we can hold our own batting-wise, then Anderson/Broad/Robinson/Woakes/Stokes or some combination of them + Leach can take 20 wickets even with Wood rested, then it's just hoping that Wood (+Mahmood if he gets promoted mid-series), can bring enough heat in one game to nick another.

It's a fragile Aussie team, with little match practice behind them, I don't think it'll be as bad as the last 2 times.

I do feel sorry for Woakes though, over the last 18 months he must have thought there's been chances to stake his spot as a premier all-rounder and he has to isolate/get injured/etc. almost every time Stokes is unavailable.

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1 hour ago, WS_Jack_III said:

Now then all, I'm very much a casual cricket fan, don't follow all the happenings but love to watch the big events. 

 

How come the windies are currently so poor in the T20?

Aging squad, usual politics. For instance Gayle turning down easy singles/twos and lumbering around fielding with his feet yet Narine not making the squad due to 'fitness issues'. Bizarrely Holder didn't make their original 15 man squad, got a late call up in the last day or two and has gone straight into the team. The fact they've wheeled out Ravi Rampaul in each game yet couldn't find a space in the squad for Holder is mind boggling. 

Their team is so full of X-factor players they're prone to look terrible then peak at exactly the right time. 

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29 minutes ago, kingbadger said:

Aging squad, usual politics. For instance Gayle turning down easy singles/twos and lumbering around fielding with his feet yet Narine not making the squad due to 'fitness issues'. Bizarrely Holder didn't make their original 15 man squad, got a late call up in the last day or two and has gone straight into the team. The fact they've wheeled out Ravi Rampaul in each game yet couldn't find a space in the squad for Holder is mind boggling. 

Their team is so full of X-factor players they're prone to look terrible then peak at exactly the right time. 

I suppose the last tournament was 5 years ago.

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The Final Word succinctly described this Windies side as 'getting the band back together', but it not working at all. Last night's game turned into a really good one in the end. Sadly the occurrence of muttering 'oh no it's a Chris Gayle taking singles kind of game' has been far too frequent recently. For a team that has built itself around the ethos of go big or go home, it was really weird to see them hit the 14th over with only three boundaries. 

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You would assume (hope) that India are out now having lost both games against the major nations in their group. Unless NZ and Pakistan massively fluff their lines then you'd assume they're in the semis, though the Afghans are always dangerous. 

Would love to see an England v NZ final, would be a great story after the 2019 WC Final and there's plenty of unfinished business there. 

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