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cyberdad
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11 Aug 2019, 12:11 am

Yes I suppose Gower's narcissistic self-centredness started the rot for England (although captains are not always to blame, England and the West Indies were devoid of really talented consistent performing players in the late 1980s). Brian Lara was of a similar ilk to Gower in that he spent more time playing for himself than playing for the team. Although to be fair the West Indies have never really been able to attract youngsters to cricket as many talented athletes choose more financially lucrative American sports. In England soccer attracted the best athletes for the same reasons.

Getting back to Gower (an much like Lara) he was a pleasure to watch, graceful, elegant and effortless when playing shots. On the other hand Gatting reminded me of a crab.



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12 Aug 2019, 12:24 pm

Glad to see Ali go after abysmal performance of late. Archer is an interesting selection and quite just given his performance at the World Cup, but seems foolhardy (desperate?) to include someone with no prior test experience for such a crucial fixture. We'll see.

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13 Aug 2019, 2:06 am

Jofra Archer is quite a talent...He plays in the Australian summer "Big Bash" 20-20 series for Tasmania.



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14 Aug 2019, 7:41 am

Second test hasn't even started yet... rained off.


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14 Aug 2019, 7:45 am

By golly, it's raining cats and dogs!

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Jofra Archer is quite a talent...He plays in the Australian summer "Big Bash" 20-20 series for Tasmania.

Yeah, I saw that. I get the impression he won't do so well in the test game, though.



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15 Aug 2019, 4:27 am

I find the Duckworth Lewis system very confusing and contentious to calculate when it rains in one day matches



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15 Aug 2019, 2:16 pm

I'm writing an obituary for English cricket.



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16 Aug 2019, 3:55 am

Not such a jolly good show for "old England"

Well there's always the third test



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16 Aug 2019, 4:03 am

poor from England yesterday, but a couple of early wickets and it's game on! (that's what I am telling myself!)



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16 Aug 2019, 7:18 am

80-4. All is not lost.



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16 Aug 2019, 10:05 pm

Indeed! England is fighting back! Glory to the empire!!



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17 Aug 2019, 12:21 am

Headline today is that England may be frustrated by the weather. England have been saved by the weather enough times... so we can't complain really.


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17 Aug 2019, 5:31 am

I've been told an English summer is almost exactly like a Melbourne winter...no wonder you lot came to the antipodes in droves....



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18 Aug 2019, 12:32 am

cyberdad wrote:
I've been told an English summer is almost exactly like a Melbourne winter...no wonder you lot came to the antipodes in droves....


An 'English Summer' and a 'Washout Summer' are pretty much interchangeable terms, except for maybe once per decade (or twice, at the most).


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18 Aug 2019, 4:37 am

draw inevitable...lost 5 sessions of play.

Any news on the impact of Jofra Archer laughing at Steve Smith's concussion?



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18 Aug 2019, 2:39 pm

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