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    This quote from Ponting in an article about over rates/the shot clock seems apt, even though it is about something else (reverse swing/ball tampering):

    "So let's look at having a fair playing surface then the problem might start looking after itself."
    Slow over rates are only really a problem when conditions are heavily stilted in the batsman's favour, which is a much easier (and preferable) thing to deal with than parking a massive digital countdown on the side of the pitch.

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    I quite liked that "Cricket in Mumbai" programme on Sky.

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    Some fairly epoch-defining lols already. They could go over for about 35 if we get much more play in.

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    Farcical scenes. They really need to sort out the speed with which they an get back out on the field. Taking lunch during an hour of dryness having played 6 overs was ridiculous. Until a session has been played teams should be on 10 minutes notice to get back on the field.

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    The whole idea of setting inspections for certain times is ludicrous. There should be a permanent state of inspection with play ready to start in 10 minutes when the word is given.

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    Is it only raining in London? Haven’t had a drop here in Leicester. Move the next three days to Grace Road.

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    It seems to be entirely localised to St John's Wood.

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    I'm sitting in Chertsey which gets Lord's weather 20 minutes before, and I haven't seen a drop since 2pm. Sparkling blue skies. Must be some metropolitan elite sprinkler system.

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    The bowling from Woakes

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    Indians against lateral movement never fails to amuse.

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    Ffs this slip fielding

    Still all over them mind

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    All out by the end of the session/day would be so lol.

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    If we're any good we'll have them all out for double figures here. Woakes is irresistible.

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    Woof.

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    Sam Curran inswinging into my heart

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    I'll be knocking one out over that for many years to come. Dragged on my arse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    I'll be knocking one out over that for many years to come. Dragged on my arse.
    On first viewing I thought he had as well, but that was a cracking ball. So nice to have a left-armer in the attack too.

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    There are left armers but that one was shades of Wasim Akram, albeit 10mph slower and with a lovable baby face.

    Woakes though has been actually unplayable.

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    Wasting a batting review

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    Genuinely can see Jimmy being rolled out for home series for YEARS to come. He is an absolute artist with the Dukes ball.

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    Timing this to absolute perfection. No tricky few overs before the close for Cook to inevitably get out. Well, as long as we don't get the last one too quick . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Power View Post
    Genuinely can see Jimmy being rolled out for home series for YEARS to come. He is an absolute artist with the Dukes ball.
    I was thinking that. If we just cotton wool him during all winters, can we not keep wheeling him out at home until he's 45, thereby infuriating Australians and Indians for the rest of time?

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    He’s about to go past McGrath which is excellent but he can definitely annoy further.

    A silver haired Jimmy bowling 74mph taking 4-20 on the first morning at Headingley in the 2025 Ashes

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    Just look at Indian Twitter right now, it's a glorious sight. Doctored deck apparently. The ball doesn't swing off the deck, chaps.

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    Those first 6 overs (and Ravi Shastri's face) were brilliant.

    I didn't catch much more of it today, but I can only imagine it continued from there.

    8 weeks of unbroken heatwave and then they turn up and it's overcast, damp and GREENTOP compliant. lol doesn't cover it. Hopefully we bat for 4 sessions in unbroken sunshine before the atmospherics kick back in.

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    It was fucking glorious.

    The seethe from the Indian batsmen though.

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    The last session was amazing, Kohli got through the initial Anderson spell (playing and missing literally 3 times an over) and then Woakes comes on and it was literally 6 jaffers an over. I think we dropped Kohli at least a couple of times amongst the mayhem but there was never any danger of them reaching 120.

    I think we'll get 250 top end, Sunday will be rained out and it will be a draw.
    Last edited by Jimmy Floyd; 10-08-2018 at 10:33 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    Just look at Indian Twitter right now, it's a glorious sight. Doctored deck apparently. The ball doesn't swing off the deck, chaps.
    You managed to import clouds. Doctored atmosphere.

    Where can I enjoy some Indian twitter?

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    Go to the feed of any major English/Indian cricket figure or journalist, and look at the replies.

    And I'll have you know those were good old homegrown British clouds. People accuse us of always using foreign-born clouds, but the gulf stream's hardly our fault.

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    Woakes(y).



    What a time to be alive.

    If the weather forecast is anywhere near accurate, and the skies are grey and threatening this morning then we have to stick them in straight away. No fucking about.

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    I know moaning about lack of declarations is a bit of a lazy cliche but why the fuck are we batting this morning?!

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    Especially with Shami getting it to do bits and a shitty forecast (although Athers seems to have decided it's cleared).

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    Not that anything would have saved India here, but is the whole "all touring teams get pumped" thing not starting to get a little bit old?

    Players are getting used to their own style of pitch, which is so far from anyone else's that they're incapable of dealing with it when they travel.

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    It is a bit. Are the bigger teams just happy to win the majority of their home series? I suppose the risk is let's say one nation makes a long term plan to get their young players used to different conditions, until that happens they might end up getting beat home AND away if other teams don't follow suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItalAussie View Post
    Not that anything would have saved India here, but is the whole "all touring teams get pumped" thing not starting to get a little bit old?

    Players are getting used to their own style of pitch, which is so far from anyone else's that they're incapable of dealing with it when they travel.
    I dunno.

    Not playing two spinners and winning the toss would have had them in with a shout.

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    Most touring teams should do better, they're just lazy and consistently select the wrong players.

    Murali Vijay and a few others have no business being on this tour but teams love selecting on what happened 2 years ago rather than what is likely to happen now. England are terrible for it as well.

    Ravi Shastri literally doesn't have a clue, you take Kohli and Trashwin out of that side and they're ranked 6th instead of 1st.

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    Probably no coincidence Pakistan have done well in England the past two tours (2-2 and 1-1) and had a lot of proper preparation and warm up matches in English conditions. Some poxy 15 a side 3 day game against Essex isn’t exactly ideal.

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    Good of the filth and the CPS to waste everyone's time for the last year or so. How utterly predictable.

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    If there's one thing I know about the ECB, and cricket selectors in general, then they'll ban him for as long as it takes to get out of the bases loaded jam that currently confronts them on the selection front.

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    I find it hard to believe that, just after midnight, there were very few witnesses to this stupid fight.

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    Curran out of the third test because of Stoke's inclusion.

    What muppets.

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    The ISM boys need looking after eh Joe.

    Call me a philistine but I'm not convinced Stokes is all that much better than either Woakes or Curran.

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    Sports Science nerds probably have had a word about playing 12 year old Sam in a tightly packed five match series but still doesn’t seem right.

    Could have left Buttler out if they really wanted Stokes back in...

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    For some unknown reason, Buttler is vice captain. Why isn't Anderson? In fact, he should probably be captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    Call me a philistine but I'm not convinced Stokes is all that much better than either Woakes or Curran.
    Is this some higher peaks bullshit?

    Why the fuck is Curran out?

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    The logic they will have used is:

    - don't need five seamers
    - might need a spinner
    - Woakes was really good last game and is (as Mike Selvey put it) a more accomplished international
    - Stokes is a must pick

    I'm ok with the first three, just really not sure about the last. I'm also not sure you can't play them all as batsmen and bin off Buttler or Pope.

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    As Mark Butcher has said many times, Buttler as a specialist 6/7 is stupid. Take the gloves off Bairstow and then you can bat him four even. We have a plethora of six and sevens in the squad it’s insane.

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    Sky have Rob Key doing the match. Long overdue he is great.

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    Key and Butcher need to come into the main squad for Botham and probably, whilst I like him, Bumble.

    Michael Holding should be retained until/if he dies, though. I want the last thing I ever hear to be him saying 'Edged... and gone.'

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    “Pace and Bounce” stirs something deep within me.

    Sir Beef needs binning but I still like Bumble. Could actually can Gower and have Ian Ward present, I like him a lot.

    Sangakkara has been great this summer as well but he needs to be ICC president not commentating

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