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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 13/08/2019 09:45
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Not looking good weather wise. Be lucky to get 3 full days play. That could be a good thing as the thought of seeing Smith bat forever again is depressing.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 13/08/2019 09:50

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Ridiculous not wanting to watch cricket. What the point in that? You might as well say I wish they werenít playing the Ashes.

Iíve got a ticket for tomorrow but looks like it could be a washout. 😔
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 09:51

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Lords is the test we are/were most likely to lose I'd say, so would prefer not to be 2-0 down going to Headingley. A draw won't break my heart.
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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 13/08/2019 11:12

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Abel, I love watching cricket, but you have to admit that when a batsman like Smith, who is so on is game, can bat all day without even look like getting out, it can dampen ones enthusiasm for the game. [:D]
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 13/08/2019 11:41

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For me it doesn't. Smith is one of the greatest batsmen of our time and it is a privilege to watch him at work ( as long as we win of course) . No seriously he is and thats why I think cricket is a different sport to watch than football where I come totally one eyed.
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 11:49

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Aren't you a kiwi though Abel?

As good as Smith is I won't take an awful lot of satisfaction from watching him dismantle our bowling attack for another 2 days.
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Aqualung Posted on 13/08/2019 11:52
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Smith has an amazing hand to eye co-ordination, but if you actually like watching his boring leg side flicks for hours on end, good luck to you, he has an amazing record, but is dreadfully boring to watch, just like chanderpaul was
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Muttley Posted on 13/08/2019 11:57
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Smith does tend to give early chances (like most batsmen) if we take one of those? Still looks like the weather will win this one. Our recent record against the Aussies (at Lords) is so poor it's almost a home game for them.

I agree with Abel though, when watching cricket I can enjoy watching the opposition produce something special in a dispassionate way that wouldn't apply if I was watching football.

I draw the line at Warner though, I cannot understand how the focus has been on Smith when I'm convinced that it was Warner who was the architect behind the sandpaper scam. Nasty cheating little shight. And I do believe that neither of them should be playing it was simply that the Aussies knew they were very very ordinary without these two and re-instated them, they should have served their full bans.
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 13/08/2019 11:57

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Accomplished test players can be dull to watch if you are watching it from the perspective of being weaned on one day cricket. I am a Kiwi yes but when watching Australia its normally for some kiwis to hate Smith as well.

I support England in the Ashes I can tell you but still hoping I get some play in tomorrow. Otherwise I tend to hit the wine and beer and end up with a bad head in the evening.
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Indeedido Posted on 13/08/2019 12:10

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Enjoy your day Abel.
Hopefully though, you don't see Smith bat for very long at all.
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jam69 Posted on 13/08/2019 12:54

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i think they will be enough cricket played to get a result, not many games go the full 5 days these days, many dont make tea on day 4, we need to step up our batting and hope a fully fit attack can make the difference
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 13:03

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Muttley - they did serve their full bans didn't they?
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Supermac Posted on 13/08/2019 13:15

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Draw is already odds on, 1st day looks a wash out day 2 not much better
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lufbra_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 13:29

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It was Smith's team. His watch. His team culture. The captain virtually runs the show in cricket. Without exception - Smith fostered the most arrogant and contemptuous team culture. They were only sorry because they got caught. It doesn't matter whose idea or who was the architect - Smith was the captain. He was either culpable for what he knew or culpable for having no control. And arguably, I cannot recall any cricketer who continuously has shown dissent on the field of play like Smith did prior to the sandpaper incident. He repeatedly visibly show dissent when given out. He continually undermined on field umpires both when batting and fielding.

There are photos from the last ashes showing Bancroft putting sugar in his pocket. I doubt the full truth will ever come out. But the coincidence is in the last Ashes series - the Aussies got the ball swinging round corners and England didn't. Their win at all costs is nauseating. He's lucky to be allowed to play the game at this level. An all time great he may be. He's a cheat. That tag won't go away quickly.

In the words of David Lloyd after that infamous press conference - when Smith said 'this isn't who I am'....Bumble's response...'it's exactly who you are'.

12 month ban = lucky man!
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heaton_mersey_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 13:46

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Cricket Australia handing out the bans which, coincidentally allowed them to play in the Ashes series. Coincidence, eh?

Agree with lufbra_boro. Smith is a cheating **** and all of the fawning over him for the first test was annoying.

[xx(]
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 13:50

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I agree with that HMB, but I'm not aware they didn't serve their full bans.
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Muttley Posted on 13/08/2019 13:53

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Yes you're right, I had it in my head that the ban was for 24 months but it was 12 months complete ban and a further 12 months from being captain or vice.

He's still a cheating chunt.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 13/08/2019 14:00

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Have no wish to defend Smithís actions but Cricket Australia at least dealt with him better than The ECB dealt with Atherton when he was caught and guilty of ball tampering. And itís not just the ECB. Indian cricket authorities failed to deal hard with Dravid. The Pakistan Board with Afridi and Saffers with Faf Du Plessis. No bans just fines
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Muttley Posted on 13/08/2019 14:08

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Atherton (strictly speaking) did not break the laws of the game. Bowlers dry their hands on the pitch rubbing dirt into the ball, this is allowed. Definitely unsporting and I think dealt with appropriately. (I'd have to look at the other cases mentioned, I'm not familiar with them)

The actions of Smith and Warner were far more nefarious in that they brought the sandpaper onto the pitch with the intention of tampering with the ball and accelerating its wear. Given the rather more sophisticated nature of the tampering including obtaining and distributing the sandpaper to (at least) Cameron Bancroft and instructing him in using it, it is difficult to believe that this was the first time it was done.
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lufbra_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 14:10

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Or perhaps they dealt with it quickly and in-house to avoid further disclosure. Anyone who thinks that incident was 'it'...is naive. Horrible individual who disrespected the game at the highest level. Shouldn't have been allowed back.
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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 13/08/2019 14:12

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Why did Atherton have a pocket full of dirt. He wasn't a bowler drying his hands on the pitch?
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 14:14

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Atherton 'thought' he was pushing the boundaries, but nothing more.

I'm pretty sure Smith knew exactly what he was doing.
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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 13/08/2019 14:16

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Ah yes, because he's Australian and Atherton's English.

'Nasser Hussain, who had captained Anderson, said: "Stuart Broad and James Anderson were wrong to behave in the manner they did and I've no doubt that if a player from another country did the same we'd have said they were cheating'



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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 13/08/2019 14:18

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England cricket team, 2005

Marcus Trescothick admitted in his autobiography, Coming Back to Me, that he used mints to shine the ball to produce more swing: "It was my job to keep the shine on the new ball for as long as possible with a bit of spit and a lot of polish. And through trial and error I finally settled on the type of spit for the task at hand. It had been common knowledge in county cricket for some time that certain sweets produced saliva which, when applied to the ball for cleaning purposes, enabled it to keep its shine for longer and therefore its swing." He found Murray Mints worked the best.[11]

The admission came three years after the conclusion of the 2005 Ashes series, in which England beat Australia, 2Ė1.
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1finny Posted on 13/08/2019 14:19

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Atherton was frickin cheating man
Lets not defend what he did by going all pedantic
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 14:23
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As with many things, there is a spectrum.

Using sweets to shine the ball (like Dravid, Tres and Faf), running on the pitch/ball, using dirt, even biting the ball (as Boom Boom did) are not as pre-meditated and do not have the same level of direct impact as using sand paper brought onto the pitch deliberately hidden in one's trousers.

Thats why they all cried in front of the press and brought their wives and kids into the whole sorry charade.

Edit: Actually biting it would have had the same level of impact.
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 13/08/2019 14:32

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Ball tampering is ball tampering. Donít demonise on the one hand and find excuses on the other.

There is a maximum fine that the ICC can penalise ball tampering which is a % of match fee. Banning is dealt with by country cricketing authorities. Australia acted but others have failed. You canít deny that.
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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 13/08/2019 14:40

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'are not as pre-meditated'

There's a scale when it comes to thinking about doing something is there?
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 14:59

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Of course cat. They actually had to go and acquire sandpaper from somewhere, it wasn't just standing on the ball or rubbing dirt from the ground on it.

Cardiff, I think you're right in that Australia took the right level of action and others should follow suit in future (and they'll have to now because of the precadent set which will hopefully act as a deterrent), but they kind of had to because this was involving a number of their players at once, the manipulation and corruption of a junior player, and it was worse than most previous examples for those reasons.
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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 13/08/2019 15:16

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Atherton can't have actually considered geting a handful of dirt and putting it in his pocket then?

Trescothick's mints were always in his pocket, along with the other sweets he tried?


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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 15:23

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Well during the theatre of the day's play yes, but not the night before when he was in bed, or the morning of the match.

At least Atherton carried out the act himself and didn't get a player with 3 caps to do it for him.
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Corcaigh_the_Cat Posted on 13/08/2019 15:28

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So we're better at cheating?
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/08/2019 15:29
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Whose we?

It was 25 years ago. Not like its the current team or players, or the same cricket board, is it?
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 14/08/2019 10:00

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In a greasy spoon in St John's Wood. It absolutely tipping down - be very surprised we will get any play today.
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Wev1 Posted on 14/08/2019 10:19
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It looks like it's been pretty nasty for the last couple of hours, and will get rain off and on for the next few hours, according to the radar.

Hopefully though, the worst of the rain has just happened or is just finishing. Might clear up enough in 3 hours or so, then another hour to dry the outfield. Doesn't look likely before 2pm mind.

Link: Rain Radar
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scuzzmonster1 Posted on 14/08/2019 10:44
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Trescothick giving himself T2D for the cause. Who knew?
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mwelolo Posted on 14/08/2019 10:54

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I fancy Archer for picking up Smithís wicket fairly early on, if we see some play.
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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 14/08/2019 11:23

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Grrrrrrr...in a villa in Menorca besides the pool .....sky sports in view.....but no bloomin cricket. Dam British weather......scorchio here though [8D]
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 14/08/2019 15:16

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Covers came off half hour ago. Hope. And now itís wazzing down again 😞
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 14/08/2019 16:25

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Abandoned for day
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Marvanelli Posted on 15/08/2019 10:48

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England put into bat by Aussies after they win the toss.

Looks like a bowlers wicket!

Take a draw right now[:D]
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jam69 Posted on 15/08/2019 11:09

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Roy just cant leave a ball, 3 balls offered the bat to them all
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AitorAitorapuddycat Posted on 15/08/2019 11:10

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Def take a draw now
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 15/08/2019 11:13

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If Burns lasts longer than 10 overs I'd be amazed.

Yes Jason Roy is not a test player.
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Aqualung Posted on 15/08/2019 11:14

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Roy will never be a test match batsman

We should have put haseeb hameed in and stuck with him, we need a classical test match opener who just wears out the new ball with a dead bat
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Marvanelli Posted on 15/08/2019 11:15

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'Yes Jason Roy is not a test player.'

I wouldn't write him off being a test player yet.

I'd definitely not have him opening though. He just does not have the patience to open. Especially under these conditions.
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MightyDuck Posted on 15/08/2019 11:15

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Does Roy not realise that his job as an opening bat is to stay in until the new ball starts losing its spark?
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lufbra_boro Posted on 15/08/2019 11:17

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Root might as well open!
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Supermac Posted on 15/08/2019 11:21

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"Roy will never be a test match batsman

We should have put haseeb hameed in and stuck with him, we need a classical test match opener who just wears out the new ball with a dead bat"

You cant have that 2nd sentence follow the first, hameed cant score runs for lancs 2nds nevermind open in tests

Roy would be ok at number 6 he just isn't an opener
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hewielewie Posted on 15/08/2019 11:27

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Sibley to come in
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hewielewie Posted on 15/08/2019 11:27

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Jimmy was bowling on the outfield this morning
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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 15/08/2019 11:31

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The whole country knows.that Roy shoudnt open as a test batsman, but not the selectors. Would be fine at 5 or 6.
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hewielewie Posted on 15/08/2019 11:34

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Drop Denly, bring in Sibley and put Roy at five after Stokes
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Marvanelli Posted on 15/08/2019 11:47

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And there goes Root!
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 15/08/2019 11:47

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For me you're pushing the problem down the order. Roy bats opener or number 3 for Surrey so he is well used to facing a new ball in first class cricket. Test cricket is a step up which I think is too much for him.
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jam69 Posted on 15/08/2019 12:23

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it's the way he keeps getting out that's annoying, poor shot selection, if he can change his mind set he has the ability, the ashes is the deep end, the big problem for me is we don't seem to have had any long term plan bringing players through, Roy thrown in on the back of a good world cup for example.
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Supermac Posted on 15/08/2019 12:51

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"For me you're pushing the problem down the order. Roy bats opener or number 3 for Surrey so he is well used to facing a new ball in first class cricket. Test cricket is a step up which I think is too much for him."

That isn't true, hes never opened before, and he has played a dozen games or so at 3 for Surrey. He generally has played 5 for them
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keelo Posted on 15/08/2019 12:51

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Bumble just said on tv The guard on the tube pulling into St Johns Wood this morning said " anyone leavjng the train here, if you know how to get Smith out please report to the England dressing room " 😂
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CardiffDaffs Posted on 15/08/2019 14:39

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115 runs in 1 1/2 sessions. Wickets slowly draining away. Pretty horrid to watch.
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Supermac Posted on 15/08/2019 14:56

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Oh dear some big decisions to make coming up. Bairstow needs a score here
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WoodallServices Posted on 15/08/2019 15:04

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I keep hearing that Butler is a good batsman. Is he??
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hewielewie Posted on 15/08/2019 15:04

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Jos Buttler is averaging 21.77 in Tests in 2019 - he's never averaged less in a calendar year.
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Supermac Posted on 15/08/2019 15:08

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and bairstow only averages 14 this year.

Doesn't look like there is room for both.

Roy should be batting 5 with Sibley opening, Stokes 6 and one of above at 7
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ThePenguin Posted on 15/08/2019 15:08

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This is just embarrassing. [|)]
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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 15/08/2019 15:11

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Typical collapse yet again.
I think that superb all rounder Tankitdown, needs to be in soon.
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atypical_boro Posted on 15/08/2019 15:22
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Buttler is a great white ball batsman.

Lost his test place a while back and then got another chance purely as there was no one else, did ok, but is now back to being pretty poor TBH.

How the likes of James Hildreth and Sam Northeast have never been considered, during this era, is beyond me.

And how Foakes doesn't get picked, even just as a batsman, when he has done better than most of the current crop when given a chance!
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MightyDuck Posted on 15/08/2019 15:45

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"Be lucky to get 3 full days play"

Sounds about right
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zorro_mfc Posted on 15/08/2019 17:05

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Talksport saying Aussies could in trouble batting 4th on that pitch.

He archer got a watch on?
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Abel_Tasman Posted on 15/08/2019 17:07

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Who says they will need to bat a second time by the way.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 15/08/2019 17:10

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Yes Thatís a good point.

I think itís called grasping at straws.

Be happy with 270 here but itís a big ask.

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Alvez_48 Posted on 15/08/2019 17:40

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Roy and Buttler should both be ashamed of themselves to be honest..

Buttler was terrible in the world cup too.

Making root face the new ball 3 innings on the bounce is a disgrace.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 15/08/2019 17:59

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Well 258 could have been worse.

Need to get a few early wickets now
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zorro_mfc Posted on 15/08/2019 18:02

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Here comes archer
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zorro_mfc Posted on 15/08/2019 18:23

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And warner goes.

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Huge that
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Kosovo Posted on 15/08/2019 18:31

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Need to get Smith in tonight while itís nipping about.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 15/08/2019 18:33

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Will they risk him tonight ? Though in the fading light

If he bats and goes then they are in real trouble
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Kosovo Posted on 15/08/2019 18:46

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You are probably right no point risking him tonight.
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PhillyMac Posted on 15/08/2019 20:00

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So how do you think it is poised? The Guardian report is pretty pessimistic. I think it's fairly balanced. Weather might make it moot.
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Alvez_48 Posted on 15/08/2019 20:19

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Either weather wins or Aus take a 2 nil win possibly by an innings
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Boro_Gypo Posted on 16/08/2019 08:39

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It's an exciting test match. All 3 results are possible. A shame we didn't get another wicket or two last night. We bowled well. Archer and Broad were getting it to do plenty off the pitch and conditions are expected to remain in bowlers favour today.

If we can get 2 wickets in the first session this morning, we are right back in it. Bancroft looked there for the taking last night.
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Supermac Posted on 16/08/2019 11:38

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Really poor captaincy from Root this. Woakes averages 10 at Lords and hes got Archer bowling short in swing friendly conditions
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Muttley Posted on 16/08/2019 11:54

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I was just about to rant about poor captaincy and then two go down in three balls. [:D]

Game on, if we can just get Smith before he gets settled...
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Boro_Gypo Posted on 16/08/2019 12:14

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You would have to make England marginal favourites at the moment. Although if Smith can get in and is still there at tea time it could swing back in the Australians favour
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Jostler Posted on 16/08/2019 12:20

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You surely can't class England as favourites whilst Smith has a bat in his hand?
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Exiled_in_herford Posted on 16/08/2019 12:25

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How on earth did he not give that?. Just looked absolutely plum
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Marvanelli Posted on 16/08/2019 12:27

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Broad livid. Rightly so.

Another shocking decision by the umpire.

As blatant as could be!
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PhillyMac Posted on 16/08/2019 12:40

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More the inside edge than line.
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Supermac Posted on 16/08/2019 12:41

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Draw still massive favourite with rain in the air, we would have to go some to lose from here at least
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Boro_Gypo Posted on 16/08/2019 13:15

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Yes I would consider England favourite now. Smith can't bat on his own.

Although like I said in my previous post, if Smith is still there at tea time it may have swung back the other way.

I wouldn't consider the draw to be favourite even if they lose more time this afternoon. There's two full days of cricket left as the forecast is good over the weekend. On a pitch that is difficult to bat on, a result still looks likely to me.
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Jostler Posted on 16/08/2019 13:25

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This rain break isn't a bad thing, breaks up Smiths rhythm. Hopefully, get back on maybe 2.30sh?

Wade's looked ropey, let Jofra back at them both with some 90+ bowling and unsettle them hopefully.
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Supermac Posted on 16/08/2019 13:27

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There is only 2.5 days to go, we would have to bowl aussies out today and hope no more rain-not massively impossible.

Then bat pretty much all day tomorrow and bowl Aussies out day 5. There is rain scheduled for this afternoon and tomorrow, unless we fold them really quick this afternoon and have an attacking declaration there wont be time
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Exiled_in_herford Posted on 16/08/2019 13:42

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No rain forecast for tomorrow or Sunday, it's a case of how much play we'll get today.
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Muttley Posted on 16/08/2019 13:48

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Looking at the Met Office rainfall radar I don't think there'll be much more play today indeed I'd be surprised if there was any.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 17/08/2019 12:57

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Is this to be our tactic for smith ongoing on into the series to dot him up and try and take out those around him.

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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 17/08/2019 14:36

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This series is getting boring.
It's all about that cheating chunt Smith and our inability to get him out
A sniper is out best hope


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Old-boot Posted on 17/08/2019 14:38

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What's happened in the cricket? Smith lying on the deck!
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Wev1 Posted on 17/08/2019 14:38

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Just clocked him on the head, that will be the end of him for this test. Not the right way to get rid of him, but at least he appears ok.
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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 17/08/2019 14:47
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He will be back on today I reckon ....and they started first in this test with a full over of the short stuff
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zorro_mfc Posted on 17/08/2019 14:47

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Well thatís one way to get him out I suppose. [8D]

Thankfully he looks ok
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ThePenguin Posted on 17/08/2019 14:48

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" A sniper is out best hope "

[:D] Will that do?
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Wev1 Posted on 17/08/2019 14:49

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He won't bat again, deffo not in this innings anyway, it will take a few hours to assess him. They will be out by then hopefully.

Was hit by Archer, bowling it at 95mph and it clocked him on the temple, got concussion written all over it.
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BigmetsBoro86 Posted on 17/08/2019 14:51

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That delivery could have seriously killed him. I thought they had guards that went round the back of of the helmet now?

Glad he's OK and and as stated that's one way to get him out[:O]
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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 17/08/2019 14:53

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Archer is some bowler. A star is born
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zorro_mfc Posted on 17/08/2019 15:11

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Not the temple, it was lower more like the jugular upper neck nasty enough though.
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Wev1 Posted on 17/08/2019 15:14

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Actually didn't hit him in the temple, hit him just below the helmet on the side of the neck. He's done well to have walked off there like.
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Wev1 Posted on 17/08/2019 15:16

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Actually it didn't hit his helmet/ temple, hit him just below on the side of the neck.

He's lucky to have walked off there, that could have killed him.
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Jostler Posted on 17/08/2019 15:40

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Didnít take him long to come back out again. Hopefully Archer has put some doubt in his mind moving forward.

Not quite the same but broad used to be a decent batsman till the Aussies bounced him out.

Surely knowing someone has the ability to hurt you like archer can is going to have some impact!
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zorro_mfc Posted on 17/08/2019 16:53

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Root for a duck ffs

Awful.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 17/08/2019 19:01

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Surely a nailed on draw now.

With 1 day left.
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Boro_Gypo Posted on 17/08/2019 19:36

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I fancy a result in this match. I cant see England batting for more than half the day tomorrow. It will depend how many runs we can score in that time. Less than a 180 lead and Australia I think Australia would knock them off. More than that would be tough for them. Theres 90 overs to play tomorrow. We probably only need 50-60 to bowl them out
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Jumpingjack Posted on 17/08/2019 19:58

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Anything over 200 on that pitch will be a tough ask, if we can bat for 30-40 overs tomorrow and get around the 210 mark? I think we have a chance.....fantastic days Cricket today.
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jam69 Posted on 17/08/2019 22:27

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unless there's a fair bit of rain forecast tomorrow, I can't believe the bookies have Australia at 100/30 ?
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Uncle_Marbles Posted on 17/08/2019 22:41

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We will lose wickets rapid on this pitch tomorrow.All out with a 180 lead. Aussies 2 mil up by tea
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mwelolo Posted on 18/08/2019 10:59

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Looks like the weather will ensure a draw today.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 18/08/2019 12:41

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Smith officially out as well now

Thatís one review for the Aussies gone as well
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zorro_mfc Posted on 18/08/2019 13:06

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Do you think weíll get a score and see how the Aussie do to try and get the win?

Or wouldnít you risk it and take the draw.
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BigUnit Posted on 18/08/2019 13:41

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For me we might as well go for it.
About 70 overs left.
Bat 15 overs at about 6 a over.
250 lead with 55 overs might tempt the Aussies to go for it ?
All 3 results still possible although long odds on Draw
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Jumpingjack Posted on 18/08/2019 13:50

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Exactly, I would go for it after tea, get as many runs as possible in the next 10 overs and get them in...put them under pressure, see what they are made of.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 18/08/2019 15:34

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Stokes is just immense isnít he.

Well 48 over to beat the Aussies.

Get warner out early and theyíll be rocking without smith.

Game on

over to you joffra
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mwelolo Posted on 18/08/2019 15:43

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Stokes is simply outstanding.

We will really have to go some to get them all out, theyíll sit tight if itís not going well for them.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 18/08/2019 15:55

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Yep exactly like that [8D]
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zorro_mfc Posted on 18/08/2019 16:09

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You don't fk with archer 😈
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mwelolo Posted on 18/08/2019 16:10

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Weíve had nothing like this for years
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Kosovo Posted on 18/08/2019 16:17

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Two more quick wickets and weíll do this. Fancy Leach to chip in at the end.
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zorro_mfc Posted on 18/08/2019 16:22

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I think the fact Lyons struggled to get a wicket might influence root. But itís nice to have the options after the seamers have softened them up.

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Kosovo Posted on 18/08/2019 16:27

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Lyons should have had Stokes last night. Get the lefties in and 7 to 11 Leach will cause them all trouble.
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MightyDuck Posted on 18/08/2019 16:28

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How much faster will he be in Australia too!
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mwelolo Posted on 18/08/2019 17:46

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Draw
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