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  1. 2 hours ago, williamjm said:

    Patel seemed to be getting some spin on the first day as well, sometimes I don't know what the selectors are thinking.

    In the end Lawrence managed to stage a bit of a recovery but they still seem on track for a significantly below-par score. After such a long run of low scores it is difficult to see Crawley playing against India unless he does a lot better in the second innings. Bracey also needs to prove his ability with the bat.

    I get playing four quicks if Stokes is in the team to share the load. But four quicks and no all rounder is borderline masochistic.

  2. I wouldn't give up yet. Could easily see NZ's batters struggling too. Taylor looks out of form; no Williamson. A lot will rest on Conway, Latham and Nicholls. 

    ETA: Also feel sad for Bracey. Never got in. 

    ETA2: England went with four quicks again....do they want Wood to get injured(!)

    ETA3: Oh dear West Indies. SA rampant in the first session. The visitors' attack (Kagiso, Nortje, Nghidi, Maharaj) is fantastic. 

  3. 1 hour ago, Hereward said:

    Do we have any of those who haven’t already been tried and failed? Outside Trott, we’ve been looking for a No3 since Gower, and he was better at 4.

    TBH I'd probably give Stokes a run at 3, given that Root doesn't want it. Moot point given the current squad though. 

    Burns filling his boots, which is nice to see. He was in great County form and is really getting under the NZers' skin now. 

  4. Plenty of upheaval for both teams on the eve of the second test, particularly with more historical tweets being dredged up on the England side.

    For the hosts, we'll likely see Overton and Leach come in for Robinson and Broad. 

    For the visitors, Williamson's elbow is playing up again and Latham will captain. Santner is also injured, while one or two of the seamers (prob Southee/Wagner) might be rotated out for Boult and Henry. Young and Ajaz will be the batting and spinning replacements. 

    Intriguing deciding test ahead!

  5. Looks like US-Canada travel will soon be permitted (almost) quarantine-free for vacced travellers.

    I'm fine with that, provided the various Governments ramp up testing capacity at the land borders and airports. The current testing infrastructure won't be able to keep up if they let people travel in larger numbers. When I arrived at Pearson in April there were maybe a dozen testing booths. That's not going to work when multiple crowded flights land...

    ETA: Should have said all int'l travel; not just US.

  6. 5 hours ago, TheLastWolf said:

    Another Indian origin non Indian player!? Not surprising much, since we in India have only cricket talent. Nice colonial conspiracy, effectively eliminating possible competition in other sports from such a large population, establishing a huge market for the sport, broadcasting, sponsorship, advertising whatnot 

    Some commentators I was listening to recently were reminiscing about the 94-95 summer, when Australia felt that England and Zimbabwe were too weak, so chose to field an Australia A team in the main one-day tournament. 

    How long before India needs to do something similar?

    ETA: If we assume that, in the long-term, population = cricket success, then the rankings will one day look like:

    1. India
    2. Pakistan
    3. Bangladesh
    4. South Africa
    5. England 
    6. Afghanistan
    7. Aus
    8. Sri Lanka
    9. Zim
    10. NZ/Ireland (couldn't find a definitive answer on population - they are close!)

  7. Is Weir accessible to science-hopeless types?

    I finished a few things in the last month or so:

    • The Mirror and the Light:  A strong conclusion overall to a beloved series. With the Boleyns out of the picture, I didn't find this final instalment as engrossing as its predecessors. But the prose was easier to read and it's still a masterpiece. Mantel's Cromwell is one amazing character.
    • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Finally got around to reading this sci-fi classic. There were a couple of plot developments that weirded me out, but the world-building is incredible and I liked the philosophical elements.
    • Mansfield Park: My second-to last book to read in Austen's main canon. I didn't enjoy the pacing of this one compared to her more well-known works, but it was still incredible. Amazing characters (both good and evil) and many memorable lines as always (“We do not look in great cities for our best morality.”)

    I think going to read Call Me By Your Name next. And perhaps Obama's autobio. 

  8. On 6/1/2021 at 8:02 PM, Fragile Bird said:

    We're just slightly above the US rate now, even without 40% of the country being fully vaccinated.

    Yeah this is what I'm most happy about. We should be able to kill our curve much quicker than the US given that lockdowns have helped us get back on track, even with a small number of people fully vacced. 

    Bring on the second doses now. 

  9. 36 minutes ago, TheLastWolf said:

    Wait a minute for 5! Double hundred on debut test!? Conway late recognized talent. Never too late though. 

    I don't think he was overly late in being recognized - it's just the way things are for some migrant players. He only became eligible to play for NZ in August 2020. 

    And let's not forget that Wagner, Watling and de Grandhomme were all born in SA or Zim, but I think they all migrated to NZ much earlier than Conway. 

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