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  1. The Winged Shadow

    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    Really? I have only CH9 but everyone lauded that duel. Overall the coverage of that Archer spell v Smith has been pretty good I thought. Everyone is praising Archer (through gritted teeth of course!) and Smith (naturally!). They are however making a stink about the fact that he got booed when he got out, which I think is super hypocritical as I think Aussies fans would be just as bad if not worse if this happened here at Aus and it was an England top player (Root, Stokes, Broad specially). I think they are sneakily trying to get back on the high horse
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    The Aussie top three has been pretty awful. I feel that Warner will come good eventually, but a part of me think it's just my bias based on his previous track record rather that where he is at now. It could very well be the start of his final dip (from test anyway) because at no point was he convincing. None the less, in my mind, the likelihood of him turning things around is higher than a newbie coming in and standing up to the likes of Archer and Anderson. Bancroft have been fairly average as well but he has a bit of grit about him which is suited to test cricket. He atleast seems to show a bit of fight before getting knocked over. Not sure what other options Aussies have, but I am guessing it would be either Harris or Burns. Neither are banging down the door though. Burns is more likely as he is a righty (and Langer does seem to be obsessed with the whole left right combo bullshit). Khawaja dissapoints me the most. I think Australia has shown him enough patience but he never became someone the team can rely on. But its hard to drop someone averaging 40s when the rest of the team is so inexperienced and aren't necessarily better. I think Marnus is a shoe in after that effort. England definitely in the driving seat now, despite being 1 down. Crazy series!
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    Fair enough on the action, I think considering what happened at WC that is probably the likeliest explanation because he isn't actually bowling at mid 90s today like he was against Smith.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    It's like Aussies forgot how to face bouncers. I know Archer is quick, but this is the not the first time they've faced express fast bowler. I expect some serious chin music going forward for the Aussies. Edit: A part of me is seriously enjoying watching the Aussies jump around after all the years they did this to other teams
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    I obviously seriously overestimated Australia's ability to bat
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    And then next ball is an absolute killer from Broad!
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    I wonder if Wade and Warner will open and try to make a game of it. Needless to say, Stokes drop has cost Australia dearly.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    To me the line is head injuries as it is lot more tricky and generally fall closer to the life threatening category than something like leg break. edit: I'd be fine if it gets decided by a neutral doctor(s) rather than team doctor if they are worried about teams trying to abuse the system.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    I disagree. Not all injuries are the same so they should not be treated the same.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    It has to be this way. Otherwise no one will go off or will get taken off. You create significant disincentive for the team. I think the rule states it has to be a like for like. I think Aussies have been sneaky in getting Marnus in. Smith is primarily a batter, not allrounder. However, technically Smith has actually bowled this series, so not sure if ICC will allow Marnus to bowl.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    It's hilarious listening to the commentators trying to sell that all the results are still on . It's a dead on draw. It's been on since yesterday. That's not to say it wasn't an interesting contest yesterday. Probably the best day of cricket so far.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    Just stick with the team. Be patient and give them time to absorb their experience and improve. Bit hard ask considering it's the Ashes, but i don't think there are better options that will provide better result. Both Roy and denly will be in a highly motivated state to respond and prove critics wrong.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    I worry more about Roy than Denly. Denly has shown enough that I think he is worth holding on to. I feel like it will be easier to fix his weakness (chasing those wide balls, patience) than it is to drop him and go get another average player who will have the same issues and we will be back to this conversation again. I never rated Vince, but thought Malan was worth hanging onto as I agree that his mentality seemed to suit test cricket and would've paid off with a bit of patience. Pretty hard to find those players these days. edit: Also Bairstow needs to bat higher. He is too good to be that low, specially as there aren't anyone better in the batting stock.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    No reason for Australia to push for a win. Langer certainly won't as he seems a bit conservative and happy to think about the larger picture as a draw helps Australia significantly more than it does England.
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    Cricket 36: Ashes to Ashes, Warner to Dust...

    Yeah definitely didn't look composed since coming back.
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