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Cricket 40: Paines in the Ashes

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Well? What next once Ind Aus, Border Gavaskar gets over? 

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I always wonder what our non-cricket-loving Entertainment forumgoers think when they read our thread titles...

Imagine what they'd think of "Smith the Crease Scratcher" :P.

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I’d have gone with “Reversion to the mean”.

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4 hours ago, Paxter said:

I always wonder what our non-cricket-loving Entertainment forumgoers think when they read our thread titles...

Imagine what they'd think of "Smith the Crease Scratcher" :P.

:lol: holy shit 

 

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5 hours ago, Paxter said:

Haha.

A less original one: “Australia is (still) a Paine in the arse.”

How about " The Aussies' Paine in the 'Ash'..." 

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Not buying into the Smith crease thing. I doubt anyone would've cared if things didn't get heated on that last day. People are just trying to pile on the pressure (which is fair enough).

Even if there was malicious intent behind it, how is it cheating? Petty, sure, but cheating? Fuck off.

Edit: Also, considering how well behaved Warner has been, he is clearly our next captain candidate! If only to piss off all the boarders :lol:

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Yes, the Smith “incident” was nothing. Good luck trying to erase the guard trenches on an Australian pitch made of granite. Not going to happen.

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Agreed. It clearly didn't bother the Indian batsmen and it wouldn't surprise me if that's something Smith had a nervous habit of doing. He has about 22 others.

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It amazes me that anyone can even find a guard after 3rd day. That whole area looks absolutely butchered. Its amazing how everyone's leg/middle guard is different :lol:

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A few comments on England's team/selection for this first test match:

  • It looks like one J Bairstow is going to get another run in test cricket as a specialist batsman, in that cursed #3 slot. I know there is a lot of love for Jonny, but I'm sorry, an average of 34 over 70 matches doesn't cut it for me. He is 'keeper or not in the side. (No doubt he will get a century at Galle now). 
  • I know he's probably not going to play, but Foakes should be in the team and 'keeping. Buttler should just be playing as a batsman in these conditions, where you are going to be up to the stumps for a lot of the day. Foakes was man of the series in 2018...
  • It's a real shame Mo can't play, though I'm looking forward to seeing what Leach can do. And no Pope or Stokes either. 

ETA: As for Sri Lanka...the return of Mathews and Chandimal is a big boost. Hard to pick a winner in this series. 

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I'm officially changing the title from Limping towards a new normal, just like Injury prone India to Paines in the Ashes 

Hope everyone's okay with it 

And, Thank you, 

@Paxter

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Feel sorry for Pucovski. That guy cannot catch a break.

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Yep, it's a wounded battlefield on both sides. India still much worse off though. If Bumrah is out, every pace bowler they field will essentially be a debutant in this series.

 

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Damn. I knew that I probably wasn't going to be able to see much of this match, but I didn't think it was going to zip by like that!

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1 hour ago, Paxter said:

That Jonny...a natural number three!

Absolutely. Right up until the next time he gets bowled playing a big drive! I don’t think the rest of the team like him much, so he’ll probably be out of the team altogether again before long.

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So that went badly wrong for Sri Lanka then.

A couple of my neighbours were meant to be going to Sri Lanka for the Galle test last year before it was cancelled. They were gutted when it was called off. It does look a great place to go to watch some cricket.

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4 hours ago, ljkeane said:

So that went badly wrong for Sri Lanka then.

A couple of my neighbours were meant to be going to Sri Lanka for the Galle test last year before it was cancelled. They were gutted when it was called off. It does look a great place to go to watch some cricket.

Did you see the story about the England supporter who arrived for last year’s cancelled series and just decided to stay for the next one? If only.

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