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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 14070
    The English bowling attack worries me a bit - All to predictable - Especially when you look at the bowling attack of the other teams - We are almost 'to easy to read' - Not enough flair, mystery or guile at times
    There's not much mystery or guile to the West Indies attack but people seem to be praising them to bits.

    With the weather as it is, you don't necessarily have to have 15 flavours of flare and guile. The ball will do enough and we have two capable spinners. 

    And Archer's banged down a 95mph delivery in bloody Cardiff. If you can get that sort of pace on that shithouse wicket, roll on some quicker wickets please. 
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  • SouthpawMarkSouthpawMark Frets: 615
    The Bangles are really enjoying facing Archer. 
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    Decent win for England yesterday, not the best bowling performance and a couple of mistakes in the field, but a win with a good solid batting total.

    Good match today: Aus vs India.


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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    edited June 9
    India 292-2 with 6 overs to go, Aussie bowlers struggling against the supreme India batting openers, they look in great nick.

    The Oval is a sea of blue shirts, drumming, chanting and singing from the rampant India fans, looks a terrific atmosphere.


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  • NiteflyNitefly Frets: 2644
    Fifth incidence in this tournament (!) of stumps being hit but bails not falling!  WTF?

    Did anyone bring the petits-fours?
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  • cj73cj73 Frets: 775
    never mind that.  Who was playing Alright Now on the bat guitar?  I only caught a glimpse earlier
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  • SouthpawMarkSouthpawMark Frets: 615
    Not enough boos for Steve Smith. Disappointing. 

    No chance of the criminals winning this match. 
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    Nitefly said:
    Fifth incidence in this tournament (!) of stumps being hit but bails not falling!  WTF?

    I know, not right is it?


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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797

    cj73 said:
    never mind that.  Who was playing Alright Now on the bat guitar?  I only caught a glimpse earlier
    They seem to have a live guitar player at all matches, I can't find out much about this though, I did see the cricket bat Telecaster on the Sky Sports coverage though, they showed Mick Jagger & Charlie Watts in the stand at The Oval watching and he played 'Satisfaction' at the next break! 


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  • StuckfastStuckfast Frets: 591
    What on earth was David Warner on today? He single-handedly lost that match for the Aussies (although shit bowling from Zampa and Starc didn't help).
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 5757
    I think the weather may have a significant part to play in some matches in the next week.

    Of course, it won't bother Warner and Smith, they like it wet and dry.
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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 14070

    The bowling is the Aussie trump card, no question, and it revolves around the opening attack. Decent spin options, some alright first change seamers. 

    The batting is not solid though. They were 38 for 4, 79 for 5, and 147 for 6, and then got bailed out by a guy hitting his highest score in any form of cricket. Warner and Smith are the big guns, everyone else is a bit erratic. Glenn Maxwell may or may not fire, and you're just waiting for Shaun Marsh to come back into the side yet again... 

    Of that Aussie top six, who would get into the current England side and replacing whom? Roy and JYB beat the Aussie openers, Root beats Khawaja, Buttler versus Smith at 4 is surely a draw, Morgan beats Maxwell at 5, Stokes over Stoinis... 

    The Aussies might just hold the edge over us with the ball but with the bat we're ahead. 

    What this guy said. Right down to Shaun Marsh being back in the side for the Pakistan match. 
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1947
    Pakistan seem to out Pakistan in today's match.  One moment they look hopeless, then like a light switch they seem to be fantastic once again.  

    Enigmas.

    IMO, cricket needs Pakistan to be as good as possible as they do make the game more interesting. 
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  • sixstringsuppliessixstringsupplies Frets: 156
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    Damn Australia look good. Think England will smash them though....
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    edited June 12
    Damn Australia look good. Think England will smash them though....
    We'll find out on 25th June, I'm not so confident, I think Australia may undo England with their bowling.

    New Zealand vs India will be good tomorrow, NZ get to face some stiffer opposition and we'll get to see how big their balls really are. Some light rain forecast at Nottingham but should be plenty of overs played.


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  • sixstringsuppliessixstringsupplies Frets: 156
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    Damn Australia look good. Think England will smash them though....
    We'll find out on 25th June, I'm not so confident, I think Australia may undo England with their bowling.

    New Zealand vs India will be good tomorrow, NZ get to face some stiffer opposition and we'll get to see how big their balls really are. Some light rain forecast at Nottingham but should be plenty of overs played.
    Yep the Aussie bowling attack is fantastic and *maybe* the all bashing England batsman will be cocky and throw their wickets away against Starc et al.

    i think they’ll be fine though. Looking forward to it. Their batting’s ends at 6 pretty much as demonstrated again today. Get rid of Warner and Smith, not much left, although Finch has an incredible record against England. 

    Would love to see NZ beat India. There’s a slight arrogance to India (their fans mainly on social media). I’m ashamed to admit I wanted Australia to best India the other day! Never again! 

    have to say the weather aside I’m really enjoying the World Cup so far. 

    They were talking about the weather on talksport yesterday. Apparently there is no reserve day for the final itself, meaning if it is rained off, the world cup is shared!? 
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  • guitars4youguitars4you Frets: 5836
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    They were talking about the weather on talksport yesterday. Apparently there is no reserve day for the final itself, meaning if it is rained off, the world cup is shared!? 
    what about if it rains during the semis and NR - Do both teams go to the final and pick a mixed team - Or a reserve date available
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 5757
    I imagine they'd have a bowl-out in an indoor net.
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  • sixstringsuppliessixstringsupplies Frets: 156
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    They were talking about the weather on talksport yesterday. Apparently there is no reserve day for the final itself, meaning if it is rained off, the world cup is shared!? 
    what about if it rains during the semis and NR - Do both teams go to the final and pick a mixed team - Or a reserve date available
    Réserve days for both semis. Just not the final itself (apparently) but I can’t find confirmation anywhere. 
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  • StuckfastStuckfast Frets: 591
    Re the Aussie bowling attack, Cummins and Starc are great, but why aren't they playing Nathan Lyon? He's the best finger spinner in the world!

    Not sure that the back-up seamers will hold too many terrors for our batsmen, and they certainly don't have an all rounder in the Ben Stokes or Moeen Ali league.
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    ^Moeen Ali’s batting form is atrocious at the moment. But I’d keep him in the team because he’s the sort of player that will turn it on in style when it matters...in a semi final maybe. Decent bowler though. On current form half the Aussie team is better than Ali! 
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    edited June 14

    Can we have some cricket today please? 7 days of rain here in the east, that's enough.

    Forecast at Southampton is fair with chance of rain dropping significantly as the day goes on. Not sure how effective the drainage is at the Ageas Bowl and I'm sure prep has been tricky but hopefully they can get the pitch ready.  


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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    Game on...


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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 5187
    WIndies not very mobile.  With Gabriel back, they will have 2 or 3 players they need to hide in the field.  Should be a lot of twos on offer for England on a big ground.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    Wi at 202-6 looking below par at the moment, they may struggle to get anywhere near 300 if England keep the bowling sharp and stop dropping catches!


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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    Wi at 202-6 looking below par at the moment, they may struggle to get anywhere near 300 if England keep the bowling sharp and stop dropping catches!

    Scrub that Archer is 2-29 and Wi are now 202-8, they will struggle to get near 230 at this rate


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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 5187
    England might only have 9 batsmen though!
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797
    edited June 14
    crunchman said:
    England might only have 9 batsmen though!


    So I see, 212 should be a breeze...should be, but there's always the good old English collapse never that far away.

    What's wrong with Morgan? has he got the squits? bad pint? 


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  • SouthpawMarkSouthpawMark Frets: 615

    crunchman said:
    England might only have 9 batsmen though!
    Lucky Moeen isn’t playing, or we’d be down to eight. 
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 7797

    crunchman said:
    England might only have 9 batsmen though!
    Lucky Moeen isn’t playing, or we’d be down to eight. 

    LOL!


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