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 Ashes
Topic Originator: saltonsgonagetu  
Date:   Tue 7 Dec 16:06

First test between Australia and England starts tonight 00.00 gmt from Brisbane .
England hoping to win in Australia for first time in 10 years

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Jjonjord  
Date:   Wed 8 Dec 09:14

Well, not the first day that England would have hoped for anyway! Will be interesting to see what England can offer in attack without Broad and Anderson.
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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Raymie the Legend  
Date:   Wed 8 Dec 12:51

Burns out first ball of the Ashes. He`ll be in the record books now!




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Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Wed 8 Dec 13:19

It has happened once before I think, Raymie, way back in the 1930s.

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: saltonsgonagetu  
Date:   Wed 8 Dec 16:17

The rain may have just kept England in the game ,if thier bowlers can get them back in the game tonight

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Parboiled  
Date:   Sat 11 Dec 11:13

Well that didn’t last long!
Unfortunately for England, the two batsmen who looked comfortable at close of play yesterday didn’t get time to get back in the groove, a Century for both was in reach.
Jings must have been hot though - Sun was right above them, the players’ shadows could be measured in inches.

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: saltonsgonagetu  
Date:   Fri 17 Dec 20:13

Big day for England in day 3 if the 2nd test, Australia had the best of day 1 and 2 helped by England putting down catches at vital times .
Australia 473-9 Dec England 17-2
Mallan and Root need to have big day even to salvage a draw .

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Jjonjord  
Date:   Tue 28 Dec 10:31

Well, that didn`t take long at all!
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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Tue 28 Dec 12:22

Total Destruction

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Raymie the Legend  
Date:   Tue 28 Dec 19:38

Limited overs cricket means there is a real lack of what is required to play test cricket.

How often do games last 5 days, assuming no rain interruptions ?




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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Tue 28 Dec 20:02

Emphasis on the limited over game seems to be particularly strong in England. I read one comment that, because the County Championship games are played at the start and end of the season, players aren`t used to playing `proper cricket` on pitches in high summer when they most resemble the type of pitches Test matches are played on. I wonder if the broadcasters might get involved. I can`t imagine they like showing one-sided series like the Ashes has been in Australia recently.

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: pars4life1  
Date:   Tue 28 Dec 20:43

Broadcasters in a difficult position, They`ve hyped white ball cricket like hell and have got the viewing figures to justify it. But well fought test matches are still what draws the most interest.

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: ianbd6  
Date:   Wed 29 Dec 06:21

The problem is county cricket is poorly attended. It is limited over cricket that brings in the finance. Each county gets a decent chunk of cash from the ECB from the central pot but limited over cricket is bringing crowds in. I used to go to cricket a lot in the 80s mainly the Sunday league and I started going to the T20 games untill they started moving the start time about. County games get hundreds watching where the limited over games will have thousands at them.
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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Parboiled  
Date:   Wed 29 Dec 10:03

Scrolling through press sports sections every criticism in the alphabet is getting hurled, starting with abysmal, atrocious, appalling…
The biggest humiliation though is some Aussies feeling sorry for them!

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: saltonsgonagetu  
Date:   Thu 6 Jan 15:17

Day 2 of 4th test , Australia 416-8 ,England 13-0 , England on the back foot again , the weather may be England savior .

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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Raymie the Legend  
Date:   Thu 6 Jan 16:34

Before the test started, the draw was the lowest odds, so the weather had been factored in.

Crawley was lucky not to be out for a duck this morning - Starc stepped over the bowling line by an inch and Crawley got a reprieve

England`s openers looked really nervous - They won`t make it to lunch tomorrow




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 Re: Ashes
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Sun 16 Jan 20:28

I think claiming a 4-0 result for Oz is quite harsh for England .. surely it should have been 4 and a half to a half ?

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