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Thread: The 3rd Ashes Test

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    I wanted Leach in at 9 because I like his solid technique and he’s as much the hero as Stokes.

    That Stokes innings at least matches Botham’s in 81 for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild View Post
    Extraordinary victory by England!!!!!! I think Stokes may just have eclipsed Botham of 1981?
    Absolutely unbelievable! We needed 88 to win with only Stokes and Leach remaining, the quality of Stokes and the intelligence in which he played was truely unbelievable, what a warrior. I thought the World Cup final win over NZ was breathtaking but for me this eclipsed it.

    His celebration at the end after hitting that winning four was Stuart Pearce-esq!

    Keep a thought for Leach aswell, fair play Jack lad!

    Amazing, absolutely amazing.

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    If Stokes doesn’t win Sport Personality Of The Year I’ll wear my wife’s knickers to a match!

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    Reading all the posts on this subject, I think that there is a lot of egg on face tonight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TipperaryBaggie View Post
    Reading all the posts on this subject, I think that there is a lot of egg on face tonight!
    I don't think so Tipp....I really don't.....

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    Can't see the logic there Dub. We are 'shyte, rubbish, worse batting team' etc yet we beat the Aussies. What does that make them I ask?

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    It was an extraordinary victory but why did the umpire turn down that last lbw appeal, it was as 'nailed on' as you can get. If the Aussies hadn't wasted a review when it obviously wasn't out they would have been able to review that one and won the Ashes. That's what happens when panic sets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leicesterbaggie View Post
    It was an extraordinary victory but why did the umpire turn down that last lbw appeal, it was as 'nailed on' as you can get. If the Aussies hadn't wasted a review when it obviously wasn't out they would have been able to review that one and won the Ashes. That's what happens when panic sets in.
    Fortune did favour us in the Aussies using up that last review, but isn’t that sport all over LB? On another day Lowe wouldn’t have fumbled the ball and run Leach out, as you say panic set in, then Stokes was dropped, albeit one hell of a stretch but still catchable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TipperaryBaggie View Post
    Reading all the posts on this subject, I think that there is a lot of egg on face tonight!
    It’s so easy to be smug after the event so well done for that.....a first class effort.

    Listen to what Bob Willis had to say......he was absolutely scathing about our batting as were our written press and rightly so.

    Listen to Stuart Broad today.....he said he apologised to the rest of the team after the Aussies first innings because of the bowling effort,he said 120 or less was what we should’ve got them out for rather than nearly 60 more!

    He was also forthright about the pitiful batting.

    Today was a once in 38 years miracle,it’s only happened twice in my lifetime and I’ll be knocking 100 before I’ll witness it again.

    There were still awful shots today by Bairstow,Root,Archer.......all of which were completely uncalled for in the circumstances.

    If we don’t improve and get first innings runs in the next two matches we will not win The Ashes........end of!

    Great stuff today though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TipperaryBaggie View Post
    Reading all the posts on this subject, I think that there is a lot of egg on face tonight!
    And crumbs from loads of humble pie, it's funny how most posters change midstream isn't it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickd1961 View Post
    If Stokes doesn’t win Sport Personality Of The Year I’ll wear my wife’s knickers to a match!
    With suspenders and fishnet stockings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickd1961 View Post
    At 136-2 I was seriously p e e d off,it should never have got to that........if we’d been more disciplined they’d have struggled to get 120.

    These Ashes depend on Friday’s first innings for us I believe.

    I don’t expect we’ll get more than 230-250 but if we could get 300-350 I think we’d not only win this match but also win the series.

    Just as well for them that Anderson has been missing because with him and Archer and Broad we would’ve destroyed them.
    Doubt if Jimmy will play Test Cricket this year Mick, my grandson played against him in a second eleven 3 day match he bowled eleven overs but didn't finish the match,grandson put him away for a four through extra cover, but have to say Jimmy looked gentle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlordmurphy View Post
    And crumbs from loads of humble pie, it's funny how most posters change midstream isn't it.
    Murph what price could you have got on England to win ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TipperaryBaggie View Post
    Can't see the logic there Dub. We are 'shyte, rubbish, worse batting team' etc yet we beat the Aussies. What does that make them I ask?
    I would think there is a systemic problem in English cricket that really cant be papered over by one good days batting in one test.
    It was exciting to watch....no question about that....but I would not think too many involved in the game think it is in a good place...I am talking test now...not the other versions of the game.
    But just my view of it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlordmurphy View Post
    Doubt if Jimmy will play Test Cricket this year Mick, my grandson played against him in a second eleven 3 day match he bowled eleven overs but didn't finish the match,grandson put him away for a four through extra cover, but have to say Jimmy looked gentle.
    Yeah......I’m sure our greatest ever bowler was cranking it up to 85mph against an age group team of teenagers!

    I’d suggest it shows a level of respect from the great man in not making kids look like a bunch of t w a t s and ruining their confidence and that’s the class sort of guy Jimmy is!

    Would you rather he run in at full tilt?

    We all know he doesn’t need to bowl fast GLM.......at 78-82mph he’s still pretty much unplayable so describing him as “gentle” is a strange choice of words as he hasn’t been “fast” for more than five years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickd1961 View Post
    Yeah......I’m sure our greatest ever bowler was cranking it up to 85mph against an age group team of teenagers!

    I’d suggest it shows a level of respect from the great man in not making kids look like a bunch of t w a t s and ruining their confidence and that’s the class sort of guy Jimmy is!

    Would you rather he run in at full tilt?

    We all know he doesn’t need to bowl fast GLM.......at 78-82mph he’s still pretty much unplayable so describing him as “gentle” is a strange choice of words as he hasn’t been “fast” for more than five years now.
    Well he was there to try and prove his fitness which he didn't by not finishing the match, maybe the choice of gentle was a bad choice but preferable to slating him.

    As for 'kids' can I say that the Lancashire side had 7 or 8 first team squad players, two or three of them have played for England and the scores over the three days were Leicestershire 2s 224 and 204/8 dec. The Lancashire 2s replies were 134 and 132/7. Match drawn but a hell of a moral victory for Leicestershire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dubbag View Post
    I would think there is a systemic problem in English cricket that really cant be papered over by one good days batting in one test.
    It was exciting to watch....no question about that....but I would not think too many involved in the game think it is in a good place...I am talking test now...not the other versions of the game.
    But just my view of it...
    The point that I was trying to make Dub is that people are very quick to criticise if things go wrong. Yes, we have a lot to improve upon in all areas but we are still better than most test teams and, of course, World Champions at one day cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny on the spot 1 View Post
    Murph what price could you have got on England to win ?
    I think a lot more than the 500/1 that Lillee and Thompson got in Bob Willis's match. Also at Headingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlordmurphy View Post
    Well he was there to try and prove his fitness which he didn't by not finishing the match, maybe the choice of gentle was a bad choice but preferable to slating him.

    As for 'kids' can I say that the Lancashire side had 7 or 8 first team squad players, two or three of them have played for England and the scores over the three days were Leicestershire 2s 224 and 204/8 dec. The Lancashire 2s replies were 134 and 132/7. Match drawn but a hell of a moral victory for Leicestershire.
    I listen to the experts.

    Reports from that match were that he’d come through it well and if I remember correctly he’d taken at least a couple of wickets.

    I’m nearly 58 and since Anderson’s age I’ve suffered with calf strains a lot so I can give you “chapter and verse” on them.

    I’ve just been forced into a two week rest period due to a nasty little strain on my left one a few weeks back that wasn’t improving with a lighter work load.

    I went out today and did my normal 4 1/2 miles at a careful and reduced pace because to do otherwise is sheer stupidity.

    I’m a million miles away from an elite trainer like Anderson but I can assure you of this.

    1/ As I gradually build this up over the next two weeks I’ll be back to my rather sad best.

    2/ In 10 days from now Anderson would have Leicester stiffs wondering where their next run was coming from and if selected......he’ll be making the Aussies squirm.

    By 4th September it’ll be five weeks since his slight calf strain and with world class rehab and a top class athlete knowing his own body I think we can all feel comfortable that if Anderson is on the pitch he’ll do the business.

    If not him I hope Curran gets the call because Woakes is as much use as my a r s e at present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlordmurphy View Post
    I think a lot more than the 500/1 that Lillee and Thompson got in Bob Willis's match. Also at Headingly.
    It was Lillee and Rod Marsh.

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