The Cricket Thread 2019

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They're really good at slapping a bit of drama on it. A whitewash looking all but certain, far too many runs to get at the tail end.

Not sure this keeping the ashes if you won it last time and a draw is much good, maybe they should play a super inning or something if the series is tied. It'd keep the series going as a spectacle for an extra game.
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Great time to be a cricket fan :)

Unbelievable scenes today.
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I do retain a fondness for test cricket, despite the contemporary trend for limited overs, rapid-pace, big swinging cricket. There’s something quite interesting/different about the attitude required to be a test batsman.. to target duration at the crease over a big(quick) score.
But equally, a pitch that offers the bowlers something, allowing a team to be bowled out for <120 overs is probably the way forward, so that test matches end with a result, rather than an unfinished draw after 5 full days.
I know that Headingley is well known for getting a result inside the 5 days, so perhaps this wasn’t reflective of the matches/pitches remaining. But this last few days was an exceptionally good advert for test cricket. It certainly makes me day-dream about going out and bowling a short-spell of medium pace, with in-swing... and I haven’t bowled in 20+ years.
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jockosjungle wrote:You've got to hand it to England, they can really give you a bit of hope before dashing it almost straight away.
And again....130-2 with Root looking like he is going well then suddenly 207-7.

Mitchell Marsh who I don’t think is a great test bowler has just bowled 8 overs, 3 maidens 3 wickets for 17 runs.....if that was Pattison on Starc yeah ok but Marsh. England really need to learn how to bat in red ball cricket again. Laughable how bad they are at the minute :(:mad:
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Decent recovery at the end but middle order pap again. Batting is really poor generally. Root had 3 lives before he’d gone far past 30!

Still, I’m going for next 2 days so will cheer the chumps on :)
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I've got tickets for Monday, not convinced I'm going to see any play...
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2 great days. Good start today, just need to get the run scoring freak out now.
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Anyone watching any of The Hundred at the minute?
I’ve read a lot of negative comments about it (especially on the BBC HYS Boards) but I’ve been enjoying it and it’s nice to have some cricket on free to view TV too.
I’m not so keen on the graphics and umpires holding up a card after every 5 balls but there has been some great finishes. You can see the women’s game has a way to go to compete with the men’s, but again some close finishes and good skills on show, all got to be good for the game IMO.
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I've watched what I can and I think it's been very good. I think a lot of the naysayers have realised that the format has worked and are too proud to admit they might have been wrong. Getting cricket back on terrestrial TV in a format that is appealing to almost everyone surely can't be a bad thing? I do kind of agree with many of the naysayers that say The Hundred is not needed as T20 already exists but the problem is that T20, like all formats of cricket, can be ground to a halt by the captains and bowlers. The Hundred has clearly been created to counteract this problem by having time penalties as part of the rules. These time penalties have worked very well as it punishes slow over rates and keeps the tempo of the game up which has lead to most games having exciting finishes. I think that these time rules will have to eventually be adopted in T20 and ODI formats. As for the Women's game, this will surely be a positive step. With the extra visibility, more girls will get into cricket which will keep improving the standard being played which should lead to better attendances and eventually lead to more funding.
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Glad someone else thinks it’s ok too. I know a few non cricket people who have enjoyed it too. That’s a good idea about time limits on the T20 too, perhaps actually losing a fielder from the field rather than bringing one in from the boundary could make it interesting?
I think too many of the pitches have been a bit too bowler friendly. With a more balanced pitch I don’t suppose 200 is out of reach for some teams.
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