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  • #3809
    Daylight
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    Anybody else looking forward to Thursdays first test? I think it may have come 12 months too late but am optimistic we have a good team on a sharp upward curve (England obviously), whether they are close enough to Australia at present maybe a step to far but a 2-2 looks a real possiblity. Shame the first test is at Lord’s as it has always been a happy hunting ground for Australia.

    First hour on Thursday should set the tone for the whole series – Fingers crossed for some exciting and rough action!

    #89060
    Grey Desire
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    I think we’ll win a test but no more.<br>With the weather likely to affect things in at least one game I would plump for a 3-1 scoreline to the Aussies.

    #89061
    Daylight
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    Great start on the first morning with Australia winning the toss & choosing to bat, dinner 97-5

    #89062
    Grey Desire
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    17 wickets on day one,safe to say this one won’t be a draw!!

    #89063
    Daylight
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    8 drpped catches was significant and the fact no England top order player managed to play themselves in. If they want to be competative against the Aussies they must play to their level (the highest) which we know we can do. Still think 2-2 has a chance though as I’m sure the nerves are less once you are chasing a game!

    #89064
    Daylight
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    What an excellent series it was the best one I have ever witnessed, I was almost expecting a last ball match but we held out comfortably in the end. Great to see so much interest from people not usually interested in this great game.

    I was in a win – win situation on the last morning of the test as it was on a knife edge as I was willing England on I new it wouldn’t be the end of the world if we lost as I was sitting on a 2-2 result.

    Only downside is Channel 4 has now lost the coverage to Sky and it should be remembered that Ch4 have done a brilliant job in inovating exciting new features to cricket. I know the cricket interfered with racing but all in all I think they done a brilliant job and I’m sad to see it leave Ch4.

    #89065
    graysonscolumn
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    Absolutely, DL. It will at least solve C4’s headaches where the clashes of cricket and racing are concerned on a Saturday afternoon, but with interest in the sport probably at a 20-year high following this series, letting coverage go looks an even worse decision now than at the start of the summer.

    Jeremy<br>(graysonscolumn)<br>

    The patron saint of lower-grade fare. A gently critical friend of point-to-pointing. Kindness is a political act.

    #89066
    Andrew Hughes
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    "You only sing when you’re winning!" is a football chant and has no place in cricket.

    As someone who has watched England stumble from embarrassment to disaster to comedy over the last twenty-odd years, the defeat in Pakistan has made no difference to my loving the game.

    If a few thousand fairweather followers lose interest after the end of the Ashes, so be it. I love cricket, whoever is playing and the only thing that grated during the Ashes was the trumped up nationalism that belongs in a football stadium. Congratulations to Pakistan – they have an exciting new team.

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    Andrew Hughes
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    I would suggest that any Englishman who tried to suggest that we were in any way superior in any sport would be so far out of touch with reality as to be certifiable.

    Hence the default setting for an Englishman should be modesty. Anything else is just silly, frankly

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