2019 Ashes discussion

Sproj

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Our Darius ?
Goodness, yes. How have we missed this comparison before?

Well, this is game with almost two pitches - when it is sunny, nothing for the bowlers at all. As soon as it gets overcast, the ball becomes a bomb.
 

Sproj

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Good bowling by Siddle and Lyon to get us back into the game here. Surprised Patto hasn't come back on vs the tail.
Paine missed another trick with that, his captaincy this test has been appalling.
 

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And it took them like 60 runs into a partnership to realise tailenders don't like bouncers. Really poor captaincy so far.
 

Mister Wright

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Bancroft does nothing opening again. Why was Burns not picked again?
I’ll tell you why, it’s because he’s a favourite of Langer. He is a myth. Nothing more.

Blessing in disguise for Burns. With healthy runs at the start of the season we should see him walk out to bat against Pakistan.
 
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Sproj

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Bancroft does nothing opening again. Why was Burns not picked again?
I have long said I would have picked and stocked with Burns, but given that didn’t happen, the reason for picking Bancroft isn’t that hard to see. In the pre-test match, he batted like Smith has here in that second innings. He won selection in that trial basically.
 

Mister Wright

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I have long said I would have picked and stocked with Burns, but given that didn’t happen, the reason for picking Bancroft isn’t that hard to see. In the pre-test match, he batted like Smith has here in that second innings. He won selection in that trial basically.
It isn’t hard to see why he was selected. He’s a favourite of Langer. Any other player with an average barely touching 30 would not even get a look in. Especially considering a player with an average of 40 and 4 hundreds and a last up score of 180 can’t make it.
 

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Wade deserves a run in the side given his FC form, the same can't be said for Bancroft and Paine. Siddle was good given the conditions, and has bowled extremely well on green decks, but I dno if I'd play him at Lords. Harris would go OK at Lords given Aussie batsmen usually bat well on it compared to other English tracks, but I'd honestly just open with Khawaja and get Marnus in the side due to his County form.

EDIT: I have us as favourites for this test if Root keeps bowling Ali from one end.
 
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Sirlee oldman

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The important question here is what the **** is going on with Stokes hair. Surely we can’t be beaten by a guy who looks like an 18th century monk. Is it really a surprise that he gets into pub fights?
 

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The important question here is what the **** is going on with Stokes hair. Surely we can’t be beaten by a guy who looks like an 18th century monk. Is it really a surprise that he gets into pub fights?
Can’t lose to someone who’s without a soul
 

Sproj

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Smith, he is the best since Bradman, statistically even I'm pretty sure. What a gun!
 

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I mean there’s no way Smith isn’t captain again once the series is over right
 

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One or the other, CA I'm pretty sure banned all 3 players from being available for leadership roles until March 2021.
I never took notice of the fallout really. Just had a quick read and it’ll be 2020, not 2021.
 

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Smith, he is the best since Bradman, statistically even I'm pretty sure. What a gun!
My dad and I had this exact discussion tonight. Dad said that the blight of sandpaper-gate will drop him below Bradman but that fucking kills me. He was in no way personally responsible for that IMHO.

It sucks that team members can **** your career so badly, but I suspect we’ve all experienced this to some degree.
 

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