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Re: The Cricket Thread
« Reply #2875 on: August 01, 2023, 08:10:39 AM »
A couple of years ago there was a strong rumour that Broad was on the verge of retiring to take up a commentary position with Sky. Given the extended interview/tribute with Broad after close of play tonight I'd be shocked if he's not now joining Sky. He comes across well in interviews and the media work he's done so far and it seems a natural progression for him. It's also 2.5 years to the next Ashes series so there is some logic to the timing.

He already has a deal with Sky. He covers a lot of their coverage of the hundred so I guess he will now become a permanent fixture alongside Nasser, Athers and Butch.

Also gives him some time to dedicate towards his pub.
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Re: The Cricket Thread
« Reply #2876 on: August 15, 2023, 12:21:09 PM »
The ECB confirm we will host Zimbabwe for a one off 4 day test match in 2025, location to be confirmed (probably Lord's or the Oval as per usual). Haven't played them since 2003, Anderson's test debut. We stopped playing them due to the political situation over there, which doesn't appear to have really changed (Mugabe has died but has been replaced by one of his right hand men Mnangagwa). I guess thr ECB have realised it wasn't having much impact and they can't keep not playing the smaller nations, although I'd have been more interested in seeing Bangladesh come over here for the first time in years.
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« Reply #2877 on: August 17, 2023, 10:41:21 AM »
World cup side named. Harry Brook and Jofra Archer only being taken as reserves, Brook maybe missing out due to Stokes coming out of retirement. Malan and Livingstone get the 2 middle order spots that were probably still up for grabs. Pleased to see the under rated David Willey get a spot in the bowling line up alongside Wood, Woakes, Rashid, Ali, Curran, Topley and new boy Gus Atkinson.

Atkinson has recently emerged and can bowl at 95mph top speed. He is in consideration for a test spot next year, which is welcome given Broad's retirement, Anderson's fading form and Archer, Mahmood and Stone's injuries.

Atkinson is also in the twenty twenty side to face New Zealand. He will be joined by the exciting Luke Wood who has looked good in the hundred, the long term replacement to David Willey, plus South African born John Turner and Josh Tongue, not to forget Rehan Ahmed.

Surprised to see Luke Wright is now the national selector.
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Re: The Cricket Thread
« Reply #2878 on: November 08, 2023, 11:28:48 AM »
Not sure whether anyone else here follows cricket, or have been watching our pitiful defence of the One Day International trophy, but it has been an utter embarrassment.

We are currently limping along in our penultimate game against the Netherlands as we seek to avoid finishing bottom. We may well win this one as the opposition are so poor, but root (no pun intended) and branch change is needed to the One Day side after this tournament.

The likes of Sam Hain who is the best 50 over player in the world still not being selected has to end.

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« Reply #2879 on: November 08, 2023, 05:11:56 PM »
Yes it's been an abject display by England in this tournament...it's not just the losing but the failure to compete in a lot of the games. There must have been something going on in the camp. There was also the very strangely timed announcement of the next player contracts during this tournament with David Willey the only player not to get any contract.
Players have massively underperformed. It's as though they've forgotten how to think the game through and just rely on the full guns blazing approach at all times.
As for the call for major changes, maybe but they've just given contracts to the vast majority of these players so there's unlikely to be a major cull in the near future.

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Re: The Cricket Thread
« Reply #2880 on: November 09, 2023, 08:07:10 AM »
The contracts don’t make much sense to me because if you review this squad then how many make the next World Cup?

Bairstow, Malan, Root, Stokes, Ali, Woakes, Wood, Wiley, Rashid to name but a few will not be there.

The timing of them - during a World Cup - was pathetic. David Wiley has already commented on how angry, upset and disappointed it’s made him feel during the tournament. You will not play good cricket in those conditions.
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Re: The Cricket Thread
« Reply #2881 on: November 09, 2023, 08:09:52 AM »
Mildly surprised to read nothing of yesterday's win :-X .
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Re: The Cricket Thread
« Reply #2882 on: November 11, 2023, 02:49:10 PM »
It's been such a disappointment after the excitement of the last World Cup. It's been quite odd to watch us just suddenly unravel
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