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England Cricket Thread
« on: February 27, 2013, 07:27:15 PM »
3 Match test series:

6-10 March 1st Test, Dunedin

14-18 March 2nd Test, Wellington

22-26 March 3rd Test, Auckland

Been looking forward to this. Expecting us to win all three tests to be honest. We've just beaten them in the Twenty20 and One Day series and I struggle to see them taking twenty wickets to be honest unless they make their pitches with plenty of swing which will then play right into our hands.

First warm up match was today. England ended up making 357-7 with Ian Bell on 127 not out. Joe Root also featured and I would certainly look to giving him a place in the side for the three tests. He's been very impressive of late. Nick Compton also opened the batting and made 21.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2013, 07:29:07 PM »
Also, is this the most beautiful place to play Cricket?

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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2013, 07:37:30 PM »
I love Cricket.I will be hoping to go to Australia for the ashes
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2013, 08:35:44 PM »
I expect us to win this series. I have been impressed so far with Root in the ODIs, he also made a great knock in the last test against India. Compton was steady and made some good starts. If New Zealand were to make the wickets swing a lot that would benefit us with Jimmy Anderson.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 05:54:36 PM »
First test starts tonight on Sky Sports 1.

Programme starts at 8. The game starts at half 9.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 07:08:03 PM »
Also, is this the most beautiful place to play Cricket?


Isn't it just like West Bromwich Dartmouth Cricket Club ;D
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2013, 07:53:10 PM »
New Zealand are a poor test team and we should smash them. Whether we do or not is another question, though.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2013, 03:41:33 PM »
Shame we had no play Yesterday, gopwfully we will have some later on tonight.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2013, 04:09:20 PM »
First test starts tonight on Sky Sports 1.

Programme starts at 8. The game starts at half 9.


Thats an outrageous time to watch cricket :D
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2013, 04:31:33 PM »

Thats an outrageous time to watch cricket :D

Nobody watched any in the end  :D
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2013, 09:32:00 AM »
Finished a draw England batting well in the second inngings both Cook and Compton making centuries. Trott made 50 and so did Steve Finn.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2013, 06:05:12 PM »
Big well done to Steven Finn who batted brilliantly for a Night Watchman, the 2nd longest Night Watchman innings in England's history, the first being Jack Russell (not the dog who posts on here!). We didn't take to the conditions at all, I think the first day's play being a no-show did it but as a top test side we should rise above that. I think the second test should be interesting and hopefully we'll get a full 5 day's play.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2013, 10:24:54 PM »
It says something about the state of the pitch that Steven Finn can go out there and knock a half century, he looked like a rabbit in the headlights but did very well to stifle the days play. It was embarrassing that we can be bowled out for 167 on that pitch but that isn't the first time England have acted sloppily during the first test - as mentioned previously, it's becoming a trend and one Flower will need to eradicate.

Delighted we saved the test but that was a terrible pitch and hopefully the pitch in Wellington proves to be a bit more of a contest between bat and ball.

Also a mention to Nick Compton who very much deserved his maiden test century given the pressure which has been based upon him, hopefully this wasn't a one off and he can replicate that innings throughout the remainder of the series.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2013, 10:48:45 PM »
Quite enjoying the time its on tbh. Watch half the day then straight to sleep!

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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2013, 10:57:10 PM »
In other news, the Australians have dropped four of their players for the third test for breaches of team discipline.

If I heard correctly, I'm pretty sure Steven Finn has scored more runs than Shane Watson in 2013.  :D
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2013, 11:45:01 AM »
It says something about the state of the pitch that Steven Finn can go out there and knock a half century, he looked like a rabbit in the headlights but did very well to stifle the days play. It was embarrassing that we can be bowled out for 167 on that pitch but that isn't the first time England have acted sloppily during the first test - as mentioned previously, it's becoming a trend and one Flower will need to eradicate.

Delighted we saved the test but that was a terrible pitch and hopefully the pitch in Wellington proves to be a bit more of a contest between bat and ball.

Also a mention to Nick Compton who very much deserved his maiden test century given the pressure which has been based upon him, hopefully this wasn't a one off and he can replicate that innings throughout the remainder of the series.

I think Compton does have a lot of pressure on his place as we already have an opener in Joe Root, who for me is looking like he could be a top player. I think Compton is a good test player though and has a good technique and the mental capacity for Test Cricket. I like the fact that the management are looking to bring in players who have had good county seasons, because at the end of the day, all you can do is play against the teams you're playing and if you do well then that's all anyone can ask.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2013, 09:03:49 AM »
Second test starts tonight. Really hope we make a much stronger start to it. Come on England.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2013, 10:23:56 PM »
There's a drought in Wellington. No rain for six weeks. God they're picky  :D

New Zealand won the toss and decided to field.

Captain Cook went early to a poor shot.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2013, 08:05:10 AM »
Compton and Trott both made centuries. England are in a excellent position. Hopefully the middle order can make some big scores and get us to 500.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2013, 07:17:44 PM »
Delighted for Nick Compton. Suddenly looks the part but it shall be interesting to see him against better attacks to see how he copes then. The New Zealand bowling attack are average to be honest on a pitch which appears batsman friendly.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2013, 08:00:04 AM »
An excellent day for England KP and Prior both making good scores, also Steve Finn making 24. Really good end to the day getting New Zealand three down. 
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2013, 09:37:06 AM »
Compton and Trott both made centuries. England are in a excellent position. Hopefully the middle order can make some big scores and get us to 500.


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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2013, 05:05:33 PM »
The top three already has four centuries between them in this series.
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Re: England Cricket Thread
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2013, 09:30:15 AM »
Excellent day for England eight wickets for us. Broad bowled really well. Hopefully we can get one or two early wickets in the morning and really apply the pressure on them
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