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I've two reports to write.
The chances of that are extremely low after 11am.
I'm watching cricket on Sky and posting on DiS. This has been my ultimate dream for two years now.
I'm fearing the worst today.
but I couldn't be bothered!
I've acquired some extra reading on the Pitt report though..
the entire transactional base of one of the country's biggest football clubs.
I will be pressing F5 on BBC all day long. I hope Dirs is back. I love him so much I even added him on facebook
Some of the later 'commentators' tend to be a bit too 'wacky'
It will be a truer test of England's progress since last year...I'm going for 2-1 England overall.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how 'back' he is this series.
England doing OK but not amazingly in tests recently, South Africa doing well...but then SA have been on the subcontinent, against completely different bowling attacks, on low slow wickets... 2-1 England I'm gonna say, optimistic for a change
I want to see contributions.
I love Chef but he is a classic England make start, get out batsman at the minute, and I demand this changes. He is beautiful though. Can I be Alistar Cook?
I don't think this will be much different. I think rain could be England's best player.
the ICC committee he was on about that?
him and Boycs are brilliant commentators. Militantly old school, happy to lay into anybody, they're ace. There's something great about him taking the piss out of Athers too.
for your opinion :p
and you're only bitter because the truth hurts!
now shut up.
about having to miss this today. That said, I'm not full of confidence for England.
Michael Atherton is king of cricket columnists.
Sri Lanka test/ODIs next year to be 'moved or scraped' due to IPL. Gay.
We should be 45-0 at the end of the day.
just the comedy value of Jonathan Agnew trying to convince Shaun Pollock to eat lots of food, i can't explain why, it just gives me the lolz
at work :(
I'm a bloody researcher, I need to watch/listen to crap. I couldn't even listen to PMQs yesterday to laugh at William Hague's hiLOLZrious gagz.
about our chances. I don't think the SA attack is as good as everyone seems to be making out. Without Pollock they lack an element of control. Ntini and Steyn bowl enough four-balls inbetween the good ones so that if they're patient enough and their technique holds up, we should prosper. Morkel/Harris/Kallis should be reasonably decent pickings for our talented if somewhat inconsistant middle order.
however inconsistent Ntini and Morkel can be, we've got Anderson to make up for it and I can't see any of our bowlers ripping through them. Except Anderson.
or 'bigging up' James here? I can't tell anymore.
'here are some balls for you to hit for four' Anderson. Bigging up 'I'm getting a wicket every four balls' Anderson. I'm convinced there are two of them and they're both too lazy to play full-time.
we won't murder them by any stretch of the imagination, but they're batting line up isn't all that much stronger than ours. Kallis could be the difference, but he isn't going to tear us apart and Monty could prove a test for him.
He's like the evil Nasser Hussain is Jacques.
There's been a few there. Are you talking about the 1981 Ashes? Tell you what, you may just be right.
but i was actually talking about the next test. i'm going to the 4th days play.
Good. I'm there on Sunday.
the days we used to come out and take the game to the bowling attack, though? We very rarely seem to get out of second gear these days.
at the moment though. Kevin is there to do that. Maybe one day Andrew Flintoff will be again. But probably not.
for well over a year. I think the problem is it's very hard to shift the momentum of an innings once it's been set at 2-3. Which is where I think we miss Trescothick more than anywhere else.
equal opportunities for mentals department?
I don't really want to have to scan through all the crap you've just written, purely to find out WHO THE FUCK IS BOWLING. USE THEIR PROPER NAMES. Or at least stick with one or two.
FTW. The BBC clowns need shooting.
but it's blocked at work :(
Guardian OBO is by far and away the best live update, i thought everyone knew this by now
Fuck right off! I don't want to hear about your tracksuit you moron, tell us what's happening.
it's normally Andy Bull or Lawrence Booth, both of which are very good, especially Booth
it's better than bbc, so i'll switch (I can get this at work)
but it's not as good as cricinfo's ball by ball.
as in cheese?
The pace bowlers looked impotent.
who cares if they can make babies or not.
Or rather, how familiar is he with the LBW rules?
to seeing that on the highlights.
Still, we all make mistakes...that wasn't particularly marginal for my money, but it's done now.
here we go...
do we have the most schizo team in the world? especially with Nel/Gunther not playing
what's he doing, lol. he must have been really bored by Strauss and Cook.
Michael Vaughan getting comprehensively bowled in single figures and doing his 'oooh' face? Again?
but he seems to use that excuse every time it happens and in the end, swinging or not, you should be able to get bat on a ball pitched right in front of you.
rather than a great ball if you see what I mean. SA have obviously realised that Michael Vaughan has his feet set in concrete for the first 20 minutes of his innings and bowled to him accordingly.
and you're saying pretty much the same as me.
i would say at least Vaughan tends to get out to good balls. At least when he's got less than 20.
I just got in and saw it.
"I am getting so bored of that bemused look that Vaughan gives every time" gripes Dan Curtis "he gets out to a straight ball. That "ooooh, must have been a good'n" look. Increasingly, he reminds me of a guy I played cricket with at Uni, who played textbook straight bat shots to every ball, taken straight from a coaching manual, except he missed more than he hit. And everytime you bowled him (often) he'd pull that face, tell himself it was a good'n, and never score a damn run."
from the guardian website.
I'm watching it live. It was hardly an unusual bit of analysis. He does do it every time. Are you watching? If not, I bet you can still picture it.
i just wanted to say that. He does do it a fair amount, but i think he's a fairly straight forward chap - he looks pissed with himself when he pulls a ball down deep sqaure legs throat, and i think most batsmen see themselves as having been bwoled a jaffa when they're out for 7 or less.
Plus as I said, he does seem to get a lot of awesome deliveries. He's a target, mebbe that's why? I dunno. Anyway. C'mon Belly!
Don't know what you're looking at!
bell's taken to feeding him in the manner of a creepy accountant from the midlands passing his wife pie.
either that or a jessy. Let the guy who's spanking the ball about go on strike, I'll have a front row perch on my bat from 20 yards away.
have managed to top the midweek averages all season :)
and a key part of why these two bat so well together. bell takes the heat as KP play's himself in, and when the firewroks are ready to go off it's bell who lights the blue touch paper.
i just don't want to see him get out cheaply again.
at David Lloyd describing Jacques Kallis as 'enormous'. He's got a point, to be fair.
to tour England next year. That'll be good preparation for the Ashes then.
Mind you, playing Bangladesh didn't cause too many problems last time.