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from Phil Hughes's Twitter:
"1021: Breaking news via the Twitter feed of Aussie opener Phillip Hughes: "Disappointed not to be on the field with the lads today, will be supporting the guys, it's a BIG test match 4 us." Is this the first time that a team line-up has been revealed via Twitter?
NB George continued to hit the brandy hard for the three days before the wedding. On the morning of the ceremony, he was found face-down asleep by the fire in his private quarters. We've all been there."
Yeah that's right, IAN BELL.
has the pragmatic gambling tactician pulled off another masterstroke? Or lost the plot.
(I'm probably doomed)
this is the people's choice.
Your opening gambit is one word long. This is not what made cricket great. This thread is the Darren Pattinson of cricketing threads.
There ain't a lot to talk about.
than the work of his baroque counterparts."
You remind me of that rebel tour to South Africa back in the 80s. Rebels.
Day 1 start delayed due to overnight rain and edgbaston's retention thereof. Big news breaking though that Phil Hughes has been dropped, with Shane Watson to open the batting. Hughes' axing was revealed via his twitter. Odd decision by the Aussie selectors IMO.
A weather-affected draw looks the likliest outcome of this match.
this one is tediously non-eventful thus far...
But yeah, with the weather looking so unsettled it's going to take a monster of a pitch or some awful batting (hello, Ian Bell) to get a result out of this match. Ricky Ponting must be cursing the English summer.
"no curry tonight...getting over last nights...." http://twitter.com/bumblecricket
"6 groundstaff up all night mopping. Sun shining. Outfield soft. Poss start on time might use extra half hour of sun"
"The Commodore who runs the British military in Gibralter is besotted by TMS. So to is my wonderfully beautiful chauffeur!"
someone must have peed in his tea or something. He's actually bullying Matthew Hayden.
It's amazing. "If you'd batted like me, you'd have got 2 or 3 hundreds in that series"; "dunno what your bowlings like, but I could handle it now wi'me stick o'roobarb"
to see boycott face the current durham attack on an uncovered pitch. how long before he went back and across to one and get hit in the face?
i've been opening all the windows because i thought it was outside.
it was funny because Gower was like a startled headmaster during assembly.
"Er...I suppose we'd best take a break."
So glad i didn't buy a ticket for today.
seems to have moved to somewhere near Mordor. Which is evocative referencing alluding to a mild thunderstorm and some rain. We're kind of near Birmingham. Maybe.
Anyway. Rain sucks. This cricket season sucks rain-wise. I blame it for my hideous average.
I have a reasonably proper job and an annoyingly busy musical schedule. I'm here now. I'd have been here before had Robert Key been selected.
What have I missed?
Your love for Robert Key is admirable.
from me to Rob 4eva
and when you consider i've hit 3 50s, you can imagine how ineffectual i've been for most games!
although I have wickets, much too the clubs amusement.
my captaincy record reads 2 played, 1 won 1 drawn, so thats a plus
My uncle went there today. Oh dear.
but apparently it's still raining and the umpires arent hopeful of any play because the area around the wicket is underwater.
They need to get out there for Bell to get his ton. Let's bat first please.
I don't see why they couldn't have the toss this morning. It's just the flip of a coin, who cares if conditions change and you rue your decision, you have to stick with it you fucking bastard! Aaaaarrrggghhhhh!
Just seems too lightweight at 3-4, I would have stuck Colly in at 4 just to stick some glue in there. Oh well, hopefully it won't matter too much.
Watson opening is an odd one - Hussey would make more sense. He is a good ODI opener though, so I expect he's been told to hit out on the basis that that's how Hughes bats and he can't really do worse than Hughes this series. Funny that he got 4 ducks in 6 first class innings opening though. It means Watson's gonna score 150*, doesn't it?
thus increasing his chances of scoring big. Odd decision though given his record...
against lefties. It'll look pretty stupid if he uproots his off peg first ball.
the only person who looks stupid is the aussie selectors.
unless that's who you meant, in which case fine.
I think Nasser was just theorising tho.
not having a spare opener on tour - poor Phil Jaques. Hadn't thought of the right-hander bit though. Makes a bit more sense put like that. Just a bit though.
of all his wickets, the vast majority are lefties, and of the right handers a good number are tail enders. he does like bowling to the sinister types.
still picking a player just because he's right handed.. it;s damned desperate stuff for a team who prides itself on play the best XI no matter what.
Hopefully this will work out the way it did when we played Ed Smith for a while. Or when Ramps opened the batting.
Brad Haddin somehow broke his finger after the toss was made. He has been replaced with their alternate keeper Graham Manou.
But this is nothing but good newss. Haddin is bloody dangerous, very glad he's not playing!
watson to carry his bat and bell to get 2 ducks.
as the teamsheet had already been handed in. I would love to have seen Ponting had it been refused.
he's absolutely nailed on to score a century in each innings and land 3 stumpings now of course
who is this guy, Billy D?
playing it with his dick!!
what is it with test cricket and dead fucking pitches???? Jesus Christ.
Yes I know the longer the game goes on the more tickets you can sell but test cricket's just gonna die on it's arse if we keep getting draws on slow toothless pitches. JESUS.
I am SO SO bored on hearing the words 'well it looks like quite a slow placid pitch' coming out of commentators at the beginning of a match. I want to see batsmen FEAR FOR THEIR VERY LIVES!
if they finish half a day early then a twenty20 and so on.
should they run some sort of assault course?
or finish up on centre court. There would be lots of boundaries but loads of catches with the close in fielders.
they all have to go indoors and have a thumb war tournament.
all is good in the world again.
England 18/1 Aus 3/1 Draw 2/5
England player to score 100 in 1st innings 4/5?
if not I'll take the 18/1
Has to be a draw for me too, only 2 outcomes really draw or an unlikely Aus win.
at the level they were at tonight (big ask) they could have 500 up pretty early on tomorrow. Gives them the chance to stick us in and have a real pop with no chance of losing. If Johnson hits form they may well have an outside shot of winning it.
Of course its probably going to piss down and the draw would be £4 (pint and a pack of crisps) up for very little risk.
after Switzerland v Ukraine in the World Cup when both sides should be right have been blown up.
Cricketers are trying to hit a much smaller target from 22 yards than a footballer is from 12 yards.
if, just for a change, just to mix it up, they'd take pens from the half way line with no keeper
But yeah, pens from the halfway line is a better comparison in terms of a bowl-out's difficulty, especially when you consider how the best bowlers don't normally try to hit the stumps and that cricket balls seam and bounce. And that stumps are such a small target.
I guess there are regulations which say you have to bowl "properly".
is it being done in a sports hall
I'd never seen that before. That's some seriously inaccurate Lancashire bowling there.
And I'm going to go with 'leisure centre'.
but there is a story about a bowl-off featuring Devon Malcolm when he was playing for Derbyshire.
Apparently he sent down a bouncer,
when you wake up wondering about the weather in birmingham and how a strip of grass is looking.
another day of toil for england i fear - australia on 500 by stumps and looking to declare in the morning session tomorrow.
I'm sure the pitch has been sweating under the covers overnight so there should be *something* in it, at least at first.
had a fiver on him first out at 8/11.
good work onions.
I thought the first one was after the second wicket :)
pitch has pace in it today as well. all good signs.
but they need to bowl them out as close to 200 as possible, because it's going to hardgoing batting on this pitch.
what a surprise. I've probably missed all the wickets for the whole day now.
possibly the worst leave in the history of man by Mike Hussey
How long does it take them to pay out?
Why did I change?
Clarke out next please
I'll settle for Ponting's wicket
he's just not getting it
"Just read Phillip Hughes' Twitter site this morning - 'whole team had a great night out in Birmingham last night - it was 5am when we all got back'."
He doesn't learn does he? After yesterday's twittering you'd think he'd mind what he says...
Darren Bent just got beaten to 'biggest twitter idiot of the day'.
he never said that...unless it's been deleted.
come on people, keep up!
I thought he'd be there all day. How the game has swung...
*big* wicket : )
he has a tendency when things are going well to relax too much and seems to forget that he can't just leave Onions in ALL day.
clarke gone, anderson lbw
If England are still 18/1 then put a tenner on that. I suspect they won't be though.
johnson gets a shiny duck!
that £25 i put on the draw looks a little fragile just now...
we've already lost 6 hours. If you take those off the final day it means we'd have to win by the equivalent of lunch. I can see us losing at least another half day, probably more, so to get a result we're going to have to do it in little more than 3 days.
The best thing about this is that flintoff has been crap (in the sense it shows we've got some other bowlers)
welcome to test cricket
Absolutely destroying them.
However it is slightly tinged with disappointment for me as I chose to get tickets for the thursday not the friday. Dammit!
I wish I was watching right now! Sounds amazing.
“Yeah the rain yesterday has killed this game completely”
“We’ve taken seven wickets in the morning session” – “Ooh they’re not going to like that are they?"
"LOL his name is Graham ONIONS!!!11"
It's more the fact it's said as though they're the first people to have ever found it funny.
Still a draw for me, though they're playing a decent track to force a result out of what will undoubtedly be less than 4 days complete play.
Do I have 18/1 with you then Axis?
and I have to say, it's even more pleasurable than usual.
Even if I am getting called a "pommie bastard" with alarming regularity.
i actually thought my name was 'pommie bastard' for a while.
He did not hold back. Quality stuff.
He wasn't happy was he...
It's been aired before though so not exactly new.
The Warne's description of losing at poker was great.
I was just reading about the Boycott/Hayden spat, which amused me.
and was absolutely no good when they weren't doing well. He said he had no time for him when he would get angry, telling them they weren't fit to wear the baggy green and his motivating methods were rubbish.
Jimmy's got a 5-fer, great stuff.
so you radio listeners and TV watchers are letting me down.
who the fuck is Manou?
Haddin broke finger in the warm up yesterday.
after haddin broke a finger minutes before the start.
(replacement wicket keeper)
may he get many more : )
Also, Jimmy was 7th in the world before this test - he should be 1st by now.
The Ashes battle is hotting up on the airwaves as well as the pitch after a falling out between Matthew Hayden and Geoff Boycott on the opening day at Edgbaston while working for Test Match Special. Hayden, who has joined for the rest of the summer, said Boycott's batting style "emptied cricket grounds" and Boycott promptly stormed out of the commentary box saying "don't need comments like that at my stage." They shook hands later, but the atmosphere is likely to be deliciously frosty
(this is what prompted the question). WHy did Hayden say this? What 'stage' is Boycs at?
From higher up in the thread - "If you'd batted like me, you'd have got 2 or 3 hundreds in that series"; "dunno what your bowlings like, but I could handle it now wi'me stick o'roobarb"
Stage - old.
He shouldn't be riling Aussies at his 'stage'.
and Boycott was being his usual self - telling hayden how the aussie batters should've played. "be more patient can't go for everything, I would've got 1000 runs in that series blah blah". Hayden then pointed out he got a century at the oval, "yeah that cos you played more patiently like I said"
I missed the rest of it but apparently Hayden then called Boycott's batting boring and Geoffrey stormed off!
Geoffrey Boycott must by this 'stage' have realised that his batting is indeed boring?
colleague: YES! NORTH'S OUT!
boss: YES!! Tell you what, if that prick Johnson is out first ball I'm buying a bottle of champagne...
also, giggle at Cricinfo comparing Nathan Hauritz's appearance to the kid from the Sixth Sense.
150/160 all out.
It does seem to have calmed down a bit now. However they were saying it has changed into Headingly of a few years ago: flat for ages, then for seemingly no reason everything becomes unplayable. Let's hope that doesn't happen for a good few sessions!
and now it's time for ian bell. don't let us down mate : )
should make that 10,030 by the end of this test.
Strauss still looking in good form, though. [Cue stupid dismissal]
warne: "see if hauritz pops up a half-tracker for him... gets pulled, hits him right on the melon, cap off a top couple of days for him"
Not afraid to lay into anyone and quite amusing as well. He was pretty good when talking about the wearing of the green caps in the last test.
Also it means that he isn't bowling against us!
but it doesn't send out a great message.
Morning Day 3 Odds (Betfair) lunch day 2 odds in brackets
England 7/2 or 4.7 (3.5)
Aus 9/1 or 9.8 (4.9)
Draw 4/9 or 1.45 (1.95)
not sure whom, but it wasnt bumble
Why would you drive at a swinging ball outside your off stump in the last over before tea? Bell seems OK, but looks certain to be lbw at some point - the way his luck's going, hopefully after a hundred. Prior could be good in this situation, come in and get some momentum going.
but Katich and Ponting are huge wickets. Real chance of forcing a win now.
England have to be agressive early on tomorrow and trust their bowlers to bowl to the field set, ie plenty of slips. Flintoff should not bowl another ball tomorrow and i still can't see why he was this evening especially with the news that Harmison went off injured at Durham. There are still 2 more test go.
he's 50/50 for Headingley
there's going to be a lot of pressure on australia today and if england get two wickets earlyish then it's going to get very interesting. hussey, clarke and watson are the key - the latter can bat all day if needs be and watson will score at some pace regardless of the situation. get two of them out, preferably watson and hussey, and it's game on : )
if australia make it to lunch with at least 5 up it moves further towards the draw
if they post a final session lead of 150 we're chasing in the gloom and I wouldn't back it with this lineup
if we can get a chase that's achievable at 3.5 an over before the end of the day, we'll win
A win for England would be the big favourite. They would only need to get 140 ish, which is a fairly easy target if you have wickets and say 35 ish overs.
Basically if the aussies can hold on until tea, they should get a draw, if not then England should win.
Aus bat purposefully, rack up a 200 lead, England collapse for 130 chasing it.
I can see it you know
not sure about all time worst
Monty Panesar is the only one close to that level of incompetence who has played recently, although he is not near Martin's uselessness.
Also fucking yes, go Jimmy!!
his highest score being a mighty 12 not out. and he shares a name with him off of coldplay.
the cat (tufnell) has to take the english trophy. avg 5.1, 153 runs from 58 innings (29 not out)
honorable mention to aaqib javed, with 101 runs in 27 innings (avg 5.05), not out only 7 times, 8 ducks to his name
But Martin is likely to be remembered more for his clueless batting: he has 23 ducks and did not make a double-figure score until his 36th Test, against Bangladesh, although he did once manage 25 for his former province, Canterbury, sharing a stand of 75 with Chris Harris. His inability to improve his batting has cost Martin the chance to play more ODIs, although he was chosen in the Twenty20 World Championship squad for September 2007 as the coach John Bracewell believed "it is unlikely that his batting will be exposed in Twenty20 cricket".
and they are probably in his favour but Tuffers was definitely a better batsman that Devon Malcolm.
Particularly those sixes off Shane Warne.
huge wicket.. this could get interesting!
but we'll probably fall about 7 or 8 overs short of it. Which I guess is fair enough as the Aussies had the same scenario in the first test, but I want another win Goddamn it...
problem is they have too many solid players down the order who will stick around just long enough to keep us out of the game. I reckon we'll get them all out but only towards the end of the day.
looking depressingly solid and we've turned too... bopara.
To be honest, if it's going to a draw – and it's looking that way – I can't see the harm in letting Bopara chuck a few down. Sometimes the surprise bowlers get lucky with a result.
this is unremittingly dull stuff.
But that's because I'm far too reckless to ever become a professional sportsman
If that happens I might have to excuse myself and go to the pub.
And if there's any team that can collapse all out for sub 200 in a single session, it's definitely England
if there is it could be either of those things, or it could be when the lights offered.
if there's no chance of a result though the two captains will come to an agreement at some point.
it's not going anywhere.
unless Ponting is being really devious, trying to demoralise Broad so much they pick Harmison on thursday, which I doubt.
2-34 off 15 overs and could have had another. I'd like to see Harmison in there though, as he does seem more threatening.
They'll call it off after Clark gets a century or out, I reckon.
until there are only 15 overs left. I haven't been keeping up with the commentary though, how many are left to play?