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There was no play on Sky's tv game last night from Southampton due to rain. The umpires have had to take the players off in the Kent v Somerset match at Canterbury tonight due to too much sun, with the sun setting right behind the bowler's arm.

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1 hour ago, peasy23 said:

There was no play on Sky's tv game last night from Southampton due to rain. The umpires have had to take the players off in the Kent v Somerset match at Canterbury tonight due to too much sun, with the sun setting right behind the bowler's arm.

It seems to happen every year there. You would think they'd make plans to turn the square.

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It seems to happen every year there. You would think they'd make plans to turn the square.
Or not play at a time that the sun is setting.

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I’m really looking forward to the Ireland test for some reason as it just intrigues me. It got me thinking that I’m worried about the drop in popularity of Test Cricket. I was speaking to a few of the U18s & U15s at my local club and they are less than interested in Tests. Some of them even find ODIs boring and are all about the T20 stuff. I like all 3 formats as they all have different qualities but there is nothing like a good old Test match so it’d be a shame to see the interest drop. Hopefully the World Cup win helps boost the interest.

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I’m really looking forward to the Ireland test for some reason as it just intrigues me. It got me thinking that I’m worried about the drop in popularity of Test Cricket. I was speaking to a few of the U18s & U15s at my local club and they are less than interested in Tests. Some of them even find ODIs boring and are all about the T20 stuff. I like all 3 formats as they all have different qualities but there is nothing like a good old Test match so it’d be a shame to see the interest drop. Hopefully the World Cup win helps boost the interest.


I’m really looking forward to the Ireland test for some reason as it just intrigues me. It got me thinking that I’m worried about the drop in popularity of Test Cricket. I was speaking to a few of the U18s & U15s at my local club and they are less than interested in Tests. Some of them even find ODIs boring and are all about the T20 stuff. I like all 3 formats as they all have different qualities but there is nothing like a good old Test match so it’d be a shame to see the interest drop. Hopefully the World Cup win helps boost the interest.


Apart from England, India & the Boxing Day Test in Australia, Test Cricket does not attract the crowds it once did. I suppose it is down to a combination of work/school unfriendly timings in addition to an ever decreasing attention span among spectators. Like yourself, I enjoy all 3 formats as I appreciate the different skillsets & tactics required but the longest form does seem to be locked into an inexorable decline especially in the West Indies which is the saddest decline of all. Even County games are sparsely attended now, I get to OT when I can & the attendances make you aware of just how much they are reliant on EWCB & by extension Sky funding. There is still an appetite for Test Cricket out there but I am concerned as to how long that will endure.

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As expected Jimmy Anderson has been ruled out of the one off Test v Ireland starting tomorrow, highly inexperienced attack although there seems to be around 4 number 8s among the bowlers & no authentic tailenders except for Jack Leach. ETA I got sent the wrong team initially.

 

 

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What was originally going to be Australia v Australia A is now the Brad Haddin XII v Graeme Hick XII at the Rose Bowl. Warner out for 4.

Hick XII: Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (c, wk), Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Chris Tremain, Nathan Lyon

Haddin XII: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head ©, Marnus Labuschagne, Will Pucovski, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland.

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3 hours ago, Moomintroll said:

 

 

 


Apart from England, India & the Boxing Day Test in Australia, Test Cricket does not attract the crowds it once did. I suppose it is down to a combination of work/school unfriendly timings in addition to an ever decreasing attention span among spectators. Like yourself, I enjoy all 3 formats as I appreciate the different skillsets & tactics required but the longest form does seem to be locked into an inexorable decline especially in the West Indies which is the saddest decline of all. Even County games are sparsely attended now, I get to OT when I can & the attendances make you aware of just how much they are reliant on EWCB & by extension Sky funding. There is still an appetite for Test Cricket out there but I am concerned as to how long that will endure.

 

 

 

It doesn't help when the robbing b*****ds are charging eighty five fucking quid for a day ticket for the next test. Against Ireland! 

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1 hour ago, Eednud said:

What was originally going to be Australia v Australia A is now the Brad Haddin XII v Graeme Hick XII at the Rose Bowl. Warner out for 4.

Hick XII: Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (c, wk), Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Chris Tremain, Nathan Lyon

Haddin XII: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head ©, Marnus Labuschagne, Will Pucovski, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland.
 

I understand the reason, but the fact that these teams are named as "XII" rather than "XI" is really annoying.

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It doesn't help when the robbing b*****ds are charging eighty five fucking quid for a day ticket for the next test. Against Ireland! 
That's true but there will still be a decent crowd, in some countries you could offer admission for next to nothing & the attendance would still be poor.

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As expected Jimmy Anderson has been ruled out of the one off Test v Ireland starting tomorrow, highly inexperienced attack although there seems to be around 4 number 8s among the bowlers & no authentic tailenders.
Also saying Archer is doubtful for the first Ashes test but they are confident Anderson will be ok.

So with Roy and Burns opening and with Denly in at 3, with 11 caps between them it's their most inexperienced opening trio since 1952.

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If wood and archer are both out of the first test do we think that makes it likely the Aussies take a lead into the second test?

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England win the toss and bat.

Roy, Burns, Denly, Root ©, Bairstow (wk), Moeen, Woakes, S Curran, Leach, Broad, Stone

Only really one Test-proven specialist batsman there, hmmm.

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England win the toss and bat.

Roy, Burns, Denly, Root , Bairstow (wk), Moeen, Woakes, S Curran, Leach, Broad, Stone

Only really one Test-proven specialist batsman there, hmmm.
I understand they want to have a look at people but 5 seamers combined with the inexperienced batting?

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I understand they want to have a look at people but 5 seamers combined with the inexperienced batting?


Obviously a lot of injuries like Archer, Wood, Anderson etc and Buttler and Stokes rested so it’ll look a lot different for the Ashes I suppose.

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I understand they want to have a look at people but 5 seamers combined with the inexperienced batting?
Only 4 seamers there, I was sent a team yesterday that had Gregory in ahead of Leach which would have made far more sense. Given that Joes Denly & Root (who is a massively underrated bowler) are there to give Mo spin back up, I have no idea why they lengthened the tail by picking him instead.

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Looking at the forecast for tomorrow with temperatures predicted to peak at 38, this will be as much a test of the Irish teams mental acuity combined with the physical demands. England are now into the battle hardened players, Root, Bairstow, Ali & Woakes. This is going to be interesting but the Aussies will be watching that top order with undisguised glee.

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