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11 minutes ago, jaggyness said:
25 minutes ago, die hard doonhamer said:
My bet is Bairstow. Pope made a score in the last game, which Bairstow hasn't really looked like doing (he looks good until he gets to around about his average, then gets out). I reckon Overton drops out for Leach, and Wood comes in for one of Anderson or Robinson (probably Robinson).

There's been a lot of chat about Anderson not featuring as he's played 4 tests on the bounce. He obviously wasn't intending on playing all five before Broad's injury.

I don't get like Jimmy would be posting this if he wasn't going to be playing.

I don't think he should feature (well, actually, I think he should have missed the fourth test), but I think he will.

 

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England name their T20 world cup squad. Only 1 specialist spinner seems to be a bold call. India named 5 in the their squad yesterday.

The continued absence of Joe Root from the England T20 setup absolutely baffles me. I'd have had him in the 15 instead of David Willey.

Still no Ben Stokes, as he continues his indefinite break. I hope he is able to get himself in to a space where he can play in Australia, the test team really needs his batting.

 

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As far as has been reported, none of the India players have tested positive.

I don't understand this move - seems like a total overreaction. Can only assume they have opted against taking part due to close contact? But even then, we're dealing with professional athletes here who are tested repeatedly. Resulting cases amongst players would be caught quickly. 

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Fair play to England. That's twice they've bounced back from a defeat to win the next test. 
The bit about India forfeiting the match has vanished and been replaced with "further information will be available in due course".
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Not doubting that the covid cases are accurate but India haven't wanted to play a 5th test since the IPL got postponed. 
Absolutely this. The BBC reporting that the IPL, which starts in ten days, is worth £300m to the BCCI. No way they want to damage that revenue potentially by having star players not able to take part.
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2 hours ago, Scorge said:

Had a ticket for tomorrow, bah. Not surprised the Indians are being cautious, it's a least-worst situation this...

It’s the right thing to do.  Which makes me question the motives of the BCCI.

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Shit situation, but can absolutely understand the players' viewpoint. I'd be pretty surprised if none of the players test positive over the coming days given that it was a physio that was the latest case.

On the actual result, I believe India should have to forfeit given they've been unable to field a team despite protocols allowing them to. A real crap way to not lose the series for England, but I struggle to see any other way out of it.

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I am getting pretty buzzing for Finals Day on Saturday. Forecast is looking dry so hopefully stays that way.

This will be the first time I’ve ever actually gone to watch a game.

Hopefully will manage to get some tickets for one of the tests next summer, when they are available.

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Gutted to hear that Michael Holding has switched off his microphone for the last time. Could listen to him talking all day, not just because of the accent, but because he was always on the money on just about everything. Hope he has a long and happy retirement.

Dread to think who Sky might replace him with.

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Second T20 is underway at The Grange, Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat. They lost 3 early wickets but recovered to post 136/5, Sean Williams with an unbeaten 60. Michael Leask probably the pick of Scotland's bowlers.

Scotland won the first game on Wednesday, with the final match taking place on Sunday. It's great to see international cricket back in Scotland.

 

In other news, New Zealand gave abandoned their white ball tour of Pakistan due to security concerns. England are meant to be there in 3 weeks time, you struggle to see how that your goes ahead. A real shame, Pakistan has gone far too long without international cricket being held in their country, and hopefully this isn't the first sign of another long layoff.

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A poor showing from Scotland's batters in the end. 4 down early before a great partnership between Richie Berrington and Matthew Cross dragged them back in to it, but after they went it was left to Micheal Leask to get Scotland over the line and he couldn't quite do it, with the last 4 wickets falling consecutively at the start of the last over with Scotland 10 runs short.

All to play for as the last game on Sunday is now a series decider. Hopefully the top order can find some runs in that one.

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Moeen Ali retires from test cricket. He's had more chances than most but he also didn't play a lot when he probably should have. England suddenly looking very light heading into an away ashes with question marks still over Stokes then there is a gap at the all rounder mark.

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