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The most interesting thing in the interview with Key I thought was the indication that Joe Clarke was likely going to be selected for the test squad. Quite a vagabond group they're compiling with him and Tommy Robinson

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Ben Stokes, playing for Durham in the county championship, has just hit an over for 34 runs, including hitting the first 5 for 6 to bring up a 64 ball hundred.

 He came in at 360/4. When he has that platform set ahead of him he is just obscene. 

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Wad at Test Match Special show last night in Edinburgh.

Aggers was excellent and Tuffers was good though he completely made up a story which I don't think is required when he has so much material available to him.

According to him he faced Merv Hughes at the Waca with Dickie Bird umpiring and had an anecdote about it.

Dickie never umpired an Australia v England Test or Odi on their soil.

He did umpire a legends game in 2007 in Perth however neither Hughes or Tufnell played.  

Just think when you have so much material blatantly making stuff up is a tad poor and not needed.

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1 hour ago, Tynie Nickleby said:

Wad at Test Match Special show last night in Edinburgh.

Aggers was excellent and Tuffers was good though he completely made up a story which I don't think is required when he has so much material available to him.

According to him he faced Merv Hughes at the Waca with Dickie Bird umpiring and had an anecdote about it.

Dickie never umpired an Australia v England Test or Odi on their soil.

He did umpire a legends game in 2007 in Perth however neither Hughes or Tufnell played.  

Just think when you have so much material blatantly making stuff up is a tad poor and not needed.

Tyniers has lost the run of himself here, imho...

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Looks like Brendan McCallum is the new test coach.  The sort of fans who think openers should be 43/0 at lunch every time will not be pleased, but I look forward to a very attacking England team.  

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10 hours ago, Savage Henry said:

Looks like Brendan McCallum is the new test coach.  The sort of fans who think openers should be 43/0 at lunch every time will not be pleased, but I look forward to a very attacking England team.  

There's a time and a place for that. England have been obsessed with scoring quickly in the Test arena since the Duncan Fletcher years. I understand the concept, and Test cricket has changed significantly in the past 20 years or so, but I also think they've been guilty of a 'score quickly at all costs' mentality at times which has cost them when the conditions haven't been appropriate, and they've lacked the talent to do it successfully. Nothing to be ashamed of in playing conservatively and grinding out the odd result when you are short of talent by comparison to your opponent. It was NZ's M.O. for years and they massively overachieved thanks to it, although the caveat there is that Fleming and Vettori are/were head and shoulders above anything England have had over the past 15 years in Captaincy skills.

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Century for Joe Root batting at number 5 for Yorkshire in the Roses County Championship match at Headingley. Lancashire still well on top though after declaring on 566-9 yesterday with Keaton Jennings scoring 238.

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1 hour ago, peasy23 said:

Century for Joe Root batting at number 5 for Yorkshire in the Roses County Championship match at Headingley. Lancashire still well on top though after declaring on 566-9 yesterday with Keaton Jennings scoring 238.
 

He did have a night watchman batting ahead of him, so it’s really batting at 4. Matt Parkinson eventually got him for 147. 

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1 hour ago, peasy23 said:

Century for Joe Root batting at number 5 for Yorkshire in the Roses County Championship match at Headingley. Lancashire still well on top though after declaring on 566-9 yesterday with Keaton Jennings scoring 238.
 

Jennings in again, or has that horse bolted at test level?

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Jennings in again, or has that horse bolted at test level?
Iirc he was in the big training squad at the start of Covid, but didn't get near the test team. One of a few players who started well but couldn't sustain it.
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10 minutes ago, Savage Henry said:

Jennings in again, or has that horse bolted at test level?

I hope he doesn’t get another shot. He’s not good enough against the moving ball at test level. I’d take him to the subcontinent, but he shouldn’t play at home. 

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2 minutes ago, die hard doonhamer said:

I hope he doesn’t get another shot. He’s not good enough against the moving ball at test level. I’d take him to the subcontinent, but he shouldn’t play at home. 

At this point it’s a case of any old port in a storm. 

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Former Australian allrounder Andrew Symonds has died in a car accident. Only 46. https://www.foxsports.com.au/cricket/australia/cricket-australia-news-2022-andrew-symonds-dies-in-car-crash-in-queensland-age-cause-of-death/news-story/710c592fd7e90f62e76c4f745144abaf

Nickname: Roy
Role: Allrounder
Born: June 9, 1975
Test debut: Sri Lanka v Australia at Galle, 2004
Last Test: Australia v South Africa at MCG, 2008
Tests: 26
Runs: 1426, Average: 40.61, Highest score: 162*, Wickets: 24
ODIs: 198
Average: 39.75, Strike Rate: 92.44, Highest score: 156, Wickets: 133
T20Is: 14
Average: 48.14, Strike Rate: 169.34, Highest score: 84*, Wickets: 8

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10 hours ago, die hard doonhamer said:

According to The cricketer magazine, the England test squad that will be announced tomorrow will include

 Zak Crawley to open
 Ollie Pope to bat 3
Jack Leach, and no Matt Parkinson

Get Rob Key to f**k already. 

A predictably boring squad, was always gonna go this way with McCullum still in the IPL. Crawley is going to get a billion chances before being dropped since Key is so close to him through their Kent ties. Pope is the English selectors Rubik’s cube - a very healthy CC average suggesting he’s too good for that level but poor at Test level, don’t think batting him out of position at 3 (compared to just keeping Root there) is a good plan.

Even the bowling is boring, the big two will come in as always but then you’re down to an untested county seamer and Craig Overton. Seen suggestions that Parkinson isn’t viewed as consistent enough and not a good enough batter/fielder for them, but Leach just isn’t up to Test level. If you need any evidence of that, ask David Warner and Travis Head what they think of him.

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