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NZ v England Test series

Good to have proper cricket back for England even if it's only two Tests. It could be close. Starts 1am on Thursday.

Mason Crane is out of the squad with a back injury, unfortunately for him. Jack Leach has been called up as a replacement.

posted on 3/4/18

5 months held captive on one meal a day.

posted on 3/4/18

Now over to summer. Some exciting matches ahead. Will be interesting to see how england do against India. England would start favouraties but it will be pretty close imo.

Leave you guys with a stat, not a single win for England since the India series in 2016. That must hurt, I know it’s becoming a norm to win at home but need to introspect how the test team has gone so backwards. Players like cook might be playing their last series this summer, not sure he can just his place anymore

comment by TCM (U8959)

posted on 3/4/18

Shame we couldn't get this one over the line, it would have been a nice morale boost for the test side. There's a few issues that need to be addressed but I hope we stick with Wood and Leach as they bring speed and a quality spin option. Sure it weakens the batting that Woakes and Ali provide although both provided decent contributions with the bat in this test.

If Stokes was fully fit to bowl then I think we'd have had enough to finish NZ off but it is what is it.

The batting is the major at the moment though. Cook's form is obviously giving us a huge problem at the top. I'd persist with Stoneman for now and although he made 70 odd in the first innings, Vince isn't our long term solution (although he did better than I expected him to do over the winter). England will be keen that Jennings and Hameed start well this summer for Lancashire.

posted on 3/4/18

comment by virudagreat- beating India in india is ..... (U8738)
posted 1 hour, 41 minutes ago
Now over to summer. Some exciting matches ahead. Will be interesting to see how england do against India. England would start favouraties but it will be pretty close imo.

Leave you guys with a stat, not a single win for England since the India series in 2016. That must hurt, I know it’s becoming a norm to win at home but need to introspect how the test team has gone so backwards. Players like cook might be playing their last series this summer, not sure he can just his place anymore
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Which match in 2016 are you referring to? We won both series st Home last year v WI and SA...

posted on 3/4/18

comment by virudagreat- beating India in india is ..... (U8738)
posted 2 hours, 10 minutes ago
Now over to summer. Some exciting matches ahead. Will be interesting to see how england do against India. England would start favouraties but it will be pretty close imo.

Leave you guys with a stat, not a single win for England since the India series in 2016. That must hurt, I know it’s becoming a norm to win at home but need to introspect how the test team has gone so backwards. Players like cook might be playing their last series this summer, not sure he can just his place anymore
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Not really sure what you're talking about here? Not a single away win since India? We didn't win in India. Last away win was Bangladesh.

posted on 3/4/18

Folks just ignore sometimes Viru’s idiotic comments. He goes through with brain farts moments and we know very well now! 😂

posted on 3/4/18

In other thread, he was comparing Aussies with Windies who lost to Afghanistan twice with their full strength team recently. Windies also just scrapped to qualify for World Cup. Still, Viru in his brain fart moment, comparing Aussies to them. Even without Warner & Smith, they have a strong team..

I’m pasting his stupid comment below:
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comment by virudagreat- beating India in india is ..... (U8738)
posted 1 day, 9 hours ago
Remember the period Aus were in a massive decline. In 2010 to 13 they looked clueless. I reckon next 2-3 years Aus are going to be in par with Westindies. Will be very interesting to see a 5 test match series of Aus vs WI. Will be very competitive and I for one can’t say who would win.

posted on 3/4/18

comment by fact taker (U17513)
posted 1 hour, 10 minutes ago
In other thread, he was comparing Aussies with Windies who lost to Afghanistan twice with their full strength team recently. Windies also just scrapped to qualify for World Cup. Still, Viru in his brain fart moment, comparing Aussies to them. Even without Warner & Smith, they have a strong team..

I’m pasting his stupid comment below:
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comment by virudagreat- beating India in india is ..... (U8738)
posted 1 day, 9 hours ago
Remember the period Aus were in a massive decline. In 2010 to 13 they looked clueless. I reckon next 2-3 years Aus are going to be in par with Westindies. Will be very interesting to see a 5 test match series of Aus vs WI. Will be very competitive and I for one can’t say who would win.

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I'd tell you who would win. Australia 5-0 If in Australia and probably 4-0 if in the Windies.

posted on 3/4/18



Absolutely right bro! 👍

Now Kashy has a strong competition for Darwin’s award.. 😂😂

posted on 4/4/18

Australian batting looks weak with three of the top 6 gone and Shaun Marsh nearly 35. Bowling looks good but is there much depth beyond the current 4 bowlers?

West Indies would have a half decent side if they would actually play for their country.

England have major questions at the top of the order. Hopefully Leach will be given his opportunity, as we need a serious spinning option.

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