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The Ashes - now live

England squad:

Joe Root (Yorkshire) captain,
James Anderson (Lancashire),
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire),
Dom Bess (Yorkshire),
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire),
Rory Burns (Surrey),
Jos Buttler (Lancashire) (wk),
Zak Crawley (Kent),
Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire),
Dan Lawrence (Essex),
Jack Leach (Somerset),
Dawid Malan (Yorkshire),
Craig Overton (Somerset),
Ollie Pope (Surrey),
Ollie Robinson (Sussex),
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire),
Mark Wood (Durham).

No real shocks, I don't think. Looks like nobody opted out because of covid etc.

P.S. Ben Stokes has been added to the squad.

Australian squad for the first two Tests:

Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Steve Smith, David Warner.

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posted 6 hours, 50 minutes ago

comment by Sheriff JW Pepper (U1007)
posted 1 hour, 23 minutes ago
Test and county cricket has gone right down the toilet...one poor part won't feed another...it's strange that we can put together a world cup winning ODI side though...

It's not really. Not when you see the financial benefits of counties having good limited over teams compared to having a good red ball team.

posted 5 hours, 2 minutes ago

comment by it'sonlyagame (U6426)
posted 2 hours, 40 minutes ago
As an aside, just so it's not all LAE...

Wtf happened with Steve Smith? Not that long ago it would take England blood, sweat and tears to get him out. These Ashes he's had maybe two semi-decent innings out of ten.
Karma for the ball tampering catching up with him? Thought I heard a commentator or pundit say he had missed a lot of test cricket in the last year as well.

Finally, England probably singled him out as the dangerman so maybe one thing they did do some decent preparation for was how to get him out.

posted 4 hours, 34 minutes ago

comment by it'sonlyagame (U6426)

As an aside, just so it's not all LAE...

Wtf happened with Steve Smith? Not that long ago it would take England blood, sweat and tears to get him out. These Ashes he's had maybe two semi-decent innings out of ten.

I think he was just due a couple of quiet series. He was pretty much in GOAT mode in Tests from 2014-19 (South Africa tour and subsequent ban aside).

It would have been almost impossible to continue in that type of form. This Ashes and their last series (at home vs India) was him having an inevitable drop in form.

posted 4 hours, 7 minutes ago

Hard to see us improving much in the near future. The talent just isn't there atm. I'm sure we'll pick up some series wins vs the lower ranked nations but this England side is the worst I've ever seen (and it's not that close).

Most of the criticism is rightly directed at the batters, but the bowling is poor as well. Two fast bowlers near 40-years old still playing regular test matches is an indictment of the bowling options available. No top spinner in sight either.

Lastly, I've literally never come across a more overrated cricketer than Ben Stokes. The fact that this guy is probably England's 2nd best batsman shows exactly why the batting has been doomed.

comment by Blarmy (U14547)

posted 2 hours, 42 minutes ago

He's one of the best short order players we've ever had

comment by Blarmy (U14547)

posted 2 hours, 41 minutes ago

Can see an argument he shouldnt be in the test sides on current form

posted 1 hour, 47 minutes ago

People going way OTT on Stokes, guy had a long break for mental wellness and was rushed back into the Ashes team out of form and has been carrying physical injuries through a fair bit of the series.

He produced one of the greatest ever performances in test batting history to ensure we didn't lose the last series.

In 140 test innings for England he averages over 36, with 10 hundreds and 26 fifties. High score of 258. His bowling can be a bit expensive at times averaging 32 but he has produced a lot of key wickets when we've been struggling to get someone out, he has often been the man to do it quite quickly after being tossed the ball.

Yeah he's had a crap series - like everyone else as well - but blame the selectors and setup for rushing him back, failing to get him into form and having such a poor squad they are desperately relying on him to produce magic all the time.

Get some perspective.

posted 1 hour, 37 minutes ago

I have never rated Stokes. this isnt a new thing.. Hes always gotten out to stupid shots.got way more ability than that. Then the stupid kick of the turf when hes out. Cut down the errors its simple has that.

He should be batting at 6 not 5. always said that as well..

comment by Blarmy (U14547)

posted 35 minutes ago

Stokes is the KP of this gen

Dividing fans to rather extreme opinions

posted 5 minutes ago

After a long break for Stokes and a horrendous series for the side and himself included, I'm predicting he's going to do very well in the next couple of years. Strikes me as his personality to buckle down and make the most of his career now. It's long been documented that he trains and works harder on his game and fitness than anyone else in the setup.

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