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samg
November 22, 2017, 11:51pm Report to Moderator
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Booked 3 days off work to watch this (if I can keep awake).
Interesting to see how bt sports coverage goes.
Hopefully win the first test and then kick on
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Gabby is traditionally an Aussie stronghold but currently 95-1 and coped well (SO FAR) with the bowling attack.

Think there will be at least 4 results in the series, ( 5 if weather is ok) and think we have a chance of retaining the urn
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Decent day for England in the end 196-4. I think ali can score big and he is ussally a quick scorer so it will be interesting tonight how that goes.


Gtfc all the way
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First hour is massive tomorrow against the 2nd new ball. Get through it with no more than one more down and 350 should be achievable. I'm just worried that if they get a couple early on that they could blow us away for 250.
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Me too Rodley.  Too many years watching England play cricket (and most other sports) has left me thinking we could easily be skittled for 250.  Even 350 might not be enough on this deck if the spin calms down.  I know Ball bowled well in the warm up games but I can't help feeling that this might be a decent deck to have played Crane on.  
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Be a brave move to throw in a debutant 20 year old leg spinner who averages 45 in first class cricket. Think they've got the team right and hope Ball might just nag away at off stump and frustrate Warner and Smith. Going to be a good series by the look of it.
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The Aussies are not as good as they are trying to make us believe. They are talking a good game at the moment but their batting line up is as sketchy as ours. Their bowlers are better and on home soil which should make them favourites but the opening day went quite well for us. Sickener for Vince to get out and if he'd hung around, day one would have belonged to us, but i make it about even stevens. As Rodley says, the first hour is massive. On the other hand, if they get their bowling slightly off line, Ali will be all over them.
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A good old-fashioned England batting collapse, then.

Still, it seems the bowlers did well so it is still too close to call.
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Brilliant test so far. Close and exciting - could go either way. Just how you want it - provided we get something of course. Got to bat well tonight and give them a score to struggle towards. With 2 down though, we might be lucky or grateful to get a 250 lead.


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I think stoneman has done ok at the moment and we need root to have a decent score this second innings.


Gtfc all the way
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