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Topic: Ashes 2017/18
fpot
Posts: 26097
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Bulls*** over hyped lead up is over and the cricket has begun.

Proper test cricket yesterday. Lyon looking dangerous and now picking up wickets. Australia to win 3-1.
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paveway
Posts: 21417
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Shaun Marsh's first impact on thw game was a dropped sitter, classic Marsh brothers
fpot
Posts: 26100
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

If Smith gets out cheaply we're f***ed.
Spook
Posts: 40881
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Omg so excited obviously not about our keeper selection.
fpot
Posts: 26101
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Meanwhile Maxwell is 150+* in the Sheffield Shield.
Spook
Posts: 40882
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

I thought he had done enough to get selected. I totes would have gone maxwell before f***8ng marsh :(
fpot
Posts: 26102
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

He's also a second spin bowling option. Hopefully they're about to give him out so he can be f***ed off for the second test.
Spook
Posts: 40884
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

He is ready i reckon to go through a smith like rebirth.
paveway
Posts: 21419
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Can't be worse than marsh...
trog
AGN Admin
Posts: 39346
Location: Other International

This is the worst Ashes ever! I'm in bed before it starts and get up after it's over.
Spook
Posts: 40885
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
i cant believe im not going this year. (even if i fail majorly most times when i go)
paveway
Posts: 21420
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Yeah you are better off watching it on tv, you will at least make the lunch break
Spook
Posts: 40886
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
not the same atmosphere when i storm off early
Spook
Posts: 40890
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
smith again left to pick up the pieces after aussie top order collapses for f*** all.

maxwell scores 278.

SACK MARSH. (or maybe khawaja)
fpot
Posts: 26104
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

I hope Paine succeeds but I see Hanscombe becoming keeper and Maxwell coming into the side at 6.
paveway
Posts: 21423
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Reckon handscombe can really become the full time keeper?

When he kept last time he very much looked like a part time keeper. He did an alright job but he was super relaxed about it.
fpot
Posts: 26105
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

I guess it's speculation on my part whether he could be developed into a keeper of test quality, but Australia could really use 7 specialist batsman. We're really missing runs being made at number 7. I can't remember the last time anyone made a decent score in that position.

But hey, Paine was dismissed by a cracker good enough to get any batsmen in the history of the game today so I'm not writing him off yet. If he succeeds we could get a good four years out of him.
paveway
Posts: 21424
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Pretty sure i can't remembwr any batsman apart from steve smith making any good runs for a while.

It is getting f***ing embarassing how often steve smith has to single handedly save a test match with his bat.
fpot
Posts: 26107
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

... and the tail. Cummins is a very welcome addition. From what I saw on TV and heard on the radio he handled himself brilliantly today. Starc is a bit more of a flat track bully but he makes plenty of handy runs as well.

Don't forget about Warner. He's been amongst it lately.
Spook
Posts: 40891
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Cummins was EXCELLENT with the bat. hung around, looked great, scored runs.

perfect innings.

id put nevill in as keeper.
paveway
Posts: 21425
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
We got this
Spook
Posts: 40892
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
f*** off, you had the biggest salty tears yesterday that we had lost already.

starc smashing root in the head was awesome.

pitch is livening up which will suit our quicks.

we'll show the poms how to properly bowl short.
paveway
Posts: 21426
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Nah it was never in doubt bro
fpot
Posts: 26109
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Wickets please.
paveway
Posts: 21427
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
The greatest delivers
fpot
Posts: 26110
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Australias' greatest ever finger-spinner gets another and it was an even better one.

edit: Lyon's gonna clean up today. Do England even have a specialist spinner on tour?
paveway
Posts: 21428
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Greatest ever spinner.
fpot
Posts: 26111
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Don't go there.
fpot
Posts: 26113
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Needed that one!
Spook
Posts: 40893
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
fortress will live on
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Posts: 21504
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Never in doubt
trillion
Posts: 4335
Location: Ballarat, Victoria
How good was Warner though
paveway
Posts: 21429
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Had this from day 1
fpot
Posts: 26114
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Suffer in ya jocks England.
Spook
Posts: 40894
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
pave= schokcer
paveway
Posts: 21430
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Great win, always had it in the bag.
Fade2Black
Posts: 5338
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
For those talking about Paine as a batsmen. He has only ONE first class hundred to his name. Nevill has 9 and I think by all accounts is a better keeper. Nevill is almost a year younger and averages 39 at first class level compared to 29 for Paine. Apparently the thing keeping him out of the team is he's quiet behind the stumps....

Personally think Khawaja doesn't belong. His weakness to spin is so evident that if I was a captain I'd bring my spinner on immediately when he comes out. Its almost Cullinan like!

Happy with how Marsh performed in the end. He should have scored more but thankfully he got to 50 when we really needed it. Not sure Maxwell would have had the temperament to bat the way we needed to on days 1 and 2 when it was a really slow patient grind.
Spook
Posts: 40897
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
yer, im team nevill as well, im not sure why he was overlooked?

happy for marsh or khawaja to be dropped to get maxwell in as a true all rounder batting nunmber 6.

if khawaja goes, marsh goes to number 3, and if he fails there, boot him and never select him again. (tough love)
paveway
Posts: 21431
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
I am pretty sure i remember thinking surely this must be the last time a marsh gets selected last time they failed, like for real this was the 20th time and failed.

But here we are.
Spook
Posts: 40898
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
off to adelaide next for the day/nite test with pink ball.

if poms cant win in adelaide, they cant win anywhere.
paveway
Posts: 21433
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Joe Root must have been smoking some high grade weed before he came out and chose to bowl first.
fpot
Posts: 26117
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Yeah seriously the wicket is flat as, what was he thinking?
Spook
Posts: 40903
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
trying to be a little too bit out of the box
fpot
Posts: 26118
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Kind of reminds me of the time another captain decided to bowl first on a flat wicket in the second test.
Sir Redhat
Posts: 2169
Location: Sydney, New South Wales


http://www.betootaadvocate.com/sports/csiro-launch-study-england-chose-bowl-first/

What is the go with the day night tests? Is this a ruse for channel 9 to make more money through ads, like the NRL state of origin and grand finals being moved later?

I guess it helps people can come to the oval to catch a few hours after work.
paveway
Posts: 21434
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Day night tests are awesome

Being able to come home from work and watch test cricket is awesome
paveway
Posts: 21435
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
The greatest australian spinner of all time nathan lyon should open the bowling imo
fpot
Posts: 26120
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Are you trying to upset me?
Spook
Posts: 40904
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
pave thought we were going to lose the first test.
paveway
Posts: 21436
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Did not

No fpot, just sayin' how it is
fpot
Posts: 26121
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

You think Lyon is a better bowler than Warne?
Spook
Posts: 40905
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
next pave will be saying fleetwood mac is a better band than the beatles.

hes lost his mind!!!!
paveway
Posts: 21437
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Mick Fleetwood is a bit of a genius
fpot
Posts: 26122
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Bye Root.

Bye England.
funky
Posts: 1916
Location: Canada
may or may not have yelled yes! into the phone of a virtual meeting i was on when I saw the cricinfo update that root was gone, haha
fpot
Posts: 26123
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

It would make me extra delighted to see Cook depart.
fpot
Posts: 26124
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

I reckon Smith could be a bit more aggressive with his Lyon field.
Sir Redhat
Posts: 2170
Location: Sydney, New South Wales

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DQLzJX0UMAATcWe.jpg
Spook
Posts: 40906
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
aussies should have enforced follow on.
paveway
Posts: 21438
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

nah it could have gone way worse if they had enforced it
Spook
Posts: 40907
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
how, by finishing this test even sooner?
paveway
Posts: 21439
Location: Brisbane, Queensland

so he could win, never in doubt.
fpot
Posts: 26125
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Mitch Marsh has been called into the squad because what Australia really needs right now is a bowling all-rounder who can barely bowl and also can't bat.
paveway
Posts: 21440
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Still a better choice than watson
Spook
Posts: 40908
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
ffs, get maxwell in there!!!!!
funky
Posts: 1917
Location: Canada
cummins has practically been a bowling allrounder so far in this series
fpot
Posts: 26138
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

What the f***

Joban said he could get players to follow “scripts” — such how many runs would be scored in a session, or an innings, when a wicket will fall and what a team would do if it won the toss.


tee hee

Seems rather scandalous. Will be pretty f***ed up if true. If there's a weak point on the Australian team it is David Warner.
fpot
Posts: 26142
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

That toss was rigged.
fpot
Posts: 26143
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

That dropped catch was brutal :(
Spook
Posts: 40919
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
marsh(s) are f***ing useless.

how was maxwell not selected?!
funky
Posts: 1918
Location: Canada
mitchell marsh better sack up and do something in this test, that was a sitter.
fpot
Posts: 26145
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

MMarsh is f***ing cack.
funky
Posts: 1919
Location: Canada
lucky we drafted him in to bowl 9 overs at 4.77 an over....
fpot
Posts: 26147
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

Australia on top I reckon.
Spook
Posts: 40920
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
thanks to Smith again.
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