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7 minutes ago, RithRake24 said:

Jonty Rhodes? Greatest fielder possibly of all time? There's more surely though

Yeah overall SA has had more legends than I mentioned, i was specifically mentioning the SA team of 2006-2015 approx, Jonty had retired by then :p

 

7 minutes ago, RithRake24 said:

Possible, but the ongoing joke is that he can't convert his fifties into hundreds lol. And in ODIs, he gets starts but doesn't convert to fifties sometimes too. He's also been slowing down in terms of run scoring recently.

His innings in the WC final was agonizing lol, had things in that final turned another way like Boult not stepping on the rope, Stokes bat not coming in the way of the ball resulting in NZ possibly winning, then Roots innings would have come under scrutiny. 

 

And yeah he's got some serious conversion issues lol. He did hit a 200 against NZ recently so for England's sake hopefully Root's conversion issues are behind him. Though for other fans, hopefully it continues for a little bit more lol. 

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9 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

the WC final

Oh, let's not talk about the the WC final at all haha. No hate to the English, but I felt like NZ deserved a win for the grit and the sheer fight they put up. They were considered the underdogs and managed to tie in the final and the super over, taking the fight till the end. Of course, England played really well too though, but all that aside, I'm definitely not a fan of the boundary count rule. It makes more sense to be used in T20s. ODIs are not really about boundaries. You're the better ODI team if you manage to find the perfect balance of survival and counterattack/creativity in a batting inning, not if you manage to send more balls past a rope. That's more suited to a T20 in my opinion. Even though the WC final gave us a thrilling nailbiter by taking it as far as a cricket match can go, the boundary count win was like an anticlimax to all that. It was really saddening to see NZ disappointed at their loss after the resolve they showed. I hope they come up with an alternative rule soon to decide a tied ODI game that makes more sense for the format. What are your thoughts?

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6 minutes ago, RithRake24 said:

Oh, let's not talk about the the WC final at all haha. No hate to the English, but I felt like NZ deserved a win for the grit and the sheer fight they put up. They were considered the underdogs and managed to tie in the final and the super over, taking the fight till the end. Of course, England played really well too though, but all that aside, I'm definitely not a fan of the boundary count rule. It makes more sense to be used in T20s. ODIs are not really about boundaries. You're the better ODI team if you manage to find the perfect balance of survival and counterattack/creativity in a batting inning, not if you manage to send more balls past a rope. That's more suited to a T20 in my opinion. Even though the WC final gave us a thrilling nailbiter by taking it as far as a cricket match can go, the boundary count win was like an anticlimax to all that. It was really saddening to see NZ disappointed at their loss after the resolve they showed. I hope they come up with an alternative rule soon to decide a tied ODI game that makes more sense for the format. What are your thoughts?

I'm with you man. No hate to England, they've been the best ODI side for a while now but so many things went wrong for NZ that day - Boult overstepping while taking the catch but perhaps more unfortunately for NZ was the overthrows of Stokes bat and Ross Taylor given out lbw for a wrong decision. Inspite of that they took it to the end, gotta give it to New Zealand and Captain Kane who is a class apart

 

Yeah the boundary count rule was lame. They should have held another super over instead, I think the ICC have changed the rules after the outcry following the final and now in both ODIs and T20s if the super over ends in a tie then the tiebreaker will be another super over(I could be wrong though but I remember reading they changed the rule somewhere) .

 

Nothing against England though, the rules were the same for both sides and Eng managed to win, just that like you said the boundary count was a huge anti climax. I wonder why NZ went with an out of form Guptill for the Super Over, I guess they trusted their senior player but he was horribly out of form that tournament, De Grandhomme or Williamson or even Taylor may have been better I think

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Sorry for double post, felt like talking about this

 

10 players in the Pakistan team selected for the England tour test positive for Covid-19. This follows 3 Bangladeshi players including former captain Mashrafe Mortaza being tested positive. It's worth noting though that all the Pakistani players were asymptomatic, don't remember if its the same case for the Bangladeshi players. 

 

The virus already rescheduled a lot of series', the PSL had to be stopped at the playoffs, the IPL was indefinitely postponed, the future of the World Test Championship and the T20 WC is in jeopardy (horrible considering it's the first ever WTC, hope they don't can it especially since India are at the top lol, and also sucks that we may not see a 20-20 WC in 2020 like I said in an earlier post) . Just when things were limping back to normalcy and crickets return seemed near , this happens. 

 

I guess this is bigger than cricket , just from a very selfish perspective I feel starved of cricket and really hope the upcoming series' can avoid being postponed. Though I must stress, safety is paramount and only if they are absolutely certain that they can play safely should they go ahead. I just wish they are able to. 

 

I wonder if just like how the Pakistan cricketers were found out to be postive but asymptomatic, could it be a similar situation for some of the Indian cricketers as well considering the situation is pretty similar in most of the subcontinent (the cases are a lot more for India thanks to our huge population). Really hope not , kind of a scary thought

 

The ban on using saliva on the ball (out of context this might sound weird lel) has also got some worried that the ball won't do much after a point. They're still figuring out alternate ways to shine the ball I guess, maybe the Sandpaper bois were ahead of their time! Lame jokes aside, I do think they might have to legalize some ball tampering for a while at least. 

 

Edit- apparently on retesting six players of the Pakistan team tested negative for the virus

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On 6/24/2020 at 8:54 AM, Utopianthumbs said:

Sorry for double post, felt like talking about this

 

10 players in the Pakistan team selected for the England tour test positive for Covid-19. This follows 3 Bangladeshi players including former captain Mashrafe Mortaza being tested positive. It's worth noting though that all the Pakistani players were asymptomatic, don't remember if its the same case for the Bangladeshi players. 

 

The virus already rescheduled a lot of series', the PSL had to be stopped at the playoffs, the IPL was indefinitely postponed, the future of the World Test Championship and the T20 WC is in jeopardy (horrible considering it's the first ever WTC, hope they don't can it especially since India are at the top lol, and also sucks that we may not see a 20-20 WC in 2020 like I said in an earlier post) . Just when things were limping back to normalcy and crickets return seemed near , this happens. 

 

I guess this is bigger than cricket , just from a very selfish perspective I feel starved of cricket and really hope the upcoming series' can avoid being postponed. Though I must stress, safety is paramount and only if they are absolutely certain that they can play safely should they go ahead. I just wish they are able to. 

 

I wonder if just like how the Pakistan cricketers were found out to be postive but asymptomatic, could it be a similar situation for some of the Indian cricketers as well considering the situation is pretty similar in most of the subcontinent (the cases are a lot more for India thanks to our huge population). Really hope not , kind of a scary thought

 

The ban on using saliva on the ball (out of context this might sound weird lel) has also got some worried that the ball won't do much after a point. They're still figuring out alternate ways to shine the ball I guess, maybe the Sandpaper bois were ahead of their time! Lame jokes aside, I do think they might have to legalize some ball tampering for a while at least. 

 

Edit- apparently on retesting six players of the Pakistan team tested negative for the virus

If saliva is banned for shining the ball then the ICC should allow scratching the ball with fingernails.

 

On 6/22/2020 at 1:01 PM, Utopianthumbs said:

I'm with you man. No hate to England, they've been the best ODI side for a while now but so many things went wrong for NZ that day - Boult overstepping while taking the catch but perhaps more unfortunately for NZ was the overthrows of Stokes bat and Ross Taylor given out lbw for a wrong decision. Inspite of that they took it to the end, gotta give it to New Zealand and Captain Kane who is a class apart

 

Yeah the boundary count rule was lame. They should have held another super over instead, I think the ICC have changed the rules after the outcry following the final and now in both ODIs and T20s if the super over ends in a tie then the tiebreaker will be another super over(I could be wrong though but I remember reading they changed the rule somewhere) .

 

Nothing against England though, the rules were the same for both sides and Eng managed to win, just that like you said the boundary count was a huge anti climax. I wonder why NZ went with an out of form Guptill for the Super Over, I guess they trusted their senior player but he was horribly out of form that tournament, De Grandhomme or Williamson or even Taylor may have been better I think

Williamson and Taylor aren't known for their explosive power. They went with an out of form Guptill because he's an explosive type player and yeah, they should have went with De Grandhomme to partner Guptill. What on Earth were they thinking with the boundary count. If they are going to be a boundary count then it should only be when the super over is tied. 

 

With India, I felt they should've recalled Ajinka Rahane because he's experienced and has the technique for in English conditions. An hour of Rahane in the crease could've been the difference between a win and falling short, after all India's middle and lower order almost got them there with the top order failing.

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Ah, good to see you again man, nice to chat about some cricket again! 

 

6 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

If saliva is banned for shining the ball then the ICC should allow scratching the ball with fingernails.

Wonder how the pundits will take to that lol, perhaps vaseline would be a better idea? (not sure how this works) 

 

7 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

Williamson and Taylor aren't known for their explosive power. They went with an out of form Guptill because he's an explosive type player and yeah, they should have went with De Grandhomme to partner Guptill. What on Earth were they thinking with the boundary count. If they are going to be a boundary count then it should only be when the super over is tied. 

It should have been Neesham and De Grandhomme imo Neesham nearly won them the super over plus they were NZ's two best hitters considering Guptill was so out of form. Guptill is crazy good when he gets going but that tournament was disastrous for him, he looked completely out of his depth against us in the semis which basically summed up his tournament, I did hope he would redeem himself in the super over for a fairytale ending but hindsight is 20/20 I suppose and Williamson did quite well in the super over against us in a bilateral series(though this was after the WC but it showed he had it in him), Taylor can't hit it like peak Guptill but I thought he would have done a better job than that WC version of Guptill did, but I guess that's the benefit of hindsight, it was good on NZ to support their champion player and they didn't even lose propely so harsh to blame Guptill maybe, just got to give it to England. 

 

15 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

With India, I felt they should've recalled Ajinka Rahane because he's experienced and has the technique for in English conditions. An hour of Rahane in the crease could've been the difference between a win and falling short, after all India's middle and lower order almost got them there with the top order failing.

Should have either had Shreyas Iyer or Manish Pandey imo, they may not have the experience but Iyer has since shown that he had the game in him to succeed and him and Pandey can do Rahane's job as well as him while being able to turn up the heat in the death overs better than Rahane. Looking back Iyer should have been our no 4,we really got screwed with that position up until the tournament and only found him after, unfortunately. 

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2 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Should have either had Shreyas Iyer or Manish Pandey imo, they may not have the experience but Iyer has since shown that he had the game in him to succeed and him and Pandey can do Rahane's job as well as him while being able to turn up the heat in the death overs better than Rahane. Looking back Iyer should have been our no 4,we really got screwed with that position up until the tournament and only found him after, unfortunately. 

Rahane is best suited for opening and is NOT a number 4 batsmen because of his lack of death hitting ability whereas Dhawan struggles against a swinging or seaming ball but to be fair, the pitches have been flat in that world cup. Rohit is best suited to open and Kohli is best at number 3. I think MS Dhoni should've been the regular number 4 when he comes in early and in the middle overs since he's composed in starting his innings and Pandya can come in at number 4 in the last ten to twelve overs since he can hit right from the get go whereas Dhoni now struggles to get going right from ball one these days. Not a bad idea to play Sheryas Iyer or Manish Pandey but they're too "risky" and they're pretty inconsistent something that India's number 4 ODI batsmen struggles getting that consistency according to the selectors.

 

It's nice New Zealand are showing faith in Guptill probably because of his reputation and his strong performances in the 2015 world cup, but I don't think they have anyone good to replace him with. With his form so bad, whoever his replacement was could've done a much better job than him. Even Neesham would have a bigger impact opening the batting than Guptill's been. 

 

10 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Wonder how the pundits will take to that lol, perhaps vaseline would be a better idea? (not sure how this works) 

 

Vaseline??? Nah, it'll have a much bigger impact on reverse swing than any lolled saliva will. Fingernails is the way to go.

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6 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

Rahane is best suited for opening and is NOT a number 4 batsmen because of his lack of death hitting ability whereas Dhawan struggles against a swinging or seaming ball but to be fair, the pitches have been flat in that world cup. Rohit is best suited to open and Kohli is best at number 3. I think MS Dhoni should've been the regular number 4 when he comes in early and in the middle overs since he's composed in starting his innings and Pandya can come in at number 4 in the last ten to twelve overs since he can hit right from the get go whereas Dhoni now struggles to get going right from ball one these days. Not a bad idea to play Sheryas Iyer or Manish Pandey but they're too "risky" and they're pretty inconsistent something that India's number 4 ODI batsmen struggles getting that consistency according to the selectors.

Rahane as an opener would be a great option to hold an end but not so good for anything else. Now he may probably have been what we needed against NZ but that's the benefit of hindsight I think, should the chase have been anything above 285 he becomes a liability. I think KL Rahul did a fine job as Dhawans replacement, it's unfortunate that him Kohli and Rohit had to flop together but to choose Rahane just as a contigency plan in case of a collapse is a negative mindset imo, may have done well in that situation but isn't of much use otherwise and there was no way of knowing what scenario would have turned out so I don't know if I would have gone with him. 

 

Though that's just my opinion not saying that its the correct one at all, it's always great to exchange views like this and see the pov of other fans. 

 

13 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

Vaseline??? Nah, it'll have a much bigger impact on reverse swing than any lolled saliva will. Fingernails is the way to go.

Lmao I displayed my lack of knowledge there didn't I 😂. Anyways this guy was probably ahead of his time

 

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4 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Rahane as an opener would be a great option to hold an end but not so good for anything else. Now he may probably have been what we needed against NZ but that's the benefit of hindsight I think, should the chase have been anything above 285 he becomes a liability.

I think in those bowling favour pitches where 240 - 250 are winning score and flat decks where 300 needs to be chased, I think Rahane is the perfect type. Yeah anything higher than the aformentioned totals will be a problem. If it's over 250 in a good bowling deck and over 330 on a flat deck then Rahane becomes a liability. For totals above 250 on good bowling decks and 330 for good batting depths, you'll need a batsmen with a good technique and can score quickly at the death (Iyer) something Rahane has the former but lacks the latter. 

 

8 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Lmao I displayed my lack of knowledge there didn't I 😂. Anyways this guy was probably ahead of his time

You can still transfer saliva doing that, maybe the COVID-19 can add a bit more weight to the shiny side. Tendulkar was even more ahead if his time when he used his fingernails against England. 

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4 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

I think in those bowling favour pitches where 240 - 250 are winning score and flat decks where 300 needs to be chased, I think Rahane is the perfect type. Yeah anything higher than the aformentioned totals will be a problem. If it's over 250 in a good bowling deck and over 330 on a flat deck then Rahane becomes a liability. For totals above 250 on good bowling decks and 330 for good batting depths, you'll need a batsmen with a good technique and can score quickly at the death (Iyer) something Rahane has the former but lacks the latter.

Funny thing is England was supposed to have high scoring pitches but 300+ scores were rare. I guess it does make for a good contest between bat and ball though. Maybe Rahane would have been ok then but I would still have Rahul and Rohit opening and Iyer at 4,he averages nearly 50 while striking at above 100 and is quite consistent actually, even before the WC he had an excellent tour to South Africa the year prior, but they didn't stick with him

 

6 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

You can still transfer saliva doing that,

Yeah I'm clearly dumb as f*ck 😂

 

7 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

Tendulkar was even more ahead if his time when he used his fingernails against England

Oye don't you go insulting Sachin now, might I remind you of this? Huh? 

 

 

Just playing with you 😛

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1 minute ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Funny thing is England was supposed to have high scoring pitches but 300+ scores were rare. I guess it does make for a good contest between bat and ball though. Maybe Rahane would have been ok then but I would still have Rahul and Rohit opening and Iyer at 4,he averages nearly 50 while striking at above 100 and is quite consistent actually, even before the WC he had an excellent tour to South Africa the year prior, but they didn't stick with him

Hopefully Iyer gets another opportunity and stays consistent at number 4. Consistency has been a problem at number 4 so a consistent number 4 who can score quickly at the death will easily make you's number 1 with gun bowlers like Bumrah who I think is the world's best bowler with his consistency and accuracy at the start, middle and death where he can bowl his yorkers at will. Indian selectors have been chopping and changing the ODI sides constantly and that can't be good for team chemistry, they need to back in Iyer and say to him "Your our number 4 batsmen long term, regardless of whatever happens".

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11 hours ago, xInfected_Virus said:

I think MS Dhoni should've been the regular number 4 when he comes in early and in the middle overs since he's composed in starting his innings

EXACTLY. This was the key to winning the semi final however they blew it by sending him way too late after too many wickets had fallen. Dhoni would have held the middle overs intact if he had been sent in earlier and the players after him could've accelerated at the end if he lost his wicket. There would've been enough backup.

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1 hour ago, RithRake24 said:

EXACTLY. This was the key to winning the semi final however they blew it by sending him way too late after too many wickets had fallen. Dhoni would have held the middle overs intact if he had been sent in earlier and the players after him could've accelerated at the end if he lost his wicket. There would've been enough backup.

Playing devils advocate for a bit, I guess one reason they didn't send Dhoni at 4 is cause the current version of him isn't exactly adept at rotating strike against spin, and Santner thrives in keep down the flow of runs so maybe they had that in mind. 

 

Though Santner ended up doing that anyway and also got the wickets of Pant and Pandya to boot so if this was the theory it didn't really work out lol

 

Conspiracy theory time : India were f*cked by the rain making the match go into 2 days. Disclaimer NZ are deserved winners , I'm not implying to the contrary. What I'm saying is India may, just may have had a better chance had they not played in overcast conditions on the second day with a swinging ball for Boult and Henry to do their thing. Part of that lies in the fact that our batsmen are sh*t against swing I concede(I guess xinfected's point about Rahane could apply here but then this was a freak situation no one saw it coming). 

 

Maybe I'm heavily biased towards my side but I do think conditions in the first day were slightly better suited for our batting lineup than the second. But I also recognize that complaining about conditions is for losers and to Virat's credit he accepted NZ as the winners fair and square, just that I'm slightly sore as a fan and wonder had it not been for that and Dhoni's run out what could have been... 

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Sometimes, I feel that the WC is getting rigged for the home country to win....

 

(which would mean India is winning the next one, oh yeah bitches)

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24 minutes ago, NileshKumar said:

Sometimes, I feel that the WC is getting rigged for the home country to win....

 

(which would mean India is winning the next one, oh yeah bitches)

It has been interesting to see the last 3 World Cups being won by the home team, you'd think home advantage wouldn't count as much in a tournament especially in knockout games but the home teams have come through the last 3 times. Though you could also say that in 2015 and 2019 Australia and England were the best ODI sides respectively so you could say that they were simply the strongest sides at that point (don't remember about India in 2011), but then one bad day in a knockout can cost you the tournament (like India in 2019) so you need to either have luck on your side like England 2019 or you have to be ruthlessly dominant like Australia whenever they won their World Cups. 

 

Hopefully the trend continues one more time and India win next time, but I feel we missed a really good chance last year considering Rohit was in unreal form, we played like a well oiled machine and topped the f*cking table, and it would have been so sweet to win in the Home of Cricket™ , a WC win is a WC win anywhere but us winning in England where we haven't done that great traditionally (except winning Champions Trophy 2013 I think) would have been so sweet man... 

 

18 hours ago, xInfected_Virus said:

Vaseline??? Nah, it'll have a much bigger impact on reverse swing than any lolled saliva will. Fingernails is the way to go.

Getting back to this point, apparently they are going to use sweat to shine the ball, wonder if the fingernail thing will be allowed in that case, imo they should be a bit lenient with players cause these are unprecedented times. 

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One of the big issues India falling short in big tournaments is Virat Kohli. His record in big tournaments is atrocious although it's not helped by the bowlers being expensive and other batsmen failing around him, a big knock from the captain or leaders can go a long way in boosting team morale. 

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7 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

It has been interesting to see the last 3 World Cups being won by the home team, you'd think home advantage wouldn't count as much in a tournament especially in knockout games but the home teams have come through the last 3 times. Though you could also say that in 2015 and 2019 Australia and England were the best ODI sides respectively so you could say that they were simply the strongest sides at that point (don't remember about India in 2011), but then one bad day in a knockout can cost you the tournament (like India in 2019) so you need to either have luck on your side like England 2019 or you have to be ruthlessly dominant like Australia whenever they won their World Cups. 

So I guess we will have to wait for a definite proof till WC is organised in WI or Zimbabwe or Pakistan....

 

8 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Champions Trophy

This also generates some bad (sh*t) memories

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7 minutes ago, xInfected_Virus said:

One of the big issues India falling short in big tournaments is Virat Kohli. His record in big tournaments is atrocious although it's not helped by the bowlers being expensive and other batsmen failing around him, a big knock from the captain or leaders can go a long way in boosting team morale. 

Virat is actually brilliant in the T20 WC, he averages about 86 with a decent strike rate of 133, it's the ODI WC where his form particularly in knockouts is horrendous, can't explain it especially since he's a contender for top ODI batsman of all time. 

 

BTW ESPNCricinfo published a video from R Ashwins YouTube channel where he talks to Kane Williamson about why they chose Neesham and Guptill for the super over(as we were also discussing), Kane basically said they backed Guptill since he was one of their best bats historically and Neesham being a left hander could target the shorter boundary. Interestingly Williamson was padded up to come out next. Can't link the video for some reason but you can check it out on Cricinfo if you're interested. 

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That's what I meant that he fails in crunch knockout ODI WC matches and he's still a gun in T20 tournaments, he's also choked in some big champions trophy games too. His poor form in world cup and some champions trophy knockouts will leave a dent in his godly legacy.

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The Windies Cricket YouTube channel are proper trolls lol, here are a couple of their videos to build hype for the upcoming England vs West Indies series(starts exactly next week btw) 

 

 

 

Lmao. I'm not complaining though, always fun to watch an English collapse ;)

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4 minutes ago, Utopianthumbs said:

The Windies Cricket YouTube channel are proper trolls lol, here are a couple of their videos to build hype for the upcoming England vs West Indies series(starts exactly next week btw) 

 

 

 

Lmao. I'm not complaining though, always fun to watch an English collapse ;)

And when English destroy others: Jim Laker (19 wickets=10+9)

 

@Utopianthumbs Don't open this spoiler post (WARNING!)  you will open it anyways

 

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39 minutes ago, NileshKumar said:

 

@Utopianthumbs Don't open this spoiler post (WARNING!)  you will open it anyways

How could you! 

Now as part of my recovery I must watch this

 

 

Ahh I feel better already... 

 

( To any Pakistan fans reading this in future, don't take this seriously it's all just fun and games, besides am I even Indian if I ain't taking shots at you guys, and vice versa for you :p

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The return of international cricket is imminent!

 

England have announced their 13 member squad for the first test against West Indies

 

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England Men's Test Squad

Ben Stokes (captain), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Ollie Pope, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

From this squad my XI would be-

Burns

Sibley

Crawley

Denly

Stokes(c) 

Pope

Buttler(wk) 

Bess

Archer

Broad 

Anderson

 

Some observations

- Regular captain Joe Root is missing the test due to the birth of his child

 

- Interesting to see Bairstow and Moeen not only absent from the main squad but also from the 9 man reserve squad. You'd think Moeen's batting pedigree might give him the edge as the spinner especially in Roots absence but Eng have gone for the in form spinner it seems, plus Moeen hasn't played red ball cricket in a while which may have counted against him. 

 

- Also Bess makes it over Leach who was one of the Ashes heroes in Headingley, guess they've gone for the incumbent who also outperformed Leach in the warmup. 

 

- England's pace attack is a very interesting decision to make. You'd think Anderson and Broad are certainties but considering they have to play 6 tests this home season (3 vs WI and Pak each) they may be periodically rested too, but I think for the first test both will play. That leaves the third seamer to be a 3 way fight between Wood, Woakes and Archer. Archer is the next big thing so I'm guessing they go with him

 

- You'd think it would be a straight fight between Crawley and Denly to see who keeps their spot when Root returns

 

So yeah anyone else going to follow this series? Thoughts on the return of international cricket? Who you supporting between England and West Indies? I generally support the away side so West Indies in this case, but I'm mostly just eagerly wanting cricket back man. 

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Extremely sorry for triple posting just wanted to say

 

What a match. What a return for cricket! 

 

Privileged to have witnessed the majority of it

 

Spoilers for the result I guess

Spoiler

Rally Round the West Indies! 

 

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Hell yeah! West Indies is back with a vengeance.

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On 7/15/2020 at 1:22 AM, UltraZ said:

West Indies is back with a vengeance

It seems England had some of their own vengeance to deliver, and deliver they did. Ben Stokes man, f*cking Ben Stokes

 

Atleast the third match is now interestingly poised, a proper decider. Have the feeling England will take this comfortably but I'm supporting the underdog here so hopefully the Windies prove me wrong, though I doubt it. 

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6 hours ago, Utopianthumbs said:

Ben Stokes man, f*cking Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is a player I love to watch while batting, for some reason. I don't even know why I like watching him bat but I do.

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2 hours ago, RithRake24 said:

Ben Stokes is a player I love to watch while batting, for some reason. I don't even know why I like watching him bat but I do.

To me he's one of those players with that X factor. He's like a box office attraction, he just exudes star power while in the crease. All this sounds vague and stuff but look at his heroics in the WC Final and Headingley 2019 in the Ashes, either one of them would be an all time great performance for any of today's batsmen but he has two of them!

 

He's a really exciting batsman (and even with the ball yesterday he packed some serious heat and got the vital breakthrough), I admit few years back I thought he was overrated but he won me over even before 2019 and 2019 onwards to me cemented his status as the premier all rounder of our generation. As Nasser likes to say, Stokes makes things happen

 

Some important but expected news, the World T20 has officially been postponed. That sucks but you'd think the BCCI won't be too disappointed huh ;)

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There go my hopes of a West Indies glory days revival.... 

 

Well played England. Absolutely stomped them after the first loss, deserved winners. Let's see if Pakistan can do better(their series starts Aug 5) 

 

BTW the ODI WC Super League, basically a qualification tournament for the World Cup starts day after tomorrow with the Eng vs Ireland series. Explanation of it by Cricinfo here

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On 7/21/2020 at 4:04 PM, Utopianthumbs said:

Some important but expected news, the World T20 has officially been postponed. That sucks but you'd think the BCCI won't be too disappointed huh ;)

Everything postponed

 

Few months later, everything normal

 

All postponed stuff are in buisness

 

But wait we only have 24 hours in a day

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