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 Post subject: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 03 Dec 2017, 08:57 
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Can't see England avoiding the follow-on.

Prediction: Australia chase 75 in the final innings to win by 10 wickets.


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017, 15:07 
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Three baffling decisions in this Test:
1) Root deciding to field.
2) England's bowling unit deciding to bowl so much short c!#p.
3) Steve Smith deciding not to enforce the follow-on.

Unfortunately, I don't think No.3 is going to outweigh the first two. Bizarre. Two very average sides with very questionable decision making battling it out. Are they trying to be too clever?


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017, 16:42 
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3 didn't surprise me, tbh. I think the decision was to allow the bowlers to have a break. It's not like we were skittled inside 50 overs. Weather not a problem for the next two days, so why not go out and swing the bat until the end of the first session tomorrow? A day and a half is more than enough time to dispatch England a second time.


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017, 19:15 
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True, but the bowlers could have an even bigger rest if they got us all out by tea tomorrow, which they likely would have. TBH, the way the ball was moving this morning/the final session, England would probably have been 50-7 and the job all but done.


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 04 Dec 2017, 19:48 
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Aussies four down - could have been English wickets tumbling in the dark had Smith enforced.

I suppose he is relying on the middle order building a lead of 350-400 during the daylight tomorrow and ripping through the England top order in the dark tomorrow.

Then if England do survive the daylight on day 5 the tail can be mopped up after sunset.

With two night time sessions to bowl at England there is no doubt Aussies will bowl England out. Will be up to England to try and win the game before dusk on Day 5.

Personally I think Smith bottled it and wasn't brave enough to back his team to bowl England out quick enough and then knock up the runs.

Winning by an innings would have been ruthless.


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017, 07:25 
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Game on!

Be great to see a Cook double century to make the gutless Smith regret not enforcing the follow on.


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
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RegencyCheltenhamSpa wrote:
Be great to see a Cook double century


Jinxed that one, right away......


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017, 09:04 
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asl wrote:
RegencyCheltenhamSpa wrote:
Be great to see a Cook double century


Jinxed that one, right away......


Was a good 30-45 mins between posting and the incorrect computer generated wicket. Going down leg as clear as day


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
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They're battling away...half way to the total at stumps. The good news is our middle order has been where most of our runs have come from for a while now, and we're only just into it... or maybe I'm clutching at straws. Who knows with this England batting line up. Woakes, Bairstow and Ali could all hit half centuries, or we could be skittled for another 40 runs in the morning. My head says we've got no chance, but my heart is telling me Root will score a big daddy ton after being dropped on 56, and Woakes, Moeen and Bairstow will stick with him and get enough between them to see us over the line. I just hope it doesn't come down to 4 needed with one wicket remaining, because I don't think I could take it.


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
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"It's not the *despair* - I can handle the despair - it's the *hope* I cannot take..."


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asl wrote:
"It's not the *despair* - I can handle the despair - it's the *hope* I cannot take..."


:) :)


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 Post subject: Re: Adelaide Test
 Post Posted: 05 Dec 2017, 14:46 
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Woakes averages 30 in tests. Root looking majestic and ton-bound.

IF those happen it will be around 100 needed with Bairstow and Ali still to come.

Jimmy to hit the winning runs...after his bowling exhibition ...and the Queen to officially rename the Adelaide Oval as the Anderson Oval.

That'll give Smith something serious to review!!


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