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Some sad news today Former England captain Bob Willis has passed away. RIP

Once again englandshire get across the line with help from match officials, Stokes was plumb lbw and it was incedibly never given, Aussies must of course look at their own error in using their last re

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Great test match. Nip and tuck all the way, both teams getting on top, then being pegged back. Real excitement and uncertainty until the last session.

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Yet another dubious decision goes the way of englandshire in englandshire...Kohli was never out, replays several times clearly shows it was bat to pad which was to be perfectly blunt just ignored by the person employed to make impartial decisions, just an absolute disgrace.

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On 8/5/2018 at 12:45 AM, thomam said:

Great test match. Nip and tuck all the way, both teams getting on top, then being pegged back. Real excitement and uncertainty until the last session.

sounds like cricket won the day then:wub:

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21 hours ago, balboa08 said:

Good comeback by our boys in the third test :) The series is now interestingly poised.

It was and it is. The Anderson / Kohli battle alone is worthy of its own box-set

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4 minutes ago, balboa08 said:

Yup. At 36 Anderson still has it. Good advertisement for test cricket

The whole series has been. Hard, feisty cricket, but played in the right spirit. Too much talk about test cricket being outdated, but it's still the best form of the game.

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10 hours ago, thomam said:

The whole series has been. Hard, feisty cricket, but played in the right spirit. Too much talk about test cricket being outdated, but it's still the best form of the game.

this could be my favourite post in this entire lion's den :)

 

 

 

 

mind you for all i know all those soccer threads might be overflowing with great posts .....but ill never know 

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On 8/5/2018 at 9:43 AM, dr winston oboogie said:

Yet another dubious decision goes the way of englandshire in englandshire...Kohli was never out, replays several times clearly shows it was bat to pad which was to be perfectly blunt just ignored by the person employed to make impartial decisions, just an absolute disgrace.

Ahem

 

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12 hours ago, Born To Walk said:

Ahem

 

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In the first Test Kohli was most certainly out. Missed yesterday's incident so can't really comment. I guess the Kohli incident was not the only one which raised a few eyebrows in the 4 test. Stokes was lucky when the third umpire reckoned he did have something behind the line when he got Rahane out. Anyway exciting series made all the more interesting by batting line ups which are struggling for form - barring Kohli and Curren

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England winning will just paper the cracks for a while,the management team can say there's nothing wrong we've won the series.

If you make a mistake at work & your boss pulls you up on it you do your best not to make that mistake again,yet if you're an England cricketer with all the coaching all the technology showing how you got out from 10 different angles you go out & do exactly the same again.

There has to be some fundamental flaw in the way things are being run to let that keep happening but there would need to be a complete mentality switch for things to change & that's not likely to happen,it's the way sport in general is going,too many people in comfortable jobs earning too much money.

Speaking of money my eldest son has got a ticket for the England v India World Cup match next year at Edgbaston,the cost £115.

 

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16 hours ago, Born To Walk said:

After flickering back to life when England got hammered in the third Test, you can sense the tumbleweed returning to this thread.

Some of have been in foreign climes for the weekend and following exclusively through the BBC text commentary!

Been an interesting series - 1 hammering a piece and 2 low scoring tests that could have easily gone the other way. Good to see that England continue to develop good swing and seam bowlers and-rounders, but the fact that we're essentially having to play 4 number 6's because the upper order is shockingly out of form is a real concern. Were it not for home advantage and the quality of our bowling, we'd probably have lost this series comprehensively.

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So, farewell to Alastair Cook. Bit of a legend, even if you do sometimes think there was still a bit more there.

For England, records for most tests, most runs, most half centuries, most centuries, most games captained, most catches. For overall test cricket, records for most consecutive matches played and most runs scored as an opener. Not too shabby.

Not sure where the next Alastair Cook is going to come from.

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Another great test match. Amazing fightback by India from 2-3 to be in a position where you genuinely thought they might be in with a chance.

What a series this has been - up there with Ashes 2010 in my opinion.

And Jimmy becomes top wicket taking fast bowler of all time in the ultimate quick's way - knocking the middle stump out of the ground. Another legend.

England are going to struggle in Sri Lanka though. Not enough quality and application in the batting and a little one dimensional in the bowling outside helpful English conditions.

 

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Great series. Congrats to England. Closer than what it looks on paper. Except the second test, all the others were close. However, batting of both sides seem to be their Achilles heel. As far as India is concerned it's about time that we get a replacement for  Ravi Shastri. He is holding on to his place as he has Kohli's backing.Question is who. Anil Kumble was a tough task master and probably too much headstrong for guys who already think they are superstars. Rahul Dravid is too smart to take up coaching the seniors and manage their egos. He would rather continue with the Juniors and then probably take up the senior assignment once his wards make it to the team. We need someone like Gary Kirsten again. 

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