WHO Poll
Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
24%
  
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
24%
  
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
48%
  
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue
3%
  



Sven Roeder 9:51 Thu Jun 10
Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
England (possible): 1 Rory Burns, 2 Dom Sibley, 3 Zak Crawley, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Ollie Pope, 6 Dan Lawrence, 7 James Bracey (wk), 8 Craig Overton, 9 Jack Leach, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

Ollie Robinson goes out , likely replacement Craig Overton ... or Ollie Stone. Mark Wood to sit out for Jack Leach.
Anderson should play his 162nd Test breaking the record of A Cook and needs 6 wickets for 1,000 in first class cricket

New Zealand (possible): 1 Tom Latham (capt), 2 Devon Conway, 3 Will Young, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Matt Henry, 9 Kyle Jamieson, 10 Ajaz Patel / Ruchin Ravindra, 11 Trent Boult.

With an eye on the World Test Championship final next week Williamson (elbow) & Wagner will rest and Santner has a finger injury. Late arrival Trent Boult returns to the team.

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Dr Matt 10:11 Fri Jun 18
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Moeen Ali is a bowler?

That would, at best, put a theoretical average in the range of 53-76 as a bowler.

That’s worse than Chris Pringle.

Sven Roeder 10:07 Fri Jun 18
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Ironically BRACEY will be known in Australia as he made a 60 odd in a game between Australia A & England Lions at the MCG last year.
A game won by England Lions featuring Crawley, Sibley, Jennings, Lawrence, Bracey, Bess & Robinson which has taken on LEGENDARY status.

World Test Championship Final starts today out in the wilds of Hampshire between India & NZ. Or doesnt start as may well rain all day

Jonah Lomas 2:00 Fri Jun 18
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
I have a theoretical test bowling average of 6, having dismissed Moeen Ali second ball in a testimonial match.

Dr Matt 12:21 Fri Jun 18
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
A theoretical average of 77 makes him the 2nd best of all time.

ChesterRd 10:39 Thu Jun 17
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
It is obviously a devious ploy into fooling the Aussies this winter that Bracey is a rabbit only for him to unleash his inner Dennis Compton batting prowess, as coached by WHO's finest

Jonah Lomas 9:17 Thu Jun 17
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Well he looked equally out of depth with both the gloves on and a bat in hand, so I just assumed you'd been working on both with him.

Dr Matt 7:19 Thu Jun 17
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Who said he was a keeper?

I made it clear to the ECB 6 years ago he was a batsman and that view won’t change on my side.

Jonah Lomas 11:07 Thu Jun 17
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
I'm no expert, but he looked about as far away from being an international quality batsman and wicketkeeper I've ever seen in the test arena Dr Matt.

If we'd known you couldn't find a competent keeper in the whole of England, you could have borrowed one of the handful in our squad.

Dr Matt 10:28 Wed Jun 16
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Bracey was way out of his depth and is clearly not ready for test cricket. His technique will not score him runs at the highest level without some adaptations, notably not moving his feet across the crease during the bowler's delivery stride. That's a recipe for missing the line, LBWs and caught behinds: the holy trinity of dismissals.

LOL!

twoleftfeet 7:49 Wed Jun 16
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
I wouldn’t pay our ladies to be fair, it’s fucking dog shit.

Cricket is just one big grooming lez fest.

Eerie Descent 7:49 Wed Jun 16
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Agreed Alex, their batting has stood up against the ferocious 50mph bowling.

ChesterRd 7:39 Wed Jun 16
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
BCCI have treated their women's team like shit. Didn't pay the players for about 15 months, this being a cricketing board awash with money. I'm glad several of the Indian ladies will be able to pick up T20 and Hundred gigs with the Antipodean lot dropping out like flies, give them a chance to earn some money.

Alex G 4:44 Wed Jun 16
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Good start for England's women in their test against India, demonstrating better technique than several of the men's team.

Random fact: England bowler Kate Cross is the daughter of former Hammer David 'Pyscho' Cross

BRANDED 1:15 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
I’ll post it on a footy thread too

BRANDED 1:14 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Wembley tickets.
England v Scotland
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southbankbornnbred 11:41 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
They were head and shoulders above England. I'm sure England could make significant changes to their middle-order and bowling line-ups (Buttler, Stokes, Woakes and Archer) when players return from the IPL or injury etc. But they will still have massive gaps to fill with the batting line-up.

They won't beat India or Australia with that batting line-up, let's be sure of that. Starc, Cummings and Hazelwood will run amok.

southbankbornnbred 11:38 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Btw, I didn't make many comments during the series (busy).

But this is a really good Kiwi side. One of the best, if not the best, New Zealand sides I've seen. No obvious 'weak' links, unlike with some of their past teams. Even the Hadlee era also involved some dross to fill certain places.

Really hard-working and talented group in the mold of their skipper.

southbankbornnbred 11:19 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Bracey was way out of his depth and is clearly not ready for test cricket. His technique will not score him runs at the highest level without some adaptations, notably not moving his feet across the crease during the bowler's delivery stride. That's a recipe for missing the line, LBWs and caught behinds: the holy trinity of dismissals.

He also didn't keep well.

He was all over the place. But he wasn't the only weak link - not by any means. Too many cranky batting techniques and mentally fragile types.

What has happened to Crawley since his double-hundred? He looks about one-tenth the player.

As Vaughan said in commentary, England's batting weaknesses can't only be down to playing too much T20 cricket etc, because the Kiwis play just as much and yet their top six averaged 40+ per wicket. Ours averaged 26. Sometimes it's just about bad technique across the piece.

England's line-up is full of cranky, crouched and jittery techniques - supported by weird at-the-crease habits and squints - which break down the moment their scoring lines are cut-off. It's like watching a room full of kids with ADHD and aspergers have a meltdown when the television gets removed.

Sven Roeder 10:48 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
Bit of a stretch Matty but you could also argue that Graham Gooch started HIS Test career with two ducks and he turned out ok.
Plenty of Test players come in, get blown away & then go back and work on their game before re-emerging.

Harsh but fair that article by Geoff Lemon.
Coaches and captains often parrot cliched excuses after defeats and its a fair point about the NZ players early in THEIR careers.
Also about series against the no.1 & 2 teams in the world being treated as warm ups for a series against a lower country.

Dr Matt 1:45 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
The last elegant, fluent left handed batsman who traditionally bats 3 but was introduced to Test cricket as a keeper, out of position, was Kumar Sangakarra.

Kumar averaged 26.30 more as a batsman than as a keeper.

Kumar also averaged 18.13 more as a batsman outside of England.

Kumar also averaged 30.04 more as a batsman at number 3 (his natural position where he batted throughout his career) than when batting else where.

Using this logic one could extrapolate that by batting just as a number 3, without the pressure of keeping, Bracey would average 77.13.

This would put him as the 2nd best batsman of all time.

zebthecat 12:25 Tue Jun 15
Re: Second Test - England v New Zealand at Edgbaston
The writer is an Aussie but he has a point.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2021/jun/14/chris-silverwood-england-new-zealand

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