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Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
27%
  
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
10%
  
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
6%
  
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
35%
  
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done
21%
  



Far Cough 1:20 Wed Aug 4
England v India Test match series
Burns gone in first over

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Westside 11:28 Thu Oct 21
Re: England v India Test match series
Another Australian, equally adept at hitting women, as he was at hitting a cricket ball.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-58976768

Westside 7:39 Thu Oct 14
Re: England v India Test match series
2022 County Championship, reverts to two divisions, with promotion and relegation, as opposed. to the thee conference system, of this year.

Division 1, 10 teams, Division 2, 8 teams.

Sven Roeder 3:55 Thu Oct 14
Re: England v India Test match series
Opener Dom Sibley has been included in a 14-strong England Lions squad that will shadow the main touring party during the Ashes tour of Australia this winter.

England Lions squad: Tom Abell (Somerset), Josh Bohannon (Lancashire), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Brydon C Arse (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Matthew Fisher (Yorkshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Alex Lees (Durham), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Liam Norwell (Warwickshire), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Jamie Smith (Surrey), Rob Yates (Warwickshire).

The squad will shadow the main 17-man group that was announced on Sunday, and provide warm-up opposition for two intra-squad games and be reserves in case of any injuries.
They will also play a four-day game against Australia A, before returning home on 16 December.

Sven Roeder 3:51 Tue Oct 12
Re: England v India Test match series
The Lions squad will be travelling with them so they should have about 35 players to pick from.
Will also allow them to play inter group warm up matches amongst themselves as Australia did at Hampshire in 2019 given proper opponents are now longer available on most tours.

Its fairly obvous that Stokes will appear at some point once his finger has recovered from England idiotically making him play in the meaningless ODI's v Pakistan and the first two games of THE HUNDRED.

I understand Queensland has endured 7 (SEVEN) COVID deaths in total so will be more concerned about the England squad which will probably number 100 once the Lions, coaches and families are added.

ps Its the ASHES not the Mens ASHES

Westside 3:27 Tue Oct 12
Re: England v India Test match series
Only 4 of that squad have a 2021 test average in excess of 30, one of those being Chris Woakes (one match), another Malan (two matches).

southbankbornnbred 11:50 Tue Oct 12
Re: England v India Test match series
That's probably about the 'best' squad England could take out to the Ashes games.

Which says everything about the parlous state of England's batting.

They're going to get royally fucked.

ChesterRd 2:23 Sun Oct 10
Re: England v India Test match series
If they play tests in the banana republic of Queensland the England touring party will double the vaccination percentage in the state.

Mr. Burns 2:09 Sun Oct 10
Re: England v India Test match series
England men's Ashes squad: Joe Root (capt), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Sven Roeder 1:07 Sun Oct 10
Re: England v India Test match series
ha ha

Fair chance. Well matched in that regard with the likes of Anderson & Broad carrying on.
Couple of average teams without much batting depth.
But at least the fact that some wouldn't tour if MUMMY couldn't come and watch has been resolved.

stewie griffin 1:01 Sun Oct 10
Re: England v India Test match series
Meanwhile, Australia's Ashes squad will contain a large number of mammoth cunts?

Sven Roeder 12:57 Sun Oct 10
Re: England v India Test match series
England Ashes squad to be named today.
No Stokes, Archer or Stone but all the players who were doubts .... Root, Buttler, Woakes, Bairstow , Malan & Wood ... are available for selection.

Sibley likely to miss out along with Foakes & Bracey (remember him ... wicketkeeper batsman who cant keep or bat) according to Cricinfo.
Leach & Bess to take the spinners spots with M Ali retiring & probably only one of C Overton & S Mahmood going.
Lions squad to shadow the team so England with have about 35 players on hand.

tanman 11:02 Wed Oct 6
Re: England v India Test match series
*was not I meant.

tanman 11:02 Wed Oct 6
Re: England v India Test match series
I agree, Mo Ali was the the premier spinner in County cricket. Not sure who was but at the time county pitches were green tops that any spinner would have struggled on.Jesse Ryder was taking loads of wickets at Chelmsford at the time.

Sven Roeder 10:24 Wed Oct 6
Re: England v India Test match series
England expected now to turn up for the Ashes as Joe Root has agreed to go

southbankbornnbred 4:09 Thu Sep 30
Re: England v India Test match series
Dr Matty - do you just make shit up on a whim all of the time?

Moeen was NOT, by any means, England's premier spinner when he made his debut at test level early in the summer of 2014.

He'd been significantly outbowled by the likes of Simon Kerrigan, the one-cap wonder, the previous summer. Several spinners were comfortably ahead of him.

He was picked because, in 2013, he topped Division Two for the most runs.

He was picked primarily for his batting, initially.

Eerie Descent 3:58 Thu Sep 30
Re: England v India Test match series
'Moeen suffered'

Fucking hell.

Northern Sold 3:56 Thu Sep 30
Re: England v India Test match series
I like Moeen.... he was a proper shit for brains cricketer in the test arena.. I also liked that he had a nest of baby starlings nesing in his beard

Dr Matt 3:52 Thu Sep 30
Re: England v India Test match series
Moeen was the best spinner in County Cricket just before he got picked for England.

He wasn’t bowling because of Saeed Ajmal - at the time the premier spinner in world cricket.

He would have been first choice spinner anywhere else regardless of the fact he could bat top 5.

southbankbornnbred 3:11 Thu Sep 30
Re: England v India Test match series
Moeen started out life, at county level, as primarily a batsmen who could bowl as a second-string spinner.

But when he first burst onto the test scene, he enjoyed what was a dispropoprtionate (to his bowling talent) success as a spinner.

So the selectors convinced themselves they had themselves a frontline bowler and all-rounder. The problem was, over time, and given a load of video etc of him to watch, opponents worked out how to play his basic spin.

He doesn't turn the ball enough to trouble the very best batsmen on pitches that are anything other than a spin-friendly surface. And he always bowled quite flat - probably the result of playing a lot of one-dayers.

Hence he averaged 36 for test wickets. The problem, in the meantime, was that he batted so far down the order that he never really developed as a frontline batsmen either - often being asked to mind the tail or swat for swift runs before the likes of Broad and Anderson got cleaned up.

So despite playing 65 tests, his test career was all a bit unsatisfactory.

Westside 1:30 Thu Sep 30
Re: England v India Test match series
Moeen suffered with the England selectors' obsession to try and bolster England's brittle batting line up by shortening the tail. Tried to make Moeen number 1 spinner, so he could bat number 8. Rather than by picking the 4 best bowlers.

Similar to continuing to pick Sam Curran as 3rd seamer, thinking he can be an all rounder, when he's never had a five wicket test haul and averages a massive 17 with the bat in his last 10 tests.

Sniper 12:59 Thu Sep 30
Re: England v India Test match series
I always felt that, when he first started out, moeen was seen as a really good batsman who could bowl some decent spin. And then, over time, that seemed to transition to ‘he’s out me best soin bowler’ and then ‘he’s a really good spinner who can bat a bit’

But he never really seemed to believe or want to believe in his spinning and he totally lost it with the bat. Wonderful technique coupled with insane decisions. He’s said in a bbc interview that moving around the order so much affected him (which I can understand to an extent, but getting out to a stupid shot is the same thing whether you bat 6 or 7) but I always felt like he was the best of what’ we had and didn’t really want to be our front line spinner

Maybe at last leach will actually get a run in the team to try to develop - he’ll never be Swann but by leaving him on the shelf he could deteriorate into Robert Croft!

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